DesignM.ag » Sponsored http://designm.ag Articles and Resources for Web Designers Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:52:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 JotForm Online Form Builder- An Essential Tool for Web Designershttp://designm.ag/sponsored/jotform-online-form-builder-an-essential-tool-for-web-designers/ http://designm.ag/sponsored/jotform-online-form-builder-an-essential-tool-for-web-designers/#comments Sun, 04 Jan 2015 23:07:18 +0000 http://designm.ag/?p=119516

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Designing and building a website takes a lot of work. To be successful you need those with design skills, and those who can do web development. An ideal team has people with the following skillsets:
  • Graphic Design
  • Front End Coding - HTML/CSS/JavaScript
  • Back End Coding - PHP (or similar)/SQL/SysAdmin
It’s no secret that some of the best websites have poorly regarded designs. Craigslist and Google’s home page come to mind. They are built with limited attention to visual appeal, and yet are among the most valuable properties on the web. In some cases functional utility trumps aesthetics. Google.com Won’t Win Any Design Contests But not all cases.

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Designing and building a website takes a lot of work. To be successful you need those with design skills, and those who can do web development. An ideal team has people with the following skillsets:

  • Graphic Design
  • Front End Coding – HTML/CSS/JavaScript
  • Back End Coding – PHP (or similar)/SQL/SysAdmin

It’s no secret that some of the best websites have poorly regarded designs. Craigslist and Google’s home page come to mind. They are built with limited attention to visual appeal, and yet are among the most valuable properties on the web. In some cases functional utility trumps aesthetics.
Google.com Won’t Win Any Design Contests
But not all cases.

Websites are intrinsically visual. Before a user feels comfortable engaging in one’s service, sometimes they need visual assurance that this is a site they can relate to. Which is why web designers are in such high demand. Building the presentation is critical, and in some cases, is all a client really wants. Many companies need a website to be a billboard- an online brochure for their business. Backend skills can at times be minimally required. Frequently these are handled by using a framework or CMS, such as Laravel or WordPress.

This works, and client lists get lengthy, and people are happy. That is, until it comes to forms. Building an online form requires the full set of web development skills. You need front end developers to build the form itself, and backend developers to build the parts that collect submissions and process them. A typical submissions workflow entails sending an email notification, storing info in a database, or sending the results to a third party system such as a contact manager.

This is where front end developers shine the least, and any amount of visual appeal can’t make up for it. You need a backend developer to process one’s form submissions. A common workaround is to place an email address on the web page. In practical terms, forms drive up the cost of web design projects, and sometimes are cut.
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Online form builders give web designers the ability to quickly manage the form building process. And you need one. Building forms is cumbersome and tedious, if not finicky and error prone. Online form builders turn form building into a simple and easy process. Today I’ll introduce JotForm, a leader in online form building.

There are two main ways to use JotForm.

For users that prefer to be hands on:

For users that favor using prefabricated forms and designs:

They can all be used together. First you need to select all the fields that are needed for your form. For example, a contact form needs fields for name and email address. With JotForm’s Form Builder you can add these fields to your form, label them, and adjust the properties. Another way to accomplish the same thing is find a template that has a similar list of fields that you’d like, and use it as a base. Then within the form builder it can be fine tuned to one’s specific needs.
JotForm’s Form Templates
Once the fields of the form are defined, you then want your form design to match the rest of the site. This can be accomplished by using JotForm’s recently released Form Designer. This groundbreaking design tool allows you to quickly match the color, layout, and style of the site in which it will be embedded. It can be utilized in three ways:

  • The most commonly adjusted design properties can be done so on the design interface. Set background colors, spacing, fonts, and borders.
  • The CSS Helper is its largest innovation. By clicking on a field on the form it creates the CSS selector, and also presents a list of valid properties that can be adjusted. Select the one you want, then add a valid value. It takes the hard work out of writing CSS.
  • For seasoned designers, the CSS can be edited manually, providing full control.

JotForm’s CSS Helper, Within the Form Designer
For those who don’t want to design their form from scratch, they can visit the Theme Store and find a design they like. These are free, or can be purchased for a small fee. Once selected it can be added to your form, and further customized in the Form Designer as needed.

Within the Form builder one can also set up integrations with third party systems including SalesForce, Google Docs, and DropBox. Email notifications should also be set up, and can be conditionally optimized. If a user makes a request for just sales, it can be sent to the sales department, for instance.

Once designed and built, the form can be readily published into any web page using an embed code. Pick your favorite CMS or custom built web page, and add it in. A permanent standalone link is also available if you’d like to send it out via email or social networks.

