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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Web Icon Set Giveaway Winners Announcement!

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A week has passed since we started our Web Icon Set giveaway, and now we’re announcing the 5 lucky winners of Web Icon Set’s Business Subscription which is worth $99 each! What does that mean for the winners? It means they will spend less time searching and creating icons, because why do you need to reinvent the wheel when over 1000 premium icons are already at your grasp, right?

So, who are the lucky winners?

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11 CMSs to Help You Create Your Own Social Networking Website

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This is the era of social networking. Websites such as Facebook and Google+ dominate the time we spend on the internet. Needless to say, most (if not all) of us find them addictive or, to say the least, interesting.

In this article, we will take a look at some of the CMSs that can be used to create  social networking websites.

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How to Write an eBook that People Will Actually Read

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Are you looking for new ways to deliver in-depth content on a topic specific to your website? If so, ebooks are a great way to take your audience deeper into some aspect of your subject matter. Through the advancement of technology it’s easier than ever before in history for you to become an author by writing an ebook. With that said, there are things you should do to ensure your ebook is read by as many people as possible. In this article we are going to uncover the benefits of writing an ebook, provide tips for writing a successful ebook, and discuss how you can streamline the Ebook writing process.

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40+ Impressive Website Footers for Your Inspiration

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Designing a creative and appealing footer is crucial if you want to make each element of your web design as successful and efficient as possible. Although the footer of a web design appears at the end of the page yet it cannot be neglected. With an effective footer design, you can create a long-lasting impression on your visitors. Through a well designed footer, you can certainly grab the visitors’ attention.

We have previously posted many collections about Website Footers Designs as well but at the moment, we are presenting the most innovative and amazing examples of websites showing impressive footers. These footer designs prove that you can effectively utilize a website footer to provide that extra bit of improvement in the user’s experience. We hope you will like this collection. Do let us know your opinion about this compilation.

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5 Commenting Platforms to Make Your Blog Less Boring

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As bloggers, we all are aware of the importance of comments. While it is true that some blogs/websites tend to disable comments entirely, those are special instances where the websites do not essentially require comments. However, in general, comments form an integral part of any blog, be it a personal one or a magazine site. After all, what good is any info unless it provokes a healthy discussion?

All blogging platforms (including WordPress) come with native support for some sort of comment mechanism which seems to suffice for most bloggers. But sometimes, users may require some dedicated or specialized comment mechanism. This is where third-party commenting systems come in handy.

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25 Free and Premium Barebone WordPress Themes for Easy Customizing

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If you design and develop themes for WordPress, chances are you probably already know the importance of theme frameworks or skeleton themes. To put it simply, these are minimal versions of themes, stripped of all additional functionality, giving you just the bare minimum level of code that you can work with and base your projects on. Needless to say, such frameworks and skeleton themes can save a lot of time and effort by giving developers a ready-made starting ground (consider this: you’re building a house, but you need not lay the foundation, as it’s already there. You simple shoot off with the main building).

Such themes are known by various names – bare-bones, stripped themes, blank themes, etc. Whatever it be, at the end of the day, all of them serve one purpose – help developers create awesome themes!

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Set Your Website on Fire with Red Themes, Photos, and Palettes

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There are some things that you wouldn’t have thought of when using red, such as symbols or effects on our mood. After all, it’s just a colour, right? Red has quite a few qualities and associations; fiery, passionate and overall dynamic are just a few descriptive words that barely scratch the surface.

Prepare to go deeper into the subject and see just how it works!

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1stwebdesigner Survey – Answer To Win 1 of 3 1WD Sidebar Ads For A Month!

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1stwebdesigner will soon undergo great changes, and you can help us mold it by answering our survey! Last year was a great year for all of us, the site redesign was greeted by millions of smiles and in turn we have doubled the articles we publish. Several great designers, developers, and writers have joined us to bring you the best reading materials, and hopefully many more will come. But this is not the end, we are raising the bar this year by introducing a new platform and by improving your experience with 1stwebdesigner by redesigning it to suit your needs.

For this we need your help. You can assist us by answering our survey. After the survey period we will randomly draw 3 respondents and feature their website on our sidebar for a month. Wow! That’s $400 worth of advertising and you’ll have the chance to get it for your website for free!

Just to be clear about placements, those 3 ads will be little smaller than 150x150px, to make it able to put all banners on one line in sidebar.

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