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Meet the developer whose guitars taught him to slow down

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I’ve been playing acoustic guitar since I first heard the great Tommy Emmanuel 20 years ago, but it was always just a bit of fun for me, while building websites paid the bills. After 15 years working as a web developer, however, I decided I needed a new creative challenge. A friend told me about a guitar building – or ‘lutherie’ – school near where I live, and since enrolling a couple of years ago I’m close to completing my second classical guitar. The experience has been fantastic, to say the least.

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Skills Your Web Developer Should Know

Web developers can’t be one trick ponies that “only” toss together a WordPress page and leave their clients in a lurch when it comes to search engine optimization, social media integration or logo designs. As a “web developer“, these professionals must encompass a variety of skills and tools not just to stay competitive, but also to offer holistic services to their clients.

Skills Your Web Developer Should Know

Many people in need of a website don’t know all the intricacies or why LSEO is important—it’s the job of a good web developer to educate, inform and offer one stop shopping.

If that sounds like a tall order, it’s because it is. It’s impossible for even the techiest of geeks to have solid skills in every realm of web development from graphic design to coding. That’s why many web developers end up starting their own businesses or working in tandem with skilled, complementary professionals—it’s the only way to offer genuine “full service” to clients.

Here are a few of the skills web developers should know (or at least offer as an outsourced possibility by working with fellow techies):

1. Search engine optimization (SEO) and local SEO

There’s a reason there are so many SEO firms and agencies: It’s a very complex and constantly evolving field. It can also easily be a full-time job to consistently boost search engine rankings for a website. A web developer that creates a website without SEO integration is basically signing up for double work or ensuring their client will need to hire an SEO guru to “fix” a shaky foundation.

Search engine optimization

2. Social media integration

A website is part of a total “web presence” and needs to complement social media campaigns. This includes having appropriate buttons for sharing on certain landing pages, guiding clients towards the best social media platforms for them (not necessarily the most popular) and if hired on retainer, perhaps taking over part of the social media management, too.

3. Communication

Communication skills are crucial in any service industry, including web development. While tech geeks aren’t always known for their social skills, being able to stay professional on the phone, email, live chat, etc. (especially when clients might be frustrated) is critical. Without basic (and preferably advanced) communication skills, clients won’t be happy and business will suffer.


4. Graphic design

You can get a degree in graphic design, so of course this isn’t something every web developer can be highly skilled at. However, a good web developer should at least be able to put together a lovely montage of images using stock photography or whip up a simple logo in a pinch. Most clients who have a serious business will outsource their most important graphic design needs, but a savvy developer can hone these skills to scoop up a little extra revenue.

5. Web content writing

You’ve been hired to create a website, and then your client starts asking about homepage content, “About Us” sections and basic writing for the “Contact” page. Writing flawlessly is challenging enough, and web content writing is a very special niche. Chances are, you’re not a fantastic web developer and web content writer (and if you are, you’re an incredible rarity). However, a developer should have strong enough writing chops for basic content—at least until the client secures a professional writer.

6. A knack for mobile readiness and responsive design

Who cares if the website is gorgeous if it only displays quickly and perfectly on a few browsers and gadgets? It’s now a mobile ready world, and you need to respect that shift. Knowing how to implement responsive design and mobile readiness, as well as test for it, is critical for any web developer worth their salt.

A knack for mobile readiness and responsive design

7. PPC

Pay per click and other forms of advertising can fall within the realm of web development—at the very least, your web developer should know the basics like the best placement and formatting for advertising. While there are programs such as Googles that let you automatically incorporate PPC, banner ads and the like into your website, it’s impossible to automize optimization. Choose a web developer who has a foundation in marketing and advertising.

8. Logo creation

While this might technically fall into the realm of graphic design, it’s a niche type of graphic design that’s incredibly convenient for clients. Your logo is part of your branding and ideally it’s classic and will last you a lifetime. Having a web developer who can create logos and complementary, mini logos to pepper throughout your website will save you time, hassle and money to outsource this single task. If a web developer has graphic design chops, make sure that includes logo creation.

