Maintenance Mode for WordPress – Plugin Review

Agbonghama Collins  •  WordPress  •  September 19, 2014
Maintenance Mode for WordPress – Plugin Review

When upgrading a website to a new design, carrying out bug fixes at the backend and updating the website core CMS, themes and plugins works best when the site is placed in maintenance mode while you are working. When a website is in maintenance mode, public access is blocked and a splash page (informing visitors that the site is down for maintenance) displayed. If your...

New iPhone 6 and Apple Watch Will Impact Designers

Paula Borowska  •  Design  •  September 18, 2014
New iPhone 6 and Apple Watch Will Impact Designers

Apple announced a few new and great products on Sept. 9. But what does it mean for designers? Whether you were impressed with the keynote or not, we can all learn some lessons about what was said during the presentation. With more products to choose from, there are many things that will impact designers. Bigger Diversity in Screens It’s obvious with two new iPhones that as...

Wait a Minute: Examples of Page Preloading Animations

Nataly Birch  •  Inspiration  •  September 17, 2014
Wait a Minute: Examples of Page Preloading Animations

When creating a great user experience becomes a number one priority, micro UX comes to the forefront – in our case are preloading animations. For a long time, only some have taken into account this constituent, yet everything has changed, and almost every other website can boast having one or two delightful effects that impress visitors. Micro UX is usually associated...

UX Tools: Implementing Doors Diagram

Kirill Shikhanov  •  Design, UX Design  •  September 15, 2014
UX Tools: Implementing Doors Diagram

After “How To Improve Your Website’s UX With Doors Diagram” you learned what Doors Diagram is and how to use it. This is the second part of the topic explaining why to use this design tool, covering this approach in more detail and showing some UX research while implementing Doors Diagram on Medium.com. Why is Doors Diagram Helpful? As a design tool, Doors Diagram helps...

Building a Facebook Like Box WordPress Widget

Agbonghama Collins  •  WordPress  •  September 12, 2014
Building a Facebook Like Box WordPress Widget

WordPress arguably has become the de facto content management system (CMS) in the world powering over 20 percent of websites globally. One of the platform’s most loved feature is widgets that seamlessly add content and features to sidebars. Widgets were originally designed to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of WordPress themes...

For Designers, the Customer is Never Right (Even When They Are)

Dylan Feltus  •  Inspiration  •  September 11, 2014
For Designers, the Customer is Never Right (Even When They Are)

The adage “The Customer Is Always Right” has been so deeply ingrained in us that going against the principle can feel near impossible. Even as children, long before the issue gained any real-world application, we were learning this little mantra. No matter what, you have to make the customer happy. What better way than to validate their every whim from the moment they walk...

Designing Website Text for Readability

Carrie Cousins  •  Design  •  September 9, 2014
Designing Website Text for Readability

Readability: “the state or quality of being readable; the property of type that affects the ease with which printed matter can be read for a sustained period.” – dictionary.com Text can be beautiful, simple, wild, engaging, exciting and a wide number of other things. It can stir emotion and helps users understand your message. Type can be a wide number of things but one...

Review of OptinMonster: The Best Lead-Generation Plugin for WordPress

Agbonghama Collins  •  WordPress  •  September 8, 2014
Review of OptinMonster: The Best Lead-Generation Plugin for WordPress

Communication is essential to the survival and success of any business. A popular form of communication is the email – a method of exchanging digital messages from an author to one or more recipients. With emails, businesses can reach a number of clients and also receive in a convenient and easy manner. A number of visitors who visit a site will opt-in for information...

Hot Data and Content Design Patterns for Mobile

Chris Bank  •  Design, UX Design  •  September 5, 2014
Hot Data and Content Design Patterns for Mobile

In this article, Chris Bank of UXPin – The UX Design App discusses the importance of data and content management design patterns and details examples from some of the hottest mobile apps today – more examples of these patterns and over 45 additional mobile design patterns are covered in detail in UXPin’s free e-book, Mobile UI Design Patterns 2014. Proper content and...

Four Design Lessons from Material Design Documentation

Paula Borowska  •  Design  •  September 3, 2014
Four Design Lessons from Material Design Documentation

Material Design is a new visual language Google created to unify its various products. When Google announced the material design concept, it also released some documentation to allow curious minds to browse through their visual guidelines. The Material Design document is a wonderful resource about how design should be handled. Google’s document is great for new...