Must-Have Tools for Building Fixed Website Headers

Post pobrano z: Must-Have Tools for Building Fixed Website Headers


From agencies to blog magazines, fixed headers are all the rage. It’s more common that this effect is created with plugins rather than custom-coded effects. Because of this fact many developers have released free open source plugins for fixed navigation bars. Take a look at these examples and see how they can fit into your projects.

Headroom.js

fixed header headroom js

Sticky Kit

sticky kit design layout

Midnight.js

fixed scroll midnight js javascript

Headhesive

headhesive fixed header js

Scrolling Header

tutorial howto fixed header code

stickyMojo

stickymojo sticky header sidebar

Fixed Header Table

table header fixed plugin

Makefixed.js

makefixed js plugin javascript

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Must-Have Resources for Professional Freelance Designers

Post pobrano z: Must-Have Resources for Professional Freelance Designers


Working freelance is always a challenge. Juggling work and client communication is never easy, but with the right tools your job can be a little easier. These resources have been hand-picked for designers working on their own or running a very small agency. Most of these tools are based online and target a niche that every freelancer is looking to fill.

Mail’ette

mailette design approvals webapp

Flatsies

tool for web design layouts flatsies

QuoteBase

quotebase quotes website layout design

Freeagent

free agent resource freelancer

Toggl

toggl time tracking app webapp

Redbooth

redbooth collaborate freelancing tool

Hourly Rate Calculator

hourly freelance rate calculator

Your Rate

your rate webapp freelancing

Harvest

harvest app time tracking

Freedcamp

freedcamp time tracking webapp

Basecamp

basecamp collab webapp freelance

Asana

asana teamwork app collaboration

Only Office

only office freelance web design

Solo

soloapp project management tasks

SaneBox

sanebox webapp inbox management

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6 Tips for Improving the Speed of Your Website

Post pobrano z: 6 Tips for Improving the Speed of Your Website


Remember the old days, when internet was first emerging and we all took for granted that getting on the internet so you can chat with your friends or read the weather report meant waiting for a connection – waiting for the site to come up – waiting for pictures to load…

Who could imagine working that way now? In the age of ultra-fast internet connections, getting better by the minute, we can’t stand it when a website takes too long to load. Nor can your clients and their website visitors.

You’ve put in the work, created a website – maybe even designed it with a tool like Webydo, which lets you design beautiful, responsive and professional sites without even having to code – you shouldn’t let anything else come in the way!

If you want to do a good job and if you want the website to serve its purpose well, one of the things you have to look out for is loading and responsivity speed. A fast website is a website where you don’t even notice how fast (or slowly) it works, but are instead free to focus on its content. Luckily, there are several ways to make sure this is the case – here are six useful tips.

#1 Improve the site’s performance

There are plenty of ways to improve your site’s performance by playing around with your infrastructure, coding and design. One way is to minimize HTTP requests. Every request like that means the browser has to take a trip to the server and back to get what it needs, and that adds work and just slows everything down. Use this HTTP request checker to know what’s going on in your own site.

Another way, while you’re already fixing the site’s code, is to keep it to minimum. Rather than code it to be easy to read by you, remove unnecessary characters. It might look messier from your point of view, but it will be lighter and much quicker to load. And finally, remember reduction is not only for characters but for files too: put all CSS in one style sheet.

#2 Optimize images

With all due respect to text – which can be as heavy in meaning as you’d like – in terms of code it’s light, and what’s really taking up space and slowing your site down is very likely images. Quality images can be extremely heavy, and the more you put on there, the longer they’re going to take to fully load.

There’s no one genius way to solve this problem, unfortunately. You’re either going to have to compress some images (for instance try RIOT – it’s a tool for optimizing images with a really friendly interface) or else, consider getting rid of some images altogether, to be replaced by vectors or CSS-generated graphics. GenerateIt has some awesome tools for generating things like buttons, gradients, menus and more.

#3 Improve animation performance

Like images, animations are a big concern when it comes to improving website speed. And like images, animations are quickly becoming super popular in websites – so better get used and try to work with them. One of the best pro tips with animation performance is to go simple: not every piece of animation needs complex gradients and shadows.

