DesignM.ag » Resources http://designm.ag Articles and Resources for Web Designers Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:58:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 Treat for Designers: 10 Free Design Resourceshttp://designm.ag/resources/treat-for-designers-10-free-design-resources/ http://designm.ag/resources/treat-for-designers-10-free-design-resources/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:58:06 +0000 http://designm.ag/?p=119485

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As a profession, the designers are provided with the task of imbibing a website with creative designs and patterns. They have to strictly adhere to the specification laid down by their client while instilling uniqueness and innovation wherever possible. So your task as a designer is to excel the expectations of your client while making […]

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As a profession, the designers are provided with the task of imbibing a website with creative designs and patterns. They have to strictly adhere to the specification laid down by their client while instilling uniqueness and innovation wherever possible. So your task as a designer is to excel the expectations of your client while making sure that the user interface of the website looks appealing.

So to fulfill all the assigned tasks you have to go through the Photoshop document of the website and also inculcate some cool designs that will set you ahead of the curve. And you would be able to just that if you would create and design each and every web element from scratch. But frankly speaking it is not at all a feasible solution and such initiative is most likely to increase the project cost leaps & bounds. So to evade such scenario, you can take help of pre-existing design templates.

There are a number of design resources available at DealFuel, that can ease your designing task and also decrease the time required. These resources can be downloaded and utilized for free and you can even tweak it accordingly. Thus provided the flexibility and are the perfect solution that can be availed by you to save cost and time. So lets dig in and find out what resources we have in store for you.

1. Christmas Graphic Design Pack

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Christmas is the duration when everyone around the globe submerge themselves in fun & frolic. Why should your website be any different. Using this design pack you can inject some cool Christmas designs in your website. The pack comes with different Christmas buttons, character & mascots, which portrays the holiday spirit to the fullest.

Free Download.

2. Premium Design Resources

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This goodie comes with a pack of 5 premium design resources which are based on IO7 style. It incorporates flat style application icons and adopts minimalistic approach which keeps the overall look of the website neat and clean. The design elements are fully responsive and has parallax scrolling effect. It can be best utilized for designing fitness websites, blogs or personal portfolios.

Free Download.

3. Seamless Icons & Wood Patterns

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This design pack has some amazing design patterns and icons which increases the overall appeal of your website. They can also be used as background image for the website or as a poster. The wood pattern available provides a classy look to your website and can be downloaded as .pat files or .jpg images.

Free Download.

4. Smart Device Icons

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Picture says a thousand words and also helps improve the visual appeal of a website. Using these cool device icons you can reduce the content in your webpage substantially while easing the communication with your audience. This freebie comes with 100 smart device icons which are responsive and can be utilized for commercial or personal purposes.

Free Download.

5. Responsive WordPress Template

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This responsive template flaunts a fluid design and is compatible with a spectrum of devices having different resolutions. This template is fully customizable and comes with sliders, different color themes and integrated social media accounts. It is compatible with various WordPress plugins and is best suited for professional websites.

Free Download.

6. Vector Badges

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This set of high quality vector badges can be used to denote the authenticity, originality & quality of your products. These badges have a vintage look & feel to it and can be downloaded in .eps format.

Free Download.

7. Pricing Table Banners

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Pricing table banners are a concise way of representing the price & discounts in your website. They are fully customizable and are the best ways of showing comparisons between two deals or products. These banners can be downloaded and used for commercial or personal projects.

Free Download.

8. Hand Drawn Vector Icons

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When it comes to icons, hand drawn icons are as unique as they could get. This freebie consists of 25 hand drawn vector icons encompassing chatting, sharing & various social media icons.

Free Download.

9. Social Media Icons

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Social media icons are a vital marketing ingredient and can enhance the popularity & reach of your website. With this pack, you can evade from using the monotonous social media icons and add some charisma to your website.

Free Download.

10. Vector Stars pack

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The vector star pack can be used as an agent to provide ratings and feedback and to highlight important rules & regulations. These vector stars are very handy design elements and can be used for personal or commercial projects.

Free Download.


