CSS transitions buttons

4 Simple CSS Transitions to Enhance Your Buttons

Call to actions are one of the most important elements of a website, theme or template. When you think about it, almost every web page is designed with the goal of making the user take action.

Incidentally, buttons become one of the most important elements of your web design.

So why not dress them up a little bit and add some simple CSS transition effects.

In this tutorial, I’ll go over 4 simple CSS transitions you can use to enhance your buttons and add a little flare to your web page.

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Bootstrap icon fonts

Bootstrap Icon Fonts: 7 Essential Resources

If you’re using Bootstrap, then you’re most certainly designing responsive layouts. And while responsive design has done wonders for creating mobile friendly web pages, it has also created new issues for designers.

One of these issues is the use of icons. The problem with image icons is that they don’t scale well and they’re difficult to manipulate without the help of an image editor. They can also add to the weight of a website and lead to slower load times.

The solution? Icon Fonts. (more…)

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bootstrap 3 carousel

Bootstrap 3 Carousel Tutorial

Bootstrap includes a handy plugin and component for cycling through slider images like a carousel. Sliders can be a great way to feature important content on your website.

In the following tutorial, we’ll show you exactly how you can add a carousel to your Bootstrap 3 website. It simply requires some HTML markup and a couple lines of JavaScript if you want to adjust the settings using that method. (more…)

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bootstrap theming with less

Take the Pain out of Bootstrap Theming with LESS

To many, theming Bootstrap is a dirty word. Some complaints include: the framework is so large that I can’t be bothered, my website will look just like every other Bootstrap website, and it’s easier for me to just do it without a framework.

These are all valid arguments if you aren’t organized and using the power of LESS in Bootstrap theming.

I’ve put together a system for using LESS to speed up the process and give you a starting place for when you’re designing a new theme. With a little bit of planning, you can really start to leverage the power of Bootstrap. (more…)

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Customizing Bootstrap

How to Customize the Default Bootstrap Style, the Right Way

If you take a look at the source code of some of your favourite websites, we wouldn’t be surprised if you found common elements of the Bootstrap framework being put to use. As Bootstrap is arguably the most popular front-end framework for web development, many designers and developers employ the framework for rapid responsive development.

But why do some of these sites look nothing like the default Bootstrap theme? Quite simply, additional CSS stylesheets were added or the default Bootstrap stylesheets were modified (let’s disregard LESS or SASS for the sake of this tutorial).

In this short tutorial, we’ll show you how to do this in a manner that is clean, easy to maintain, and allows you to update to future versions of Bootstrap without breaking your custom styles (providing that the update is minor). (more…)

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color scheme generators

7 Color Scheme Generators to Help Pick the Perfect Palette

Balancing color is important in all walks of life. Whether you’re decorating your house, choosing an outfit or even planning your wedding, you’re always trying to balance the right colors.

Web design is no different.

Choosing an appropriate color scheme is always a key consideration when building a website. There’s a reason why environmental websites almost always use a color palette with greens and other earth tones. The colors must match the brand.

Unfortunately, it can sometimes be challenging to find that perfect color palette. For this reason, we’ve compile a list of the best color scheme generators on the web. These tools will make it much easier to establish the perfect color scheme for all your web designs. (more…)

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lorem ipsum alternatives

Top 10 Lorem Ipsum Alternatives

So you’re a theme developer and you’re tired of using the same old boring Lorem Ipsum as a dummy text generator.  We hear you loud and clear.

But what other choice do you have? You need to display some text right?

You’re not the first designer who’s faced this problem and that’s why we searched the web for the best Lorem Ipsum alternatives to incorporate into your next project. Some are very useful while others are just plain hilarious. When developing your next Bootstrap theme, make sure to give one of these a try. (more…)

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GSD Bootstrap UI Kit

13 Bootstrap UI Kits That Will Improve Your Workflow

If you’re not using a UI kit for your web designs and themes, it may be time to consider it.

Put simply, UI kits can save you time and money while drastically improving the look and feel of your design. Not only will you be able to differentiate yourself from the default Bootstrap styling, you can change the overall styling of your theme much more efficiently. (more…)

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google web fonts

Top 20 Google Web Fonts and How to Use Them

As a web designer, you’re probably well aware of the importance of typeface. With the growing amount of businesses engaging in content marketing, font selection is becoming all the more crucial.

There’s nothing worse than coming across a website with awesome content and horrible typeface. One of your main goals as a designer is ensuring a positive experience for the end-user.

After the release of Google Web Fonts, it’s become a lot easier to incorporate beautiful typography into your websites. The only difficulty is sorting through the 600+ styles that are offered.

For this reason, we’ve put together our top 20 Google web fonts that are sure to bring out the best of your design. (more…)

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