8 Sites That Work Just Fine Without JS, Thank You

Gather ’round, ladies, gents, and children. Lo, before your very eyes, we shall reveal several freaks of the Internet! Behold! Websites that don’t need JavaScript to display their god-given content! Oh, you think I’m kidding? Websites that are presented by plain old HTML and CSS are becoming increasingly rare. At this juncture, I don’t know […]

Should the Web Have a Universal Design System?

Unlike mobile applications, the web has no set design guidelines to which a designer can refer. Instead, each web project tends to be a blank canvas. There are frameworks like Material, Bootstrap, and others which provide a base, but no set guidelines which span the web as a whole. The result is a wide-ranging and […]

Kinsta Review: Real Test Data + My Likes And Dislikes

Kinsta is a performance-oriented managed WordPress host that’s powered by Google Cloud Platform, which is the same hardware running Google’s own products (maybe you’ve heard of Google?). In the past, Kinsta was almost exclusively a premium host, with prices starting at $100. That’s changed now, though. Beginning in November 2017, Kinsta completely relaunched with an all-new […]

What’s New for Designers, January 2018

Start 2018 by deleting some of those old tools from your computer that you never use in favor of some fresh, new options. While old favorites can be great for a while, there are so many great new elements out there that can streamline your workflow, or help add more creative spark to projects. If […]

Popular Design News of the Week: January 8, 2018 – January 14, 2018

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers.  The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, […]

Comics of the Week #423

Every week we feature a set of comics created exclusively for WDD. The content revolves around web design, blogging and funny situations that we encounter in our daily lives as designers. These great cartoons are created by Jerry King, an award-winning cartoonist who’s one of the most published, prolific and versatile cartoonists in the world […]

7 Great Uses of Gamification in Web Design

Gamification as a concept has been around just long enough for a number of experts to come out of nowhere. There was a brief moment where everybody wrote an article or five about it, and then it more or less became the preserve of “gamification experts” and business blogs. The thing is, we should still […]

9 Expensive Ecommerce Mistakes to Avoid

An online shop’s shipping methods or rates have a significant impact on decreasing cart abandonment rates and driving up additional sales. Customers are just as attracted by low shipping rates, fast shipping options, and good packaging, as they are enticed by competitive market rates of products. Ecommerce sites that have not yet mastered the complexities […]

How To Create a Living Style Guide

Using a living style guide (LSG) to drive development is a practice that is gaining a lot of popularity because it has many advantages, including code efficiency and UI consistency. But, how can you create one? What should you include? And where do you even start? In this tutorial I will delve into the nitty-gritty […]

20 Best New Portfolio Sites, January 2018

And it’s here! January 2018 has arrived in all its cold, cold glory, and I just spent the first few days of it looking at portfolio sites. I do it all for you, dear Readers. I do it all for you. This month doesn’t have a particularly specific theme, unless you count pretty much every […]

Free Download: Ecommerce IOS11 Icons

Setting up an e-Commerce site? Or looking for some high-quality icons to give your shopping a professional look. From the fine folks at Icons8 we’re offering this awesome set of 40 different iOS 11 glyphs icons dedicated to eCommerce. All icons are provided as PNG, SVG and EPS. Check the license here.    Pay with a Tweet Download now […]

3 Essential Design Trends, January 2018

If you are bored with everything you’ve been toying with in design projects, the start of a new year is a great time to try something new. While the end of the year, can be a slow season when it comes to web design projects, the start of the year is often when new work […]

Popular Design News of the Week: January 1, 2018 – January 7, 2018

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers.  The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, […]

Comics of the Week #422

Every week we feature a set of comics created exclusively for WDD. The content revolves around web design, blogging and funny situations that we encounter in our daily lives as designers. These great cartoons are created by Jerry King, an award-winning cartoonist who’s one of the most published, prolific and versatile cartoonists in the world […]

How to Implement a Paywall on Your WordPress Site

There are various ways you can monetize your WordPress site – affiliate links, banner advertising, and contextual ads are just some of the ways you can make money from people visiting your site. A paid content model is a less popular option, but one that can work quite well if you publish high quality content […]

