Inside the Minds of 7 Great ThemeForest Authors: Onur Oztaskiran

Throughout a series of emails, I had the great pleasure of asking a selected set of authors six questions – the same set to each. The result was one of the most inspiring and helpful series of interviews I have read to date. One of the most interesting things to note is the common answers and features that all the authors focus on, such as the user experience. This gives us great insight as to how the pros on ThemeForest develop. Each day this week, be sure to check in for a new interview! We’ll be starting the series off with Onur Oztaskiran.

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15 CSS Tricks That Must be Learned

As web designers and developers, we have all come to learn many css tricks and techniques that help us achieve our layout goals. The list of these techniques is an ever expanding one, however, there are certain tricks that are essential to achieve your goal. Today, we will review 20 excellent css techniques to keep in mind when developing your theme.

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The Web Development Pet Peeves of Twitter Users

A couple of months ago, I asked my Twitter buddies what their web development pet peeves were. Here are the results.

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Firefox Keyboard Shortcuts That Will Save You Hours

Web developers are lazy people in some ways. I’m perfectly willing to spend hours and hours learning a new programming language. But God forbid that I have to raise my hand and touch the mouse. I can’t think of many worse things! Today, I’ll show you a few of my most-used keyboard shortcuts when working in Firefox. (*Note – many of these will work in other browsers as well.) Have any of your own? Leave a comment and let us know!

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7 jQuery Effects to Sell More Templates

With jQuery popularity on the rise it seems like everyone is jumping on board with the lightweight and easy to learn Javascript framework. When I first started learning jQuery, I had a general fear of jQuery plugins. After all, I was already trying to learn one new thing, could I really handle piling on trying to work with plugins too?

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There Are More Ways to Make Money With ThemeForest

So you’ve created your first theme and are eagerly checking the site every day to see how much income you’ve brought in. It’s fun, isn’t it? But, there are more ways to make money with ThemeForest than just selling your templates! Have you considered linking to the site from around the web? If you do, 50% of your referral’s first deposit will go directly to you!

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Links of Note

Master your craft

Like many others, I spend about thirty minutes a day reading over my RSS feeds. Every Friday (Saturday for some of you), I’ll post links to the articles that I found to be especially helpful – when it comes to creating templates. Feel free to include yours in the comments section.

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9 Ways to Submit the Perfect ThemeForest Template

Let’s face it. If the design isn’t up to par, nobody will purchase your template. So, beyond all of the tips that I list in this article, make sure that the design fits the bill – something I struggle with all too often, being more of a back-end developer. :)

Nevertheless, there are many steps that you can take to ensure that you get the best possible boost after submitting your theme.

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6 Firefox Extensions That Will Massively Improve Your Productivity

I love Google’s Chrome. My pages run multiple times faster. But, at least for the time being, you won’t see me jumping over the Firefox ship just yet. The massive number of Firefox extensions make developing your themes much, much easier. In this article, I’ll list six extensions that are crucial to developing your web applications quickly.


Screengrab

Screengrab

Ready to submit your template to ThemeForest? Screengrab is an easy to use extension that allows you to instantly save a png of your entire webpage to your desktop. While you might currently be prepping your snapshots in Photoshop, Screengrab will reduce your prep time dramatically.

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Web Developer Toolbar

Web Developer Toolbar

Are there any web developers who don’t have this extension installed? Along with Firebug, this is easily the most beneficial plugin in your arsenal. You can validate your html and css with just a keystoke. You can resize your window to view your site at different resolutions. You can edit CSS on the fly (which I use more than any other feature). Do not load Firefox without it. :)

Install


Firebug

Firebug

Equally as powerful as the Web Developer Toolbar, Firebug allows you to inspect every aspect of your document: HTML, CSS, Javascript. See how long it’s taking to load all of your Javascript files. Use the console to debug your documents. View which of your CSS styles are being overridden.

Install



Colorzilla

Colorzilla

You know the drill. You’re working on your website, but you can’t remember the hex value for the red that you’re using. Many people would quickly press “Print Screen”, copy it into Photoshop, and use the eye dropper to grab it.

Or – you can use Colorzilla. This extension works exactly like the eye dropper in Photoshop. You’ll be amazed at how much time this saves you.

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Fire FTP

FireFTP

FireFTP is an extension that will allow you to quickly transfer your files to your server. It’s simple, easy to use, and works perfectly. I use this tool five to ten times a day.

Install



IE Tab

IE Tab

Like everyone else, I hate compensating for IE. Even more, I hate spending the extra ten seconds to load Internet Explorer so that I can view my site. Enter IE tab. This plugin will allow you to create a new tab in Firefox that renders the page exactly like IE. Now, you can switch between modes in a second or so. Very, very convenient.

Install


Any tools that I missed?

Intellisense Support for jQuery in Visual Studio

I’ve got wonderful news for you Microsoft developers (me included). Early this morning, John Resig and Scott Guthrie announced on their respective blogs that, beginning in a few weeks, all versions of Visual Studio (including the free Visual Web Developer) will include Intellisense support for jQuery. For those of you who already own Visual Studio 2008, you’ll be able to download an update sometime in October.

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