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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Feb 20 2013

CSS3 Lifelike: A Slightly Different Box Model with {box-sizing:border-box}

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The classical box model in CSS has never been the most intuitive. Thanks to CSS3, we now have an alternative to consider: {box-sizing:border-box}. This model has lots of advantages, especially when it comes to flexible layouts.

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Feb 19 2013

HTML5 Server-Sent-Events: How To React On Server Requests With JavaScript

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You certainly know the XMLHttpRequest object, with which it is possible to communicate with a web server from inside an HTML document and have it updated without the need for reloading the page. Now, with the newly introduced server sent event, part of HTML5, we can even react to requests from the server side without the need for a reload. This way we can keep page contents simultaneously updated. This proves useful in several cases, e. g. regarding your stock of products, that is probable to change every second.

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Feb 18 2013

Photoshop Etiquette: Basic Knowhow for Designing The Web Using Photoshop

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Adobe’s Photoshop still is the market’s most common and most popular choice for professional designers. Besides photography and print design, which Photoshop once got invented for, it is widely used in the designing of websites, too. The last ten years saw the product grow in functionality especially in terms of web design features. A large part of the world’s most successful websites started as a draft in Adobe’s market leader. Photoshop Etiquette is a new and free service, aiming at beginners in web design with Photoshop. It offers the absolute basics and makes for a very good starting point.

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Feb 17 2013

Facts, Facts, Facts: The Anatomy of a Successful Resume (Infographic)

No matter whether you are seeking for a nine-to-five or whether you want to get that freelance job. It is always inevitable to make the best possible impression, be it on an employer or a client. How this best impression can be planned and crafted is the subject of a recent infographic. NowSourcing, internet marketers by profession, have put it together for TopCounselingSchool.org. If you are sitting over the papers, trying to write your resume, push them aside and read on…

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Feb 15 2013

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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