We know how much fun it is to have to write the same query 12 different times and/or do a lot of LEFT, INNER, or explicit JOINs to the data that we need. There are several different available methods of caching available depending on the environment we are developing in. One that is very quick and simple is Flat File caching and it can also serve many different purposes.
These methods are slightly advanced and can be very helpful if you have built your own custom CMS for your website. Later we will link to more basic practices that can lead you up to these methods.Read More
If you have taken any basic HTML courses or look through tutorials you know how to build a website…. Well sort of. HTML is pretty much the first and main stepping stone of websites but it is merely the beginning. In this post I will show you a few techniques to get you stated in using PHP to make your sites more dynamic and much easier to manage.
Lets take for example you have an information site about carving spindles. Your site consists of a home page, an about us page, a contact us page, and a content page that has the instructions on creating the spindles. This is a small site and your knowledge currently is mostly only on HTML and CSS but you are tired of having to go and edit something on all 4 pages to simply make one change on the site.Read More
Poster design is a medium often under-explored in the online design community, arguably because it is regarded as a largely print-based art. Poster design can be as rich and varied as any other art-form, as this will article will show by exploring the huge variety in style and form.
Like any art form poster design often adheres to certain conventions. This is not always the case of course, but more often than not successful poster design can be seen to fall into one or more of the categories discussed below.Read More
Many web designers work exclusively with the Adobe Creative Suite to get work done. Adobe Photoshop is the most common tool for graphics creation and manipulation along with Illustrator for freehand drawings. Fireworks doesn’t get as much of the attention, but this doesn’t mean the software is also useless.
In fact Fireworks can be used hand-in-hand with Photoshop to create seamless mockup designs, wireframes, interface icons and so much more. We’ll be taking a look into how you can incorporate Adobe Fireworks seamlessly into your design workflow.Read More
While a personal profile can only get so much attention, a Facebook Fanpage allows you to expand your reach and your profile’s capabilities. While a business profile is ok, a fanpage for your company, business, service or product is the best approach on Facebook since a fanpage has significantly more options and is more flexible than a simple profile.
For this tutorial we’ll assume that you have a freelance service (and a product) which you want to advertise on Facebook. We won’t cover Facebook ads here, only the design and structure of a fanpage which will get people interested in your product and services.Read More
- find high-quality tutorials for any web design software tool, and find them easier and faster
- find decent alternatives for the current web design software you’re using
- search for what Spanish (or <insert your favorite nation here>) web designers are talking about
…and much more! You’ll learn all of this in the text below. I’ll use specific examples to illustrate my points, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use your own examples when you understand the points. So let’s get started, shall we?Read More
Taking the step from being a regular employee with a safe and stable income and to becoming a freelancer with all the challenges that come with it can be hard. In this article we’ll give you some tips on how to make the transition as painless as possible. There are many things you should consider doing to be prepared. Hopefully this can be of help to all those considering going freelance.Read More
A lot of designers spend some time working for others before they start getting the urge to start up their own freelance business. This is in most cases a good thing as you will get a lot of valuable experience both in seeing how a business is run and getting the feedback and help needed from other more experienced designers.
In this article we’ll have a closer look at some signs that will appear to show you that you’re getting ready to take the step into the challenging yet exciting world of freelancing.Read More
Web design should be all about creativity, right? Free flow of ideas, designing what you want etc…While all of that is important, there are various ways to use objective data to get the most out of your design efforts. In this article, I’ll assume you’re a freelancer and working on someones else project. What steps can you take to ensure your web-design is data-driven?Read More