You can create CSS3 keyframe animations easily and quickly with CSS Animate, right there in your browser. Also check out Paul Irish’s great piece on why you should opt to move elements with translate() rather than pos:abs.

#4 Optimize web fonts

Fonts are a crucial part of design and this is not to suggest you should kiss them goodbye – just know how to make the best of them so they won’t weigh your website down. You can start with font variants. Your chosen font family has many different ones (bold, italic and so on).

Keep them to the minimum that you actually use and save on space. If you don’t know it yet, familiarize yourself with grunt-ziti, an optimization tool which converts large font files to smaller web fonts.

Another useful thing to do is to use @font-face, which tells the browser what variants to use and how and splits the information into different resources, rather than having to download the full font file and not even using most of it. Everythingfonts have a nice little font-face generator you can use for exactly that.

#5 Optimize the social feed

Another thing that’s very likely slowing your site down is everything to do with social media. If you’re using Facebook and Twitter feeds, Pinterest buttons, share options and so on, there’s a good chance they’re the ones responsible for the problem. Since you’re not going to give those up – social media sharing is obviously key in generating traffic – you have to find a way to make them work better for you.

Possibly the best solution is to make sure that whichever widgets you’re using, they’re being loaded asynchronously – without being dependent on other elements on the page. That way the site can load everything it needs and not get stuck waiting for your Twitter feed.

There are some cool asynchronous social media plugins you can just take for yourself like the floating social bar (WP) and Asynchronous Social Buttons.

#6 Choosing the best web hosting for you

And finally, when all other options are exhausted, go back to the source (or rather, the host) – make sure you’ve got the best hosting service that will help your site be as fast as it can be. Firstly, know that location matters. If you can place your servers close to your users, for instance in case the website you’re working on is intended for a very specific audience, that can make a real difference. It doesn’t even matter that you yourself are away, because you can use data centers in other countries.

Secondly, keep hardware in mind – yours as well as the host’s. Make sure they’re using the best switches, bandwidth providers etc. A third recommendation is to invest in a CDN (CloudFlare’s for instance). A content delivery network is a distribution of servers across various locations which is designed to make content delivery more efficient. Every time a user tries to enter the site, the CDN calculates and decides which server to use, based on physical proximity, workload of the different servers, amount of hops needed to reach the user and more.Advertisements:
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Divi 2.4 – More Versatile and Popular than Ever

Post pobrano z: Divi 2.4 – More Versatile and Popular than Ever


Elegant Themes has just released their latest version of Divi, their flagship theme. Divi 2.4 is expected to become more popular than ever because of a massive revamping of key features, including header options, module settings, and the addition of a new library. You will in fact find significant enhancements and improvements in almost all areas.

Divi has been a popular WordPress theme since its inception, due in large part to its ease of use and flexibility. With this upgrade, both characteristics have been enhanced considerably, and to the point where the website developer has a nearly unlimited set of options to work with.

What’s in the 2.4 Box? – An Overview

Here are just a few of the surprises that await those who already use Divi’s WordPress theme, and are now available to anyone looking to purchase this premium theme.

  • In many themes, creating headers present website designers with more limitations than opportunities. Divi’s new Header Module has been designed to fill a browser window no matter which browser or platform is the target, and additional modules ensure that header elements are easily placed where they are wanted.
  • Modules are the building blocks the page builder uses to create page. The Module Settings offer the designer a variety of options. More than 100 additional module settings have been added in 2.4, and every single module is affected, greatly enhancing the versatility of this theme.
  • One of the more useful and exciting features of this latest upgrade is the new Divi Library. The library replaced the Saved Layouts function, which served well as a repository, but was not significantly involved in page building. The new Library can be used to store, edit, and retrieve layouts and individual elements of layouts.
  • Page elements stored in the library can be globalized. Change an element on one page or section, and all corresponding elements will be changed, saving a tremendous amount of time and bookkeeping.
  • The introduction of a fluid grid is another time- and labor-saving feature. Fixed grids, while often providing adequate solutions, have their limitations. These have now been removed.
  • If it works, don’t try to fix it. Divi authors appear to have ignored this sage piece of advice. They took the very user friendly Page Builder interface, and totally revamped it, making it more useful and more user friendly than ever.

