• Me, We or Idea. What stage of freelancing are you at?

    You know how some freelancers tend to effortlessly attract clients and business opportunities? They don’t have to push sales, clients seem to call incessantly and they hardly have any time to fit all the new business in. For others, business is always a struggle. There’s never a guarantee when the phone will ring again, there’s […]

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  • How to Create a Custom Login Page for WordPress

    When creating a membership site with WordPress, people often change the WordPress login logo and replace it with their own brand. This adds a layer of branding and keeps their visitors from being confused. It is always fun to see custom login page designs which is why we created a showcase of them. However, recently […]

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  • An Introduction to Sass [1]

    18 months ago, I began looking into CSS pre-processors. There were several available but the two big hitters were LESS and Sass. LESS relied on JavaScript to convert its files to CSS while Sass utilised ruby gems. There are actually two syntaxes to Sass. The original syntax (denoted by .sass file extensions) relied on indentation […]

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  • How To Create Full Screen Background Images In WordPress

    As the internet changes into a more fluid experience, with websites being accessed from tablets, smartphones, laptops, kiosks and even cars, a trend has started to emerge. In an era wherein “Intentional Layout” is dying off, designers must find new ways to provide visual interest. Commonly, this search has led to the use of images. Because, […]

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  • Improve Your Website’s Accessibility With the W3C’s ‘Guide to Using ARIA’

    WAI-ARIA, the W3C’s specification for Accessible Rich Internet Applications, provides web developers with a means of annotating page elements with the roles, properties, and states that define exactly what those elements do. The added definitions help screen readers and other assistive devices navigate through your website. We’ve looked at how you can use ARIA roles […]

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  • My Day-To-Day: Getting Things Done

    For me, Twitter’s utility has changed a bit over the last few years. What once was used as a way for my friends and I to share what we were up to, where we were, and so on has more or less morphed into a way for me to chat with other people who share […]

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  • Need a new online home? It’s easy to import into WordPress.com.

    We think it’s important that you own the content you create online, which is why we make it simple to import or export all your data — you wrote it it, it’s yours, and you can take it where you’d like. If you want to become a part of the WordPress.com community but have been […]

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  • Weekly Web & Mobile Creativity

    After 178 editions, we have finally decided to change the format of our weekly web design inspiration. It has been long overdue, don’t you think? The times have changed a lot from that very first edition (published on the 30th of July). Back then everything was about the desktop, but now we are in the […]

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  • Properly Instantiating WordPress Plugins

    One of the things that Pippin, Norcross, and I have been talking about during the course of building Comments Not Replied to is the best practices for instantiating WordPress Plugins. Specifically, we’ve gone from simply creating an instance of the plugin, to storing it within the PHP $GLOBALS variable, as well and then debating whether […]

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  • Integrating Parse.com on the Server

    Earlier today a reader asked me to discuss using Parse.com on the server. I’ve blogged about Parse quite a bit, but always in the context of a web application (typically a mobile application). Parse.com has a full REST API that provides 100% of the functionality I’ve talked about before to any server-side application. In this […]

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  • Let’s Talk About the Importance of Favicons

    Editor’s note: Jarrod Wright, the owner of Subtle Network Design Marketing, offers search engine marketing and creative design services to a wide variety of clients. You can follow him on Twitter. Online business veterans know it’s the little things that set a company apart from the competition. Newbies will quickly learn that fact! No matter […]

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  • Does the Web Design Work?

    The ultimate goal of web design is to change a certain behavior. An important thing before we get started: What I’m talking about here is web design for commercial purposes, not for personal projects or pleasure. Otherwise the above quote won’t hold true. What I argue, however, is that when designing for the web for […]

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  • My Front-end Dev Process

    I can’t remember who asked me but over Christmas, someone asked me about the process I go through when building sites so here goes. I’ll forgo the design portion of the process, that’ll be another post entirely but let’s just imagine—for the purpose of this post—that I’ve been handed some PSDs to build for a […]

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  • 7 Insane Habits To Destroy Your Freelance Writing Career

    It takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it. I am pretty sure the majority of you are familiar with this quote. It’s applied in freelance writing career as well. Providing writing services are amongst the easiest ways of generating income online, although it may take a while to start building […]

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  • Add Custom Themes to the Distraction Free Writing Mode in WordPress

    Monokai theme The fullscreen distraction free writing mode is one of the coolest new features recently added to WordPress. But what if that blank white screen just doesn’t do it for you? Distraction Free Writing Mode Themes is a new plugin that gives you more design options when enabling this mode. This plugin revives some […]

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  • Code a Fantastic Animated Circular Thumbnail Gallery With CSS

    Thumbnail galleries are a constant source of fascination for me. There’s so much more fun to be had than simply creating a grid of squares and calling it a day. Especially since CSS3 gives us so many powerful new tools to work with. Today we’re going to mix up the boring old standard image gallery […]

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  • 8 Fresh Free Fonts

    Fonts are definitely a very important part of every design, and this is why here at WDL we like to gather free fonts so our readers keep their library as updated as possible. Having several different options to count on is really important to keep your projects fresh. So check out today’s selection and download […]

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  • The new face of SEO

    There is no doubt that Search Engine Optimization has changed a lot in the past few years. Google’s Panda and Penguin updates show a clear direction into giving more emphasis on the social aspect of a website, in other words, how do actual humans view your website content? Do they Like it, Re tweet or […]

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  • The Top Five WordPress Plugins to Increase Social Media Exposure

    Conversion points on your site aren’t just about increasing lead flow, there are also secondary conversions to consider that can be quite valuable. So let me ask you this… Is your site socially active? Here is a simple inbound marketing rule to always keep in mind: Make it as easy as possible for your visitors […]

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  • Building a jQuery Sticky Sidebar Navigation Menu

    There have been countless efforts in creating a dynamic set of codes for sticky sidebars. Most commonly this effect is used on blogs or magazines with fixed social media sharing badges. You may notice the effect here on Treehouse Blog, and also plenty of other big-name websites. But consider how this may be used in […]

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