7 Incredibly Useful Tools for Evaluating a Web Design

Apr 20 2008 by Jacob Gube | 88 Comments

leadin - analyticsAn effective web design is one in which your users are able to find information quickly and in a logical fashion.

Do they visit the content you want them to visit? Are they looking in the right places of your web page? Are you able to keep your user’s attention, or do they just leave quickly?

It’s not just about the content either. If your design loads slowly – or if moving from one section to another takes a long time – it affects the user’s experience.

These things can be the make-or-break factors between a user clicking on a link to find more information, or the back button to find it elsewhere.

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Awesome Things That Firefox’s Web Developer Extension Can Do

Apr 16 2008 by Jacob Gube | 21 Comments

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Chris Pederick’s Web Developer extension for the Mozilla Firefox browser is one of the best tools in a web developer’s arsenal.

About a couple of months ago, I wrote an article about it entitled "9 Practical Ways to Enhance your Web Development Using the Firefox Web Developer Extension" and I’d like to follow up on that by showcasing even more things you can do with the Firefox Web Developer extension.

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11 Inspiring Lessons from Web Design Experts

Apr 13 2008 by Jacob Gube | 21 Comments

Web Design Confession Booth (vii) - Photo kindly provided by allaboutgeorge of flickr

A large part of being a capable web designer/developer is learning from people who’ve been acknowledged for their expertise and authority.

Finding and reading information about effective web design is part of being a web professional.

With this in mind, here’s just a few compellingly-sound advice and viewpoints from recognized personalities in the field of creating kick-ass websites.

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40 Excellent Resources for JavaScript Coders

Apr 10 2008 by Jacob Gube | 23 Comments

photo provided by Dmitry Baranovskiy - the JavaScript Code

Are you an advanced JavaScript coder looking for more sites to sharpen your coding prowess? Maybe you’re a web designer wanting to double as a developer (or at least know enough to add a bit of rich content into your designs). Either way, if you’re looking for more information on the topic of JavaScript, the following resources are worth a gander.

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35 Beautiful Bright, Colorful Web Designs

Apr 8 2008 by Jacob Gube | 38 Comments

Colors - photo provided by Thiru Murugan of flickr

Here’s 35 examples of bright, vibrant web designs to inspire you on your next project.

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20 Useful Web Design Books Worthy of Your Collection

Apr 6 2008 by Jacob Gube | 31 Comments

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If you’re in search of books on the topic of web design to expand or start up your book collection, here’s 20 web design books worth considering.

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15 Helpful WordPress Plugins for the Savvy User

Apr 2 2008 by Jacob Gube | 75 Comments

15 helpful WordPress plugins for advanced users - photo by  jimwhimpey of flickr

This article presents 15 WordPress plugins to help enhance and simplify the blogging experience of advanced users, especially web developers and designers. Most of the plugins were tested on a default installation of WordPress version 2.3.1 for basic functionality; relevant screenshots of the plugins in action are included.

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