Book Review + Giveaway Of PHP For Absolute Beginners (2 copies)

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In today’s web development scenario, it is very necessary for a web developer to know how to code in PHP. PHP has become a major language in web development industry in last few years. From WordPress to FaceBook everything is coded in PHP language.

Recently we came to a book named PHP for Absolute Beginners which is a must read for beginners. Today we are going to review the book and guess what? We have 2 free copies of book to give you free of cost. I wish that it would have been there when I was learning PHP. Anyways After buying the book, I read it and the book was something more than awesome.

About the Author

The book is written by Jason Lengstorf who is a self taught PHP developer. He is an experienced voice in PHP and web development. If you are a regular reader of some famous blogs like Smashing Magazine and CSS-Tricks then you might came to tutorials written by him. He is also co-author of the famous CSS-Tricks series “Creating a web app from scratch”. You can read his extensive interview by me here.

Inside the Book

Jason starts the book with how to install PHP on your computer and then leads you throughout the way to building up your own blog system with user comments. Rather than wasting the first chapter on the history of programming and PHP, how it came and other theoretical stuff, he tells the readers how to install xampp on your local computer for better development. I have read about 5-6 books on PHP and it was my habit to skip the first chapter of book, first time I read the starting chapter of book.

Why we liked the book?

The book is an example of a phrase, less theory, more coding. Jason teaches PHP with a lot of sample tutorials and examples. You will not read chapters and chapters of theory but you will learn best practices to do in the coding, and many pro tips which should be kept in mind when coding in PHP.

The Giveaway

We have got two copies of PHP for absolute beginners for the giveaway. We are very thankful to Jason Lengstorf and the publishers of book APRESS Publishers for supporting this giveaway.

How to enter in the giveaway?

Pretty simple, you have to leave a comment on the post and tell us what you want to see on 1stwebdesigner, or how we can make the website better. We will use random.org to pick the winners. The giveaway is open till 11:59pm GMT+5, February 18th 2010.

Grab the book right now

If you don’t like waiting for the result of giveaway, you can buy the book here through Amazon.com service. What we can assure you that this book is definitely worth your money.

Good Luck!

*Update by Dainis Graveris

Seeing all those amazing suggestions and comments changed my mind about randomized pick! We will choose winners with the most thoughtful, interesting and best answer! I just love to see how you drop down all the weak points of 1stwebdesigner site! I love you for that, and I am definitely thinking about new design, which will be very well researched and carefully put together to fix all problems, usability bugs we have here!

Give us more feedback! Completely inspired!

Update

The Giveaway is closed now.

Winners are Terri Lockerridge and Mark Anderson.

Thanks for your feedback and suggestions.

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Saad Bassi is a 20 years old web developer from Pakistan who loves to create beautiful websites with great user experience. He is co-editor at CrispyTech and 1stWebDesigner and blogs about the next Windows at Windows8Geek. He also loves to make new friends so don't forget to say him a hello on Twitter. Last but not least, make sure that you check out my latest project, Addictive Fonts which focuses on free high quality font downloads.

102 Comments Best Comments First
  • entis

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 17:14

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    How to make 1stWebDesigner better? Hm… that’s a hard question. You cover a very wide variety of topics. Maybe you could write one kind of articles that I don’t remember seeing on 1stWD – case studies. If well written, they can be very educational :)

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    • Dainis Graveris

      Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 18:10

      7

      Hey, Entis!

      You mean like going step by step to some problems we got, designing process, searching advertisers, creating contests -showing a little bit what’s happening behind the scenes?

      0
  • Pi

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 19:41

    34

    I’ve been following this site for a month or so, and I absolutely love it.

    I would like to see an overview of must-read blogs and more topics about fonts and typography (although you are doing great at the moment in that field).

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    • Pi

      Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 19:45

      35

      Excuse me for the double post (I can’t edit my comments?), but I forget one important thing. It kind of annoys me that I can only click part of the logo to get back to your homepage. So maybe there is some room for improvement there..

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      • Saad Bassi

        Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 20:48

        18

        You can also click breadcrumb navigation to go back to home.:)

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  • Patrick

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 20:25

    36

    Just started reading yesterday, loved the post and added you to my reader… I’d love a free book for My 2 days of loyalty…. you would have me for at least 2 weeks them… maybe my whole life…. unless this book is horrible… than maybe not.

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  • ycz87

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 05:09

    37

    How to make 1stWebDesigner better?
    In my opinion, there should be more sample of present design of web, more collections of trendy web design interfaces from Deviantart.com, more useful and pretty jquery plugins, issues of CSS in different browses, and some CSS framework.
    You should also introduce some PHP & Zend Framework, But not too much, because this is a website for designer.
    Thank you!

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  • New York Web Designer

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 18:11

    33

    Me, me, me, pick me!

    Awesome! Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  • Aaron

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 01:57

    32

    I think one direction you may think of going is to discuss the best ways to build a complicated site (such as dealing with slicing of images, image sizes, layout of information, margin issues, specialized menus, etc.) Thanks for all the hard work!

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  • Ric

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 23:20

    28

    I’d like to know a little more about web programming, move towards development from my actual porfession as a designer, anything that can help during the transition would be appreciated.

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  • Kyle

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 23:49

    29

    I would like to see more CSS3 and html5 since they are on the up and coming! WordPress is huge too so articles on that is much appreciated

    Thanks!

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  • Margie Jordan

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 01:11

    30

    Possibly more HTML articles and maybe some interesting web design case studies.

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  • Nicole Foster

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 01:40

    31

    I really hope I can win this because I have been trying to learn PHP so I can create useful web applications and WordPress (I can learn that from a different book though). I have had a hard time because there are few to no tutorials about web applications and the ones about them are not very detailed for beginners.

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  • John

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 05:23

    38

    I’m more of a beginner, so I really like how-to articles and code snippets (jQuery, for example) that allow me to toy around and figure things out. Great site! Keep up the good work!

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  • Chris

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 05:28

    39

    It would be nice to see a section for SEO.
    Overall I think this site is well developed.
    I have learned many things here.

