Mar 03 2013

Serif vs. Sans: Typography Basics And Loads Of Free Fonts (Infographic)

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You are really telling me, you never heard of Urban Fonts before? Well, considered how large the web is, this might be true and not a matter of faulty memory. The good news is: you can always get to know them now. They have published a useful infographic and still offer around 8.000 freeware fonts. So go there for more than one reason…

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Mar 02 2013

Peer.js Enhances WebRTC, Allows For Peer-To-Peer Connections In The Browser

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WebRTC is a powerful idea. It aims at establishing real-time communication inside of a browser. Google, Mozilla and Opera carry the project, its API is supported in Chrome and the nightly versions of Firefox. Does this sound limited? It sure does. The JavaScript project Peer.js is even more limited. It is only functional, not even fully, in Chrome Dev and Canary. Still it is an interesting approach to guess on the future of communication.

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Mar 01 2013

Typeahead.js for jQuery – Twitter’s Flexible Autocomplete

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Is Twitter enjoying Open Source more and more? For years they weren’t to be seen, then they released Bootstrap to the community and now they are pushing out new projects regularly. The newest addition is titled Typeahead.js. This plugin for jQuery adds autocompletion to any input element you want to enhance that way. The autocompletion data can be hard-coded or called from JSON files on local or remote storage.

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Feb 28 2013

Free WordPress Themes Fresh From January and February 2013

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Our goal is to round up the new theme releases for self-hosted WordPress installations monthly. With January being a rather weak month in terms of numbers we decided to accumulate the themes from the first two months. From experience we can assume that now, after the cold months pass developer’s enthusiasm comes back and more themes will be conceived. Generally we can conclude that WordPress theme developers focus on responsive layouts more often than not. Mobile clients have their impact here. In this roundup we have two themes that are based on Twitter’s fantastic framework Bootstrap, Hybrid Core also has its share again. See for yourself…

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Feb 27 2013

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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Feb 26 2013

When To Build a Site with SilverStripe CMS (and when not to)

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Alright folks, we are back with yet another Content Management System review. As always, I shall be reviewing a CMS and assessing its usability and performance for creating a website. And which CMS is it going to be this month? None other than SilverStripe! SilverStripe is an extremely popular open source CMS that comes with a BSD license. Ah…this makes me fall in love with it already: I have always had a soft corner for BSD and MPL licenses, in comparison to GPL.

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Feb 25 2013

40 Matte Paintings To Push You To Real Photoshop Artistry

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Traditionally, matte paintings stem from the movie industry. Used as extensions of a film setting, they provide more depth to the whole scene and removing the limitations of a studio location. Today, with green and blue screen techiques, these paintings are still in heavy use, while – certainly – digitally created backgrounds took over the heritage from their usually glass-based predecessors. To inspire the Photoshopper in you, we spared no effort and dug up the highest-class and most astonishing matte paintings we were able to come up with.

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Feb 24 2013

What Can You Learn From Web Design Of Fortune 500 Companies? (Infographic)

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Don’t you carry a positive prejudice when you hear the word Fortune 500? Hey, these companies are the most successful, the best of the best, the créme de la créme. And as they are so successful, probably everything they put their fingers on turns to gold. Now wouldn’t they guarantee for an awesome example in web design? Probably not…

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Feb 22 2013

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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Feb 21 2013

Photo Pin Lets You Use Flickr Images Easily, Cares For Licences

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We all need images more often than not. Be it to illustrate that new recipe in your favorite cooking forum or be it to have that blog post look more interesting. It is not exactly difficult to find images around the webs. But there are strings attached. If you are not aiming solely for pictures in the Public Domain (the platform Pixabay is for you, if you do), you will always be confronted with having to care for the licensing. Specialized platforms, such as Fotolia, try to make that task as easy as possible. They tell you explicitly, under which licence you can use any given image from inside their service and how you would have to attribute it. But, wouldn’t it be much nicer, if you could harvest the ever-growing Flickr portfolio, too? I know you theoretically can. I mean, practically…

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