Notes About Our New PHP/JS Category

First, Hello, I’m James and I’m currently the reviewer for the PHP and JavaScript component categories. I thought it’d be a good idea to post something about these categories and exactly what we expect and what kind of items we approve.

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A Closer Look at SQL Joins

SQL is by far one of the most popular and powerful languages for dealing with databases, and, to me, one of its greatest (and basic) features is the ability to join tables. Doing so is a necessity for anyone who finds himself working with two or more tables which are interconnected.

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Building a Blog from Scratch with Frog CMS

Here at the ThemeForest blog, we tend to cover a lot of CMS and especially WordPress related material and topics. While WordPress is an absolutely wonderful CMS, there are some other content management systems out there that don’t get the credit they deserve. One worth noting is the Frog CMS, an open source simple content management system. From what I can tell, the greatest thing Frog has going for it is its simplicity. It feels blazingly fast and the way everything is organized is very intuitive. Today, we will take an in depth look at getting started with the Frog CMS, as well as building our own blog from scratch.

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WordPress for Designers: Day 16

Have you missed us? We’re back and ready for more action with our WordPress for Designers series! We are currently on day sixteen and each fay we are getting closer to completing our goal. Today, we go over creating and styling an entire page from scratch, including the sidebar. Furthermore, we will learn how to use multiple custom fields and text area inputs to take full advantage of the power of WordPress from the backend admin panel. Servers on, text editor running, Hanson playing on iTunes, let’s go!

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Your Favourite Collection: The Final Frontier

It was a nail biting finish with only 5 votes between the top two collections, but the winner of the Envato Marketplaces Collection Competition is:

Finalist 5: The Final Frontier

by circuitbomb

“Space. It is colorful. It is infinite. These are the voyages of the starship Envato. It’s continuing mission…”

Congratulations Circuitbomb, you’ve won US$3,500 to spend on your ultimate creative set-up!

Each of the 10 finalists have won the contents of their collection. Thanks to everyone who entered, and watch out for the next big Envato competition!

50 Ways to Get Your Site Noticed

This article aims to show you how to attract users and make them hungry for more. Who is this post for? Anyone with a web site. Not all of the items listed below will apply to you and your business, but they are, at the very least, a source for inspiration.

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Free File of the Month: July 2009

Free File of the Month

Starting today, each marketplace in the Envato network will be offering one free template for the entire month. No catch — just free! This month’s offering comes courtesy of “YA Design”.

Author : YA

File : Nice and Clean

This site template is the complete package: five page theme, portfolio slider, AJAX contact form, etc. From now until July 31, it’s 100% free!

Features:

  • Featured Portfolio Slider on the homepage.
  • AJAX contact form with validation.
  • Valid Xhtml 1.0 Strict
  • Works in IE6+, Safari, Mozilla, Opera
  • Clean code

Download Here

Usage:

You are granted ONE free usage of the item in a project either commercial or non-commercial. You may not use the file in multiple projects unless you purchase licenses in the usual way. You may not redistribute the item in any way. If you need a different license for this file, you may purchase it here (link).

More From YA Design

A huge thank you goes out to “YA Web Design” for generously offering this template to the community. Be sure to follow them on Twitter!

I wonder what the other marketplaces are giving away for free this month??


20 Excellent Coda Tips

I’ve been using Coda for a while now, and it’s become my web development application of choice. There are quite a few great web development applications out there (read “18 Wonderful IDEs for Windows, Mac, and Linux“) but if you’re a Mac user, Coda is easily one of the best.

Here are 20 excellent Coda tips to increase productivity that I’ve gathered during my use of Coda so far.

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New “Soft Disable” Feature

Up until recently, when an item required a few small fixes, we would reject or disable the template and ask that the author make the requested changes. We admit that it was unfair to expect an author to start the submission process from scratch all because of one image or help file. As such, we’ve now implemented a new “soft reject” and “soft disable” feature for these instances.

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Rotate Product Listings With PHP and jQuery

Today, I’ll teach you a simple way of rotating content on your site. We’ll be retrieving data from a MySQL database and using a dynamic widget that auto refreshes using AJAX.

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