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  • Nick Parsons

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 00:31

    47

    Great! Apress is an excellent publishing company and Jason is an excellent developer, so I’d love to have his book!

    As far as improvements, I’d love to see more concrete, real-life development tuts like the one you published on Setting Up WordPress for SEO (that was good).

    Thanks for having this giveaway!

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    • Saad Bassi

      Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 08:51

      49

      Thanks for your input Nick. We will try to act upon your suggestions.

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  • WhisperiN

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 08:35

    48

    Hello Dear Saad,

    I’d like to thank you for this opportunity.

    Well, what I’d like to see (or to see more), is the Java, jQuery, AJAX and so related topics, hints and tricks.!!

    Hope, my luck drives me to a winner here :D

    Regards..

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  • Yamil Gonzales

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 00:21

    46

    I would like to read more about programming logic, I mean it’s cool to follow tutorials and “step-by-step” articles but in real life you encounter some out of line situations.

    Thanks, I really hope I can get a copy of the book; I need it.

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  • Dominic

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 00:10

    45

    I’d like to see more articles with collections to free design resources such as CSS templates, icons and frameworks. Although you do a good job of providing these now, there’s always room for more.

    Keep up the good work

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  • Charlie McLean

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 21:56

    40

    I would enjoy articles for developers new the browser platform(s), which includes me.

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  • Max

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 06:05

    41

    today I went through the rss posts and I managed to open almost every post from 1stwebdesigner. Actually it is a well developed site with tons of usefull info.

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  • Abdelhadi Touil

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 22:31

    42

    Thanks for this very important giveaway. I’d like to to see tutorials about CSS3, HTML5, CSS tips, WordPress and jQuery tips.
    Thank you very much.

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  • Kevin

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 07:20

    44

    Great site. Personally, I’d like to see more written tutorials. Keep up the good work.

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  • Etienne Richard

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 07:09

    43

    Still working in ASP, it’s been a long time since I want to learn the PHP language. I would say that your site is going well. Maybe you could add some subdivised categories at the bottom of the pages. I’m now following the blog, good continuation !

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  • Adam

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 22:33

    27

    I would like to see information (tools, techniques, etc.) on helping basic web designers get to the next level. Also, some time management info for us folks who do web design on the side. Thanks!

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  • Richard

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 21:53

    26

    More freelancing advice would be good.

    Hope I win!

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  • Dodie

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 18:37

    11

    I never knew about your site until now :O (I just so happen to find a link to your blog at Web Design Ledger) The name was attractive (cuz out of the many blogs they listed there I only clicked yours LOL), but that sorta means that maybe you can improve the site’s… uhh… hmm… I lost the word… uhh… ah! Wait. It’s you’re uhm… *I think aloud* Your popularity or something like that. Anyways, I am subscribing to it because really, I see great content here.

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  • Sun Pietro

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 18:42

    12

    hi,
    great giveaway :)
    Your site is near to perfection and need no changes.

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  • Matthias

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 17:24

    2

    I’ve recently found 1stWebDesigner and have been immersed in the articles since. The thing I haven’t come across is a section dedicated to advice and tools on marketing a website. Also some web host reviews are always appreciated.

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    • Dainis Graveris

      Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 18:09

      6

      Matthias thank you for great idea and since I am considering that my strongest side is internet marketing and social media, I will focus more on such related articles! Agreed about web hosts as well, we have upcoming article about it already! :)

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      • Matthias

        Friday, February 19th, 2010 07:47

        91

        Definitely give us some marketing tips then :)

        Another idea is a user submitted website registry that allows your users to recommend a helpful site on a certain subject (i.e. php or SEO). Then other users that found it helpful could vote yay or nay and rank them accordingly. I know many times I’ve found a great article buried in the depths of the Internet and I have no way of sharing the immense excitement to fellow developers.

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  • Anna

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 17:40

    3

    Hello! Your website is informative as well as very entertaining. I don’t have a blog on WordPress. I would like to see more templets and tips for Blogger, since that’s what I use. Thanks for all your hard work!

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    • Dainis Graveris

      Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 18:11

      8

      Hey, Anna!

      We tried already Blogger related post..as well as Drupal related theme post, but it didn’t give us a whole lot attention comparing to WordPress for example. We’ll try our luck in future as well, but I cannot promise we will grow supporting Blogger in this website.! Thank you for reading us!

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  • jared

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 17:41

    4

    I love all the WordPress articles you have. I guess I’d like to see more of that, but you guys are doing a great job.

    I’m a self-taught PHP developer that got started years ago by reading a book similar to this. I have people ask me all the time how to get started and I’d love to be able to loan out this book to get them started.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

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    • Dainis Graveris

      Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 18:13

      9

      Oh, kind words Jared! Yes, WordPress is very popular topic and if it will go as planned we will cover wordpress more and more in future! Thanks for support!

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  • maanjo

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 17:53

    5

    If it’s free, it’s for me! The only thing I would add to this site would be more giveaways or freebies. Otherwise, this site is a great resource. Keep up the good work!

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    • Dainis Graveris

      Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 18:13

      10

      Yes, I agree – that’s our weak side for now on! :) Wish you good luck :)

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  • Karthik

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 19:04

    13

    First time visitor and I think your site is well laid out with some great content in my few minutes of browsing around. I would love to see the search box a little bit bigger or more apparent to a new visitor.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  • Taz Carper

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 19:07

    14

    I would love to see a series of articles that go over current web trends and future web trends. A series that shows how specific attributes of the web, contact forms for example, have evolved through the years.

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    • Saad Bassi

      Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 20:48

      17

      Thanks for the ideas. We will try to focus on them.

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  • Davide

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 21:13

    22

    Hi! I’d like to see more jquery-css example and easy-programming tutorials. The site is still really good anyway ;)

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  • Chris

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 21:23

    23

    Having had to learn the little PHP I know the hard way (self-taught), this book will be a good send.

    Always looking for tutorials, esp. customizing WordPress and other open-source packages (ie. Webcalendar, Zen Cart, etc).

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  • Thomas J. Brown

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 21:42

    24

    I’m always interesting in finding out best practices, how to decrease load times, usability issues, and accessibility issues.

