Web Dev Books I’ve Been Reading

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Web Dev Books

I’ve stacked up a fair few design, development and marketing/business books in the past few months. In this post, I want to share with you the ones I’ve enjoyed most, in case you’re looking to improve your knowledge in any of these areas too.

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Get to Know the WordPress Hierarchy

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WordPress’s popularity and usefulness as a multi-purpose content management system, continues to grow, and the more people flock to using this CMS the more an understanding of some of the basics of how it operates becomes necessary.

In that vein, I have put together this post that examines the WordPress template hierarchy and the use of conditional statements. Technically you only need two files for a WordPress theme to work, index.php and style.css.

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40 Extraordinary Photoshop Text Effects

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The trouble with Photoshop Tutorials is that there are a lot of them out there, but you only want the very best, most creative ones.

In this post, we’ve collected 40 of the very best and most extravagant tutorials for working with type. After working through a few of the most appealing looking ones to you, you should have more than a few ideas for creating your own, unique effects!

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Design Review: Free Pixels

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In this review, we’re going to work through a website (FreePixels.com) as a case study, looking at its design and seeing what we can learn from it and what we could improve on.

So to start off, let’s take a look at Free Pixels. They offer almost 4000 extremely high quality images, for free. All you have to do is leave the small watermark in the corner, or create your own link back.

That makes it a very handy site for bloggers! Now load up the site in a new tab, and let’s start our case study!

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A Novice Guide to WordPress Plugin Development

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WordPress is an awesome publishing tool, and one of the best features is its flexibility to customize its core functions with plugins. The simplest definition of a plugin is:

A plugin is a snippet of code which is used to extend the functionality of WordPress.

And one of the nicest things about plugins is that the barrier to entry is extremely low. It takes very little technical knowledge to make your first plugin!

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60 Great AIR Apps For Web & Graphic Designers

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Adobe AIR is a great platform to build efficient and cutting edge desktop applications, that work on any operating system.

In the last few years, hundreds of very useful applications have been built on AIR for all sorts of purposes. Here we focus our attention on apps built for web and graphic designers.

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Top 50 High Quality Twitter Icons for FREE

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Currently, Twitter is one of the most popular social networking sites. Most blogger are therefore interested in adding some twitter icons to their blog, so that their readers can submit their article to Twitter quickly, or just find their Twitter account and follow it.

Here we’ve collected together some of the best twitter icons we’ve come across online. Surely you’ll find one that suits your site!

For the code to add a twitter button to your blog, read Social Bookmarking Link Codes. And if you want to add some RSS buttons to your blog, you can visit the RSS Icons and Best Free Icons that we collected together to choose a great icon for your blog.

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