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Creating Projects with Open Source CMS Web Development

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Working as a developer means you have to learn to read source code and project your own needs into each website. You have to learn which projects require a set of codes, and which projects can be created entirely from scratch. This process is learned through enough repetition and skill within the industry.

I want to use this article to discuss some finer points with open source web development. Creating projects based on free CMS’ is often the quickest and simplest way to go. But you need to know how to handle open source scripts and keep yourself from running into a wall. This requires a bit of practice, but also just some time dedicated to playing with your script of choice.

Writing Articles to Captivate Readers

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The art of writing articles is not always easy to pickup right away. You’ll need to spend a lot of time practicing writing, but also reading similar articles or books which peak your interest. Only through reading others’ writings can you understand more complex vocabulary and grammar. But keep in mind that not all complicated writings are good or worthwhile.

In this article I’d like to take a deeper look into writing articles which captivate your audience. Articles can be published in print, such as newspapers or magazines. But you could also publish online to a blog or web magazine where readers have access from any computer in the world. Because there is such a huge global audience you’ll really need to determine your own writing style and what makes you stand out.

Responsive Design vs Mobile-Targeted Website Layouts

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Many advocates towards mobile web design recommend starting with a smaller layout and scaling up through responsive design. This is a popular set of techniques which have been adopted over the past couple of years. However I would argue there is still room for mobile-specific websites in some particular instances.

In this article I’d like to look over the major differences between a single responsive design and two separate desktop/mobile layouts. There are some obvious benefits to both methods but I think the best solution ultimately depends on the type of website. This means freelancers should understand the needs of their clients and which solution works best on any particular project. The design process isn’t always straightforward and usually requires time for introspection.

40 Enticing Freelance Portfolio Layout Designs for Inspiration

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Freelancers are generally interested in their field by first reading about it online, or hearing about the experience from a peer. Once you start landing projects you begin to realize how lucrative the freelancing track can be. However building up a portfolio is one task which requires a bit of background study. You’ll need to good work to showcase, along with looking over some example websites for layout structure.

I have put together this huge collection of 40 stunning freelance portfolio layout designs. You can go through our gallery below and figure out which interfaces look right. What kind of portfolio design would work best for you? What would make you confident in your work to share your link around with potential clients? By asking yourself these questions now you’ll be prepared when the time comes to finally sit down and build your portfolio!

Dynamic Web Development with Ajax, jQuery, and JSONP

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Frontend web developers must be somewhat familiar with the jQuery JavaScript library. This open source solution gives birth to a whole new method of coding website animations and effects. I remember first getting started with JavaScript in early 2003-2004 and the field was ripe with great information.

But modern day web developers have access to many more resources and tutorials online. Specifically I’d like to use this article to look into the jQuery.ajax() method for calling asynchronous data without reloading the page. AJAX(Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) was a hot buzzword along with web 2.0 but it has now evolved into a technology which even beginners should understand.

36 Mobile Responsive Website Layouts in iOS Safari

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Responsive website design are some of the most advanced trends we can see bridging the gap between desktop and mobile. There are more Internet users on mobile devices and tablet PCs than ever before. And designers are crafty people who pick up on these statistics. There are so many great examples of modern website layouts with responsive functionality.

In this gallery below I’ve put together a complete set of websites based on a responsive design. You can find inspiration for navigation menus, headers, and completely fluid layout schemes. It will take practice but once you find success in responsive design it’s a powerful tool for web developers.

28 Exciting New jQuery Tutorials & Plugins

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The open source movement has created a lot of new web developers. Over the past decade it’s been common to work on code projects in a private setup. But libraries such as MooTools and jQuery allow for rapid development of newer plugins and add-ons.

In this gallery I’ve collected 28 plugins for jQuery users. Some of the plugins also include a tutorial for building it yourself, but all the links have a free download included. This gives you incredible flexibility when constructing a new website. If you know of any similar JS libraries recently published on the web you can share with us in the comments area below.

32 Creative iPhone 4 Retina Display Wallpapers

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Apple’s release of the retina mobile devices has ushered in a new age of digital graphics. Now all iPhone 4 and 4S models are built with the same physical screen size, yet using double the pixels. This means you’re looking at 326PPI instead of 163PPI(standard iPhone display).