30 iOS Apps You Should Have This Year

Posted in Freebies, Showcase, Tools, Web Design3 months ago • Written by

As a designer, developer or a freelancer, we always look for those tools that can make our work easier. No doubt these kinds of tools are installed in our laptops and desktops, but what will you do when you are on-the-go and want to edit a couple of lines to the code? Or you saw an idea that you want to capture instantaneously?

This is the time when an iOS device comes in handy you. iOS, as we all know, is an operating system manufactured by Apple Inc. used in mobile devices. Although iOS apps have to face a lot of competition with the free Android apps, still, iPhone is considered the first choice for designers.

Why iOs is the preferred system:

  • It’s about the whole design
  • Think about the functionality

It doesn’t matter if you want to sketch on the move, or you are looking for a perfect app to help you out in your daily routine. You can use iOS apps to manage your projects, time and money for you.

To make your search easy, we have collected 30 iOS apps that you shouldn’t miss out as a designer, developer or freelancer.

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Get Themed! Here Are 30 Premium Business WordPress Themes

Posted in Showcase, Themes, WordPress3 months ago • Written by

The WordPress is a very popular platform these days for many business owners to have their online presence felt. Many companies are using WordPress themes to create professional websites for their businesses.

The popularity of WordPress themes is due to these characteristics:

  • Flexibility
  • Comfort
  • A powerful CMS (content management system)
  • Plenty of customizable options for business modification
  • Plenty of plugins and themes being released continually

The demand for professional business WordPress themes is increasing very rapidly. This has made designers to work hard in creating more and more unique WordPress themes that can meet the need of customers.

Premium WordPress themes are also SEO-ready, which means that you will have no difficulty in making your corporate websites become visible on all the search engines. However, the only thing that is required is to choose the perfect WordPress business themes that will match you business purposes.

It can be time consuming to search on the Internet for the perfect business WordPress themes because there are thousands of them. To save your valuable time, we have done that search for you.

Today, we bring to you 30 premium business WordPress themes of top developers and marketplaces. This collection will certainly help you to choose a right WordPress theme for your business.

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What You Should Know When Choosing the Best Web Host

Posted in HowTos, Quick Tips, Tips, Tools, Usability3 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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Browser Wars: Why Can’t There Be Just One Web Browser?

Posted in Tools, Usability, WordPress3 months ago • Written by 1 Comment

A few years back, the Internet was left shaken by the Browser Wars, or the competitions for the top spot in usage share between web browsers.

It all started when Microsoft Internet Explorer took Netscape Navigator’s spot as the top browser during the late 1990s. It continued when IE lost its dominance over the emerging browsers Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera. That followed a lot of debates on which browser is really the best among the rest.

They say that the browser wars are now over and peace has been achieved in the browserdom. Some people will ask, “Who won?”

Well, I, for one, don’t care who won. I am not really that interested. I personally think that the browser wars started because of one thing: marketing.

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50 High Quality Premium Fonts for Every Web Designer

Posted in Showcase, Tips, Tools, Web Design3 months ago • Written by 1 Comment

Designers know the importance of fonts in websites; they spend a great deal of time in searching for the best fonts to put in their websites. Stylish and natural fonts are the most common styles used in creating an attractive website.

No doubt, free fonts are sometimes of high quality, but, in most cases, they are not up to the mark. Especially if you are working on a big designing project, considering high quality premium fonts is the best option.

I would recommend that you to use premium fonts in the situations where you are designing a website for the client so that your work looks totally professional.

In today’s post, we are featuring top premium fonts to help out the designers who are wasting their precious time in searching for finest fonts. All these fonts are of high quality and can be bought in a very reasonable amount of price.

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15 Marketplaces to Buy Premium WordPress Themes Reviewed

Posted in Themes, Tools, WordPress4 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, WordPress4 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

Posted in Coding, HowTos, Tutorials, Tutorials4 months ago • Written by

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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30 Premium Must-Have WordPress Plugins

Posted in Plugins, Showcase, WordPress4 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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Typography Designs Using CSS3 and Lettering.js

Posted in Coding, HowTos, HTML & CSS, Tutorials4 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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