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  • Emrah Omuris

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 21:52

    25

    I would like to see more and more CSS3 and HTML5 articles and preferably some articles for beginners on CSS3 who has a knowledge on CSS 2.1 and earlier versions.

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  • Richard Martin

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 21:01

    21

    Im a novice that knows nothing about web design and wants to know something.

    Like what is the difference between all these different ways to build a website like html, xml, php, css, etc. What should a person that knows nothing learn.

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  • Sylvia

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 20:57

    20

    A glossary of terms downloadable ebook that can help with different terminology

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  • Darlene Motley

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 19:20

    15

    Just found the site, I’m always looking for good design sites and joomla sites. Adding more information on Joomla and designing for a dynamic site would be nice.

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  • Sebastian

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 20:44

    16

    i want too see less lists and more tips from you :)

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  • TJ

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 20:50

    19

    Hey, thanks for the giveaway.

    I’d like to see more webhost reviews, and more book reviews.

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  • Gonzo the Great

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 01:08

    51

    Hi Saad,

    good and nice give-away!

    How could you get this blog even better …? For me personally that means more about SEO (you’re last post about SEO in WP was great), less about buttons in CSS3 or jQuery-posts (we’ve seen those enough!).

    More about blogging, not how to code or what theme you should get, no, a bit more personal stories behind the scenes (advertizing, social media, boosting traffic, etc.). More about social networking and email marketing, etc.

    Hope I could have been of some assistance? You could too, .. I want this book, hihi, LOL!

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    • Saad Bassi

      Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 08:53

      50

      Regarding blogging, here on 1stwebdesigner, We have an exclusive gift for all the bloggers in upcoming days.Stay tuned.:)

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  • Terri Lockerridge

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 09:41

    52

    Thank you for the invitation to leave a suggestion for something I would like to see more of here and everywhere else that is mainly a tutorial type learning site.

    I notice that most of the time the sites that offer the how to’s on some really awesome web site “how to” tutorials. But none of you use that type of thing yourselves. This page is pretty plain you will have to agree. There are lots and lots of ads all over it. But they are not very colorful, nor do they even have the interactive hover or cursor chase to get our attentions.

    I am just curious as to why? The content is top notch, the language gets a bit computerlish every once in a while .. with the photo shop tutorials.. but mostly I. and many other amateurs, who are just on the net for the fun of it all, can understand and put the information to use hands on, ourselves.

    That is the most important aspect I suppose, but … what is up with the white backgrounds and the Windows blue plain headers with a single row of buttons that work.. and work very well, but are not an example of what your showing us how to accomplish ourselves.

    What holds you back? Just really curious why you stick with plain when you shout out fancy stuff to the crowd?

    Thanks for the contest and hopefully I might become lucky enough to have a chance at this one.. I am nothing if not random.

    terri

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    • Saad Bassi

      Saturday, February 20th, 2010 08:36

      97

      Congrats on winning Terri. We are already thinking of redesigning 1stWebDesigner. We will try to roll put the interactive, jQuery enhanced design this time.:)

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  • Adeline

    Thursday, February 18th, 2010 07:59

    86

    How about short screencasts on coding or even designing tips (either jQuery, Photoshop or WordPress) that would be great.

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  • Claude Sammut

    Thursday, February 18th, 2010 19:21

    87

    I would say more about CSS3 & jQuery

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  • lawrence77

    Thursday, February 18th, 2010 20:08

    88

    From the beginning itself i love 1stwebdesigner, u done a good job, keep up the good job,…

    And random.org, pick my number :P

    i want that book :(

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  • Ian Rogers

    Thursday, February 18th, 2010 01:55

    85

    More design + SEO tips together…like your wordpress post!

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  • Cobra Kai

    Thursday, February 18th, 2010 09:07

    84

    Great Site. would love more articles on beginning PHP CMS site design and customization.

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  • robert go

    Thursday, February 18th, 2010 04:16

    79

    I’ve been waiting to see very creative ‘window displays’ on your site.
    BTW, your site have been a great source of inspiration to designers.
    thanks

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  • Zak Morris

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 22:55

    80

    I’m an aspiring web designer and have been coding my sites from hand for three years. While I know a smidge of PHP ( the include function is a must ) I feel I’m at a point of understanding that I can take the next step. Many other guides / books seem to begin with an assumption that the reader is a ‘coder’ by nature, or further along than they actually are.

    I would LOVE to find a resource that can show me the cause and effect and real, practical uses of beginner PHP in modern day web environment.

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  • Mark Anderson

    Thursday, February 18th, 2010 08:05

    81

    My opinions on the site:
    I like the colours and the feel of the site, though I must say, i personally find sites with advertisements in the header etc to have a somewhat “distrustful” feel to them. I don’t feel like I can trust the site, cause it feels like they are out to make $$. Particularly if there are banner adds like the one I just saw on here (flashing huge text saying “bargain, only $1.40″ etc etc. Screams SCAM.

    Anyway, enough of that rant. I can see what you are trying to do with the footer, though I think there is a little too much info on there myself. I find it a little distracting. The different sized links all through that paragraph of tags on the left of the footer seems a bit disorganized to me (and the right column too) – as in it looks disorganized. I don’t read any of it cause it seems a bit too full on.

    Otherwise, I really like the site, and I really like your free giveaway too. I hope my comments have been of assistance to you.

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  • Two Socks

    Thursday, February 18th, 2010 00:40

    83

    I would say some Pod Casts would be interesting to listen to, I quiet like that format…but maybe it’s just me !

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  • Mark Anderson

    Thursday, February 18th, 2010 08:06

    82

    I should clarify – despite the “flashing banner” etc, I do find the site trustworthy and very helpful. I was just pointing out the feel that it can convey.

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  • Voras

    Thursday, February 18th, 2010 21:27

    90

    I’d love to see more in-depth tutorials for beginners, preferably with clear coding examples.

    And I’d love to get the book :).

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  • Mark Anderson

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 02:05

    99

    Saad, What a surprise, I won something! Thanks very much for the e-book! I’ll be reading away over the next little while. I have been wanting this book for a while.

