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Magento for Designers: Part 2 Magento is a stunningly powerful e-commerce platform. In this miniseries, we'll learn how to get started with the platform, getting to know the terminologies, setting up a store and all related aspects of it, and finally how to customize it to make it our very own. In this second part, we'll focus on short, simple steps to get your Magento store from installed to ready for deployment, which will cover setting up your products, product categories, taxes, shipping, payment gateways and much more! Excited?

45 jQuery Navigation Plugins and Tutorials - Noupe Design Blog Jan 25 2010 By Paul Andrew As many of us know, the initial 15-20 seconds of a new user’s visit to a web site will have a large impact on whether on not they are going to like or dislike the site, prompting them to decide whether they will stay or go. This means it’s vital that you follow usability rules with common design practices and layout your site, especially the navigation, in a style that the user can either learn easily or already understands. The biggest part of this process is developing a menu that is both easy to use and intuitive, as well as styling it to fit into your site’s design.

Best jQuery Plugins of 2010 For our “Best of 2010″ series we’ve already shown your our picks for best free WordPress themes and free fonts. So for this week the focus in on jQuery. This javascript framework continued to grow in popularity during 2010, which meant an abundance of plugins being released. This made it difficult to choose our favorites. We made a conscious effort to choose from a variety of types, and ones that were useful to web designers and that had some wow factor.

16 Great Graphic Design Blogs and Sites What are your favorite design blogs and sites? There are so many design blogs now, that your top list is sure to be a bit different. Here we've collected 16 great design sites that consistently bring high-quality material to their audience. The 20 Most Practical and Creative Uses of jQuery There have been plenty of posts on the number of awesome jQuery plugins and where to find them. However, sometimes it is best not to rely on third party plugins and resources. Do it yourself the old fashioned way! Today, we will have a look at 20+ creative uses of jQuery in modern day websites and applications; sure to inspire you for your next project.

Photoshop Web Design Layout Tutorials from 2010 - Noupe Design Blog Aug 12 2010 Web layouts are crucial for every web design. Whether it is a simple design or an advanced one, Photoshop can often come handy in creating such layouts. We have collected some really creative and helpful recent tutorials that display the process behind creating web layouts in Photoshop.

SimpleModal Demos / Eric Martin / ericmmartin.com Basic Modal Dialog A basic modal dialog with minimal styling and without any additional settings. There are a few CSS attributes set internally by SimpleModal, however, SimpleModal relies mostly on external CSS for the look and feel. Demo Download 12 Alternative Web Browsers You Should Try Chances are you’re viewing this page in one of the following web browsers: Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Chrome. I can make this assumption because these three browsers combine for about 90% of the market share. Then again, you might be one of the few people that have adopted an alternative to the big name web browsers. 30 jQuery Accordion Menus, Tutorials And Best Examples Accordion menus are used widely in navigating, sliding, minimizing and maximizing content. Such accordions practically are expandable whenever needed; you can really save some space and be able to show a lot of information using this technique. Yes, and, of course, such sliding content always is great from the design point of view aby giving your visitor unique experience while he is looking at the site. Great, isn’t it? – here you will find a lot of customizable plugins, and tutorials to help you to understand accordions.

Design a Beautiful Website From Scratch Have you ever wanted to design a beautiful website but just didn't know how? To be honest, a few years ago, that happened to me too. While browsing the web, I saw so many nice looking websites and wished I had the skills to create such designs. Today I can and I'm going to teach you how to do so too! Essentially, it requires a few Photoshop skills and an eye for detail. Through this tutorial, I will point out these tiny details which make a website design look beautiful. Nivo Slider - The Most Awesome jQuery Image Slider jQuery & WordPress Image Slider The Nivo Slider is world renowned as the most beautiful and easy to use slider on the market. There is literally no easier way to make your website look totally stunning. The jQuery plugin is completely free and open source receiving more than 3,000,000 downloads since launching in 2010.

80 Large Background Websites As the monitor resolution and internet speed is advancing, it seems like more and more designers use over-sized photo or illustrated image as the website's background. Large background image can create the stunning visual effect, especially for high resolution monitors. It can also add more life to your site design compared to the traditional tiled background graphic. Pagemap ImageWall — Freeware Web Photo Gallery with slideshow Configuration With Config Tags you can customize Pagemap Imagewall to your needs: change colours and sizes, include the gallery in your own PHP scripts, create a footer with links to contact and your home page … and much more. Just create a text file (.txt) named config.txt and write the Config Tags in there. If write permissions for your Pagemap Imagewall directory is to 0777 the script will create a default config.txt by itself. A list with all available Config Tags is located in the select field above.

50 Useful Coding Techniques (CSS Layouts, Visual Effects and For Advertisement Although CSS is generally considered a simple and straightforward language, sometimes it requires creativity, skill and a bit of experimentation. The good news is that designers and developers worldwide often face similar problems and choose to share their insights and workarounds with the wider community. This is where we come in. We are always looking to collect such articles for our posts so that we can deliver the most useful and relevant content to our readers.

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