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  • Is Concrete5 The Right CMS For Your Website?

    Back in October, I did an evaluation cum review article about MODX. The aim of the article was to assess the usability and feasibility of MODX as a Content Management System for your website. My sole purpose behind the article was to help the readers in their quest to choose which CMS to use for their websites. The response to the article was good, and I’d like to thank everyone who read the article and took time to share it and comment on it. Carrying on from October, today, I shall be taking a look at yet another CMS…



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  • Viewport Resizer: Extremely Flexible Bookmarklet Lets You Test Different Resolutions Easily

    A web designer’s tasks are far from getting easier. More and more different resolutions come to market and have to be addressed in professional layouts. The formerly rather simple distinction between a site for mobile and another for desktop users is not sufficient anymore. With the success of smartphones of the most different sizes the problem grows bigger by the hour. Of course we have media queries to address different resolutions properly. And even though they do work in the majority of cases you still have to test them properly.



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  • Social Media Paradise: Twtrland Delivers Twitter Insights You Would Never Have Hoped To Get

    Twtrland got created on the beach. A piece of paper was in the game, a pen and a not exactly quantified amount of coffee. Three brothers from Israel stand behind the service, whose main purpose was to help with the decision whom to follow on Twitter and – well – whom not. Still this is the main benefit you get from using twtrland.



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  • Tiny Circleslider: Who Said Sliders Are Boring?

    Image- or, more general, content sliders are as popular as can be. There are plenty of them on the market. Design and functionality resemble, the choice of a slider is more or less a matter of taste. Tiny Circleslider is different though. The tool lets you place content elements in a circle. This makes for a futuristic look and feel.



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  • BootMetro: Framework for Websites in Windows 8 Design

    We know you like tiled websites. Our article featuring Sergey Pimenov’s Metro UI CSS drew loads of attention. So we thought you might also be interested in what the Italian frontend-developer Marcello Palmitessa created. By the name of BootMetro he just introduced a whole framework for building tiled websites in the Metro-style of the forthcoming Windows 8. Palmitessa took Twitter’s Bootstrap and changed its looks to mimic Redmond’s next-generation operating system. And yes, he not only got inspired by Pimenov’s Metro UI CSS.



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  • MODX: Is It The Right Choice For Your Website?

    If you are creating a new website, chances are you’ll be using a Content Management System. Unless you have a personal favorite and/or have a rigidly defined set of requirements that can be met by your preferred CMS, you may need to do some searching before you finalize a CMS for your website. Today, we shall be taking a look at one such Content Management System: MODX. Before we begin, allow me to be clear: MODX is neither a “minnow” or a “newbie” in the CMS world. It has its own loyal following, a huge community and user base and a properly documented code. It powers numerous organizations’ websites and has its own cloud solution, organizes a MODXpo (as opposed to WordCamp), and does a lot many other things that you’d expect from a full-fledged business organization.



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  • SwipeView: Mobile Gallery with Touch Control on Smartphones and Tablets

    JavaScript and galleries, what do you associate? I associate the word plethora. Though it’s not easy for new projects to impress, SwipeView does. Because SwipeView supports touch control, it is ideal for usage on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. You navigate through the galleries with swipes. Non-mobile devices imitate the swipes with mouse actions. The project even features classical navigation concepts.



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  • Moqups: HTML5-Based Mockups On Steroids

    Before you detail the design of your next website project you need to determine where should be what. You will have to place your navigation, images, texts, forms, whatever will be part of your site. Especially essential parts such as the navigational concept have to be planned very thoroughly. The information architecture decides if your project will be usable or not. Also important in your early concept is that nothing should be forgotten. The established way to deal with all of these challenges is creating one or more mockups of the project. Mockups are small models, sometimes even prototypes, sometimes only scribbles of the website under construction. They do not determine the design aka looks of a site but they define its structure and the navigational concepts. The brand-new web-app Moqups has been created to help you do just that, build early mockups of your next big web-thing.



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  • Delta – A Free, Modern Theme For jQuery UI

    Kiandra IT is one of the bigger companies in the field of software development and the likes in Australia. In 2012 they were declared Microsoft Partner Of The Year. Pushing ahead their own software development efforts Kiandra created a theme for jQuery UI which they used internally for almost a year. Then they decided to open source it under the name of Delta. Kiandra did and put it under the liberal MIT/GPL-license, so everybody can use Delta free of charge for any purpose, be it for private, educational or commercial use.



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  • ReView.js Changes Viewports In Responsive Designs With a Single Mouse Click

    Thanks to media queries, designing web layouts for different client resolutions has become easier. Not every visitor is satisfied with the situation though, as breakpoints and viewports set through media queries limit visitors to the target resolution of the device used. A new tool, written in JavaScript, gives visitors the opportunity to manually switch between the desktop and mobile view of the website at their own will. ReView.js is the new declaration of independence for web surfers.



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