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Top 5 Open Source Projects Related to Web Development and Design

Top 5 Open Source Projects Related to Web Development and Design
Exciting trend that is not new, but without a doubt based on sheer will power and collaboration of so many web designers and web developers around the world. I definitely have to say that all these have been upcoming trends few years ago, but now all are important web standards.During the last few years, we've published many articles related to open source projects, CMS and software: Top 3 Free Applications for Graphic Design in Browser Top 30 Free Software for Web Designers Start New Web Project on the Right Foot - 50 Web Development Applications And Side Tools Top 3 Open Source PHP CMS During 2013 In this article we will look at some of the latest and most significant projects that are changing the "landscape" with rapid speed. All these projects deserves detailed reviews, I hope in the future I will find a time to prepare a review for each one. Font Awesome https://fortawesome.github.io/Font-Awesome/ Font Awesome gives you responsive and scalable vector icons. Excellent features and easy to customize color, size, drop shadow with simple CSS. The current version 4.2 offer 479 icons that are divided in several categories. It is very easy to implement Font Awesome with few lines...
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My Life is My Work! Interview with Phil Turner

My Life is My Work! Interview with Phil Turner
I am happy to Introduce Phil Turner to the readers of WebmaisterPro. Well-known successful online entrepreneur, valued member of our social network, a person who can always share some very useful tips. Phil, would you introduce yourself with few sentences? Hi, I’m an English guy, an ex-teacher, who has ideas by the ton. I am an optimist and like to believe that most people are basically good. What drives your creativity? I believe we have duties to humanity regarding knowledge. We have to learn as much as we can handle and we have to pass that on before we die to as many people as possible. Each person has a unique body of knowledge built up from their unique set of life experiences. The human race benefits from that knowledge and advances, but you need to pass it on or the knowledge dies with you. What’s more, you have to pass it on to at least one person who will pass it on before they die, too. The only way to increase the probability of your knowledge continuing forever is to pass it on to hundreds of thousands of people, so that a few of them will incorporate your knowledge into their...
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Interview with Daniel Duckworth - Founder of ServiceCrowd

Interview with Daniel Duckworth - Founder of ServiceCrowd
I am happy to introduce Daniel Duckworth the founder and CEO at ServiceCrowd AU. A great person, mastermind behind unique web project, that I believe every web professional need to check. Daniel, would you introduce yourself with few sentences? I'm the founder of ServiceCrowd, formerly DesignQuotes. We are a marketplace for finding local services, getting introduced to experts and easily getting quotes from local service providers. Our goal is to help people find the right local service and help businesses get more sales leads. At how many companies you are involved at the moment? I'm focused 100% on ServiceCrowd, but we have a few side projects that tie back into the main service. For example I've just recently started a website called CrowdPress (https://crowdpress.com.au/) where the content is focused on curating new and exciting material from great organisations. The purpose is to build up a following based on interests. Our main website's content (https://servicecrowd.com.au) tends to focus much more on guides for buyers which is very specific and usually not very buzz worthy. I'm also about to launch something called ServiceCrowd Ask. Since we have lots of experts that offer services, we are creating a way for people to submit questions online...
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Dot-Com Bubble Burst? Probably Soon!

Dot-Com Bubble Burst? Probably Soon!
Many young web professionals and blogger, does not remember the time of Dot-com boom. I personally started with Internet marketing right after “dot-com boom” in 1999, just 2 years before the “dot-com bubble” burst. Dot-Com Before and Now Well, I don't think that there are many similarities with dot-com bubble in 2001 and right now. Mainly the problem at that time was related to stock dropping, due to fact that stock market around dot-com companies simply went deep into the ocean, there were insane investments before and now, probably the only similarity. Nowadays a lot of money are going again through venture capitals, angel investments and crowdfunding into Internet business. Digits (yeah digits, there are not so many printed money and gold) are looking more like “international phone numbers” that to real money. Knowing how production economy is suffering and knowing how non-producing - “services” and “entertainment” businesses grow in comparison, make it easy to think that time for 2nd “dot-com boom” will produce “big bang”. Time and Reasons for Burst The time is coming and most likely it will happen at the end of 2014 or beginning of 2015. There are many good reasons for this. Don't take my words...
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Decay of Webmaster Forums! Ghosts, Trolls and SPAM

