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Useful Tools and Platforms for Creating Websites


If you find yourself thinking that your web design business is going too slow, then ask yourself how to manage your time better and sign more clients. Are you taking too long to build websites?

That depends on what it is you have to do on each project, in order to please your clients. They most likely want their websites to be responsive and to look trendy. Do you have to find web hosting, as well? Connect e-mail listing? Come back a few months later to add a blog?

There’s no need to bring in left-brained people, or invest a lot of your precious energy into manual coding. You are much better served by focusing on what you do best. And that is creative website design. Get a good WordPress plugin, CMS, or website building platform to ace all projects in a flash, and on your own terms.

Webydo

As a professional designer, you enjoy the design side a lot more than the development side of the equation. Webydo allows you to focus on what is most important to you, the creative aspect of website building.

Have you ever worked with an advanced web design platform that was made specifically for designers to build and manage websites for their clients? Give shape to websites in your browser with Webydo. Start from scratch with a blank web canvas, or use with a pre-set template or layout. Then it’s up to you and Webydo’s studio to create a beatuiful, responsive website for your clients.

Webydo also provides you with cloud-hosting and advanced features like a built-in CMS and the ability to bill clients from your dashboard.

Visual Composer

Do you think of web design as a hobby or as a business? It should be both. It should provide you with an income, as well as give you the pure joy to create something beautiful out of nothing. If you’re not visually-oriented, and you don’t take any pleasure in crafting unique designs, there are other ways to pay the rent.

Making websites with WordPress has its advantages and disadvantages. For instance, when you create complex layouts, the classic editor is a pain in the neck. Visual Composer, on the other hand, is not. Save time and brain power by going from hours to minutes with a drag-and-drop function to build your page. Bottom line is that web designers are visual creatures by nature, and we like to work with visual-oriented tools.

Qards

If you have some level of programming knowledge, then you’re probably brandishing it with every chance that you get. And that’s OK, but it will cost you a lot of time when you’re working on a project. In the absence of development skills, you adapt. Next time you get started on a WordPress project, consider tile or card design. You can end up with a gorgeous website in minutes. Just use Qards.

Do you know how simple it is to add bits of content on cards, and use an in-line editor to modify them? Add text, images, media files, and when you’re done, lay your cards out to form the appearance that you want for your website. Designmodo gave us a code-free page building plugin that works with every installed theme.

Sidengo

Get out of your comfort zone. Take active steps to broaden your horizons this year, and find new ways to create websites. You can read as many blog posts as you can, but unless you actually apply the tips you read, you don’t move forward. See how it feels to work with a simple website builder like Sidengo.

Im Creator

If you want to get more work done this year, website builders give you all the shortcuts that you need. And you need shortcuts. The smoother the process, the better the results. You keep your existing clients happy, and you go looking for more (or you accept other projects from those who seekyou out). Im Creator cuts corners really well. Test it out, and see what it’s like to create a site from ground up, or base your website on a template for your client’s line of business.

Macaw

Not all time-effective solutions for website building are tied to the browser. And not all of them take some time to get used to before you can actually start working. Download Macaw, and you have a familiar environment to create websites. It’s familiar, because it takes after Photoshop. You don’t have to watch any tutorials, and you can store elements in a library to use in the next projects.

Themify Builder

You can also go the route of geometric design to strike up a page very quickly. If your goal is to make a WordPress website, then Themify Builder is a helpful tool. Grab it for your theme, whatever that happens to be, or just get one signed by Themify. Then, it’s part of the package. Proceed to adding modules on your page. It’s a piece of cake. As we mentioned before, the new generation of page builders is shooting holes in the classic WordPress editor.

MotoPress Editor

Do you know what else is great about sparkly new tools for WordPress? That they help you assess your work in progress. Shorten the amount of time you spend to size everything up and understand the impact of your each and every move on the overall design. Use a content editor like MotoPress, and get a live preview window for the work you’re doing. Besides, you set up video or parallax backgrounds in a split second.

AllYou.net

Market yourself well. Saving time during projects and using it to increase your client base is one thing. Convincing potential clients to convert into clients and then repeat clients is another. Strong partnerships are built in time. Let people know you have what it takes to make their websites come to life. Build your creative portfolio with AllYou. Fish out past works that got the most applause, and let them take center-stage. This is your first step to draw in more clients.

