Creating templates that will sell extremely well is something we all want to do, but it takes time and skill. Luckily, there are some tips we can take from the masters and apply to our own work. Here are some great ways to improve your templates and increase your sales.
When I need to setup tabs, accordions and other website user interface features, I use jQuery UI. That may very well be changing with the introduction of “jQuery Tools, The missing UI library for the Web“. jQuery Tools contains the UI features I use most, including an easy to setup “Coda slider” which jQuery UI doesn’t easily do (as in a few lines of code).
If you’re new to freelancing or web design/development, then chances are you’ll be picking up applications left and right to accomplish all sorts of tasks. With all the applications available, it can be quite overwhelming to pick and choose the best ones to fit your needs. Often times there is no clear winner, applications can and will be equal, it just depends on what suits you best.
Sometimes the hardest part of being a designer is finding the inspiration to create. Fortunately, the web community can be very inspirational, and there’s an abundance of fantastic content out there.
Whether you’re in a creative rut or you’re just out of fresh ideas at the moment, here’s a great collection of websites to get your creative juices flowing!
On a daily basis I view all sorts of websites and all kinds of designs. One thing in common with successful templates on ThemeForest or with websites around the web is strong visual hierarchy. Often times I see templates that have a great concept going but has poor visual hierarchy. I’ll cover what visual hierarchy is and some great examples in this article.
As a designer, web developer and techie-geek I need a versatile and robust data storage solution that I can afford but also use without learning some new language. So far, I’ve only found one service that can handle the large majority of my needs. This article covers how I use the Amazon Web Services Simple Storage Service (AWS S3) to meet most of my needs.
Getting started with HTML, CSS, PHP or jQuery can seem like a daunting task for many beginners. Some people think you need to go to school for these subjects but as many of you already know, there is an abundance of free resources to get you well on your way to becoming a pro in any of these subjects. Here are some killer tutorials and screencast series which cover the most popular topics (HTML, CSS, PHP and jQuery).
An overlooked aspect of websites is the formatting of HTML and CSS documents. This affects validation, SEO, and visual ease of use. Visual ease of use is the last thing most authors tend to keep in mind, but it’s still very important. If you’re building a template for a client, or to sell on ThemeForest, it is important that it’s visually formatted properly. Here are some examples of well formatted HTML and CSS.
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between JPEG, GIF, and PNG images we use on the web? As a designer – and especially a web designer – it’s important to know the difference between the different image formats and how to use them in each situation. This article will cover how to use them for each situation to keep file sizes small and image quality high.