10 Surprising Ways Chatbots Are Revolutionizing Ecommerce

From simply ordering food to booking appointments, hiring services, and or even making bids, customers use online shopping as a friendly, and efficient way to shop. Establishing an online store as unique in its niche is essential for staying ahead of competitors. As the number of consumers increases on a daily basis, online stores have […]

30+ New Top Level Domains for Designers and Developers

Come one, come all! There are new(ish) top level domains for sale, and we’re here to tell you all about them! Okay, for the uninitiated, top level domains are basically those little bits at the end of a website’s home address. You know, “.com”, “.org”, “.net”, etc. If you have a website, you could be […]

Why Design Is Bad For Designers (And How To Fix That)

If you’re like most talented designers, you have an eye for aesthetics. You understand beauty, design, and symmetry at an almost fundamental level. It’s not just a nice-to-have, it’s an essential component that shapes how you see the world. That’s the problem. Most of the people around you, the people you work with, don’t get […]

How To Add A Navigation Menu To WordPress: Beginner’s Guide

Are you struggling with how to add a navigation menu to WordPress? WordPress actually includes a fairly user friendly interface to help you add menus to WordPress without needing to know any code. But unless you’re already familiar with WordPress, it can still be difficult to dive in and create your first menu. In this […]

6 Things to Put in Your Design Guide Right Now

A design guide is more than just a document that comes with a new website or brand identity. A good design guide is a work of art in itself and has practical application in everyday design work. It showcases what your project is and aspires to be. It should bring elements of design, voice and […]

6 Design Predictions for 2018 (That Might Actually Happen)

Happy New Year! At this time every January we try to predict what’s going to happen in our industry over the next 12 months. I hope that 2018 will be a great year for inclusive design, for standards-compliance, for ethical practices. I hope for those things every year, and annually it does feel like we’re […]

Popular Design News of the Week: December 25, 2017 – December 31, 2017

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers.  The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, […]

Comics of the Week #421

Every week we feature a set of comics created exclusively for WDD. The content revolves around web design, blogging and funny situations that we encounter in our daily lives as designers. These great cartoons are created by Jerry King, an award-winning cartoonist who’s one of the most published, prolific and versatile cartoonists in the world […]

8 Tips for Designing Awe-Inspiring Conversational Interfaces

UX Design is almost synonymous with conversational interfaces, which are used left, right, and center from natural language messaging to voice-based action. Biggies like Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon are neck-and-neck when it comes to taking conversation as a platform to the next level with their virtual assistants, that make it easy for users to […]

​Find Your Creative Freedom Online with Wix

What kind of website would you create if you had total creative freedom online? If you had the same kind of comfort level that you have in your sketchbook? If you weren’t hampered by inflexible design tools, and code you don’t understand? That’s the freedom that Wix gives you. The freedom to tell your story […]

9 Consumer Psychology Tactics to Improve Conversions

When it comes to first impressions, design is everything. From colors, copy on buy buttons, to the layout of a website. Tapping into what makes brains tick is important for this, and certain aesthetics as far as design goes are much more persuasive if you want the visitors to take some kind of action on […]

8 Contact Page Mistakes That Are Costing You Conversions

Landing pages are probably one of the first pages you think about when it comes to creating conversions. But what about the contact page? It is after all the bridge between you and the outside world. As this page will probably be one of the most viewed pages on your site it is also one […]

How to Make Sure Your Site Is Printer-Friendly and How to Enable It In WordPress

As a website owner, you’ve probably made sure to do everything you can to provide your readers and visitors with the best user experience possible. But, have you ever considered the possibility that some of your readers might want to print out your article or a page on your site? Making your website printer-friendly might […]

The State of Web Design, December 2017

I might have noticed a trend or two in web design this last year. Let me rephrase that: I spend the vast majority of my time online. I do my shopping, here, and my work, and a lot of my leisure reading. I browse the Internet mid-gaming, whether to look up information on the game […]