Zoho

Website builders don’t limit your options so you can finish faster. On the contrary, they give you the means to get creative. Take the Zoho Builder, for instance. You can build page versions to your heart’s content. Construct as many as you wish, let your client choose which one to publish, and the others are copyrighted to you. Keep them for other projects. Save time in the long run.

Surreal CMS

When clients come back asking for redesigns, that’s fine. It’s great, actually. However, when they nag you to handle something as simple as content updates, then it’s bothersome. You could be using all that time to build more websites. Just introduce your clients to Surreal CMS, and let them edit some areas of content on their own. Track changes from time to time, and undo potential blunders.

Moonfruit

Get behind website builders that have been confirmed by many of your peers. You want to make sure that you’re working with a reliable platform, after all. Don’t take your business to a builder whose customer support takes more than 24h to answer. For you, every minute counts. Moonfruit is a popular website builder, and it has a responsive customer service.

Onepagerapp

One-page websites are so easy to create. Try to fit more projects like this in your schedule. They’re also trending, especially for start-up clients. Explain the usability benefits of one-pagers to your clients (like the fact that they look and navigate really well on mobile devices). If they’re interested, enlist Onepagerapp and start working.

Webs

Speaking of start-ups, there are some website builders you can use specifically for this type of clients. Think about their needs. Think about your needs, for that matter, if you’re a budding freelancer. It’s crucial for small businesses to see how users engage with their websites. Reach out for a simple platform like Webs, with advanced analytics.

Website

Think about it this way: the more features you find in one place, the less time you spend combing the markets for other assets you may need. Move forward with Website. You get a platform that is both easy to use, and equipped with a sizable collection of 1K stock photos.

Conclusion

So, can you tweak your working habits to become a better web designer? As long as you have a good tool or platform in your corner, you create splendid websites faster – and so have the time to work with other clients. Use these designer shortcuts to get more productive, and then reap the financial benefits.


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10 useful resources for Facebook game creation

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Today, here we have 10 useful resources for Facebook game creation. You can now build your own games and applications by going through the listed tutorials. Let’s have a look at them below. 1. Developing HTML5 Canvas Games for Facebook with JavaScript – Part 1 Create your own Facebook game with ease via this amazing […]

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15 useful jQuery calendar plugins

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There are several jQuery plugins available online that have made it lot easier for web designers to make their design outstanding and stylish without huge effort. The jQuery Calendars can help synchronize the date format of a particular website in more precise and stylish way. Today, here we have 15 useful and beautiful jQuery Calendar plugins. Have […]

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10 useful design freebies to add to your arsenal

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As a designer, you are probably looking for ways to make your worklife easier. Freebies are one of the best ways to save time by avoiding some tedious tasks, so make sure you add some of these design freebies to your arsenal. 1. Newspaper cover mockup A cover magazine mockup that comes with three types […]

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20 useful and free icon packs offered by designers

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A lot of designers, share their experience and work today at internet. There are several websites where you can find insights to what fellow designers are working on and Dribbble is one of them. You can find an array of freebies which you can download from generous Dribbble users. Today, we have 20 useful and […]

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11 Useful WordPress Plugins For Front-End Content Management

WordPress is offering few of those plugins, which will help the users to use WordPress with more ease, they will get all of their desired features on the front-end. It will help them to use it without difficulty.

The most appealing features are posting, editing and uploading. These features will especially entertain the sites that depend upon user-submitted content and news. The below are written some of the plugins that are the quality solutions available for adding content on the front-end. Users will now enjoy working on WordPress because it’s like a dream come true, having all the requested features on the dashboard.

Front-end Editor

Edit content inline, without going to the admin area.

Raptor Editor

Edit your content in style with Raptor Editor, this generation’s WYSIWYG editor.

WP Front-End Repository Manager

Members can upload and download files, create directories up to unlimited level.

DIV Layer Editor

Edit any WordPress theme from the front of your website.

Front End Login Form

A tiny plugin which allows you to add a log-in form to your wordpress blog.

Profile Builder

Simple to use profile plugin allowing front-end login, user registration and edit profile by using shortcodes.

Front End Upload

Provides the most basic implementation allowing site visitors to upload files to the Media library and notify admin.

FV Community News

Give the visitors of your site the ability to submit their news to you, and list it in a nice news feed.