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20 Awesome Tools for Web Developmenthttp://designm.ag/resources/20-awesome-tools-for-web-development/ http://designm.ag/resources/20-awesome-tools-for-web-development/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 04:04:13 +0000 http://designm.ag/?p=119358

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The Internet is more accessible now than it ever was. You can go online straight from your handheld, browse it from your laptop as soon as you sit down in a coffee shop and surf it at leisure from your own home. Naturally this has put quite some pressure on the shoulders of all web developers and designers out there. They now have to produce both engaging and memorable websites and layouts for them that would scale to any resolution. Luckily there are a number of tools and services out there that were designed especially to make their life easier. Here are out top picks.Gridgum1

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The Internet is more accessible now than it ever was. You can go online straight from your handheld, browse it from your laptop as soon as you sit down in a coffee shop and surf it at leisure from your own home. Naturally this has put quite some pressure on the shoulders of all web developers and designers out there. They now have to produce both engaging and memorable websites and layouts for them that would scale to any resolution. Luckily there are a number of tools and services out there that were designed especially to make their life easier. Here are out top picks.

Gridgum

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Looking for beautifully designed themes and templates that are also fully responsive? Then head over to Gridgum, a niche market place where you will find stunning themes and templates created by passionate authors who will even help you out if you need any help. Gridgum emphasizes quality rather than quantity and this is why both sellers and buyers are encouraged to use it. The marketplace offers WordPress and Bootstrap themes and also Admin Panels for people who are shopping for their new website. Gridgum accepts themes created with Bootstrap, Gumby and Skeleton frameworks. As a buyer on Gridgum you will receive points with each purchase that can be redeemed as discounts on future orders and Gridgum doesn’t have the PayPal surcharge other markets do for those clients who pay through this service. You can also reach out to the theme or template author if you need help with anything, or you can contact Gridgum support who will assist you on any topic. As a seller, a few short guidelines would be to make your themes responsive and give each of them a unique name. Also, the themes have to be tested in multiple browsers, the documentation must be in English and you should emphasize the visual quality. On an exclusive theme you’ll receive 70% and for selling a non-exclusive one, 45%.

ExpressionEngine

 

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One of the easiest ways of managing the content of your website is by using ExpressionEngine. ExpressionEngine is a powerful and flexible content management tool created by EllisLab. With this tool the content of your website is completely separated from the design, which gives you the freedom to display it however you want or need: responsive, mobile-first, cutting-edge desktop displays or even powering REST data used for integration with other apps and services. ExpressionEngine will perfectly suit any type of website, whether you have a personal blog, an online shop, a tourism or a real-estate site. Plus, the tool is very easy to use for anyone, even if you don’t have design or development skills. However, if you’re a programmer, you’ll find ExpressionEngine to be one of the most flexible content management tools. If you encounter any problems, getting help is easy thanks to community resources like ExpressionEngine Answers at StackExchange.

HTML5Maker

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HTML5Maker is the perfect tool for people who are dealing with advertising, ad campaigns or even for people who want to bring a spark to their personal blog. HTML5Maker is a tool that helps you create animated multimedia content such as sliders or banners that you can embed in your website. If you’re worried about not having any programming experience, don’t be, the tool is very easy to use and you don’t have to write any code. There’s a large variety of ready-to-use templates at your disposal that you can edit and download anytime. The Online Animation Editor and the Online Image Editor will get you started with your animations. The animations you create will be compatible with Google Double-Click and Google AdWords, making them perfect for any type of ad campaign you might have in mind. Furthermore, you can embed your animations from the cloud into your website and share them as a Template with your friends or customers.

Argento

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Whether you want to revive your online shop or start a new business and create your own eCommerce website, Argentotheme.com is one of the best places to get started. The Argento theme is the best Magento template you’ll find. It was created based on the best eCommerce stores practices and according to all Magento developers’ guidelines. The template is optimized for SEO and speed and it’s also completely responsive. Argento works great on any sort of device, because it scales to fit any screen resolution so you don’t have to create a separate mobile application for it as it also runs on iOS, Android and BlackBerry. Although Magento is a complex eCommerce platform, you don’t have to worry about the installation of the template. Professional developers will get your template installed for free in less than 24 hours. Argento is powered by 14 of the most popular extensions such as AJAX search, easy catalog sliders, products highlights and many others that will make your website more user-friendly.

Tickera

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Whether you are planning big events with hundreds of attendees or small gathering with a handful of guests, Tickera and its cool features will surely come in handy. This user-friendly WordPress plugin is commission free and it will help you stay on top of all things, from creating and selling your tickets to handling the check in process. With Tickera you can design different ticket types (Standard, Premium, VIP) for the same event. Experiment with font sizes, color, paper size and orientation until you’re happy with the end result. What is more, it has support for integration with barcode readers that will help save a lot of time by improving the check in of your attendees, leaving less people waiting outside of your venue. Use any payment gateway you want: Tickera offers over 85 payment gateways in more than 50 countries and they are all built-in so you can change between them at any time.

