How to Create a CSS3 Pop-Out Menu Without Learning Programming

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Modern websites offer a more complex hierarchy of navigation. This navigation sometimes makes user-experience on the website’s menu a bit confusing. Using a CSS3 pop-out menu makes it easier to find your way to what you want on the site quickly. Thanks to CSS3, animation is now possible.

Using CSS3, you can simply hide and unhide an element under other elements. This will not only simplify your code but also makes it  easily updated. This means you can now perform some sliding animation even without the knowledge of programming.

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Secret Ingredients to an Unforgettable User Experience

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User experience (UX) is an important facet of website development, though, it is often neglected. The reason is that most web developers focus on the technical features of the site. However, when one forgets to build a website that is easy to navigate, the user tends to shift his or her attention to other websites and would not ever come back.

On the contrary, when a website is well-thought of, a favorable and long-term impression is created, together with the preference of your website over that of the competitor’s. It is in this reason why it is pertinent to plan and prepare the experience a user will have when they browse through your website.

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Web Design Mistakes Web Designers Should Avoid

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Let’s accept it. The wonderful world of web design is not a walk in the park. There are web design mistakes to avoid. You need to create eyegasmic designs that will attract people and hook them into visiting your website frequently.

However, what makes it more challenging is that web design isn’t created for the eyes’ pleasure only. User experience, including how he gets the message or the gist of the whole design, is a priority.

Despite the our constant avoidance, we, web designers, are very vulnerable to pitfalls that hamper the practicality of the design. Most web designers, especially the starting ones, tend to make mistakes that could easily jeopardize the usage of their websites.

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Web Industry Job Titles: Where Do You Fit In?

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With the continuous evolution of the Web, web industry job titles are created at a very impressive rate, opening up a lot of possible career opportunities for more people each day.

Speaking of careers, what do you call yourself? I mean, are you a web designer or a web developer? Or are you the kind of person who’s somehow stuck on both boats? I believe that learning your real job title will be tantamount to learning where you’re good at. In my previous article, I have explained that you should be an expert on something. And honestly, stamping your identity through a job title could be considered as the first step.

To begin with, I would like to make it clear that there are a lot of job titles on the Web. The confusion between such jobs is understandable because they do meet ways. So, how do we know which is which and where we fit in? Let’s take a look:

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10 Exciting Premium WordPress Plugins That Are Worth Every Penny

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Everything in the world comes with a price. It’s nature’s way of balancing the scales. So don’t be surprised when the premium WordPress plugins can cost you a lot. You need to spend something in order to acquire something that you really need. In our modern world, money is most often that ‘something’ I was referring to.

It is, of course, good to find free WordPress plugins that you could use with your blog or the website that you are currently developing. However, free plugins have drawbacks.

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Web Designers Who Code: Should Be or Should Not Be

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There is a great debate on whether the web designer should learn coding. Is there a need for web designers who code? If you were one, would you try it?

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Using Adobe Lightroom to Produce Amazing Photos for Your Website

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It may seem unimportant, but for a web designer, the ability to produce good-looking photos using Adobe Lightroom is an edge, particularly in attracting more clients. With the sudden influx of high-resolution and cheaper Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras, photos are now becoming must-haves for websites.

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Learning LESS: A Comprehensive Introduction

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Now that we’re done talking about SASS let’s now talk about learning LESS. If you haven’t seen my SASS tutorial, I recommend you check it here. In our previous tutorial, we listed down the drawbacks of CSS and how pre-processed methods can improve your workflow. We also talked about how to implement SASS using variables, nested, mixins, functions and so on. So we’re ready to take another learning curve with another pre-process method which is LESS.

LESS in a Nutshell

LESS is a dynamic style sheet language that extends CSS and, just like SASS, it has dynamic behavior such as variables, mixins, operations and functions.

It allows you to write CSS in a simpler way by just using and combining mixins, functions, and so on. LESS also increases readability and organization of CSS using imports, nested rules and comments with .less extension.

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15 Bumper Stickers to Print and Peel

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Once I saw a bumper sticker that says,

There’s no place like

Bumper stickers are very good means of relieving stress in the road. It takes our minds away from the pressure of work, traffic and the seemingly endless string of daily mishaps in life. Putting them in your car somehow helps those behind you. Somehow, you’re telling them a good joke and subtly whispering, “Read and laugh with this one instead of hitting my car from behind.”

Since one of our fundamental goals is to promote world peace (or should I say, road peace), 1WD is giving you 15 bumper stickers! We hope that you have fun with them and share them by putting them on your car. You’d do a great help, swear!

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Why Being a Web Designer Who Codes Is Way Cooler

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Is it important that web designers need to know how to code?What are the advantages of the web designer who codes?  The term “web designer” is a subjective matter. Many believe this person is responsible for doing web layouts in Photoshop while others think of him or her as the one who does the HTML markup.

In the field of web development, there are arguments and opinions whether a web designer should know how to code or this person should just focus on his/her craft by creating quality web design layouts.

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