Using XAMPP for Local WordPress Theme Development

Apr 26 2009 by Jacob Gube | 464 Comments

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In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to install and configure XAMPP for the desktop. Once that’s out of the way, we’ll install WordPress so that you can have your very own professional, light-weight PHP and WordPress development environment.

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30 Examples of Watercolor Effects and Brush Strokes in Web Design

Apr 25 2009 by Angela Rohner | 27 Comments

There are many creative ways to use watercolor effects and brush strokes in a web design to make it really stand out. Some of the examples below use the painted effect all over their websites, and some use subtle instances that add the perfect amount of artistic flair.

In this showcase, you’ll see 30 examples of watercolor effects and brush strokes in web design.

agamicreative.com

agamicreative.com

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Fauna: Free High-Res Photoshop Floral Brushes

Apr 24 2009 by Jacob Gube | 12 Comments

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Five Types of Effective Headers in Web Design

Apr 23 2009 by Lee Munroe | 92 Comments

Your website’s header makes an immediate impact on your user so it’s important to get it right. Think about what you’re trying to achieve, what’s the first thing you want to tell your users when they visit your site, what will intrigue them and get them to read further?

A header gives you room to play and be creative, especially on the homepage, and there are a number of techniques you can use to connect with your user.

Take a look at these 5 different types of header design and see how the examples have used them creatively to make an impact.

The Huge Header

Takes up a lot of room and can be risky as you’re taking up valuable space, but done right it looks great and makes an impact.

Lewro’s Blog

Lewro's Blog

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How to Create a Sleek and Textured Web Layout in Photoshop

Apr 22 2009 by Matthew Heidenreich | 103 Comments

How to Create a Sleek and Textured Web Design in Photoshop

In this Photoshop web design tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a full web page layout that combines the sleek and textured look-and-feel using a combination of beginning to intermediate Adobe Photoshop techniques.

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16 Best Web Design Galleries for Inspiration

Apr 21 2009 by Jacob Gube | 122 Comments

Web design galleries offer designers and developers creative inspiration on their own designs. By aggregating the top web designs on the web, a gallery serves as a prime spot for getting those creative juices flowing.

In this article you’ll find 16 of the best and most popular web design galleries ranked in order by the number of votes they garnered on a poll that was published earlier this month. On instances where there was a tie, the site with the higher Alexa rank received a higher ranking.

16. Web Creme

Web Creme

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Best Flash Portfolio Site?

Apr 20 2009 by Jacob Gube | 58 Comments

Flash portfolio sites can give visitors an unrivaled and memorable experience, as well as show off the designer’s capabilities in creating Flash-based sites.

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