30 Beautiful Web Designs That Use Photos as Backgrounds

Using large photographs as the background of a website’s layout can be a quick and easy way to make it unforgettable. In this web design showcase aimed to get your creative juices flowing, you’ll discover some gorgeous sites that use photos of people, landscapes, objects and more as their backgrounds.


How to Bake Content Strategy into Your Web Design Process

I had a big problem building up my digital agency: organizing content.

Content was an outstanding bottleneck for most of our projects. Gathering content from clients is difficult enough, but even more troublesome is managing the infrastructure, workflows, publishing technicalities and approval process.


5 Tips for Building Trust with Your Clients

Trust is an important component of any relationship. When it comes to freelance work, trust can encourage a client to want to work with you again.

My software firm has billed over 30,000 hours in the last 12 years. In that time span, I’ve had to learn how to earn and maintain the trust of our clients in order to keep them coming back.

I’m certainly not a business expert. I’ve made some horrific mistakes and have had my fair share of struggles. I write this article in the hopes of sharing some of my experiences with you.


Why You Should Lead with Mobile Web Apps (Not Native Apps)

Based on my experience, when you’re developing apps for multiple mobile device platforms, there is a huge advantage to having your HTML5 mobile web developer lead the production effort as opposed to your native app developer (e.g., iOS, Android, etc.)

In this article, I’ll share my thoughts and opinions on why building mobile web apps first is a good strategy.


Free Icon Fonts for Web App User Interfaces

This roundup features 18 free icon fonts that can be used in your commercial projects. The icon fonts in this post are perfect for your app user interfaces (UIs).


6 Questions To Ask Before You Install A WordPress Plugin

WordPress plugins are great; they can save you time, speed up your website, improve SEO, and more. Plugins allow web designers and developers the ability to build sophisticated websites quicker and (possibly) better. With more than 20,000 plugins and over 330,000,000 downloads in the official WordPress plugin directory, there’s no question that plugins are an important component of the WordPress ecosystem.

But there’s a downside to using WordPress plugins. Relying too much on plugins ┬ácan expose your site to an increasingly wide variety of risks.

Let’s discuss the problem with plugins and things you should consider before installing one.


30 Beautiful Textured Website Designs for Inspiration

Using textures in your web designs can give them an element of uniqueness. Websites featured in this showcase use textures in a variety of ways. I’ve also created a list of textured web design resources at the end of this inspiration showcase.