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  • Social Media Image Maker: Photo-Editing One-Stop-Shop for Social Media Networkers

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    Facebook, Twitter, Google+, then Pinterest, Tumblr, Xing or LinkedIn and what do I know where all you’ve set your flag, and are networking as networking can. All these services want you to maintain a proper profile and, if you really do think you should register practically anywhere, you should try your best to make a good impression. One main necessity to achieve this is adequate imagery. Even if you really have reasonable images for these use-cases at hand, that’s still where the problems begin. I don’t know of two social networks that share image resolutions or other specifications. You can’t simply upload the same picture to a zillion websites and hope for an adequate presentation. Instead you have to struggle with the same zillion different requirements when it comes down to even such a simple thing as a profile header-image. To further complicate the situation, social networks have fun changing their image-related specifications frequently. A new tool by the name of Social Media Image Maker promises relief…



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  • Down with Boredom: 5 Pattern Generators for Background Designs

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    If you want the background of your website to consist of more than a color, you’ll be thinking about a background image. If there’s no obvious image you should use or if you don’t want to get determined by your imagery, while at the same time being able to serve different resolutions more or less effortlessly, you’ll soon turn your thoughts on textures or repetitive patterns. Creating repetitive, seamless patterns is not easy. Pattern generators are there to help you achieve just this. We have aggregated the five most promising tools…



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  • Varnish – Free Cache-Server Extraordinaire Speeds Up Your Website

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    Complex web apps and high traffic spell doom to many a web server. Web as well as database server have to put together the right data at each new visit to deliver it as renderable HTML. No wonder caching solutions have become popular throughout the last few years. Caching means storing already deliverable content in memory instead of compiling it anew at each new hit. The duration or lifetime of cached content is configurable and should be fine-tuned according to the needs of your web project from minutes to hours to days. Quite a few web apps already are equipped with some kind of caching strategy. If you want the real deal, say a speed boost of 300 to 1,000 times faster, dedicated solutions should be considered.



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  • How To Pin Web Apps As Tiles To The Brand-New Startscreen Of Windows 8

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    The new user interface of Windows 8 needs a lot of getting used to. The upside is, the introduction of the so-called tiles, which are intended as the main way of interacting between user and system, brought new possibilities to provide the user with additional information. Tiles are not limited to showing an icon, the way it was before Windows 8, only without the tiles ;-) Inside the tiles notifications can be placed and kept in sync. This is not only possible for apps, but also for websites. Microsoft provides several specialized meta-tags to customize the looks and contents of tiles with links to websites.



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  • Google PageSpeed: Website Optimization Out Of The Box

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    Rumor has it that there are literally countless aspects influencing the ranking of websites in Google. Besides the ever so valuable content and the still important backlinks to your site, our greatest search engine tends to throw long hard looks at the performance, the loading time of your digital subsidiary. Long loading times get on everybody’s nerves. Google knows that and ranks optimized pages better, a big advantage in terms of SEO. Optimization does not only cost time, but needs a lot og knowledge, too. Google has two solutions in store with which optimizing your websites can become a whole lot easier, easy even. Ever heard of PageSpeed?



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  • WebEngage Interactivates Your Website

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    Your main goal in running a commercial website may be set to high profitability. Especially when you are running an online shop, you will want to generate the highest revenue possible, the more buyers you attract the better. In ecommerce one strong handicap exists. You cannot interact with the prospective buyer in a way you would be able to in a real shop of the analog world. The would-be buyer has to rely on the one-way communicative efforts your website offers. WebEngage changes that, if you let it…



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  • Create Favicons Online With These 5 Useful Tools

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    Favicons are to websites what bread and water is to human beings: essential. They’ve been around long-since and will still be when we all have perished. Shortly after the inception of the web, they started their triumphal march. Nowadays, favicons are not long thought or talked about, they are just implemented like a duck takes to water. To create them, several solutions exist. First on there are plugins or native functionality for common desktop software solutions. What we want to focus on today are solutions in the form of online services. There are a few and they differ quite considerably.



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  • New Tools: CSS-Preprocessor Roole and HTML Converter Markdown.css

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    Astonishing things happen inside the development community. It keeps pushing out tools at an hourly rate, where some tools become essential and others are never again heard of. Today we will be looking at two tools, one from each side of this spectrum. While Roole, a JavaScript-based preprocessing CSS language, proves immediately useful, Markdown.css asks for a deeper look, or two.



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  • Pinstamatic Pimps Pinterest, Allows for Sharing of Websites, Texts and Places

    You know that the social network Pinterest limits itself to the sharing of visual media, images foremost. Even though this is surely part of its success, there are times when you’d like to share other content, especially when the content is not available as an image. In these cases, Pinstamatic, a new service to extend Pinterest’s capabilities comes into play. Pinstamatic allows for the sharing of texts, websites and places. It enhances the presentation of images also.



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  • HINT.css – Tooltips In Pure CSS3 And HTML5, No JavaScript Needed

    Tooltips in HTML pages general do not need any effort from a developer’s side, as long as they put proper title attributes to their elements. The title is then used for showing the tooltip, but also for other things, such as providing a screen reader with proper content. Speaking of the use case of tooltips, the visual presentation depends on the browser your site gets visited with. Developers with the need for more control turned to JavaScript bases solutions years ago. Kashagra Gour created Hint.css, which proves as a decent alternative, based completely on CSS and HTML.



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