How to Make Custom Designs for your jQuery Slider

Posted in Coding, HTML & CSS, JS & AJAX, Tutorials1 year ago • Written by 15 Comments

Sliders are a common component used in website design and for various purposes. We can create image, content, or video sliders using  jQuery. jQuery is the most popular JavaScript framework used for these sliders. A lot of jQuery sliders can be categorized based on the techniques used for sliding. The following are some common and trending techniques used by developers.

  • Layered Sliders – This is the latest addition to sliders with parallax effect.
  • Fade In/Out Sliders – These types of sliders do not have controls. Content just fades away one by one.
  • Banner Rotators – These sliders rotate in a circular path.

There are many other types of techniques as well. Each type of slider is suited for a different purpose and location on your website. Hence the designer has to carefully choose sliders for different locations.

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40 Handy and Free UI Kit PSDs for Smartphones

Posted in Freebies, Tools, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 6 Comments

In this collection, we are presenting some handy and useful smartphone UI Kit PSDs that you can download for free. With these mobile user interface kits, designers can enhance their creations and make their mobile user interfaces look more interesting and appealing.

Using these kits, you can design visually interactive and appealing user interfaces. All these kits are available in PSD format for easy modification. 

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7 Best deviantART Alternatives for Web Designers to Showcase their Skills

Posted in Tools, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 12 Comments

There can be many reasons to stick to deviantART (dA) — the biggest art community and a basic step for a design newcomer. At the same time none of these reasons should prevent you from participating in other professional networks and showcasing your skills.

Founded twelve years ago, today deviantART has the widest art-loving audience. However, lately there is an opinion that deviantART is overcrowded with work which can only be called “art” by a long stretch of imagination. So many men, so many censures! Anyway, like it or not, dA is a wonderful art community, but at the same time, it helps to be part of other art networks as well.

Today, we will take a look at seven major art communities and deviantART alternatives for aspiring designers and creative artists. 

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Targeting Your Audience Effectively with Simple Web Design Tips

Posted in Tips, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 17 Comments

Targeting your audience with your design is not only possible, but also recommended. Some might not think it’s important, but I am sure all of you have some favourite websites that you visit from time to time, but because of their good design, you simply can’t stay away from them for long. Those kind of sites are what we are going to talk about today. Why? Because you can have one too if you really want to – all you need is a bit of marketing knowledge, a good strategy and some design skills and you’re pretty much there.

Today we will talk about how to spot your real target audience. This is the first major step in your strategy and the most important. If you fail at this, nothing else will fall into place. Today’s article will also be about usability and web interfaces, but we will get into details further down the road.

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5 Web Design Colours that Encourage Visitors to Click that Subscribe Button

Posted in Tips, Usability, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 79 Comments

People are still debating whether content is king or not.

If you ask me, I totally agree with it and my opinion is based on my own experience. Regardless, whether or not content is king, there is something that is just as important! What is it, you ask?

It is a book’s cover that counts too…

I know, I know, everyone likes to say don’t judge a book by its cover, but how else are you planning to grab someone’s attention other than with a fancy cover?

Obviously, once you have someone’s attention, you can leave the rest to content. It’s all about web design colours and how you manipulate them.

To find out your real opinion of someone, judge the impression you have when you first see a letter from them.

-Philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer

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42 Picture-Perfect Premium WordPress Themes for Photographers

Posted in Showcase, Themes1 year ago • Written by 8 Comments

Nowadays there are a lot of people in love with photography, which probably explains why Pinterest, Instagram, and other photo websites have become popular. In fact, photo websites are a growing niche. It doesn’t take much marketing; really, all you need to do is to have great photos to share and social media accounts.

So, how do you start your first photo blog? Well, we’ve gathered only the best premium photography WordPress themes for photographers to choose from!

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WebPlatform: Trustworthy Programming Language Documentation Backed by Facebook, Google, Microsoft!

Posted in News, Tools, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 6 Comments

Are you a web developer trying to create awesomeness using the power of code? If so, obviously, you are not alone. There are numerous talented developers like you, fighting evil monsters that wish to destroy the Internet, and at the same time using their coding skills to create a better browsing experience for the world!

However, let me ask you: what exactly is your specialization? PHP? JavaScript? Obviously CSS and HTML? Did I hear Perl, Ruby or Python?

I guess the point is clear: there are numerous languages out there, each with its own pros and cons, and as a developer, keeping up with the trends in technology can often be confusing. This is where development and design blogs come in: you simply subscribe to a blog, and that’s it! All the latest updates from the world of design and development right at your finger-tips!

However, what if, apart from updates, you need proper tutorials and theoretical info that only an encyclopedia or a wiki can provide? What if there existed a platform (not exactly a blog), which provided you with tutorials, wiki and other detailed how-to type documentation about your preferred specialization? What if you could find trustworthy documentation about PHP and CSS under one roof? Have no fear; WebPlatform is here!

So, what is it all about? Read on as we take a look!

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Adaptive and Fluid Approach in Responsive Web Design

Posted in Tips, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 9 Comments

In our past articles on media queries and breakpoints, we’ve solely covered one of the two approaches in achieving a responsive site. This approach being Adaptive. Adaptive Web Design, in the responsive web design sense,  is the more rigid and structured approach because of how the elements of a website only change upon reaching declared breakpoints. This has benefits, mostly in there is less need to worry about how well the site will respond to less popular screen widths, since it will only change at specific points.

However, there are disadvantages to using this approach that are well worth considering. The main one being a benefit. This being the Adaptive approach’s inability to change in accordance to what widths are specified in the media queries used to create the breakpoints. If, say, a tech company somewhere builds a device that has an odd width of 520px, or just imagine a Blackberry. This is what I like to call the forgotten zone, which ranges from 766px to 490px. It gets its name from the majority of us tending to forget this area by only declaring mobile calls for 767px and lower. So with this in mind the Fluid approach wins out. Despite how easy this may sound, there is much more to them than this, and that is what we’ll be looking over.

Note: This article is referring to Adaptive and Fluid layouts.

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45 Fresh and Free High Quality Icons in PSD Format

Posted in Freebies, Icons1 year ago • Written by 11 Comments

Today, we bring you 45 fresh and high quality free icon sets in PSD format. These PSD files can be edited easily according to your individual needs or requirements. In fact, it is the ease of use that encourages even the most experienced designers to take a keen interest in free icon sets and PSDs.

So without further ado, here is the collection of icon sets. Enjoy!

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Microsoft Announces TypeScript: Will It Change The Web?

Posted in Coding, JS & AJAX, News, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 10 Comments

Like it or not, JavaScript has long established itself as a de-facto scripting language on the web. There are many programmers who are in love with JavaScript, and then there is an equal number of programmers who hate it. Yet, if you are developing for the web, you most probably deal with JavaScript in some way or another, at some point or the other.

Owing to such popularity, JavaScript has seen its fair share of clones copies languages that attempt to replace or build upon JS. CoffeeScript is a shining example, for instance.

Among such examples, we recently saw a new entrant few days ago. Yes, Microsoft announced the release of TypeScript, a typed superset of JavaScript.

What is it all about? Read on as we take a look at it in this article!

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