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What is a CDN and why does your website need it

Both as a web designer, and as a user of the internet, you know that a fast website is a good websiteSpeed of a website is something which you don’t notice, until it’s missing that is.

Then it becomes frustrating. A bad user experience. A reason for bouncing off a website never to return.

If you want visitors to enjoy their experience on your website, you don’t need to think only about the design of the website, but how fast the website performs for ALL of your users!

Because good design is only one part of a good user experience.

After best website design company, the speed of page-loading is one of the most important factors which contribute to the success of a website. Besides that, it’s also a ranking factor.

Why is speed so important?

The necessity of having a fast website is a factor has been studied time and time again.

A negative experience is created in the mind of the user who is perceiving a site as being slow. A site’s conversion rate is also affected very negatively by slow performing websites.

Have a look at the graph below by research firm Soasta

Loading time vs conversion rate

Loading time vs conversion rate study

 

As can be clearly seen from the graph above, as load time of a page increases, the conversion rate drops drastically. The best conversion rates actually happen when pages take less than 3 seconds to load. Unfortunately, very few websites are actually able to provide such a fast user experience.

Is your website one of these slow-loading sites? Are you killing conversions and are not even aware of it?

But there are solutions which can help boost your website’s speed.

 

What is a CDN?

The term CDN is an acronym which means content delivery network. That is a fancy way of saying, a network of servers which are optimized to deliver the content (of your website) in the most optimal way.

But how does this content delivery network provide benefits to my website and how does it make the website load faster?

The CDN’s network of servers is an infrastructure which is designed to handle the load of traffic of a website better than that of generic hosting services.

Hosting services, especially the ones aimed at generic websites are geared at creating a stable but generic environment, at a low cost to both the hosting service and the client. These websites typically run on generic environments, such as Apache, PHP, MySQL and other stacks of popular hosting frameworks.

However, the environment has not been specifically optimized and tuned for website speed. Shared hosting services are typically quite slow, particularly in their initial response. The fact that each environment is hosting multiple websites simultaneously means that they suffer from a resource bottleneck problem. Essentially, each website is hosted on the same server as many others, they are “sharing” the same resources. But while the term used is sharing, in reality, they are competing for the same resources. To keep costs low, this sharing creates a situation where each request sent to a website has to wait before it can be served.

Have a look at the below. One of my websites, which is aimed primarily for ecommerce (dronesbuy.net) is hosted on a shared hosting environment, without a CDN.

Have a look at the following waterfall graph:

Load time without CDN

Load time without CDN

 

Can you see the waiting time above of 1.26 seconds?

This is the time it is taking for the server to start “working” on the request sent to it. Essentially, at this point, my website is queued up, competing for resources with other sites hosted on the same server as mine.

This is an implicit delay in created by using a shared website hosting service

Bear in mind, that this delay is before the server event starts to send any kind of content back to the user.

With a delay of 1.26 seconds, you can forget having a page-speed load time of less than 3 seconds.

This is a problem. So how do we go about solving this problem?

On the other hand, a CDN’s primary function is to make websites load fast. Their actual infrastructure setup is designed such that they help deliver a lightning fast website.

But how does a CDN actually speed up my site?

 

How a CDN speeds up your site

There are a few reasons why a website can load slowly:

  1. the shared hosting server has a lot of websites (to keep the price cheap) and is thus overwhelmed. The response times are therefore slow.
  2. Images and other large content of the are not optimized and take a lot of time to download.
  3. The website has installed many different WordPress plugins which are generating many CSS and JS files and other resources
  4. The hosting server is located geographically far away from the actual visitors of your website (think website hosted in the US, with readers mostly in Europe)

There are other reasons, but these are the main ones which generate the largest loading time hits.

You can take mitigating steps to fix each of the above-noted problems individually, but we’ll focus mostly on the last two in this article.

Your shared hosting is overwhelmed and slow

Shared hosting servers are by their definition – slow, especially if they are cheap. It’s just the economics of it.

When a hosting company rents or buys a server, they need to share that cost with their clients.

Put simply, and for the sake of example, if your server costs $100/month and you want to price your plan at $10/month, you need to host 10 accounts to break even.

If you want to price your plan at $5/month, you need to host 20 accounts to break even.

You get the gist. The cheaper the plan, the more the accounts you’ll need to host on the same server.

If a hosting service is advertising itself as cheap, and you want your website to be fast – run a mile!

