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The Story Behind TryShape, a Showcase for the CSS clip-path property – A look at how you can leverage CSS to make all manner of custom shapes. Projectile – A GUI-based app to help you manage your JavaScript projects. 20 Free Payment Method & Credit Card Icon Sets – Add a touch of style to […]

Why You Should Be Using PHP’s PDO for Database Access

Many PHP programmers learned how to access databases by using either the MySQL or MySQLi extensions. As of PHP 5.1, there’s a better way. PHP Data Objects (PDO) provide methods for prepared statements and working with objects that will make you far more productive! CRUD Generators and Frameworks Database code is repetitive, but very important to get […]

Build a Shopping Cart With PHP and MySQL

Where to Find the Best PHP Shopping Cart Scripts for 2021 If you’re looking for a quick, ready-made solution, there are many premium PHP shopping cart scripts to choose from on Envato Market. Here’s a quick look at a few of them. The best PHP shopping carts are on CodeCanyon. 5 Best PHP Shopping Cart Scripts From CodeCanyon Before […]

A Journey Into Web Quality Assurance: From User Requirements To Web Risk Management

As a chemist by trade, I received a Master’s degree in Quality Management and Quality Control from Bordeaux University. My initial career was in the wine industry, ensuring the quality of the laboratory’s operations and the analyses that came out of it. As a side note, the last question of my job interview as quality […]

Clients Make Too Many UX Decisions. Here’s How to Stop Them.

The boundaries between a web designer and their client can often become blurred. Designers, in an effort to please paying customers, put client feedback into action – even if it leads the project in the wrong direction. A client may be pleased with themselves and happy to get their own way. But at what cost? […]

How to Start in App Development

Mobile app development is one of the hottest trends in coding. As per Statista, hundreds of billions of dollars are spent every year on the development and consumption of mobile apps. Thousands of apps are currently available for every platform, but only a few have stood the test of time and become household names like […]

Reducing The Need For Pseudo-Elements

Per the W3C spec, “a pseudo-element represents an element not directly present in the document tree”. They have been around since version 1 of the CSS specification, when ::first-letter and ::first-line were introduced. The popular ::before and ::after pseudo-elements were added in version 2 — these represent content that does not exist in the source […]

Create Content That Targets Your Existing Design Clients

When it comes to marketing your freelance web design business, it’s easy to spend the bulk of your energy on attracting new clients. That’s certainly a worthwhile pursuit. But it’s also important to focus on your existing ones as well. There is great value in keeping existing clients in the loop. And not just from […]

9 Best WordPress Pricing Table Plugins

Do you want to increase sells by adding pricing tables on your website? Pricing tables are tools for increasing sales. They guide visitors to take action whether it’s signing up for a free plan or buying a plan or product. Pricing tables are visual pricing tools that offer your visitors options to choose pricing plans […]

The Power Of Pen And Paper Sketching

Need to design something? It can be tempting to start with a computer-based tool, e.g. wireframing software like Balsamiq, or design tools like Photoshop or Figma. These have their place, but I would recommend stepping back and starting with the humble pen and paper. Sketching by hand can feel unfamiliar and uncomfortable to those who […]