• “I Went From Knowing Nothing About Code to a Web Developer in 6 Months, Using Only Treehouse as My Educational Tool”

    In January 2014, Tom found himself an unemployed university graduate contemplating his career. He had a degree in Zoology but had firmly decided he had no interest in pursuing a career in the field. This left Tom with the need for a new and drastically different career path. When an epiphany brought Tom to the […]

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  • Rapid Front-End Prototyping With WordPress

    Rapid Front-End Prototyping With WordPress By Daniel Pataki June 26th, 2015 PrototypingTechniques (WP)Workflow 7 Comments Prototyping is one of the best things that can happen within a project, yet it is extremely underutilized. Prototyping makes a project better suited to users, elevates user experience, increases the quality of your final code, and keeps clients happy. […]

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  • Manage Your Self-Hosted Sites on WordPress.com With Jetpack Manage (and the Pros and Cons)

    “Jetpack 3.3 announces the death of the Multisite managers” one blog warned back in 2011 when Automattic introduced Jetpack Manage, a feature that offered centralized WordPress website management. Such functionality has been available via third party applications (such as ManageWP) for years, but Automattic’s step into the fray was noteworthy to say the least. While companies […]

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  • Tickera: Event Ticketing for WordPress Made Simple

    The beauty of WordPress lies in the fact that it can be used to build and setup virtually any genre of website. Apart from blogs and magazines, you can use WordPress to set up a restaurant website, a portfolio, and even a website for an event! With the help of specialized plugins and themes, you […]

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  • How to Create a Stunning Site Hero Image in 5 Minutes or Less

    Hero images are everywhere these days. You’ve probably seen them front and center in websites for apps, magazines, stores and pretty much every other product category. And with good reason: these large background images are often successful at capturing a visitor’s attention. Many designers have explored even more ways to serve hero images differently. Rotating […]

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  • Efficient Image Resizing With ImageMagick

    Responsive images have been keeping us on our toes for quite some time, and now that they are getting traction in browsers, they come with a scary problem: the need to efficiently resize all our image assets. The way responsive images work is that an appropriately sized image is sent to each user — small versions for […]

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  • Optimizing your mobile content

    I don’t have to tell you that mobile traffic is taking over desktop traffic in a fast pace. Mainly because I already did. We have been talking about making sure your website is responsive and how Mobilegeddon is hurting websites. In this article, I’d like to talk about the practical side of optimizing your mobile content […]

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  • How To Tell If Your Business Really Needs A Mobile App

    If you thought mobile Internet was the future, you should probably check what year it is. According to comScore, 2014 ended with mobile devices accounting for 60% of all Internet use. That’s a pretty telling figure: you either go mobile now or risk becoming dated and irrelevant in the very near future. For most businesses, […]

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  • How to Build the Perfect Coming Soon Page for WordPress in Just 4 Steps

    So you’re preparing to launch a new website? Then know this: Building the perfect coming soon page is critical to creating momentum so that your new website launches with a big bang instead of a gentle pfft. Fortunately, doing so isn’t nearly as difficult as you might think. With careful planning and a healthy dose of hard work, you […]

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  • Popular design news of the week: June 22, 2015 – June 28, 2015

    Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers. The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, […]

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  • Building Websites in Collaboration With Clients, Not in Spite of Them

    It takes more than compelling content and sharp coding to build a great website. A successful relationship between a designer and a client is, perhaps, just as imperative. Take a look through your portfolio. Are there any projects in there that you weren’t quite happy with? If so, think back to your relationship with that […]

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  • 30 Free Web and Mobile Wireframe Templates

    Following on from last years Wireframe Templates post, today we take a look at some of the newer freely available wireframe templates, kits and libraries from the past year. After all web and mobile trends do change very quickly, especially in the last couple of years. So, this could be a good opportunity for you […]

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  • The Debate Around “Do We Even Need CSS Anymore?”

    This has become quite the hot topic lately. It’s been talked about at a number of conferences and meetups I’ve been at personally lately. I’ve seen slide decks on it. I know people literally not shipping any CSS in production. Pretty wild, eh? I thought we could have a little campfire here and talk about […]

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  • Celebrating 10 Years of WordPress.com & Automattic

      This year marks the 10th birthday of WordPress.com and our parent company, Automattic. We are proud to have served this community of millions: from writers, photographers, artists, and small and large publishers, to business owners and entrepreneurs. A quick bit of history: WordPress itself started as an open source project in 2003. WordPress co-founder […]

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  • Facebook author tags & Yoast SEO

    Last week, Facebook did a post on their media site about Facebook author tags. Many blogs, including sites we love like SearchEngineJournal, picked it up as though it was the best new thing since sliced bread. It’s not, obviously, mostly because it’s not actually new. You see, Facebook did release their author tags in June, but […]

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  • How to Write a Good Blog Comment and Bypass the Spam Filter in WordPress

    Have you ever thought about what makes a good blog comment? Want to know of a sure-fire way to bypass the spam comment filter in WordPress? In this article, we will show you how to write a good blog comment and bypass the spam filter in WordPress. Comments are a great way to interact with […]

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  • The History of WordPress: A Look Back at the World’s Favorite CMS

    The market dominance of WordPress is so complete these days that many users may be blissfully unaware of its roots as the fork of a pretty obscure PHP blogging platform. B2 Cafelog was originally developed by Michael Valdrighi in 2001, but by 2003 active development had seemingly been abandoned. B2 Cafelog was forked to create WordPress. […]

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  • Comics of the week #293

    Every week we feature a set of comics created exclusively for WDD. The content revolves around web design, blogging and funny situations that we encounter in our daily lives as designers. These great cartoons are created by Jerry King, an award-winning cartoonist who’s one of the most published, prolific and versatile cartoonists in the world […]

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  • How to design for multiple languages

    The Internet isn’t all in English. I mean, I know this. You know this. But unless you actually have to stop and think about building a website in more than one language, you might not look closely at the issue. And there are a few issues to consider. The basics are easy enough, as logical […]

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  • My Priorities (Balancing Work and Home)

    For an upcoming project, Andy Adams and I are working to build [what I consider to be] a really cool site for a client. Details of the project aside, he and I had a really interesting conversation earlier this week the details of which I thought were worth sharing. Specifically, we talk about developer pragmatism and balancing work […]

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