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Creative thinking is an integral part of design and all art-related professions. Hyper-creative people appear to conceive of brilliant ideas as easily as magicians pull rabbits from hats, but the truth is that we all meet with creative blocks....
There is no need to ask why anybody would want to write a plugin for WordPress. It's one of the primary features that makes WordPress so flexible and a good fit for a wide range of projects. In the first part of our series we created the base...
When I start telling people about the importance of a favicon to their overall online branding strategy, they usually say the same thing: "Aren't you taking this branding thing a little bit too far?" My answer usually goes: "Not if you're serious...
Nothing is more important than readability when it comes to the text on your website. Absolutely nothing. If you can’t read the words, then what good are you doing? Who is getting your message? Just as important as the words themselves is the...
In the previous part of our series we created the base for a WordPress plugin recognisible by the core. Today we are going to learn how to actually alter the default functionality of the core. The concept of hooks, actions, and filters is responsible...
If there's one thing that drives me insane online, it's when input forms allow me to enter incorrect data, only to point out the mistake after I try and submit it. It seems like half the forms I submit have to be refilled and submitted over again...
One of the main problems with technology is the frequent lapses in security we experience; a lot of information is stolen daily and used to steal more information, send spam messages, open backdoors to systems and sometimes even do damage to...
Running an ecommerce store is a lot different than running a blog or an affiliate marketing site. The sole purpose of an online store is to make money. As a result, each and every design decision is critical when it comes to converting customers...
In the densely populated design field, we are always looking for ways to make ourselves stand out from the crowd. Never is this need to stand out from the masses more pressing than when applying for a new job. So here we are going to take a look at...
Some people think that branding is a highly expensive marketing activity that can only be pursued by multinationals with million dollar budgets while others regard branding as a highly complex strategy that only those well trained are able...
If you build new WordPress websites on a regular basis, you may be familiar with the process of setting up a local WordPress installation using WAMP or XAMPP to do your development work before migrating the site to your live server. It’s a great...
Running a web development business isn't an easy endeavor at all. You have to manage multiple projects, tough clients, and a constant stream of relentless deadlines. One key methodology which enables a web designer to generate more return...
Every now and then I’m approached by design students and clients asking me to critique their logos. While I’m not particularly fond of critiquing anyone’s work, especially when it's hard to find something positive to say, I’m happy...
One of the primary reasons for WordPress' continued popularity is the ease with which it can be extended and customized with plugins. Building a plugin may seem like an impossible task, but it's simpler than you may think. Today we begin our...