How to Add Email Subscriptions to Your WordPress Blog

How to Add Email Subscriptions to Your WordPress Blog

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Do you want to add email subscription to your WordPress blog? Recently, one of our users asked us what is the best way to subscribe by email option in WordPress? In this article, we will show you how to add email subscriptions to your WordPress blog and start building your email list. Why You Should Add Subscribe via Email Option to Your Site? While social media is a great way to interact with your readers, email is the most reliable and direct way of communication. By offering email subscription on your blog, you can build a steady stream of regular visitors for your site. Email subscription also gives your users yet another way to consume your content as some folks may not be on social media. See our complete guide…
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Building an Instagram Based Portfolio With Bootstrap

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In this tutorial I am going to run through the process of creating the simple Instagram based portfolio as designed in a previous tutorial by Tomas Laurinavicius.Thomas has done a great job keeping the design simple, spacious and functional so I think it's only fair we do the same when building it. To make our lives easier we are going to rely on a few tools and libraries so let's begin by taking a look at them.Tools of the TradeThere are a few things we need to prepare before starting our build. They are:Sass Twitter Bootstrap (Sass version) Instafeed.js Modernizr First of all, you will need to get Sass up and running on your machine. The easiest way to do that is by using one of the excellent apps available to do…
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Bringing Our Behance Portfolio Alive With CSS Animation

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In previous tutorials we've looked into harnessing the Behance API to drive our own web page, and then, using LESS, we made the whole thing look presentable. In this tutorials we're going to enhance the experience for visitors by adding a lightbox effect and some CSS animations.Lightbox and Animation Effects Many portfolio websites today employ a lightbox of some kind for their portfolio images. In this tutorial, we will apply the same to our website. The image cover will zoom-in when the users click on it, along with the other images that are in the content, so the users will be able to see each image therein more closely. Here are the tools we need to accomplish this: Magnific Popup We're going to rely on a jQuery Lightbox plugin called Magnific Popup by…
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Styling Our Behance Portfolio Website Using LESS

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During the previous part of this series, we learned about the Behance API, using it to capture a user's portfolio pieces and display them on a web page. In this part we will style the web page, presenting the portfolio pieces in a suitably attractive way. Tools We'll be UsingTo get started, we will prepare our toolkit: Normalize We will use Normalize to make the basic element styles more consistent across different browsers and minimize the chance of unexpected results. LESS Mixins Libraries We will also be using LESS for styling our website. Whichever preprocessor you prefer, it's definitely recommendable to use them in your workflow. I'm a big fan of, instead of having to trawl the desired color in the color picker from a separate application, simply using LESS control functions such as lighten() and darken() to…
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How to Use the Behance API to Build a Custom Portfolio Web Page

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Behance is great hub for creatives to share and show off their work and ongoing projects. Unlike Dribbble or Forrst which — as I personally see them — are predominantly populated by illustrators and UI designers, Behance encompasses a wider range of creative fields including Architecture, Motion Graphics, Automotive Design and Fashion. In addition to this, Behance also provides a set of APIs to get access to the content. During this short series, we are going to use the Behance API to build a personal portfolio website. We'll effectively pull content from Behance and display it on our own external web page. But before proceeding any further with building the website, we first need to investigate how Behance manages its content and see how the API works. Exploring Behance and the API Behance splits its content…
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Using DropPages for a Super Easy Static Website

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What You'll Be CreatingYou probably know that Dropbox is perfect for storing data backups and sharing files, but did you know you can use it as a static site web host too? Thanks to nifty apps like DropPages, which we'll be covering here today, you can!The process behind DropPages is really quite brilliant. You simply give the DropPages app access to your Dropbox account and it creates a "My.DropPages" folder to which you'll upload your website files. Then when people visit your domain DropPages acts as an intermediary between the browser and your Dropbox account, fetching the files from your "My.DropPages" folder and serving them up as a fully functional website.As Dropbox comes with an application which syncs files on your computer with your online storage, you can just maintain your site locally and allow Dropbox to automatically…
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Design a Travel Startup Landing Page Using Photoshop

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What You'll Be CreatingIn this tutorial I’ll be using Photoshop CS6 to design a simple, clean, landing page for a fictional traveling startup. During this process we’ll look at creating custom grids with guidelines, styling typefaces, using lots of white space and composing our website's content in a very clean and professional manner. The finished PSD file will be ready to hand over to a developer for coding up.Tutorial AssetsIn order to follow along you will need the following (freely available) assets:Bike traveler photo from UnsplashPT Serif font from Font SquirrelAller font from Font SquirrelOpen Sans font from Font SquirrelAvatars from User Inter FacesGet the Document ReadyStep 1Begin by creating a new document (File > New…) using the settings shown below.Make sure the resolution is set to 72 pixels/inchStep 2Let’s set some…
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Finishing the Responsive Timeline Portfolio Page

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What You'll Be CreatingMoving on from the previous tutorial, let's add some flourish to our build.Loading IconWe are going to delve into CSS3 Animations and create a simple spinning animation for our loading icon. We already have the markup we need on the page, so let's get straight into the CSS.div.loading { color: darken($grey, 20%); position: absolute; width: 100px; bottom: 15px; left: 50%; margin-left: -50px; img { vertical-align: middle; &.rotate { -webkit-animation-name: rotate; -ms-animation-name: rotate; animation-name: rotate; -webkit-animation-duration: 1s; animation-duration: 1s; -webkit-animation-iteration-count: infinite; -ms-animation-iteration-count: infinite; animation-iteration-count: infinite; -webkit-animation-timing-function: linear; -ms-animation-timing-function: linear; animation-timing-function: linear; } } }Place this code right after the portfolio-item block in our Sass file. To start with, here we are just setting up some styles for the loading div itself. We are absolutely positioning it and making sure it…
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Building the Responsive Timeline Portfolio Page

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What You'll Be CreatingDuring this tutorial we will be building the fantastic Timeline Portfolio as seen in an earlier tutorial by Tomas Laurinavicius. We will be using some responsive techniques as well as CSS3 animations, Sass and a little bit of jQuery.File and Directory StructureOK, the first step is to create the files and folders we need. The image below shows our root structure.As you can see, we have a very simple set up here. Inside the "css" directory go ahead and create a styles.scss file and also grab a copy of normalize.css. In order to use Sass in this project you will either need Sass installed on your machine or you will need an app to do the watching and compiling for you. I am currently using CodeKit for Mac, but there are plenty…
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Design a Stylish Timeline Portfolio Page Using Photoshop

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In this tutorial I’ll be using Photoshop CS6 to design a simple, clean, three-column portfolio page, with a trending timeline. During this process we’ll look at creating custom grids with guidelines, styling typography, and playing with colors and contrast to achieve the aesthetics we want. The finished PSD file will be ready to hand over to a developer for coding up. Tutorial Assets In order to follow along you will need the following (freely available) assets: Raindrops photo from Unsplash NYC skyline photo from Unsplash Notebook PSD Template from Dribbble Free Vector Icons from Chapps Lato font from Font Squirrel Avatar from User Inter Faces Dribbble icon from Iconfinder Twitter icon from Iconfinder Facebook icon from Iconfinder Google+ icon from Iconfinder Get the Document Ready Step 1 Begin by creating a new document (File > New…) using…
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