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In the spirit of Christmas, Site24x7, an online website and server monitoring service, has decided to give away three  accounts loaded up with $200 in credits. What’s great about their service is that you can configure it to your needs: For example, you can monitor up to eight websites at 15-minute poll intervals or five websites at 10-minutes poll interval for a year, and so on.

For a chance to win, leave a comment answering the following question: Why would Site24x7’s website monitoring service be valuable to you?

This giveaway ends on December 21, 2010 after which the comments section on this post will be closed. We’ll use your email address to contact you if you win. The winners will be randomly selected and announced on a separate post. Please note that comments that don’t follow the instructions on how to participate (described above) may not be published.

60 Questions to Consider When Designing a Website

We spend a lot of time asking ourselves, our clients and other people questions. Whether it’s choosing the perfect shade of green for our latest web layout or figuring out how to implement a complex typographical solution, the ability to ask the right questions is among the most critical of skills for a web designer. In this article, we’ll go over 60 specific questions that web professionals should ask before taking their website public.

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How to Manage Criticism Effectively

We creative people are familiar with criticism. We get it almost every day from clients, bosses and other people who "know better." They criticize our work, decisions and ideas about design, development, writing and other creative endeavors.

Typically, when we’re being criticized, we feel uncomfortable. We feel a concrete wall rising around us, blood filling our eyes and steam emanating from our head. Okay, maybe it’s not exactly like that, but it’s close. Am I right?

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This guide examines the infinite-like variety of CSS resets created by web developers and designers across the world.

While almost all of these CSS resets are generally provided free for public use (many through Creative Commons licensing), it is incumbent upon you to check the terms of use before putting them to use in your projects.

This guide follows Part 1, where the history of CSS resets was discussed; you’re advised to read that before this one to get the most out of this guide.

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Campaign Monitor, a web-based email marketing tool for web designers, recently offered up five copies of their book, Create Stunning HTML Email That Just Works. Over 260 Six Revisions readers left a comment discussing how the book would help them in their profession.

Here are the winners of the giveaway:

How to Build a Vibrant Professional HTML5 Web Design

This 2-part tutorial on Design Instruct, our other site, will walk you through the creation of a Photoshop mock-up as well as provide you with a detailed guide on how to convert the design into an HTML5 template.

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10 Practical Ways to Bust Through Web Designer's Block

As a web designer, is there any feeling worse than being creatively uninspired and not being able to complete or start your design projects? It’s frustrating, depressing, and costs us income.

Now imagine if there was a magical, surefire technique to make our creative block instantly disappear, giving us instant creativity and productivity.

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