So what happens, on shared servers, each time somebody visits your website, the server is (at the same time) handling the websites of all of the other users / accounts on that same server.  

With shared hosting, it can take more than a whole second to even start working on delivering your website’s contents.

You can clearly see that delay on the screenshot above.

VPS vs Shared hosting environment

VPS vs Shared hosting environment

 

If you want to make a website fast, this delay of one second in response time is creating a serious issue for you.

Here are our first recommendations

  1. If your website is using WordPress as the CMS, choose from the best WordPress hosting companies, the ones with known good service and great reviews. Stay away from cheap hosts.
  2. Going for the highest plan you can afford, a Virtual Private Server is a good balance between a (cheap but slow) shared hosting site and a dedicated server (fast but expensive). With a VPS, your site will have plenty of resources to deal with the load and respond within a few milliseconds, rather than a whole second.

 

The images of your site are not optimized

Images are one of the primary reasons why websites can be slow to load. 

It’s always great advice to use images in your articles. They help to create a break in large pieces of text. Images are also great for readability.

“An image is worth a thousand words” or so they say.

But images can also create problems.

Primarily, images which are not optimized for speed can have a serious negative effect on the loading time of a website.

It’s actually quite a laborious process to remember to save each file in a speed-friendly format, and compressing them to a size which is small enough but which does not lose any of the quality of the image.

Besides being labor-intensive, some people are simply not aware of the need to optimize images.

So what’s the solution to this problem? We need to find a method which will automatically optimize images.

Here’s where a CDN comes to the rescue. CDNs are designed to address this problem without requiring any manual intervention

This is because image optimization (including lossless compression) is typically a built-in feature of most CDNs

That means you don’t have to worry about the images. While you handle the design and creation of a website with awesome imagery, the Content Delivery Network will automatically compress and optimize the images.

 

The website is using a lot of scripts

This is another factor which has a bad effect on the speed of a website.

Almost all plugins which are installed on a website have an impact on the loading time of your website – each plugin adds more and more assets to the site, making it slower and slower.

Each plugin which is used to create a specific piece of functionality is also slowing down the site.

Some plugins create more JS files, CSS files, and other assets, so some are worse than others, but all of them have at least a bit of an effect. The fewer plugins you install – the better. This is a golden rule.

Each plugin also adds overhead in the form of requests.

Have a look at the following screenshot from a site which has not been optimized for speed. You can see that the performance scores are very slow, whilst the fully loaded time is horrendous.

Slow loading time due to many requests

Slow loading time due to many requests

 

Thankfully, there are ways to mitigate these problems:

  1. Install as little plugins as possible on any website
  2. Combine the files created by all the plugins into a few files only
  3. Enable HTTPS and then HTTP/2 on your website for better overall loading times

Once again, a CDN can help with the combining the files into fewer files and delivering that content over HTTP2.

The CDN actually performs compression and minification of JS and CSS files; this makes the overall size of your site’s resources smaller and therefore, faster to load.

Setting up of HTTP/2 in also highly recommended. HTTP2 is something which is a whole topic of its own so we’ll recommend a couple of great articles on WebDesignerDepot and on CollectiveRay blog which we’ve already written.

HTTP/2 has been created specifically to make improvements in the loading time of websites. It is designed to address certain shortcomings which older technologies did not deal with.

CDN services typically can enable HTTP/2 on your website, simply through the flick of a switch. HTTP/2 requires that HTTPS has been enabled on your site. Once again, CDNs typically have built-in support to serve content over HTTPS. Thanks to the CDN, you can enable HTTPS without incurring the cost and complication which is associated with secure website certificates. A CDN is also able to improve the overhead associated with the SSL/TLS handshake (which is a heavy operation). This ensures that even with HTTPS enabled – the site incurs no overhead.

There’s still one problem which we haven’t addressed which can slow down the loading speed of your website.

What is it and how can we fix it?

 

The geographical location of your website server

There is one thing which can negatively your website’s loading speed, even after you’ve performed all sorts of speed optimizations mentioned above.

Have a look at the following diagram.

Hosting server location vs visitor location

Hosting server location vs visitor location

 

This shows the typical time it takes for web data to travel from the one side of the Atlantic to the other. You can see that loading a website hosted on a different continent that your website is visiting from, is a problem. If your website is hosted in the continental US, any visitor outside of the US will experience this problem.