Kukook

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The most important part about appling for a job is sending out the best resume you can possibly create. In order to achieve this you need Kukook. Go to the website right now and check out their gallery of professional, creative resumes. Amongst these resumes you are sure to find one that will suit your needs perfectly. Kukook offers the best resume templates you’ll find anywhere, whether you need a modern resume that displays your list of skills and acheivements beautifully or a more artistic template that will prove to future employers you have a great eye for aesthetics. What’s more, all Kukook resumes can easily be altered with Microsoft Word, you can change the font, the color and more right in the file you download from Kukook. What are you waiting for? Your next resume is just a click away and with the templates that Kukook supplies you are sure to stand out from your competition.

Themify

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Themify.me is one of the best places to find a wide variety of responsive themes from blog to ecommerce or restaurant. All of the themes are well designed and highly functional. Besides, they’re highly customizable with the help of features like the Drag&Drop Builder, custom widgets or shortcodes and the good news is you don’t have to write a single line of code. Themify.me has now come up with a new set of tools to help you make your website even more appealing and user-friendly, called the Builder Addons. These tools work with any Themify theme and the Builder plugin. Here are some of the Addons:

  • The Pointers tool draws attention to your images by placing different pointers on them.
  • The WooCommerce module will help you customize you shop pages.
  • You can create timeline graph layouts of your posts with the Timeline feature.
  • And you can display the progress of an ongoing project in an animated way with the Progress Bar module.

Templates-Master

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Templates-Master.com is the leading provider of Magento templates and extensions offering high quality templates based on improved HTML that are also optimized for SEO. They’re constantly coming up with updates so that their products will work smoothly with any new Magento releases. Templates Master has developed a new tool called Magento Page Cache. The tool was created with the purpose of making your store faster and helping you pay less for your hosting packages. The tool is very easy to install, as you are provided with installation instructions and manual, and if you’re having any difficulties, the team also provides 1 year of free support, so you can easily get help. Page Cache comes with additional extension settings that will allow you to set flexible cache rules based on page, block or any module. Plus, they also offer a live demo and free download so you can see for yourself, how the tool works.

Free Icon Maker

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If you are tired of using the same pre-defined icon sets for your web site and you are ready to start making your own, then head over to FreeIconMaker.com to let your creativity flow. Free Icon Maker allows you to create an unlimited number of icon sets in just a matter of seconds. And you don’t need designer skills either. Just look through their extensive gallery of hundreds of icon sets, choose the one you were looking for and then customize it to suit your web site. You can also upload your own vector (SVG) icons and share the icon sets as a template with other users when your work is done. You can experiment with color, gradients, shadows, depth and size. Your icon’s quality will not be affected by resizing it because it’s vector based so, it will still look neat. So head over to Free Icon Maker and create your own beautiful iOS 8, Flat and 3D icon sets for free.

BugMuncher

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BugMuncher is a helpful tool that will enable you to receive feedback and bug reports on your live site from you users. BugMuncher helps you help your users, so everyone is happy. If you are familiar with the scenario in which you receive an email that only says “your site is not working properly” you know there are users who have a hard time properly explaining their issue. Therefore, you have a hard time pinpointing the problem and moving on to fixing it. BugMuncher will allow your users to highlight the issue on your site and take a snapshot of it. This will then be sent directly to your mailbox. Along with the snapshot you’ll also receive precious data about your user like his operating system, his browser and his installed plugins. By passing custom information about your users into BugMuncher you’ll be able to use all of it to recreate the conditions under which the feedback report was sent to you.

XQual

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XStudio is a highly advanced test management solution that allows you to control the entire life-cycle of your products: design, carry through and log your manual tests much easier than before. XStudio comes with a bug-tracking database that will help you handle your defects and link them to your tests, specifications, requirements and products. XStudio is the ideal tool for your customer because it has outstanding tools to measure the coverage of your testing, like the traceability matrix, the execution progress and the quality index of your web site. Another cool feature is that XStudio is the only test management tool that can be interfaced with proprietary tests due to its particularly flexible and easy to use Java SDK. You will also be able to schedule or run fully automated test campaigns. And since it uses MySQL, Oracle or SQL Server for data storing, XStudio can be used from Windows, Linux or Mac.

