Essentials

Links of the Week 03/2015: Your Mom, Crazy Furniture, Some BS and a Material Design Case Study

January 18th, 2015
by Dieter Petereit
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Links of the Week 03/2015: Your Mom, Crazy Furniture, Some BS and a Material Design Case Study

Besides crafting unique content for our ever-growing readership, we share loads more content through our social channels on a daily basis. Once a week we curate the best of these links to highlight great content further and to make our shares available to all those readers who refuse to partake in social networks, which as we all know is not the dumbest of ideas....

Tips, Tricks & Tutorials

No Trespassing! Eight Essential .htaccess Tricks for WordPress

January 16th, 2015
by Andreas Hecht
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No Trespassing! Eight Essential .htaccess Tricks for WordPress

The .htaccess file is a powerful configuration tool for web servers or web hosting packages that should always be used when you host WordPress yourself. The file can be found in the root directory of a WordPress installation (where the folders wp-content, wp-admin, etc. are located). In this article, we will explain the basic file settings for a safer and better WordPress besides the...

Business Online

Give Your Online Shop Personality – or Even Better: a Smile

January 15th, 2015
by Noupe Editorial Team
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Give Your Online Shop Personality – or Even Better: a Smile

Online stores have one big problem: They are anonymous, have no personality at all and lack in atmosphere and emotion. There is no smiling account manager who welcomes you (although, in the real world this is also an exception rather than a rule), instead product and advertising photographs, links, and buttons dominate the online shop. This affects Amazon as well as big fashion stores...

(Free) Services

5 Best Free HTML Editors for Web Developers on Mac OS X

January 14th, 2015
by Andreas Hecht
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5 Best Free HTML Editors for Web Developers on Mac OS X

Everyone, who wants to develop websites, needs an HTML editor or rather a development environment. There are, of course, several fee-based editors of high quality, but if you do not need your development environment every day, a free application will be perfectly fine. That an editor is free of charge does not mean that it is of low quality. One of the best development...

Design

Pretty Colorful: Webdesign for High-Context Cultures

January 13th, 2015
by Christian Arno
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Pretty Colorful: Webdesign for High-Context Cultures

Occasionally, Asian and Western webdesign are poles apart. If you want a proof, check out the German and Chinese websites of a famous fast-food chain, or the Chinese news portal Tom.com. With its animated sequence of images, it may put some Western viewers on edge. Websites are also part of the culture in which most viewers move. If you want to design a website for...

Apps

Web App Manifest: Open Websites Like Native Apps on Mobile Devices

January 12th, 2015
by Denis Potschien
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Web App Manifest: Open Websites Like Native Apps on Mobile Devices

Native apps for smartphones and tablets are still popular but not always necessary. Instead you can create web applications using HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript. Thanks to the JavaScript APIs, you have access to the accelerometer, enabling you to recognize gestures and react accordingly. The web app manifest allows you to add classic app features to your web application, including special launcher icons and names...

Inspiration

Enjoy Inspiration: Best Design Practices Daily

January 8th, 2015
by Dieter Petereit
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Enjoy Inspiration: Best Design Practices Daily

Creative workers need a mixture of different fuels. But one of the more important parts of this composite is inspiration. Inspiration is, of course, everywhere. Then again, sitting away long office hours cuts you from natural sources of inspiration and throws you back into virtuality. If you are like me, you’ll be happy about each new source of inspiration reachable from inside the cubicles...

eCommerce

E-commerce with WordPress: Create Your Own Online Shop Easily

January 7th, 2015
by Andreas Hecht
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E-commerce with WordPress: Create Your Own Online Shop Easily

More and more people all over the world use WordPress to run their online shops. You can choose from various sophisticated plugins and themes. Some of them are even suitable for the legally difficult German market. Running an online shop in Germany can be still quite complicated. No one want’s to get a cease and desist letter just for overlooking an important detail. Therefore,...

Plugins

Stress-free WordPress Backup Strategies for Everyone

January 6th, 2015
by Andreas Hecht
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Stress-free WordPress Backup Strategies for Everyone

When you run your own website then there is practically nothing more important than a good backup strategy. If you have already once lost all of the work you’ve invested in your website then you will know exactly what I mean. If you carry out regular backups, then you will always enjoy the feeling that – regardless of what may come – you will...

(Free) Services

More Traffic, Less Noise: 15 Social News Websites You Must Know

January 5th, 2015
by Andreas Hecht
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More Traffic, Less Noise:  15 Social News Websites You Must Know

Social news websites are popular in the whole world, as they are an effective and time-saving way to drive more traffic to your own website, while at the same time keeping you up to date with current news on topics you are interested in. The principle is quite simple. A social news website lets readers write short articles and link them to the source...

Themes

How to Find the Perfect Free WordPress Theme

January 2nd, 2015
by Andreas Hecht
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How to Find the Perfect Free WordPress Theme

The overwhelming number of free available themes on WordPress.org can be confusing. You can choose from almost 3,000 themes of more or less good quality. And here we’re faced with the dilemma: How can we separate the (small) set of high-quality themes from the “rest”, which is sometimes a catastrophe in design aspects? We’re going to show you how to separate the wheat from...

Themes

December 2014: 23 Versatile and Free WordPress Themes to Grow Your (Blog-)Business

December 31st, 2014
by Juan Pablo Sarmiento
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December 2014: 23 Versatile and Free WordPress Themes to Grow Your (Blog-)Business

The end of the year is always that time when I get into thinking about my sites. Are they on track? Is a design change needed? How can I refine and fine-tune them to better support my goals. A new design might not seem mandatory. But as design is what is seen I always end up implementing a fresh one anyway. If you can...