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The primary objective of every small- or medium-sized web design and development company is to thrive by taking on more and more clients. If you’re the leader of a start-up, then your team is also eager to take on a multitude of projects and step up the game. As you may already know, the larger your workload gets, the more difficult it is to control.

We’re here to tell you that you should consider using software for project management and team collaboration, which is bound to make you more efficient. 15 of the best are presented below. You will find that they are not cumbersome or demanding, but rather simple and empowering.

Paymo

One of the most helpful solutions for web based project management is Paymo. It gives you the chance to mobilize your team and schedule all of your projects via desktop, or smartphones. If you’re going to use your desktop for task management and time tracking, then Paymo has widgets for Mac and Windows, which allow you to edit a time sheet and detect idle workers. In addition, you can let PaymoPlus run in the background while you’re working, and you’ll be able to add all of your projects at the end of the day.
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  • Vector design is a popular topic because it can be extrapolated into the world of digital and print design. Icons are used for websites, branding, even mobile applications. Whether you’re building a website mockup or learning how to create your own graphics, freebies are quite useful to the process. This gallery includes over 20 free Illustrator files to play with icons and vector freebies.

    Flat Devices

    flat device screen mockups psd

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    Online video tutorials are one of the simplest methods for learning new techniques. They’re more visual, more procedural, and don’t involve much reading. Illiterates will enjoy that last point but they also won’t be able to read this post. There’s no denying the benefits of YouTube video tutorials for designers and web developers to want to expand their knowledgebase.

    This gallery focuses on 15 YouTube channels dedicated to development and design techniques. Some channels are more tutorial-focused while others pivot around presentations and keynote speeches. There is plenty of great info to consume if you have the time to spare.

    1st Web Designer

    1wd first web designer youtube channel

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    Whether it’s WordPress, PrestaShop, OpenCart, Joomla, or Magento, creative professionals put in a lot of effort day and day out to give shape to good-looking websites for their contractors. Part of that effort goes into finding auxiliary resources, especially themes and plugins that serve a specific purpose, and are compatible with the CMS or website launching platform at hand.

    Sound premium plugins are particularly difficult to come by. Consciously or unconsciously, each of us creates a list of favorites, over time. I have my own version of it, too. You can read all about it below, in an updated form for this autumn.

    LayerSlider Premium Multi-Purpose Slider Plugin


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  • Apple has been a big proponent of the cloud revolution with their iCloud service and cloud-based apps. Now most websites and social networks offer solutions to keep data in the cloud. Naturally the next step would be creating web applications that run solely in your web browser. How far into a futuristic utopia do we have to wait for these webapps?

    Thankfully we have quite a few available to us right now(the utopia part is debatable). This gallery includes 11 very helpful web applications for designers who want to work directly in the browser. It’s possible to create mockups, wireframes, patterns, and color schemes all from the comfort of your web browser. George Jetson would be so proud.

    Wireframing

    wireframe cc webapp minimalist prototyping

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    We are living in fast-paced times. Some of us are really caught up in our daily work schedules, so we barely have time for ourselves. This is where online shopping comes in handy. You can order the goods you need over the internet, and they will be delivered right at your doorstep.

    Online vendors thrive on this opportunity, but only if they have a good website, which invites guests to consider their products. Thus, designers try to find and use the right WooCommerce theme for each of their retailer clients. Scroll down for 15 great options.

    Bi-Shop

    Bi-Shop stands above all the other themes for WooCommerce websites, and deserves standing ovations. It’s an incredible, polyvalent solution that fits web stores of any kind. Even further, it has a mild learning curve, so you’ll understand how to use it in a jiffy.
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  • Every frontend developer should be quite familiar with the jQuery library. It provides a simple API for building quick dynamic interfaces without a whole lot of code. Many developers have even created jQuery plugins and released them online for free. This gallery includes 20 free open source examples of new jQuery plugins which can be used to enhance any website layout.

    CLNDR.js

    clndr calendar js jquery plugin

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    Selecting objects in Photoshop is comparable to any other difficult skillset like drawing or playing music. It can be excruciating at first, but once you understand what you’re doing it gets a whole lot easier. Layer masking offers great techniques for quickly rendering out any object from its background. If you want to build up your layer mask rendering skills take a look over some of these articles and tutorials ranging from beginner to intermediate topics.

    PS CS6 Masking

    youtube video tutorial masking cs6

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    When it comes to selecting an object I couldn’t rant enough about the pen tool. It’s very difficult to start learning which is why so many designers never practice. But once you understand the basics you can try outlining complex animals, people, and even capture the smaller intricacies like strands of hair.

    If you’re desperate to learn the Photoshop pen tool just read through any number of these tutorials. I guarantee you will be surprised with consecutive months of diligent practice.

    Pen Basics

    photoshop tools selection basics

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    Ever wanted to earn some cash off your digital work? It’s becoming much easier to earn money online by selling digital music, videos, icons, templates, scripts, even writing e-books. But how do you host these files online and get the download link to customers after payment?

    Check out these solutions below which are great for selling digital products online. Some are free to use while others may charge a small membership fee. Whichever service you use depends on your needs and what the service can offer. I would say the free options are usually best since they just take a small percentage out of your earnings – but the account lasts forever and you don’t need to worry about maintenance or file hosting.

    Sellfy

    online digital sales sellfy website

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