    Thanks again!
    Mark

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    • Saad Bassi

      Monday, February 22nd, 2010 10:13

      100

      Congrats Mark. There are a lot of books coming soon. Stay tuned with us. Best of luck for the future.:)

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  • Chery Gates

    Monday, June 20th, 2011 16:16

    101

    jQuery is one of at least a dozen JavaScript frameworks that have exploded onto the scene during the last few years, and for good reason. The Web 2.0 era has called upon JavaScript in a big way, turning to it as the driving force behind all the gliz and glamour that defines any Web 2.0 site. This huge increase in workload for JavaScript has called out for JavaScript frameworks that do the heavy lifting of common Web 2.0 tasks for us, from common visual effects such as fading, DOM traversal/ manipulation, to of course, Ajax interaction.

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  • zac

    Thursday, October 13th, 2011 20:59

    102

    Hi, I would love to see more ideas and examples of applications that can be created with Ruby on Rails. Also, anything to do with mobile programming.

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  • Salman Aslam

    Saturday, February 20th, 2010 08:19

    98

    I wish i could get my hand on this book =[

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    • Saad Bassi

      Saturday, February 20th, 2010 08:23

      95

      You got late boy. What can we do:)

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  • Cristhian

    Friday, February 19th, 2010 17:04

    92

    Excellent book! Glad to participate :) I think it would be a great idea to focus on jquery/css tutorials for beginners in the future

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  • Rjdsign

    Friday, February 19th, 2010 10:54

    93

    Nice one, at the moment i try to learn more about PHP, this book is a must have for me to learn more.

    Thanks for this giveaway

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  • cssah

    Friday, February 19th, 2010 11:17

    94

    Thanks, read more in-depth about javascript

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  • Saad Bassi

    Saturday, February 20th, 2010 08:33

    96

    Thanks a lot Terri. Much appreciated. I hope that the book will help you in get started with PHP. Jason is also writing another book, Pro PHP and jQuery. We are sure that we will also have some copies of book to giveaway.

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  • James

    Thursday, February 18th, 2010 01:18

    78

    Would love a copy. As far as how to make 1stwebdesigner better? I think you guys are doing just fine as is! but if I had to say something, I would say more wordpress and jquery.

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  • Kelsey

    Thursday, February 18th, 2010 00:45

    77

    I’d like to learn more about php, just due to the fact that’s one of the main languages I didn’t learn in school and would like more information on it.

    Thanks!

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  • Mhaddy

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 15:27

    60

    Would love to see more tutorials on the logo design process – beginning to end incl the brainstorm & thought process.

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  • Shyndoway

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 08:54

    61

    First of all great website as a beginner in web design I love it.

    I think that more tutorials would make this website one of the most ruling websites. It already has great content that I get inspired by and to be able to learn to do what I see more would be great.

    Thanks for the giveaway hope I win
    Shyndoway

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  • estherliu

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 17:34

    62

    I am a real beginner for wordpress and PHP. I could’ve used a theme and get done with my site, but the annoying thing is that that’s nothing that I wanted.

    So, if there is an clear tut for customizing wordpress by coding or creating my own theme, I will be much appreciated.

    Tnks

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  • Dale Stouffer

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 09:54

    63

    Well, in terms of your give away, I’m interested in getting one of your free copies of your book. In reading through the responses above, I see some similar things touched upon that were useful. Hopefully you’ll find my suggestions helpful as well. My suggestions touch on SEO.
    1. You have a fair amount of images on your site that don’t have alt tags. Get em in there.
    2. Most website owners don’t SEO their contact us page – you should do this – it is a missed opportunity for another page to be found etc.
    3. From what I have been taught, read, etc. you have a redundant phrase: “Graphic and Web Design Blog -Resources and Tutorials on many of your titles of your pages in the static part of your site which should be removed from all titles except one page. Most likely the front page is a good place to keep it.

    That’s probably enough suggestions for now. Thanks for the opportunity to contribute.

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  • Eric azares

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 06:10

    59

    This is a very comprehensive website! I’d like to see more case studies for specific types of websites in different industries. This may go beyond just the ‘style’ and cover more regarding common functionalities that occur in typical ‘x’ sites. Would be great to see the workflow of designs from start to finish ! ;)

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  • Tomas Varil

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 12:25

    58

    Hi there I would like to see more about creating a custom wordpress themes. I know there are many tuts about how to create templates, but no one covers the background of creating templates. Every tut is specific and does not offer more user customization…

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  • mirinel

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 03:10

    53

    Hello Saad Bassi! I would like to see more WordPress related articles on 1stwebdesigner (hackes, themes, tutorials etc). Hope that brings me a win.

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  • George Argyrakis

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 11:23

    54

    Hello,

    Firstly I would like to congratulate you for your good job.
    Secondly, I think that you should add some extra tutorials for designing webpages.

    Good luck to everyone.

    Cheers
    George

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  • idagency

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 11:45

    55

    Hi there,
    Please could I get one, I am a real beginner and I am sure it can help me :) truly…

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  • Magentoua

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 11:57

    56

    Hi!
    I would like some articles about Magento if possible. Thanks

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    • Saad Bassi

      Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 12:09

      57

      That’s already in my to-do list. Most probably I will write magento articles for a whole week. E-commerce week.

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  • Dale Stouffer

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 10:00

    64

    Actually a second comment, when I clicked on my name which had the link to my company’s website the link opened my site in your window. You might consider changing this link to show: target=”_blank” to that you don’t lose readers who click to other folks’ websites. Just another suggestion. TTFN.

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  • Silviya

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 11:25

    65

    More about CSS3 and HTML5 would be nice. But overall the site is very good and educational.

    0
  • Sunil

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 12:55

    73

    It would be nice to read any of the PHP framework from the 1stwebdesigner

    thanks
    Sunil

    0
  • Francois

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 21:43

    74

    I would go with more wordpress articles, as I love wordpress and want to know more about it. Nice giveaway.

    0
  • mary

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 21:43

    75

    just got here, so checking out your articles now

    0
  • Carlos

    Thursday, February 18th, 2010 00:11

    76

    I would like to see more WordPress performance enhancement tricks / tips.

