It was a relatively slow week in the world of web design and development related articles, possibly due to the Labor Day holiday in the U. S., but we’ve still managed to gather as many as we could find for this Friday’s collection. This week we have topics including new design tools, CSS frameworks, WordPress, and a bit more. So pull up a chair, grab a cuppa, and have a read!

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Web Designers No Longer Need to Sacrifice Performance for Beauty

On the modern web, is any visual enhancement worth implementing if it means taking a significant performance hit? It shouldn’t have to.
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Exciting New Tools for Designers, September 2021 | Webdesigner Depot

Since school is back in session, this month’s roundup has a learning focus. In addition to tools, many of the resources include guides, tutorials, and cheat sheets to help make design work easier. Here’s what’s new for designers this month. ScrollingMockup.io ScrollingMockup.io generates high-definition, animated scrolling mockups in minutes. All you have to do is […]
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Inspirational Websites Roundup #29 - Codrops

A new collection of the best web designs and creative websites from the past couple of weeks.
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Breaking Down the Costs of a New Website: Tips & Rules

It’s a common question: What does a new website cost? It might be for a new brand or company that’s never had a website before or for an existing organization looking for a website design refresh. And the answer is a bit complicated. It all depends on the path you want to take and your...
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How to Build URL Shortener with PHP - Hongkiat

Having your page URL shorter has several benefits. First, it reduce the number of characters which would be handy for sharing on chats or social media
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10 fundamental UI design principles you need to know

Learn the most important UI design principles that will help you create a seamless user experience.
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11 Cloud Storage Plugins for WordPress You Never Knew You Needed - SpyreStudios

Having a cloud storage plugin installed in your WordPress site improves a lot of its aspects. Cloud storage allows the website owner to save data on a safe offsite location. The first thing to ask as a blogger is, 'do I need it?'. The simple answer is yes.
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The Importance of Including Accessibility in Your Web Design | SpyreStudios

Understand the importance of including accessibility in your web design.
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7 Ways to Use Gamification in Marketing Campaigns | Webdesigner Depot

We all want a little more fun and games in our lives. So, why not add some gamification to your next interactive content campaign? By 2025, the gamification market is expected to witness a massive 30.1% growth rate, with global sales revenue reaching around $32 billion. That’s because gamification adds more entertainment to the website […]
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How to Handle Indescribable Uniqueness in Design

We discuss weird and indescribable uniqueness in design, share how you can handle it, and whether or not it's necessarily a good thing.
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'Developer Decisions For Building Flexible Components — Smashing Magazine' /

In this article, we’ll walk through the process of taking a seemingly simple design for a text-and-media component and deciding how best to translate it into code, keeping in mind the needs of both users and content authors.
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Mars Theme: A Deep Look at Frontity’s Headless WordPress Theme

Frontity is a framework for creating de-coupled (or "headless") WordPress sites. In this article, we dive into the process of spinning up such a site, with a detailed overview of the building blocks provided by Frontity and its flagship theme, Mars.
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3 Ways Human Interaction Increases Creativity » Design.org

Relationships benefit our lives in many ways—including helping our creativity. Here are 3 ways human interaction increases creativity.
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How Cloud Backup Solutions Help You Save Your Designs | SpyreStudios

Understand how cloud backup solutions can help you save your designs.
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The Best UX Research Methods in a Pinch

Over the years, I’ve found a collection of highly-efficient UX research methods that I rely on when I have little time or money.
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How to build a design portfolio that clients love (tips & takeaways)

Check essential design portfolio takeaways from our latest webinar with former Google designer and Playbook CEO, Jessica Ko.
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35 Amazingly Well-Designed Church Websites | SpyreStudios

If you are looking for examples of church websites, this collection will give you some fresh ideas for your own project.
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Fun Times Styling Checkbox States

We might leave a text input unstyled. We might leave a link unstyled. Even a button. But checkboxes… we don’t leave them alone. That’s why styling
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