• Why (And How!) To Use A WordPress Boilerplate

    For those of who you have been reading this blog for a while (thanks, by the way), you know that I work to maintain the WordPress Plugin Boilerplate and the WordPress Widget Boilerplate along with a growing community of developers. Despite the fact that I’ve promoted them here on the blog, called for others to […]

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  • Adding Placeholders to the Contact 7 WordPress Plugin

    For a recent project I was working on with a very low budget, I had to use a free plugin for WordPress which would allow me to create a custom contact form to be used on both the contact page and also in a widget. The plugin I opted for was Contact Form 7, an […]

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  • Typographic furniture

    While typography is typically a two-dimensional proposition, the communication design students at the University of Applied Science in Dusseldorf have expanded the practice to 3-D. As an exercise in three-dimensional letterforms and their applications, the school’s budding designers crafted typographic furniture for each letter of the alphabet. The goal was clear: seek to combine artistic […]

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  • Web Design Trends in 2013

    The past few years have seen a tremendous shift in the way developers are building websites. More users have switched onto mobile platforms, along with newer browsers which support HTML5/CSS3 web standards. There are so many unique ideas flowing out of the design community – it seems like new thresholds are being replaced every few […]

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  • PowerMockup Version 3 Review

    Last year I had a chance to review PowerMockup at its earlier version (version 1). I was very much impressed with the tool then, and I am even more impressed with the current PowerMockup Version 3. What is it? PowerMockup is a wireframing and storyboarding tool that comes in the shape of an add-on for […]

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  • The best image compression tools

    Save bandwidth and accelerate your site’s performance with these powerful free tools When you’re looking to boost your website’s performance, some would recommend you jump straight into a detailed analysis of each page: the HTTP requests you’re making, any redirects involved, the position of scripts and style sheets, and more. But while there’s no doubt […]

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  • Usability Testing Of UK Cinema Websites – Part 2

    In Part 1 of this article, we have seen the usability problems encountered by users when they try to book cinema tickets for kids on a Saturday morning. The websites that were tested were all UK cinema websites: CineWorld, Empire Cinemas and Odeon Cinemas. This article shows two other tasks that were performed by users […]

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  • Why You’re a Bad PHP Programmer

    We all have our bad habits. In this article, we’ll go over a list of bad practices that are worth examining, reevaluating, and correcting immediately.   Republished Tutorial Every few weeks, we revisit some of our reader’s favorite posts from throughout the history of the site. This tutorial was first published in February of 2011. […]

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  • How to Properly Move Your Blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org

    Ok so you’ve been a user of WordPress.com for a while now. Things have been pretty nice so far, but you’ve come to a point where you’re ready to go beyond WordPress.com. You want to install plugins and customize your themes. You want to really start monetizing your site and be in full control. Well […]

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  • Freebie: Valentines Vector Pack

    Today’s freebie is bound to come in handy for designers in the run up to Valentine’s Day. This Valentines Vector Pack designed by Freelance Designer Sam Jones contains 20 Vector Illustrations available in .AI and .EPS vector formats which are free to use for both personal and commercial projects.   Download the pack now by […]

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  • Boosting your career with social media.

    First of all, what is social media? I won’t bother you with the official definition but in lay terms, it is an online community where people can interact with one another.   The purpose of it is to be, well, social. So what does this have to do with your career? Well, if you establish […]

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  • 55 Amazing WordPress Photography Themes

    WordPress is an excellent content management system for photographers, in part because there are so many outstanding themes available, both free and premium. With so many quality themes/templates available either for free or for less than $100, most photographers can get a site that meets their needs without hiring a designer to create a custom […]

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  • Top 10 Apps for Designers Right Now

    If you are like me, apps are becoming an essential part of your workflow – from mapping out sketches, to gathering ideas, to taking notes and filing invoices. But there are just so many options out there. How do you filter through them all to find applications that work for what you do? I have […]

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  • 21 Examples of Dark Colors in Web Design

    Choosing the right color scheme for a website is certainly a very important step of a project, specially because colors communicate a lot and will also set the tone, the personality of a page. From bright and white layouts to super colorful ones, there is an option for every style you want to communicate. Today […]

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  • 10 Must-Read CSS3 Tutorials

    If you are a beginner web developer this article is perfect for you. It will help you gain valuable knowledge and make your work a lot easier. In this article we have collected the best CSS3 tutorials we could find. If you have any other suggestions, feel free to let us know in the comments […]

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  • Habari – Minimal CMS For More Than Light-Weight Blogging

    Here at Noupe, we evaluate content management systems frequently. Having covered MODX, Concrete5 and Joomla! just recently, we will now share a deeper look into Habari. Unlike previous CMSs covered at Noupe, Habari is a bloggers’ CMS — in the purest sense of the term. While it is true that you can use any CMS […]

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  • 40 Lovable and Sweet Valentine Font Showcase

    In a few weeks from now, we will be celebrating the most special and the most anticipated day for lovers, the Valentine’s Day. As we are nearing the day of the hearts, people of different walks of life are beginning to think of a gift to express their love to the people they care for. […]

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  • Free Download: Soft UI Set

    Today we have a free UI Set in PSD format that is ideal for use in portfolio websites. It features a number of stylish and clean elements like icons, buttons, and a navigation menu. This set was designed for our readers by Damian Watracz. It is free for use in your own personal and commercial […]

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  • Google’s Cloud Platform Floats Over to GitHub

    Image: Karin Dalziel/Flickr. Google’s Cloud Platform tools are now available on GitHub. The move to GitHub will make it easier for developers already using GitHub to get started with Google’s various Cloud Platform offerings. Thus far most of the repositories in Google’s GitHub account consist of code samples and projects related to offerings like App […]

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  • We Need Better Abstraction in WordPress Projects

    When it comes to programming – regardless of the platform, language, or system that you’re using – there’s a concept of abstraction that most programmers understand even if they don’t know that that’s what the concept is called. Perhaps the clearest definition on abstraction in programming (straight from Wikipedia) explains: Abstraction is the process by which […]

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