VirtueMart

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VirtueMart is a full online eCommerce solution that is free for everyone to use and has no limitations: it can support an unlimited number of products, orders, clients and categories. Keep your clients happy and satisfied with VirtueMart by offering them a customizable input form, so they don’t have to always fill in the Bill To and Ship To fields. VirtueMart is used together with the Content Management System Joomla and they are both free to use and download. You can change the look and feel of your website by using the templates for Joomla! sites, which use CSS and XHTML. With VirtueMart you can keep a stocking or inventory and send warnings to your customers when stock is almost gone. The Dynamical Calculator will make sure your prices are always up to date. It will also calculate tax and discounts for you, taking into account the shopper’s group and geographical location. Also, go to their website right now and check out all the new features they’ve bundled up in their newest release VM3. With this new version of VirtueMart, the development team aimed to get cleaner code in their tool and eliminate some of the dependency issues it had, while at the same time increasing the integration with Joomla!.

MotoCMS

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MotoCMS is a website builder (content management system) that enables the users to update their websites by applying and viewing the changes in the blink of an eye. Their Admin Panel promises that customizing the look of your website is no harder than arranging the icons on your desktop. The truth is MotoCMS will allow you to create attractive, functional and SEO-friendly websites easily, without having any coding knowledge or programming skills. With just a few clicks you can improve your personal site to make it look like you’ve always wanted. You will be able to create multilingual sites, you will have an Image Editor and an extensive Media Library. Add search fields, subscribe buttons or a photo gallery in no time. MotoCMS will make sure everything looks neat. However, if you have problems and need some help, reach out to MotoCMS’ staff that will gladly assist you with anything.

Opinion Stage

If you need to quickly gather feedback from your users, to attract new viewers to your website or just collect some answers, Opinion Stage will help you create the poll you need. Opinion Stage helps you make standard or social polls, enabling you to customize them the way you like. Decide what information you want the poll to display (number of votes or voters), add your question, choose what type of answers you expect from your users (multiple choice or head to head) and your poll is all ready to be posted on your Facebook wall. Opinion Stage will keep you informed about how your polls are performing at all times: check how many times they have been shared, see on what social platforms they are trending and even how many new users they are bringing over to your site. Once you have the results, you can filter them by country, gender, age and time span.

 Webflow

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Webflow is one of the best website builders available online. Using Webflow you will have access to a drag and drop website maker that will help you create your pages and take care to generate all the code for you. What’s more you can even handle your design needs straight from Webflow, no need for additional Photoshop work. Webflow will make sure to create all the code you need in order to have a fully functional website as soon as you’re done creating it visually.

Uptime Robot

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Uptime Robot is a tool every web developer, website or server owner must have. This tool offers you 50 monitors with 5 minute interval checks completely free. What this means is that Uptime Robot is a service that will help you be on top of every situation when your website or server might go down. As soon as you set up a monitor form Uptime Robot’s simple to use dashboard, that monitor will check every 5 minutes to see if there are any isuess with the server or website and let you know as soon as a problem arises. You have complete freedom to choose the way in which you want to be informed be it e-mail, Twitter, SMS or more. And that’s not all Uptime Robot offers, this service also offers you the posibility to monitor your uptime and your response time, serving you up the statistics straight into your dashboard.

Adverts

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The team behind WPJobBoard has just launched a plugin for WordPress that helps you create a classifieds page in no time or add a classifieds section to your already existing website. Adverts benefits fully from all the experience gathered by the team and can be easily installed like all WordPress plugins and will work seamlessly with all properly coded WordPress themes. What’s more, Adverts can easily be extended with your own shortcodes and developers will also find that adding hooks and filters to this plugin takes a very small amount of effort. Adverts was designed to be modular, meaning that you have complete freedom to choose what features you want to activate and which ones you’d like to keep deactivated. Also, Adverts is easy to integrate with third party plugins, the development team is working on offering you a full list of them and the first ones available are Yoast SEO and Jetpack.

CoffeeCup

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When thinking of a layout for your website there are a lot of things you must take into consideration, but CoffeeCup is the tool to help you keep everything under control. CoffeeCup is an online development tool that helps you create your very own website without any coding skills. Aside from the responsive layout maker and HTML Editor, CoffeeCup will also give you access to more that 70 factors on which you can analyze both your website’s usability and its search rank.

