Connect With WRD
feed via e-mail
feed via e-mail

Archive for the ‘Extras’ Category

UPDATE: THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED. CONGRATS TO:
Justin DiMucci
asteris
Betty Lou

Winners were chosen using random.org.

If you have a website, then you more than likely have a contact form that lets visitors easily get in touch. When someone fills out your contact form, you’ll typically receive their message in your inbox. However, you won’t know anything about the sender that they don’t explicitly tell you.
Read the rest of this entry »

  • Tags:
  • Filed under: Reviews & Giveaways
  • 18 Comments
  • As a designer/developer, I am addicted to high quality resources that ease what I do.

    And, since 6 years, WebResourcesDepot was all about that; those beautiful, mostly free and useful resources.

    The website became a huge repository of selected goodies which I hope helped and will help many designers/developers (besides me).

    Many of you already know that I am also part of another project, Uptime Robot, and it is really hard to be productive with working on multiple projects.

    With the new year, I’ll be working full-time on Uptime Robot and WRD now has a new owner, Brad Wayland of the inspiring DesignM.ag.

    Considering his expertise on content, I already know that WRD can only become better.

    To keep this short, I want to thank everyone who has been a part of WRD (reader, contributor, advertiser) in all these years. I have learned a lot from it and very happy with the experience.

    Wishing everyone a great new year. Bests. Umut.

    For responsive layouts, we may want to trigger different JavaScript codes depending on the screen size, platform or browser.

    Simple State Manager is a lightweight and easy-to-use JavaScript State Manager for responsive websites.

    It doesn’t require any JavaScript frameworks and a perfect companion for handling layout-specific code in a clean way.

    Simple State Manager

    You can define the breakpoints and pack all the JavaScript to be executed on that breakpoint. Once another breakpoint is reached, SSM disables all the previous custom code and triggers new ones (so you don’t have to).

    The manager comes with a complete API, a debugger and plugin support for extending further.

    There is always a search for better and simpler. And, the same goes for content management systems.

    Although we have powerful tools like WordPress, Drupal or Joomla, there is a huge interest for focused ones (remember Ghost).

    Dropplets

    Dropplets and Leeflets are two separate apps, by the same team, where one of them is focused on blogs and the other one on other types of websites.

    They both don’t require a database but use Markdown-formatted files instead for the content.

    The scripting language is PHP, content can be edited while browsing and both of them are being updated/improved regularly.

    Inky Deals is one of the leading deals websites in the design community, with an extended family of more than 300,000 design enthusiasts.

    It’s the place to go if you want to buy premium resources at unbeatable prices, whether you’re a graphic or web designer, developer, or business owner looking to improve yourself and your work.

    InkyDeals

    They’re the only deals website who offer a 200% money back guarantee on every product.

    This means that if you’re not happy with it, you get your money back and you also get to keep the product.

    471 Premium Design Resources for Free

    Because Inky (the lovable little ink blob and mascot of Inky Deals) and his team enjoy giving back to the community, they’ve created a huge free web design bundle: 471 Premium Design Resources for Free value $519, which you can find exclusively on Inky Deals.

    InkyDeals Free Deal

    Partners

    It contains textures, UI kits, HTML, PSD & WordPress templates, patterns, fonts, courses and much more. Here are their partners who helped them put this great bundle together:

    InkyDeals Partners

    Resources

    This bundle has got dozens of good reviews, hundreds of shares and thousands of fans from all over the world. Let’s see what you get by downloading this full pack of resources:

    45 OpenType Fonts from 128Bit Technologies
    InkyDeals
    Pixel Perfect Social Media Icons from Design TNT
    InkyDeals Icons
    Dead Stocker PSD Website Template from DesignModo
    InkyDeals Templates
    Subtle Patterns Set from Design TNT
    InkyDeals Patterns
    This is just a small part of the design goodies you get by downloading this free bundle. Check out the entire 471 Premium Design Resources for Free!

    Buffer is one of the most popular apps for managing multiple social media profiles, scheduling posts and more.

    Circular is an open source alternative for Buffer that is built as a Backbone.js app with a REST API written in PHP that stores data in MongoDB.

    Circular

    It only works with Twitter where you can add a list of tweets and they will be sent on the date-time defined.

