Month: February 2016

Movie Website Designs: Examples and Current Practices

Sometimes it can be an interesting experience for web designers looking around at sites that differ from web design industry. And it is even more interesting for movie lovers who are not satisfied with just watching a movie .they always search for all the details related to their favorite film like the cast, inspiration behind a story, fresh news about it and etc.

Movies are a big part of the entertainment industry and from past few years, their websites have become a critical part of their overall success.

The main purpose behind movie website is to do well at the box office in order to make it financially successful. Also, makers run their trailers and other videos on the internet that help them to engage audiences and encourage them to buy tickets online.

A movie website is the best solution to help them find what they looking for and provide some entertainment at the same time.For details visit this site.

A movie website must include

• Plenty of videos, including trailers,
• Easy access to showtimes and online ticket purchasing,
• Cast bios and other general info.

In today’s article, we’ll look at the websites of major motion pictures to see what types of websites are being created.

Trends of Current Movie Websites

1. FLASH

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2. LARGE BACKGROUND IMAGES

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3. VIDEO/TRAILERS

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4. SHOW TIMES AND TICKET INFO

Ticket Info

5. SPLASH PAGES

Paul Blart Splash Page

6. DISPLAY OF NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS

Benjamin Button Nominations
7. SHORT PAGE LENGTH

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8. SOCIAL NETWORKING /MEDIA INTERACTION

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9. DOWNLOADS

Downloads

10. WIDGETS

Widget

Showcase of Movie Websites

TAKEN 

Taken

PAUL BLART: MALL COP 

Paul Blart: Mall Cop

THE UNINVITED 

The Uninvited

HOTEL FOR DOGS 

Hotel for Dogs uses a splash page that allows visitors to find local showings and get tickets, but not much else.

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GRAN TORINO 

The website of Gran Torino is fairly similar to that of Taken, with a large dark background image and the trailer playing in the center of the screen.

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SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE 

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Slumdog Millionaire has a splash page that displays the movie’s many nominations, awards, and positive reviews.

UNDERWORLD: RISE OF THE LYCANS 

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

If you are involved in creating movie websites, hope this article will help you to improve your movie website designs. Do you like movie websites? What are your thoughts on this? Please share with us in the comments section.

25 Useful Design Tools for Beautiful Web Typography

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Typography, when chosen wisely and carefully, can help designers to communicate effectively to their target audience. It can also add tremendous power to the overall design. Therefore, designers are always in search of different techniques and tools while others use CSS to control over fonts. In spite of this, we have to deal with a lot of layout issues when it comes to fonts.

Now it is considered as the most important aspect to get people engaged on websites. Today, we will explore most useful and time-saving tools, resources and techniques for creating effective and responsive website design that will help you experiment with typography .you will also learn how to style your web content?

  1. Useful typographic references
  1. Typographic Tools

HTML Ipsum

It provides you with the standard Latin text already in HTML tags.

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Typechart

The tool allows you to flip through, preview and compare Web typography while retrieving the CSS.

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Fontstruct

With the help of this tool, you can quickly and easily create fonts constructed out of geometrical shapes.

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CSSTYPE

It lets you preview your text as you modify it.

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CSS-Typoset Matrix and code generator

The tool computes both symmetrical and asymmetrical margin.

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FontBurner

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  1. Free online font comparison tools.
  1. Typographic Techniques
  1. sIFR

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  1. Free and Commercial Fonts

Examples of Great Web Typography that showcase creative and functional uses of typography.

Jon Tangerine

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Viget Inspire

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24ways

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Alex Buga

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Wilson Miner

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Colour Pixel

 

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Maxvoltar

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Mark Dearman

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Today’s article will help you to improve your design workflow using attractive and unique Typeface. For more on this see this article –Beautiful Typography in Web Design.

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Beginner’s Guide to Creating a WordPress Website

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WordPress Website Development

Before you start thinking about a domain name, design, and color for your website, you must decide what platform you’re going to build your website? Back in 2004, websites were build using HTML and CSS, but it took a lot of time to become a master of those skills.Most people still think that creating a website from scratch is difficult or requires a lot of coding and designing skills.