9. Web hosting mediation

In most cases, your web developer won’t double as a web host but they should at least have recommendations for the best web hosts and options for you. Chances are you’re going to go with a shared server managed by a reputable company, but how can you get the least amount of shared customers and the best service? Instead of having to research this yourself, your web developer should serve as a fountain of information to save you time.

10. Gallery creation

Whether you’re a retailer, artist or restaurant, having a gallery on your website is a great way to give consumers a sneak peek at what to expect. It’s nearly a requirement for some industries, such as a hair salon, and a functional, attractive, fast loading gallery can make the difference between a new customer making an appointment or not. Creating galleries that work with responsive design isn’t easy, and continuously testing them is incredibly time consuming. Rely on a web developer who specializes in this type of formatting.

11. Meta tags with SEO elements

This falls under SEO in general, but unfortunately meta tagging often gets pushed to the back burner with overarching SEO campaigns. Meta tags, those snippets of information that pops up in search engine results, are a great opportunity for SEO and to reel in customers who have just landed on search results. It’s the underdog of SEO and regularly overlooked but a web developer who’s detail oriented takes are of it and explains the function of meta tags to the client.

Meta tags with SEO elements

12. Blog management

You can’t expect a web developer to also double as a blogger (although if they do, that can be a great boon for you). However, you should expect them to be able to set up and manage a blog for you so that all you have to do is enter information into a field. They should be able to make this easy, intuitive, and maybe even possible for you to manage basic functions. Blogs are an integral part of many marketing campaigns, and if a web developer can’t hook you up then that’s a huge red flag.

13. Product description creation

This will likely be an additional task on top of general web development, but what happens when a retailer has scores, hundreds or even thousands of products that need descriptions? It’s often best to hire a professional writer, but if the information is very straightforward and fill in the blank, a good web developer will be able to offer this service, too. However, just be prepared: You might be paying a premium for a service that, albeit tedious, isn’t very challenging.

14. WordPress manager

Yes, WordPress is supposed to be the platform that allows just about anyone to create a website, and it it—but it can have a steep learning curve. If you’d rather have someone else set up the basic skeleton and then walk you through how to update it, that’s exactly what a skilled web developer can do. All you should be required to do is give them ideas of your style, the information you want, and let them roll with it. A great web developer is a great listening and can intuit your preferences.

WordPress manager

15. Online payment manager

If you accept payments online, it’s crucial that you make it as easy as possible for consumers to give you money. This means offering every possible means from all type of credit cards to PayPal, electronic check/debit or even a cashier’s check. A web developer worth his salt can create an easy form that’s secure, fast and easy for your customers. Otherwise, payment requirements that are too complex can drive customers away before they hit “send”.

16. Live chat host

Just like accepting money, it should also be incredibly easy for your customers to reach you. This often means offering live chat, video chat or other digitally-focused forms of communication on top of phone and email. If this is the case, you need to have a web developer in your corner who can set up this kind of arrangement without it being obnoxious. It’s all about balance, and your customers deserve serious service.

17. A clean back end

What your customers don’t see when they visit your website is just as important as what they do see. This means no invisible text that’s really SEO black hat tricks, quality and authority links, and clean coding that won’t leave a mess for future web developers to clean up. How can you know that your back end is clean and in control? Talk to your web developer about it and let them walk you through how they organize things behind the scenes.

18. The ability to test, test, test

Getting a gorgeous website up and running is one thing, but what about maintenance? A great web developer will offer ongoing maintenance and support that includes constant testing for analytics, SEO, responsive design, mobile readiness, link quality and a myriad of other things. Without regular testing, what’s a killer website one month can be a dud the next. It’s impossible for the average website owner to keep up with QA, which is why a professional needs to be on top of things.

19. Creating easy to read analytics reports

There are numerous options for running analytics—many of them free—and you need to stay on top of your numbers for your website, social media and any other type of online presence. While many of these reports are designed to be easy to create and read, if you’d rather your web developer take care of it then that should be an option. You should be able to tell them the type of formatting you want, the numbers you want, and they should let you know of any disparities they notice. Whether you want reports weekly or monthly (or every third day if that’s how you roll), a solid web developer should meet your desires.

