10 Free Website Optimization eBooks & Online Guides For Improving Site Speed

10 Free Website Optimization eBooks & Online Guides For Improving Site Speed

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Every metric you can measure on your site will give you an optimized loading time. Everything from usability to search engine rankings improve with a faster site. There is no catch-all process to optimization. There are certain things you can do, like minifying your code or optimizing images to reduce file size. But overall you’ll need to try a lot of things to ultimately reduce your page load speed. And the best place to start is with online guides solely built for web developers who want faster pages. Take a look over this collection and see if any of these resources can help you master the art of page speed optimization. Essential Image Optimization The Essential Image Optimization ebook is a fantastic primer on reworking your images for performance. Google…
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Create Minimalist Datetime Input Select with Flatpickr

Create Minimalist Datetime Input Select with Flatpickr

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One of the trickiest fields to create is the date/time select. Developers often resort to simple select menus for the month/day/year or rely on various plugins to do the job. Select fields work fine but they’re a little clunky. Instead, you can jazz up your form with the Flatpickr plugin. It’s a free, open-source JavaScript calendar picker with zero dependencies. It was designed with minimalism in mind, so it can fit into any website layout, any web form, and should be usable from any modern device. Read Also: A Definitive Way to Format Dates for International Sites One nice thing about this plugin is the variety of custom options. You can restyle how the dates appear in the text field and where the calendar starts (defaults on “today”). But, you…
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10 Beautiful Examples of Motion Design in Mobile Apps

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Interactions are a smaller detail of mobile design but can make a tremendous difference to the overall user experience of an application. In the past few years it has become an integral part of any mobile design process. Interactions are often initiated by a tap or swipe, or other interactive action. The interaction encompasses the result of this trigger. Think tapping a floating action button on Android. The interaction might be an animation of the button icon, and multiple menu items sliding out from the top. In this article we are going to look at 10 beautiful examples of mobile interaction design across both iOS and Android. Chat Interaction In this example, a unique interaction is applied to the lower left floating action button. Upon tapping, a set of four…
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13 Ideas for Designing Websites that Small Businesses Will Love

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Planning to add small businesses to your list of clients? Those already doing so, know how fierce the competition can be. Pitching your web design skills to new clients can take lots of time and energy. This is especially so if those potential clients are somewhat skeptical. The act of putting a winning proposal together can take up hours of your time, and, for your proposal to be a winning one, you need to find a way to outsell your competitors The good news is, attracting clients by showing them how you can meet their needs isn’t all that difficult. How to Target Several Different Types of Businesses at Once, Using Be Theme Have you been looking for a SaaS silver bullet to help you pitch your services to the…
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A SEO Checklist for Your WordPress Website

A SEO Checklist for Your WordPress Website

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A website, no matter how amazing it looks or how great the content, isn’t worth much if people don’t know it exists. That’s why SEO generates a never-ending stream of hype. A well-optimized site is much more likely to be found through organic search. If your site has been built with WordPress, then you’re already off to a great start with the optimization process. WordPress is built with SEO in mind and it’s flexible. That means you can build a SEO strategy that matches your particular needs. But there are some things you need to be aware of when it comes to optimizing a WordPress website. Beyond the standard SEO practices, the open nature of the platform means that you’ll need to inspect your theme and plugins to ensure you…
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Quora Launches Video Answers – the end of Youtube?

Quora Launches Video Answers – the end of Youtube?

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Quora dethroned Yahoo 8 years ago and has been the King of QnA ever since. It doubled its user base from 100 million to 195 million last year. Now they have decided to expand the Quoran Army by taking down the King of videos – Youtube. Back in May, they started playing with native videos in a closed beta release. Only users in the certain groups like beauty, cooking, fitness, and parenting had access to it. After months of testing, they have finally rolled it out to Apple users! Pretty soon, Android and desktop users will get the same feature. So How did Quorans react? Back when Quora launched the beta version of this feature, they got mixed reactions. While some welcomed it, many were not happy. People like Eric…
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10 Simple, Yet Beautiful iOS 11 App Icons

10 Simple, Yet Beautiful iOS 11 App Icons

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App icons for iOS have evolved considerably since its inception. Early on, there was a great focus on gradients, shadows, and highlights. The gradients have seen a resurgence since then, but with far more subtlety and creative use of color combinations. Otherwise, iOS app icons are a far-cry from the graphically-intensive designs which used to be the standard across the App Store. Just as with the styling, there is also now a shift toward clean glyphs within icon apps. Previously we’d see anything from realistic 3D camera mockups to heavily-styled illustrations. In this gallery we are going to review an inspiring selection of ten simple and beautiful app icons for iOS 11. Midzi iOS App Icon Midzi’s simple iOS icon provides a perfect continuation of their branding. The design is…
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Covering Every Niche with the Pearl Premium WordPress Theme

Covering Every Niche with the Pearl Premium WordPress Theme

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One of the challenges of using a WordPress theme is trying to customize it to match the needs of your industry and brand. Sure, themes often come with “demo” packages that are supposed to make it easier. <p .More often, they've simply swapped out some photos and made minor changes to the original layout. It hardly eases the burden of having to reshape things. That’s what makes the Pearl Premium WordPress theme an absolute breath of fresh air. They’ve taken a stand against “fake” demos. Instead, each and every demo included with the theme is customized for the specific needs of that industry. Not only does each demo look the part, it also comes with its own functionality. This approach results in a much better starting point for your project.…
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The Top 3D JavaScript Libraries For Web Developers

The Top 3D JavaScript Libraries For Web Developers

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Modern JavaScript is surprisingly powerful. Especially with support from WebGL libraries and SVG/Canvas elements. With the right tools you can build pretty much anything for the web including browser-based games and native applications. Many of the newest groundbreaking features run on 3D, and in this post I’ve curated my list of the best 3D JS libraries currently available for web developers. Three.js There is no doubt that Three.js deserves to be at the top of this list. It can be somewhat complex to learn from scratch but it’s also one of the better 3D libraries out there. It’s managed by a core group and released for free on GitHub. ThreeJS primarily works on canvas elements, SVG elements, and the WebGL library for rendering. Learning the ropes is a challenge and…
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What to Do When You Inherit an Existing WordPress Website

What to Do When You Inherit an Existing WordPress Website

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Inheriting a website built by someone else can be intimidating for even experienced web designers. That holds especially true for sites built with WordPress. The fact is that there is any number of themes and plugins a site could be running – not to mention all the customization possibilities. While the ability to create something in multiple ways is part of the beauty of WordPress, it also makes it feel darn near impossible to decipher all the ins and outs of a particular site. Taking over someone else’s creation is definitely not for the faint of heart. But there are some specific steps you can take right from the very beginning to get a sense of the situation you’re faced with. The following is a checklist of items to check…
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