Of course, this applies all over the world. It can even happen within continents if the visitor is located far away from the hosting server.

The distance your website’s content has to travel has a direct (and negative) effect on how fast your website loads.

If your website has a localized audience, choose a good hosting service which is physically close to your target audience. If you are targeting users in New York, choose to host your website on a good server in New York.

However, what do you do if your website caters to an international audience?

You can’t choose a server which is located close to the visitors of your website.

However, there is a solution. As you might have guessed, the solution involves a CDN, because a CDN service specifically addresses this problem.

Let’s see an updated version of the previous diagram, this time we see how the loading time is affected if we use the services of a CDN such as Incapsula CDN, one of the largest players in the CDN industry.

Without CDN vs with CDN

Without CDN vs with CDN

 

Just like we discussed at the beginning of this article, a CDN service is designed to shorten the distance that content has to travel to reach the visitors of a website.

A CDN service is set up by creating a network of hundreds of servers in different locations in multiple countries and geographies. These servers, known as caching servers or edge servers, each contain a local copy of the images and files which your website needs serve.

When a user accesses your website, these files are served from the nearest physical to your visitor.

This reduces the problem of distance and makes a website much faster to load compared to if a website was not using a CDN.

Have a look the following diagram, which shows the geographical distribution of caching servers around the world – making it possible to always serve content from a location which is physically close to your visitor.

CDN global server map

CDN global server map

 

How to set up a CDN for free

The great thing about CDN services is that they operate on a freemium model – typically they offer a free plan. This free plan provides the localized caching functionality we have shown above.

If your website grows beyond the limits of the free plan, you can then move to a higher plan which suits the needs of your website better.

The easiest way to implement a CDN does not even need a plugin, it’s done by what is knows as a reverse proxy.

This only requires you to perform some changes to the DNS settings of your domain. You’ll find exact guidance for most hosts from the CDN you will opt for, or you can ask for support from the CDN’s support staff.

You can see below how your website together will work together with the CDN to send content to visitors. The origin server is your website’s server.

CDN setup using proxy server

CDN setup using proxy server

The CDN server actually receives the hit when a user visits your website. It then sends the request to your site, such that any necessary dynamic content is generated. Once it gets a response, the CDN sends the dynamic content and all static resources to the visitor.

This removes a lot of load from your hosting server – making your website load faster and able to handle much more visitors simultaneously.

 

Conclusion – are you ready to make your website faster?

As we’ve seen in this article, setting up a CDN can start from the very cheap price of free! Besides not having to spend anything, the loading speed of your website will be much-improved giving your site’s visitors a better user experience for your visitors.

 

If you’re looking to have a fast website, a CDN is a must.

 

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20 Graphic Design Tutorials You Have To Watch To Improve Your Ski…

20 Graphic Design Tutorials You Have To Watch To Improve Your Ski...

A good designer is constantly learning new tricks on how to apply different effects to a photo or built a form from scratch. Some of you may search for various tutorials just to improve your skills, or maybe you need to know some specific technique for your current project.

In any case, on this list, we have handpicked 20 latest graphic design tutorials to take your skills to a whole new level.

Here you’ll see Photoshop and Illustrator tutorials on how to create a movie poster from an image, apply endless photo effect, create geometric pattern and text effect, build a retro logo, and much more.

1. Create an Action Packed Movie Poster in Photoshop

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2. Create a Mini Planet Using Photoshop’s 3D Capabilities

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3. How to Create a Steampunk Type Treatment in Photoshop

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4. Create an abstract liquid effect

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5. Create a Studio Sports Portrait

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6. Create a Powerful Human Disintegration Effect in Photoshop

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7. How to Create an Endless Picture Within a Picture Illusion in Adobe Photoshop

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8. How To Create a Geometric Pattern in Adobe Illustrator

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9. How To Create Digital Particle Waves in Adobe Illustrator

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10. How to design graphic figures

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11. How To Create an Editable Retro Text Style in Illustrator

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12. How to Create a Quick & Easy Duotone Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

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13. How To Create a Vintage Film Title Text Effect in Photoshop

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14. Create mixed inks with InDesign

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15. How to design a typographical poster using Adobe InDesign

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16. Create special print finishes in InDesign

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17. How to create a retro logo with Affinity Designer

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18. Mock up AR graphics with After Effects

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19. How to Draw a Colorful, Fun, Vector Vampire in Adobe Illustrator

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20. Create a Painted Portrait Effect in Illustrator Using the Bristle Brush

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Free Portfolio Themes for WordPress to Download

Free Portfolio Themes for WordPress to Download

As a designer, the best way to showcase your work is an online portfolio. An online portfolio is a proof of your expertise, experience, and skills. A portfolio site helps your potential clients to look at your advantages over other creatives out there.

