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It is usually a good practice to enable users to sign-in/sign-up using popular social service accounts like Facebook, Twitter, Google or OpenID.

Such an alternative not only fastens the process (no approval e-mails required, fewer form fields to fill, etc.) but also a "one less password to remember" from the user's perspective.

There are many social authentication providers besides the ones counted above including LinkedIn, Hotmail or Yahoo and integrating each can be a headache. Also, such codes may require to-be-updated from time-to-time to reflect any changes applied to them.

OneAll is a web service easing this process by providing a single API for using APIs of ~20 social services.

OneAll

With the help of a "Social Login plugin", a widget that can be inserted to web pages with a copy-paste, users can be powered with an option to login with their social IDs.

A "Social Share plugin" empowers users to share their comments, purchases, reviews or other activities directly from the website with their friends on multiple social networks.

And, every action performed using OneAll (sign-in, sign-up, repeating visits, etc.) can be viewed in detail from its analytics interface.

It is hard to find such a service for free, however, OneAll is currently in beta (in-search of testers) and free during that period. Also, there will be a free plan once it is out-of-beta.

Update (18 Nov 2011) – There is now a WordPress plugin for the service which allows visitors to comment and login with social networks.

WebDesignShock has recently released a high-quality set of interface icons that follow the style of the ones used in Google+.

There are 204 items in the set, they have gray and colored versions (great for hover effect) and come in 2 sizes: 18*18px and 128*128px.

That's not all, besides .PNG, the icons are also available in .PSD format.

It has almost every item that a web application can need from actions to charts or devices. Simply, a must-bookmark.

Google+ Inspired Icons

HybridAuth is an open source PHP library for authenticating through multiple social services and ID providers.

The services supported include OpenID,Facebook, LinkedIn, Google,Twitter, Windows Live, Foursquare, Vimeo, Yahoo, PayPal and more.

It can be integrated easily into existing websites by inserting a file and few lines to the sign-in/up pages.

HybridAuth - PHP Social Sign-in Library

Once authenticated, HybridAuth provides the connected user profile's in a rich, simple and standardized structure across all the social APIs.

And, besides authentication, the library enables us to interact with the social API client that the users are connected to.

A week ago, WRD had introduced Fortune3 which is a full-featured shopping cart application and giveaway of 3*6-month licenses of any plan wanted.

If you commented to that article for joining the giveaway, make sure to check the end of this post to find out if you are one of the winners.

In case you missed:

What is Fortune3?

It is a hosted shopping cart application with 24/7 support to build an e-commerce website of any size.

The application simplifies managing the store with a "E-Commerce Wizard" desktop software which speeds up the whole process.

Fortune3

The design of the store of totally customizable, and it is integrated with all major "live shipping" providers (like UPS, FedEx or DHL), payment processors (including PayPal, Google Checkout, Amazon, etc.) and accounting softwares (QuickBooks, PeachTree).

Both B2C and B2B business models are supported and several marketing tools like an integrated affiliate system, price/quantity based promotions, gift certificates, promo codes + newsletter system helps selling easier.

Fortune3's Social Shopping Cart App is an instant way to add a shopping cart to Facebook pages and reach social media users.

And, mobile apps allow you to reach your store anytime, anywhere.

The winners:

Here are the 3 winners for the any plan for 6 months of this ecommerce software:

  • dotcompals (comment #351445)
  • Niju mohan (comment #350929)
  • Nick (comment #350993)

Thanks to everyone for joining the giveaway and congratulations to the winners (hope they create awesome and sucessful e-commerce websites).

Google and other search engines provide solutions for websites to quickly search through the content in a limited set of web pages.

For something more customizable and to crawl much more resources like shared drives and feeds (besides URLs), SearchBlox can be a good fit.

SearchBlox

It is a search server which indexes the contents (supports MS Office docs and PDF too) and lists them very quickly on request.

SearchBlox is based on the open source Apache Lucene and has a web-based admin console for managing the whole system.

The content can be indexed in 37 languages and there are ready-to-install packages for major operating systems + cloud hosting services.

Inserting Google Maps into web pages is already easy with the simplicity Google offers in all of their products.

However, things can get easier with GMAP3 jQuery plugin if you are planning to use maps with advanced features (like overlays or callbacks).

GMAP3

There are simplified functions provided for the popular uses of Google Maps API that would normally require much more coding like:

  • getAddress – which returns a google.maps.GeocoderResult from a google.maps.LatLng
  • getRoute – which returns a google.maps.DirectionsResult from a google.maps.DirectionsRequest

It is also possible to use the native Google maps functions within the plugin for maximum flexibility.

Page Speed, the popular Firebug/Chrome add-on -by Google- for evaluating the performance of web pages now gets an online version.

It offers a very similar functionality with the Firebug version, analyzes the page performance and comes with suggestions that are categorized in priorities to improve it.

This free service also has a new feature: "suggestions for the mobile version of a web page" which are tuned for the unique characteristics of mobile devices.

Page Speed Online

Google is providing lots of tools for web designers/developers and almost all of them have their APIs for easier integration with 3rd party services.

If you're a frequent user of these resources and want to reach them easier, Google has a web page specifically for you: Google APIs & Developer Products.

Google APIs & Developer Tools

The page lists all development-related resources of Google with their logos and highlights the ones according to their categories.

A must-bookmark for everyone into web development.

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  • Google is so decisive on making the web faster with the tools and resources it creates. Also remember that they had announced "speed being a factor in Google's search rankings".

    Google is now sharing an open source Apache module named mod_pagespeed that automatically optimizes web pages.

    mod_pagespeed

    It works with Apache 2.2 and includes several filters that optimize JavaScript, HTML, CSS stylesheets, JPEG and PNG images.

    For the other members of the Page Speed family like the Page Speed extension, check this.

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  • HTML5Rocks is an online resource by Google that regularly shares various resources on HTML5 and CSS3.

    The site has very detailed tutorials that digg stuff like HTML5 video or @web-fonts which are good starting points on the subjects.

    HTML5Rocks

    An online playground with shortcuts to JS APIs + HTML-CSS properties helps trying new codes and seeing the outputs instantly.

    And there is HTML5 Studio, which is a showcase of HTML5 codes like page-flip, video player, carousel, geolocation and more that are open source. It is possible to get inspired from them or re-use them in our projects.

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