WordPress made this easy for all of us and even for those who know little about programming languages. Today quarter of all websites is running on this platform. Also, it is considered as the most popular content management system (CMS) online being highly reliable, secure and easy to use.

Today’s article is for those who are new to WordPress. Here you will be learning about installing WordPress, working with domains, managing content and using some useful plugins and themes to secure your website.

All about Domain Names

A web address that identifies your site to others. Having your own domain is better than having your site on someone else’s domain. Let’s analyze a URL

http://www.blog.mywebsite.com

HTTP:// is the protocol that tells browsers how to retrieve data.

blog. is a subdomain which segments your site into different bits and pieces.
mywebsite.com is the domain name. .com is called a top-level domain

THE DIFFERENCE HOSTING AND DOMAIN REGISTRATION

Hosting is a place where all of your website data is stored. This is the most important part of any website, you must look for the host who supports WordPress. On the other registering a domain means you’ve gained legal ownership of a piece of Internet real estate. You can register your domain name with the same company you’re hosting your website with. Keep your domain name short and easy to write.For details see here – web development services.

Some reputed WordPress specific hosting providers are – WP Engine, Page.ly , ZippyKid, outstandingSETUP.

Installing WordPress

Depending on your account type, you might be able to add any number of WordPress installations to your account.

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Choosing a Theme and Plugins

There are plenty of WordPress themes and plugins are available – free or paid.You can install a plugin to perform a single task. While themes add the visuals for the front page.

Keeping WordPress Secure

• Always keep WordPress and all plugins and themes up to date.
• Always use strong passwords, and change your passwords every couple of months.

The above article will help you to create a perfect website using the noted CMS tool that is WordPress which is highly reliable, secure and easy to use for beginners.

Reference:
http://imediadesigns.weebly.com/blog/a-comprehensive-checklist-to-creating-the-perfect-wordpress-website
http://devca.imediamtl.com/website-design-toronto/tips-for-creating-a-good-website-that-visitors-will-appreciate/

Useful Photoshop Tools and Techniques for Your Workflow

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Today, many web designers favor Photoshop and considered it as their primary tool for designing. Therefore, Photoshop has become a powerful application for photo processing and image manipulation.

During the print era time, it was abundantly used by the digital image processing professionals. But now with the advancement in technologies and methodologies, Photoshop also became web friendly and many useful tools and techniques have been included. Using these handy tools, actions, plugins and template we can save the time for solving regular tasks. With the better professional toolset we can spend more to focus on the actual design process and even speed up our designing task.

In this article, we will explore some useful tools and techniques to make our work smoother in Photoshop-

Useful Photoshop Tools 

Mr. Stacks

The script would be useful for a series of animations, storytelling elements in a design and advertising.

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Photoshop Tych Panel

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Pixel Proliferation: A Toolset For Managing Screen Resolutions

This tool will help you to manage screens resolutions more easily.

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Generating CSS positions for Sprites

A Photoshop plug-in that generates sprites with your given CSS file. You can also create hover and click effects with the help of jQuery.

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Golden Crop
Golden Crop is a Photoshop Script making cropping with respect to division rules Photoshop CS2, CS3, CS4 or CS5 Works on Windows and Mac.

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Browser UI
The Browser UI is an action that creates a browser window around any size


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Open With Photoshop 0.6
An add-on for Firefox to open up any Web image with Adobe Photoshop via a single and quick mouse click.

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foxGuide: Photoshop Guides Inside Firefox

A Firefox extension that displays horizontal and vertical guides.

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Modular Grid Pattern: create a modular grid in Photoshop, Fireworks and GIMP
Modular Grid Pattern which helps you to create a modular grid in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Fireworks, GIMP and other applications.

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Workspace import/export script for Photoshop
This script enables simple importing and exporting of Photoshop workspaces.so you can use it to migrate workspaces from CS4 to CS5

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Adobe Photoshop Scripts
Trevor Morris provides more than a dozen of free, easy to modify scripts for Adobe Photoshop.

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The Photoshop Scripting Community Forum

PS-Scripts is a community for Photoshop scripting and automation.

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Hopefully, the above article will help you improve your design skills as well as your professional website design workflow so that you can stand ahead of your competitors in the market by quickly releasing products and services.

