Spending months and months building an effective and useful web application or service is only half the battle that any developer must face. It might be potentially the most powerful and useful app ever created, but will users like it? Will they understand how to use it? And most importantly, will they come back and use it again? These are the three questions developers must ask themselves before they launch any app.
Category Archives Web Design
Web Design Archives
Joomla, the popular professional content management system, has a lagged behind Wordpress for a number of years now. This is due to its slower development and, due to its smaller community, but don’t let that put you off. Joomla is a very solid foundation for any web site, and has you can see by the sites below they can help you create beautiful and very functional web sites.
Taking the step into a new Content Management System (CMS) can be a daunting prospect. Sometimes you just have to take the step, it could be a client requirement, or simply that the new CMS is tailor made for your current projects spec. Whatever the reasons, it is best as a web designer, to have the knowledge of several CMSs and not be limited to only one.
Sometimes, the smaller elements of a website design, can cause you the most design problems. The simple button is the biggest culprit, you need to craft it so that it will fit seamlessly into your sites layout and designing it so that it helps your readers navigate easily. A difficult combination. All of the tutorials below are to help you create your own custom web site or interface button.
Take the most popular CMS, Wordpress, and then take the easiest and most versatile of Javscript libraries, jQuery, and you have a match made in heaven. Implementing jQuery within Wordpress is a lot easier than you would think, all you need is a little support from the huge WP community and a little patience, and you are good to go.
Adobe AIR has recently surpassed well over 100 millions downloads, and its all thanks largely to the many Twitter apps available. Now, I love Adobe AIR, and hate its current reputation that it is seemingly limited to only Twitter. Why is no one downloading the AIR RSS apps? You should be, they are great, just have a look at the list below.
The tools have been seperated into the following categories: Grid and Layout, CSS Optimisers, CSS Menus Tools, CSS Buttons, CSS Rounded Corners, CSS Frames, CSS Sprites, CSS Tables, CSS Typography and CSS Forms.
Forms do not have to be boring and ugly, they too can be beautiful. With the proper understanding of each element (radio buttons, checkboxes, textareas..), CSS know-how, a little patience and some creativity you can make your forms beautiful. Throw in, the always important, semantics and accessibilty and things can get tricky.