As the weather chills across the US we have been hard a work on some new products over at DesignM.ag headquarters. We have put together the first of a series of new products we plan to offer over the next year. The first kit is The Designer Survival Kit. We built this kit with the idea of having everything you need for your next web design project. For $39 we will help you cut time and increase the quality of your work. It’s an instant download and it comes complete with .jpg previews of all ui elemtents, .ai files for all icons and hovers, and .psds.
It’s no mystery for anybody that nowadays visibility is the most important aspect in business. When everything is connected, and the more connected it gets, it’s also getting more difficult to keep pace and not lose your company image as just another face in the churning crowd of worldwide web. The digital era is expanding faster and faster, and just when you thought everything was moving online, it already changed platform. Not only is the commerce becoming mostly electronical, but computers are starting to be obsolete, and now building websites for phones is the new trade all traders must know – like installing your stall in the agora of ancient times. Code free web creators are not a novelty since long, and that can only be for the best, since it forces the market to up the quality. Website-builder.com – like the name suggests – makes simplicity its turf, bringing a free and easy to use service, while maintaining a high standard full of the latest trends in template esthetics and dynamics.
I think it’s obvious by now that ‘flat’ is not just a new design trend or style that will go away next year. It’s here to stay and I think it’s great.
The idea behind what we call ‘flat design’ is to remove the noise. This means anything that is not necessary to a design. Things like heavy gradients, not-so-subtle drop shadows, 3d graphics, and the heavy use of skeuomorphism, can be replaced with more muted color schemes, solid colors, and a stronger focus on typography – a flat design focusses on the essentials.
In this post we have collected a total of 35 great WordPress themes that sport a flat design style. I hope you enjoy this post, feel free to chime in via the comment section!
Choosing a hosting company that suits your needs can be a daunting task. Anyone who’s ever switched from one host to another knows that it can be a tedious process and it’s just plain annoying to do. So, choosing the right hosting company from the get go, one you will possibly stick with for years, is critical.
All hosting providers are not created equal, some are better than others, some have features better suited for your needs, and some even a better reputation than others. Depending on what you intend to do with your hosting account or server, there’s a lot of questions to ask yourself before you settle on one:
- How much traffic will you be getting?
- How much bandwidth and storage will you need?
- How many domains and/or sub-domains will you be hosting?
- Will you host only your own sites or your client’s sites as well?
- Ecommerce website? Do you need SSL?
- Will you be reselling hosting to your clients?
- Do you even need hosting? Would all-in-one solutions like SquareSpace, WordPress.com, Tumblr or Virb be enough for you?
- Does the host offer any type of discount if you purchase hosting for multiple months or a year?
- Do you need shell/ssh access?
- Do you need a domain? Some hosts offer a free domain name when you purchase a hosting plan.
- Do you need to be able to choose your OS? Linux or Windows?
- Do you know what runs the HTTP server? Nginx, Litespeed, Apache, Lighttpd?
- Does your website or project require you to deploy scripts like Ruby on Rails?
- How comfortable are you updating your server? Should you go with a fully managed or an unmanaged solution?
- Will you need to manage your hosting account on the go? Does the host offer a mobile app to manage your account?
- Are you comfortable installing a CMS like WordPress yourself? If not, does the hosting company provide one-click installation?
- Do they offer 24/7 support? Email, phone, support tickets, live chat?
- Where do you want your server to be located? Do you need a CDN?
- If you’re moving to a new host, will that new hosting provider help you move your files and databases over? Is there a fee?
- If you choose a small plan to start, will your hosting company let you upgrade to a bigger plan or server? What are the costs associated with this?
- Are there setup fees when you open a new account?
- Does the web host offer some guarantee when it comes to uptime? What’s their check interval?
You obviously don’t need to answer all of those questions. But try to answer as many as you can, it should help paint a clearer picture as to what you might need to look for in a provider. If you don’t know what Apache, Ruby or SSL is, chances are an unmanaged dedicated server is not for you and you should probably aim for a cloud hosting solution or a managed VPS. Don’t forget to get in touch with the hosting company you’re looking to signup with and ask any question you may have, and test their level of support and responsiveness.
There’s a million hosting companies out there, so selecting the one you will give your business to is no easy task. Thankfully we’ve selected some of the top ones that have a focus on designers, developers and creatives, and we have all this right here in a handy list. Check out the features of each provider and then make your choice. I hope this post helps you make the daunting task of finding a hosting company easier.
The ‘flat‘ design style is one we hear about everywhere now, and I believe it’s here to stay. I don’t see flat design as something trendy or flavor-of-the-month – rather it’s what design should be; focussing on how things work rather than how things look, keeping things clean and minimalist.
So, we decided to create our very own UI kit, it’s called FlatPix and it is available to purchase exclusively through the DesignM.ag network.
Every week my email inbox is overflowing with marketing emails that, for the most part, are not very interesting. But a few weeks ago I got an email from the guys at LearnWebDevelopment.com that really caught my attention. I met these guys at a conference last year, and they invited me to check out their program. After spending some time with them and exchanging a slew of emails, I realized they had a pretty unique program, and this was something my readers would be interested in.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I want to be extremely transparent with my readers. Because I’m such a fan of their product I’ve partnered with them to be an affiliate to help promote their training. They offer a great product and I will receive compensation from them if you purchase their training, so it’s a win-win for everyone.
There are plenty of great Photoshop tutorials available online for graphic designers that are looking to learn new things. However, working through detailed tutorials can take a long time, and sometimes newer Photoshop users aren’t able to follow the tutorials.
In this post I’d like to highlight 10 quick tips that are ideal for less experienced Photoshop users, or for those who want to learn something new without much time available.
Tutorial9 shows you how to quickly and easily improve an image or a design just by adding some texture.