Archive for January, 2013

31Jan

Books have always been a source of inspiration and all the helpful ideas that you can use in your practice. What books can be of a great importance for designers and developers? Which of them should they consider reading? Here is the list of 5 Free HTML Books that can serve a good purpose for all of you who want to learn the new techniques and gain profound skills in web design. So, what will you find within them? Everything you wanted to know about HTML, XHTML and HTML5, the general information and best practices. You are welcome to study these materials thoroughly, and pick up the useful points.

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Head First HTML5 Programming
This book with a number or examples, pictures, puzzles, diagrams and games is a great tour guide that will teach you how to create web applications with HTML5 and JavaScript.

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Dive into HTML5
This is the very source you need to learn all the necessary information about main HTML5 features and standards. A number of users have found this comprehensive tutorial handy,  and you can be one of them.

29Jan

Need elegant design to lift the hotel business to the higher level? Take advantage of well-crafted Free WordPress Theme for Hotel from TemplateMonster that will help you set up a nice welcome site and invite more visitors to your place.

Use this theme to tell about all the comforts the hotel offers. Nice slider will show the featured images from your gallery in the best possible way. Place the information about the hot offers and events in the sections below. The warm color scheme of this design creates pleasant tone that is ideal for telling about the relaxing atmosphere your hotel provides. The footer area contains the additional navigation links that will facilitate the users’ interaction with the site. You can place the information about your site and link to your Flickr account there. Free template live demo will show you this theme in action.

Use this nice freebie to set up a site and drive more clients in.

Free WordPress Theme for Hotel:

To download the whole package of this template, visit the Free WordPress Theme for Hotel download page at TemplateMonster and type an email address that you want the free template package to be delivered to (don’t forget to uncheck the newsletter subscription checkbox in case you’re already subscribed, otherwise you may not be able to download the zip file). Feel free to use this template for your business, but you cannot resell it as a template.

Download Free WordPress Theme for Hotel with PSD files (64,5MB)

IMPORTANT NOTICE:TemplateMonster does not provide support services on free templates – including this one. We only provide support for the products that are being purchased from TemplateMonster. Our free templates are produced according to the latest web standards and we’ve been trying to make the process of working with them as easy as possible, so for people with minimum web development experience it should be easy to work with them. However, if you don’t have any experience, we recommend you to refer to the tutorials or community forums on how to work with platforms that each respective template is made with, or to hire someone to do the job for you

25Jan

Bootstrap as the easy and smart framework was specially created for cross-browser, consistent and attractive interfaces. Basically, it is a perfectly packed “tool chest” that provides really simple and fast creation of professional websites. It has well-thought HTML/CSS/Javascript structure, that allows you to build an advanced web project without any problems. Benefits of using Bootstrap are in Less. Less is the decent CSS Framework which runs on both client-side (Chrome, Safari, Firefox) and server-side, with Node.js and Rhino. Bootstrap is a very simple and flexible framework that is extremely intuitive to use, so you’ll figure things out even without reading documentation. Try and be on the wave!

If you plan to run a Bootstrap-based website, you can simply browse the great collection of Bootstrap Themes from TemplateMonster and find the most suitable one.

Let’s specify the main Bootstrap functions:

  • create styles for the main page elements (ul, p, blockquote, small, abbr, etc.);
  • use styles for table design;
  • mark page layout, header, bottom, number of columns, their width;
  • use styles to position form elements, add styles to these elements, add default buttons;
  • create buttons with a drop-down lists;
  • create separate styles for each icon;
  • grouping buttons;
  • create navigation with tabs;
  • create modal windows;
  • create tooltips;
  • blocks with various messages;
  • create “Accordion” or “Carousel” sliders;
  • add prompts to the forms.

Tools

When you start developing websites with Bootstrap you need a certain “toolbox” to make sure the end result will justify the efforts spent on this framework. So, let’s talk about these tools.

Date Range Picker for Twitter Bootstrap

The date range picker relies on jQuery, Datejs for parsing strings into dates and defining custom ranges, and the Twitter Bootstrap CSS.

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22Jan

Want to spread a word about your business? Then do it effectively with perfectly fitting for this purpose Free WordPress Law Firm Template from TemplateMonster. The contemporary and uncluttered look of this pre-made theme is made with the focus on good presentation of business ideas.

You can spot the corporate style of this theme that suits such king of sites. Pleasant to eyes color scheme, large background image in neutral colors, neat typography – all these elements complement to the whole design concept. The jQuery slider in the header is great for effective exposing some visual information. The featured blocks will help to focus the visitors’ attention on the most important parts of the content. The set of subpages contains Home, About, Practice, Services, Blog, Contacts sections.

Want to see this theme in live action? Visit free template live demo page. Make your company noticeable in the law sphere with a premium site based on Free WordPress Law Firm Template.

Free WordPress Law Firm Template:

To download the whole package of this template, visit the Free WordPress Law Firm Template download page at TemplateMonster and type an email address that you want the free template package to be delivered to (don’t forget to uncheck the newsletter subscription checkbox in case you’re already subscribed, otherwise you may not be able to download the zip file). Feel free to use this template for your business, but you cannot resell it as a template.