The list could go on, but you may just want to spend a little time to see for yourself what Divi 2.4 brings to the table. It is rather unusual for a highly popular theme such as this one to undergo such a large-scale revamping within a single upgrade, but that is precisely what Elegant Themes appears to have successfully accomplished.

Looking into the 2.4 Box in Greater Detail

What these and other improvements and enhancements do for the website developer is to open the door to an extremely large, and in fact virtually unlimited, set of design options. The designer can not only do more, but can do it in less time, and with less effort. That is the gist of the 2.4 upgrade.

The Library

For many, Divi’s new Library will be one of the most exciting enhancements included in 2.4. Rather than being an “off-to-the-side” theme component, the Library now plays an active role in the page-building process.

Divi’s Library feature saves and stores pre-made layouts, as did the Saved Layouts function it replaced, but it does much more. Layouts, customized layouts, and layout sections and individual elements, can be placed in the library where they can be saved for later use. What is really exciting however is the fact that layouts, elements, or modules that have been placed in the Library can be edited, and the editing can take place right in the Library which, with these enhancements, has now become an integral part of the design and page-building process.

Library Element Globalization

One additional thing can be accomplished with elements that have been stored, and sometimes edited, in the library. They can be made global.

If you change one global page or library element, all similar elements elsewhere on a page, or on other pages, will be changed as well. Since it is possible to add any instance of a section, row, or module in the library to any number of pages or layouts at any time, the ability to globalize these elements can result in huge time savings, not to mention a significant reduction in bookkeeping efforts. Elements can either be made global in the library or within the page builder.

Advanced Settings, Custom CSS, and the New Header Module

Just as exciting as the new Library is to Divi theme users, is what has changed in the area of module settings. These settings are what make a module so flexible in its use, and the design options they offer, and their usability, have both been significantly increased.

A nice variety of module settings was available before the 2.4 upgrade, but 100s of additional advanced settings have now been introduced, affecting each and every module. The result is a significant increase in the options available to customize a module, which in turn opens up an immense number of options available to the designer when constructing a web page. An equally significant and exciting enhancement involves the introduction of a fullscreen header module, resulting in a greater ease of use and versatility in Divi’s page and header building processes.

The Revamped Customizer is a Game Changer

Adding a few more design options is always a positive thing, but Divi’s authors went far beyond adding a few options. They completely revamped the Customizer.

New design options have been put in place, which add to the flexibility and versatility of this theme, but in revamping the Customizer, special attention was paid to those design options that were subject to various limitations, a number of which were successfully removed. The net result is that rows, content and sidebar widths, and other page and element characteristics can be more precisely controlled; and done so with greater ease. The designer is not as limited as was earlier the case in the exact placing of page blocks and elements.

The Divi Page and Post Builder

The ability to create posts using the Divi page builder has always been there, but the process was slightly cumbersome and not without its limitations. This has changed with 2.4.

A special post title module has been added, which functions to place items such as title, image, meta, and text where the designer wants them to appear, without having to go through extra effort. The post-building feature is now a stand-alone, user friendly feature.

The Divi Page Builder Interface

The original page builder interface was user-friendly and performed its function well. It might have remained as is, except the many other changes that made up 2.4 resulted in its becoming outdated.

The new interface is as user-friendly as ever, and perhaps even more so, in that it provides access to many more design options and features. As the illustration indicates, this interface is extremely easy to navigate.

Version 2.4 Pros and Cons, and why You should Purchase It

There are many positives about this latest Divi version, and the negatives are, for all practical purposes, nonexistent. It could be argued that a novice might find Divi difficult to work with due to a potential for information overload, but this is largely mitigated by the high quality of the accompanying user documentation. Most new users will find the learning curve is not at all steep; it is actually rather flat. For the more experienced user, Divi 2.4 is quite possibly the most flexible and versatile theme on the market, which is saying a lot. Divi 2.4 is highly recommended.

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Father’s day special / La fête des paires?

Post pobrano z: Father’s day special / La fête des paires?

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THE ORIGINAL? 
Axiom Telecom / “Happy Father’s Day”– 2014
“To the man behind the camera”

Agency : FP7 Dubaï (United Arab Emirates)
LESS ORIGINAL
Teknosa / “Happy father’s day” – 2015
“Happy father’s day to our invisible heroes”
Agency : 41-29 (Turkey)