5 CSS Effects Libraries for Supercharging Your Designs

Apr 9 2014 by Jacob Gube | 1 Comment

CSS3 gives designers many new properties and modules (like the CSS Animations and CSS Transitions modules) that allow them to add fascinating interactivity onto their work.

If you want to take advantage of these modern CSS capabilities, one quick way to do that would be to use (or study) CSS effects libraries. Let me talk about a few open source collections of CSS that will help you craft great transitional interfaces.

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10 Open Source Blogging Platforms for Developers

Apr 4 2014 by Jacob Gube | 8 Comments

Mainstream blogging platforms like WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, etc. aren’t designed for hackers. They’re encumbered by features developers just don’t need or want.

And, out of the box, the popular blogging platforms certainly lack a lot things coders actually would want, such as code syntax highlighting, blog theming capabilities using a standardized templating engine, markup language support besides HTML, and integration with source code repositories, among other things.

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Why Website Speed is Important

Apr 2 2014 by Smriti Chawla | 5 Comments

It’s reasonable to assume that a website’s loading time is important.

We can confidently conclude that slow sites have usability and SEO issues because we know that users hate waiting for web pages to load and that Google uses site speed as a factor for its search rankings.

But, quantitatively, what are the other effects of having a slow website?

Let us look at some cases of tech companies sharing what they have learned about web optimization.

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Businesses Don’t Want Websites Anymore

Apr 1 2014 by Jacob Gube | 19 Comments

A good online presence is key to the success of modern businesses.

Or is it?

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Why Clients Aren’t Interested in Your Proposals

Mar 31 2014 by Stef Gonzaga | 3 Comments

An entire work day. That’s how long it took to create the 8-page project proposal you wrote, edited, and packaged to perfection for a potential client. It’s the third one you’re sending out this month.

It looks ready. It feels ready. You’re confident it’s going to blow the client’s socks off.

You wait a couple of days. The client hasn’t responded yet. Did he get the proposal? Should you send a follow-up email? Maybe send another copy of the proposal just to be sure (might have been trapped in their spam folder by accident).

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14 Examples of Websites That Use Web Tableaus

Mar 28 2014 by Jacob Gube | 3 Comments

Web tableaus — photographed scenes of work environments — are a popular web design trend right now.

I came across the term from Frank Chimero’s blog post about the subject, and it was the first time I’ve seen the web tableau trend analyzed.

I thought I’d put together a showcase of websites that use web tableaus for you.

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Designing for Your Objectives

Mar 26 2014 by Rachel McCollin | 2 Comments

Whenever I’m working with a new client, the first question I ask them is what they want their website to do for them.

Often, they don’t know. They just think a website is something they should probably have. Because other businesses have them.

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