Create Your Own Page Load Progress Bar with Pace.js

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Progress bar informs the user about the waiting time for a page or specific task to load. Usually when the server loads so slow, the user waits and waits for a long time without having any idea how long it will finish loading. A progress bar gives user-friendly experience, thus, adds more value to the website.

Although you can create a page load progress bar with CSS3 animation, it is not dynamic at all. Good thing there is this built-in JavaScript plugin called Progess Automatically Certain to Entertain (Pace.js), a lightweight JavaScript library that consists of a cool and amazing progress bar indicator for your page load and Ajax navigation.

What’s great with Pace.js:

  • You can automatically load a progress bar within any web page you have in your website.
  • Pace.js is executed using a document-read state, event loop and Ajax requests within a specific element of the web pages.
  • It comes with 14 built-in themes (at the time of this writing) that you can choose from.
  • Progress is detected automatically.

In today’s tutorial, I am going to show you how to use this amazing plugin to load a progress bar on your site.

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Will Wearable Tech Mean Wearable Web Design?

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It seems like yesterday when we went gaga over watches with calculator capabilities. Over the years, the possibility of actually having wearable technology is left for science fiction to be made possible.

Well, that’s until wearable technology was born. Will this mean wearable web design is within our grasp?

Nowadays, you can make calls, record videos, check your health and even buy a cup of espresso using a watch. (Talk about improvement, huh?) You can also do that now using glasses.

Over the previous years, wearable technology like the Google Glass and – in the near future –  the Apple iWatch, have been the talk of the technology town. Little do we know, the world of technology is changing rapidly. It’s a great possibility that, in the near future, gadgets will no longer be handheld. They’re going to be worn.

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Is Web 3.0 the Next Web Revolution?

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Nowadays, people use the Internet in almost all aspects of their lives. Users gain benefits from Internet services that help them look for what they need.

Gone were the days when you have to be blind about a movie that you would want to watch, or a restaurant where you’d plan to eat. And heck, a lot of bad movies and bad food were wasted because of that.

But with evolution of the Web, you can now Google almost everything, be it a movie or restaurant review or everything else in between and find results. And before you even leave the house, you’ll have knowledge and preparedness for such recreation. What is the next web revolution, then?

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30 Refreshing Premium WordPress Themes for Landing Pages

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There comes a time when we think of starting a new business and selling some products or maybe a service. Premium WordPress themes are also very popular because they are SEO-optimized.

WordPress themes are popular because they are flexible, comfortable, and provide you with a powerful content management system (CMS).

On the other hand, landing pages are also known as the sales pages because they are used by the marketers to promote and sell their products or services and also to promote events.

Landing pages are usually coded in HTML because all the content is meant to be static. However, these days more and more WordPress themes for landing pages are gaining popularity because they provide you much more.

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When Should You Quit Your Job? (and Begin Freelancing)

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One of the very sensitive questions a designer asks at least once in his life is: “Should I begin freelancing now?”

Unlike other fields of employment, web design is a common goldmine when we are talking about freelancers. Many designers want to branch out of their daily cubicle jobs and start freelancing because they realized the many benefits that hide behind it.

Some of them are the following:

  • Independence
  • Flexibility in schedule
  • Open opportunities to learn more
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Shine Bright like a Diamond: How to Create CSS3 Diamond Grids

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CSS has come a long way. Creating of shapes using CSS3 alone without the use of images was made possible with its new properties. This enables developers and designers to experiment and do more with this basic shapes.

Creating a diamond shape using CSS is cool but how about combining diamonds to create a grid? Today’s tutorial will show you how to do CSS3 diamond grids.

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Top 30 Free WordPress Themes 2014

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A lot of themes are now floating through the Web, some are free and others premium. Of course, most WordPress experts recommend premium themes because of its security and design advantages but that doesn’t mean that you should trump the free ones. Sometimes, the free themes are even more beautiful than the paid ones. Every year we collect themes for you. Checkout the free WordPress Themes 2014 below.

WordPress is the best blogging platform there is. Let’s accept it. More and more websites use WordPress to manage their content. This doesn’t only apply to blogging but can also extend to eCommerce and a lot more! With this growing market for WordPress, the growth of the WordPress theme market consequentially grows with it.

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Why You Should Take a Web Break and Explore The World

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  “Any place you don’t leave is prison.”

Professor Peter Hoberg might be right at some points in this statement. Often, we are too fed up with our routines, be it as freelance web designers or not: wake up, procrastinate a little, procrastinate a little more, work, rest, eat, work again, procrastinate and then take a good night rest. Very much so that you need to find reasons to explore the world.

Don’t take me wrong; a routine is a good way to organize your life. But any routine you don’t leave is prison too, and sometimes, taking a break is all that you need to burst free and soar high.

My point: At times, you have to pack your things, travel the world and get the heck out of anywhere you are right now.

Today, we will be talking about reasons why you need to take a web break. In this article, I will enlighten you with the following:

  • How traveling can help you become a better web designer
  • Travel tips to make your vacation unforgettable
  • Some great places to add to your list
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The Outsourcing Guide for Web Designers

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There are times in the life of a freelance web designer when design projects come like rain falling from the sky. Those times are great and abundant to a point that the said freelancer’s bucket is too full that he can’t carry it.

Of course, he has options- either he carries the whole bucket and take on all projects or he asks someone to carry the bucket for him.

And that is where this outsourcing guide comes in.

Outsourcing is the act of reaching to a third-party entity to do a contract or business deal. It often involves transferring employees and assets to another.

In simple terms, outsourcing, in freelance web design, is the act of hiring another freelance web designer to do your projects. It is often done by experienced freelancers who have too many projects under their names.

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Should You Be Amused with Muse? : An Adobe Muse Review

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If there is one page-builder application that would allow you to design from scratch, and by scratch, I mean from a blank canvas, that would be Adobe Muse. This software was recently released by Adobe as part of the Creative Cloud series. It offers great opportunities to graphic designers and non-coding designers to finally get into web design.

I thought of doing an Adobe Muse review. I have tried Muse for a few days, and I say, from a non-coder’s viewpoint, it is a pretty amazing software. With a little understanding of graphic design and a great amount of experience with Adobe Photoshop, I managed to create a simple website.

Here are my observations:

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