Decay of Webmaster Forums! Ghosts, Trolls and SPAM
For a very long time, I avoid visiting webmaster forums or online marketing forums. There are many reasons behind this, but in this article I will point one major problem that I've mentioned in previous posts. Everybody is aware of Google and Matt Cutts statement - “Decay of Guest Blogging”, but there is another thing that should be mentioned! Decay of Webmaster Forums It is not usual to write only negative about particular topic, but this time, I simply couldn't find a single positive point to emphasize. It seems that it is a “wave” or a trend that match some ideas of entropy and that everything is going into chaos. In particular webmaster forums seems to suffer in terms of quality. Lack of Serious Topics and Questions Nothing new about it, in the last 4-5 years barely can find any serious discussion at any of the top online marketing forums. Nor can find a question to answer. It seems that only questions that reappear again and again are “What is SEO”, “What is HTML”, “What is email marketing”, “What is link building”, “What is the best CMS”, etc... These are not questions, but whole branches of webmaster related issues.... Well, certainly...
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Truth About Make Money Through Blogging

Truth About Make Money Through Blogging
Due to fact that there are so many articles that will try to convince you to become rich blogging or make money blogging. I've decided to write my own post and actually tell you the truth. A sequel from our previous article - Evergreen Niche? Best Money Making Niche. Many people might say that I am the “black station”, “the negative reviewer”, “the mean person”, etc... well to some extends I am, because I don't tolerate bullshit and understatements. Let's go straight to the facts! Search, Algorithms, WordPress Majority of blogs are based on WordPress. Many of you might recall that about 2 years ago, organic traffic to blogs started to decline. There is a good reason for this. Mainly WordPress used to offer a great benefits in terms of SEF CMS, RSS feeds and due to nature of blogs, always fresh content. Let's say that 80% of top 10 rankings were occupied by blogs. However... During the time everybody was talking about the first Panda update, blog traffic started to decline rapidly. Most of the benefits given to blogs was simply taken away. And here is why: other CMS also started integrating RSS feeds other CMS also implemented social share...
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Evergreen Niche? Best Money Making Niche

Evergreen Niche? Best Money Making Niche
Evergreen online niche, is that such kind of thing? Sure, there is... This article is inspired by a thread at one of the popular online marketing forums, though the first 20 replies were more misleading than useful. Thats the main reason I decided to shed some light on best money making niche and evergreen website niche. Evergreen Website Niche In many “money making online” guides and at almost every online entrepreneur blog, you might have seen a post related to “hottest niche”, “best money making niche”, etc... The fact is that in most cases in these guides and posts, somebody will recommend you something mainly because: it is a paid review of affiliate program there is tracking link for gathering sub-affiliates because “money making online” is hot topic or because post is written by copy cat My online marketing career started during the time of “dot com boom”, a time when there were a lot of online scams and “get rich quick” super jokes. Unfortunately nowadays, nothing have changed. However the landscape of hottest and the best money making niche is still the same. Sorry, I have to disappoint you with the list of niche, but these are the fact. The...
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Blogging at Webmaster Blog at WebmaisterPro

Blogging at Webmaster Blog at WebmaisterPro
Guest blogging is still one of the most popular content marketing, link building and brand awareness strategy. Even with the recent changes at Google algorithms, blogging on high authority, 3rd party websites is preferable method for most digital marketing companies. WebmaisterPro members webmaster blog is one of the best team blog platforms. Targeting highly specific niche topics related to web businesses – online marketing, web development/design, graphic design, social media, software reviews, web hosting, website templates, etc... If your business, web project, mobile application or blog fall into some of this categories, there are many benefits by submitting guest post for approval. (please check our guest post guidelines) Why Webmaster Blog at WebmaisterPro? Our blog isn't based on WordPress, which means no more email going backward and forward with blog owner with subject “Do you accept guest posts”, “How to create user account”, etc.... Every member of WebmaisterPro is eligible to submit post for approval. In addition our approval rate is much higher than any other top website. Often you simply don't know you article is approved or not, just because you wait too long or you simply don't receive automated email, this never happen at WebmaisterPro. Some of the main...
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Rank Ranger – SEO Campaign Management and Tracking

