20 Addictive HTML5 Games For You To Enjoy

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HTML5 game development is a trending topic that developers and designers often talk about these days. It is slowly but surely replacing Flash with its support for animations and game development in combination with JavaScript. You will see that more and more HTML5 games are created everyday with awesome graphics and cool effects. In this round-up, we are going to provide you with a list of addictive HTML5 games.

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45 Free and Fresh Web User Interface PSDs

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Finding free user interface elements and wireframes is just like finding treasure for designers. This is because resources like these can significantly help designers in their work and help them complete their job easily and more quickly. Basic web UI elements and wireframes are used to create a prototype of the user interface which will be shown to the client so that they can have an idea of how their user interface will look once it is completely designed.

In this post, we have collected 45 free and fresh web User Interface in PSD format so that you can easily modify or edit them. We hope that you will like this collection and find these UI elements useful to you. Good luck!

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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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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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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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7 Inspiring Interviews That Every Web Designer/Developer Should Read

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It’s already August and the year is about to draw to a close…how are you doing with your work and projects? I know that inspiration is quite often hard to come by, and with our line of work inspiration is mainly the driving force. To give you a boost, why not read these 7 inspiring interviews by famous bloggers, web designers, and web developers, who have garnered success in their fields?

Are you ready to be inspired?!

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1stWebDesigner’s Life #8 – Amnesia and Volunteer

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Hello there! Here we are again to laugh at our own stories. Our Webster superhero (brought to life by Jamie Sale) is in trouble again and we’re here to help.

Ok, we’re not going to help him but we’ll at least learn from his mistakes :)

These two particular stories have happened to me quite a few times. And funny enough, they mostly happened while I was working a regular job, as an employee.

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Earn and Create Web Design/Development Video Tutorials Using LabVidz

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Recently I wrote an article about how developers and designers can earn money as a side project, which included writing tutorials, recording video tutorials, writing an eBook, and creating a premium membership website to name a few a few different options.

Today, what I’m going to show you is how to combine those three to form a super website where you can showcase your talents, products, and general awesomeness.

In this post you will learn how to:

  • leverage your skills to create a product
  • turn that product into an income generator
    • using a unique tool that we’ll provide, something you’ve never seen before
    • which will absolutely require zero coding skills on your end
  • launch your products with a perfect website (absolutely no coding required!)

Why are we doing this? Because we can…and we want to revolutionize the way people leverage their skills to actually earn more on the side, even while having a 9 to 5 job.

The end-game? You could be your own boss in no time!

It’s super easy! What are you waiting for? Show me your war faces!

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