Online form builders are a critical tool for web designers. They’re particularly useful for those who are more skilled with front end development, and don’t want the hassle of linking in the backend processing. JotForm provides a complete package in building one’s form. In particular, its recently released Form Designer gives web designers the ability to match any form to their designs.

Do you use an online form builder? Tell us about your experience in the comments.


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Your Stop For Black Friday Development Deals Is Right Herehttp://designm.ag/sponsored/your-stop-for-black-friday-development-deals-is-right-here/ http://designm.ag/sponsored/your-stop-for-black-friday-development-deals-is-right-here/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:04:12 +0000 http://designm.ag/?p=119391

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For all of you out there surfing for the perfect Black Friday deal we bring you the most amazing deals for web development tools you’ll find anywhere. Take a breather and have a look.1. X by Themeco1We’ve always been accustomed with the very best releases from Themeco and now they’ve done it yet again with the new 3.0 release. Their one and only X theme is all the rage when it comes to flexibility, aesthetics, functionality and good taste. Moreover, it comes with four different stacks that allow you to select from multiple designs with just the click of a mouse. The Integrity stack astonishes with clean and elegant lines, thus being best suited for business or creative sites. The Renew stack rocks the trendy flat design and goes perfectly well with creative personalities and websites. The modern blogging networks inspired Icon, a stack with a minimal style that can be customized to suit all preferences. Lastly, if you want to create cool magazine or newspaper sites, choose the Ethos stack. What’s really amazing about Themeco is that they’ve come up with an unsurpassable offer: if you purchase one Themeco X license for your projects, with each purchase you make you will get all stacks, the Live Previewer and many more benefits: the 3.0 release comes with new extensions as well as beautiful WordPress plugins which excel in functionality (for example e-mail integration with MailChimp and marketing tools such as video lock and content dock). Check out all the perks by clicking the link below.Link for offer: http://theme.co/x/

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For all of you out there surfing for the perfect Black Friday deal we bring you the most amazing deals for web development tools you’ll find anywhere. Take a breather and have a look.

1. X by Themeco

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We’ve always been accustomed with the very best releases from Themeco and now they’ve done it yet again with the new 3.0 release. Their one and only X theme is all the rage when it comes to flexibility, aesthetics, functionality and good taste. Moreover, it comes with four different stacks that allow you to select from multiple designs with just the click of a mouse. The Integrity stack astonishes with clean and elegant lines, thus being best suited for business or creative sites. The Renew stack rocks the trendy flat design and goes perfectly well with creative personalities and websites. The modern blogging networks inspired Icon, a stack with a minimal style that can be customized to suit all preferences. Lastly, if you want to create cool magazine or newspaper sites, choose the Ethos stack. What’s really amazing about Themeco is that they’ve come up with an unsurpassable offer: if you purchase one Themeco X license for your projects, with each purchase you make you will get all stacks, the Live Previewer and many more benefits: the 3.0 release comes with new extensions as well as beautiful WordPress plugins which excel in functionality (for example e-mail integration with MailChimp and marketing tools such as video lock and content dock). Check out all the perks by clicking the link below.

Link for offer: http://theme.co/x/

2. Templates Master

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If you want to improve your clients’ shopping experience, Templates Master’s Fire Checkout 2.6 offers a simple and user friendly One page Checkout that your customers will definitely fall in love with. You won’t need any core modifications for installing your brand new one page checkout tool since the Fire Checkout extension built by Templates Master supports the most important payment gateways (PayPal, Saved CC, Check / Money Order, Purchase Order, Authorize.net, Paybox System) and shipping options (Table Rate, Flat Rate, Free Shipping, TNT, Fedex, DHL, UPS, USPS, Owebia Shipping, Meanbee Royal Mail, Store Pickup, Relaypoint). The Fire Checkout is very flexible: you will be able to change the sorting order of customer address fields through the extension settings. As a bonus, you can also enable or disable specific customer fields you may not need. Defining a default shipping and payment method is just a few clicks away. And since Magento is 100% open source you’ll be able to modify and check parts of your code to make sure it’s secure. So what are you waiting for? Within the Black Friday promotion you can now get a 30% discount by using the code BLCK2014 on your Fire Checkout purchase.