    Thanks

    0
  • carsten

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 12:19

    72

    I really enjoy the site already, but i`d love to get inside-infos on Drupal and Concrete5 CMS maybe…
    But anyways thanks for the collected tuts and stuff! a very useful and nice resource….
    Cheers SNAPONE

    0
  • Ward Kennes

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 20:17

    71

    Hi,

    thanks for this giveaway action, well what I should like is a bit more tutorials for CMS/blog systems like, WordPress, Textpattern.

    Thanks 1stewebdesigner

    0
  • DesignLovr

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 11:27

    66

    I would love to participate in your giveaway.

    I think you should publish more in-depth tutorials.

    0
  • mdomba

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 11:47

    67

    Your site rocks…

    I would like more jQuery tutorials…

    0
  • webbografico

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 11:54

    68

    I would like a lot of jquery and wordpress tuts…

    nice work, go on like this

    0
  • Lyudmil ivanov

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 20:09

    70

    As js platforms as jquery, mootools etc. are gettin more popular i would love to read more about them as well as more illustrating tutorials for web design. cheers

    0
  • Tomas

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 20:04

    69

    You want my opinion? Ok. I don’t like the footer, it’s too long and disorganized (just displaying “Tags” and “Authors” other space is empty). To display authors you could use buttons like in sidebar. Second thing that I personally don’t like is comluv plugin use, I think it adds more confusion to comments. Search field you could add on top navigation or on sidebar. Awesome giveaway, hope you’ll find my opinion useful and I win. Good luck!

    0
  • zac

    Thursday, October 13th, 2011 20:59

    102

    Hi, I would love to see more ideas and examples of applications that can be created with Ruby on Rails. Also, anything to do with mobile programming.

    0
  • Chery Gates

    Monday, June 20th, 2011 16:16

    101

    jQuery is one of at least a dozen JavaScript frameworks that have exploded onto the scene during the last few years, and for good reason. The Web 2.0 era has called upon JavaScript in a big way, turning to it as the driving force behind all the gliz and glamour that defines any Web 2.0 site. This huge increase in workload for JavaScript has called out for JavaScript frameworks that do the heavy lifting of common Web 2.0 tasks for us, from common visual effects such as fading, DOM traversal/ manipulation, to of course, Ajax interaction.

    0
  • Mark Anderson

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010 02:05

    99

    Saad, What a surprise, I won something! Thanks very much for the e-book! I’ll be reading away over the next little while. I have been wanting this book for a while.

    Thanks again!
    Mark

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    • Saad Bassi

      Monday, February 22nd, 2010 10:13

      100

      Congrats Mark. There are a lot of books coming soon. Stay tuned with us. Best of luck for the future.:)

      0
  • Salman Aslam

    Saturday, February 20th, 2010 08:19

    98

    I wish i could get my hand on this book =[

    0
    • Saad Bassi

      Saturday, February 20th, 2010 08:23

      95

      You got late boy. What can we do:)

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  • Saad Bassi

    Saturday, February 20th, 2010 08:33

    96

    Thanks a lot Terri. Much appreciated. I hope that the book will help you in get started with PHP. Jason is also writing another book, Pro PHP and jQuery. We are sure that we will also have some copies of book to giveaway.

    0
  • cssah

    Friday, February 19th, 2010 11:17

    94

    Thanks, read more in-depth about javascript

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  • Rjdsign

    Friday, February 19th, 2010 10:54

    93

    Nice one, at the moment i try to learn more about PHP, this book is a must have for me to learn more.

    Thanks for this giveaway

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  • Cristhian

    Friday, February 19th, 2010 17:04

    92

    Excellent book! Glad to participate :) I think it would be a great idea to focus on jquery/css tutorials for beginners in the future

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  • Voras

    Thursday, February 18th, 2010 21:27

    90

    I’d love to see more in-depth tutorials for beginners, preferably with clear coding examples.

    And I’d love to get the book :).

    0
  • lawrence77

    Thursday, February 18th, 2010 20:08

    88

    From the beginning itself i love 1stwebdesigner, u done a good job, keep up the good job,…

    And random.org, pick my number :P

    i want that book :(

    0
  • Claude Sammut

    Thursday, February 18th, 2010 19:21

    87

    I would say more about CSS3 & jQuery

    0
  • Adeline

    Thursday, February 18th, 2010 07:59

    86

    How about short screencasts on coding or even designing tips (either jQuery, Photoshop or WordPress) that would be great.

    0
  • Ian Rogers

    Thursday, February 18th, 2010 01:55

    85

    More design + SEO tips together…like your wordpress post!

    0
  • Cobra Kai

    Thursday, February 18th, 2010 09:07

    84

    Great Site. would love more articles on beginning PHP CMS site design and customization.

    0
  • Two Socks

    Thursday, February 18th, 2010 00:40

    83

    I would say some Pod Casts would be interesting to listen to, I quiet like that format…but maybe it’s just me !

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  • Mark Anderson

    Thursday, February 18th, 2010 08:06

    82

    I should clarify – despite the “flashing banner” etc, I do find the site trustworthy and very helpful. I was just pointing out the feel that it can convey.

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  • Mark Anderson

    Thursday, February 18th, 2010 08:05

    81

    My opinions on the site:
    I like the colours and the feel of the site, though I must say, i personally find sites with advertisements in the header etc to have a somewhat “distrustful” feel to them. I don’t feel like I can trust the site, cause it feels like they are out to make $$. Particularly if there are banner adds like the one I just saw on here (flashing huge text saying “bargain, only $1.40″ etc etc. Screams SCAM.

    Anyway, enough of that rant. I can see what you are trying to do with the footer, though I think there is a little too much info on there myself. I find it a little distracting. The different sized links all through that paragraph of tags on the left of the footer seems a bit disorganized to me (and the right column too) – as in it looks disorganized. I don’t read any of it cause it seems a bit too full on.

    Otherwise, I really like the site, and I really like your free giveaway too. I hope my comments have been of assistance to you.

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  • Zak Morris

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 22:55

    80

    I’m an aspiring web designer and have been coding my sites from hand for three years. While I know a smidge of PHP ( the include function is a must ) I feel I’m at a point of understanding that I can take the next step. Many other guides / books seem to begin with an assumption that the reader is a ‘coder’ by nature, or further along than they actually are.

