A weekly series for web designers who want to enhance their design, software, and general freelance business skills and streamline their workflow. Get a new tip every Thursday.
Collaborate more effectively and efficiently with clients and colleagues with these tips from veteran designer Lauren Bacon.
The most successful projects involve deep collaboration with clients. Learn how attentive listening, thoughtful questions, and a clear process can lead to a unified vision and strategy for your designs.
Add images to categories and tags and provide a more interesting user experience for your WordPress visitors.
Make your design team run smoothly, by learning how to define roles and responsibilities, set expectations, and solicit feedback.
Keep your WordPress site secure using these best practices and plugins.
Learn how to implement DRY development techniques on your WordPress sites, and build more efficient, maintainable, and understandable code.
Build a custom plugin to track the popularity of WordPress posts and then create a widget to display the top five.
Learn how to use Dreamweaver's Fluid Grid Layout framework and media queries to create a responsive website design.
Use information architecture and the WordPress template hierarchy to build a cleaner and more effective design process.
Learn how to edit WordPress user accounts directly in the database with phpMyAdmin—bypassing WordPress entirely.
The influential web designer and founder of A List Apart talks about developing the web standards that shaped the Internet we know today, fostering community, and educating the next generation of designers.
Business coach Lauren Bacon tells us what it takes to be successful in the web design world.
Add styles and scripts to your WordPress themes the correct way, by enqueuing them.
Learn how to integrate web fonts into your WordPress themes, from sources such as Google Fonts, Adobe Edge Web Fonts, and Font Squirrel.
Learn how to build a WordPress theme from scratch using the _s (aka Underscores) starter theme.
Create custom post types and taxonomies to extend the functionality of WordPress.
Got a WordPress site that's overrun with spam? Learn how to clean it out by deleting the spam straight from the database.
Control how your InDesign print layouts are exported to HTML, and add links, custom CSS, and more.
Reveals how designers can create vibrant web graphics, wireframes, and complete web site mockups in Photoshop with navigation bars and buttons.
Learn to spiff up your HTML5 slideshows with automatic playback, integrated audio and video, and more.
Walks you through the process of analyzing, planning, and managing different types of content—from blog posts to videos—so you can develop a content strategy for any website.
Extend your Drupal 7 sites with custom modules, which allow you to create everything from admin interfaces to forms.
Create vibrant web graphics, wireframes, and complete web site mockups with the strong layout and color management tools in Adobe Illustrator.
Focuses on the theories behind web fonts: showing what makes a good font, why different fonts look the way they do, and how they affect the look of your web page.
Create web forms that encourage visitors to enter information and discover ways to capture input without the use of forms.
Shows how to build an advanced portfolio site that showcases various types of content effectively using the free open-source application WordPress.
Choose fonts for a web site and create beautiful, readable type, incorporating web fonts, CSS styles, and simple typographic rules.
Tools for keeping up with today's changing web landscape using an iterative approach.