SliderWall Giveaway Winners Announcement!

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It has been a week since we started the SliderWall Giveaway and it’s now time to draw the winners! Who could be the lucky five winners of Commercial Licenses of jQuery Image Slider? Read more to find out!

For those who didn’t win, do not worry! SliderWall is not that expensive, it’s well-priced and if you want you can try it for free. Because when it comes to your website you should be thinking about how to make it look cool!

So, who are the winners?

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How Responsive Design is Like Water

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There are three states of matter known to be found on Earth. These states of course being that of solid, liquid, and gas. Taking into account that these three states are distinctly different, it is easy to assume that they each have a unique form. Solids are rigid and tightly packed molecules , gases are hyperactive molecules that are always just bouncing around everywhere, and liquids are closely connected molecules that have no true form.

Before steering away from this post because of the brief refresher on some chemistry notes, which may or may not have triggered haunting blocked out memories, take some time to consider something. Why would any professional creative ever be daft enough to mention anything relating to science subjects like chemistry in a blog post? And how can knowing this honestly improve my responsive design skills?

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Create a Photo Gallery Under 10 Minutes Using Piwigo

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Sharing images and photos on the internet has been around for quite some time. Many people share photos and pictures using Picasa, Flickr, Photobucket, and other similar sites. However, the ideal way to share your photos seems to be a photoblog. Further more, graphic/web designers, photographers and other artists need an online portfolio to display their works.

It is at this junction a photo blogging or gallery management CMS comes in handy. Of course, with some effort, even WordPress can be made to handle image galleries, but in order to properly run an image gallery, at times we need a specialized CMS. Piwigo is one such CMS for dealing with photo galleries. In this article, we take a look at Piwigo and evaluate its pros and cons.

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Things to Consider When Estimating for a Website Development Project

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Do you sell website development services? If so, then you are well aware how difficult it is to keep projects in scope during the website development process. Oftentimes website designers price website development jobs according to the specs initially presented by their client. Unfortunately, the client doesn’t always know everything that he needs/wants until after the project has already been scoped. This leads to website development companies either eating costs or having to have very difficult conversations with customers in order to get paid for the additional functionality and features that clients request during the development phase. I like to refer to this as “scope creep”. This article is going to talk about how we can avoid scope creep OR be prepared to deal with it effectively when it inevitably occurs. After you’re finished reading this article my hope is that you will be better prepared to estimate your website development projects.

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Joomla! 2.5 – Does it Have What it Takes to Beat WordPress?

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Joomla! has long enjoyed the reputation of being one of the leading CMSs. Whether you are running a blog, a corporate website, a news site or a site of any other genre, Joomla! has the ability to suit your needs and power your website.

However, of late, Joomla! has lost some of its market share – particularly due to the rise of WordPress.

Sometime back, Joomla! released its version 2.5 (which has already had a security update by now). As with any product, Joomla! is also trying hard to shed its older image of being the geek-friendly CMS and contest WP for its crown of being the end-user’s CMS. The latest release, version 2.5, has taken many strides towards that strategy. In fact, it is the first major release after version 1.5 (the interim ones such as 1.7 were short-term releases).

In this article, we shall compare Joomla! 2.5 with WordPress. But before going any further, let us catch a glimpse of what Joomla 2.5 has to offer.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Combining Multiple Fonts

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Using multiple fonts in the same design can get tricky if you don’t have knowledge of basic theories and good practices. In my opinion pairing fonts is one of the most difficult parts of the design process. If you have no idea where to begin, then this article will guide you through the knowledge you need for now. Browsing the internet for tips about pairing fonts can get confusing, because there are many practices designers use. Therefore I researched a lot in the past couple of weeks and I will present you what is, in my opinion, the right way of doing this.

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1stwebdesigner’s Life #5 – Sales Increase and Crap Site

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Hello everyone :) Here we are again with a few more funny things to share.

First of all, I want to say that we’ll be improving this section and our funny content a lot, and the good part is that we won’t be limited to comic strips anymore (tip: how often are you pinning stuff?). Needless to say that after a whole week of working hard you deserve those funny moments.

Today our strips will talk about crazy clients ideas and a misunderstanding over wireframes.

I’m pretty sure you have been requested to do a crazy .gif or a malicious script. So how to deal with it?

And you remember that client who thought that those wireframes were the whole website, even after you explained that a wireframe is a concept validation tool?

Well, let’s laugh at this then!

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How to Use About.me as Your Online Business Card

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You would probably ask, ” I already use so many services – Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Flickr, YouTube etc on a regular basis, what’s the need for another one?”

Well, about.me is not really just ‘another one’ , it’s a service meant to put together all your other services. It’s a neat way to merge your multiple online profiles scattered across different service providers in one single identity – either for your personal use or for professional purposes.

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SliderWall Giveaway: 5 Commercial Licenses of jQuery Image Slider

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Are you ready for yet another amazing giveaway? SliderWall is giving away 5 commercial licensees to our lucky readers! If you have been dreaming of placing a jQuery slider on your website but can’t find the perfect solution for it, then you’ve definitely come to the right place!

How do you win this awesome jQuery slider? Read on!

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Is Paypal Good for Your Online Business?

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PayPal is definitely the most well-known online user payment service in the world. With its start somewhere in 2000 thanks to X.com and Confinity merging, PayPal quickly became a leader of the market and expanded very fast among eBay users. That is probably why PayPal was bought by eBay in 2002 for just under $1.5 billion.

But PayPal means much more than that today. Tens of millions of users tend to pay with PayPal faster than with their credit card. The company functions as an acquirer and processes payments for online vendors, auction sites and many commercial users – all these for a small usage fee. With such a reputation to handle, we might surely ask ourselves how likely it is for PayPal to be the best payment processor for our online services. If you own a design agency, I am sure you have thought of this at least once.

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