Creating easy to read analytics reports

20. Image/video curation

Sometimes you need something more than graphic design—you want an actual photograph or video that already exists, but is available for you to use. Maybe you have a budget for these types of curations or maybe you need stock or other free products. Either way, a web developer needs to be an impressive image and video curator who already has connections and networks so they’re not starting from scratch. Some clients might need scores or even hundreds of images curated and a web developer needs to be up for the task.

21. Networking

This means literal networking with others in the industry, not setting up IT networks. A web developer is in the thick of the fastest growing industry and can’t be a Lone Wolf. You can’t expect your web developer to be an expert at everything you need, but you should expect them to be able to refer you to a trusted colleague when you have a special request. You’re not just paying for a web developer’s services, but also her connections, and she should be happy to share. A true professional knows that success comes from mutual benefits.

22. Listening skills

Genuine, active listening is a rarity, but your web developer should at least be on the right track. This means truly digesting what the client is saying and not just getting ready for their turn to speak. You’ll be able to tell right away whether your web developer is a listener or not, and if they’re more interested in hearing themselves speak then think twice before hiring them. If a web developer isn’t listening to you before you hire them, what makes you think they’ll listen to you when a problem strikes?

Listening skills

23. Empathy and compassion

These are both innate traits as well as learned skills—and you need them in a web developer. This professional should be able to put themselves in your shoes, which means that they’ll always have your best interests at heart. When they treat your website like they would their own, you know they’re going to do the best they can to make it successful. It’s kind of like hiring a babysitter: You want someone who truly treats your children like they do their own, including the love and discipline.

24. A little Type-A, overachiever, dedicated spirit

You know the type: They never miss a deadline, are always looking for the next big thing, love learning and are probably a morning person. You’ll be able to tell if your web developer falls into this category during the first conversation. It’s a great perk since you know there’s no worry over them putting you on the back burner, forgetting a task, or that you’ll have to “stay on them” to get the job done. It shouldn’t be up to you to micro manage your web developer, so why start out with a personality that clashes with what you need?

25. Typography skills

Your web developer doesn’t need to double as a font creator in his spare time, but he should have a respect and taste for typography, fonts, and spacing. It’s what sets each website apart, what makes it look professional, and what lends it to a more classic, modern or quirky flair. If your web developer doesn’t have a favorite font, steer clear—this means he’s not interested in style and design.

Typography skills


The more diverse and complex your web developer is, the better. Jack of all trades, master of none? That’s a red flag—but master of a few things while jack of all trades? That’s the golden ticket that’s going to make your website the best it can be. Don’t rely on price alone or word of mouth when choosing a web developer. Do your homework, ask questions, see portfolios and most importantly trust your gut. This is going to be the creator of “your baby,” so choose wisely.

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Web developer creates coolest side project, ever

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Coding isn’t just for pushing pixels, as we discover when we chatted with developer Nathaniel Deal, from Atlanta. Deal is an avid coder, hacker, and maker and he focussed all of his tech skills to on one cool project: an automated Nerf Gun. 

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A Closer Look at Mozilla Firefox Developer Edition

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Just in time for Mozilla’s 10th anniversary of Firefox, comes a series of new projects such as Polaris, Interest Dashboard and the one that’s been talked about for quite some time – Firefox Developer Edition. Although there are a lot of developer tool add-ons that can be integrated in the existing Mozilla Firefox browser, this […]

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A Look Into: Firefox Developer Edition

After a short tease, Mozilla has officially released Firefox Developer Edition. It’s a new browser aimed specifically at web developers. Although it hasn’t been announced officially, it looks like it will be replacing Firefox Aurora at some point.

Judging from the name, the official announcements and the landing page it looks like Firefox Developer Edition is the first large browser built for development, not just supporting it. It contains a multitude of debuggers, panels and other utilities, plus it uses its own profile so it can be run alongside regular Firefox more easily. Let’s take a look at what it offers.