Link for offer: http://templates-master.com/magento-one-page-checkout.html

3. Designmodo

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Designmodo is a great resource for materials for designers and web developers, as well as makers of highly appreciated User Interface Packs. Whether you need a Startup Framework for WordPress with more than 100 pre-designed blocks to help you build a great landing page for your website on powerful WordPress CMS. Or you’re in the market for a Flat UI Pro which contains a huge number of basic components, icons and glyphs that will immensely simplify your work when you’ll be dealing with new projects. Or maybe a bundle pack of add-ons such as the amazing Forms, Elements, E-commerce and Words, you will find them all in the Designmodo shop. All the products excel in terms of usability, implementation and aesthetics, which means that you simply can’t go wrong with Designmodo, irrespective of the type of website you’re working on. There’s also a colossal Black Friday discount of 70% off any product in their shop, make sure you click on the link below to enjoy it.

Link for offer: http://designmodo.com/black-friday-2014

4. Usersnap

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There are some priceless tools we all need when we’re working on a group web project and one of them is definitely Usersnap. It’s the coolest visual bug tracker that will make everyone’s work a lot easier. What Usersnap does is take a screenshot of the browser content and create a bug report in a flash, so that you can easily let your colleagues know about the problem you’ve encountered. Go ahead and invite colleagues to find solutions together and enjoy some other features of Usersnap such as emojis and @mentions included. Usersnap can also be of great help even if you’re already using a project management or bug tracking tool, due to its seamless integration with over twenty tools (Asana, Basecamp, Bitbucket, Teamwork, Trac etc.). By choosing Usersnap, you’ll join thousands of companies that report and solve website issues everyday thanks to this great visual bug tracker. You can either opt for a free trial or take advantage of their Black Friday deal and purchase Usersnap with a 20% discount, thus saving $240 in a year, get the deal through the link below.

Link for offer: https://usersnap.com?gat=blackfriday

5. Themify

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Themify has everything you need to build the website of your dreams. To start with, they offer stylish and elegant themes that are easily customizable even by web novices. The Themify panel helps you customize everything from backgrounds and sidebars to fonts, spacing, borders and form elements. And you can even update your theme in a flash because all you have to do is log in from your website to your Themify account in order to update. Another cool feature is the Themify Builder, the most powerful and easy to use page builder for WordPress with a drag-and-drop interface. The newest release to join the Themify crew is the Builder Addons which will help you refine your website to perfection. The Addons are the following: Tiles, Pointers, WooCommerce, Timeline, Progress bar, FitText, Counter, Contact, Button, Audio and A/B image. Rest assured, they’re just as user-friendly as all the other Themify products. The best news yet is that you can get an awesome 40% discount off all Themify items, including Club Memberships, if you use your Black Friday coupon (BLACKFRIDAY) between the 28th of November to the 1st of December. Also, they are giving away an iPad Mini for this sale!

Link for offer: http://themify.me/member/aff/go/inkiaads/?i=5

6. Elegant Themes

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This Black Friday, you are invited to join the 261,586 happy customers of Elegant Themes by purchasing their Developer subscription at a 20% off discount. You’ll be granted access to all themes, perpetual theme updates and plugins, as well as premium technical support for building and maintaining a great website. One of the themes you should particularly have your eye on is Divi, a revolutionary theme that will change the way you create layouts because you will be working with building blocks instead of having to struggle with lines of code. These building blocks are in fact page elements that can be dragged and dropped with ease, in any combination, so that you can create beautiful and unique layouts. You will also be in complete control of your page elements thanks to the custom built-in CSS box. With Divi, the possibilities are countless and you can create the website of your dreams, the sky’s the limit. Click on the link below and get Elegant Theme’s Black Friday deal.

Link for offer: https://www.elegantthemes.com/discount/black-friday/

7. PowerMockup

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Prototyping a new design for websites or applications doesn’t have to be a complicated and time-consuming endeavor anymore thanks to PowerMockup. What is this tool, exactly? It’s an add-on for PowerPoint, compatible with PowerPoint versions 2007 through 2013 (both 32 and 64-bit). Most of us already know how to use PowerPoint and it’s also a great choice for creating wireframes. PowerMockup brings to the table a stencil library that contains all the templates for a website or app a web designer might need: buttons, text boxes, menus, tabs, tables, etc. In order to use an item from the stencil library, all you have to do is select it and then drag it onto a PowerPoint slide. Moreover, you can insert your own stencil into the library, either by importing or creating one. Thanks to the PowerMockup smart stencils, if one is resized it will still keep its correct proportions. This tool will prove to be incredibly useful for any group projects, as well as for exploring various design alternatives at a minimum risk. What’s more, user licenses are on sale for half of their regular price on this Black Friday if they are ordered through the link below.

