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Websites make use of and present lots of 3rd party data like tweets, maps, currency conversion… where all tied to APIs.

And, we usually use the most-popular, known APIs  in our sites. However, there are some hidden treasures as well that can feed any site/app with valuable data.

Check these 15 APIs and I’m pretty sure you’ll find a use for at least few of them:

Random User Generator

Random User Generator

A very useful API that allows us to create realistic-yet-fake users automatically.

This is very handy for filling web app databases for testing purposes or having realistic mockups.

We can mention a specific genre and Random User Generator returns name, address, e-mail, pass, avatar and more.

REST Countries

REST Countries

The API has methods for getting the list of all countries, the country code, capital, calling code, currency and more.
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  • Designers are passionately dedicated to crafting dashing websites for their clients. But it’s not an easy job.

    On the one hand, some clients are harder to please than others, and on the other hand, you should be managing this relationship parallel with the developer as every design requires custom coding.

    Webydo

    However, creating and managing your clients’ websites independently isn’t an option and Webydo provides designers with this opportunity free of charge, being an online platform that takes the nuances of coding out of thought, so focus is put entirely on the design.

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    Webydo

    85,000+ websites have been created via Webydo, whose generated code also renders them responsive to the display of smart phones and tablets.

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    On editing a particular layout, you may choose to apply any of the freely available fonts to text, drag-and-drop shapes, videos, Flash media, and even e-commerce widgets for online stores.

    The options encased in Webydo’s dashboard functions on the same lines as Indesign and Adobe Photoshop, so users will immediately feel at home designing a perfect website. Upon completion, all you need to do is click “Publish”, and the website goes live in a split-second as a Webydo sub-domain.

    Webydo Editor

    Webydo makes it easier to manage websites once they’re launched. The CMS enables website owners to further update specific areas of the website content on their own; basically, designers decide what the editable areas are, so the website’s aesthetic value isn’t compromised.

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    For any WordPress developer, using an options framework definitely helps customizing the theme/plugin much more and easier.

    Redux is an advanced and stable WordPress options framework, built on top of the popular NHP, with an enhanced UI.

    It uses the “WordPress Settings API” and has multiple built-in filed types, validation, import/export functionality and much more.

    Redux - WordPress Options Framework

    There are many online tools for beautifying our code and they are usually handy when working on formats like JSON or XML.

    Code Beautifier is a website which has a pack of these formatters including HTM, JSON, XML, CSS or JavaScript.

    Also, which is handier, there are converters like JSON-to-XML, XML-to-JSON, CSV-to-JSON/XML and more.

    Code Beautify

    SVG is one of the most attractive formats for creating any type of graphics that work on any platform.

    However, SVG has new features which are only available in modern browsers too.

    Snap is an impressive + free JavaScript library that eases working with SVG and focuses only to modern browser support.

    JavaScript SVG Library - Snap

    It is created by the developer of the most popular SVG library, Raphaël, and it supports features like masking, clipping, patterns, full gradients, groups, and more.

    Snap works with existing or Snap-generated content and also comes with a simple API for animation.

    TemplateMonster is one of the biggest and oldest brands when it comes to website templates.

    They have a huge repository of templates for anything, standard HTML, mobile, e-commerce, Facebook and more.

    Also, they have WordPress themes (here) + Joomla templates (here) and they are giving away “any selected template” to 5 WRD readers.

    Both of them have 1000+ of options to choose from and they can easily be filtered through categories (business, sport, design, etc.) or colors.

    TemplateMonster Joomla Templates

    How to join the giveaway?

    In order to join, you can simply answer “which TemplateMonster template would you like to win?” in the comments.

    The winners will be selected randomly with the query below and announced as an update to this post 1 week later (29 Oct 2013).

    SELECT * FROM wp_comments WHERE comment_post_id=4707 AND comment_approved=1 AND comment_type='' GROUP BY comment_author_email ORDER BY RAND() LIMIT 5

    Good luck to all.

    The winners

    Here they are:

    • Wesam Alalem (comment #1279753)
    • Etrimon (comment #1279721)
    • Makarand Patil (comment #1279778)
    • Drake (comment #1279765)
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    Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone for joining.

    WordPress is by far the most popular application that is used for blogging and managing other types of websites.

    Ghost, an open source blogging application that started with an idea by John O’Nolan and got thousands of backers at Kickstarter, is now live.

    It is created “not as a powerful CMS” but for only blogging and focuses on improving the blogging experience in all means.

    Ghost Blogging Platform

    The application is built with Nodejs and has a lovely dashboard that presents all the important information a one place.

    We can browse through the posts easily, view their stats or edit them quickly and create new ones.

    It has support for theming and available as either open source/self-hosted or hosted.

    For simple-to-complicated projects, it is always a very good idea to get organized.

    And, once other people are involved, using project management apps is a must to make sure things are all under control.

    BamBam!, a very nice project management app, which is free for up to 10 users, can be what you are looking for.

    BamBam!

    Signing up is very easy,  takes only a few seconds and going through the rather extensive tutorial tour will probably convince you that it is the right too.

    The project + tasks can be created instantly and “e-mail to task” feature helps a lot to add new ones.

    BamBam! Project

    There is a totally customizable news feed that gives access to absolutely everything going on.

    The real-time system and e-mail notifications are also a huge plus to keep connected with the project and teammates even when you are not on your desktop.

    BamBam Permissions

    It integrates fully with the Chime module for better time management for each task and with Springloops for version control with deployment tools.

    The workflow options and being able to migrate projects between them is something great as a single login for project management and not having to switch between apps, websites or widgets save a lot of time.

    BamBam! Article

    Like said, it is totally free for up to 10 users which is pretty awesome and will cover many teams.

    For larger teams, it is still priced reasonably ($7/user).

    Also, there’s no limit on storage or projects and there are lots of other handy features. Simply, it is a must check.

    When working on any type of documents (whether it is code or not), we may want to compare different versions to see what has changed.

    Some editors have this feature built-in where some don’t. Mergely is a free-to-use web app for making such a difference analysis quickly.

    Mergely

    Documents can be uploaded with ease (or by mentioning URLs), the differences will be highlighted and it is also possible to merge them.

    Mergely is also an open source JavaScript library (non-commercial) where you can integrate into your own projects.

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    IconCheap

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    IconCheap Features

    By the way, the icons come in multiple formats (.AI, .EPS, .PSD, .PNG) and they can be used for unlimited projects.

    P.S. IconCheap is another project by Charlene of IconBeast.

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