8 Ways to Make the Search Field Sexy with CSS

The search field is very much a utilitarian part of your average website. But that doesn’t mean it should be ignored. Quite the contrary.

Search provides users with a simple way to find what they’re looking for and can be invaluable on content-heavy sites. Therefore, it’s worth taking some extra time to ensure that your search area is attractive, noticeable and easy-to-use.8 Ways to Make the Search Field Sexy with CSSContinue reading

10 Free Powerpoint Templates for Creatives

Creating a visually attractive presentation to help you pitch your idea, team, or business to potential business partners, investors, or clients is crucial if you want to ensure a successful outcome.

But, creating a presentation and making it look good can be time-consuming, especially if you lack the design skills. In those situations, a high-quality Powerpoint template can save the day.10 Free Powerpoint Templates for CreativesContinue reading

Top Design Collaboration Tools for Freelancers and Agencies Sponsored

Are you a member of a design or development team? Then, you most likely have a need to communicate and collaborate with others. Even when your project is a solo effort you may feel a need to have an extra set of eyes. You will need someone to watch out for mistakes and guide you along.

Consider a project that is being worked on behalf of a design agency. Here, team members need to be able to communicate among themselves. They also have to collaborate with their management.Top Design Collaboration Tools for Freelancers and Agencies SponsoredContinue reading

A Faster and Safer Way to Troubleshoot WordPress

Whether you’re building a new WordPress website or applying updates to an existing one, troubleshooting issues can be a very time-consuming process. It can also be a bit risky – especially if you’re dealing with a live site (one more good reason to set up a staging environment, when possible).

In general, pinpointing a problem requires that we take the following steps:A Faster and Safer Way to Troubleshoot WordPressContinue reading

20 Free Adobe XD UI Kits for Web & Mobile App Designers

While all of the talk these last few years has been around Photoshop and Sketch, Adode XD has quietly yet steadily built up a loyal following amongst web and mobile app designers. Released in December 2016 and officially exiting beta in October last year, Adobe XD has been continually updated with new features, to the point that it can now be regarded as a solid competitor to all of the other popular UI applications.

If you haven’t tried Adobe XD yet, you can download it for free here.20 Free Adobe XD UI Kits for Web & Mobile App DesignersContinue reading

Top WordPress Themes for Building Portfolios

Creating a stunning, award-winning portfolio can indeed be accomplished without much trouble. But only if you have the right tools for the job. If you try building one from scratch it can be a tough haul, even if you’re a whiz at coding.

Using a WordPress theme to help you is a far easier approach. But not all themes are equal in terms of features, speed, and performance.Top WordPress Themes for Building PortfoliosContinue reading

Are Client Meetings a Thing of the Past?

Throughout the last 10-15 years, many things have changed with regards to how we build websites. Broadband and computing power have brought time-saving efficiency, while coding and markup advancements have ushered in a new era of interactivity.

But there have also been changes to how we do business, as well. For example, online payment processing is now accessible to virtually every freelancer, taking the pain out of getting paid. Collaboration tools make communication with team members lightning-fast.Are Client Meetings a Thing of the Past?Continue reading

You Want to Sell Your Agency, Take Stock of Your Assets

Your agency isn’t worth what you think it is.

In my work helping digital agency owners achieve freedom in their business in life at UGURUS, I often tell my backstory of selling my web agency in 2012. Thirteen years of blood, sweat, and tears bundled up in a single transaction. The American Dream at it’s finest. It was all part of my grand plan, right?You Want to Sell Your Agency, Take Stock of Your AssetsContinue reading

10 Free Syntax Highlighter WordPress Plugins

One of the truly great aspects of the web design community is its willingness to share solutions and ideas. As such, many people choose to post tutorials and helpful code snippets on their blogs.

When displaying code, it’s a good idea to make snippets look as clean and easy to read as possible. You’ll also want to make sure that it’s easy for users to copy and paste for their own use.10 Free Syntax Highlighter WordPress PluginsContinue reading

How Designers Can Build a WordPress Maintenance Service Offering

One of the best parts about working with WordPress is the opportunity to expand your range and offer other much-needed services from the platform. So, even if your job title has been “web designer” or “web developer” until recently, there’s no reason why you couldn’t or shouldn’t be able to sell other WordPress-related services.

If you have the experience in WordPress and clients see a value in the additional service, by all means, expand your WordPress business beyond the bounds of your traditional role.How Designers Can Build a WordPress Maintenance Service OfferingContinue reading