Daily Hosting

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Ready to buy a web hosting solution but not sure which one to choose? It can be overwhelming, especially if you are not yet familiar with the whole concepts of web hosting, the types of web hosting and the prices. At DailyHosting.net you will find all this information and much more. You’ll be able to browse through a free guide that explains step by step all there is to know about web hosting. The dozens of examples are also helpful in case you still have doubts and hesitate to make the final decision. In a nutshell, you can choose between shared hosting, VPS hosting or dedicated hosting. After you get informed about these, you should also take into account other factors. Keep in mind how much traffic your site brings in daily and if there’s any chance of increasing your number of viewers. Secondly, set a budget and make sure you don’t choose something out of your range.

GoJS JavaScript Library for HTML5 Canvas

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GoJS is a feature rich JavaScript library that allows you to implement interactive diagrams on all canvas enabled browsers: Internet Explorer 9+, Firefox 4+, Chrome 10+, Safari 5+, Opera 11+ and almost every smartphone browser. With GoJS you can create many types of diagrams like Flowcharts, Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN), Control Flow diagrams, Entity Relationships, Data Structure Diagrams, Sequence Diagrams, State charts, Tree diagrams and Family trees. With GoJS you can stay on top of your game and create diagrams of complex Nodes, Links, and Groups much easier than before. GoJS even has an extensible tool system for custom operations. And since it’s entirely JavaScript, your users will get interactivity without having to use plugins such as Flash or Silverlight. GoJS comes with full documentation and support for developers. They offer an introduction with live examples, detailed API documentation, and even support from the very developers who built the library.

 

 


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Optimize Your Team Collaboration with These Top-Notch Tools for Creativeshttp://designm.ag/resources/optimize-your-team-collaboration-with-these-top-notch-tools-for-creatives/ http://designm.ag/resources/optimize-your-team-collaboration-with-these-top-notch-tools-for-creatives/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 22:10:21 +0000 http://designm.ag/?p=119324

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The best part about being a web designer or a web developer is that you make it your job to create something from scratch - which is more than most people can say. We relish in our creative freedom, that’s why at first we get the feeling that administrative tasks are toilsome and more than we signed up for.Still, in time we learn that project management and effective collaboration are vital to our practice, and so try to master them. Specialized software is here to save the day. I compiled a list of 15 solutions that were engineered with the needs of creative professionals in mind. You can read all about them, below.

Paymo

Paymo

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The best part about being a web designer or a web developer is that you make it your job to create something from scratch – which is more than most people can say. We relish in our creative freedom, that’s why at first we get the feeling that administrative tasks are toilsome and more than we signed up for.

Still, in time we learn that project management and effective collaboration are vital to our practice, and so try to master them. Specialized software is here to save the day. I compiled a list of 15 solutions that were engineered with the needs of creative professionals in mind. You can read all about them, below.

Paymo

Paymo

The crowned leader among these 15 handpicked team collaboration tools is Paymo for web based project management. This task management and time tracking software is a great way to share files, keep in touch with your team, estimate expenses, plus send invoices to your clients.

You don’t have to waste your time trying to get your head around the best way to plan your project, visually: a series of sensible project templates await you at Paymo, so your job is much easier than you could have possibly imagined. Besides, you can customize the dashboard to show certain information, as well as tweak currency, billing rates, date format, etc.

All in all, Paymo is visual enough to take the scary parts out of project management. It’s also very much within reach, since it includes widgets for Windows and Mac, plus apps for Android and iOS. Speaking of far-reaching features, anyone in the world can use Paymo to keep their collaborative projects on the line, as this software supports 16 languages.

Creately Diagramming

Creately Diagramming

I bet not a project goes by that you don’t have to roll up your sleeves and create diagrams in illustration of your point of view, whether you want to decide how best to spend the budget, draw on available resources, or depict the functions that you’ve envisioned for your work in progress. Well, you, your team mates, and your clients have to be on the same page.

Why not hold live whiteboard sessions via Creately Diagramming? It would help you a great deal, especially if you’re about to diagram for a database, sitemap, UI mockup, or UML. Simply take your pick from Creately’s array of diagram templates, and alter them as you see fit – it’s easy. Furthermore, Smart Shapes help you cut down diagrams and convert text to graphics, so you end up saving a lot of energy.

TeamGantt

TeamGantt

When the time comes to schedule your project, do you think of it as an ordeal? Then, you just haven’t met the right tools, yet. It is my great pleasure to introduce you to the amazing TeamGantt, which integrates with your desktop calendar and enables you to set task dependencies and project baselines. Not to mention, this tool is currently available to use for free, by 3 team players.