Front End Theme Switcher

A front-end theme switcher for your visitors.

DJD Site Post

Write and edit a post at the front end without leaving your site. Supports guest posts.

Live Edit

Edit the title, content and any ACF fields from the front end of your website!

Front-End Help or Feedback Widget

Easily enables your visitors to send you a quick query, request for help, provide feedback or raise a support request, instantly with no hassles.


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Useful Tips for Choosing the Right WordPress Theme

It’s ironic that there are so many WordPress themes at large, yet we have such a hard time finding the right one. This article aims to shed some light on questions that plague most web designers, like "what should I look for when choosing a WordPress Theme?"

Well, this is the guide you need for identifying top-grade WordPress themes. We’re going to look into the areas that you need to pay attention to, as well as tips on how to spot the WordPress themes that are worth your money and time.

Look for Versatility

Different clients have different demands that you must adapt to. You may have to create portfolios, business websites, or blogs and magazines. It would be counterproductive to use a different theme every time. First, you spend a lot of time searching for it, and then you have to invest energy learning how to make the best of it.

Each new theme means you have to adjust to a new coding style. Wouldn’t you be better off with a single theme that is powerful and versatile enough to deliver on your requirements and needs across various projects?

If you manage to secure a truly flexible theme, then that theme will not only lay the foundation for many types of websites, but it will also help you come up with unique results again and again.

You also need to keep your options open. While some clients are easy to please, others don’t really have a good sense of what they want. Those are the ones that ask you to make all kinds of changes. So you must ask yourself, does your theme help you please your clients? Would it allow you to modify the website layout from boxed to sidebar/content, or full width? Does it give you the option to modify navigation and go from fixed top to fixed right or left?

Great Support is fundamental

Web designers have to stick to a time schedule. The more projects we undertake, the less time we have – and we need to manage whatever is left on the clock to the best of our ability. Therefore, a WordPress theme is not helpful if it demands too much of our most precious resource: time.

We need to make sure that the themes we’re using are backed by a support team with strong communication skills who can and will help us solve all issues that crop up. There are themes with a team that has lousy response times, and themes with what you might call "decent" standard of customer support. But you don’t want decent, you want excellent support, and on your own terms.

A great support team answers calls of distress in less than 2 hours, and always gives you practical advice that you can work with. You shouldn’t settle for a service that makes you wait up to 48 hours, or directs you to their knowledgebase for answers. When in doubt, check the testimonials because that’s where you can spot great support, if it is provided.

"Everything works perfectly and customer support is second to none."

"Hands down, the best theme and support I’ve experienced. The developers respond quickly in the support forum and resolve any issues in a timely manner. Well done!"

If your theme doesn’t score points on customer support, let it go and move on to another one that helps you stay on schedule.

Clean code and good Shortcodes

The whole point of using WordPress themes is to eliminate web designers’ dependence on programmers and developers. A good theme has solid code and provides plenty of shortcuts – it’s not a matter of shying away from the repetitive nature of manual programming, although admittedly not everyone is a big fan. The goal is to optimize our working process, so we can launch wonderful websites faster.

There is also the issue of transitioning from handwritten code to themes that can keep up with the latest developments and core WordPress features.

In short, clean code is a must-have for any respectable WordPress theme. Improperly written or deprecated code will damage your website with broken-up layouts, data-corrupting shenanigans or worse. A fine theme will make these worries disappear.

Also, it will save you from having to test your website for cross-platform responsiveness and compatibility with the latest browsers (don’t get us started on those). Aside from clean-code, good WordPress themes unlock a series of shortcodes that can be used even if you have minimum to zero programming skills.

You Will Need Plugins

We’ve come to expect plugins with every WordPress theme. You will find that extended functionality is an important aspect – it is here that some themes outshine others. Take a closer look at your themes, assess their utility, and try to see whether the theme developers had gone the extra mile to create custom-made extensions.

Variety Of Plugins

The first checkpoint is a rich variety in plugins. Some themes throw in one or two essential ones which are compatible with others, but you have to purchase them separately and install the plugins yourself. Thankfully, there is a flip side to this practice – you can tell which themes are most considerate of your needs, by the number of plugins they volunteer from the start.