Link for offer: http://www.powermockup.com/order?coupon=blackfriday

8. Improvely

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With online fraudulent ad activity increasing, it is necessary to stay protected and find a smart solution that will help keep threats away. Improvely is a conversion tracking and click fraud monitoring solution that will keep your budget safe from threats while showing you how to save even more money. Improvely boasts some pretty amazing built in tools like the A/B split tests. You’ll be able to run these kinds of tests directly on your landing pages without acquiring different testing tools or adding one single line of code to you site. All you have to do is build your landing page. Improvely will automatically send you a portion of your ad clicks to each of the two and let you know which one performed better. What is more, Improvely will notify you every time a conversion occurs. You will receive all the data about your new client (every ad and referring link that they clicked, as well as every search they made before converting). If you want to use this awesome tool you should know you can get a free 14 days trial and a 10% discount on a subscription plan for life only now through the Black Friday deal available on the link below.

Link for offer: https://www.improvely.com/?ims=blackfriday

9.Hotjar

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Web developers, digital marketers and website owners of the world, are you tired of having to invest in a bunch of different tools in order to collect feedback from your users and turn more visitors into customers? Do you wish for a simpler and cost-effective way of doing all that? If you do, look no further than Hotjar. It’s the ideal unified platform for gathering insights about websites and user behavior because it brings together great tools that will help you take a website to the next level and make the best out of its potential for only 29$ a month. Moreover, you can use this platform for an unlimited number of websites and users. Hotjar provides an easy editor for building responsive surveys and gathering data about user experience, the incredible opportunity of recruiting users to function as testers for your website and tell you where and when they encountered issues, the funnel & form analysis that reveals in which stages your traffic drops out and where you need to improve a specific form or funnel, a stunning heat map which shows you the scrolls, taps and clicks of your visitors and much more. You will learn how to restructure layout with the help of visitors’ objections, remove distracting elements and change the layout to streamline navigation and UX, as well as see how different traffic sources behave on your website. To sum up, with Hotjar insights you will truly understand your visitors, optimize your site’s conversion rate and save money at the same time. Click on the link below for the Black Friday deal.

Link for offer: http://www.hotjar.com

10. Wingify

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Visual Website Optimizer is the world’s easiest and most productive A/B testing tool. It will enable you to create multiple variations of your website in minutes, track revenue, signups clicks or any other conversion goals you may have set, as well as help you determine which one of the website variations will work best for you, as the VWO will equally divide your website traffic among all of them. You can then go on to taking your website to the next level and use the data acquired through VWO for business growth. For every campaign you run, the VWO will inform you about how your designs are performing against the goals being tracked, calculate the conversion rate of each design and alert you when one version has become statistically better than the original. The cool VWO Heat maps will then come in handy, as they visually depict visitors’ clicking and browsing habits, thus letting you know if your strategy is working. The Visual Website Optimizer is an absolute must if you want your website to be top notch. As a matter of fact, the team behind VWO has prepared an awesome Black Friday deal. Follow these steps to get your hands on it: sign up for a free trial, click on the orange button with “Upgrade” written on it after you’ve been automatically directed to the VWO application and then enter your Black Friday coupon code (vwo-black-friday) available from the 28th to the 30th of November. There you have it – validity of 3 months and 30,000 visitors automatically added to your account. Start by clicking the link below.

Link for offer: http://vwo.com/?utm_source=inkia&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=black_friday_sale

11. FastIcon

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Do you need a particular icon for your web project or are you simply not satisfied with the quality of those available on the market? If this is the case, you’ll be happy to find out that you can find premium-quality icons on FastIcon. Another great news is that all icon sets are sold at an incredible discount of 40% up to 70% this Black Friday. The creator of these beautiful icons, Dirceu Veiga, has an experience of over ten years in the business. He has created a library of 3000 icons of great variety and which are fitting for different purposes. All icons are pixel-perfect and ready for use as well as fully compatible with iOS, Android, Windows, software, web apps, websites and print projects! Furthermore, they come in different formats (vector EPS, PNG, TIFF, GIF, BMP) and at a scalable Vector + 128×128, 64×64, 48×48, 32×32 and 16×16 pixel. You can even customize the vector icons and easily change their size, color, strokes and orientation without altering their original high quality. With FastIcon, you’ll get great value for your money. Just click on the link below to get the Black Friday deal.

