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5 Free Web Design Resources For Commercial Projects

5 Free Web Design Resources For Commercial Projects

15th May 2015

Image from Gratisography 1. Creative Market Creative Market sellers pick their own prices and yes, you usually have to pay for the resources you find in their shops. There is also, however, an ever changing offering of free downloads including photos, illustrations, Photoshop brushes and graphics. Not loads, but what is put up for free download…

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Web Design and the Retina Screen: First Thoughts

Web Design and the Retina Screen: First Thoughts

13th February 2014

Yesterday, after many years as a loyal Windows user, I switched to a Mac. There were many reasons which I won’t go into here but suffice to say one of the biggest attractions, despite the price, was the stunning high density Retina screen. Before I took the plunge I read quite a lot of articles…

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5 Tips for Minimalist Website Designs

2nd January 2014

1. Pay extra attention to detail The difference between a fair design and a great one is always attention to detail, but within a minimalist website design you only need to get a margin slightly out and it’s going to be glaringly apparent. That’s why you need to pay special attention to detail – style…

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How to: Remove the Yellow Input Field Outline in Chrome

6th June 2012

Get annoyed by the mustard colour highlight which Google Chrome puts around input boxes? It looks something like this: Here’s how to be rid of them quickly and easily using CSS. Open your stylesheet and add the following rule:

Save, upload and you’re done.

What is Responsive Web Design?

5th May 2012

The term Responsive Web Design was first used by Ethan Marcotte in an article he wrote for A List Apart back in 2010. He was talking about designing for an ever increasing array of devices and proposed creating flexible websites, rather than two distinct versions for desktop and mobile. He wrote: “Rather than tailoring disconnected designs to each…

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Selling Online – Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations

11th March 2012

Since the Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations were introduced in 2002 it has been a legal requirement to make certain information available on your eCommerce website, in addition to what was already required by other legislation (such as the Companies Act). If you’re advertising or selling products and services online, you can use this checklist…

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5 Free AJAX Lightbox Scripts

9th January 2012

Lightbox scripts are great. They allow you to display content within the page itself, overcoming the need for pop up windows. This makes them perfect for displaying images, contact forms, login scripts and previews. Here are 5 of the best that I’ve worked with recently. 1. Colorbox My go-to lightbox script these days. It supports…

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Browser Compatibility and the Death of IE6

5th January 2012

Yesterday, Microsoft announced that Internet Explorer 6 usage in the US had finally fallen below 1%. They celebrated, I celebrated, and I’m pretty sure other developers around the world were celebrating. Why? Because more than 10 years on from it’s original release, IE6 has become a real pain in the neck for us. I found…

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Who Owns Your Website?

20th October 2011

I get a lot of new clients come to me in a state of shock and panic because they realise they’ve paid money for a website they simply don’t own. They don’t own the domain names, they don’t own the code, they don’t own the graphics, they don’t own the copy. In their eyes they’ve…

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Jo was very professional, approachable and knowledgeable. She managed to fix all the issues with our charity WordPress site in super-quick time, as well as giving me a thorough and easy to understand tutorial, enabling me to amend the website myself in future. I will certainly use her services again in the future.

Maggie Davies (Footsteps Foundation)