Download Free WordPress Law Firm Template with PSD files (56,1MB)

IMPORTANT NOTICE:TemplateMonster does not provide support services on free templates – including this one. We only provide support for the products that are being purchased from TemplateMonster. Our free templates are produced according to the latest web standards and we’ve been trying to make the process of working with them as easy as possible, so for people with minimum web development experience it should be easy to work with them. However, if you don’t have any experience, we recommend you to refer to the tutorials or community forums on how to work with platforms that each respective template is made with, or to hire someone to do the job for you.

18Jan

Slider in not just the place for a variety of images you have, it’s also the striking element of the designs that catches the viewer’s attention. The sites that come with the emphasis on the visual aspect (use jQuery sliders with various transition effects, for example) can gain more visitor’s interest and become more noticeable among others. Visual-attractiveness is a powerful tool, and being correctly implemented in the design, it can bring great results. There are a variety of great sliders that are written in jQuery, and this number is constantly increasing. Let’s see which of them were the most popular in the past year, and were mostly used. So, enjoy this round-up of the best jQuery image sliders 2012. To see the bright examples of implementation of these sliders in templates, check out the collection of art & photography Magento themes here.

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Skitter Slider


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15Jan

All the web is mad about cats. Add a cat to your site, and you’ll get hundreds of new visitors. And if your site is dedicated to a cat club, the success is guaranteed. Free Cherry WordPress Theme for Cat Club is a goodie that will help you set up a site with ease and without extra coding skills.

Recently TemplateMonster has announced about the launch of Cherry WordPress Themes, and this template is an opportunity to try a theme of this kind. Such themes go with Bootstrap functionality and are based on Cherry framework – the innovation from TemplateMonster developers that will help you start a well-crafted website that correspond to the latest web standards.

This very theme offers you easy installation, lifetime support for the framework, framework + child theme, responsive layout and Bootstrap functionalities. Its thought-out layout will help you arrange the content neatly, place the desired accents where you need, and at the same time keep the site looking nice and clean. Being well-coded and easy manageable, this template will not take a lot of time to customize it. And be sure that this special cat power will bring a positive web rumor to your project.

See the theme in action just following the link.

Free Cherry WordPress Theme for Cat Club:

To download the whole package of this template, visit the Free Cherry WordPress Theme for Cat Club download page at TemplateMonster and type an email address that you want the free template package to be delivered to (don’t forget to uncheck the newsletter subscription checkbox in case you’re already subscribed, otherwise you may not be able to download the zip file). Feel free to use this template for your business, but you cannot resell it as a template.

Download Free Cherry WordPress Theme for Cat Club with PSD files (64,4MB)

IMPORTANT NOTICE:TemplateMonster does not provide support services on free templates – including this one. We only provide support for the products that are being purchased from TemplateMonster. Our free templates are produced according to the latest web standards and we’ve been trying to make the process of working with them as easy as possible, so for people with minimum web development experience it should be easy to work with them. However, if you don’t have any experience, we recommend you to refer to the tutorials or community forums on how to work with platforms that each respective template is made with, or to hire someone to do the job for you.

11Jan

Slide decks constitute natural concentration of all needful things that can be presented: attractive image, interesting text, accentuation on the meaningfulness of information, pertinent pithiness. These features appear to be the best prerequisite for successful tuition. So it’s not surprising the slide decks became popular recent year on the internet, especially regarding the business and marketing themes – the internet marketers are kind of foremost people on the web, you know.

I would like to share few delicious inspiring slice decks. The focus on social media marketing is substantiated by the opinion it imitates extremely effective word of mouth advertising in the plane of virtual space. New trends are the king.

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10 Marketing Trends for 2013

The slide deck is recommended for better understanding of the tendencies that are going to happen in the new 2013 year. The pieces of advice on every of 10 thesis would bring to improvement of internet marketing in your business.

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Social Media for Marketing

Bright pictures with overall info on them reveal the essence of the social media marketing as a part of social influence marketing. The presentation is long (consists of 88 slides), however one would perceive the content easily.

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Why Most Social Marketing Falls Short

May people thing SMM is a simple thing that requires simple with the social media and nothing above that. This slide deck is a mythbuster for that kind of delusion and on the side helps to avoid mistakes, which mainly run out from the lack of connectedness between SMM and true professional marketing.

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3Jan

While working on the user experience – the way a person feels while interfacing with a system, you should have some great resources for get information from. How many trustworthy blogs on user experience do you know? And which of them are really worth reading?

To highlight the most influential of them, I decided to compile the following post. The blogs were chosen on basis of diversity of information, its usefulness and frequency of posting. All of them offer you useful data concerning user experience, and deserve great attention. Good tips, the best practices, critical analysis of issues, the articles that can tell a lot, tools and techniques – this and much more is waiting for you in the following blogs. Reading these 10 Most Influential UX Design Blogs will help you become a better user experience designer.

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Alistapart.com

 


All of you who make websites will find this blog extremely useful. Here you’ll read all about the design, development, and meaning of web content. This magazine features a special focus on web standards and best practices.

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90percentofeverything.com

 


Don’t forget to visit this blog by Harry Brignull, user experience designer & consultant. Here you’re lucky to find the information concerning experience design, user research, and rules of usability.

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