Six of the Best Backup Plugins for WordPress

Agbonghama Collins  •  WordPress  •  October 31, 2014
Six of the Best Backup Plugins for WordPress

Websites get hacked every day. Our passwords are rarely as strong as we think. Sometimes we (or our clients) delete the wrong file or make a change that breaks something. How about waking up one morning only to discover your website was hacked; or worse still, your web host accidentally deleted your website. Since a backup isn’t available, it means you will have to...

Collection of Free Page-Loading Effects (Tiny User-Friendly Animations)

Nataly Birch  •  Resources  •  October 29, 2014
Collection of Free Page-Loading Effects (Tiny User-Friendly Animations)

The golden rule of creating great web-based projects that provide online audiences with good user experiences is to not let them wait. It seems like a really simple task, however it just sounds so. Completely upload your content-intensive website that is populated with high-quality, heavy multimedia data in the blink of an eye is simply impossible due to imperfections inherent...

How to Create a School-Themed Vector Pack in Adobe Illustrator

Andrei Ștefan  •  Tutorials  •  October 27, 2014
How to Create a School-Themed Vector Pack in Adobe Illustrator

Learning something new is not just for the kids; it can be for teachers and educators, too. That especially applies when it comes to creating images for use in class projects or for a school webpage. Luckily for you, we have a new tutorial that will teach you how to create a nice minimalistic school-themed vector pack in Adobe Illustrator. So let’s start learning! Step 1:...

Lose Fear of the Command Line

Tobias Günther  •  Coding  •  October 23, 2014
Lose Fear of the Command Line

For the non-technical people among us, evil has a name: The “command line.” Or, in fact, many names: CLI, Terminal, bash, shell … When I prepared my free online book “Learn Version Control with Git,” I was surprised to hear how many people were afraid of the command line. In reality, there’s really nothing to fear because once you know a...

Make the Most of Your Design with a Hero Header

Carrie Cousins  •  Design  •  October 21, 2014
Make the Most of Your Design with a Hero Header

One of the biggest trends in web design right now is the use of big images. And not just large, but completely oversized images that seem to come to life on screen. When used at the top of a page, this is often referred to as a hero header. How can you take advantage of the trend? What tools do you need to get started? Here, we’ll look at hero headers, tips for using them...

Lessons Learned From Analyzing Material Design Components

Paula Borowska  •  Design  •  October 20, 2014
Lessons Learned From Analyzing Material Design Components

If you read through Google’s material design documentation you know how detail oriented and extensive it is. When you look through the document you can learn many things. One of the greatest lessons is that it proves that it’s possible to create complex visual style guides. By no means is it easy but it is possible, especially for the complicated array of products that...

Mobile Devices and Responsive Design Patterns for a Successful Experience

Stelian Subotin  •  Design  •  October 17, 2014
Mobile Devices and Responsive Design Patterns for a Successful Experience

Responsive web design is no longer a subject for discussion when it comes to any kind of website development because it is a crucial step. As designers and developers, we have got to understand the importance of effective responsive design and its role in maintaining a great experience for end users. We have passed the time when responsiveness was an option and there was...

How to Conduct a Usability Heuristic Evaluation

Armen Ghazarian  •  Design, UX Design  •  October 16, 2014
How to Conduct a Usability Heuristic Evaluation

User experience works best when it’s incorporated into every stage of product development, starting from idea to development and testing. But usually things don’t happen that way and user experience specialists have to face the challenge of optimizing the existing product to become what we call “user friendly.” Well, better late than never. UX optimization of an...

How to Display Social Share Counts in WordPress as Text

Agbonghama Collins  •  WordPress  •  October 15, 2014
How to Display Social Share Counts in WordPress as Text

In the first part of this series, I showed you how to programmatically retrieve the share count of various social media networks from their respective APIs using PHP. In this final part, we will develop a WordPress plugin that displays the number of Facebook likes, Twitter posts, and social share count of a specific URL. To display the share count of a social network in a...

Product Design Process & Documentation Essentials (Part 2)

Chris Bank  •  Design  •  October 14, 2014
Product Design Process & Documentation Essentials (Part 2)

In this article, Chris Bank of UXPin – The UX Design App details the sketches, prototypes, and design specifications you’ll create as your product starts to take form. For additional tactics to preserve UX during product design, check out our Guide to UX Design & Process Documentation. Experts and featured companies include Aarron Walter, Ian McAllister, Vurb,...