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20+ Examples of Creative WordPress Sites

20+ Examples of Creative WordPress Sites

Today’s post features a wealth of uniquely creative WordPress sites. I share a little bit about each site and why I think it’s creative and then provide you with the opportunity to do the same.

December 17th, 2009 Posted in Inspiration
Winner Announced: Win a Copy of CSSEdit

Winner Announced: Win a Copy of CSSEdit

I’m pleased to announce that we’re giving away a copy of CSSEdit to one lucky reader. CSSEdit is a brilliant piece of software for dealing with style sheets on your Mac, with visual editing, live preview, an “X-Ray inspector”, and a thorough selector builder that can save you a headache.

All you need to do to enter is follow @designshack on Twitter, and post your username in the comments. It only takes five minutes, and we’ll be announcing the winners in one week – on the 19th December.

Good luck, and thanks for reading Design Shack!

December 15th, 2009 Posted in Competitions
Take Part in the BaseKit Beta

Take Part in the BaseKit Beta

Various services are available for converting PSD files to HTML code, all competing from a different angle. Some offer a very quick turn-around, others a ridiculously low price. Whilst some designers regularly use them as part of their working process, there are various advantages to completing the process yourself.

BaseKit is a new web service that allows you to maintain control over this process, easily moving from a PSD to a fully marked up website. It’s still in Beta, but we have 50 invite codes to give away. Read on for a preview video of the service in action, and information on how to apply for an invite.

December 12th, 2009 Posted in Articles, Software
The Business of Selling WordPress Themes: Part 2

The Business of Selling WordPress Themes: Part 2

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This is the second article in our series on making money selling WordPress themes. In this post we’ll look at what kind of features users look for in a professional WordPress theme.

Read through the list and use the comments below to let us know what features you think are most important in a WordPress theme.

December 10th, 2009 Posted in Business
The Business of Selling WordPress Themes: Part 1

The Business of Selling WordPress Themes: Part 1

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WordPress is to professional blogging what Photoshop is to design. Sure, there are widely used alternatives, but it’s definitely the standard to beat. This post will examine how to sell, price and promote your WordPress themes.

December 8th, 2009 Posted in Business
18 CSS Compression Tools and Techniques

18 CSS Compression Tools and Techniques

Learning to write clean, optimized CSS requires lots of practice and an unstoppable compulsive desire for neatness. Keeping your CSS trim and tidy isn’t all about feeding your crazy psychological need for cleanliness though, in the case of particularly large websites, the payoff is faster loading pages. Faster loading times equals increased usability and higher user satisfaction.

This post will examine several techniques you can use to optimize your CSS as well as several online tools that can automatically compress your code.

December 4th, 2009 Posted in CSS
20 Mac & Windows Apps for Desktop Blogging

20 Mac & Windows Apps for Desktop Blogging

Every blogging platform has a built-in blog editor, some better than others. However, you’ll be hard pressed to find an online editor that can offer the richness found in many desktop applications. Features like offline editing and posting to multiple blogs at once make desktop solutions a must have for professional many bloggers.

Here’s a list of 20 applications that allow you to create blog posts from the comfort of your operating system environment, no internet connection required.

December 2nd, 2009 Posted in Reviews
How to Build a Site With Keyboard Navigation: PSD to HTML

How to Build a Site With Keyboard Navigation: PSD to HTML

Today we’ll be looking at how to add keyboard navigation to a website using a few simple lines of JavaScript. First we’ll create a simple site theme in Photoshop and then transform it into a working website that uses keyboard functions to switch pages.

November 30th, 2009 Posted in Accessibility, CSS, HTML
10 Expert Tips for Designing a One Page Portfolio

10 Expert Tips for Designing a One Page Portfolio

Once upon a time, designers would lug unwieldy physical portfolios from interview to interview to showcase their work. This tactic is steadily being replaced with sending out emails containing links to an online portfolio. A portfolio website is becoming an essential marketing tool for every designer and can be the single biggest impression upon which you will be judged and hopefully, hired.

This article contains several tips and examples to help you create an amazing single page portfolio.

November 28th, 2009 Posted in Inspiration, Layouts
Design Shack: Now With More Facebook

Design Shack: Now With More Facebook

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Come check out our new Facebook page. Be a fan and stay up to date with all our posts and community links.

And while we’re on the topic of social media, be sure to follow us on Twitter as well!

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November 27th, 2009 Posted in Design Shack
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