Perhaps you get started on a new project, and hence open a new spreadsheet, while leaving the tasks on the previous spreadsheet incomplete. When this realization dawns on you, you open the old spreadsheet once more, take care of what is left, and update your team/clients. Does this scenario have a familiar ring? Well, that’s all ancient history with TeamGantt, which grants a smooth path to monitoring task details in real time.

Crowdbase

Crowdbase

How well do you know your competition? Team collaboration and project control aside, if you don’t know the current state of the market, you won’t be able to out-collaborate your opponents.

Crowdbase helps you cross that bridge when you get to it. You can use it to stay up-to-date with the latest happenings in your web design and development universe, on top of sharing files and reading activity stats and reports from specific user groups in your team.

Wrike

Wrike

My next suggestion in terms of project management and team collaboration is a clever solution named Wrike. It offers a transparent working environment, so that team players always know what everyone else is up to, and find it easier to synchronize.

Documents and task descriptions can be changed by more people at the same time. Finally, users can even operate Wrike over iOS/ Android devices, and monitor activity streams. Updates on your project simply show up in the newsfeed.

Notism

Notism

Feedback is the engine that drives your project closer and closer to perfection. If you’re engaged in creating a design or video, call on your team for brainstorming, and give your clients a simple way to review your progress.

A solution like Notism invites all other people involved in an ongoing project to get the full measure of your work, and share constructive ideas. If you place your static designs in the hands of Notism, they will reach your colleagues and clients in the form of hi-fidelity prototypes for mobile or web.

Teamfocus

Teamfocus

Keeping your project plan in order is not such a difficult feat to accomplish, and you don’t have to be an acrobat to balance out the creative part of your job with its managerial aspects.

It’s enough to turn your attention to a team collaboration tool that adapts to your working style. Teamfocus is one of the most flexible alternatives at large. What is more, Teamfocus comes with the additional benefit of being able to track bugs and intercept customer support requests.

Mural.ly

Mural.ly

Communication is not a problem, if you have the right tools for it. Mural.ly can certainly make it work to everyone’s advantage. As you can probably gather from its brand name, Mural.ly enables creatives to plan out projects in a creative manner – by dropping their ideas in a canvas for all the other team members to see. You can take content from the wide expanse of the internet or from your personal folders, and submit them to Mural.ly.

Casual

Casual

Would you care to turn the rigid concept of project management into a playground that your creative mindset can relate to? Then, I strongly advise you to go forward with Casual.

This engaging tool will help you create a flowchart to plan your project, as well as make templates, and establish highly visual product roadmaps. With Casual, each of your completed project do not simply slip into oblivion. You can opt to save your hard work for later reference.

LayerVault

LayerVault

LayerVault brings a lot of comfort to web designers who have had the misfortune to lose important parts of their work in the past, because they forgot to save different version. Work with LayerVault to store, share, and manage files, and you can lay your mind at rest: everything is safeguarded, and people can leave feedback straight on the source files.

Kickoff

Kickoff

Some of us wish to stay in touch with our teams, regardless of where we are. Kickoff can help you achieve a direct communication line with your fellow creatives, too. It’s meant for Mac and iPhone, so you can use it on these devices in order to chat and check with the progress of various tasks’ completion.

Nozbe

Nozbe

If you want to make sure that everyone in your team is able to give 100% for your project, then you should choose a collaboration tool that is known to get along famously with all modern platforms. Nozbe, for instance, is an all-around-er, with apps for Mac, Windows, Android, iPhone, and iPad.

Wiggio

Wiggio

Wiggio is a simple group collaboration tool that doesn’t speak exclusively to creative professionals. Its 1.5 million-strong retinue stretches to include non-profit organizations, academic groups, small businesses, and whatnot. It will give you a common room to manage events and files within your team, assign tasks, send messages, and hold virtual meetings.

ViewFlux

ViewFlux

It is important for creative professionals to perceive project management and team collaboration tools as visual solutions to their problems. ViewFlux takes that demand seriously, and provides web designers with a way to gather feedback on prototype designs. Besides, it’s OK to use ViewFlux to store your source files.

LiquidPlanner

LiquidPlanner

On a final note, I would like to bring to your attention a tool for project management that has so far been trusted by Purdue University and Leatherman. The special thing about LiquidPlanner is that it helps you make realistic calls based on your priorities, thanks to its best/worst case estimate feature.