The best and the easiest way to create a portfolio today is to use a creative free portfolio theme for WordPress. We decided to make this task more comfortable for you and collected 20 amazing free portfolio themes which you can customize and use.

1. Portfolio Gallery theme

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2. Minimalist Portfolio

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3. Adventure Lite

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4. TheMoments

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5. panoply theme

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6. Hestia theme

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7. Zyloplus

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8. Shapely

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9. Eight Sec

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10. Seguente

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11. Business Press

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12. Vega

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13. Revolve

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14. Coral Drive

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15. Hitchcock

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16. Coral Dark

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17. Pinnacle

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18. AccessPress Parallax

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19. Pure & Simple

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20. Innovation Lite

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Promising European Startups to look for in 2018

Promising European Startups to look for in 2018

2018 is right around the corner and I thought I’d start celebrating the great year 2017 has been a list of the most promising startups in tech that you should look for in the coming year. And before I start dropping names left and right, I do want to point out that this list is purely biased and strictly based on my uneducated opinion. So without further ado here are the top 4 tech startups I’m looking forward to seeing in 2018.

1. Zentoshop

Promising European Startups to look for in 2018

Zentoshop is a Magento based e-commerce Saas that allows store owners to go online in a matter of minutes and the guys behind the product have managed to solve one of the biggest issues I had with Saas E-commerce platforms and that would be scalability. Normally, a store you build on a similar platform would work (probably great) for the first few months, maybe a year, but the minute you hit big traffic numbers, orders or have a lot of products, the platform would crumble under its own weight. Zentoshop having Magento under the hood solves this issue, allowing the user to take advantage of all the benefits of having a Magento shop without any of the drawbacks, which are mostly the technical issues that force Magento store owners to hire one or more developers to do regular maintenance and updates on the system to ensure everything’s running smoothly.

2. eDrone.me

Promising European Startups to look for in 2018

The app is positioned by a CRM but my experience in the e-commerce field makes me look a bit further behind curtains, at the “magic behind the eDrone”. The amount of data that the system handles and the process is impressive but then they’ve created a machine learning algorithm that provides insight and allows you to take actions to increase the LTV of the customer through a number of – simple to use and integrate – tools. It has about a gagillion integrations already, from Magento, Woocommerce to Shopify and Opencart.

Oh, did I mention you can start using the app for free, so yeah, I’d strongly suggest keeping an eye out for these guys, they are definitely on to something!

3. TypingDNA

Promising European Startups to look for in 2018

By this point, the phrase: “the future is AI” should ring true just like the notion that the earth is round which is an undeniable truth, regardless what some may think or share on their social media accounts(looking at you: B.Y.O.B!). The Romanian team behind TypingDNA are trying to shape the future in their own way by using machine learning to develop behavioral biometrics solutions. I know! That sounds soooo fancy but the applications for something like this are countless. Imagine not having to remember a password. Ever! The system can check if you are authorized by your typing patterns. There’s an interesting case study, published on their site that will help you get a better idea of what they are doing

4. SwiftKey

Promising European Startups to look for in 2018

This is no new startup but they have been killing it the past year and have plans of introducing a number of new features in the coming year. I myself have been using SwiftKey for about a year now on all my mobile devices and it works so effortlessly across 2 and even 3 languages without having me to configure settings or change parameters. I look forward to seeing what they have in store for 2018.

5. Snips.ai

Promising European Startups to look for in 2018

There have been multiple similar products with big promises but deliver so little. Snips offers a powerful NLU which is short for Natural Language Understanding system that runs on the users device as opposed to the Cloud like all the other similar system do, which provides better security and privacy and coming next year, when the GDPR will become many companies worst nightmare, Snips is going to have no problems as it has been compliant since day 1.

6. Hundred5

Promising European Startups to look for in 2018

Hundred5 is a hiring platform created by a small Estonian team. The recruiting tool automatically screens candidates’ abilities for the job as a first-pass filter. It makes sure the people you interview have what it takes to be successful in a remote work environment and in the role that you are looking for. 

