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Why ‘Grumpy Designer’ Is the Only Title I Want

Perhaps no industry has a wider array of mystifying job titles than web design. One could spend hours attempting to figure out the difference between a “People Operations Coordinator” and a “Project Manager”. Is the former just a fancier way of describing the latter? Only the job poster knows the answer. The titles that organizations toss around appear...

Scenarios Where the WordPress Gutenberg Block Editor Replaces Custom Code

Extensibility has long been one of the strengths of WordPress. If there’s something the content management system (CMS) doesn’t do out-of-the-box, you can write code or install a plugin to enable it. Thus, building websites with WordPress usually means adding at least some custom code along the way. Whether that’s creating a one-off page template or...

An Introduction to WordPress Block Themes

The components that make up a typical WordPress theme haven’t changed much over the years. So much so that project co-founder Matt Mullenweg quipped that the old school Kubrick theme (released in 2005) still works with modern versions of the content management system. Sure, theme developers have bolted on their own additions. We’ve seen everything...

The 20 Best Templates for Creating Geometric Logos

Enlightenment in a shape: geometry. If your clients want to create a memorable brand out of their businesses, the first stop on your journey is designing the logo. And when it comes to brands that want to emphasize their knowledge and wisdom, there’s nothing like geometric logos. Today, we’re bringing you a collection of the best geometric logo templates....

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IndexNow Plugin – Microsoft Bing’s WordPress plugin will submit your content to multiple search engines without having to register or verify your website. Crafting Scroll Based Animations in Three.js – This tutorial will demonstrate creating a scroll-based animation using WebGL. Smoothly Reverting CSS Animations – A technique for ensuring your...

Perusing the Digital Junk of a Web Designer

If you’re not sure how long you’ve been in the web design industry, take a look at your data. It says a lot about who you are and the things you’ve done. For someone who started in the mid-1990s, my data archive has volumes to say. From sloppily hand-coded HTML documents to complex (and still sloppy) PHP, the files run the gamut of design fads and...

Are Low-Cost WordPress Projects Worth Your Time?

If you’re a freelancer looking for new clients, you’ll likely find plenty of opportunities to take on low-cost WordPress projects. But pairing the term “low-cost” with WordPress seems like an oxymoron. Sure, it may accurately describe what a client is willing to pay. That doesn’t speak to the challenges involved, though. These projects always tend...

8 Outstanding CSS and JavaScript Chat UI Snippets

Long before social media took over our screens, internet chat was the original online time-waster. One could spend hours on IRC and other assorted live messaging apps. For those who took part in the obsession, late nights often turned into early mornings. Sleep was lost, wrists were sore. What a time to be alive! While chat has changed quite a bit...

Weekly News for Designers № 625

75 Web-Based Tools for Web Designers – A huge collection of time-saving apps and tools that will help with many of the web design tasks you will need to perform from time to time. The surprising behavior of “important CSS custom properties” Written by Stefan Judis. The CSS :has() selector is way more than a “;Parent Selector” Written by Bramus Van...

Should You Charge for Website Project Estimates?

Creating project estimates can be difficult. Because no two websites are the same, web designers need to understand a client’s specific needs. That often requires a lot of digging. It includes asking a lot of probing questions about what the client is hoping to accomplish. From there, it’s time to research competitors and the technologies that will...

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