Saturday, November 30, 2013

How to achieve great UX without time, money or design skills?

How to achieve great UX without time, money or design skills

How many of us can say we have sufficient time to do everything we want?

How many of us can say we have sufficient money to buy everything we want?

How many of us can say we have design skills good enough to beat the world's best designers (e.g. Apple)?

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Want SEO? Get Social

Want SEO? Get Social

Social media has not only created a completely new medium for discovering content, it is also transforming how the traditional information sources aka search engines, are delivering content to us.

Recent research suggests that social sharing has now become the number one driver for SEO rank. In other words, Google and Bing are monitoring the social sharing activity for each site and are assigning substantial weight on that activity to determine the search rank.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Expected Web Design Trends for 2014

Web Design Trends for 2014
Everyone wants to remain competitive and relevant to their target audience. This is why it's so important to stay up to date with current trends in your business. Web developers and designers are no different; actually they especially need to track latest trends because their industry evolves so rapidly. Potential clients may not know that their site can look out of date just months after its been built.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

5 Things Web Designers are Afraid of but Shouldn’t Be

5 Things Web Designers are Afraid of but Shouldn’t Be

Unless your job as a designer requires you to wear multiple hats, it can be easy to become content in doing only what you're an expert in. You're comfortable with your process and feel at home in Photoshop, HTML & CSS. A master of one is better than an novice of many, right? Maybe not.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Creating a Mobile HTML5 Application with App Framework

HTML5 Application with App Framework

App Framework is a JavaScript library for mobile HTML5 app development. It allows you to build simple, rich and full HTML5/JavaScript mobile applications. This short tutorial is an introduction to the App Framework and it presents the basic concepts and its main concepts.

Monday, November 25, 2013

7 Niche Social Networks for Strategic Networking

Strategic Networking

Do you find it hard to connect with your ideal audience using the larger social networks?

Have you considered a smaller social network?

In this article, you'll find 7 niche social networks built to serve specialized markets.

Monday, November 25, 2013

How to Host a Website or File on Google Drive

Host a Website or File on Google Drive

Google added an impressive feature to it's Google drive - file or web hosting. Developers can now host their website in Google drive by uploading and sharing HTML, CSS or JavaScript files.

Friday, November 22, 2013

8 simple copywriting tips, backed by science

copywriting tips

There are lots of times when I'm stuck on a title for a post, or the perfect word for something I'm writing.
Fortunately, we’re pretty keen on experimenting and testing at Buffer, so I can try lots of different ideas and see what works best.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

21 JavaScript Parts I Struggle To Remember

21 JavaScript Parts I Struggle To Remember
This article is a review of the JavaScript ES3 parts that, for whatever reason, fade over time in my mind or I outright forget about. Some of the parts mentioned are quirks and some are just plain language realities that I personally find difficult to keep straight.

The eluding parts I discuss here are not focused on method nuances that can be resolved by referring to a JavaScript reference. I have tried to mainly focus on the parts of JavaScript that cannot easily be found in a language reference (i.e the difference between apply() and call()).

Friday, November 15, 2013

Create Stunning Homepages using Photo Backgrounds

Stunning Homepages using Photo Backgrounds
Treehouse uses large photographs in the latest update to the homepage.

Treehouse recently received a massive redesign and part of that included a new homepage. Our design team hired a photographer to shoot beautiful background photographs that span from edge-to-edge.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Which CSS Measurements To Use When

CSS Measurements
Amidst the diversity of CSS measurement systems it can be difficult for web developers to understand which units to use where and when, on their pages. The instinct is to use just one system for everything, but that decision can severely limit the execution of your designs.

What follows is a list of suggestions, not absolute rules.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Three Pillars Of SEO In 2013: Content, Links, And Social Media

The Three Pillars Of SEO In 2013

A good SEO strategy is the difference between your business easily being found online and getting lost in the noise of thousands of other businesses trying to stand out. With Google's ever-changing algorithm, it can be difficult to know what's effective here and now.

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Complete Guide to Google Authorship

Google Authorship

Google Authorship was introduced by Google a few years ago, but it continues to grow in popularity as Google continues to intertwine its search results with its other products. This includes migrating the business listings on Google Places to Google+ (which business owners can do through their dashboard) and upgrading Google Docs to Google Drive, Google's cloud storage platform. As Google continues to merge its new and former products, getting setup with Google Authorship should be a top priority for business owners and webmasters.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

The Importance of Backlinks

The Importance of Backlinks

If you've read anything about or studied Search Engine Optimization, you've come across the term "backlink" at least once. For those of you new to SEO, you may be wondering what a backlink is and why they are important. Backlinks have become so important to the scope of Search Engine Optimization, that they have become some of the main building blocks to good SEO. In this article, we will explain to you what a backlink is, why they are important and what you can do to help gain them while avoiding getting into trouble with the Search Engines.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Ways Google's Hummingbird Will Shape Future SEO and Content Marketing

Google's Hummingbird

Just over a week ago Google announced "Hummingbird", a new algorithm rather than an update or a refresh that is likely to affect around 90% of all searches. Whilst no one knows the full details of the algorithm, there are clear implications for the future of SEO and content marketing. The direction of travel is well articulated by Google and it has to be addressed by marketers in their future strategies.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

E-Commerce Navigation: Show Sibling Categories for Easy Scope Adjustment

E-Commerce Navigation

Sibling categories – that is, categories that are placed next to one another in the site's category taxonomy – are hugely important as they enable users to make easy scope adjustments and better interpret the current scope.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Tinted Images with Multiple Backgrounds

Tinted Images with Multiple Backgrounds
The background property in CSS can accept comma separated values. "Multiple" backgrounds, if you will. You can also think of them as layered backgrounds since they have a stacking order. If we layer a transparent color over an image, we can "tint" that image. But it's not quite as obvious as you might suspect.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

We Can Do It: Learn new things effectively

Learn new things effectively
Best-selling author Sir Ken Robinson describes our current education system as a manufacturing process with widespread standardization across its curriculum, evaluations and graduates. Before, being a standard university graduate got you a secure job with a good income; today, a diploma or degree comes with no guarantees. When you start working in the "real" world, you start to realize that you might not have all (or any) of the practical knowledge or skills required for the job you want. Not to worry — we may not have guarantees, but it's easy (or at least very possible) to learn through practice.

Monday, November 04, 2013

Using CSS Shapes to Enhance Visual Storytelling

CSS Shapes to  Enhance Visual Storytelling

Web designers have long been forced to create within the constraints of blocks. Since most daring ventures into non-rectangular layouts using regular CSS and HTML usually end in frustration, most of the content on the web is still trapped in simple boxes.

Friday, November 01, 2013

Conditional Media Query Mixins

Conditional Media Query Mixins
Sass makes working with media queries pretty excellent. You can nest them right within other blocks of CSS, which puts the properties and values you are changing right next to each other. That creates an obvious connection between them, which is a much nicer authoring experience than trying to maintain those changes separated by tons of other code or in a different file. We've covered this before. It was new in Sass 3.2.