With that in mind, Hundred5 has ditched CV as the main screening tool and replaced it with skill assessments. Besides saving tons of time, those tests also strongly predict success in real work and tell you something you can’t learn from resumes. CV’s are more about how someone is able to present themselves rather than a demonstration of their abilities, which might lead you to select the wrong applicant.

7. Teamweek

Promising European Startups to look for in 2018

Teammweek is project management software and a team calendar. The intuitive platform enables the project manager to assign tasks on a timeline and helps the team stay in the loop with what everyone is up to. Just like Hundred5, Teamweek is also based in Estonia. The company was originally founded by Toggl, but it became a separate company on its own this year. Teamweek is a successful bootstrapped product that you should definitely keep an eye on in 2018.

 

These have been only 7 companies that have caught my attention in the last few months and even if the list could have gone on for quite a while, I’ll stop here and keep providing updates in the coming months.

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Save Now With These 9 Superb Black Friday deals

Save Now With These 9 Superb Black Friday deals

Black Friday is coming, and web designers and developers haven’t been left out. We’ve put together eight deals, one or more of which you’re bound to find useful. Each one is offered at a discount! So, make sure you check these products out before Black Friday slips away for another year.

These are money-saving deals to be sure. But more importantly, these products were designed with productivity in mind. At the very least, they’ll make your workday easier. At the same time, they can help to improve the value of your products or services.

If you could use some help creating a website or a table, or managing a project, there’s something here for you!

 

  1. wpDataTables

Save Now With These 9 Superb Black Friday deals

Attempts to create well-organized and easy to understand tables and charts can be slow-going; especially when you have huge amounts of data to contend with or the makeup of the data is quite complex. wpDataTables not only makes the process quick and easy, but your charts and tables will be responsive, editable, and interactive as well.

wpDataTables is a highly popular WordPress plugin, well-known for its speed and efficiency.It has over 13.000 paying users, with an average customer rating of 4.6. It doesn’t require any coding on your part to use, and it can organize millions of rows of data in minutes – not days or weeks. In other words, using this product can save you oodles of time.

Because of its front-end editing capabilities, you can easily make changes to a chart or table on the fly, or do whatever editing is necessary to bring an already published table up to date. In addition, you can use its conditional formatting features to highlight selective content to help your chart or table tell its story. Get it at 50% off from Tuesday, 21st until Wednesday, 29th November 2017 (2 pm AEDT).

 

  1. Webflow Templates

Save Now With These 9 Superb Black Friday deals

To help celebrate Black Friday, you can purchase one of Webflow’s HTML5/CSS3 responsive templates at a 75% discount. A discount of this size is impressive; but what is even more impressive, is the product itself. This selection of templates, which includes templates for portfolios and blogs, is so popular, that some designers and developers have even made the switch over to WordPress as their CMS platform to be able to take advantage of them!

An estimated 380,000+ designers and developers are already using Webflow, which is all the more reason to celebrate Black Friday by taking up this generous offer.

If you make the switch, you’ll be able to significantly cut down on design and development time. The 100+ templates provide you with all the design options you’re likely to need. If not, you can always start from a blank canvas.

 

  1. Nutcache

Save Now With These 9 Superb Black Friday deals

Project management doesn’t have to be fun, but it doesn’t have to be a drag or a constant cause of stress either. Nutcache is a nice little web application that will help you manage a project from the time you’re putting your initial cost estimates together, up until the time you’re ready to submit final billing – i.e., throughout the life cycle of the project.

Since Nutcache was designed to support Agile methodologies, teams that adhere to Agile/Scrum processes and principles will find this web app particularly helpful. This is especially true since, because of its flexibility, Nutcache can easily adjust to a given team’s workflow.

Several financial tools have also been incorporated; something you don’t usually find in a project management app. The creators of Nutcache are offering a 40% Black Friday discount for the new customers on a yearly subscription to their Enterprise edition.

 

  1. Listing Pro Directory WordPress Theme

Save Now With These 9 Superb Black Friday deals

The ListingPro Directory WordPress theme is the only end-to-end, all-in-one solution theme of its type on the market today. It’s also the #1 best-selling ThemeForest Directory and Listing product. What its users like about it most is that there’s no need to pay for additional plugins. Everything you’ll need is included.