Ending thoughts

In conclusion, either one of the tools I presented in this article is capable of creating ideal conditions that sustain team collaboration and consolidate project management. I leave it up to you to decide which makes a better case for you and your company.

If you look more closely, you will find that some of these solutions give out free trials, so you can get to know them and see if they have what it takes to help you and your team stay connected.


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In the field of website creation, there is very little we can do nowadays without plugins. Web designers and web developers require the best resources if they are to reach the best outcomes in projects for their clients.While the markets are swarming with helping tools for many purposes, the measure of their efficacy lies in the eye of the beholder. In other words, premium plugins are perceived as useful by professionals who seek and testify to their unique blend of features. I called on a general search for outstanding plugins, and found that 16 solutions rise to the occasion. They are as follows.

LayerSlider Premium Multi-Purpose Slider Plugin


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In the field of website creation, there is very little we can do nowadays without plugins. Web designers and web developers require the best resources if they are to reach the best outcomes in projects for their clients.

While the markets are swarming with helping tools for many purposes, the measure of their efficacy lies in the eye of the beholder. In other words, premium plugins are perceived as useful by professionals who seek and testify to their unique blend of features. I called on a general search for outstanding plugins, and found that 16 solutions rise to the occasion. They are as follows.

LayerSlider Premium Multi-Purpose Slider Plugin

My first thoughts go to LayerSlider. I have turned to this plugin during many client projects, and have never regretted my decision. You most likely used it, too, if not in its natural stand-alone form, then as part of some proficient theme or framework. This popular tool is SEO-ready, responsive, and helps professionals create slideshows, image galleries, and content sliders for their websites.

You start by taking your pick from 13 user skins, whichever makes you feel more comfortable. Then, you can proceed to the drag-and-drop builder, which is endowed with timeline view, and a live preview feature that you can use before you publish. Sliders can be customized in any direction suits your fancy. Either choose from 200 ready-made 2D and 3D slide transitions, or roll up your sleeves and use the transition builder to help make up custom animations. Finally, LayerSlider allows for any type of content: text, Google Fonts, images, HTML, and videos.

Multi Store Creator for Prestashop

Every so often, creative professionals are contracted to work for brick-and-mortar merchants in order to set up web shops for their rapidly blooming businesses. In some cases, it’s best to tackle e-commerce projects with Prestashop. Whatever the actual niche your client belongs to, you can always use a genial and mobile-responsive plugin named Multi Store Creator for Prestashop.

Indeed, the plugin is universal in meeting creatives’ demands. Besides, it proposes a semi-automated front-end office that is bound to help you accomplish your projects in a split-second. Multi Store Creator includes lofty capabilities like AJAX validation for existing store and user, Paypal integration, multi-language support, and a plan chooser.

Parallax Module for Joomla

It is now a unanimously accepted truth that the user experience of any website is leveled up by using parallax scrolling animations in the background, because visitors find them very engaging. As such, it makes sense to build some of your websites with the parallax scrolling technique. If the project in question is based on Joomla, then I suggest using a qualified module.

For example, I have only just discovered the Parallax Module for Joomla. Reach out for this plugin anytime, as it enables you to easily add an image and turn it into the parallax background that you crave for. The premium plugin includes a text area for adding content, and is responsive.

ImpactPageBuilder

What do you do when you want to work on every individual web page of your future website? You try to find the right tools for the job, of course. A premium plugin, for instance. ImpactPageBuilder sounds like a good idea, since it enables you to make landing pages, product pages, or squeeze pages – stand out. Either take your pick from 7 different pre-made templates, or simply create your own. The preview function is going to make your day.

Support Ticket System for Opencart

I bet some of your e-commerce projects happen to be based on OpenCart. Did you ever run into any problems while managing and monitoring online support requests? I know I have. And that setback motivated me to find a better way of running my help desk. So I found a great plugin: Support Ticket System for OpenCart. It provides a simple path to creating and searching through countless types of tickets. Admins are free to customize any number of departments, assign tickets to team members, and change the status of work-in-progress to resolving, resolved, and deleted.

Checkout Discount Code for Magento

When it comes to online shopping, everyone longs for comfort and speed. Otherwise, we’d just get out of the house to go to the mall whenever we want to purchase something, and forget all about web stores. If you create Magento websites, then I would like to tell you about a prime plugin that eliminates all potential issues related to the one-page checkout process. Use Checkout Discount Code for Magento to let your customers insert coupon and discount codes directly.

