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Flat Web Design – A Guide To The Current Trend

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Flat design has been a part of web design for over a decade now and it has its advantages because it turns away natural techniques like drop shadows, strokes and several other natural elements to make sure that the design is altered to a great extent. If you want to make flat design a part of your web design, here are some things you can focus on.

Replace depth

It was earlier believed that design was not complete without elements like strokes, shadows and gradients but flat design changes that. It has a rather simple 2d blueprint look of an application. This is completely against the age old Skeuomorphistic design, where images imitate color, shape and other objects of the real world. Textures of the real world have come into play now.

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Top 10 Tools To Help You Manage Your Projects

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Projects are undertaken by businesses to achieve some specific objectives. By achieving them, they are able to better sustain themselves and boost their growth and development. But managing modern day projects is not an easy job as more and more businesses are composed of globally dispersed team members who find it difficult to communicate and collaborate perfectly with each other. It becomes difficult to coordinate their activities and to track if they are performing their tasks in a timely and required manner. The projects need to be managed within the constraints of time, budget and resources. Such high demands of projects cannot be handled through manual means or emails.

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Super Simple jQuery Accordion Snippet

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This very simple jQuery Accordion Snippet will help you save space and divide your content into different logical sections. No fancy setting parameters, no need for a function call, simply add the JS file to your head and enjoy a minimal, cross-browser working Accordion. Read more


Create a WordPress Template from a HTML5 responsive website

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In this tutorial we will take the responsive website we have built in the previous tutorials and implement it into WordPress. WordPress is a web blog system which was originally created to be able to easily write flexible and adaptable blog posts. In the course of years the range of functions enlarged more and more so that we can now use WordPress not only for blogs but also as a Content Management System for “normal” websites. The advantage of WordPress over most of the other Content Management Systems is that it is easy to handle and understand, it can be adapted to your needs with thousands of plugins and it has a huge community which is willing to help you if you ever encounter problems. If you have already created a website and would like to use a CMS it is very easy to implement the website into WordPress. So let´s start! Read more


Which plugins should I use in my web project?

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Each and every day I browse through the internet to find new useful scripts or CSS files which might make our lives easier when creating websites. The amount of different scripts and plugins out there is just tremendous and it becomes more and more difficult and confusing to actually know which ones to use in your project. In this blog post I will give you an overview over the most important and useful plugins and scripts (the list will be extended by time). In a second step I will then try to show you an example setup of plugins and scripts that you can use in your web project. Read more


How to build a HTML5 website from scratch – Part 2

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In this second part of my tutorial we will be building the CSS and JavaScript code and do the necessary steps for responsive webdesign to create this beautiful HTML5 responsive website. Be sure to have worked through the first part of the tutorial where we have built the basic HTML structure and included all necessary scripts.
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Error Handling with Exceptions in PHP 5

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In PHP 4 error handling in functions and methods was returned by the return command. Let´s say we would like to connect to a database via MySQLi inside a method or function. If the connection fails an error message and the error code should be displayed. In PHP 4 the error handling would have looked like this:

function connect_to_mysql()
{$mysqli = @new mysqli('localhost', 'username', 'password', 'db_name');
if ($mysqli->connect_errno)
{
return false;}
return true;
}

To find out whether the database connection was successfully established or not we have to check the return value of the function. Read more


How to build a HTML5 website from scratch – Part 1

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Required knowledge level: intermediate

In this responsive web design tutorial we will create an awesome responsive HTML5 website starting from scratch. I tried to include as many different features as possible, so we will be dealing with a jQuery slider, CSS3 transitions and animations, CSS Media Queries and so on. This part of the tutorial will show you the HTML structure and the required scripts in a step by step tutorial. The second part will then show you how to style it using CSS3 features to create this stunning HTML5 cross-browser responsive website.

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7+ useful online tools for web developers

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In the vastness of the internet you can find a lot of useful online tools which can help you save tremendous development time.

1. Ceaser

Ceaser is a CSS Easing Animation Tool which can be used to create custom timing functions. For further informations about transitions and timing functions please read my blog post.
Ceaser - CSS Easing Animation Tool

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8+ Scripts you should know as a Web Developer

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When creating a website there are a lot of things you need to pay attention to. The code needs to be tidy and the website should look similar no matter what browser a visitor is using. If possible it should be responsive and react to the user’s device and screen resolution. When using new features like HTML5 and CSS3 you have to make sure all the features are supported in all browsers.

Fortunately there are a lot of very useful scripts out there which simplify your life when creating new web pages. The following list gives you an overview over some of the most important scripts and should help you create clean beautiful and cross-browser compatible websites. Read more