Among the many web applications online there are dozens that capture our attention every day. Then there are others that seem bizzare or strange until you get up close and find the value within. Web Standards Sherpa is an online tool for receiving critique and tips for best practices. You can submit any site for […]
With so many plugins under the jQuery umbrella it can be tough to know where to turn. Lightboxes have been around for years but only recently have moved towards the trend of responsivity. Mobile responsive websites are huge and the best plugins are learning to accommodate. jQuery lightGallery is an open source responsive lightbox plugin […]
Building website mockups in Photoshop is a lot like using Q-tips to clean your ears. Not exactly the original purpose but it works great! However unlike the household cotton swab, Photoshop is a large graphics editing program that takes hours of practice to learn even rudimentary tasks. For web designers this process can feel like a hopeless pipe dream.
But one of the quickest ways to start learning Photoshop is by creating your own simple mockups with existing PSD elements. You’ll find yourself editing shapes and colors to fit into a layout while organizing the composition from your imagination. In this post I’d like to share ideas for using free PSD files in Photoshop to get familiar with creating website mockups.
One of the easiest CMS engines to learn is WordPress. They have a free service where newbies can sign up to learn the system without committing to a full domain name. Once you get a personal server there are many additional benefits, however it can become more confusing to manage an entire WordPress website. Thankfully there’s a ton of resources online for learning how to utilize WordPress to its fullest potential.
In this guide I want to share a few tips for managing your own efficient & speedy WordPress website. The system may seem confusing at first but it’s really easy to learn with a bit of time. Practicing the backend will make everything else a lot easier to grasp, and this includes customizing plugins or theme files.