Rank Ranger – SEO Campaign Management and Tracking
Tracking and analysis are some of the most important steps in SEO process. Without a doubt, information is overwhelming – statistics, analytics, keyword tracking, conversions, competitor analysis, etc... It is simply beyond human comprehension to understand all this data without gathering these statistics in easy to read and understand place. Recently we've received a request from RankRanger team to review their tracking and SEO management application. We've tested RankRanger for about a week and will share our experience in this article. Rank Ranger Features Application offers so many useful features with sub-features. Unfortunately it will be impossible to publish screenshot of every single feature, but at least will try to explain it. First of all have to mention the interface which is intuitive, I believe that even a newbie can handle it, however it is good idea to check detailed documentation first: https://www.rankranger.com/documentation The main features of Rank Ranger are: Track – rank reporting, you can select various search engines Research – this feature includes many popular metrics from 3rd party websites like SimilarWeb, Alexa, MajesticSEO, Ahrefs, etc.. Analyse – transforms GA stats in easy to read way, tight up GA with Google Webmaster Tools On-page – on-page optimization tips tight up...
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How to Measure ROI of Video?

How to Measure ROI of Video?
In the last few years, many businesses have asked me the same question: “How do I find that video marketing is giving good or bad ROI?”. Few years ago, I wrote an article: “How to measure social media campaign ROI”.This article will concentrate on embedded videos on your product/services pages, more than videos on social media. It might look like mission impossible at first, but practically, measuring ROI of video is very simple and easy. To get accurate results, you need A/B testing, control group and of course time. For many years companies are trying to create brand awareness through video marketing, some are producing few a year, others hire videographers and produce hundreds. Well, it very much depends on the business niche and business model, but on the other hand everybody wants to know, “is video marketing and production waster of time or now”? I hate writing much, so let's go straight to the essence of this topic. Run Different Control Groups and A/B Testing The impact of video can be found easier with measuring and tracking behavior of different control groups. Two control groups: products with videos products without videos Without a doubt there are a lot of metrics...
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Top 3 Applications for Graphic Design in Browser

Top 3 Applications for Graphic Design in Browser
Graphic Design and Photo Editing in Web Browser Without a doubt Adobe Photoshop is the leading image editor for nearly 20 years. It will be unrealistic to say that there is a real alternative. Of course some operating systems like Linux have Gimp that is decent graphic editing software, but still the core without plug-ins isn't come even closer. Due to power of latest web programing languages and in particular HTML5 a new trend have arise in the last few years – web design in browser, but as well as image editing in browser. It might sounds unserious at first, but there are quite good Photoshop alternatives that are accessible through your browser. These image editors offer all the basic features of Gimp and Photoshop. PIXLR https://pixlr.com/ Of course the first alternative of Adobe Photoshop in web editors is developed by Autodesk. PIXLR is extremely flexible and the interface looks so similar to Photoshop. Actually it took me about 5 minutes to match results done in Photoshop with this online based image editor. Features are limitless, you can either create image from scratch or edit existing photo. I have to say that, everybody in the office was impressed, interface looks exactly...
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Grow your Network Through Crowdfunding

Grow your Network Through Crowdfunding
Crowdfunding market continue to grow rapidly in the last few years. According to WordSpy.com, the earliest recorded use of the word "crowdfunding" was by Michael Sullivan in August 2006, but actually the first crowdfunding project is in 1984 and it is related to Statue of Liberty. In 2013 Massolution released a report with some shocking data – crowdfunding market growth – 81% in 2012, total amount of money raised $2.7 billion wordwide. On the next year prediction the amount was nearly doubled - $5.1 billion. https://www.crowdsourcing.org/editorial/the-world-reacts-to-massolutions-crowdfunding-industry-report/25192 Nowadays, almost every niche is covered by crowdfunding platform and during March 2014 one of the leaders – Kickstarter reported $1 billion in pledge over by 5.7 million people to creative projects. https://www.kickstarter.com/1billion Most likely these numbers made somebody angry and there are changes in law, even Paypal made changes in their TOS related to crowdfunding campaigns, however most of these changes are related to equity based crowdfunding, so startup dream is still alive for many. From another angle changes definitely need to be done to stop fraud and protect contributors. Crowdfunding is not just about money! True, crowdfunding main goal is to raise money and fulfill a dream. However there are many side benefits...
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New Website Templates - Update 25th of May

