30 Elegant Themes for Ghost

by Tara Hornor
on June 12, 2014

in design Inspiration Resources Web Design

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A year ago, finding a blogging platform that focused on blogging was impossible. Even content creation platforms that advertised as having an easy set-up and were specifically for bloggers seemed to focus mostly on the creation of the layout of a blog. For instance, WordPress has some amazing news and magazine themes, but it certainly isn’t a quick set-up. Tumblr themes are a bit simpler but still come with some bells and whistles that many found annoying. Bloggers just wanted to be able to quickly set up a simple but professionally designed blog and start publishing.

John O’Nolan was one such blogger who became frustrated enough with the situation that he hired Hannah Wolfe as lead developer, received funding through Kickstarter, and created a simple blogging platform called Ghost. With so many supporters due to blogging platform ire already, Ghost quickly received the funding it needed to launch on 14 October 2013. The other good news is that there are themes for more than just writers. Portfolio ghost themes are also emerging.

So, if you are a blogger or a designer looking to set up a simple blogging or even portfolio platform, Ghost is one platform that brings content back to the forefront on the web. In fact, below is a list of 30 of our favorite ghost themes so far. All are very elegant and, most importantly, provide a clean layout to help your content shine.

1. Penman

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30 Opera Browser Extensions for Web Designers and Developers

by Jake Rocheleau
on April 28, 2014

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The Opera web browser is a great choice for reliable cross-platform Internet surfing. It’s typically quicker than Firefox and offers a longer development history than Chrome. The Opera team works hard to create an expansive browser with plenty of extra features to keep users coming back. And it’s fair to say the people who use Opera definitely enjoy the program.

This gallery is dedicated to extensions for Opera which can help you design, take apart, reconstruct, or analyze websites. Both designers and developers will find something useful in this collection. Whether you’re a long-time user or might just try Opera on a whim, this post has an extension for every web enthusiast.

Validator

w3c validator html opera browser extension

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Tips and Techniques for Designing Powerful Band Websites

by Jake Rocheleau
on February 10, 2014

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With the popularity of music-based social networks there isn’t as much demand for bands to create their own websites. But hosting your own website offers more creative control over content, photos, and merchandise. Any serious band or solo artist should consider launching their own website to provide an official online resource for fans of the music.

In this article I want to cover just a few techniques I’ve noticed on many band or musician websites. Designs often vary drastically based on the homepage and other important details. However, page content is generally mirrored in a way that visitors become familiar with the interface browsing through different band websites. The goal is to promote your music in a clear, fashionable manner.

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10 Useful Screen Capture Websites

by Michael Jolly
on January 13, 2014

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As a web designer, I’m always finding useful ways to use website screenshots to benefit my work, and streamline my workflow. Whether I’m creating mood boards, presenting concepts to a client, comping up web templates, or just collecting examples for inspiration, a useful method for capturing multiple screenshots comes in handy. I’ve listed below, in no particular order, a collection of useful screen capturing websites that I use on a regular basis, along with they’re specific benefits.

1. Snapito

In comparison to other sites, it’s quick, and offers a selection of multiple capture sizes. This interface is relatively simple to use, as well.

snapito

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