Breaking Down Media Queries for Responsive Web Design

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The core of any Responsive Web Design framework is the media query. Media queries are what enable your website to call different style declarations from your stylesheets based on the current window width of the viewing device. Many of those new to Responsive Web Design, RWD, don’t spend time getting familiar with them. When there are great frameworks like The Semantic Grid System, Foundation by Zurb, and Twitter Bootstrap that let everyone just pick up and go, why would they bother? Right? Wrong! Having a skill that solely relies on code created by another is a hindrance to your career, in order to be able to say something is part of your skill set you have to understand it first. That is why for all those claiming to have an in-depth knowledge of RWD, we’ll be taking an extended look at it’s backbone: media queries.

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Bluehost: Recommended Web Hosting For Bloggers and Designers

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The first time I started a blog I spent several days researching about what web hosting is most suitable for me, and several websites say that Bluehost is their most recommended web hosting service. In my two years in the business I’ve been with several web hosts. All of them are good hosts, I can attest to that, but when it comes to credibility and reliability and speed, especially for people who are looking to host their very first website, Bluehost takes the trophy.

You might be saying, “no way it’s that good, I’ve read reviews!” Well, have you read mine? The truth is, no web hosting service is flawless, every single one of them has flaws, but what matters is how they deal with it and how little of an inconvenience it brings to their clients.

I will tell you why Bluehost is the best web hosting service for people who are new in this kind of thing. Whether you are a designer or a developer who wants to start a blog just like 1stwebdesigner or simply host your own portfolio professionally, or a budding blogger looking forward to starting a blog, you will find Bluehost the only hosting service you will ever need!

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Viral Product Launch with Launch Effect

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Launching a product is a meticulous process, even for us with our ebooks. One thing we can say is that having a mailing list helps a lot. Now, what is this post all about? In this post I will tell you about an awesome product, a WordPress theme called Launch Effect that focuses on helping you gather subscribers so that you can have a viral product launch!

Launch Effect is unlike other WordPress themes. It can act as a blog for your product or as a simple landing page, what’s more is that you can design it to fit your own taste without learning how to code or use Photoshop!

Are you ready for this awesome WordPress theme?

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Self-Hosted Videos or YouTube – What Should You Use?

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Television is huge nowadays, even with the online videos being out there. It is the easiest way to transmit your message to people who are generally offline. The Hollywood industry is huge, even if video streaming is available all over the place on the internet – mostly for free. Even TV stations are moving to the internet today. This should give everybody an idea of  how big video really is. Videos can make the current era more interactive and send different messages across in a more powerful, easier and effective way.

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10 Outstanding Tools to Build Portfolio Easily and Professionally

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If you’ve been working as almost any kind of creative, you probably know that a piece of paper with fancy stamps do not always guarantees work. And you also know that having a beautiful and clear portfolio that represents you is essential. Recently we published an inspirational article regarding successful designer portfolios. But I’m not a designer and I can’t create that kind of website on my own, you’d probably say. What to do then? Pay someone a big amount of money for your website? I hold that the content stands over the packaging and it doesn’t make a big difference if your portfolio cost you thousands of dollars or couple of sandwiches. It’s much better to focus on your work and leave its presentation on safe hands. That’s why for this roundup we’ve prepared a list of 10 tools that will help you build a portfolio easily and professionally.

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Quick and Easy Stylish Design Agency Landing Page In Adobe Photoshop

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Hey Guys! Were you ever asked to design a Design Agency website and you’d run out of ideas? Well, this tutorial is just for you. I will show you how to create a stylish looking landing page using Adobe Photoshop. Don’t worry, this design will not take too long and don’t be afraid of doing this if you are a beginner I promise to guide you all the way through. So what are we waiting for? Let’s get started!

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Create an Author Comments Feed in WordPress

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In recent years blogs have become so popular that and they’re one of the most common ways people get their daily dose of information. It’s not possible for a single person to provide quality content everyday. As a result, major websites are accepting  guest authors to provide quality content on a regular basis.

Authors play a vital role in these multi-author blogs since they are responsible for providing up-to-date content for their readers. Once a post is published, the author has to respond to comments, fix the issues and update the content according to the latest trends. As an Author, it is important to respond to user comments quickly. When a comment is made, only the administrator gets the notification email to approve the comments. But there is no default functionality to notify the author.

Authors have to view comments of each post regularly and I can tell you that is very hard if you have written a large number of posts. In this tutorial I am going to ease this task by creating an author comments feed for the comments of all posts written by a single author. Then you will be able to view all the comments in one place. So Lets get started.

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How to Properly Use Instagram and Pinterest For Your Company

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After the first two Etiquette Guides for Facebook and Twitter, I’ve decided to also tell you something about two other services which, although popular, are quite new to the market: Instagram and Pinterest. If you find them difficult to use in such a way that your company will benefit, this article will most likely answer your questions and help you make better use of these two underdogs.

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Stunning Watercolor Effects in Web Design, Tutorials and Brush Sets

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Today the art of using watercolor is not limited to the canvas only, rather you can see loads of websites that have beautifully incorporated hand-drawn images and creation within their web designs. Such web designs look visually appealing and entice visitors. Watercolor masterpieces, because of their soft flowing strokes and smooth pastel colors, look visually gratifying; and incorporating such characteristics into a web design definitely brings outstanding results.

In this round up, we present a beautiful collection of some amazing and pleasing watercolor effects in website design. We hope that you will find this post interesting as well as inspiring for you. Enjoy!

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A Clever Theft – Steal Inspiration Everywhere

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Steal like an artist. Some of you might remember the huge attention Austin Kelon’s article got. If this is the first time you’re hearing about it, quick, close your windows and read it, Steal Like an Artist and 9 Other Things Nobody Told Me. The original article managed to reach millions of readers and a lot of people regard it as a must read for any creative. So do I. What’s more, the post has expanded into a book and, guess what, you can buy it on Amazon.

I’m not going to repeat the things Austin talks about. You should read them yourself and make your own decisions. I’ve pondered these stealing and creativity things for a while. Nothing is original. I agree with that. But then you start to think. And the thing I figured out is that I don’t care. I don’t care if there is something original left in this world or there isn’t. Why should I care? I’ll keep doing what’s right for me and pursue growth and success.

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