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One year later, the Comcast merger apocalypse still isn’t here

One year ago today, Comcast announced a deal: it planned to merge with rival Time Warner Cable in a transaction worth north of $ 45 billion. The two cable giants could become one; federal regulators could approve the merger with a few swift stroke of their pens. “We believe that this transaction is approvable,” Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said simply, as executives prophesied the deal would be done by the end of 2014.

And yet, we’re still waiting. Nearly as quickly as the deal was announced, customer service horror stories about Comcast, always at a hum in discussions about the company, seemed to amplify. Writers, activists, and consumers all shared anecdotes online and with the FCC, testifying to why Comcast deserved the ignominious title…

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15 Prime Tools and Platforms for Creating Websites This Year

When you take on web design projects, do you think twice about the tools that help you build websites for your clients? In 2015, freedom looks like a lot of choices. Regardless of your personal working habits, it’s always in your best interest to secure the most useful platforms and tools on the market.

To help you with this, we have rounded up several cloud-based website builders and page-building plugins for WordPress. Have a look at the list below and decide which of them is most likely to suit your needs.

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Webydo

Looking to build and manage code-free, pixel-perfect responsive websites for your clients or yourself? Join Webydo to start designing on the cloud-based studio from scratch or with a template or preset layout. Its parallax srolling animater will also allow you to add captivating motion paths to elements to help visually captivate your audience. Joining Webydo, you will be come part of an active community of 125,000 freelance designers, agencies and studios.

Visual Composer

If you have come across Visual Composer on many premium themes, it’s probably because at only $ 28 a piece, Visual Composer can truly revolutionize the WordPress editor. No more constructing sophisticated layouts via shortcodes, just drag and drop any of the 40 or more elements where you want them to go straight from the frontend, and publish your site.

Qards

So your site is done but your client isn’t happy and is itching for a redesign. If you are thinking about quitting on your current theme, hold your horses. Ever heard of tile or card design? Designmodo has a page-building plugin that is based on the concept where you just slide cards in place, tweak your content with a simple in-line editor and keep on rocking your design. Best of all, it works for you even if you aren’t a fan of codes.

Pikock

Want to be able to choose from over 100 switchable themes when creating your websites? As a last-minute solution, you might find ready-to-start templates very attractive. Use Pikock, and again you won’t have to touch a single line of code. You can even create a one-page website for less than $ 2. There is no harm in trying the 30-day free trial before signing up.

Voog

Do you know that guilty feeling when you’re scouting for some gorgeous templates to jump-start your creative process? We’ve all been there, though not everyone cares to admit it. Voog, or formerly known as Edicy, has all the inspiration that you need. And you can save up to 28% with an upfront year-long payment.

IM Creator

While we’re on the subject of stunning templates and incredible ease of use, one of our favorite website builders is IM Creator. It has a stash of nice-looking templates that are organized by category. This doesn’t mean that you can’t work on a blank canvas if you already have a clear idea of what you want to accomplish. The browser-based studio is very straightforward. You can even test it out without signing up first before deciding.

All You

2015 may be the year when you create an amazing design portfolio for yourself. I’m not saying that your professional experience isn’t already impressive, but this year you should showcase it using a brand-wise builder for creatives. Seek out the platform All You, which rounds up more than 1000 optimized web fonts for your convenience. You’ll have a delightful and cross-device responsive portfolio website up in no time.

Jimdo

If you ever find yourself looking for highly approachable website builders, this year’s list continues with Jimdo. What we like most about Jimdo is the fact that it allows users to edit websites on the go. That’s because free apps for iOS and Android are part of the package. Add photos, text, galleries and even track site statistics via the mobile apps.

Themify Builder

Let’s veer back towards the world’s most popular CMS for a moment. When you base websites on WordPress, you definitely want to use a comfortable page builder. One such builder is native to all Themify themes, and yet it’s also up for sale as a standalone plugin: Themify Builder. Use it with confidence if you fancy the module system for piecing a web a page together or changing it just as easily.

MotoPress Editor

Looking for live preview editing? It’s no surprise that that feature is an industry standard now. With MotoPress, you get full view of your work during the editing process, long before it hits the site for your end users to see. With this plugin, you can throw in your shortcodes freely in the mix. It’s also child’s play to add videos and parallax scrolling backgrounds in with MotoPress Editor.

Microweber

Perhaps you’re interested in creating websites with a CMS other than WordPress. While there are plenty of alternatives out there, you should also look into Microweber. It’s fun to work with, and particularly suitable for eCommerce sites. Plus, you can also use Microweber to set up beautiful blog sites in a snap.

Macaw

The future belongs to website building platforms that inherit the same functionalities as our favorite image editor, Photoshop. Macaw is available on this premise. It never fails to provide clean code to support your website designs. Plus, it allows you to store elements in your library and reuse them on any page.