    Multiple accounts are supported and a bookmarklet helps using it easier.

    P.S. The app can also be used and tried with the hosted version.

    Smartimage, a cloud-based brand image management application (that was featured before at WRD), now has new features offering a more powerful, visual experience.

    The application helps companies to manage + share images and other visual content that workgroups and small businesses use everyday for events, promotions and brand communications.
    Besides all the core features like auto-conversion to popular formats and sizes, sharing/embedding and public/private galleries, there are now features like:

    • Custom image gallery options – Users can now choose which display and action features to enable for each collection including on/off switches for downloading and sharing files.
    • Embeddable image gallery carousel – Images can be displayed in a stunning super-sized carousel or elegant thumbnail gallery.
    • Robust digital imaging – Dynamic resizing allows Smartimage to host your images and easily display them on other web pages while maintaining their quality.
    • Updated user interface (UI) – A cleaner interface puts the focus on the user’s brand and high-quality images.
    • Faster speeds globally – Everywhere in the world, Amazon’s CloudFront Content Delivery Network (CDN) provides faster upload and download speeds.

    Smartimage now offers more control and attractive, dynamic ways of presenting and sharing high quality content, while emphasizing simplicity.

    An API is also in the roadmap of Smartimage which will allow integrating it further. P.S. The app offers a full set of features for getting the most out of these assets and you can find the complete list here.

    When developing with Xcode and Objective-C, it is usually hard and time-consuming to create animations.

    Canvas is a project that makes adding good-looking animations easy for iOS apps.

    Canvas For iOS

    With almost no coding, effects like fade, zoom in/out, slide, bounce, pop, shake and more are available for use.

    The project is not only about animations but currently comes with a “custom font” component and plans to add ones like parallax, sticky headers and various others.

    Elegant Themes, a well-known WordPress themes company with high-quality resources, has just released an extraordinary WordPress theme.

    It is called Divi and it is probably the most flexible WordPress theme ever; in means of design and functionality.

    Elegant Themes - Divi

    The theme has a unique drag ‘n’ drop builder that allows you to add sections, rows, columns or widgets and design the layout.

    Into any row or column, you can insert the built-in modules like text, image, slider, pricing table, contact form, tabs, portfolio and even shop.

    Each module comes with its own options and, optionally, their appearance can be customized by injecting custom CSS.

    Simply you can create countless number of layouts with Divi and, whatever you create, it is responsive, which is awesome.

    Divi

    There are multiple pre-built layouts to get started quickly. These include homepages for business, commerce, portfolio and blog.

    Also, Divi comes with a contact page, a project case study, a blog, portfolio, and shop as well.

    You can watch this video below to learn more about it and also read more about it in Elegant Themes’ Blog.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    Fred Wilson, an investor who is known with his good decisions (early investor for Twitter, SoundCloud and Kickstarter) has made an interesting speech at LeWeb.

    It was about the types of start-ups he was interested in investing and want to share some of them as it was inspiring as well.

    He started with saying that he is not interested in technologies but more in trends and prefer to invest in trends.

    These 3 trends were the ones that he saw growing:

    Removal of bureaucratic hierarchies

    The need for speed when it comes to reaching information is clearly the heaviest trend.

    The examples he provided were Twitter (replacing old media), Airbnb (replacing hotels) and Kickstarter (replacing production companies).

    Simply, anything that removes the middleman in any service (or at least minimizes the number of them).

    Unbundling

    This can actually be summarized as focusing to niche markets.

    The traditional business usually tries to sell all the things it can (like a bank selling loans, cards, accepting deposits, insurance..).

    However, he thinks that the user now prefers to get products/services that are specially focused on that and want to get the best as a result (an example was Netflix).

    People being the network

    With the increasing smartphone usage, we are all part of an active network.

    And, he attaches the success of apps like Uber or Tinder to that effect.

     

    These 3 trends are the filters of Fred Wilson and think that they are worth considering when launching a start-up.

    Here is his speech (it is worth the time):

  • Tags:
  • Filed under: Extras, Info, No License
  • 0 Comments
  • Uptime Robot
    feed-holder
    FeedBurner
    PSD2HTML.com