50 Beautiful & Unique Twitter Profile Designs

Sep 24 2009 by John Urban | 83 Comments

As Twitter becomes the latest online craze, we look at some impressive Twitter profile designs that stand out from the micro-blogging site’s millions of users.

1. @pairadocsdesign

@pairadocsdesign

A variety of styles including the Polaroid and the name badge means that there is a design style you are inevitably going to like on this page.

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Website Features That You Can Easily Offload

Sep 22 2009 by Jacob Gube | 27 Comments

The amount of site features that you have can take a dire toll on your web server, making your site sluggish and more vulnerable to becoming offline because system resources have been expended.

To alleviate the work that your web server is doing, it’s a good idea to offload certain site features to share the burden. In this article, you’ll read about six site features you can easily offload, and the web services that you can use for them.

1. RSS feeds

Serving and managing your RSS feeds yourself can be a big burden on your server especially when you have many subscribers requesting your feed. What’s more is that there are aggregators such as AllTop and Technorati that automatically request your feeds at regular intervals for their own use, further adding to the strain on your server. You can easily offload your feeds using one of the following services.

FeedBurner is a feature-packed RSS feed manager. It has various options that will enable you to monitor, manage, analyze, and monetize your RSS feed. Recently bought by Google, it experienced a few issues during the transition but it’s now back to its full capacity, and then some.

Website Features That You Can Easily Offload

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12 Excellent Tools for Picking a Domain Name

Mar 12 2009 by Jacob Gube | 117 Comments

Selecting the perfect domain name for your website is the most important, and oftentimes hardest, step in establishing a web presence. There are plenty of tools out there that can help you ease the burden of checking available domains and suggesting similar names that are related to your searches.

In this article, you’ll read about 12 neat web tools that will lend you a hand in finding and choosing domain names. You’ll find a variety of search and suggestion tools that have an assortment of features so that, hopefully, you’ll discover a few favorites.

1. Domainr

Domainr - screen shot.

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10 Features That Will Make Twitter Better

Mar 1 2009 by Jacob Gube | 248 Comments

Twitter‘s popularity has skyrocketed in the recent months. Usage statistics states that most people who use Twitter interact with the application via the web rather than a third-party client such as TweetDeck or twitterfeed.

Twitter’s web interface is simple and intuitive but lacks a few features that can make it much better. In this article, you’ll read about 10 excellent user interface features that can enhance the Twitter web experience.

1. Enable grouping of friends and followers

Grouping of friendsFigure 1 shows tabs that you can use to quickly see tweets in a particular group.

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12 Useful Web Tools for Designers

Jan 15 2009 by Jacob Gube | 63 Comments

When it comes to design, there’s a plethora of free web-based tools to help you accomplish tasks such as color palette selection, creating unique fonts, editing images, and testing typography.

In this article, you’ll find a bunch of handy online utilities for designers.

kuler Create

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10 Promising Content Management Systems

Nov 6 2008 by Jacob Gube | 200 Comments

When it comes to content management systems (CMS) and publishing platforms, there are plenty to choose from. They vary in technologies used, organization structure, performance, and license. You’ve probably heard of popular content management systems such as Drupal, WordPress, Movable Type, Joomla!, and Textpattern, but if you want to try a platform that’s a little less main stream – check out these excellent alternatives.

In this article, you’ll find 10 terrific content management systems that may not garner as much attention as their more popular counterparts – but should.

There’s a large amount of content management systems out there, so if your favorite isn’t on here, share it with us in the comments.

ExpressionEngine

ExpressionEngine - screen shot.
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