    I would LOVE to find a resource that can show me the cause and effect and real, practical uses of beginner PHP in modern day web environment.

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  • robert go

    Thursday, February 18th, 2010 04:16

    79

    I’ve been waiting to see very creative ‘window displays’ on your site.
    BTW, your site have been a great source of inspiration to designers.
    thanks

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  • James

    Thursday, February 18th, 2010 01:18

    78

    Would love a copy. As far as how to make 1stwebdesigner better? I think you guys are doing just fine as is! but if I had to say something, I would say more wordpress and jquery.

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  • Kelsey

    Thursday, February 18th, 2010 00:45

    77

    I’d like to learn more about php, just due to the fact that’s one of the main languages I didn’t learn in school and would like more information on it.

    Thanks!

    0
  • Carlos

    Thursday, February 18th, 2010 00:11

    76

    I would like to see more WordPress performance enhancement tricks / tips.

    Thanks

    0
  • mary

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 21:43

    75

    just got here, so checking out your articles now

    0
  • Francois

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 21:43

    74

    I would go with more wordpress articles, as I love wordpress and want to know more about it. Nice giveaway.

    0
  • Sunil

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 12:55

    73

    It would be nice to read any of the PHP framework from the 1stwebdesigner

    thanks
    Sunil

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  • carsten

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 12:19

    72

    I really enjoy the site already, but i`d love to get inside-infos on Drupal and Concrete5 CMS maybe…
    But anyways thanks for the collected tuts and stuff! a very useful and nice resource….
    Cheers SNAPONE

    0
  • Ward Kennes

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 20:17

    71

    Hi,

    thanks for this giveaway action, well what I should like is a bit more tutorials for CMS/blog systems like, WordPress, Textpattern.

    Thanks 1stewebdesigner

    0
  • Lyudmil ivanov

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 20:09

    70

    As js platforms as jquery, mootools etc. are gettin more popular i would love to read more about them as well as more illustrating tutorials for web design. cheers

    0
  • Tomas

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 20:04

    69

    You want my opinion? Ok. I don’t like the footer, it’s too long and disorganized (just displaying “Tags” and “Authors” other space is empty). To display authors you could use buttons like in sidebar. Second thing that I personally don’t like is comluv plugin use, I think it adds more confusion to comments. Search field you could add on top navigation or on sidebar. Awesome giveaway, hope you’ll find my opinion useful and I win. Good luck!

    0
  • webbografico

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 11:54

    68

    I would like a lot of jquery and wordpress tuts…

    nice work, go on like this

    0
  • mdomba

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 11:47

    67

    Your site rocks…

    I would like more jQuery tutorials…

    0
  • DesignLovr

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 11:27

    66

    I would love to participate in your giveaway.

    I think you should publish more in-depth tutorials.

    0
  • Silviya

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 11:25

    65

    More about CSS3 and HTML5 would be nice. But overall the site is very good and educational.

    0
  • Dale Stouffer

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 10:00

    64

    Actually a second comment, when I clicked on my name which had the link to my company’s website the link opened my site in your window. You might consider changing this link to show: target=”_blank” to that you don’t lose readers who click to other folks’ websites. Just another suggestion. TTFN.

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  • Dale Stouffer

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 09:54

    63

    Well, in terms of your give away, I’m interested in getting one of your free copies of your book. In reading through the responses above, I see some similar things touched upon that were useful. Hopefully you’ll find my suggestions helpful as well. My suggestions touch on SEO.
    1. You have a fair amount of images on your site that don’t have alt tags. Get em in there.
    2. Most website owners don’t SEO their contact us page – you should do this – it is a missed opportunity for another page to be found etc.
    3. From what I have been taught, read, etc. you have a redundant phrase: “Graphic and Web Design Blog -Resources and Tutorials on many of your titles of your pages in the static part of your site which should be removed from all titles except one page. Most likely the front page is a good place to keep it.

    That’s probably enough suggestions for now. Thanks for the opportunity to contribute.

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  • estherliu

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 17:34

    62

    I am a real beginner for wordpress and PHP. I could’ve used a theme and get done with my site, but the annoying thing is that that’s nothing that I wanted.

    So, if there is an clear tut for customizing wordpress by coding or creating my own theme, I will be much appreciated.

    Tnks

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  • Shyndoway

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 08:54

    61

    First of all great website as a beginner in web design I love it.

    I think that more tutorials would make this website one of the most ruling websites. It already has great content that I get inspired by and to be able to learn to do what I see more would be great.

    Thanks for the giveaway hope I win
    Shyndoway

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  • Mhaddy

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 15:27

    60

    Would love to see more tutorials on the logo design process – beginning to end incl the brainstorm & thought process.

    0
  • Eric azares

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 06:10

    59

    This is a very comprehensive website! I’d like to see more case studies for specific types of websites in different industries. This may go beyond just the ‘style’ and cover more regarding common functionalities that occur in typical ‘x’ sites. Would be great to see the workflow of designs from start to finish ! ;)

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  • Tomas Varil

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 12:25

    58

    Hi there I would like to see more about creating a custom wordpress themes. I know there are many tuts about how to create templates, but no one covers the background of creating templates. Every tut is specific and does not offer more user customization…

    0
  • Magentoua

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 11:57

    56

    Hi!
    I would like some articles about Magento if possible. Thanks

    0
    • Saad Bassi

      Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 12:09

      57

      That’s already in my to-do list. Most probably I will write magento articles for a whole week. E-commerce week.

      0
  • idagency

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 11:45

    55

    Hi there,
    Please could I get one, I am a real beginner and I am sure it can help me :) truly…

    0
  • George Argyrakis

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 11:23

    54

    Hello,

    Firstly I would like to congratulate you for your good job.
    Secondly, I think that you should add some extra tutorials for designing webpages.

    Good luck to everyone.

    Cheers
    George

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  • mirinel

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 03:10

    53

    Hello Saad Bassi! I would like to see more WordPress related articles on 1stwebdesigner (hackes, themes, tutorials etc). Hope that brings me a win.

