Jan 16 2013

Worth a Thousand Words: Creative and Informative WordPress Infographics

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2012 saw two major releases of Wordpress.  The latest update by the name of Elvin brought improvements and enhancements including features both for web developers and writers. Still the indivual skill level is dominated by the need to understand older functions and components that have been around eversince. It is only then that you will be able to become a real professional and develop abilities to use the full power of this framework. Generally, acquaintance with Wordpress starts with a thorough study of the documentation, but, you are sure to agree, this information is dry as a desert and really hard to be taken in. As a consequence you will soon turn to other educational material, such as tutorials or articles recommended by others. Nevertheless, tutorials are more preferable to those who have a lot of time and can fully enjoy the benefits of them, but if you want to quickly indulge and satisfy the need for knowledge you should definitely stock up yourself with a bunch of infographics that represent at least part of the needed information in a friendly, easily understandable manner.

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Jan 15 2013

50+ Fascinating Promotional Booklets to Inspire

No digital format can compare to the unique impression that printed materials leave with an audience. In today’s era of computers and mobile devices, an excellent way for businesses to stand out is by printing booklets or other materials such as posters and postcards. In fact, an article on the PrintPlace.com blog points out that readers are much more engaged when reading print materials than when reading digitally. If you want your target audience to slow down and notice your products or portfolio in more details, then a promotional booklet may be your answer.

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Jan 14 2013

Professional Website Optimization with A/B Testing: Tips and Tools

As web designers and developers, we often have to take decisions related to user experience. Most of the time, we rely on data collected via surveys and analytics for this purpose. Of late, A/B Testing is gaining popularity among web creators and page operators alike. What is A/B Testing all about and how can it be done? We will answer these questions and provide you with some useful tools in the following article.

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Jan 13 2013

Girls, Birds, Butterflies: More Awesome Vexel Artworks

Vexel art is very similar to vector art in terms of appearance. It typically features sharp-edged lines and areas of flat color, or smooth gradient fills. The word ‘vexel’ was coined from a combination of “vector” and “pixel”. The main difference between vexel art and vector art is that vexel artwork is rasterized. This means that it’s not scalable, so many vexel artists create their vexels at very high resolutions. Instead of using vector lines, shapes and polygons, vexels are created using a raster programs support for transparent layers. Each layer is given a solid shape, or shape with a gradient fill, and the layer order and structure creates the illusion of a single composition. We have featured this technique quite a few times before, but simply cannot get enough of it. So, here is another serving…

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Jan 12 2013

Another Random Serving of Icon Sets…

These icon sets have to come undone now. I tend to collect smaller symbol sets until I have a fairly large amount at hand, before I take to writing an article around them. But this collection refuses to grow larger for one reason or another. So anyway, let me rid myself of them today. You know, freshness wears out over time. The following article serves you business icons, portfolio icons and more. I’m sure there is something for you, too.

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Jan 11 2013

WP Recycle: Fresh Perspectives for Starving WordPress Plugins

If you are a WordPress developer, you will very likely have coded a WP plugin at some point of time. Maybe you still write plugins for WordPress? In any case, one trend remains unchanged: plugins tend to get obsolete and fall out of favor. Maybe the developer loses interest or runs short of time, maybe the plugin fails to gain the required amount of popularity, or, more commonly, WordPress updates itself, and the newer version offers a particular functionality natively, thereby eliminating the need for plugins that offer the same or similar functionality. Thus, one thing can be assumed as certain: WordPress plugins in general tend to have a short shelf life. Ever wondered how awesome it would be if such plugins came back to life? Allow us to introduce you to WP Recycle by PluginChief.

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Jan 10 2013

The Psychology of Business Card Design

We know you! We know that you are keen to know everything about business cards. At least that’s what Google Analytics tells us. You like design templates, sample designs for inspiration purposes and engage in games where you can win sets of cards of your own. This is why we’d like to point you to a brand-new infographic by our friends over at UPrinting. They know their ways around everything printable and have now put together some essential tips on the psychology of a business card. You will definitely want to take a look…

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Jan 09 2013

Neither Graphics Nor Fonts! Icons In Pure CSS3 with One-Div.com

Icons are becoming more and more common these days. Mobile clients are responsible for this trend as icons are most useful in environments where screen real estate is scarce. Icons help you find your ways around without needing too much text (if any). With the rise of higher density screens and rising resolutions it is preferrable to shift away from static icon imagery to vectorized icons that are able to scale to any desired size without pixelation or blurry looks. This requirement has initiated the rise of icon fonts. But wait, there is another possibility with its own advantages. Icons can be designed using pure CSS3 also…

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Jan 08 2013

Break Free From SEO: Integrating the News_Keywords Meta Tag into WordPress

Writers and editors, rejoice! SEO deadened titles are no longer required for news articles now that the news keywords meta tag is available, sort of. Okay, so only those who write articles for Google News can truly do a happy dance and even then are still not completely free from SEO in titles, but this new release is still a big step for online content. One of the big problems that the News team has been facing in the last few years has been that writers were forced to make awkward titles for their news articles so that the articles were optimized for both Google Search and News. In many cases, the titles were written by technical staff to make sure that the article was search engine optimized, often at the protest of the writers and editors. Because Search and News worked nearly the same, even though they are actually completely different systems, the approach to ranking well in both of those services meant keyword loading of the title. To combat this problem, just last September the Google News team rolled out the nifty news_keywords meta tag that Google News will now support.

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Jan 07 2013

Glorious Past, Challenging Future: Taking A Closer Look at Joomla!

Today, I shall be focussing on yet another Content Management System. In previous months, we have discussed MODX and Concrete5. In the following article, I will turn your attention towards Joomla! Considering the fact that version 3.0.2 has just been released this past November, it makes sense to look deeper into it.

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