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  • Web Design Takeaway: 40 CSS Buttons, Tutorials and Code Snippets

    Pure CSS buttons and menus do not need graphics anymore but create themselves from the beauty of the written code. Generating this can be difficult in regard to broad browser compatibility. Thankfully, there are tutorials, ready-made code snippets, and numerous examples to choose from. And it gets even better, as we present you the best examples in this article. What you don’t get in the following article is some Photoshop. All the following buttons are available for private as well as commercial use. As the terms of service are susceptible of change, you should review them again before using the buttons. Have fun…



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  • Opposites Attract: Tips for Designing a Clean Yet Colorful Website

    A clean website design does not have to be boring, and a colorful website design does not have to be obnoxious and overwhelming. Interestingly, usually all a clean site needs to jazz it up are a few bright or bold colors, and an obnoxious site needs a clean redesign to go from overwhelming to simply colorful. For these reasons, a clean yet colorful website is the perfect marriage. Together, these aspects create a stand out design that creates a lasting impression and keeps visitors coming back for more. May I even be so bold as to say that a clean yet colorful website is what every designer should strive to accomplish in their web designs?



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  • Design Trend Hero Images: The Bold Way of Using Images

    Currently there are two seemingly contrary trends in web design. On the one hand, websites become more minimalistic – less colors, clear fonts and simple shapes. On the other hand, large-sized, full page images – so called hero images – are becoming more and more popular. Sounds strange, but in the end only appears to be contradictory. At second glance, both trends complement each other very well. Of course, this only applies when they are used both in a sensible way and even more importantly with an expressive image.



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  • 46 of the Web’s Most Creative 404 Error Pages (2015 Edition)

    Entering a mistyped URL into your browser or clicking a link to a destination that no longer exists usually leads to a 404 error page. This 404 is generated by your server and if you do nothing about will look like a default server message looks – ugly and boring and unhelpful to the technically non-savvy. This needs not be that way, however. We have curated a collection of 46 creative approaches to offering a 404 that you actually want to see as a visitor. Be it because it is helpful, impressive, entertaining or simply cute. Have fun!



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  • Blast from the Past #4: 100 Best Free HTML/CSS Themes of 2014

    Here we are again with part 4 of our series “Blast from the Past”. By now, we have equipped you with a vast collection of 90 free carefully executed GUI sets, 100 icon packs and more than 100 free PSD website templates. With them, building up almost any kind of website, starting from stylish and sought-after one page portfolios and not ending with complex e-commerce sites becomes a little less challenging. Of course, not every featured kit is a one-stop shop out of the box, but can nevertheless be a great groundwork to build upon. Still there are times when you have to go looking for something even more complete. If your deadline is approaching too fast, just like it always does, pull the following article from your toolbox and get up to speed. Today’s collection is all about complete website layouts, but not in the more inspirational form of a PSD layout. What we have here for you are the 100 best free HTML/CSS themes of 2014.



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  • Blast from the Past #3: 100+ Best Free PSD Website Templates of 2014

    Welcome to part 3 of our series “Blast from the Past”. By now, you are already in possession of a vast collection of 90 free carefully executed GUI sets and 100 icon packs. With them, building up almost any kind of website, starting from stylish and sought-after one page portfolios and not ending with complex e-commerce sites becomes a little less challenging. Of course, not every featured kit is a one-stop shop out of the box, but can nevertheless be a great groundwork to build upon. Still there are times when you have to go looking for something even more complete. Be it that the deadline is approaching too fast, or you simply need some inspiration. As usual, also for these situations you’ve come to the right place. Today’s collection is all about complete website layouts. We searched thoroughly and came up with the 100+ best free PSD website templates of 2014.



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  • Trends 2015: Five Brand-new Infographics for Website Operators

    This article covers some of the latest infographics on hot topics of the new year. We will have a look at current trends in 2015 – not only in web design, but also digital branding and social marketing that are equally important if you want to be prepared for the future. One of the infographics gives some tips on how to protect yourself from hackers; however, these tips are only a foundation on which to build further. Enjoy the following five infographics; there is certainly something for everyone.



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  • Tracing Web Design Trends From 2004 to 2015: This New Interactive Infographic Web Site is All You Need

    If you are a web developer, keeping your finger on the pulse of time is vital to help you stay on top of things. Read a lot, try a lot, dismiss a lot and keep a lot. We call such an approach professional. There are trends that you wouldn’t expect to win through that still do and others who seem no-brainers at first, but lose in the longer run. Whichever way things turn out to be, keeping oneself updated is the entering wedge on your way to success. The following article introduces you to a brand-new interactive website by the guys of TemplateMonster, covering the evolution of the web from back in 2004 to the latest trends of 2015. Besides providing vital information, this interactive project is a best practice example in itself…



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  • A Look into a Web Designer’s Toolbox – Today: John Siebert

    As a web designer, you must be well aware of how even a minuscule designing mistake can result in the failure of your website. One of the ways of avoiding the various pitfalls related to website design is using the right set of tools. The idea is to use such tools to simplify some of the more time consuming tasks related to web design and ensuring that you get them absolutely right. There are plenty of web design tools available on the market and you will be hard-pressed to choose the right one for your needs. This article aims to make your job a bit simpler. It’s a curated list of 8 tools that can help you get the most out of your web design process.



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  • For Your Blog Only? Think Again! These 35 Global Brands Use WordPress as CMS

    WordPress has become far more than just a blogging software. Even large and highly complex sites with millions of visitors each month can be realized with this flexible solution created by Automattic. The worldwide success of the free content management system seems unstoppable. About 60% of all websites using a CMS run on WordPress – with an upward tendency. WordPress is the only CMS gaining market share at high speed, whereas all other systems stagnate or even lose on market share. But this is not just a coincidence; WordPress is easy to use and offers endless possibilities for developers. With proper configuration, WordPress can handle millions of monthly visitors easily, which is one reason why even large and well-known brands rely on WordPress. In this article we will show you a selection of global brands that use WordPress as their CMS.



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