Usability Of Plugins

Then again, on closer inspection, some plugins may turn out to be more useful than others. Some plugins could be useful on a visual level for instance; many web designers prefer to build pages with a visual editor or composer. A gallery-type plugin would also be most welcome, because you never know when you’ll have to showcase a few slides for your portfolio or web store.

Then, there are plugins that help you administrate your website. You could benefit from an analytics plugin, and perhaps an easy-to-manage plugin for the comment system.

Customized Plugins

Last but not least, if the theme you’re looking at took the trouble to customize some plugins, you should check them out. In determining what exactly these extra plugins help you achieve, you might be able to come across a theme that is catered to your very needs. For instance, if you’re crafting an e-Commerce website a terms of use plugin or marketing-oriented plugins like content dock or a video marketing tool may come in handy.

Custom plugins are optimized for fast website loading time. Useful custom-made plugins both load fast and bring huge UX benefits.

Wrap Up

There you have it! Your tips to first-rate themes. As you can see, choosing the right theme is not such a big deal, as long as you stay faithful to four principles: versatility, reliable customer support, clean code and good shortcodes, and lastly plugins, customized or otherwise.

Editor’s note: This post is written by Kate Dagli for Hongkiat.com. Kate enjoys writing roundups for web dev and technology websites. She is currently a staff member of the-webdesigner.co.





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15 Useful AngularJS Tools For Developers

Thinking of dipping your toes into Angular? If you have gone through our 10 best tutorials to learn AngularJS post and would like to play around with Angular on your own, you’re on the right post. We have here some tools that can streamline your development workflow.

We’re looking at 15 of the best IDEs, text editors, tools for testing & debugging, modules and development tools and apps for building with Angular. If you have your favorite tools or apps, do share them with us in the comments below.

IDE & Text Editor

In the programming world, there are two types of editors: full featured Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and lightweight text editors. Both allow for faster development workflow. The IDE and text editor we listed below are pretty good tools to speed up your Angular development. They can be easily configured for the Angular environment.

WebStorm

WebStorm is suited not just for Javascript but also HTML and CSS. It has an awesome live editor which lets you see your coding results on the browser without frequent refreshing needed. By default, their newest version carries the AngularJS plugin bundle although you will need to include the Angular script in your project first. For more details, read the WebStorm blog post.

Aptana

Aptana is a free open source IDE which is actually the customized version of Eclipse focusing on Javascript, HTML, CSS and other web goodies. To extend Aptana for Angular support, all you need to do is install the AngularJS Eclipse extension from the Eclipse Marketplace.

Sublime Text

One of the most popular text editors available, Sublime Text is loved by many because of its customizability to adapt to any kind of programming environment. It is also fast and has customizable code snippet support, and has many packages including the AngularJS package which allow you to work with Angular. Here is a great post by Dan Wahlin you can check out about this.

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Testing & Debugging Tools

Testing and debugging are important parts of the development process especially in an environment like Angular. Here are some of the tools that can help you test and debug your application.

Karma

Karma is a great test runner made for Angular, but can also be used with any other Javascript framework. It supports any type of testing: unit testing, midway testing and E2E testing. Karma works by opening browsers that you list in the configuration file. It then communicates with the active browser using socket.io and asks you whether to run the test or not.

Jasmine

Jasmine is used for behavior-driven development (BDD), but you can use it for test-driven development (TDD) with a bit customization. It is usually coupled with Karma: Karma as the test runner, Jasmine as the test framework. Jasmine will automatically inspect all your Javascript classes and functions and notify you of unhandled code. The drawback is it doesn’t know which environment (browsers) the test performed, but Karma compensates for this disadvantage.

MochaJS

When compared to Jasmine, MochaJS is more flexible but Jasmine comes as an all-in-one package. With MochaJS, if you want to use spy framework, you need to set up Mocha with its appropriate library like sinon.js. And if you need assertion framework, Mocha needs to be configured with a framework like Chai.

Protractor

Protractor is probably the most powerful automated end to end (e2e) Angular testing tool. Developed by the Angular team, Protractor is built by combining some great technologies available today like NodeJS, Selenium, webDriver, Mocha, Cucumber and Jasmine.

