12 Excellent Free Tools for Monitoring Your Site’s Uptime

Jun 12 2009 by Jacob Gube | 55 Comments

A website or web application’s high availability is very crucial; users who constantly encounter problems accessing the content of a site will not likely come back. For web applications – poor uptimes means users won’t be confident about your product: if they constantly experience issues with your apps’s availability, they will likely look for another solution that isn’t as problematic.

It’s essential that your sites and web apps are constantly accessible to your users. In this article, you will find free and useful monitoring tools to help you know when your website or web application becomes unavailable.

1. Site24x7

Site24x7

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Why Designers Should Learn How to Code

Jun 11 2009 by John Urban | 162 Comments

More often than not, designers have rightfully been accused of retreating into their cocoons of ignorance as soon as their work of creating a web design is finished, leaving the dirty and more hands-on work of putting it up on the web to developers. This apathy is prevalent not only in the web-building industry, but also in software and game engineering.

Why Designers Should Learn How to Code

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How to Create a Dark and Sleek Web Design from Photoshop

Jun 10 2009 by Jacob Gube | 35 Comments

How to Code a Dark and Sleek Web Design

In this web development tutorial, you will learn, step-by-step, how to create a beautiful dark and sleek web layout using standards-based HTML and CSS. Along the way, you will witness how to use CSS Sprites and CSS Text Image Replacement.

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Design Contest: Free Business Cards for the Next 20 Years

Jun 10 2009 by Jacob Gube | 8 Comments

Design Contest: Win Free Business Cards for Life

Overnight Prints is hosting a fun design contest where the winner gets to win a lifetime supply of up to 1,000 single or double-sided business cards per year for 20 years.

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10 Apps for Web Designers Using a Mac

Jun 9 2009 by Pranav Shirodkar | 45 Comments

Apple computers are known for their simplicity in design and excellence in performance. These are the two basic reasons that entice web designers and developers to use Macs as their work computer.

There are oodles of third party applications out there for web designers and web developers who use Macs. In this article, we share with you the top ten applications that web designers/developers on a Mac will find useful.

Though not all of them are exclusively for Macs, they are all build with Mac users in mind (and not haphazardly ported over for compatibility).

1. Seashore

Seashore

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Banner Design Application + WordPress Themes Giveaway

Jun 8 2009 by Jacob Gube | 205 Comments

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Banner Design Application + WordPress Themes Giveaway

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8 Excellent Tools for Optimizing Your Images

Jun 7 2009 by Jacob Gube | 69 Comments

One of the easiest ways to reduce page response times is by optimizing your website images to reduce their file sizes as much as possible. Optimizing images not only makes your web pages load faster, but also reduces your bandwidth consumption, which can translate to significant savings in your hosting bills.

There are several free tools available at your disposal to shrink and optimize images. In this article, you will find convenient and user-friendly tools for making your web images as tiny in file size as possible.

1. smush.it!

smush.it!

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