Texturize It: How to Create Textured Text Using CSS

Posted in Coding, HTML & CSS, Tutorials18 hours ago • Written by Leave a comment

Still remember the old days where in you are just starting out with Photoshop? You designed an image-based text and then just uploaded it on your website?

Instead of doing this with Photoshop, the good news is, it is now possible to create textured text using CSS3. Webkit now supports the background-clip CSS3 property that does exactly what Photoshop does.

Aside from that, you can also use the mask-image CSS property to do almost the same effect; however, this property clips the visible portion of an element according to the transparency of the mask images.

In today’s tutorial, you will learn how to apply these effects and create a cool textured text using CSS3 and HTML5.

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30 More Android Applications You Mustn’t Miss This Year

Posted in Showcase, Tools2 days ago • Written by Leave a comment

Android, as we all know, is the world’s most popular mobile operating system. However, it was considered as the second choice after Apple’s OSX. But, with its functionality, it has gained wonderful popularity for the last five years. No doubt, there is no replacement for a laptop or a computer, but working on-the-go may allow you to settle for some Android applications.

Whether you are a designer, developer or a freelancer, you have to work with codes, designs and projects on daily basis to achieve something.

With powerful smart phones and tablets releasing every year, more and more tools are coming to help out developers and designers in their work. The thing which makes all these devices useful for the developers is their compatibility with the Android apps.

However, with thousands of Android apps available to download, it can be very hard to choose the most useful one for you. To help you out, we have collected 30 Android apps that you shouldn’t miss out as a designer, developer or freelancer.

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What To Do When the Internet Connection had Blacked Out?

Posted in Inspiration, Quick Tips, Tips5 days ago • Written by 2 Comments

Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, 1stwebdesigner. Not too long ago, these four websites loaded together in each tab in harmony. Then everything changed when the Internet got down. Only the service provider can fix this, but then, that service provider vanished.

What will you do now that the Internet Is Down?

I know nothing can really be as infuriating than a down Internet connection. As a web designer, this is very frustrating because most of your tasks are online and you will not get anything done until the connection goes back.

Most of the times, you’ll be pictured as the person who observes his router like a hunter observing a gazelle. Sometimes, you are seen pressing F5 every single minute, hoping it would soon load properly. Other times, you try and debate with your ISP over the phone and realize that there is no hope. Heck, you even plan on making rituals for the Internet gods to bring your connection back.

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20+ WordPress Form Plugins You Would Die For

Posted in Plugins, Showcase, WordPress6 days ago • Written by 2 Comments

With plenty of tools and plugins, blogging has become so easy today that just about anyone can do it. With enormous amount of competition, you might want to get help from any source you can find.

Plugins are surely one of those help. These can make any process faster and smoother, something that is an advantage to you or your readers.

Having forms plugin that has an easy-to-use interface will make the creation of custom forms effortless. When we talk about websites, forms are one of the most important parts.

Creating forms once required HTML coding experience but plugins have made this very easy. Now, anyone can set-up forms and even the most complex forms as well.

Why do you need a form plugin?

  • User feedback
  • Acceptance of guest posts
  • Selling of products
  • For the comment section

All of these functions require a form plugin. However with so many form plugins available on the Internet, it can be difficult to choose the right one for your site. In today’s post, we have collected 25 best WordPress form plugins to help you make the right decision.

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How You Can Attain PHP Success in the Easiest Way Possible?

Posted in Tips, Web Design7 days ago • Written by 4 Comments

Learning something from scratch can be intimidating sometimes. Oftentimes, you simply have no idea where to start or how to learn all what you want to learn within a specific amount of time. One such example is PHP. A lot of people are still figuring out PHP success at the moment.

Although PHP is one of the easiest languages to learn out there, it is somewhat difficult to master.

There are some instances wherein there is a plenty of ways to do a PHP program but only two or three are accepted as valid answers within the PHP Community.

This may vary according to opinions and concepts of different PHP developers. For some logical programmers, learning PHP is only skin on the pig.

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Simple Steps to Create Your WordPress Settings Page

Posted in Coding, PHP, Tutorials1 week ago • Written by 4 Comments

If you are a WordPress user, you might be familiar with the theme settings page. This page can be found under the Appearance Menu or in the Administrator Menu itself. Basically it allows the administrator to change specific settings like logo, text color, Google Analytics code and so on. Perhaps one of the first things you do is tweak that WordPress settings page, for sure.

Though there are some free WordPress templates that have theme theme settings page, a Premium WordPress theme commonly have this kind of options.

In today’s tutorial, you will learn how to create a simple theme options page for your WordPress theme.

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Best Laptop Computers You Would Die For Besides Apple

Posted in Showcase, Tips, Tools1 week ago • Written by 13 Comments

The dazzling 13-15-inch screen of Apple’s MacBook Pro, one of the best laptop computers, topped up with amazing technical specifications can surely make your eyes pop for a while. I mean, it’s Apple! Everybody loves the quality of company’s products. You’re assured of top notch items. But seeing the price tag that goes along with them, it will surely make your eyes pop too, but for another reason.

Now, I’m not starting a PC vs. Mac debate here but not all people can afford to buy a Mac; for newbie freelancers, buying a $2000 laptop computer may not be a good decision, especially if you can’t afford it. For me, if you’re starting from scratch, you should invest on the things you need first.

Hence, this article. I tried looking around for great MacBook Pro alternatives. Know the best laptops other than MacBook here:

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5 Best Remote Collaboration Tools for Teams

Posted in Freelance, Tools, Web Design2 weeks ago • Written by 14 Comments

Collaboration is a great way to get more projects done in the shortest span of time. In freelance web designing, collaborating with others seems to be a very wise decision since you can get more projects but work in less effort.

However, being in a freelance web design team doesn’t necessarily mean you work together physically. That is one of the many joys of freelancing. You can work alone, while working together.

However, this is never easy as remote collaboration tools for teams can lead to miscommunication and lack of monitoring. You need tools where you can easily keep track and manage the projects and clients you get. You also need something to set and monitor deadlines, a melting pot of all finished products, invoices and many more.

For this article, we have collected some freelance collaboration tools which will surely make working with a remote team easier and more convenient.

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Happy 6th Birthday 1stwebdesigner! Join Our Giveaway!

Posted in Web Design2 weeks ago • Written by 70 Comments

1stwebdesigner is turning 6! And we couldn’t have done it without you. So, we are giving away 20 of our Flat Web Design Course with a total value of almost $2000 to our loyal readers! Over the years, our core focus has changed from simply publishing tips and tutorials to creating courses for freelance web designers and developers. Right now, we want to share them with you.

Do you want to help change the face of education?

Read our story and be inspired (and of course, get the chance to win 1 of the 20 prizes!).

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It’s Getting Hot in Here! Keeping Your Cool in Front of “Clients from Hell”

Posted in Freelance, Inspiration, Web Design2 weeks ago • Written by Leave a comment

CLIENT: Can you make it less black, like half black?

ME: Do you mean grey?

CLIENT: No. Less black.

ME: Well, there’s black or there’s no black.

CLIENT: We want black, we just want the black to be less black. Like half.

Does this “keeping your cool” dialogue sound familiar to you?

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