The Black Friday Special? How about a 50% discount?

 

  1. TheGem – Creative Multi-Purpose High-Performance WordPress Theme

 Save Now With These 9 Superb Black Friday deals

The words “TheGem” and “ultimate” are for all practical purposes synonymous. This Swiss Army Knife of WordPress themes has everything you need to create websites in a few short hours, or even in a few minutes. TheGem is the top selling theme on ThemeForest with over 12.500 sales in just one year and 5 star rating. It offers 150 demo pages and more than 70 multi-page design concepts; plus, no coding is required.

For Black Friday, TheGem Creative Multi-purpose WordPress theme, including all the concepts and pages, as well as premium plugins like Visual Composer, Revolution Slider and LayerSlider, is yours at a 50% discount. In fact, you will get the whole package for only $29!

 

  1. 50% Off & $150 Amazon Card Giveaways at Themify

Save Now With These 9 Superb Black Friday deals

Web designers and developers are always on the lookout for sources of themes, plugins, or addons that can make their workdays a little easier. Themify’s Black Friday special (promo code BLACKFRIDAY) is your opportunity to purchase these items, and club memberships at a 50% discount.

You can also sign up for a Lifetime membership for $199; a $150 savings, by using promo code BFLIFE150. Both offers are good through Cyber Monday.  Happy shopping!

 

  1. Stockfresh

Save Now With These 9 Superb Black Friday deals

If you find yourself in a hard position where you urgently need to get a high-quality image or graphics for your project – Stockfresh has got your back! Millions of hand-picked stock photos and vectors are available at highly competitive prices at this user-friendly website.

Also, for the special occasion of Black Friday, you can get a 20% discount at a checkout with the code BLKFRD17!

 

  1. KALLYAS – WordPress Theme

Save Now With These 9 Superb Black Friday deals

When you choose to build a theme around the Bootstrap framework, your efforts will most likely result in a superfast product; which is precisely what you get with Kallyas WordPress theme. A high-performance WordPress theme like this makes creating SEO friendly, responsive, and superfast websites an easy task. Top-notch support accompanies this Black Friday package, with a discount of 50%.

 

  1. Simbla

Save Now With These 9 Superb Black Friday deals

      Simbla gives you several useful tools in a single package. It’s a website builder, an app builder, and a database builder; something that would normally require purchasing two or three different products. With Simbla, you can edit all aspects of the user interface to create your own unique database-driven apps. The Black Friday Special? A 50% discount.

 

Summing It Up

How did you find these eight excellent products? Each of them is offered at a bargain Black Friday price. This certainly should be a good reason to not let this special time of the year pass by unnoticed. Discounts of up to 50% on quality products, and in one case, even more, isn’t something that happens all that often.

Take a few minutes to visit the websites and check out the details.  Let one or more of these offerings help to make your day!

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21 Beautiful Rubber Stamp Logo Designs to See

21 Beautiful Rubber Stamp Logo Designs to See

We used to see designs on the screen of our computers, smartphones, and tablets. However, there is still something magical in holding a printed design in hands and being able to feel the texture.

In this collection, we handpicked some beautiful custom-crafted rubber stamp logo designs you need to see. Stamping your logo on a paper cup or package can add some personal touch to your branding.

A rubber stamp logo has been around for ages, but lately, they have become popular again since vintage designs came back. Just scroll down and enjoy the collection.

1. MILLER Tree Care stamps

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2. Oystr. Rubber Stamp

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3. Mid Studios – Rubber Stamp

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4. Ordinato Mark

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5. Rubber Stamping

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6. coffee mug icon/stamp

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7. Nick Lundeen Stamp

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8. atomicvibe stamp

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9. Cori Cory

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10. Personal Avatar

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11. Stamp!

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12. RUBBER STAMP | Nacho Trees

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13. Stamp

nachostamp

14. Rubber stamp – Logo for a private english teacher

english-teacher

15. Handle With Care Stamp

Handle-With-Care-Stamp

16. STAMP | Custom Wedding Rubber Stamp

customstampkristyblackdribbble

17. Vea Medica

vea-medica

18. Rubber Stamp

rubberstamp

19. Stamp on gas station napkin

Stamp-on-gas-station-napkin

20. ALDRTREE Stamp

aldrtreestamp

21. Lion Mark

lion-mark

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My Journey Of Learning Programming Through Flatiron School #44

My Journey Of Learning Programming Through Flatiron School #44

My name is Mason Ellwood, and I’m currently working on Flatiron School’s Online Full Stack Web Development Program. Each week, I’ll be writing about my experience, what I’m learning, and tips on learning to code.