User Interface

The interface changes in the Developer Edition already hint at a developer-centric approach. The toolbar is noticeably narrower than both Chrome and regular Firefox while adding more buttons by default.

It’s fairly obvious that the new default theme is dark, which is possibly the result of some clever UI testing. It is extremely important to find everything at a glance while developing. A one second delay in finding something could amount to hours a month. I personally prefer the light colors for casual use, but the dark UI was great in my initial tests.

If you prefer the default theme you can switch the developer edition theme off very quickly using the “Use Firefox Developer Edition Theme” button by going to Menu -> Customize.

On the other hand, there are some interface choices which puzzle me. I’m fairly sure that bookmarking will be far less used in this version and most developers know the Ctrl / Cmd + D key combination to make it happen. The fact that there is a dedicated button for this; the bookmarks section, the downloads section, even the Developer Edition start page seems a bit unnecessary.

First Impressions

My first impression was that there’s nothing I haven’t seen before here. This is even reinforced by Mozilla on the landing page:

“It’s everything you’re used to, only better”

Developer tools handle about the same as they do on regular Firefox, WebIDE and Valence can already be used. Only slight cosmetic changes make the Developer Edition different than Firefox.

That being said, there is an underlying feeling of a good direction here. It seems very much like Mozilla has been waiting to create this version of Firefox for a while, they were just waiting for a critical mass of developer tools and know-how. It feels like they’ve created a framework in which to place future tools and methodologies and put them to the test.

In more developer-friendly lingo: it seems like the Developer Edition is a fork of the regular version which was made just now, with a few tweaks. From here on out, development will intensify and focus specifically on this product, separating it from regular Firefox and making it the go-to place for developers. Or at least that is the intention.

One of the biggest indications of how Mozilla plans to position the Developer Edition is the inclusion of Valence (more on this later). Mozilla’s stance on Valence is this:

“The Adapter is still in its early stages, and is available only as a preview. We do not yet recommend using it for day-to-day work.”

It seems that the Developer Edition will receive tools earlier than regular versions of Firefox. While it doesn’t seem likely that Mozilla will remove developer features from Firefox, perhaps some upcoming ones will only be added to the new Developer Edition. I for one support keeping bloat out of browsers and welcome this new direction.


One of the most prominently advertised features is WebIDE. Added in Firefox 34, it is a replacement for the App Manager – it enables you to run edit and debug Firefox OS applications using the Firefox OS simulator or an actual device. In other words, it is what Xcode is for iOS.


Valence is essentially a cross-browser debugging tool. It allows the developer tools to work with a wide array of browsers. At the moment the main targets for Valence are Chrome on Android and Safari on iOS. The technical details of this are a bit difficult to comprehend, so have a look at this video done by Mozilla:

Developer Tools

If you’re familiar with developer tools in regular Firefox, then it’s pretty much what you’d expect. Invoke it using Ctrl / CMD + I or right-click on an element and click “Inspect Element”.


The Inspector gives you a collapsible tree view of the page DOM. When you hover over an element in the DOM, it is highlighted on the page which is super-helpful for figuring out dimensions and where things are in general.

Doing it the other way around is even more helpful. By clicking on the top right icon as per in the screenshot above, you can cruise through the page and elements will be highlighted under your cursor. In many cases, this is a more viable way of inspecting something when it is in the midst of overlapping elements.

The Inspector allows you to double-click to edit the contents or properties of an element. One trick which may be useful to know is that the DOM can be traversed using the arrow keys, you can even delete and undelete using the delete key and Ctrl / Cmd + Z command.

Clicking and dragging in the DOM will highlight a portion of the DOM, the bounds will be shown on the web page, another great tool for visualizing your HTML structure and CSS code.

The CSS rules for any given element shows up in the sidebar giving you a quick read and easy editing access.


The console is a window that shows aggregate information from CSS, JS, Net, Security and Logging. It is mostly used for Javascript debugging and tracking down missing resources but can also be used to issue commands, even via jQuery.