 

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Textures in Modern Web Design

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The elements of design are the critical part of every website. You must create a design that speaks to your audience. The texture is one of the best ways to add life to any web design. We have seen many well-designed sites in CSS galleries or any other source of design inspiration.You will be amazed to see that texture is extensively used in modern web design.

However, the word has long been synonymous with “dirty “and “grungy “design. Texture has the ability to contribute to improving the experience of a website by adding warmth, personality, and feeling. Also, it is the most versatile element that can be used in a variety of ways and in a wide variety of design styles by web designers.

It can be used in a very subtle way or to focus certain parts of the design.

In this article, we will examine some websites that employ textures in background images, headers, footers, content areas, sidebars and even in fonts.

It can be easily added to a program like Photoshop

Gallery: Texture in Modern Web Design 

Now, we’ll take a look at 50 websites in which texture has been applied to the website design to improve it in some way. We have categorized them to show their diversity and to point out specific elements of the design.

 

TEXTURED BACKGROUNDS 

When it comes to texture, background images are the most common area to use.

Edit Studios

The website uses a textured book in its background, unlike other portfolio websites. Have a look

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GoodBytes

The site includes different shapes of purple color overlapping each other and highlighted the logo in a subtle way.

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Grace Church of Alexandria

The site sits on a textured brick background and the other content areas of the website are very clean.

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Sollievo

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TEXTURED HEADERS

Many websites use header images as a major part of the design to stand out from other websites.

Acceptance

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Electric Pulp

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SIDEBAR TEXTURE

Napa Bar and Kitchen

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TEXTURED NAVIGATION MENUS

Matt Dempsey

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Alpine Meadows

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SUBTLE USE OF TEXTURE 

College Park Church

Different Ways to Add Texture to a Design

  • USE A FREE STOCK IMAGE TO CREATE YOUR OWN TEXTURE
  • CREATE YOUR OWN TEXTURE FROM SCRATCH IN PHOTOSHOP
  • USE PHOTOSHOP BRUSHES
  • USE READY-MADE TEXTURES
  • SCAN TEXTURES

Hopefully, the above design inspirations will help you create an eye-catching website design using texture and improve your overall workflow.

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What Is User Experience Design? Overview, Tools and Resources

The UX is the most important element for any website or web application. If you are a designer or developer you are familiar with the word UX –which refers to the “user experience design” that is how the user perceives your website design. When they visit a website several questions arise in their minds “Does it give me a value? Is it easy to use? Is it pleasant to use? “They form an image about your brand or products whether to become regular customers or not.

As the industry’s technologies advance, the production process is becoming complex, therefore, it is quite difficult to understand how a one-way static medium has evolved into a very rich and interactive experience.

This guide will help you understand the professional discipline of UX  Website design in the context of web-based systems.

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What Is User Experience? 

User experience (abbreviated as UX) is how a person feels when interfacing with a system. Or it is the process of enhancing user satisfaction and loyalty by improving the usability, ease of use, and pleasure.

The UX designers evaluate how users feel about a system, particularly web-based systems. For example, they study the checkout process of e-commerce websites to see whether users find the process of buying products from the website easy and pleasant.

Why Is UX Important? 

Nowadays, with the rising popularity of user-friendly or responsive design, it is important to fully understand the UX to meet the customer’s needs.Due to the transformation of the web, we have seen people are accessing the website in an increasing number of ways. Consider not only those who have high-speed internet connections but for those who don’t have broadband connections or who have older mobile devices and so forth.

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What Situations Would Benefit From UX Design?

 A good UX Design can benefit your business in long run especially if you are under these categories-

  • COMPLEX SYSTEMS
  • START-UPS
  • PROJECTS WITH “OK” BUDGETS
  • PROJECTS WITH LONGER TIMEFRAMES

Things to Know About UX Design

  • UX DESIGN IS NOT ONE SIZE FITS ALL

As human beings, we are all different, it is not necessary what works for me might have the same effect on another.