Angular Batarang

Besides Protractor, another great tool developed by the Angular team is Angular Batarang. Batarang is a Chrome extension for debugging Angular applications. After inspecting your app, Batarang will show you the model, performance and dependency debugging results in three different tabs. You can also control the inspection, deciding whether to show the applications, bindings or scopes.

ng-inspector

ng-inspector is a browser extension supported on Chrome and Safari. Unlike Batarang which shows up in DevTools, ng-inspector prefers the side panel display instead. You can inspect and highlight DOM elements as you hover over a scope. You can also see the scope and model updated in real time.

Modules

The best place to find Angular modules is ngmodules.org. But if you need a quick overview, below is a list of some good resources we’ve collected for you.

AngularUI

AngularUI is a collection of UI components built with AngularJS. Its utility directives help you build Angular applications faster. Instead of widgets, AngularUI uses raw directives like ui-router, ui-map, ui-calendar etc. The directives you’ll probably like the most is its UI-Bootstrap which can natively create Twitter Bootstrap in Angular. Check out its clean and nice documentation page to get started.

ng-Table – Sorting and Filtering Table

If you need tables in your web application, the kind that can be sorted and filtered, then ngTable is the tool you are looking for. It also supports variable row heights and great pagination capabilities.

Restangular

With Angular, you may have a hard time working working $ resource and $ http for creating Rest API. Restangular can help make the usage of get, delete, update and post data requests easier. Some features that set Restangular apart from $ resource are HTTP method support, self-linking element, promises usage and many more. Find out more here and check out the live demo on Plunkr.

Angular Gettext

Angular-Gettext is a superb Angular module for super-easy localization. The key features are you can translate your web app as easy as adding attribute. It lets you focus on your app development and leave all translations to Angular-Gettext.

Tools & Apps

Lastly, we’re just going to leave this here. It’s a list of more tools and apps that can probably make your Angular development process easier and smoother. They work well with those who are just starting to pick up Angular.

Generator Angular

Yeoman has a code generator called Generator Angular. With this tool, you can speed up your Angular development with only couples of terminal command. It can automatically generate development server, unit and framework testing, view, directives and more.

ngDocs – AngularJS Reference

ngDocs is an Android app that provides AngularJS documentation and references, nice and simple. Some basic tutorials are also available if you are new to Angular. There are additional features like a developer guide and error reference that you may like to see. With this on your Android device, pick up on Angular wherever you go.





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10 cool and useful dingbats fonts

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Dingbat fonts are always fun to use. These fonts are something that is really different and extra-ordinary than other fonts. These fonts resemble interesting images instead of normal alphabets and numeric. Dingbat fonts are commonly used for creating custom bullets. It is also great for creating navigation buttons. One of the great advantages that you […]

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A Collection Of Useful jQuery CSS3 Navigation Menu Tutorials

Are you looking for some good and detailed tutorials on creating jQuery navigation menu? Do you want to create useful and fully functional navigation menu by using jQuery? If your answer is yes, then this compilation of 40 useful jQuery navigation menu tutorials is for you. We hope that you will like this collection and feel these tutorials helping as well.

So, take a look at this collection and grab some amazing techniques to make your website navigation easier for your visitors in order to find their desired content. Feel free to share your opinions with us via comment section below. Your comments are always more than welcome. Let us have a look. Enjoy!

Menu Transition In Effects

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Slidebars

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Create a Smooth Jump-To Sub Navigation Menu in One JS Call

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Create a Google Play style Menu

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Animated CSS3 Perspective Menu

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Animated Navigation with CSS3 Transitions and Transformsssss

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Pushy

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Slinky

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jQuery Pop Menu

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Square Menu

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Perspective Page View Navigation

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SlickNav

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HorizontalNav

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Mmenu

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Organic Tabs

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CSS3 & jQuery Folder Tabs

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Animated Border Menus

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Creating 3-Level Responsive Drop Down Navigation Menu

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Side Navigation Menu V2

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Creating Content Tabs with Pure CSS

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Responsive Drop Down Menu Jquery CSS3

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jQuery Slideout Menu

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contextMenu.js

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On-Scroll Animated Header

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Navgoco

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Pagescroll Jquery Menu

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Tabs

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Smart Tab

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Fullpagenav

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jRMenuMore

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Responsive Tabs jQuery script

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CSS3 Slider Timeline Menu

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Fly Sidemenu

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Transitions For Off-Canvas Navigations

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Slimmenu

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Animatescroll.js

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Creating the New Google Play’s Multi-Level Navigation

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Nav Bar

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SimpleSlideView

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