UserPro

It makes no difference if you’re busying yourself with an e-commerce website, a personal blog, or a wedding planner’s catalog. User experience and interaction comes first, so what you need is a plugin that helps you hone an ideal way for your site members to communicate. UserPro would be a first-hand choice in terms of profile management. You have an astonishing array of display options to use in creating site member directories, and you can also make registration forms with many roles, plus social network buttons.

Monarch

Since we’ve come to the subject of social network buttons, I absolutely need to mention a brand new plugin for social sharing on WordPress, which is presented by Elegant Themes. Monarch is brimming with valuable functionality, some of which you had no idea how much you needed. You don’t just get to display social sharing and following buttons for your readers in pop-ins, fly-ins, or in a floating sidebar, but you also get to keep track of their engagement over time.

Chimpy – MailChimp WordPress Plugin

For some websites, e-mail marketing is a pitfall. Don’t let it be yours. Keep your site members tuned in for more, and use effective techniques to ensnare passing guests. For these purposes, you need to devise a valid MailChimp WordPress integration. This is where Chimpy steps in. You can really benefit from this plugin, as it lets you synchronize all WordPressusers, and create dashing sign-up forms, then serve them in pop-ups. You are also free to show comment forms, and only render some content visible to subscribed members.

Lizatom Shortcodes Plugin

Nothing compares to shortcodes. I can’t imagine working on any website building project without the precious assistance that they provide. If you’re currently absorbed with WordPress projects, then use Lizatom Shortcodes Plugin. You’ll be glad you had, because it had more than 5K shortcodes. You can give images a 3D shadow effect, reveal text in accordion, insert pricing tables, and customize order lists – with unprecedented ease. Lizatom includes features like CSS3 buttons, info boxes, and tooltips.

Subscriptio – WooCommerce Subscriptions

A great part of WooCommerce websites sell subscriptions. In any such instance, you would benefit greatly from a tool that lets you configure and monitor specific details of how you offer your subscriptions. Consider using the Subscriptio extension for WooCommerce subscriptions. It would make it very easy to establish the frequency when sending reminders, as well as the duration of suspension periods. Subscriptio is also known to sport a developer-friendly interface, complete with loads of hooks and filters.

Content Timeline

The audience of a website could get bored with its content if it appears to be complicated for some reason. Maybe a change in layout would do you good. I recommend using a timeline, as it would offer a complete make-over. Content Timeline can breathe fresh life into your website. This is a premium plugin, which offers 11 different customizing options. It is responsive all around, enables the addition of any number of groups and numbers, and the possibility to activate as many as 30 element places to the right and left of the timeline.

FrontEnd Page Builder

I will always prefer a front-end office, and I know I’m not alone in this. Sometimes it’s best to steer clear of coding and just focus on delivering neat projects, on time. If you’re basing them on a platform like WordPress, then you can enlist a WP plugin to work straight from your browser, which saves time. Check out FrontEnd Page Builder, which has tons of pre-established elements for creative professionals to play with. In addition, the client support service is downright spotless.

iMapper

How do you feel about pins placed on an image. I reckon that they can be aesthetic and eye-catching, provided that they’re set up in the right manner. iMapper can help you with that, and is all the more commendable for product images of an online marketplace. Potential customers would be pleased to get intelligence about a product in such a straightforward way. Map out your images with as many pins as you wish, by shaping them up yourself, or choosing from presets.

Live Broadcast Countdown Module

Ever had to deal with Joomla websites that are supposed to herald some upcoming event or another? If you need to include a real -time countdown for live broadcasts (like Boiler Room events), then by all means, get your hands on the Live Broadcast Countdown Module, and you’ll see how simple it is to announce events.

Chat X

Communication-boosting plugins are quite useful. For WordPress websites, you can always use Chat X to back your sales and support processes. The plugin has SSL integration, so all messages are encrypted, not to mention that you can keep chat logs. The higher limit is set at 40 visitors and 10 admins who can chat at the same time, with more than one admin able to converse with a certain solicitor.

Conclusion

In truth, the selection of premium plugins doesn’t have to stop here. I’m sure that there are many other competent resources out there for digital creatives like us, and you probably have some favorite premium plugins of your own. Can you find any of them on this list? If so, would you care to share some glimpses into your previous experience with them? You are most welcome to comment on this article.


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