The console is great for quickly logging some script issues and making sure your code works on the first try. If you want to figure out some more complex problems, you’ll need to use the debugger.

By setting breakpoints in your code, you can pause the execution of the Javascript code before that point. You can view where the execution is in the code and you can modify variables before moving on.

This not only enables you to figure out bugs but also lets you test various use cases pretty quickly. It won’t replace unit testing but it will give you deeper insight and a great companion to them!

Style Editor

The style editor is a great place to write styles and see the results applied live. You can select any of the stylesheets loaded or you can import and create new ones on the fly. Any modified file can be saved easily.

While this is an amazingly handy feature for little tweaks, it isn’t so convenient for more complex environments that work with preprocessors. These environments can be set up, but the overhead of doing so is about the same as using a preprocessor which has live reload enabled.


The performance tool was introduced with Firefox 34 and is a replacement for the JavaScript sampling profiler. It allows you to create extremely detailed performance profiles down to the the toll that reflows and paints, Javascript and CSS parsing takes and more.

Profiles can be saved and imported easily, so you can compare profiles to make your applications streamlined to the extreme!


The timeline tool is not available in the regular version of Firefox by default, it enables you to see what operations are performed by the browser engine. The tool will display reflows (layout), restyle, paint, console and DOM events.


The Network tab is great for gaining insight into the requests that your website makes while it loads and while it is being used by users. It provides an overview of resources and status codes, along with the time it took to load and when the loading took place.

The bottom filter allows you to look at specific asset types, a particularly useful tool for figuring out AJAX calls using the XHR type.

Clicking on any asset displays its response and request headers, cookies, parameters, response and timings.

One of the most useful features is the ability to start a performance analysis on your website by right clicking and choosing the appropriate option. This will bring up two pie charts which compare a cached and an un-cached load.

Responsive Design Mode

The responsive design mode allows you to view how your site will look in different sized windows. This is not a true emulator so results may vary somewhat, but it is great for previewing the outcome of media queries.

Once in responsive mode you can switch between preset screen sizes, click and drag for custom sizes, change orientation and simulate touch events.

When developing, I usually change the browser window width and leave it be until I’m done but I find that the responsive design mode is great for final checks and for looking at states in-between breakpoints.


In a nutshell: while there aren’t a lot of brand-spanking new features for developers who keep up with Mozilla news, the direction is very promising. I look forward to a lot of tool-specific features like Coffeescript, Sass, Less and others.

Perhaps even compiler and other processing tools could be added to make Firefox Developer Edition a true developer package, and not just something we use to look at our end result with.

As a seasoned developer, I already have tools to compile my scripts, create final builds, automate general programming tasks, error-check my code and live-reload my browser. If a browser would offer some of these features, it may make some aspects of my work a lot faster. I’ll be following this project with great interest and I suggest you do too.

If you have any thoughts or already have some experience with the Firefox Developer Edition, let us know what you think in the comments.

16 Premium Plugins Designer and Developer Should Consider Using

Crafting websites for all sorts of clients is an art. Like all art forms, it takes perseverance, open-mindedness, and an acute sense for aesthetics. Web developers and designers know this, along with the fact that all project outcomes are only as strong as the resources that stand behind them. In other words, the choice and use of creative assets can either undo your websites, or help you deliver flawless results.

Tons of plugins are currently available to you. Yet, you should always make sure to acquire up-to-date premium plugins, which are best equipped to assist your goals. Here, we’ve got 16 handy premium plugins for designers and developers. Ranging from plugins that assist with slides to e-commerce tools, you might discover that these could really help you out.

1. LayerSlider WP

The first plugin is LayerSlider, which scores high marks in my book, as it proved useful on more than one occasion. You can use this to make slideshows, image galleries, and content sliders.

Administrators are met with 13 clean skins, a drag-and-drop builder, as well as timeline view, and a real-time preview function for every move you make. There are many ways to establish the look and feel of your sliders.

You can choose any of the available 2D and 3D slide transitions (there are 200 preset options to speak of), not to mention that it has a fabulous transition builder to help you come up with custom animations.

