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By Chris Converse | Thursday, June 12, 2014

Create a jQuery Slideshow

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The general goal of a web-based slideshow is to give your site visitors an optimized, easy-to-navigate image viewing experience. Since navigation can take up valuable screen real estate, many slideshows opt to use an overlay, or lightbox effect, to give users the option of viewing a larger version of an image.

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen | Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Build WordPress Themes from Scratch with lynda.com

Download Simone and Build WordPress Themes from Scratch

One of the most popular requests I’ve received from lynda.com members is for a course on how to build WordPress themes from scratch. I’m excited to announce that WordPress: Building Themes from Scratch Using Underscores has finally come to fruition. The course is an introduction to WordPress theme design and development, a best-practice example of a mobile-first, standards-based web development process, and a first-hand look at my personal approach to custom WordPress projects. Just as importantly, it’s an introduction to Simone—the WordPress theme that I build in the course itself, which is now available for free in the WordPress Theme Directory.

By Chris Converse | Sunday, June 08, 2014

Use Photoshop for Web Design Comps

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Creating design comps for responsive and interactive states of a website can be time consuming, regardless of the design app you’re using. Fortunately Photoshop contains a number of production tools that help when creating web design comps—in particular SmartObjects, Text rendering options, and Layer Comps.

By Chris Converse | Friday, May 09, 2014

Creating Responsive Images and Media

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As mobile and tablet Internet usage continues to grow, responsive web design becomes more and more important. Some reports suggest that mobile Internet usage may actually surpass desktop usage this year. For any website not taking advantage of responsive design, this means a loss of traffic and fewer conversions.

When creating a responsive website, it’s especially important to know the best practices for images and media. In this article, we’ll talk about bitmap-based web graphics, including JPG, GIF, and PNG, as well as video.

By Chris Converse | Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Planning a Responsive Web Design

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As mobile web usage continues to rise, it’s increasingly important that your website functions across all types of devices and screen sizes. The smartest way to provide the best user experience (UX) for today’s technology is to create a website with a responsive design.

By Chris Converse | Friday, May 02, 2014

Build Interactive Websites with jQuery

Building Interactive Sites with jQuery

If you want to capture your audience’s attention, you have to provide a great user experience. An interactive website is one of the best ways to keep your users engaged and returning to your site. While interactive websites may look impressive, they don’t have to be difficult to create. With jQuery, you can achieve an interactive web experience rather easily.

Designed to simplify JavaScript scripting, jQuery is the most widely used JavaScript library in use today. You can quickly incorporate dynamic and interactive content into a webpage with just a few lines of code. jQuery simplifies JavaScript by providing shorthand commands for more complex functionality. In other words, you can get more functionality with less coding.

By Lauren Mackenzie | Thursday, April 24, 2014

Choose a Web CMS (WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla!)

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Can’t decide which content management system (CMS) suits your needs? It’s not an easy task. But by clearly defining what you want it to do—and being aware of your technical skill limits—you can identify the best CMS for your purpose.

Let’s start with the basics. A CMS is a software program that makes it easy for you to create and publish digital content on a digital device. WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla are the most popular and used worldwide. They’re in open-source format—which means they’re regularly updated by a massive global community to ensure they can support developing online technology. You can download them immediately for free but you have the option to pay for additional premium features.

By Lauren Mackenzie | Sunday, April 20, 2014

Six Tips to Manage Your Web Design Business

6 tips for running your web design business

Running your web design agency demands more than excellent design and technical skills. Until you can hire professionals, you need to manage the marketing, accounting, HR, sales negotiating and peacekeeping—for those rocky moments with unhappy clients or disgruntled staff. You can learn more about the responsibilities of being “the boss” in the Defining realities and roles tutorial from the lynda.com course Running a Design Business: Starting Small.

Meanwhile, here are six tips for running your agency:

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