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  • Terri Lockerridge

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 09:41

    52

    Thank you for the invitation to leave a suggestion for something I would like to see more of here and everywhere else that is mainly a tutorial type learning site.

    I notice that most of the time the sites that offer the how to’s on some really awesome web site “how to” tutorials. But none of you use that type of thing yourselves. This page is pretty plain you will have to agree. There are lots and lots of ads all over it. But they are not very colorful, nor do they even have the interactive hover or cursor chase to get our attentions.

    I am just curious as to why? The content is top notch, the language gets a bit computerlish every once in a while .. with the photo shop tutorials.. but mostly I. and many other amateurs, who are just on the net for the fun of it all, can understand and put the information to use hands on, ourselves.

    That is the most important aspect I suppose, but … what is up with the white backgrounds and the Windows blue plain headers with a single row of buttons that work.. and work very well, but are not an example of what your showing us how to accomplish ourselves.

    What holds you back? Just really curious why you stick with plain when you shout out fancy stuff to the crowd?

    Thanks for the contest and hopefully I might become lucky enough to have a chance at this one.. I am nothing if not random.

    terri

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    • Saad Bassi

      Saturday, February 20th, 2010 08:36

      97

      Congrats on winning Terri. We are already thinking of redesigning 1stWebDesigner. We will try to roll put the interactive, jQuery enhanced design this time.:)

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  • Gonzo the Great

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 01:08

    51

    Hi Saad,

    good and nice give-away!

    How could you get this blog even better …? For me personally that means more about SEO (you’re last post about SEO in WP was great), less about buttons in CSS3 or jQuery-posts (we’ve seen those enough!).

    More about blogging, not how to code or what theme you should get, no, a bit more personal stories behind the scenes (advertizing, social media, boosting traffic, etc.). More about social networking and email marketing, etc.

    Hope I could have been of some assistance? You could too, .. I want this book, hihi, LOL!

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    • Saad Bassi

      Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 08:53

      50

      Regarding blogging, here on 1stwebdesigner, We have an exclusive gift for all the bloggers in upcoming days.Stay tuned.:)

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  • WhisperiN

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 08:35

    48

    Hello Dear Saad,

    I’d like to thank you for this opportunity.

    Well, what I’d like to see (or to see more), is the Java, jQuery, AJAX and so related topics, hints and tricks.!!

    Hope, my luck drives me to a winner here :D

    Regards..

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  • Nick Parsons

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 00:31

    47

    Great! Apress is an excellent publishing company and Jason is an excellent developer, so I’d love to have his book!

    As far as improvements, I’d love to see more concrete, real-life development tuts like the one you published on Setting Up WordPress for SEO (that was good).

    Thanks for having this giveaway!

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    • Saad Bassi

      Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 08:51

      49

      Thanks for your input Nick. We will try to act upon your suggestions.

      0
  • Yamil Gonzales

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 00:21

    46

    I would like to read more about programming logic, I mean it’s cool to follow tutorials and “step-by-step” articles but in real life you encounter some out of line situations.

    Thanks, I really hope I can get a copy of the book; I need it.

    0
  • Dominic

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 00:10

    45

    I’d like to see more articles with collections to free design resources such as CSS templates, icons and frameworks. Although you do a good job of providing these now, there’s always room for more.

    Keep up the good work

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  • Kevin

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 07:20

    44

    Great site. Personally, I’d like to see more written tutorials. Keep up the good work.

    0
  • Etienne Richard

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 07:09

    43

    Still working in ASP, it’s been a long time since I want to learn the PHP language. I would say that your site is going well. Maybe you could add some subdivised categories at the bottom of the pages. I’m now following the blog, good continuation !

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  • Abdelhadi Touil

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 22:31

    42

    Thanks for this very important giveaway. I’d like to to see tutorials about CSS3, HTML5, CSS tips, WordPress and jQuery tips.
    Thank you very much.

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  • Max

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 06:05

    41

    today I went through the rss posts and I managed to open almost every post from 1stwebdesigner. Actually it is a well developed site with tons of usefull info.

    0
  • Charlie McLean

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 21:56

    40

    I would enjoy articles for developers new the browser platform(s), which includes me.

    0
  • Chris

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 05:28

    39

    It would be nice to see a section for SEO.
    Overall I think this site is well developed.
    I have learned many things here.

    0
  • John

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 05:23

    38

    I’m more of a beginner, so I really like how-to articles and code snippets (jQuery, for example) that allow me to toy around and figure things out. Great site! Keep up the good work!

    0
  • ycz87

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 05:09

    37

    How to make 1stWebDesigner better?
    In my opinion, there should be more sample of present design of web, more collections of trendy web design interfaces from Deviantart.com, more useful and pretty jquery plugins, issues of CSS in different browses, and some CSS framework.
    You should also introduce some PHP & Zend Framework, But not too much, because this is a website for designer.
    Thank you!

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  • Patrick

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 20:25

    36

    Just started reading yesterday, loved the post and added you to my reader… I’d love a free book for My 2 days of loyalty…. you would have me for at least 2 weeks them… maybe my whole life…. unless this book is horrible… than maybe not.

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  • Pi

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 19:41

    34

    I’ve been following this site for a month or so, and I absolutely love it.

    I would like to see an overview of must-read blogs and more topics about fonts and typography (although you are doing great at the moment in that field).

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    • Pi

      Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 19:45

      35

      Excuse me for the double post (I can’t edit my comments?), but I forget one important thing. It kind of annoys me that I can only click part of the logo to get back to your homepage. So maybe there is some room for improvement there..

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      • Saad Bassi

        Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 20:48

        18

        You can also click breadcrumb navigation to go back to home.:)

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  • New York Web Designer

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 18:11

    33

    Me, me, me, pick me!

    Awesome! Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  • Aaron

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 01:57

    32

    I think one direction you may think of going is to discuss the best ways to build a complicated site (such as dealing with slicing of images, image sizes, layout of information, margin issues, specialized menus, etc.) Thanks for all the hard work!

