Tag Archives: Development

Things To consider before going International as a Freelancer

Posted in Web Design4 years ago • Written by 2 Comments

Whether you’re a new freelancer, an employee considering to go freelance or an established freelancer in your country – this article can prove useful to you. Being a freelancer in your home region or native country is one thing. Succeeding internationally can give you many extra things to have to take care of. In this article you will get some tips on how to approach this.

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Use PHP Flat File Cache To Lighten Database Load

Posted in Tutorials, Web Design4 years ago • Written by 8 Comments

We know how much fun it is to have to write the same query 12 different times and/or do a lot of LEFT, INNER, or explicit JOINs to the data that we need.  There are several different available methods of caching available depending on the environment we are developing in.  One that is very quick and simple is Flat File caching and it can also serve many different purposes.

These methods are slightly advanced and can be very helpful if you have built your own custom CMS for your website.  Later we will link to more basic practices that can lead you up to these methods.

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Getting Started With PHP and Dynamic Content

Posted in Tutorials, Web Design4 years ago • Written by 18 Comments

If you have taken any basic HTML courses or look through tutorials you know how to build a website…. Well sort of. HTML is pretty much the first and main stepping stone of websites but it is merely the beginning. In this post I will show you a few techniques to get you stated in using PHP to make your sites more dynamic and much easier to manage.

Lets take for example you have an information site about carving spindles. Your site consists of a home page, an about us page, a contact us page, and a content page that has the instructions on creating the spindles. This is a small site and your knowledge currently is mostly only on HTML and CSS but you are tired of having to go and edit something on all 4 pages to simply make one change on the site.

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Functionality of Adobe Fireworks in your Design Workflow

Posted in Web Design4 years ago • Written by 6 Comments

Many web designers work exclusively with the Adobe Creative Suite to get work done. Adobe Photoshop is the most common tool for graphics creation and manipulation along with Illustrator for freehand drawings. Fireworks doesn’t get as much of the attention, but this doesn’t mean the software is also useless.

In fact Fireworks can be used hand-in-hand with Photoshop to create seamless mockup designs, wireframes, interface icons and so much more. We’ll be taking a look into how you can incorporate Adobe Fireworks seamlessly into your design workflow.

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How to Design a Kick-Ass Facebook Fanpage

Posted in Web Design4 years ago • Written by 37 Comments

While a personal profile can only get so much attention, a Facebook Fanpage allows you to expand your reach and your profile’s capabilities. While a business profile is ok, a fanpage for your company, business, service or product is the best approach on Facebook since a fanpage has significantly more options and is more flexible than a simple profile.

For this tutorial we’ll assume that you have a freelance service (and a product) which you want to advertise on Facebook. We won’t cover Facebook ads here, only the design and structure of a fanpage which will get people interested in your product and services.

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5 Advanced Google Tricks to Help You Become a Better Web Designer

Posted in Web Design4 years ago • Written by 8 Comments

You can use some simple Google tools in very creative ways, as well as use some more advanced ones to:

  • find high-quality tutorials for any web design software tool, and find them easier and faster
  • find decent alternatives for the current web design software you’re using
  • search for what Spanish (or <insert your favorite nation here>) web designers are talking about

…and much more! You’ll learn all of this in the text below. I’ll use specific examples to illustrate my points, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use your own examples when you understand the points. So let’s get started, shall we?

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The Ultimate Guide to Object Oriented Basics of JavaScript

Posted in Web Design4 years ago • Written by 18 Comments

Thanks to expertly crafted libraries such as jQuery and MooTools, JavaScript has become a foundation of Front-End Development. However, it’s extremely important that we note the higher level concepts utilized in these wonderful libraries. Why is that? As web developers, we must equally balance learning the current programming trends with attempts to push the boundaries of those trends. Without this balance, no innovation will occur in web development. So let’s take a moment to appreciate the fundamentals of JavaScript Object Oriented Programming, which include classes, inheritance, and scope.

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How to Create Kick-Ass PHP Contact Forms

Posted in Tutorials4 years ago • Written by 86 Comments

I am sure that almost everyone can agree on the importance of contact forms for use on everything from static HTML websites, to WordPress powered websites. I found myself many times creating custom PHP contact forms for clients and always changing things around to suit the needs of the client.

After going through this article you should have a better understanding of creating custom PHP contact forms. These can be really useful in your own projects, as well as projects for clients.

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Data-Driven Web Design: How to Take Advantage of It

Posted in Web Design4 years ago • Written by 2 Comments

Web design should be all about creativity, right? Free flow of ideas, designing what you want etc…While all of that is important, there are various ways to use objective data to get the most out of your design efforts. In this article, I’ll assume you’re a freelancer and working on someones else project. What steps can you take to ensure your web-design is data-driven?

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Creating A Custom HTML and CSS Framework for Rapid Development

Posted in Tutorials4 years ago • Written by 22 Comments

In this article I will go over creating a custom framework to have and use for your own projects. This to me has been one of the best resources to me in creating websites for clients. I found just like everyone else that after doing so many web pages you hit the point of realizing you keep typing the same things over and over. To try and cut down on some of the time it was taking me just to get started on a project I decided to make my own “framework” that I would use as a basic starting point. I have found this to be a great way to carry around my framework with me anywhere I go on my USB memory stick, and to be able to start a project much faster than I normally would have. Since most of my programming is done with just a basic text editor, this has worked out really well for me.

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