  • CAN’T BE DIRECTLY ASSESSED WITH TRADITIONAL METRICS
  • NOT THE SAME THING AS USABILITY

Tools of the Trade

  • WIREFRAMING AND PROTOTYPING APPLICATIONS
  • A/B TESTING SOFTWARE
  • CONTENT INVENTORY SOFTWARE
  • USER TESTING AND FEEDBACK SOFTWARE
  • ANALYTICS SOFTWARE

Web sites about UX

UX Magazine

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UX Booth

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Conclusion

The Article will help you to understand how important user experience is for everything that you built. Now that you can measure the difference between good UX and successful websites.

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Free High Quality Ecommerce Templates

Today, many eCommerce website owners are looking for a variety of options for selling their products and services and powering websites and shopping carts due to increase in internet sales. Out of which, though the custom design is always a good choice but templates are a popular option for those who wants to save their money and time.

A template allows you to browse your products by categories and brands. Also, a customer can choose a necessary colour, size and quantity of items. Premium quality templates are easy to find but they can be expensive, on the other side free high-quality templates are difficult to find.Thus we have done a thorough research for you, and in this article, you will explore some of highest quality free eCommerce website templates specifically for WordPress, Prestashop, osCommerce, Magento, Zen Cart, CubeCart, and CRE Loaded.

1. WordPress Templates

Crafty WordPress Theme | Demo | Download

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2. osCommerce Templates

Cosmetics Store | Download

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Computer Store 

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3. Magento Templates

Electronics Store 3 | Download from eCommerce-Themes

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4. Zen Cart Templates 

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5. Acadame | Download from ichoze.net

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6. Clean Blue

A collection of free CubeCart 3 Skins. More free Cubecart skins.

7. CRE Loaded Templates

Electronics Store | Download

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8. General E-Commerce Templates

The following templates were created for the purpose e-commerce but integrated them in your e-commerce solution of your choice. Templates with valid HTML code are marked.

Clothes Collection | Download

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Online Movie Store | Download (valid HTML)

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Books Online | Download (valid HTML)

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Beauty Company | Download (valid HTML)

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In today’s article, we have presented some high-quality eCommerce website design templates, you can use and alter them easily according to your necessity. Most of them are used by all smart WordPress developers and designers all across the globe.

Typographic Design Patterns and Current Practices

A typography is considered as one of the important aspects of effective website design especially for those sites which contain a large amount of content like articles,news, blogs, and stories. It also improves the overall user experience therefore as a designer or developer you should take this as serious as the design of your website.

Since the evolution of responsive web mobility, new modes of browsing websites and reading text have emerged which introduces a new complexity with new implementation challenges to make the web typography as rich, versatile and accessible as ever before.

We researched many websites that focus on text-based content rather than on generic graphics as readability of content is the main concern of these publications.In this article, we will explore some website design patterns and current practices in web typography

Popular Serif and Sans-Serif Fonts

A typography has the capability to set the tone for the entire website, and a wrong choice could send the wrong message.Contrasting a serif headline with a sans-serif body or vice versa can improve the overall visual appeal and readability of a website.

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Serif and sans-serif are almost equally popular in headlines.

  • The two most popular typefaces are Georgia — used on such websites asThe Guardian and the Financial Times — and Arial — found on de and the BBC’s website.
  • The most popular serif typefaces for headlines are Georgia (14%) and Chaparral Pro (6%).
  • The most popular serif typefaces for body copy are Georgia (20%) and Chaparral Pro (4%).
  • 66% of headline typefaces and 39% of body copy typefaces are found in only one instance.
  • The most popular sans-serif typefaces for body copy are Arial (14%) and Helvetica (6%).

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Light or Dark Background? – Black text on a white background is a common pattern for body copy.

Other important points to consider are –

Average Font Size for Headlines – The most popular sizes range from 20 to 32 pixels. 

Optimal Line Height for Body Copy –

line height (pixels) ÷ body copy font size (pixels) = 1.46

line length (pixels) ÷ line height (pixels) = 24.9

space between paragraphs (pixels) ÷ line height (pixels) = 1.39

Ratio of Headline to Body Font Size 

HEADLINE ÷ BODY COPY = 2.5

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Average Font Size for Body Copy 

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However, employing these practices to improve the pleasant reading experience and keeping the reader’s interest on a site can be quite a challenge. With the help of this article, you can sharpen your typographic skills to develop a quality website.

