Web development tips: Ten (or a few more) files every Web site needs Introduction There are a few standard files that every Web site should really have, but that most neglect. Most of these are matters of convention, not of technical requirement, but you are doing your site wrong not to provide them. Let users who make a wild guess about what they want to find usually succeed when they guess URLs. How To: Add Social Networking 'Share To' Links To Your Site It seems like everyone is now connected by some form of social network, people are sharing a colossal amount of data between each other over sites such as Twitter and FaceBook. With this potential reach, allowing users to easily share web pages they come across is a very beneficial idea. This blog runs on the WordPress CMS so adding social link sharing functionality can be done easily with various plugins. If you are not on a CMS with easily available plugins and want to share links, you can use traditional links to send your page details to the respective sites. Its very easy to do, here is how to do it for the popular social networks. Note: I was in two minds as to publish this post, there are many plugins for WordPress that can do this, and its VERY simple to implement.
10 Excellent Feedback Tools for Web Designers It’s easy to get caught up doing your own thing and even easier to stick to what you know already know. However, whether you’re a developer or a designer, seeking out constructive, third-party feedback can bring your projects to a new level. You may also know that finding objective, qualified sources of feedback can be near impossible (your relatives and roommates only cut it for so long). Cubelets: Modular Robot Toy-Kit Cubelets is the name of the very first product of “Modular Robotics” – a spin-off from the famous “robot”-Carnegie Mellon University. It is a kit of free combinable, small robot modules. The website goes: By combining sensor, logic and actuator blocks, young kids can create simple reconfigurable robots that exhibit surprisingly complex. This project looks really interesting and the just moved beyond the first beta-testing phase. I also somehow doubt the “young kids” in that project.
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The Lost Principles of Design In the instant age that design has evolved into recently many of us often stray away from the basics. If you had a professor in college who taught you the fundamentals of design these may be engrained into your head. For the self-taught, you may have a book on your desk with these very principles. However, the more and more people that flood the internet for design content need to learn the basics before trying to make a stellar gradient in Photoshop. While this is cool and amazing right now, there will come a point where this style is strayed away from and a new style is made. Getting started - storify.com Who we are and what we can do for you There is a lot of information streaming through the social web. Tens of thousands of Tweets, Flickr photos, YouTube videos and the like are created every day.
20 Great Web Page Backgrounds You Can Certainly Use Advertisement There can be times when your web design is almost done but you can’t finalize a beautiful background for your site. Importance of a Background can not be ignored since a site is viewed differently in different browsers and resolutions and the empty space at the background kills the foreground’s beauty. Designing a background yourself is a time consuming process and its hardly required when the fellow designers have heartily and happily contributed so many beautiful backgrounds and patterns for websites. We have collected few sets of Beautiful Backgrounds which will surely be useful to you. If you like this article, you might be interested in some of our other articles on Wallpaper Patterns, Damask Pattern Collection, Grunge Backgrounds, and Great Photoshop Backgrounds.
Quickly & Easily Manipulate HTML5′s Canvas Element With jCanvas However, creating such interactive content is never as easy as pie, and that rule doesn’t exclude HTML5‘s main element that does all the work: canvas. If you’ve been following what the latest browsers have to offer, some of them may include a GPU-accelerated experience that makes the canvas element run a lot better. There are frameworks available that try to make the canvas element a little bit easier to develop for, notably jQuery. But even then, jQuery makes you type quite a bit. Web developers, here’s something better for you.
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