Design & Development Digest

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Is the Homepage Dead? 3 Reasons Not to Ignore It.

:: By Tom Wilde, Cxense :: The homepage was once a valued, integral website asset – the gateway to a company’s brand and a driver of customer engagement. It was so important, there used to be employees whose sole job was...

7 Steps to Follow When Executing a Web Design Project

By Christine Mandrake, Dynamic Internet Marketing Web design is vocabulary that even children in elementary school might be able to explain nowadays. This is because Internet technology has taken over the world and this is one of the...

Turntable.js, a Smooth Click-to-Slide Alternative

Those with several years of experience working on the Web know first-hand how trends emerge, gain in popularity and then, over time, simply fizzle out. There are too many to mention really and many are of the thought that the now all...

5 Essential WordPress Plugins that are Safe

:: By Jonathon Ohayon, Brilliance.com :: WordPress has been the go-to Web platform of choice for publishers for quite some time. While there have been challengers from many directions, and even major re-thinks of the publishing space...

Plug and Play with Big Data

Search and analytics software company Lucidworks released Lucidworks View , a new extension to its Fusion product that will enable developers to create custom search-driven applications. The View extension, which leverages Apache Solr...

Digital Distribution & the Future of Travel & Leisure for Publishers

Geo-mapping startup HallStreet, which offers a map-based, interactive events and travel planner, has been acquired by city-specific destination guide publisher Time Out Group . Time Out’s investment in this technology, which...

Tips to Safeguard against Ransomware

:: By Travis Smit, Tripwire :: Ransomware has been increasingly leveraged by cyber criminals over the past few years to fund their criminal activities. Historically, cyber criminals would have to steal their target’s data, as...

Adding Facebook Reactions to WordPress

:: By Emily Johns, Wordsuccor Ltd. :: By now, most social media marketers (and users for that fact) are aware of Facebook's new "Reactions " feature, which makes the news feed a lot more expressive with various “reactions”...

Landing Page Checklist (and Solutions) for Every Digital Experience

There's quite a bit of misunderstanding about what a landing page is because they take on so many different forms - let's see if we can't clear that up. Some landing pages are "short and sweet" while others "detailed...

WordPress Offers HTTPS to Custom Domains

WordPress.com is offering free HTTPS for all custom domains hosted on its site in an effort to bring the security and performance of modern encryption to every blog and website. WordPress points out that strong encryption protects...

3 User Interface Guidelines for Designing an E-Commerce Site

:: By Ryan Camomile, Infogenix :: A lot of factors influence customer perception, including user reviews for your products, how friendly your social media personality is and how easy it is to return purchased goods. Customer experience...

How to Build Compelling Onboarding Experiences for Apps

:: Nancy Hua, Apptimize :: In today’s overly saturated mobile app market, it’s not downloads that count, it’s retained users. Currently the average app loses 71 percent of its users within just one day of an install...

CMS Watch: Inside Joomla 3.5

Open-source content management system Joomla released the newest version of its system in mid-March with some interesting interface improvements for developers and administrators. The CMS introduced 34 new features including support...

Etsy Starts a New Pattern

Etsy has unveiled a new seller platform called Pattern that enables users to create their own custom website. The platform enables sellers to use their own domain for a website that is powered by their Etsy shops and integrated with...

AMP Coming Fast to Publisher Networks

AMP, the open-source HTML5 design framework from Google, has received its fair share of coverage over the past few months for good reason - it provides publishers an opportunity to develop better (faster) experiences for users on mobile...

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