Apr 09 2013

Envato Moves to 100% GPL, and WooThemes Joins ThemeForest — What’s Next?

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It all started in late 2012 and the early part of 2013 — WordPress Foundation requested that developers who are selling their WP-related works via Envato marketplaces should not speak at, volunteer for, sponsor or organize WordCamps. Obviously, things got heated (and personal) — you don’t tell one of the biggest communities of WP developers to stay away from WordCamps and expect no reaction at all, do you? After a lot of furore and debates, Envato eventually announced a GPL-friendly policy for their marketplaces.

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Apr 08 2013

Exclusive Freebie for Noupe’s Readers: 500 Icons in our Freepik Web Mega Bundle

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Today, we have something to give away for free and we know you’ll like it. The creators of Freepik came up with a big icon-set of 500 symbols and decided to make it available exclusively through our lovely Noupe Magazine. We share it only with our German sister Dr. Web. Read on to learn how to get hold of Freepik’s Web Mega Bundle 500. It’s easy as can be…

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Apr 07 2013

Unobtrusive Helper: Intro.js Guides Visitors Around Your Website

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You know it. A website should be self-explanatory, navigation should be obvious. “Don’t make me think!” If you need a manual to tell your visitors how to use your website, you’re a dead man designer walking. This is generally true. But! Imagine you changed your website, but ever so slightly that your regular visitors won’t even notice. But! You want them to notice, because to you and at best also to your visitors these changes are a big deal, though not obvious. Would it not be great to have a possibility to gently poke the attention of your visitors to the right direction? Intro.js is a framework to achieve just that. It guides your visitors around the fresh parts of your website and has some tooltips at hand.

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Apr 06 2013

Unusual Code Checker: Holmes Validates HTML, Uses CSS To Do So

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Of course it is advisable, no, mandatory to have your source code checked, double-checked and validated to avoid errors and to ensure standards compliance. Instead of having your project run through one of the many validators out there, you can opt to use the brand-new diagnostic tool by the clever name of Holmes to achieve the same. Holmes is a tool, that uses CSS to check your source code for non-compliant and invalid HTML. Here is how it does it…

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Apr 05 2013

14 Free WordPress Themes, Fresh from March 2013

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Each month, I bring to you a roundup of some of the best free themes released for self-hosted WordPress websites. Now that March has ended, here is this month’s edition!

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Apr 04 2013

CSS Matic – “What You See Is What You Get” for CSS Developers

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Long gone are the times where we had to code CSS entirely by hand. It’s already been a while since more and more little helpers started to get created. These little helpers usually cover one single aspect of CSS and support it with a more or less elaborate graphical UI for visual development in the likes of WYSIWYG. Today I want to introduce you to a rather new service from Spain, which comes to cover four basic missions every CSS developer has to accomplish. The service is called CSS Matic and its creators are quite known in the field of web design.

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Apr 03 2013

Small Tools: 5 jQuery Plugins for Developer’s Daily Routine

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Developers around jQuery are very active. At an hourly rate new plugins are brought up, that previously had not or not in this form been available. You can hardly keep track of the progress. There are big, disruptive projects, but lots more small helpers for various use-cases. We have dug up five of these little helpers for you.

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Apr 01 2013

CheckPanel: Fresh Task-Management App for Site Owners

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CheckPanel is a brand-new web app from Germany. It aims at the organization of recurring tasks around maintaining a website. One of the many use-cases could be the inevitable check whether an URL is reachable or not, the so-called web monitoring. But, as experienced admins will confirm, there are a lot more things to check regularly when you want a website to run flawlessly.

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Mar 31 2013

Mervyn Peake: An Illustrator and Writer Ahead of his Time

What do I care for the symbolism of it all? What do I care if the castle’s heart is sound or not? I don’t want to be sound anyway! Anybody can be sound if they’re always doing what they’re told. I want to live! Can’t you see? Oh, can’t you see? I want to be myself, and become what I make myself, a person, a real live person and not a symbol anymore. (from Gormenghast.)

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Mar 30 2013

The Ambassador, Noupe’s Easter Gift To You: A Premium WordPress Theme For Free

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“The Ambassador” is an excellent WordPress theme for business, resort, basically any type of hotel. The modern and intuitive design uses full-width photos to better highlight a hotel’s beauty and style. There are 12 built-in color styles that you can build upon, so as to adapt the theme to your own taste. Best of all: While “The Ambassador” would normally set you back 200 USD, you can grab it for totally nothing. We’ve teamed up with its creators, Hermes Themes, to bring you this Easter gift.

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