Articles by Ioanni Mitsakis

Tips, Tricks & Tutorials

Inside WordPress: An Introduction to Custom Post Types

June 17th, 2015
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Most people who work with WordPress have already heard of custom post types. Unfortunately, only a few web designers and bloggers know what this function actually is and how to make use of it. Custom post types are something like the icing on the cake and one of the reasons for WordPress’ popularity. Let’s have a look at custom post types and see what...

Inspiration

Best Practice: 30 Websites with Video Backgrounds

June 8th, 2015
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Video backgrounds are growing in popularity. Now with the first services offering HD videos for free commercial use popularity will increase further and faster. Pexels, known for its free imgaes, has entered the market that before had only had Mazwai as a source for free video material. Other than Mazwai where backlinks are mandatory, Pexels offers its material under CC0. While we will also...

Inspiration

Pure Inspiration: 33 New and Award-Winning Websites

May 31st, 2015
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Creativity needs inspiration. Even the greatest designers on earth are nothing without some inspiration from here or there. Look at Android and iOS for example. Armies of designers work on both and yet – isn’t there a slight similarity? Anyway, that’s not the point. To fuel your creativity we have roamed the web fpr new and award-winning piecesof web craftsmanship. Look what we have...

Apps

Origami: Free Design Prototyping for iOS, Android, and the Web

May 17th, 2015
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Origami: Free Design Prototyping for iOS, Android, and the Web

Prototyping is an important element of the app development process. Animations and layer links need to be correct and tested before finishing the actual development process and uploading the app into the app store. Origami is a design framework developed by Facebook. It’s aimed at simplifying prototyping of iPhone and iPad apps, paying particular attention to the integration of interactions and animations. [Image of...

Plugins

Increasing Conversion: 7 Great WordPress Plugins for A/B Testing

April 17th, 2015
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Increasing Conversion: 7 Great WordPress Plugins for A/B Testing

Split-testing is an important task, but one rarely done wholeheartedly. It’s quite remarkable because as a matter of fact it’s a proven way to get you more website traffic and to convert those visitors into loyal readers, customers or whatever you may call them. Which in no way applies to e-commerce websites only. A split test is called A/B testing. For instance, you could test...

Boilerplates & Other Tools

In Vogue: 9 Material Design Frameworks for Cutting-Edge Websites

April 8th, 2015
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In Vogue: 9 Material Design Frameworks for Cutting-Edge Websites

When introducing its Material Design for Android, Google triggered one of the biggest current design trends. It took some time, but Android looks nice at long last. Some say it can even keep up with iOS others claim it has been more beautiful than Apple’s iteration anyway. And Material Design does more than supporting mobile apps. A growing number of websites use it, too....

Design

Web Design: Transparency as a Design Element (plus Best Practices)

March 27th, 2015
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Web Design: Transparency as a Design Element (plus Best Practices)

Transparency has become a big hit in web design since most browsers can display it. Transparent elements are used to either set accents or draw attention to a certain area like images or text passages. But there are a few things that can go wrong while developing websites with transparent effects. Today we’ll show you what you should pay attention to. Let’s create a...

Development

The Decline of Script Directories: Modern Times Dinosaurs [IMHO]

March 20th, 2015
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The Decline of Script Directories: Modern Times Dinosaurs [IMHO]

Websites don’t exist forever. Through the years I have seen a number of websites that continuously grew bigger and more popular, while others started to decay. Today, the latter are not relevant anymore. Several blogs I have read haven’t been provided with fresh articles for years. This is the natural evolution of the web. Owners of websites are quick to abandon websites that are...

Design

Design Trends in Responsive Navigation: Best Practices 2015

March 17th, 2015
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Design Trends in Responsive Navigation: Best Practices 2015

Responsive websites have become standard. More and more people switch from their desktop devices to mobile clients like smartphones and tablets to consume websites. If you don’t want to fall behind and lose valuable visitors, it’s about time to optimize your website for mobile view. Such a website provides a good and accessible navigation on mobile devices. Practically speaking, mobile navigation is one of...

Plugins

New and Unspent: 10 Fresh Free WordPress Plugins (Edition: March 2015)

March 16th, 2015
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New and Unspent: 10 Fresh Free WordPress Plugins (Edition: March 2015)

The great popularity of WordPress stems in large parts from its almost unlimited expandability with plugins. No matter what you want to create with WordPress, with almost absolute certainty a plugin for it already exists. However, it is not easy to find the proper one out of the 35.959 currently listed plugins. This problem tends to intensify when it comes to niche plugins that...