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mightySlider is a premium jQuery plugin that provides everything you need to build an awesome slider.

The plugin can be used for simple-to-advanced scenarios like a slideshow, gallery, content-rotator, carousel, video gallery and more.

mightySlider

It adapts well to responsive layouts (down-to-mobile) and works in all major browsers including mobile (there is touch support).

mightySlider is SEO-friendly with a semantic markup and deep-linking which makes each slide bookmarkable as well.

Any type of content can be displayed, vertically or horizontally, and it can even pull content from 500px, Flickr and Instagram.

mightySlider - Video

With the help of a powerful API (and detailed docs), mightySlider‘s functionality can be completely customized. Also, a slider generator exists for performing this customization easily.

When it comes to browsing through the slides, there are all the options on the table: prev-next, bullet-navigation, keyboard and touch.

Some other features of the plugin are auto-play, native fullscreen mode, smart lazy loading and the ability to use multiple instances on the same page.

mightySlider Carousel

GPU-accelerated CSS3 transitions are used and it is optimized for a smooth experience with max performance.

The slider is priced $12 and it is definitely worth what it offers in exchange.

Easy Digital Downloads is a free WordPress plugin that simplifies selling digital stuff.

The setup is almost plug ‘n’ play; just define the products + payment details and the system is ready to go.

WordPress Easy Digital Downloads

It can be customized through the hooks and filters provided, there is built-in support for discounts and many paid plugins exist for extending it further.

Major payment providers like PayPal or Stripe work perfectly with it, data can be analyzed with the reporting features and can be exported too.

Once, Flash was the standard to serve audio + video through web and a single format was enough to display them nicely.

Right now, HTML5 is the standard and browsers + devices expect different file formats.

Encoding.com, a professional encoding service, simplifies converting media from one type to another and it supports video, audio and images.

Encoding.com

With the help of an API or web interface, we can send our encoding requests and get the converted files very quickly. We can even define where those files will be placed (like Amazon or Rackspace clouds).

There is no need to know which formats are required for a specific job. There are presets for popular use cases (for mobile, HTML5 browsers, Flash, etc.) and Encoding.com can handle the rest.

The service is also capable of editing the media like adding watermarks, split screen, picture-in-picture, resizing or cropping them.

Encoding.com - HTML5 Ready

Encoding.com also integrates tightly with their “universal video URL” service Vid.ly which simplifies things even more for some uses.

This is a very handy service for “any size usage” whether there is a batch or single job to be processed and there are plans for all, including a free plan.

P.S. This post is a sponsored review.

Screenshots are a part of web design process and we use them for many reasons; sharing with colleagues/customers, comparing versions, etc.

And, there are various browser extensions that simplify taking screenshots. qSnap is another good one which has support for all major browsers.

Browser Screenshot Extension - qSnap

You can choose to select to capture the visible part or the full screen. Once captured, a built-in editor can be used to edit it (crop, resize..).

Also, with a free membership, qSnap simplifies sharing the screenshot(s) with others.

There is a growing number of web fonts, each have lots of items and, sometimes, we only need few from each.

Font Combiner is a free and web-based tool for picking the letters from each font and generating a custom one.

Font Combiner

It also empowers us with features like changing the kerning, subsetting, hinting options and multiple font glyph combinations.

The tool hosts lots of free web fonts to choose from and works can be downloaded as PNG or SVG.

There are always new ideas and approaches for anything related to web development and the same goes for responsive layouts.

ResponsiveComments is a client-side solution for conditional loading in responsive web design.

ResponsiveComments

It uses the data attributes for defining the breakpoints and the HTML comments for hiding the content to be displayed on a defined screen-size.

The approach comes with pros and cons where the biggest advantage is “being a quick solution, easier JavaScript manipulation” and the major disadvantage is the HTML-bloat.

On every website, there are 3rd party scripts that track us (for serving ads, generating stats, displaying content, etc.).

Ghostery is a free browser extension that informs us about these scripts on every page.

And, besides informing, it allows us to block them too and this can be made categorically or item-by-item.

Ghostery

As a web user, such a plugin is so nice. And, as a web developer, it is great as we can instantly see which website uses which scripts or enable/disable them to see how sites behave for debugging purposes.

Ghostery is available for all major browsers and even for mobile.

TemplateMonster LogoTemplateMonster, the popular website templates company, is running an exciting discount for WordPress fans.

They are offering a 50% discount on all their WordPress themes (1500+) until 26 November which is a good deal for anyone planning to get a WP-powered site.

It is pretty easy to browse through this large repository with the ability to filtering them via category or color.

Template Monster WordPress Theme

Lately, the company is developing all new themes using the open source Cherry Framework (created by them) which is built on top of Bootstrap.

So, these themes are all responsive and comes with an improved, easier-to-use WordPress admin panel.

P.S. Here is the official announcement for the discount.

There are popular CSS preprocessors like Less or Sass which are written with a custom syntax (and compiled to CSS with JavaScript or scripting languages).

AbsurdJS is another preprocessor which supports both HTML + CSS and written in JavaScript.

AbsurdJS

It is available for Nodejs + the browser and has the advantage of providing an already-popular syntax: JavaScript.

Just like other pre-processors, it can be only used to generate the CSS file or as JavaScript to make use of variables and any other dynamic features.

Freepik, a search engine for vectors, photos and illustrations has created an exclusive free vector icon set for WRD readers.

It is named Computer Icons and includes 150 vector computer and computer-related items.

The set comes in .JPG + .SVG formats and it is totally free to be used in personal or commercial projects (re-distribution not allowed).

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