Link for offer: www.fasticon.com


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Showcase – Beautiful Websites Built With the Be Themehttp://designm.ag/sponsored/showcase-beautiful-websites-built-with-the-be-theme/ http://designm.ag/sponsored/showcase-beautiful-websites-built-with-the-be-theme/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:11:47 +0000 http://designm.ag/?p=119189

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Be Theme is a multi-purpose solution produced by Muffin Group. You probably heard mention of it in many communities that deal with web design and web development. Loads of creative professionals have chosen to work with this theme, and so confirmed it as an uncomplicated way to come up with dazzling websites. Expect Powerful FeaturesI encourage you to give Be Theme a shot, and when you do, brace yourself for an eclectic blend of features. To begin with, you are welcome to browse through more than 50 demos, and choose any of them to install in a one-click process. Apart from demos, Be Theme is stacked full of shortcodes (200), layouts, grids, and headers, not to mention that it also clears the way for users to meddle with CSS and JS. One of my favorite parts of working with this theme is freedom of choice. You can forge websites using the builder from Muffin Group, or turn to the Visual Composer - whichever feels more comfortable. The Visual Composer plugin is included with Be Theme at no extra charge, and so are other premium WordPress plugins, like Slider Revolution and Layer Slider 5. On top of everything, this theme comes with lifetime updates, and is coupled with dependable support.

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Be Theme is a multi-purpose solution produced by Muffin Group. You probably heard mention of it in many communities that deal with web design and web development. Loads of creative professionals have chosen to work with this theme, and so confirmed it as an uncomplicated way to come up with dazzling websites.

 

Expect Powerful Features

I encourage you to give Be Theme a shot, and when you do, brace yourself for an eclectic blend of features. To begin with, you are welcome to browse through more than 50 demos, and choose any of them to install in a one-click process. Apart from demos, Be Theme is stacked full of shortcodes (200), layouts, grids, and headers, not to mention that it also clears the way for users to meddle with CSS and JS.

 

One of my favorite parts of working with this theme is freedom of choice. You can forge websites using the builder from Muffin Group, or turn to the Visual Composer – whichever feels more comfortable. The Visual Composer plugin is included with Be Theme at no extra charge, and so are other premium WordPress plugins, like Slider Revolution and Layer Slider 5. On top of everything, this theme comes with lifetime updates, and is coupled with dependable support.

 

If you’re curious about how many people have so far joined the ranks of Be Theme users, the answer might surprise you. Over 200K creative professionals have worked with Be Theme, to this day. It makes perfect sense, if you take this theme’s responsiveness and multi-language support into consideration. Who wouldn’t like to enlist a killer theme that helps create literally any sort of website, regardless of where the creator and site visitors happen to live.

Scroll below and feast you eyes on some of the finest uses for Be Theme.

be_book be_bandw be_art be_carrental be_charity be_app be_dj  be_design be_fit be_interior be_marketing  be_medic be_pizza be_moving be_press be_seo be_webmaster be_university  be_plumber

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If you liked these awesome and examples, you can read more or buy a copy of the Be Theme by clicking the button below:

 

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Get the Elegant RUFINA Font Family – only $17!http://designm.ag/sponsored/get-the-elegant-rufina-font-family-only-17/ http://designm.ag/sponsored/get-the-elegant-rufina-font-family-only-17/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 14:39:50 +0000 http://designm.ag/?p=119017

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Some fonts just class up the joint. When it comes to beauty and elegance, the Rufina Font Family delivers. This simple and delicate font family owes its influence to Bodoni, mixed with the subtle elegance of a calligrapher's pen.

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Some fonts just class up the joint. When it comes to beauty and elegance, the Rufina Font Family delivers. This simple and delicate font family owes its influence to Bodoni, mixed with the subtle elegance of a calligrapher’s pen.

With 2 weights, both available in italics versions, you’ll find yourself with 4 different fonts to dance with. Extras include everything from illustrative ornaments to small caps.

The only thing that isn’t too subtle, is the discount. Act now and you can save 81% off the regular price.

Rufina Font Family Highlights:
Delicate and Elegant:
Simple, delicate and elegant are just a few words to describe the beautiful Rufina typeface. Created from a combination of dark text on light backgrounds, Rufina is sure to seduce viewers with its subtle manner.
Bodini Influence:
A wonderful mix of contrasts, Rufina adds an emotional touch to its Bodoni influence through the use of a calligrapher’s pen. Refined, yet distant, Rufina is a font like no other.
4 Fonts in 1:
Your purchase of the Rufina Font Family gets you a set of 2 weights (regular and bold), each with an italics version too. That’s like getting 4 fonts for the price of 1.
Loads of Additional Features:
Rufina comes packed with a number of additional options to further wow your audience. You’ll get illustrative ornaments, fleurons, bullets, common ligatures, West European diacritics, lineal and old style numbers, small caps, and more.
Normally, you’d pay $89 for the Rufina, for the Desktop version, but for a limited time only, you can get the entire family for just $17 – That’s a savings of 81% off the regular price, OR get both the Desktop and Web Font versions together for just $25, instead of the regular price of $133.

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