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Vitaly Friedman loves beautiful content and doesn’t like to give in easily. Vitaly is writer, speaker, author and editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine. He runs responsive Web design workshops, online workshops and loves solving complex UX, front-end and performance problems in large companies. Get in touch.

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WordPress Plugins & Tutorials: Your Pick

Depending on your needs and professional skills, the choice of an optimal weblog engine can be quite time-consuming. There are many options, and selecting the optimal engine, you should know exactly what you'd like to have and which level of flexibility you'd like to achieve.

Among dozens of options, Wordpress remains the most popular weblog engine out there. It is simple, powerful, extensible and flexible. There are literally thousands of plugins, themes, tutorials and related articles describing the ways to optimize Wordpress for publisher's needs and achieve the best possible performance of the blog.

You know them, because you use them and because you've searched for them once you needed them. In this post we'd like to give you an opportunity to share your knowledge and help us to create the essential list of Wordpress life-savers - plug-ins, ideas, tips and useful tutorials you need to have ready to hand developing web-sites upon Wordpress.

Wordpress Plugins and Tutorials: Essential Lifesavers

Begin: Date: 29.06.2007. Time: 08:00:00 EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) / 14:00 CEST (Central European Summer Time).

End: Date: 30.06.2007. Time: 08:00:00 EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) / 14:00 CEST (Central European Summer Time).

Folks, it's your turn now. You have 24 hours.


40+ Tooltips Scripts With AJAX, JavaScript & CSS

Web users love informative clues. Whatever questions and misunderstandings might occur - delivering precise answers immediately is the primary task a responsive user interface should be able to cope with. To do that, developers have to consider subtle and well-thought tooltips - used correctly, they can greatly improve user experience and help users to get things done. In Web such "responsive" hints can be provided by tooltips. E.g., unclear input fields in web forms are perfect examples of a situation you might be willing to use a tooltip for.

We'd like to thank Jurgen Koller for compiling an extensive list of tooltip scripts we've stumbled upon during our search. It gives many useful pointers, but we've managed to find some more. You might be willing to use Koller's post as a quick reference for your search.

Tooltips Scripts - Nice Titles revised | Blog |
Tooltips Scripts - A lightweight prototype based JavaScript tooltip

Let's take a look at 43 handy tooltips scripts for intuitive and well-designed visual clues. It's nice to have them all in one place, once you need them. It's nice to be able to find them, once you don't have time to search for them.


7 Brilliant Free Fonts: Faceplate, Sling, Cicle

Every month we take a look around, browse through dozens of fonts collections and select most irresistible typefaces released recently. We collect most beautiful high quality freeware fonts, which can be used for private and/or professional projects without any restrictions whatsoever. If you've tried to find them once, you know how time-consuming the search can be. Indeed, these beauties can be quite hard to find, but the search is definitely worth it. We search for them. So you don't have to.

Fresh Free Fonts - Cicle Font |

Let's take a look at 7 free high quality fonts we've come across over the last 30 days.


Google PageRank: What Do We Know About It?

Everybody is using it, but (almost) nobody really knows how it works. Google PageRank is probably one of the most important algorithms ever developed for the Web. With billions of existing pages and millions of pages generated every day, the search issue in the Web is more complex than you probably think it is. PageRank, only one of hundreds of factors used by Google to determine best search results, helps to keep our search clean and efficient. But how is it actually done? How does Google PageRank work, which factors do have an impact on it and which don't? And what do we really know about PageRank?


Data Grids with AJAX, DHTML and JavaScript

In order to be presented effectively, information needs structure. The more intuitive data structure is designed, the better users can understand the content. Consequently, the data can be scanned and extracted in a more meaningful and systematic way. Table is a perfect example of a well-structured data presentation, which is easy to analyze and easy to handle. Used for its original purpose - to present data, not to style it -, it can convey ideas effectively. And this is what most of us are actually trying to achieve in the Web.


Furthermore, the user experience can be greatly enhanced with further optional functionalities - such as sorting, filtering and fast editing. What solutions can you use to provide them in your tables?

Few months ago we've covered the basics of semantically correct CSS-based tables - among other things, we've presented solutions for Zebra tables and few tables with sorting and filtering functionalities; but we've missed some important ones.

