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7 Ways to Boost Your Page Load Time Using CSS and JavaScript

Posted in Tools, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 16 Comments

Everybody has less and less time today for surfing, chatting, spending time on social media or whatever they like to do on the internet. Slow loading speeds disappeared a long time ago and we don’t want to see blogs and web pages taking too much out of our already limited time. You can find many tools on the internet to help you improve your web pages’ loading speed and I took a look at many of them, so I am able to recommend you the following ones, which mainly work by eliminating the poorly written code.

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Code Editor Review: Sublime Text

Posted in Tools, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 30 Comments

As a designer and developer, I’m always trying to find the best possible tools to do my job and to have fun with it. I’m both a PC and Mac user, Notepad, Coda, Textmate, Dreamweaver, Komodo and Aptana are some of the many editors I’ve tried but none of those made an impact as big as Sublime Text.

Although it is still in beta, Sublime Text is in my opinion the best text/code editor in the market which is available for Windows, OS X and Linux. There is nothing like trying and seeing for yourself but its features, aesthetic, usability and price (although it has an unlimited trial at the moment) made me want to write about it.

“Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, html and prose. You’ll love the slick user interface and extraordinary features.”

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Get More Pageviews: How To Encourage Visitors To Click More

Posted in Tips, Tools, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 10 Comments

The secret of success in constructive blogging, is getting more page views. This will make sure readers get involved in your site and click more, resulting in an increase in the traffic and page views. Search Engine Optimization gets better if a reader stays for a longer period of time on your site, thus decreasing the bounce rate. There are many ways to appeal a reader click more on your site, but out of all those tools and methods, I tried to pick up the most effective and suitable to every blog/ site. These methods are being seen in practice on even the blogs of the gurus, which proves that what you are going to learn today, would be reliable.

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40+ Amazing Free Brushes for GIMP

Posted in Brushes, Freebies3 years ago • Written by 2 Comments

GIMP might be the little brother of Photoshop but it is a really powerful program and the truth is that many top web designers design solely with GIMP. There might be fewer resources for GIMP than there are for Photoshop but still there are enough resources you can find online. Almost all of these resources are free, which makes it even better. For instance, have a look at this list of more than 40 fantastic GIMP brushes:

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Web Design Using Grids: Tools and Inspiration

Posted in Tips, Tools, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 14 Comments

When I started this web designing thing all my work just didn’t look “professional”. It was pretty, nice colors, nice fonts, nice bevel/emboss effects…but something was annoying and I didn’t know what.

Then I found out.

Grids are one of the smallest differences between good and great design. It is quite easy to find a way to realign aspects of the design that give it a completely different look. Of course we have also other spacing adjustments but when you put things inside grids everything tends to look much better.

Today we’ll find out together why they make such a difference, who is doing it right, and which tools you can use to have a better grid.

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12 Best iPad Applications for Designers

Posted in Tools, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 15 Comments

Everyone in the cyberworld knows the news about Steve Jobs having resigned as CEO of Apple. He will be missed, for he surely left a legacy, making Apple one of the best brands of the century. The iPad is one of the last innovations he introduced to the world.

The iPad was initially met with much skepticism and mocking, but now there is no doubt that this is one of the best, most ingenius gadgets of the 21st century. It’s handy and lightweight, thus it’s so easy to carry around anywhere. This makes us, as designers, more efficient and maybe more creative with our work.

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Setup Surveys and Capture Data with Google Forms

Posted in HowTos, Tools, Tutorials, Web Design, WordPress3 years ago • Written by 5 Comments

Are you looking to learn more about your website visitors? If so, Google has your back. Google Docs is an excellent free online tool that allows you to create forms (surveys) for the purpose of capturing data from your online community. Google Docs allows you to create very professional looking forms, with over 60 different themes to choose from. You can customize the questions you want to ask and the answer choices you want visitors to choose from. Once the form is setup you can easily embed the form in your website or e-mail it out to a list. Feedback is captured automatically and reports can be charted and graphed for accurate analysis. Sound good so far? Let’s dig into how the process works.

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Top 5 Ways to Increase Your Website’s Conversion Rate

Posted in Tools, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 12 Comments

A beautiful website with fantastic design and colorful displays is wonderful, but if you are not making a profit, your hard work will be in vain.  How can you convert your website visitors into profits? There are many ways you can increase your conversions, but it’s important to know where to start.

Before we discuss the top 5 ways to increase conversions, you must understand what action you want your visitors to take. Are you leading them to opt in to your list? Buy a product? Become a Facebook fan? The goal of website conversions is to lead your visitors to an intended action, so it’s important to know what that action is. Once you know, you can target your strategy to that end.

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Designer Toolbox: Top 20 Widgets for Your Macbook

Posted in Tools, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 2 Comments

When it comes to the age old Mac-vs-PC argument, among the most innovative features that sets the Macbook apart is the Dashboard. The Dashboard a virtual toolbox where every Mac user can place their tools or weapons of choice. Whatever type of user you are – a designer, writer, businessman or a student – you can benefit greatly from the Dashboard. The Dashboard is essentially a semi-transparent layer that hosts mini-applications called ‘Widgets’.

Widgets are small applications in the Dashboard designed to perform a single task. Widgets can be useful, productive, necessary or just plain fun. Here are the top  free widgets we collected for every kind. They can be rearranged, deleted and added according to the user’s preference. Aside from the Dashboard, you can also place widgets on your Apple Desktop.

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How to Fight Plagiarism – Tips and Tools

Posted in Tips, Tools, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 10 Comments

Plagiarism is not hard to fight now that there are advanced tools and services that people can use for protection. In this article we will talk about how to fight people who have copied your designs, bandwidth, articles, music, and everything that can be stolen. Preventing people from plagiarizing your works is another matter because it is in their discretion to do so, which is out of your control. But when the unwanted happens you should be prepared to deal with it, that’s why I wrote this article; to help you fight plagiarism with some tips and tools.

The last time I checked one of my published articles on CopyScape to see if anyone copied it, it returned 8 websites. Totally plagiarized without even saying thanks to me. I researched the material, wrote it, refined it, and finally had it published only to be copied in an instant. Easy work for them? Yes, they’re reaping the things I’ve planted. Should I stand by and let them do it because fighting plagiarism is a very hard task? No, actually it is easy to fight plagiarism. If you want to make these thieves’ lives miserable, read on!

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