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10 Freebies To Make Your Life Easier And Your Work Better

by Swati Gole
on April 26, 2016

What’s better than pancakes on Sunday? Freebies! Okay, not if it is Nutella pancakes.

We’ve rounded up a list of 10 freebies that will be a perfect weekend gift for any designer. The resources would cut your work down in half and enhance the way you build a website, element by element.

Grab these and steer ahead of the herd!

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An IDE to Make Your Dev Life Easier: CodeLobster and PhpStorm

by brantwilson
on April 15, 2016

When it comes to choosing the perfect IDE for PHP development, there are a multitude of options available to developers but some are better than most. CodeLobster and PhpStorm are the two of the most used and reputable IDEs. While both provide reliable and efficient development experience, there are some contrasting features among the two. In this article, we intend to compare the two to allow developers to make an educated decision next time they get their PHP development boots on.
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iStock Promo Code – April 2016

by brantwilson
on April 1, 2016

iStock Promo Code: 15% Off All Monthly Subscriptions
iStock Promo Code: 10% Off Credits= Packs for New Customers
15% OFF Expired iStock Promo Code
15% OFF Expired iStock Promo Code

*Updated April 1st 2016* Today kicks off the start of another month and with that comes two exciting new offers from our friends at iStock.

For a limited time, Bittbox readers can save 15% off all monthly subscriptions plans or 10% off any and all of their credit packs. Offers like these typically have a minimum purchase amount. But what’s great about these offers is they apply to any of their plans or credit packs, so you have the freedom to choose which product suits you best.

But these offers won’t be around for long, so grab them while they’re still around.

These iStock promo codes has been tested and guaranteed to work. For more iStock promo codes please visit our friends at Vecteezy.

Please leave a comment below and let us know how much you saved if you use this. I just saved $149 on credits! How much did you save?

Just in Time – An April Fool’s Day Free Vector Download!

by brantwilson
on March 31, 2016

Our friends over at Vecteezy.com have given us this awesome freebie in honor of tomorrow – April Fool’s Day!

Use any of these fun vector labels to call out your prank on your co-workers, friends, family, or strangers.  The 9 April Fool’s Labels included in this freebie have the perfect amount of spunk and fun to add flair to your design.

This April Fool’s Day free vector set  includes .svg, .ai, .eps, .psd, and .png files for use in whatever design software you use. This pack is fully customizable for your project.
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8 Quick User Experience Tips to Keep Visitors Around Longer

by Zac Johnson
on March 15, 2016

Most people treat user experience as a separate add-on to the content on a website, but that really shouldn’t be the case. Great UX should include the content that’s on each site.

Here is a quick list of 8 user experience tips to help you keep visitors on your website for longer periods of time. As they say, if the first experience is good they will keep coming back for more.

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Why We Chose Squidix to Host our Website

by brantwilson
on March 14, 2016

One of the essential pieces of managing a website is carefully selecting a hosting provider. We have used Squidix here for the last few years and we’ve been very satisfied with their service. One of the big reasons we chose to continue using them is because a couple of months ago, we had a basic billing issue with our Squidix hosting account. So, I contacted their customer service team and was very pleasantly surprised with their prompt response. They wanted to ensure our satisfaction so they looped in their CEO so that the issue would be resolved quickly and correctly. We weren’t ever stuck in a call center hoping that someone would pay attention to our issue. We felt like a real person cared that we wanted our issue to be resolved.

Squidix is a young, small company that is headquartered out of Indianapolis.  They specialize in many areas of information technology – hosting being one of their top offerings. Their hosting offerings vary from shared hosting options to completely dedicated servers. It’s a great portfolio for businesses of all sizes. Not only do they offer these different plans, but all of their services come with the superior customer service like I mentioned at the beginning of this post.

This recent experience encouraged me to write a post on what you should look for in a hosting provider. I’ll share a few tips below:
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Spring into March with a New Font Bundle!

by brantwilson
on March 8, 2016

The official start of a new season starts later this month. And I don’t know about you, but I’m more than ready to kick Old Man Winter to the curb. Honestly, spring is my favorite season, not only because of the warmer temps but also the refreshing effect it has on my design work. This season compels me to create fresh ideas, and what better what to improve your creativity than with new graphics and fonts to work with?

If you’re looking to refresh your fonts for spring, the March Bundle from TheHungryJPEG can help! It includes more than 38 beautifully-designed fonts plus 9 awesome graphics packs. With some font packs out there, all of the fonts look the same, so you don’t get much value for your money. But the March Bundle has a wide variety of fonts, so no matter what you’re designing for, this font bundle will come in handy. And since you get 47+ fonts and graphics in this bundle, at $29, this bundle is a steal.

So go ahead and get ready for spring–check out the March Bundle now!

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Shopify vs Magento – Comparing Both Platforms

by Bogdan Sandu
on February 24, 2016

Both Shopify and Magento are well-established ecommerce platforms whose business consists of providing online-store operations for every type of interested business owner. Ever since it was launched, Shopify has hit a lucky streak, and boasted more than $10 billion of merchant profit in only 10 years. No wonder its carts are the most popular in the world right now!

The customers are mostly small and mid-sized businesses, but some of them have grown into serious ecommerce players with solid stake in their industries. The reasons why people choose Shopify are good customer service, slick themes, and a user friendly interface.

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Magento, on the other hand, is a solidly hosted cart option, backing up some of the most powerful companies in the ecommerce world. Ranking high on the list, this platform dealt with some serious brand iterations (for example, the on-cloud Magento Go which specializes in small retail). Let’s dive right in to our Shopify vs Magento post:

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The Benefits of Animated UI/UX GIFs Created with After Effects

by Jake Rocheleau
on February 18, 2016

I’ve seen this trend becoming much more popular amongst mobile and web designers. Adobe After Effects is a powerful software suite typically used for adding effects into videos. But it can also create animations for user interfaces in smartphone apps, tablets, and website layouts. It takes a lot of practice but After Effects is quite the interesting program.

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These AE animations can be exported as GIFs and used to demonstrate how a UI should behave. Examples may include swiping through a photo gallery, sliding open a menu, performing a search, or anything similar. I’d like to share some ideas about why you might want to learn After Effects and start creating these animations for your digital projects.

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