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When we set out to achieve a goal for a client, it’s more than us doing work: it’s an opportunity for our team to better themselves by learning new skills. The best opportunities for this are the ones that present challenging but attainable tasks, which create incremental rewards. Some researchers cite this effect as a factor in gaming addiction. I’ve felt this myself when learning new things on a project, and those are some of my favorite work moments ever. Teams appreciate th
But what happens if the user never clicks the button to access the cdn.example.com domain? Aren’t we pre-resolving a domain in vain? We are, but luckily for us, DNS prefetching is a very low-cost operation; the browser will need to send only a few hundred bytes over the network, so the risk incurred by a preemptive DNS lookup is very low. That being said, don’t go overboard when using this feature; prefetch only domains that you are confident the user will access, and let the browser
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Create a Better, Highly Customizable Subscription Modal/Newsletter Signup Window with jQuery.Subscribe-Better.js
I’m back with another tutorial and an open source plugin to giveaway for free. Today, let me introduce to you a new plugin I created called Subscribe Better. Subscribe Better is a jQuery plugin that lets you create a customizable subscription modal/newsletter signup window that annoy your users a little bit less than the traditional […]
Digital transformation, digital teams, digital strategy. Digital has become a buzzword. But what does it mean?
You know how you want your visitors to use your site, but do you know how they actually use it? Do you know exactly when they tap on your CTA, or more importantly, why they don’t? The Web is unique in the history of publishing, in that we can measure precisely what our audience likes, […]
In our current day and time, the Internet has become a very big part of our lives. We’ve grown accustomed to it being present in our day to day activities, being able to access it at any time from anywhere and most of all, we’ve become reliant on it to supply us with all the […]
The following is a guest post by Philippe Bernard. Philippe has done research on what it takes to make a favicon (and all the related graphics and markup) such that you are covered with the best quality output everywhere. Spoiler alert: it's a lot of different graphics and markup. Also full disclosure: Philippe has built a tool to help with it he showcases in the article.
Are you running an online shop and want to display your products in the most appealing manner? Are you considering hiring a professional photographer for that purpose? Well, if your answer is yes, we would request you to first take a look at this compilation where we are sharing 40 excellent tutorials that will teach you how to shoot perfect product photos for your online shop. After going through these tutorials you will not need the help of any professional photographer.
The hamburger menu pattern has gotten a lot of bad press in the design community over the past few months. Most of the negative attention it’s garnering relates to usability issues like lower discoverability, information not being glancable, and that it clashes with other navigation patterns. Worst of all, it allows for complacence, leading to a sloppy information architecture.
Coming this fall, the new version of Apple’s mobile operating system is going to knock your socks off. The team promises to greatly improve iOS7, having made not only the functional shell of your iPhone operate more efficiently but also the interface will look more refined, delicate and exquisite. As a result your experience with […]
Want to start your own BuddyPress community website? In case you didn’t know, BuddyPress is an open source social networking software package that comes as a plugin which can be installed on the WordPress platform. It lets users sign-up, create profiles, post messages, make connections, interact in groups, and much more. This plugin is the perfect way to create a forum / community website using WordPress. To make ...
It was Jason who brought Kevin on as house illustrator during the A List Apart 4.0 brand overhaul in 2005, and Kevin has worked his strange magic for us ever since. If you’re an ALA reader, you know how he translates the abstract web design concepts of our articles into concrete, witty, and frequently absurd situations. Above all, he is a storyteller—if pretentious designers and marketers haven’t sucked all the meaning out of that word.