Archive for: November, 2015

Sponsor: Syncano – a serverless architecture to help you build apps more efficiently

Syncano is all about giving creative freedom to the front end developer. Here are a few ways Syncano can make it easier to build apps: Run your own code (Python, Ruby, JavaScript, etc) without setting up any servers. Build your own microservices. A “CodeBox” is a script you can run on our servers, that you...

Filling out PDF Forms with PDFtk and PHP

PDF files are one of the most common ways of sharing documents online. Whether we need to pass our clients’ documents to third-party service providers like banks or insurance companies, or just to send a CV to an employer, using a PDF document is frequently the first option. PDF files can transfer plain/formatted tex...

I’m personally responsible for every bug on every website

Sorry the website I just sent you the link to wasn’t looking right on your phone. I checked it out, and the layout was pretty jacked up. I personally caused that, as I’m solely responsible for each and every website on the internet. My bad, everybody. A special guest post by Jimmy Allweber. Remember that...

How to Design Forms That Increase Your Conversion Rate

A visually attractive form doesn’t help much when only a few visitors fill it in. In reality, a neat design is limited in its effectiveness as it only works in combination with other factors that need to be considered as well. In this article, I will give you advice on how to shape forms regarding content to incr...

Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: December 2015

   Since seven years, our monthly desktop wallpapers post is a Smashing favorite that wouldn’t be possible without the tireless efforts of designers and artists from across the globe. Each month, we challenge you, the design community, to get your creative juices flowing and produce some interesting a...

Check Out These Super Cyber Monday Bargains for Designers

Advertise here via BSA Cyber Monday is a time for finding great bargains, but how successful you are largely depends on where you shop. So-called bargains can at times turn out to be not so great after all, but that won’t happen here. These online stores offer only the best web design products and services. Their of...

Building for HTTP/2

Rebecca Murphey: This is everything-you-thought-you-knew-is-wrong kind of stuff. In an HTTP/2 world, there are few benefits to concatenating a bunch of JS files together, and in many cases the practice will be actively harmful. Domain sharding becomes an anti-pattern. Throwing a bunch of <script> tags in your HTM...

Metadata Markup

Jeremy Keith looks at the competing standards for the metadata that goes in the head which ultimately helps services such as Slack, Twitter and Facebook to create a preview of the content of a website. Unfortunately the lack of consensus is an annoying problem for developers: We’ve seen this kind of waste before. I r...

Cartoon: Nothing too Sophisticated

This is a true story – unfortunately. A good friend of mine hired a web designer to help him get online. As he has a very specialized target group he does not need an imposing internet presence, more a kind of a virtual business card to help his customers find him online. That’s what he told the designer. T...

WordPress Hacked? Keep Calm – This is What You Need to Do Now!

Shock! Your WordPress website was hacked. A new landing page saying “WordPress Hacked by XYZ” or nastier things shows up. You break a sweat and feel close to fainting. Your heart plays drums in your chest. You can’t think clearly and you don’t know what to do. Got it? Now calm down. It is not th...