LayerSlider guarantees device responsiveness and is SEO-ready. Plus, users are at liberty to add any type of content: HTML, Google Fonts, text, images, and videos (from Vimeo, Youtube, or self-hosted HTML5).

2. Multi Store Creator for Prestashop

These days, more people are looking to set up their own online store. If you decide to create a website with Prestashop, consider using this savvy plugin. It makes no difference if you need to get a gadget store, or a beauty shop for women, up and running.

Multi Store Creator can handle everything you throw at it, is easy to grasp, and gives you a semi-automated front-end that will make the task at hand seem like a breeze. Among its offerings are mobile responsiveness, a plan chooser, multi-language support, Paypal integration, and AJAX validation for existing user and store.

3. Parallax Module for Joomla

Parallax scrolling can enhance a user’s experience of any website. Why not yours?

The Parallax Module for Joomla has a simple method of adding an image and establishing the parallax background for your website. In addition, it promises a 100% responsive layout, and also delivers a handy text area, so you can add content.

4. Support Ticket System for Opencart

If you’re used to a platform like Opencart, then it probably occurred to you that it would be nice to have a way of incorporating a proper help desk into your web store. I have recently discovered a plugin that is able to help you out with managing and monitoring online support requests.

It’s a piece of cake to create any number and type of tickets, search through them, set up as many custom departments as necessity dictates, assign them tickets, and toggle their status to ‘resolving’ or ‘resolved’ – and ultimately delete them.

5. LegalPages

There’s more to website creation than actual development and design. Ask yourself the following question: do your websites uphold the law to the letter? You need to make sure they do, or the consequences could be unpleasant enough for you, their author.

WP LegalPages can help protect you in this way. It offers a total number of 17 pre-designed templates, so you need only invest a few minutes to take care of your privacy policy, affiliate disclosure, TOS, etc. The plugin includes a lock-down feature, and is faithful to EU cookie regulations.

6. Checkout Discount Code for Magento

Online shopping is supposed to be a more comfortable alternative to visiting life-sized stores. However, whenever you’re building a virtual shop, remember that the devil is in the details. As people proceed to check-out on Magento-based websites, they might also have a discount code that they’ve neglected to include on the basket page.

Wouldn’t it be great if they could insert the code simply upon checkout? With this extension that’s easy to install. You can do so and add that precious extra step to the Magento Onepage check-out process.

7. Monarch

Monarch is a promising WordPress social plugin which was recently launched by Elegant Themes. One word to describe it would be versatile.

This plugin lets you choose from as many as 40 social networks and it gives you the option to position it in no fewer than 8 different locations. Monarch is responsive and it boosts a plethora of other options that you should check out.

8. Chimpy – MailChimp WordPress Plugin

Email marketing is a vital component for any website that cares to draw in new visitors or keep the interest of existing ones alive. Thus, MailChimp was invented. Yet, the level of its integration with your website is a different matter, entirely.

Chimpy is a plugin that rises to the challenge. Use it to devise great-looking sign-up forms and display them in the form of compelling pop-ups. Furthermore, Chimpy enables you to display comment forms, synchronize all WordPress users with MailChimp, and make the best content on your website available to visitors after they’ve subscribed.

9. Lizatom Shortcodes Plugin

Need shortcodes to lighten up the load? Then, you should move forward with a competent plugin. Lizatom Shortcodes Plugin discloses over 5000 shortcodes for many uses and is stacked full of features like tooltips, info boxes, pricing tables, and CSS3 buttons.

To give a few examples, Lizatom presents a simple route to customize ordered lists, reveal text with accordions, add pricing tables to online stores or blogs and even give images a fancy 3D shadow effect.

10. UserPro

Regardless of the type of website you’re making, the user experience associated with it ought to be a primary concern. UserPro is a plugin meant to enhance user interaction on your sites.

Use this excellent profile management tool to create site member directories with myriads of display options. Feel free to strike up registration forms and assign them roles, as well as integrate to popular social networks with ease.

