The Top 50 Free Web PSD Templates for 2014

Posted in Freebies, Templates2 months ago • Written by 5 Comments

With the Internet now so easy to use, designers and developers have a personal blog or website where they interact with their audience. Building a whole new website for these kinds of interactions can be very time-consuming for many designers since they can busy with certain projects. Therefore, using free web PSD templates can be very helpful for every designer and developer.

Adobe Photoshop is a very useful tool for designers. It is considered as the best software for designing any website. It is a very helpful source for start-up designers.

When you are working on a new project for any business, it is not easy to manage everything. A great technique is to use pre-designed, free web templates. Whether you have a low budget or you are starting out, I would recommend you to use these for your websites.

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10 Reasons Why You NEED to Launch Your Online Portfolio NOW

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design2 months ago • Written by 8 Comments

The world has gone digital and everything in it automatically follows. Jobs are no longer stereotyped to be activities where you have to sit on a boring chair all day. Nowadays, people can work anywhere they want, thanks to the Internet.

As the Internet becomes a viable option for job opportunities, conventional job seeking has becoming archaic. With that, job seeking has also gone the same. Answering job advertisements or looking at classified ads are growing less and less popular because freelancing is becoming a more viable option.

But before going full-fledged freelance, you need to remember a few things. One of these is that you should start working on how to launch your online portfolio.

Portfolios can be hard copies of the projects that you have done. Yes, some people still do that but since we are now at the digital information age, a website can be a perfect substitute.

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15 Marketplaces to Buy Premium WordPress Themes Reviewed

Posted in Themes, Tools, WordPress2 months ago • Written by 7 Comments

WordPress is a powerful tool to make your blog or website run perfectly. However, if you want to stand out among thousand other websites and blogs, you need some elegant themes. You can certainly create unique themes for yourself. But if you don’t have appropriate knowledge of HTML and CSS, I would recommend that you find a marketplace in order to buy premium WordPress themes.

What are the perks of having premium WordPress themes?

  • You will find highest quality themes that are professionally designed
  • It will improve the appearance of your website or blogs
  • It will also expand its  functionality
  • It capture the visitor’s attention more
  • Increase the traffic on the website or blog
  • It brings some fresh changes if you want to boost business performance

Therefore, in today’s post we are going to review top WordPress themes marketplaces that will help out bloggers, designers, and developers to generate traffic to their sites and sell their work easily.

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How to Embrace Imperfection and Turn It Into Creativity

Posted in Blogging, Tips, Web Design, WordPress2 months ago • Written by 1 Comment

The frailty of creatives is that they never get 100% content with their creation. As Leonardo Vinci said, “Art is never finished, only abandoned.” It resounds true to most designers. There’s always a little bit of regret when closing a project they’ve spent several hours to a couple of weeks refining to the pixel. Creatives seem to have a problem on how to embrace imperfection.

As a writer I understand this too. I paint pictures with words and there are literally hundreds of ways to project an image, but only a handful of them put together will give the “right feel”.

Here are some questions for you:

  • When designing, do you trust intuition or reason?
  • Do you simply know what will work perfectly together or do you have a set of checklist to follow?

This article may be a bit gnomic in nature, perfect with your morning coffee when you are about to start your day with a flair but terrible to act as an “emergency” advice.

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Visualize Data Beautifully With Chart.js Library

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Creating charts that look presentable can be a bit of a pain sometimes. Most often, web designers or developers use graphics to display data using Photoshop or Illustrator, which may take a lot time to be done.

Good thing, there are many available free JavaScript libraries online that web designers or developers can use to display data beautifully. The web designer or developer can then present data without creating graphics in Photoshop or Illustrator.

Chart.js library is one of the great online JavaScript libraries which builds data using HTML5 canvas element to draw graphs and charts, complete with documentation.

To see chart.js in action, we’re going to build the following charts using web programming languages as our labels with their fictional data.

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Let A Client Go: 4 Signs Why You Need to Fire Clients

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design3 months ago • Written by 3 Comments

“I’m sorry, but we have to let you go. You’re fired.”

I’m pretty sure that a lot us, freelancers, dream of wanting to be a real badass and say those words one day. Unfortunately, in the world of freelancing, having someone to fire is really not an option. Unless, you fire clients.

Yes. You can fire clients. A lot of blogs teach you how to get the right clients, and doing that can be very difficult, not to mention distressing, to budding freelancers. Often, you will surely get bad clients.

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30 Premium Must-Have WordPress Plugins

Posted in Plugins, Showcase, WordPress3 months ago • Written by 5 Comments

Who doesn’t love WordPress? According to Wikipedia, WordPress is used by more than 18.9% of the top 10 million websites as of August 2013. This is how popular WordPress is. From a tiny nice blog for yourself to a professional complete E-commerce site for your company, WordPress rules the Web.

WordPress is no longer just a blogging platform when it comes to its features. Talk about new and exciting functions- and it hasn’t stop evolving yet!

So, what exactly does WordPress must have to transform it into a fully-fledged functional site? If your guess is plugins, you’re absolutely correct!

In today’s post, we will explore 30 premium must-have WordPress plugins categorized under social, security, e-commerce, sliders and galleries that you will surely love for it is worth every penny.

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The Future of Web Development Without Internet Neutrality

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Internet neutrality has been under siege by corporations and world governments for several years now. They are discovering that it’s not just a tool for communication and entertainment, but also to spread ideas across borders and elicit action beyond governing.

The Internet has given birth to many important services, inventions, and ideologies. Not only that, it has also provided millions of people entertainment and access to instant communication. With that in place, who wants the Internet to be limited?

Net neutrality, in the most basic sense, means everyone gets equal treatment on the Internet no matter where, what ISP they use, and network they connect to. It passively encourages creative experimentation which has given birth to many startups over the last decade – some of which are controversial like Megaupload.

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Typography Designs Using CSS3 and Lettering.js

Posted in Coding, HowTos, HTML & CSS, Tutorials3 months ago • Written by 2 Comments

Web typography has become even more popular on the Internet in recent years.  In the past, this was ignored, but with the different screens nowadays, this is an essential topic that should be dealt with. These days, with the options to use Web fonts like Google Fonts and Typekit, you can achieve cross-browser, stunning and high resolution web texts without worrying the screen sizes.

However, with all these available technologies, there’s a key ingredient missing for typographers: Kerning.

Kerning is the process of adjusting the spacing between characters in a proportional font. Thanks to the power of CSS3 and jQuery, it’s now possible to structure a well-designed typography with complete control of the text and animation quickly and easily.

Today, I’ll show you how to create stunning typography designs with CSS3 and a jQuery plugin called Lettering.js, a simple, lightweight, and easy-to-use jQuery plugin that gives complete control on web typography.

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