New Website Templates - Update 25th of May
We've just added new templates in our premium theme and template shop. More than 80 templates have been updated and about 20 new are added in the last few days. Here is a preview on the latest themes and templates. Volly – Voleyball club WordPress Theme Template #49281 Preview Theme Responsive theme for WordPress 3.8+. Suitable for sport clubs, in this case specially build for volleyball and beach volley. Bright, but soft color scheme that offer excellent typography and readability. Template offer two mobile layouts. Day Care – Therapeutic Consultant/Kids Theme for WordPress Template #49284 Theme Preview Colorful and friendly theme for WordPress 3.8+. “Day Care” is a template suitable for many different kinds of kids/parenting related websites for instance: family and children, kindergarden, school, family consultant, etc... Fully responsive template with excellent font combinations, readability and layout variation. Bikes – Cycling Shop Theme for Magento Template #49313 Theme Preview Move your cycling business to the next level with this well designed Magento theme. This responsive theme require Magento 1.8.1.x+ and it is very suitable for bike parts, cycling accessories, other gears like helmets, etc... Classic “on the road” color scheme combined with perfect typography and readability. Have to mention that...
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Website Templates Update 22nd of May

Website Templates Update 22nd of May
Our website template shop was launched in the last week of April, since that day, there is very high interest related to templates. It is Thursday 22nd of May 2014 and here are the latest templates at our premium template shop actually, we will make this a tradition and will publish a new article, everytime when new templates are uploaded or updated. Ego – Spa Salon Template for Joomla (Template #49257)Template PreviewAs the title says, the template is suitable for spa salon or beauty/wellness shop. The template is fully responsive and Joomla!3 ready. 8 module positions and very lively layout, combining soft light colors with high contrast navigation. Clothes – Fashion Store Template for OpenCart (Template #49259)Template PreviewClassy look, lightweight template for one of the most popular e-commerce shopping carts – OpenCart. The template is suitable for any kind of webstores, but it will fit exceptionally well on fashion, clothing, boutiques and makeup online shops. Template is fully responsive. Lights – ViertueMart Jewelry Store Template (Template #49320)Template PreviewJoomla 2.5+ ready template for VirtueMart. Jewelry and gems template that fit well into retail or wholesale body jewelry, as well as watches, collectibles, etc... 9 module positions combined with extended item details layout.  Even...
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How to Upgrade Joomla 2.5 to Joomla 3.3

How to Upgrade Joomla 2.5 to Joomla 3.3
Due to complicated nature of Joomla CMS upgrade to latest version can be quite difficult and scary exercise. Sometimes, it is even better to wait longer for LTS ( long term support). First questions is always: Do I need to Upgrade Joomla 2.5 Now? In most cases the answer would be - NO! For instance Joomla 3.3.0 is still unstable release and many components and templates might show errors or incompatibility. On the other hand benefits might look a lot at first, but in reality 2.5 is quite capable and modern. The answer for Joomla upgrade would be YES, if you are building brand new project, you want to be early adopter and you want to stay in-tune with latest technology. How to Upgrade Joomla 2.5 to Joomla 3.3? There isn't a definitive answer of this question either. It very much depends on the whole setup. As I mentioned before, Joomla have complicated structure itself, so the right course of action depends on number of extensions, templates, plug-ins and custom code (if any). I will try to clarify the right steps for migration, which will reduce possibility for error dramatically. Before You Update Joomla I will share, what I did at...
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WordPress Functions.php Hacks

WordPress Functions.php Hacks
We continue the series related to WordPress advanced tips. First in the list was the article related to comment manipulation through SQL queries. Here are various tips related to editing functions.php and functions.php on active theme. Add Jetpack Infinite Scroll Support To Your WordPress Theme Infinite scroll offer a better user experience, probably it was first used on social networks like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Infinite scroll can be an excellent addition to your WordPress blog. Of course, there are pros and cons, but when it is a question of more clicks, visitors tend to leave the website faster. The hack to add infinite scroll through Jetpack is quite simple, you simply need to edit the functions.php of your active WordPress theme: add_theme_support( 'infinite-scroll', array( 'container' => 'content', 'footer' => 'page', ) );   Source: https://www.trickspanda.com/2014/05/add-jetpack-infinite-scroll-support-wordpress-theme/ In addition you might want to take a look at the official article related to Jetpack infinite scroll: https://jetpack.me/support/infinite-scroll/ Delete Long URL Comments Without a doubt sub-pages and long URL's raise the flag for comment SPAM. I know that one of my best online buddies, try to clean-up comment SPAM from long URL, but he does it manually. Here is the trick how to delete...
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Top 3 HTML5 Free Editors in 2014