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“This Is How We Built It” Web Development Case Studies

We know the web design and development industry is all about sharing knowledge and experience as the technology is always evolving and being a part of such a great and useful learning environment we need to grab it.

In this article, we will discuss the whole process of creating a professional website from the scratch. From the designer point of view, we will explore the case studies “how we built it” which helps not only potential customers to learn about the principles of the company but also developers and designers to learn from each other. It is interesting to see how will they design, create, built, work, play and achieve what they are desire to.

We have featured some design elements, examine the full service and related technical challenges. Understating the failure and success stories .design workflow made or rejected.

Here is a quick list of the categories covered:

  • Illustration, Graphics and Logo Design
  • Typography
  • Usability
  • Advertising, Promotion, and E-Commerce
  • Redesigning Elements and Features
  • Complete (Re)branding and (Re)design
  • Content and Storytelling
  • Technical Challenges and Solutions
  • Workflow and Optimization
  • Last Click

The whole designing process can take a very long time that includes creating a company logo, images, content, layout, navigation based upon the business. Above all the main element for any website is the functionality of the design.

Illustration, Graphics and Logo Design

Illustrator Full Spectrum Spirograph,” Veerle Pieters
Pieters talks about her experimentation process with spirographs.

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A Systematic Approach to Logo Design,” Adham Dannaway
Icon design can be time-consuming. Dannaway shows how to systematically approach a new logo design.

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Typography

Novel Constructions: The Making of a Typeface,” Christopher Dunst
Dunst shares the process behind the creation of the “Novel” typeface.

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Usability

Social Login Buttons Aren’t Worth It,” MailChimp
Social login buttons are used by many apps today. MailChimp shares its own experience and considerations in using social login buttons.

Advertising, Promotion, and E-Commerce

This study includes some tactics and lessons learned during the process of launching an app.

Redesigning Elements and Features

This study is about how the company make the whole brand and styled its blog categories in a unique way.

Rest are rebranding and redesign which can take the website to next level, content and storytelling can improve the user experience as whole, creating a portfolio that tells a great story, optimizing results, take responsive website design ideas seriously and last click that convert leads into sales. Hopefully, from this article, you can learn how to write a great case study yourself.

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How to Become a Top WordPress Developer

Becoming a top WordPress developer is not an easy job. since it is considered as one of the popular Content Management systems for building high-quality eCommerce websites and web applications, a lot of people attracted towards it and want to make a living from it, so the competition is real tough.

Whether you are a developer, blogger, content creator, marketer or educator it gives plenty of opportunities, you just need to identify them. It takes a lot of time, research, energy and determination.

Installing WordPress, reading few tutorials, customizing few themes does not make you the best, before anything why be a top developer? There is too much “normal “or “average “who contribute to the community, there are other reasons too-

• You make the most money as demand for WordPress website development is high.
• If you are at the top, you can get the best clients.
• You have the capability (and influence) to shape the future of WordPress.

In this article, we will give you some useful tips to make a successful career with WordPress-

ONE HOUR OF READING A DAY

Spend at least one hour each day focused on reading and learning about WordPress, make notes on what you learn, day after day you will start to see success.

READ THE MATERIAL

There are so many resources available on WordPress you need to just find the high-quality resources and start concentrating on those. Here are few resources –

WordPress Codex
Books on WordPress
Blogs on WordPress

UNDERSTAND THE TECHNOLOGY

Make sure your programming skills are great if you know PHP/MySQL it’s good if not start learning –
• Learn PHP and MySQL – Start with Lynda.com or Learnable.com.
• Explore the Codebase – explore the WordPress codebase on Trac and on Xref.
• Run the Nightly – Setup a local development environment and run the nightly build.
• Read “Make WordPress”.

Gaining Experience with WordPress
It’s time to start working on your own projects which are a most critical step .let’s start now
• Learn how to get your first client
• Develop a Public theme – Release it, paid or free
• Develop a Plugin
• Learn how to submit a patch
• Learn About Debugging in WordPress
• Join the WordPress community or participate in Forums

Conclusion
Hopefully, this article will help you become a top WordPress developer from scratch though it requires a continual improvement and willing to do the hard work with dedication and you can create a plenty of awesome websites for your clients that will run on the web.