11. Subscriptio

If you plan on crafting WooCommerce websites that offer subscriptions, you could use a little bit of help to configure and oversee the entire process of dealing out subscriptions.

One such assistant is Subscriptio, a handy extension. With it, you can easily complete tasks like setting the length of suspension periods, establishing how often reminders should be sent, and more. Plenty of developer-focused filters and hooks for devising awesome WooCommerce subscriptions are available on the admin interface.

12. Timeline

You might feel like an ordinary layout for website content is not enough. Website visitors don’t have a large attention span, and require incentives to keep them continuously engaged. Compact website content can sometimes appear stuffy. A timeline, on the other hand, is bound to decompress user experience.

Content Timeline is a responsive plugin that comes with 11 customizing options to display content neatly by date, or other criteria. Add countless groups and numbers as well as activate 30 element places on the left and on the right side of your timeline.

13. FrontEnd Page Builder

Working on the front-end of a website is easier. If you want to set up a great WordPress website without having to delve into the code aspect, give this plugin a go.

FrontEnd Page Builder comes with loads of pre-made elements that can be altered in any way. What is more, if in trouble, you can always ask for help; the technical support for this plugin is pretty amazing.

14. iMapper

Do you know what can really take the images in your content to a whole new level? Try pinning them with information, especially if they are part of a web store. Product images that sport a map with various details might be more appealing to the public at large. iMapper allows you to choose pre-designed pins (or style them up according to your taste) and place them on any given part of an image.

15. Live Broadcast Countdown Module

A website for upcoming live events should express the enthusiasm that leads up to them. What better way to achieve that effect than with a real-time countdown? Get your hands on the Live Broadcast Countdown Module and you’ll be able to create the right setting for any recurring live events based on Joomla.

16. Chat X

Interaction between readers of a website and its administrators can be facilitated with a plugin for communication. Chat X is a WordPress plugin for sales and support.

It includes chat logs, and has SSL integration, so all messages are encrypted. A total number of 10 operators and 40 visitors can chat simultaneously, and more than one admin is able to respond to a reader.


Whatever functionality you seek to implement in your websites, chances are there’s probably a series of premium plugins that have been created to respond to whatever needs you have.

Do let us know in the comments section what other plugins you find handy and if you like the ones mentioned above.

Giveaway: get 2 Developer subscriptions for your visitors from Elegant Themes

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Apple Watch developer tools to launch next month

Apple announced today that WatchKit, the developer tools for the forthcoming Apple Watch, will be available for developers starting next month. Developers will be able to create apps and other utilities for the Apple Watch using WatchKit. Apple says that the Apple Watch will be available sometime early next year and will be priced at $ 349 to start.

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Harassed game developer driven from home after receiving death threats on Twitter

Game developer Brianna Wu and her husband called the police and left their home last night after receiving a credible death threat on Twitter. The threats appear to be the latest in the “Gamergate movement,” which has led to several attacks on those criticizing the treatment of women in video games.

According to posts on Twitter, Wu, who is the head of development at Giant Spacekat, became a subject of attack after posting a series of memes poking fun at Gamergate and its supporters. Posters on the image board 8Chan took the opportunity to attack Wu, before an unidentified person set up a Twitter account for the express purpose of harassing and threatening her. A series of disturbing tweets from the account, which has now been shuttered…

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Watch the developer become god in this precursor to the Metaverse

Brian Peiris built a live-coding web app for the Oculus Rift that lets you manipulate your virtual 3D environment in real-time. Sure, it’s just a bunch of simple manipulation of geometry for now, but it’s clearly a precursor to where the technology could take us: a metaverse where citizens of Mr. Lee’s Greater Hong Kong are less concerned with their democratic rights than the general upkeep of their avatars. Create anything you want so long as you’ve got the coding skills to support your whims.

The link to the Metaverse is so obvious that it was Neal Stephenson himself, who brought Peiris’ project to our attention. Yes, that Neal Stephenson, the author who wrote the SciFi classic Snow Crash, where grotesque-looking “gargoyles” walk…

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