Now it's time to get this right and list the rest - 17 free solutions for data grids, developed with AJAX, DHTML and/or JavaScript. In a brief and descriptive overview.


Golden Rules of Linkbaiting

Link baiting is not evil. Although some bloggers tend to go beyond any ethical considerations in their attempts to enforce as many reciprocal links as possible, the term itself stands for a completely organic nature of the Web - actually, something that has already been here for a while. Traditional link building, used to be bounded with Search Engine Optimization, is now being extended with the aspect of so-called Social Media Optimization - with Digg, StumbleUpon, Netscape, & Co. on the bandwagon. Driving traffic to your site has become easier, but requires through-out strategies and understanding some basic rules of useful content and effective content marketing.

Golden Rules of Linkbaiting

The term 'linkbaiting' doesn't necessarily reflect this aspect of organic growth on the Web; in fact, as suggested by Darren Rowse, its negative connotations rather expose the idea of clever tricks, traps, deceptions or even frauds, which are supposed to manipulate content editors in linking, even if they don't really want to.

Mostly that's not what link baiting is really about. Instead, Linkbaiting is about gaining reputation, finding your niche, writing useful and creative content, presenting your ideas, publishing them on the Web and finding people who might actually use them. You won't find your readers if you concentrate on building links; you will be able to build links organically if you concentrate on your readers. Moreover, you can gain reputation if and only if you focus on your readers. This is one of the basic principles of successful blogging.

Let's take a look at non-trivial and most effective rules, principles, techniques, strategies, methods, examples and resources related to link baiting. Among other things this overview will cover the aspect of effective copy writing as well. Golden rules of linkbaiting - in a comprehensive overview.


60 Elegant and Visually Appealing Designs

It's quite easy to get stuck in creativity blocks, but it's damn hard to get out of them. Particularly if you are out of time and don't want to compromise your professional principles selecting the first "quick-n-dirty" solution you can think of. To get things done, you need inspiration and creative thinking. You need fresh ideas and elegant approaches. And you need to be able to find them as quick as it is possible. Handy references and examples are therefore both useful and enjoyable - after all, who can resist gorgeous, professional, elegant and visually appealling designs?

Solid and Serious Designs - The Big Noob

We've selected some of them. In an overview below you'll find 60 fresh, elegant, professional and visually appealling designs, which pay close attention to details and manage to remain simple, user-friendly and nice-looking.

You might be interested in taking a look at design showcases we've published before:

Please feel free to comment upon the selected designs: nothing is more important to us than constructive criticism from your side.


Best of April 2007

Every month we take a look around and select some of the most interesting web-development-related web-sites. We read articles, check out tools, analyze the advantages of new resources.
Below you’ll find useful references, tutorials, services, tools, techniques and articles we’ve found over the last 30 days - an overview of web-sites you shouldn’t have missed in April 2007. Read more...

70 Expert Ideas For Better CSS Coding

CSS isn't always easy to deal with. Depending on your skills and your experience, CSS coding can sometimes become a nightmare, particularly if you aren't sure which selectors are actually being applied to document elements. An easy way to minimize the complexity of the code is as useful as not-so-well-known CSS attributes and properties you can use to create a semantically correct markup. We've taken a close look at some of the most interesting and useful CSS tricks, tips, ideas, methods, techniques and coding solutions and listed them below. We also included some basic techniques you can probably use in every project you are developing, but which are hard to find once you need them. And what has come out of it is an overview of over 70 expert tips, which can improve your efficiency of CSS coding. You might be willing to check out the list of references and related articles in the end of this post. We'd like to express sincere thank to all designers who shared their ideas, techniques, methods, knowledge and experience with their readers. Thank you, we, coders, designers, developers, information architects - you name it - really appreciate it. Read more...

10 Fresh, Elegant and Clean WordPress Themes

We like to observe the Web. We like to present fresh ideas, creative solutions and interesting approaches. We like to share them with our readers, making both our personal work and the work of fellows developers easier. Observing creative works of talented designers, you can improve your skills and learn new techniques. However, to do that, you need to keep an eye on fresh and inspiring starting points. We collect them. And present them to you. Every month. So you don't have to.

Fresh Wordpress Themes - Dark Theme Release at iLEMONed

Let's take a look at 5 fresh and elegant and 5 simple Wordpress themes you might be willing to use for your next project. Read more...

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