Usefull resources for the day

Links gathered today from people I follow on twitter. (see bottom of post)

Design and Build Email Newsletters Without Losing Your Mind (and Soul)

This article gives you the information you need to plan, design and build an HTML newsletter that renders well and is actually useful to recipients. It’s a quick and dirty guide to effective email newsletters.

  • Respect your reader. Don’t waste their time or attention.
  • Ask nicely first.
  • Focus on relevance.
  • Design with a goal in mind, so that you’ll know if it worked.
  • Make unsubscribing easy.
  • Code like it’s 1999 (literally) and use inline CSS.
  • Always include a plain text version.
  • Don’t assume that images will be viewed.
  • Follow the law.
  • Test everything before sending, because you can’t take it back.

30 Cutting Edge Examples Of CSS Navigation

Navigation is one of those things you have to get right in order to provide your users with easy access to your website’s content. Today we’ll take a look at 30 well-designed navigation menus. Some of them use CSS sprites, some use jQuery or another library, and others take advantage of the great properties available in CSS3.

CSS only bar charts

For a project I am working on right now I needed to have really fast bar charts that don’t need any plugins or rely heavily on JavaScript. This is why I’ve put together some bar charts in pure CSS. Try this – move your mouse over the bars:

Optimise Your WordPress Themes With Better Author Pages

Recently Ajay D’Souza asked how we made our author archive pages here on BloggingPro. I personally am a big fan of displaying content differently on different sections of blogs and also think that archives should be more informative than be just a collection of excerpts.

Because I personally believe that an ‘Author Information’ block below every entry overkill is, the author archive is the right spot to display more information about every author and also display the entries written by authors in a short and concise way.

10 Awesome Image Optimization Tools

There are a lot of online photo editing tools are available on the internet where you can resize and crop without knowledge of program like Photoshop.

I have collected ten best and most powerful online Image Optimization. I think you should be already familiar with some of tools so you have to find out new ones. if you think i missed something you can tell in the comment box.

10 Pitfalls to Avoid When Using Stock Photography

Stock Photography is a tricky beast.

The presence or lack of good stock imagery can make or break a design. My best advice is to use custom photography/artwork whenever possible. However, I’m a big fan of stack art because there are tons of scenarios when it makes good sense to purchase someone else’s work over taking the time to create your own. To keep it classy, here are ten things to avoid when you’re working with stock images.

The State of Freelancing: 2010

Last month, I started a Freelance Switch Forum discussion on jobs. The context for this discussion is the high unemployment in the United States and many other countries.

In the U.S., there has been a lot of talk about putting people back to work. In early December, President Obama held a Jobs and Economic Growth Forum at the White House and in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Americans have also been encouraged to host their own forums.

In light of the feedback to my November 2009 Freelance Switch article, “Finding Jobs vs. Finding a Job,” I don’t think the solution lies entirely in creating employment. Many Freelance Switch readers report that they’ve been able to earn a good living without a job. More than a few say that they’re doing much better as freelancers than they were as employees.

Which leads me to this, the State of Freelancing: 2010 Edition. What follows is a brief look at where we are, and what we can expect to deal with in the months ahead.

15 Resources for Easily Creating Web Forms

The resources featured in this post include some free options and a number of paid options. Most of the paid options include a lot of features, and in many cases the ability to integrate your forms with PayPal or other payment gateways.

The Demise of CSS: Why Sass And Languages Like It Will Triumph

“It is my opinion that these [tools like Sass] are only really of benefit to people who haven’t yet mastered writing CSS properly from the outset…” Harry Roberts (CSSwizardry.com) Huh? Sass – Syntactically Awesome Stylesheets Sass only really benefits people who haven’t mastered writing CSS properly? Excuse me? I am a very experienced CSS developer and I find Sass quite valuable having written CSS for a living for many years now. While I won’t claim the level of mastery that an artist like Michelangelo achieved in painting, I can say that I wasn’t born yesterday either. I write all my CSS and HTML by hand. I haven’t used tools like Dreamweaver in nearly a decade.

MySQL utility commands

This post is a summary of MySQL posts from this blog relating to MySQL utility commands, such as describing table structure, dropping columns from a table, and so on; and server settings.

offline web applications

The network is a key component of any web application, whether it is used to download JavaScript, CSS, and HTML source files and accompanying resources (images, videos, …) or to reach web services (XMLHttpRequest and forms).

Yet having offline support for web applications can be very useful to users. Imagine, for example, a webmail application that allows users to read emails already in their inbox and write new messages even when they are not connected.

The mechanism used to support offline web applications can also be used to improve an application’s performance by storing data in the cache or to make data persistent between user sessions and when reloading and restoring pages.

The rules of email engagement

Bulk email is dead. OK, some people might still be doing it, but does that mean it works as well as it could? Just look in your own junk folder to find the many emails you have opted into but no longer reach your inbox.

Make Your Web Applications Addictive: 5 Lessons to Learn from Foursquare

I like to stay up to date with the up-and-coming web and mobile applications out there. It is important to see what is working or not for the folks who develop them as their apps succeed or flounder. Recently I started using an app called Foursquare; perhaps you’ve heard of it. It’s one of the apps in the latest crop of location-based applications that have been popping up of late. Despite having launched less than a year ago, Foursquare has had incredible success so far, securing some hefty funding and hitting some pretty impressive benchmarks.

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