Top 3 HTML5 Free Editors in 2014
In the last couple of years HTML5 have turned from a trend to standard widely accepted by web designers and web developers. Though nearly as the same time a new trend have appeared - coding/design in the browser. Many HTML5 tools were developed and recently some very flexible HTML5 WYSIWYG editors became favorite to many professionals and non-professionals. Probably there is no need to explain why HTML5 is so popular, as there are so many good reasons, mostly related to ease of use as well as extended HTML5 functionality. Our team committed extended research through social media regarding latest HTML5 WYSIWYG editors that are favored by web developers. Here are the top 3 free HTML5 editors that received the most votes. Brackets Originally developed by Adobe and currently open source. This editor deserves full review, though I will just try to list some of the most important features and points about Brackets. Brackets is editor for HTML, CSS and JavaScript, more interesting fact is that Brackets is  built in HTML, CSS and JavaScript. And due to fact that this editor is open source, being familiar with HTML, CSS and JavaScript may give you the option to fork it and make it...
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SaSS vs Less vs Stylus. What web developers say?

SaSS vs Less vs Stylus. What web developers say?
Using CSS Preprocessors prevent a lot of headaches and offer excellent benefits. One of the main problems that is prevented is so called "DRY" (Don't repeat yourself). CSS Preprocessors save time and provide valid CSS without breaking browser compatibility. I've decided to write a different kind of article, asking web developers which CSS Preprocessors is preferred - LESS, SaSS or Stylus. Actually the original question was LESS vs SaSS, but few of them come up with an extra answer. Additional reason, for writing this article is related to Google Trends and one infographic that I saw recently. Both provide controversial data, to what I have received from "real" web developers. The point of this article is not to compare syntax, flexibility, property lookup, functionality, etc... Obviously all are similar, though a bit different. Lauren ClarkUX Designer & Web Developer I use Sass, not a whiz on it but I definitely like it for variables, mixins and math - when deciding which to go for and start implementing into projects; it was a clear winner for me.It's updated more frequently and has less issues than LESS and it's name isn't confusing. It handles math better and errors better, it's also a little more...
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How to Improve eCommerce Checkout Process

How to Improve eCommerce Checkout Process
If you have track the details of usage in ecommerce store, probably you have seen that large percent of potential buyers fill the shopping cart basket and do not processed with checkout. Well, reasons for this can be so many, but very often these reasons are related to difficult to understand or confusing checkout process. This is a short guide, how to improve checkout process, including some "do's and don'ts". Keep it short Simply nobody like to fill too much information, keep checkout form as short as possible, If it is not possible, then divide the form in few different steps. This will "chop" the process into bitesize and will make things more clear. Include Alternative Payment Methods Offering variety of payment methods and processors is essential, especially for International businesses. In many countries, Paypal isn't so popular, nor debit/credit cards can be used online. Adding alternative methods is a good strategy to increase sales. Alternative Languages You run multi-lingual shop, all items and important pages are translated into several languages. Did you forget to do the same on checkout process? Often I see shops loosing customers just because checkout page is in default language. Analyze All Steps Find out on...
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Working with Team of Developers, Serious Management Challenge

Working with Team of Developers, Serious Management Challenge
We continue the series related to web development business. The first in the list was "Customer Communication and Education". Today's topic cover another angle of web development business - How to manage your web developers and build a strong team. I am an SEO professional for more than a decade, though along the way, I've picked up many things related to web development. After first few years as SEO practitioner, I've decided to become a capable web developer. Through the rest of my career, I've managed different teams of developers as IT team leader or project manager. Via trial and error, after several years and working with many people, I think that I've picked few “golden” strategies, after started to understand some behavior patterns. Before I continue, I definitely have to say that every team leader need to be balanced and at the same time to be very flexible. Every individual is different and some strategies might not work 100%, after all building a good team is time consuming. Discover Weaknesses and Keep Them Motivated Being personal with your team is “double-edge sword”, there are many pros and cons, though knowing your team personally is essential. It will help you to...
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