Jan 17 2014

20 Inspiring Free WordPress Themes To Start Anew in 2014

Christmas and New Year have been and gone. If reshaping your WordPress site is one of your New Year’s resolutions, the following article is for you. The following themes have all been created between December 2013 and today, thus can be called the freshest there are. 17 of our 20 newcomers work fully responsive, a trend that has been on the rise for quite a while now. Also growing is the amount of themes which are based on Bootstrap, retina-ready or working with Google Fonts. We are sure you’ll find your next blog layout among the following. All these themes are free, though some have commercial variants available. We stated that where applicable…

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Jan 16 2014

Brandnew App for Mac OS: 2,800 Free Icons for Designers

The name Ivan Boyko will sound familiar to quite a few designers out there. He is the creative head behind icons8. The website by the same name offers 2,800 icons to download for free. 1,600 of them are designed following the design style of Windows 8, while the other 1,200 fit into the version 7 redesign of iOS. Today, Boyko added a way to access his icon sets even more easily. A brand-new and also free app can be downloaded from the Mac App Store. This app brings all the icons right to your desktop…

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Jan 15 2014

HTML 5 and SVG: Providing a PNG Fallback with PHP and ImageMagick

Using SVG in web design has many advantages. Being a vector format is the biggest and has it standing out from the crowd of other image formats. You could have guessed, though, that while modern browsers do already support SVG, the good ole Internet Exploder doesn’t, at least not below version 9. As older versions of Internet Explorer are still out there in the wild, you should always consider implementing a fallback solution. Using PHP and ImageMagick makes it a snap to provide a fallback to PNG..

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Jan 13 2014

Picjumbo: A New Collection of High-quality, Commercial-use Photos for Totally Free

Photos are what web designers need in massive amounts. Yet, shooting each and every needed photo by yourself would soon become a full-time occupation in itself. Compromises are to be made. Thus, it’s no wonder that we see loads of stock libraries around. Who wants to use the same images, competitor X already uses? The need for heaps of fresh images is permanently rising. Besides the well-known stock libraries with their large collections of millions of pictures, smaller services have started to grow. Most remarkably these services offer smaller amounts of images, yet they do it for free. Some don’t even require back-links or proper attribution. Picjumbo by Viktor Hanacek from the Czech Republic is such a service…

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Jan 10 2014

Wallpaper for jQuery Adds Image or Video Backgrounds to Any Website Easily

Such is life. Client X needs a landing page within the next 15 minutes. It’s a rather simple page with not a lot more than a full-screen background image. Now, how can I achieve that in the quickest and easiest way? Having evaluated a few alternatives I decide to go with Ben Plum’s newest jQuery plugin Wallpaper. This lets me do the job in less than ten minutes. Being able to change the image to a video background using the very same solution made my client smile with joy…

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Jan 08 2014

DevDocs: The Ultimate Work of Reference for Web Developers

Thibaut Courouble is back. The philosopher and front-end developer from France created yet another useful web service for developers. His new project DevDocs has the potential to become the ultimate work of reference for anybody building web apps. DevDocs integrates a plethora of different documentations and equips them with a spanned search function. This is a very good idea…

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Jan 06 2014

Summernote: Powerful WYSIWYG-Editor for Bootstrap 3

Today I stumbled upon a fresh JavaScript, which I think you will like, too. This little tool helps you integrate a feature-rich WYSIWYG editor into your next Bootstrap project. And it is entirely free. Summernote – say hi – is under ambitious development and bound to reach version 1 in the course of the next few weeks. You need not wait, though, as Summernote is perfectly ready for prime time just yet.

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Jan 02 2014

Webydo vs. WordPress vs. Wix: Who Wins The Web Design Race? (Infographic)

The web design industry is changing. Web design was once dominated by hand-written code, using tools that were pimped text-editors at best. Then tools evolved to help web designers spare some of the repetitive tasks of hand-coding and support them more by offering auto-completion or syntax-highlighting. It’s only since a few years that we see tools which are able to achieve much more than that. A new generation of website builders has arrived to help people not only stint on coding but dismiss it completely. But, not all website creators are equal. Webydo, who wants to be the center of your web design business, has teamed up with visual.ly to show the state of the industry as of today in a comprehensive infographic. Lets’s take a deeper look into it. It’s worth it…

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Dec 31 2013

LayoutIt! Free And Powerful Boilerplate For Your Next Bootstrap 3 Project

LayoutIt! is a clever web tool, created by Entropeer, a small design agency based in Buenos Aires. At first sight you might go mistaking LayoutIt! for a website builder, which actually it is not, although it looks and functions much in the same way. What LayoutIt! creates is „only“ a kickstarter, an initial foundation to build up upon. Get your next Bootstrap 3 project up and running in a shortened period of time, and thank Entropeer’s tool, which just recently got overhauled to support version 3 of Twitter’s popular front-end framework.

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Dec 30 2013

Codeblock.js: Edit and Run JavaScript Directly from Within Your Browser

Talking about introducing JavaScript frameworks, libraries or just step by step tutorials, it is always useful, if you are able to support all your words by a handful of fitting live examples. So, instead of just posting dead code snippets, would it not be far better, if you could embed JavaScript in a way that it can be edited and run by your readers, without forcing them to download examples and what not first? That’s what Codeblock.js offers…

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