LightCMS

Speaking of alternatives to WordPress, wouldn’t you like to do away with the dashboard, and manage your website content directly? If your answer is yes, then move forward with LightCMS. You’d be one more voice in the crowd of 275,000 users. Resellers also get 80% off the Unlimited Plan.

Yola

Nowadays, most ads are being ignored by end users. We’re all accustomed to flashing ads, and automatically discarding them. The name for this pervasive effect is "banner blindness". Unlike other website builders, Yola helps you build client websites that won’t suffer third-party advertisements. From a usability standpoint, this feature may be just the thing you are looking for.

ZOOM Builder

Here’s a handy layout builder for WordPress websites. ZOOM Builder is essentially wired to function with any existing theme. You might also appreciate its compatibility with native WordPress widgets, as well as theme-specific widgets and plugins. Craft a page layout from scratch, or take your pick from 10 pre-set options.

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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Singles Club Year Two: Brooklyn’s vinyl subscription service sets its sight on new musical styles, launching into its second year with Monster Rally

Singles Club Year Two

These days, many see vinyl records as coveted relics of interest for a niche audience, though in fact international sales hit a two-decade high in 2014 with six million LPs sold in the US alone. While some chalk this up to a widespread vintage fetish……

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Mac Premo’s 2014 Year in Review: A clever, comedic short highlighting milestones and madness month by month

Mac Premo's 2014 Year in Review

For a year riddled with milestones, tragedies and epic world events, many of the most important moments will fade from memory and get muddled with time. Thankfully, Brooklyn-based artist and “stuff-maker” Mac Premo co-wrote, directed, shot and edited……

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Distilling a Year with the Zeitguide 2015: An informative, annual guide to key themes, plus a weekly email that breaks down the world’s most pressing news

Distilling a Year with the Zeitguide 2015

There’s a reason we continue to feature the Zeitguide from Grossman & Partners. Each week, founder and CEO Brad Grossman, and his ever-expanding team, cull through over 2,000 pieces of source material on breaking news, global trends and key topics……

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Weevmee Captures a Year in One Image: A new technology from design agency HUSH artistically weaves personal Instagram images

Weevmee Captures a Year in One Image

Leading up to new year’s eve, social media sites fill up with flipbook-like posts compiling the best of users’ years. As a more artistic option, drawing upon the colors and tones of the last 365 days, NYC-based design agency HUSH developed Weevmee;……

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16 Calendars for 2015: Make this year extra stimulating with a calendar that channels your creative spirit

16 Calendars for 2015

If time flies when you’re having fun, you might as well extend that notion to the moments spent organizing your time. For our annual calendar round-up this year, we’ve included 16 shining examples that will ensure all of 2015 is just how you envisioned……

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Announcement: Winners of Christmas & New Year Giveaway

A weeks ago, we created a contest at instantShift called Christmas & New Year Special Giveaway had announced the 2 winners of iPad Air 2 or iPhone 6 (total value of ~ $ 1700).

Announcement: Winners of Christmas & New Year Giveaway

We’ve got more than 200 response comments. After voiding spam and non-legit comments we have left with 173 valid comments. It’s really good to see that how we can able to help in our reader’s life and their profession.

In case, If you missed this giveaway, make sure you are ready for next one as we going to create more such giveaways in future.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Prizes

Apple iPad Air 2 & iPhone 6

instantShift - Christmas & New Year Special Giveaway Prizes

Prize: 1 iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB with iPad Smart Cover (worth $ 829 total) and 1 iPhone 6 Unlocked 128GB (worth $ 849 total)

Winner

Following Winner are selected randomly from the comments & table of Christmas & New Year Special Giveaway Post.

  1. Shauna GatesiPad Air 2
  2. LauraiPhone 6

Congratulations to the winner! We’ve already contacted the winners. The prizes will be shipped soon.

 

Good luck, and be sure to subscribe to our RSS-feed and follow us on Twitter to find out if you’re a winner. And also for recent updates as more giveaways are planned in the near future.

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Designers’ New Year resolutions for 2015

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Happy New Year! We’re not quite sure how 2015’s come around so quickly; it seems like only a few weeks ago that we were cheering in 2014, all shiny and filled with promise. How did it work out for you?




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Avegant’s VR goggles look like headphones and are launching later this year

Avegant’s virtual reality glasses aren’t quite like anything else on the market. For one thing, they don’t use the same magnified screen technology as Oculus, Samsung, and most other companies. They use a virtual retinal display, projecting images directly on your eyes; it’s a technology that’s been around since the ’80s, but it’s rarely found in consumer headsets. And instead of goggles, they look like headphones. In fact, they are headphones — they just tip forward onto your eyes if you want to use them as a headset.

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