I recently read online that The Flatiron School recently was bought by WeWork. In the post I was reading yesterday on techcrunch (https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/23/wework-acquires-flatiron-school/), it explained that WeWork is a monster co-working company valuing in at roughly 20 million dollars. The deal terms where not disclosed to the public but what the public does know is that this means free tuition to any WeWork employees! Which is sweet if you are apart of that organization, less cool if you are not.

What WeWork is, I guess basically they work with large and small company creating work environments. The closest thing that I can relate to this, that we have here in Arizona is Cohoots (https://cohoots.com/). Creating fast work environments for startups and organizations that need a space fast and cheap.

The reason for them selling is unclear to me. But the techcrunch article stated:

“The news of the deal comes just a week after Flatiron School settled with the NY Attorney General for $375,000 after operating without a license from the NY State Education Department and improperly marketed and promoted its job placement and average starting salary of its graduates.”

But it sounds like Neumann’s is really looking forward to there new partnership and cant wait to get involved in what The Flatiron School has to offer saying:

“Our culture is one in which we are always ready to do more, to learn more, and we are proud to expand our offering with this new platform for learning. In Flatiron, we have found a partner who shares our vision of connecting people — through space, design, technology and community — and understands that those connections are what humanizes the way we work and live. We are all students for life. I am excited to welcome the entire Flatiron School team of educators, engineers and innovators to WeWork to continue to learn, together.”

  • Neumann

In another article, they mentioned that this move is similar to what LinkedIn did with their deal with Lynda.com. Creating a one stop shop for both learning and training, “free of charge” with there service.

“WeWork hopes to become a physical manifestation of the same ideals: a physical space where people can work, live, snack, network, and learn.”

  •  Fast Company (https://www.fastcompany.com/40484965/wework-just-bought-nyc-coding-bootcamp-flatiron-school)

What is most interest to read is that because of this recent acquisition there will be now more transparency into the real states of graduation success.

“As a part of the settlement, Flatiron will have to be more transparent about exactly how many of its grads are getting starting salaries of roughly $75,000 and how many are actually employed (versus those who are freelancing or interning). The organization will also have to get a license from the State Education Department even though it does not grant degrees for its courses.”

  • Fast Company (https://www.fastcompany.com/40484965/wework-just-bought-nyc-coding-bootcamp-flatiron-school)

So what this means for me…..

Most likely nothing haha, I will continue school like I did before, slowly poking my way through Javascript. But this doesn’t discredit that there will be changes that will be made. But it is too soon to tell what this all means. I do want to say that this post is no reflection on how I view the school. This is merely a reflection on a few articles I read online to mirroring the information I had accessible to me.

 

Read More at My Journey Of Learning Programming Through Flatiron School #44

20+ Fresh & Creative 404 Error Pages Examples For Your Inspir...

20+ Fresh & Creative 404 Error Pages Examples For Your Inspir…

It’s necessary to have a beautiful and appealing 404 error page. It appeared when a user used wrong URL or broken link. Besides, it can show up when the page URL was changed or redirected.

When a user has landed on 404 page, there is a huge chance he or she will leave without having to see what else your website can offer. Thus, once it happens, you need to help them get back to the homepage.

In this list, we have collected 20 fresh and creative 404 error pages to see just for fun. Or, you can use their ideas to create some cool 404 error page for your site or blog.

1. Dropbox

dropbox

2. The useless web index

theuselesswebindex

3. Bluegg

bluegg

4. Dan Woodger

danwoodger

5. Figma

figma

6. Bitly

bitly

7. tinsanity

tinsanity

8. Lego

lego-404

9. Airbnb

air-bnb

10. Grantburke

grantburke-404

11. BrandCrowd

brandcrowd

12. IconFinder

iconfinder

13. Blizzard

blizzard

14. Cooklet

cooklet

15. Hoppermagic

hoppermagic

16. Template Monster

tm-404

17. ShutterStock

shutterstock

18. MailChimp

mailchimp

19. Repair Pal

repairpal

20. Starbucks

starbucks-404

21. Designoholic

20+ Fresh & Creative 404 Error Pages Examples For Your Inspir...

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