Learn Flat Web Design from Scratch – Complete Course + Contest

Posted in 1WD Features, Web Design7 months ago • Written by 289 Comments

Flat web design could be considered many things – a new trend, style, fad, movement, way of thinking, etc. There is no single and complete definition yet, what we can do is try to acknowledge the postulates, philosophy, and history that stands behind the term.

Here at 1stwebdesigner we are very passionate about flat web design. Not because everyone is talking about it so we simply can’t ignore it – no, we are actually proponents of how flat is reshaping the way we think, talk, and do web design.

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How to Create a Scrolling Parallax Website

Posted in Coding, HTML & CSS, Tutorials8 months ago • Written by 31 Comments

Parallax websites are one of the latest and biggest trends on the web for some time now. If you want to impress your clients or implement immediate impact on your site, this is a good choice for you. In this tutorial, I’ll teach you how to create a simple but beautiful parallax website that will create an illusion of 3D depth to your site. It will surely catch your viewers’ attention. So let’s dig in.

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How to Create Flat Icons in Photoshop

Posted in Icons, Tutorials, Web Interface8 months ago • Written by 13 Comments

Okay, let’s face it. Flat design is the new ‘thing’ for web interface. With iOS and even Windows now adapting this design scheme, it will not be any longer when almost (if not all) all websites in the World Wide Web adapt this design scheme. You would just be baffled to know one morning that as you woke up, opened your browser and typed in your favorite website (we hope it is 1stwebdesigner, just kidding!) and be surprised to see that it followed with the trend of flat design! So you would immediately re-code your website or blog, for that matter, to be ‘in’ with the trend, and that would entail a lot of grueling hours again.

So why not start today? Why not start your web motif revamp today? Try to be there before it happens. Try to be cool before being cool is cool. Be a hipster!

You may be thinking, “Where will I start?” Of course, revamping your website design is hellish as hell is. But that’s why we are here – so that you’ll have a helping hand in going with the flow of design. Right?

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105 Amazing Gifts for Web Designers Handpicked From All Over The Web

Posted in 1WD Features, Web Design8 months ago • Written by 27 Comments

Christmas is coming and everyone is running around looking for gifts. Stop! You don’t have to worry! We collected 105 amazing gifts for web designers and for all other creatives, and just about anyone who has a geeky side in them. Best of all, the gifts are really affordable – mostly from $10 to $100!

If you have a friend who is a web designer or developer and you want to surprise them, you have come to the right place!

In fact, this collection is for any occasion. Birthdays, Valentine’s, Christmas, Thanksgiving, or just an ordinary day surprise to show someone how much you appreciate them.

Ready? Let’s start!

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10 Creative Loading Effects for Your Website

Posted in Coding, HTML & CSS8 months ago • Written by 13 Comments

People hate waiting. It is a fact that web designers and developers should accept. It has been quite a maxim that as designers, we shouldn’t make our viewers wait. This is because many people tend to get bored and choose a website that loads faster. And that, my friend, is a big no-no.

However, waiting is seemingly inevitable. Despite modern internet connection speeds, some browsers still take time to load web elements. So it becomes a need to make people still want to visit your website even if it takes a little bit of time when they load it. There are a lot of plausible solutions for this, and I have to say, that our topic for this article is one of these.

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10+ WordPress Plugins to Boost Your Social and Organic Traffic

Posted in Plugins, WordPress8 months ago • Written by 37 Comments

One of the best things about WordPress is the ability to extend the functionality of your WordPress installation with the use of plugins. You don’t have to mess around with the core files of WordPress since these plugins can easily achieve the same result and exist independent of the core WordPress files. At the time of writing this article there are over 27,000 plugins available via the official repository and many more in the form of premium WordPress plugins. I know how well the readers on 1stWebDesigner love their WordPress content, so I have decided to do a roundup of some of the very best WordPress plugins you can use on your site to attract more visitors via organic and social channels.

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5 Killer Tips that Will Get You Clients: Copywriting for Web Designers

Posted in Tips, Web Design8 months ago • Written by 15 Comments

Your portfolio sucks. It makes me cry. You are a great designer with a perfectly designed portfolio site, and yet, it’s still terrible at the same time. Even my cat, Sheldon, knows it, too. Good thing, you can still improve it.

Do you want to convert browsers into clients? I bet you do. That’s the purpose of your portfolio site, yes? To attract more clients. To make them want to get a bite out of the dish you are offering.

And it only takes one topping: copywriting.

I know, I know, you are a web designer, not a copywriter. But applying these tips to your portfolio won’t hurt one bit!

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10 Easy-to-Follow PSD to HTML/CSS Tutorials

Posted in Coding, Tutorials8 months ago • Written by 5 Comments

Converting PSD to HTML/CSS might intimidate you at first since it’s a brand new world, especially for long-time Photoshop users. A basic knowledge of HTML and CSS won’t hurt; beginners might find these tutorials a bit dizzying but, hey, it’s worth a try. And believe me when I say to you, finding a good teacher who will teach you for free (or for a small amount) is just another difficulty waiting next door if you don’t start now.

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10 Impressive and Free jQuery Slider Plugins

Posted in Tools, Web Design8 months ago • Written by 8 Comments

If there is one thing you need to know about jQuery plugins, it is that they are awesomely cool. And by that, I mean really, really cool. It is, as of now, the best way to flaunt your amazing images and short messages in the fastest way possible.

jQuery slider plugins evolved from their very primitive (but still alive and kicking) predecessors JPG, GIF and PNG files. Awesome web designers started tinkering a few code, thus, mixing these flat and static elements and poof!, it became a jQuery slider.

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10 Free Stunning WordPress Themes for Bloggers

Posted in Freebies, Themes, WordPress8 months ago • Written by 14 Comments

WordPress is one of the most amazing blogging systems ever created. It’s easy to use and tinker around, which makes it very popular for bloggers, and, especially for most web designers. One of its awesome features is it’s easy to understand theme structure. Using basic PHP and some of the WordPress functions, you will be gazing at the best theme that you could ever see in no time.

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