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11 Highly Underrated Plugins for WordPress

When it comes to creating a user friendly WordPress site, you aren’t exactly stuck doing all the work yourself. In fact, there’s a plethora of great plugins out there that not only make users’ lives easier, they’ll make yours a bit easier, too. Most designers and developers are familiar with the basics and must-haves, but […]

5 Effective Data Storage Tips for Web Developers

As a web developer, data storage is of supreme importance. And as your business grows and you attract more clients, your storage needs to scale. Having a plan in place for how you’ll grow and keep important data safe is key. Otherwise you’ll end up compromising integrity and losing many of the assets and accounts […]

How to Ace your Next Web Developer Interview

You don’t need anyone to tell you that web development is a crowded industry. This is especially true when you’re forced to go head-to-head with cheap overseas labor and other online entrepreneurs. However, there are still plenty of jobs for you – you just can’t afford to mess up the interview process. In fact, you […]

Best Tools for Developers in 2015

What’s in your toolbox? Come on, don’t be shy. Every developer keeps a list of tools handy, and the contents of every developer’s toolbox are different. Sure, there are some standards: Notepad++, Browser Stack, Bootstrap—but not all digital toolboxes are created equal. It doesn’t matter what field you work in; specific jobs require specific tools. […]

7 Signs It’s Time to Find a New Website Host

You spend a lot of time designing a website to attract users and convert them into customers. However, what many entrepreneurs don’t realize is that it’s just as important to choose a good web host as it is to choose a good Web designer. Often, new site owners go with the cheapest and easiest Web-hosting […]

8 Analog Tools to Help You Design

Design doesn’t just happen in software, editors, or the browser—it often starts offline with the simplest of tools: pen and paper. With that in mind, let’s do a round up of helpful analog tools that can aid you in the process of brainstorming, doodling, sketching, wireframing, or prototyping by hand.

Make your site more sociable with OpenGraph markup

These days, before people click on your site they will probably see it through a link shared on your social network of choice, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and so on. Usually these sites are smart enough to extract descriptive information about your page and display that so followers already get a good idea of what they’d be clicking on, but wouldn’t it be great if you could optimize that information to ensure you get more engagement?

With a bit of HTML knowledge (and perhaps some programming knowledge, depending on what website templates you’re using), you can make more sites more “sociable” by adding these tags to the <head> portion of your site. Text in {CURLY BRACES} are placeholders for the values you need to insert.

Design Focus: Embrace the Chaos

Understanding and navigating through sites requires a certain amount of order, so when designers get busy with dazzling visualizations and arrangements, there remains a method to their madness.

Schema: Using Structured Data Markup to Improve Your Site’s SEO

A beautifully developed website doesn’t matter if no one ever sees it. Incorporating structured data markup, according to standards from the Schema.org project, makes it easier for search engines to crawl your site. Although there’s no hard evidence that structured data markup directly improves search rankings, it can increase the number of referrals from search […]

How to Scale Your WordPress Site by Hosting It on AWS

Setting up an AWS instance to host your WordPress sites can mean better speed and more bandwidth to accommodate your publishing dreams. Self-hosting can be much more cost-effective, but you’ll be in charge of everything, including keeping AWS updated and providing AWS security for your site. Here’s a guide for spinning up WordPress on AWS […]

Design Focus: Stacking Order

There are many different ways to provide the illusion of depth, and for these set of featured sites it’s all about stacking different layers of content one on top of the other, resulting in very interesting interaction and interface design.

Design Focus: Pins & Trails

These websites use maps to illuminate information or as a strong motif in their designs.

4 Web Design Principles That Will Make or Break Your Design Today

Web design, like everything else, doesn’t stay the same for centuries. It is constantly evolving to match the needs of today’s online browsers. As more technology emerges, we learn new things about web design and how to keep it functioning smoothly. Today, the fundamentals of web design are largely about understanding your user and catering […]

5 of the Most Effective WordPress Security Tips on the Internet

In an age where hackers prey on small businesses and their websites, it’s more important than ever to ensure your WordPress site is as protected as possible. Thankfully, by addressing a handful of common issues, you can effortlessly increase your overall level of security and diminish your chances of being targeted by these nosy criminals.

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