MySQL Guide for Beginners: What You Must Know

Posted in Quick Tips, Tools, Tutorials2 weeks ago • Written by 3 Comments

A database is an essential part of most websites. From simple blogs to complex e-commerce websites, everything is being driven by a database.

If you are a web developer, you definitely know a lot about MySQL.

  • Is the most popular open source database system
  • Uses SQL (Structured Query Language) to manipulate information inside the database
  • It’s free, very dependable and fast
  • It has several application programming interfaces (APIs)
  • Easy to use to develop software or applications

This article is a MySQL guide article that tackles how does the program works and what it can do for both users and programmers.

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How to Build an Online Shop Using WooCommerce

Posted in Plugins, Quick Tips, Tutorials1 month ago • Written by 2 Comments

Want to start your online store but don’t know how? It’s now easy to create one with WordPress and WooCommerce plugin. True, WordPress has been on the Web as a Content Management System for blogs. The most exciting part is, you can now do almost anything with it using premium and free plugins.

Creating an online store to sell products is now just a few clicks away using Woocommerce. Since WordPress integrates seamlessly with WooCommerce, the former is taking your site capabilities to the next level.

WooCommerce: Sell Anything Beautifully

WooCommerce is the most popular eCommerce plugin to utilize to create your online store in a few clicks. It is a feature-rich plugin of the eCommerce software of  WooThemes, a company known for their great online business solution.

In today’s tutorial, we’re going to create an online shop using this amazing plugin.

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What You Should Know When Choosing the Best Web Host

Posted in HowTos, Quick Tips, Tips, Tools, Usability2 months ago • Written by 1 Comment

Every designer or  developer who has worked with websites knows the importance of hosting. Web hosting is among the top important things that you have to consider before starting the website creation. Selecting a really good web hosting company can do your half of the work.

Many people talk about how a website should be designed or how to hire the best designer but, the importance of having the best web host is often not considered an important topic to discuss.

So, why do designers and developers need a web host?

  • Assurance. In order to make your website go live on the Internet, web hosting is required. If you think that registering for a domain name is enough than you are mistaken.
  • Accessibility. Having a website hosting company will make it sure that your website is accessible by everyone around the world. You can surely design a website but if you don’t have a web host, no one can access your website.
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3 Flat Design Video Tutorials to Change Your Design Style

Posted in Quick Tips, Tutorials, Web Interface4 months ago • Written by 3 Comments

We truly live in a flat world! With iOS7, Android and even Windows Metro now adapting the flat design layout trend, the world has become a flatter place, indeed. Flat design video tutorials are a great help in the transition.

Website designs have followed the same pattern, transforming their sites to become easy-to-browse, colorful, responsive and simple. How is this made possible?

  • The use of larger and wider spacing
  • The use of simpler logos
  • The use of slightly desaturated colors
  • The use of thinner fonts

For starting and freelance web designers, it might be very difficult at first to learn the philosophy of flat design. Of course, you are born during the Skeumorphic Design Era, where all should be seemingly real and predominantly having 3D designs.

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Using Adobe Lightroom to Produce Amazing Photos for Your Website

Posted in Photo Effects, Photography, Quick Tips5 months ago • Written by

It may seem unimportant, but for a web designer, the ability to produce good-looking photos using Adobe Lightroom is an edge, particularly in attracting more clients. With the sudden influx of high-resolution and cheaper Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras, photos are now becoming must-haves for websites.

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CSS Best Practices to Follow and Bad Habits to Avoid

Posted in Quick Tips, Tips, Tutorials6 months ago • Written by 13 Comments

Creating a well-managed set of CSS codes can be a challenge. As technology evolves, it’s not really easy to say if you’re doing the right CSS practices or you’re just messing up the code and compromising the quality of your website on different browsers.

Through practice, you should be able to avoid CSS errors. So, to give you a guide on the dos and dont’s when writing CSS codes, we listed below the CSS best practices to follow as well as the bad habits to avoid. So, get ready and let’s get started.

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How to Use UI Kits – Plus Free UI Kits to Choose From!

Posted in HowTos, Quick Tips, Tutorials, Web Interface, WordPress6 months ago • Written by 2 Comments

UI kits can be seen anywhere on the Web. But what is this UI kit thing? Do you know how to use UI kits? You can see a lot of resources with beautiful interface elements such as buttons, sliders, breadcrumbs, media players, forms and the likes. Perhaps it crossed your mind how these elements came to be.

Let me give you first a brief introduction about UI kits. A UI kit stands for “User Interface Kit”, which are PSD files that are composed of user interface elements. These come in a variety of colors, patterns and asl files that are being integrated on web and mobile designs. Though sometimes there are UI elements that are included on the package that you don’t think you will be using. That being said, UI kits will vary according to your web design needs. Usually the premium versions of UI kits come with a lot of user interface elements than the free ones.

Using UI kits is all about improving and speeding up the workflow without giving a lot of time thinking what to design. This allows you to focus more on the functionality and usability of the website you are working on.

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Get ‘Layed’: What You Need to Know about Photoshop Layers

Posted in Photo Effects, Quick Tips, Text Effects, Tutorials, Web Interface6 months ago • Written by

Photoshop is revered as one of the best digital multimedia solutions software. So there is no question on what you need to know about Photoshop layers because there is always something to be learnt about this amazing software. It basically encompasses every design need there is. Artists consider using it because of its flexibility. It can be utilized by any artist notwithstanding their design inclinations. Most photographers use the software in editing their photos. Some digital artists use Photoshop, (if not, Illustrator) in their designs. Meanwhile, most web designers use this software in building the visuals of their designs. Truly, with these uses, Adobe’s carrier software has been the one-man-wrecking-machine software that solved most of our digital problems.

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70 Best Web Design Tutorials of 2013

Posted in Coding, Quick Tips, Tutorials, Web Interface7 months ago • Written by 28 Comments

2013 has ended with a great blast and I’m pretty sure that everyone has done their countdowns and throwback blog posts, tweets and even status updates. It’s a pretty cool thing to do because you get to remember all the awesome things 2013 has given you. You look back at how bad you were design-wise last year and how well you’ve improved. With this, you get to assess yourself how much more you could exert and, in turn, how much more money you could earn. Retrospection also tells you what more could you learn. Seeing what you’re weak at will also allow you to see where you could trained. That is why self-correction and openness to new things is a great habit for a designer.

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Beginners Guide to Working with jQuery Animation

Posted in JS & AJAX, Photo Effects, Quick Tips, Tutorials11 months ago • Written by 42 Comments

In this tutorial, we are going explore the basics of jQuery animations for you to get prepared for advanced designs. Animations is the core functionality behind the interactive elements in web design.

The design of a website plays a major role in attracting visitors on a consistent basis. Interactive designs get more attention compared to the plain old static designs.

Technology is improving at a rapid pace to cater the advanced modern web designs. As a result, CSS3 offers the animations without the help of JavaScript. Even though CSS3 and HTML5 are improving in leaps and bounds, jQuery seems to be the popular choice for creating interactive designs.

Let’s get started!

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