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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.
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Creatives know how complicated and costly the usual process of making a professional website is. As a matter of fact, designers would like nothing better than to take matters into their own hands, but the whole problem revolves around HTML coding – so it would be great if something absolved them of these concerns, wouldn’t it? Luckily, a stampede of website building tools has invaded the web over the past few years, and most of them offer their services for free.

These DIY platforms cross out the issue of coding and allow their users to focus entirely on being creative. In short, they help save energy, time, and money. Yet, you’d have to know which ones are the most worthwhile. Website-Builder is more than qualified to fill in for that description, and it has an ambivalent reach: both ambitious ‘laymen’ and passionate designers can equally benefit from using this platform. It is easy, fast, and yet doesn’t overlook important aspects, such as proper design tools and high aesthetic standards.
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For years the traditional method of website designing has been that the client has to hire two people tackle this process, brining on a designer and developer.

The designer works on the graphics of the website using Photoshop or another design platform as per the instructions of the client, make the final adjustments and then pass it along to the developer. The developer will write the code for that picture which will turn the picture of the website into a real website. I mean when the code will be uploaded on a webhost the site will go live.
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Although Twitter has changed a lot of their customization settings, it is still the same micro networking site we all love. Profiles have always allowed their own custom page background image. But there are also header backgrounds which appear right behind your profile photo & information.

These images are typically resized at 520 x 260 but can be uploaded using larger dimensions. Below you will find a set of 30 creative header backgrounds you might use on your own profile. They’re all easy to download and setup in your Twitter account settings. Click any of the links below to see a fullsize view of the header image.

Moscow

moscow cityscape background twitter design

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Icons are one of the main elements of any web design. You need an icon to make your user navigate your website, buy something, like something, share something and so forth. Creating icons for every single project may be a challenge, this is why is always good to see what you can find on the web to make your life easier. Read the rest of this entry »

jQuery plugins are life savers, specially when they help you on the task of adding cool functionality to your website. Thanks to the super engaged jQuery developer community, who is always creating new and amazing stuff, there are tons of great jQuery plugins out there, plugins that cover all sorts of functionalities.

From scrolling effects to improved website navigation, from better forms to UI enhancers and much more, there is certainly a plugin for what you need to do. To show you the power of jQuery we gathered 17 plugins that will make your life easier, so make sure to take some time to check them out. We will show here plugins that will help you on creating full screen scrolling sites; name breakpoints in one place and automatically sync them across your javascript and markup; defining custom scroll paths; organize webpage content in an efficient, dynamic and responsive layout, and much more. Also, make sure to check a few interesting links about jQuery at the end of our list. Enjoy.

fullPage.js

A simple and easy to use plugin to create fullscreen scrolling websites (also known as single page websites). It allows the creation of fullscreen scrolling websites, as well as adding some landscape sliders inside the sections of the site.

17 jQuery Plugins that will Make your Life Easier
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While the Web is full of all sorts of website templates, many are fairly fixed and only offer a homepage and maybe an additional page or two. What really offers you the best opportunity is a template with lots of options and flexibility.

Nothing’s cooler than Arctic, a multipurpose responsive HTML5 template. With a variety of alternate pages, more than 20 custom pages, various sliders, 4 layered and well-organized PSD files, and a slew of interactive tools and widgets, Arctic can pretty much do it all. Well, except crush your wallet, that is. Yep, if you act now, you can save almost 50% off this gorgeous template and be the coolest kid on the block.


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As a web designer, I’m always snapping screenshots of inspiring websites I come across, for personal documentation, or for client presentations. It’s a common practice for many designers, and if you’re grabbing more than a few quick screens, it can get rather time consuming. I’m always looking for ways to streamline my workflow, and ShrinkTheWeb has helped me do just that.


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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.

We usually expect an icon set to have 100s of items and be complete with all the major elements.

However, sometimes, smaller sets can be handy too.. just like Coucou Icons.

Coucou Icons

The icon set consists of 64 free items which are fun, without a specific-focus but all crafted beautifully.

They are available in .PSD, .AI, .EPS, + .PNG files and free to use in personal and commercial projects.

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