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  • Nicole Foster

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 01:40

    31

    I really hope I can win this because I have been trying to learn PHP so I can create useful web applications and WordPress (I can learn that from a different book though). I have had a hard time because there are few to no tutorials about web applications and the ones about them are not very detailed for beginners.

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  • Margie Jordan

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 01:11

    30

    Possibly more HTML articles and maybe some interesting web design case studies.

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  • Kyle

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 23:49

    29

    I would like to see more CSS3 and html5 since they are on the up and coming! WordPress is huge too so articles on that is much appreciated

    Thanks!

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  • Ric

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 23:20

    28

    I’d like to know a little more about web programming, move towards development from my actual porfession as a designer, anything that can help during the transition would be appreciated.

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  • Adam

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 22:33

    27

    I would like to see information (tools, techniques, etc.) on helping basic web designers get to the next level. Also, some time management info for us folks who do web design on the side. Thanks!

    0
  • Richard

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 21:53

    26

    More freelancing advice would be good.

    Hope I win!

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  • Emrah Omuris

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 21:52

    25

    I would like to see more and more CSS3 and HTML5 articles and preferably some articles for beginners on CSS3 who has a knowledge on CSS 2.1 and earlier versions.

    0
  • Thomas J. Brown

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 21:42

    24

    I’m always interesting in finding out best practices, how to decrease load times, usability issues, and accessibility issues.

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  • Chris

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 21:23

    23

    Having had to learn the little PHP I know the hard way (self-taught), this book will be a good send.

    Always looking for tutorials, esp. customizing WordPress and other open-source packages (ie. Webcalendar, Zen Cart, etc).

    0
  • Davide

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 21:13

    22

    Hi! I’d like to see more jquery-css example and easy-programming tutorials. The site is still really good anyway ;)

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  • Richard Martin

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 21:01

    21

    Im a novice that knows nothing about web design and wants to know something.

    Like what is the difference between all these different ways to build a website like html, xml, php, css, etc. What should a person that knows nothing learn.

    0
  • Sylvia

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 20:57

    20

    A glossary of terms downloadable ebook that can help with different terminology

    0
  • TJ

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 20:50

    19

    Hey, thanks for the giveaway.

    I’d like to see more webhost reviews, and more book reviews.

    0
  • Sebastian

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 20:44

    16

    i want too see less lists and more tips from you :)

    0
  • Darlene Motley

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 19:20

    15

    Just found the site, I’m always looking for good design sites and joomla sites. Adding more information on Joomla and designing for a dynamic site would be nice.

    0
  • Taz Carper

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 19:07

    14

    I would love to see a series of articles that go over current web trends and future web trends. A series that shows how specific attributes of the web, contact forms for example, have evolved through the years.

    0
    • Saad Bassi

      Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 20:48

      17

      Thanks for the ideas. We will try to focus on them.

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  • Karthik

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 19:04

    13

    First time visitor and I think your site is well laid out with some great content in my few minutes of browsing around. I would love to see the search box a little bit bigger or more apparent to a new visitor.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    0
  • Sun Pietro

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 18:42

    12

    hi,
    great giveaway :)
    Your site is near to perfection and need no changes.

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  • Dodie

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 18:37

    11

    I never knew about your site until now :O (I just so happen to find a link to your blog at Web Design Ledger) The name was attractive (cuz out of the many blogs they listed there I only clicked yours LOL), but that sorta means that maybe you can improve the site’s… uhh… hmm… I lost the word… uhh… ah! Wait. It’s you’re uhm… *I think aloud* Your popularity or something like that. Anyways, I am subscribing to it because really, I see great content here.

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  • maanjo

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 17:53

    5

    If it’s free, it’s for me! The only thing I would add to this site would be more giveaways or freebies. Otherwise, this site is a great resource. Keep up the good work!

    0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 18:13

      10

      Yes, I agree – that’s our weak side for now on! :) Wish you good luck :)

      0
  • jared

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 17:41

    4

    I love all the WordPress articles you have. I guess I’d like to see more of that, but you guys are doing a great job.

    I’m a self-taught PHP developer that got started years ago by reading a book similar to this. I have people ask me all the time how to get started and I’d love to be able to loan out this book to get them started.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

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    • Dainis Graveris

      Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 18:13

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      Oh, kind words Jared! Yes, WordPress is very popular topic and if it will go as planned we will cover wordpress more and more in future! Thanks for support!

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  • Anna

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 17:40

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    Hello! Your website is informative as well as very entertaining. I don’t have a blog on WordPress. I would like to see more templets and tips for Blogger, since that’s what I use. Thanks for all your hard work!

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    • Dainis Graveris

      Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 18:11

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      Hey, Anna!

      We tried already Blogger related post..as well as Drupal related theme post, but it didn’t give us a whole lot attention comparing to WordPress for example. We’ll try our luck in future as well, but I cannot promise we will grow supporting Blogger in this website.! Thank you for reading us!

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  • Matthias

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 17:24

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    I’ve recently found 1stWebDesigner and have been immersed in the articles since. The thing I haven’t come across is a section dedicated to advice and tools on marketing a website. Also some web host reviews are always appreciated.

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    • Dainis Graveris

      Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 18:09

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      Matthias thank you for great idea and since I am considering that my strongest side is internet marketing and social media, I will focus more on such related articles! Agreed about web hosts as well, we have upcoming article about it already! :)

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      • Matthias

        Friday, February 19th, 2010 07:47

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        Definitely give us some marketing tips then :)

        Another idea is a user submitted website registry that allows your users to recommend a helpful site on a certain subject (i.e. php or SEO). Then other users that found it helpful could vote yay or nay and rank them accordingly. I know many times I’ve found a great article buried in the depths of the Internet and I have no way of sharing the immense excitement to fellow developers.

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  • entis

    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 17:14

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    How to make 1stWebDesigner better? Hm… that’s a hard question. You cover a very wide variety of topics. Maybe you could write one kind of articles that I don’t remember seeing on 1stWD – case studies. If well written, they can be very educational :)

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    • Dainis Graveris

      Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 18:10

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      Hey, Entis!

      You mean like going step by step to some problems we got, designing process, searching advertisers, creating contests -showing a little bit what’s happening behind the scenes?

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