Introducing InfiniteWP – Your One-Stop Solution to Managing WP Sites

Posted in Tools, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 28 Comments

Are you in the process of managing multiple websites powered by WordPress, and feel lost somewhere? Perhaps you can never be sure whether you’ve updated that plugin on this site or this plugin on that site. After all, if you have multiple websites, each with its own share of plugins, themes and settings, how exactly can you be expected to have time for anything other than website management?

If the above mentioned situation seems apt for you, InfiniteWP is one tool that you should try!

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The Power of Paper Prototyping

Posted in Tips, Tools, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 17 Comments

When planning the structure of a website or an app, I often begin by capturing my ideas on paper in the form of wireframes. I quickly sketch several possible layouts to see which form fits best: Should I use a two or three-column layout? What kind of navigation structure will the site have? How can I integrate a search bar? For exploring basic questions like these, nothing beats throwing together some quick-and-dirty paper prototypes. It’s a great way to get the creativity flowing, and when a sketch doesn’t work it’s always fun to crumple it up and play office basketball with the garbage can.

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7 Webmaster Tools That Will Make Your Job Easier

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Tools, Web Design2 years ago • Written by

After we deliver a complete web design solution to clients, they might ask us to continue working for them for a few hours a week as a webmaster. While this job can be quite bumpy at times, its difficulty can be minimized with the help of different webmaster tools available on the Internet. If you are involved with such a client, this article is out here to help you speed up your workflow.

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Grab Your Readers’ Attention with Notification Bars

Posted in Tools, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 6 Comments

People who visit your site have the attention span of a 5-year-old in a room full of puppies with a bagful of candy. You need to get their attention right away or you may lose them forever. To focus their attention on the right bit of information, try using a notification bar.

Hosted WordPress site owners have a lot of notification bar choices. Most are plugins, but some themes even come with this option. A notification bar is an attention getter, but not as annoying as pop up windows.

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Beginner’s Guide to Wireframes and Tools to Create Them

Posted in Tools, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 12 Comments

Wireframing, or prototyping, while designing, costs almost nothing, but can give back so much. While many designers start with a sketch in their mind and then just put it into Photoshop or even code it right away, some others start on paper. Yes, paper, that (most of the time) white thing we write on with our hands. Sounds very 2000-ish, but even today the best designers out there use this technique to their advantage. Web prototyping saves lots of frustrations later on during the project development phase, as it makes sure there are no things to undo or redesign. If you prototype correctly, you can be sure about the fact that redesigning will never be something you will have to think of.

What wireframing basically means is putting your design ideas on paper – for each of the multiple pages of a website. All pages will probably share some elements, therefore the first one will be a bit more challenging to do, whereas the rest of them will be a bit less difficult as you already have a basic idea over the general design patterns.

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Visual LightBox Giveaway: 5 Commercial Licenses for Unlimited Websites

Posted in Freebies, Tools, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 37 Comments

Visual LightBox is a jQuery Image Gallery with beautiful Lightbox-style overlay effect and a lot of nice gallery templates. Visual LightBox comes with drag&drop GUI wizard for Mac and Windows to create your gallery in just a couple of clicks – without coding or image editing.

For this week, Visual LightBox is giving away 5 commercial licences of their elegant image gallery slider with a nifty lightbox-style effect. Perfect for photographers, graphic designers, and just about any artists out there looking for beautiful ways to present their works!

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Introducing Breezi CMS Meant For Designers: Review

Posted in Tools, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 1 Comment

Are you looking for a good hosted CMS solution for designing your next website? If so, a good option for you to consider might be Breezi.

Breezi is a visual CSS Editor and Edit-in-Place CMS meant especially for designers. The Breezi CMS is supplemented by to-the-mark style control and multiple apps that lend great functionality to your website.

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Never Forget a Thing With the Help of Evernote!

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Evernote is an amazing “catch all” application. You may already be using Evernote or you might be using some other note application. None-the-less, Evernote is powerful and very customizable. When showing people how to use Evernote, I equate Evernote to Twitter. There is no real right way to take or organize your notes as long as it fits your needs.

When I say Evernote is a “catch all”, I mean you can store all of your, well, everything. With a premium account, you can upload any kind of files or media to your account.

Here are some tips how you can use Evernote to keep your life organized.

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Power Your Blogs with Habari: The Next Generation of Blogging

Posted in Blogging, Tools, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 6 Comments

If you are running a blog on a self-hosted platform, chances are you’re using either WordPress or perhaps Drupal. There is no denying the fact that both of these CMSs have excellent capabilities. They are ideal for many different genres of website. However, at times, when all you need is a small personal weblog, running Drupal is a bit overkill. In other instances, when the need of the hour is a no-nonsense and nimble CMS, WordPress might seem a bit bloated to some users.

If this is the case for you, Habari might be the CMS meant for your blog.

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18 Hosted CMS to Solve Your Needs and Grant You Unlimited Jedi Power

Posted in Tools, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 5 Comments

When it comes to choosing a CMS, there are a lot of options to choose from. One can go with traditional ones, such as WordPress, Drupal or Joomla! Alternatively, one can opt for a hosted solution too.

Hosted CMSs tend to be quite popular with designers. While they may not be able to compete with self-hosted ones in terms of scalability, they have several advantages of their own. Apart from included hosting, they also come with A+ grade support from the CMS manufacturer, and thus you know that if something were to go wrong, you won’t be left feeling lost. Secondly, most of them feature intuitive interfaces to help you develop websites easily.

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