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How to Add an HTML5 Video Player with Lightbox in Adobe Muse

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How to Add an HTML5 Video Player with Lightbox in Adobe Muse. No Coding Skills Required.

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Video is becoming our main way of consuming information. It is most evident with YouTube as 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute and almost 5 billion videos are watched on YouTube everyday! That is a staggering number, and it is no wonder I often get requests for video widgets.

YouTube makes it really easy to add video from YouTube to your website and Muse even has a built-in widget that allows you to do this, but what if you wanted to add your own video without going through YouTube?

That is where the HTML5 Video Player with Lightbox widget comes into play. With this widget you can upload your own mp4 video to your website without having to go through third party video hosting like YouTube or Vimeo. The video can be watched directly from your server. Not only that you can also open the video in a Lightbox display giving the user a more direct experience of watching the video without any information surrounding the video. Many users prefer hosting their own video as this means no ads or related videos at the end. The HTML5 Video Player with Lightbox also comes with a YouTube player in case you wanted to add YouTube video as well.

Here are the steps to adding the HTML5 Video Player with Lightbox to your Adobe Muse website:

1. Double click the .mulib file to install.

2. Drag and drop an “Add First” widget from the Library Panel and place at the top of your Adobe Muse website. If you do not see the Library Panel go to Window > Library.

You can choose from the following “Add First” widgets:

– HTML5 Video Player – Add First – For Video Players.

– HTML5 Video Player – Add First – With Lightbox – For Video Players and Video Players within a Lightbox. You can add a color with an opacity or an image for the Lightbox background.

– HTML5 Video Player – Add First – With Gradient Lightbox – For Video Player and Video Players within a Lightbox. You can add a gradient with 2 colors for the Lightbox background.

3. Place a video player widget onto your website. You can choose from the following video player widgets:

– HTML5 Video Player Widget

– HTML5 Video Player Widget – Lightbox

– YouTube Video Player Widget

– YouTube Video Player Widget – Lightbox

The Lightbox widgets open the video within a Lightbox. Depending on the “Add First” widget added you can set the Lightbox background to be a color, image, or gradient. You can set the opacity of the color and image with the Lightbox background.

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4. For the HTML5 Video Players it is recommended to add at least a .mp4 file for video. You can add a .webm and .ogv file for fallback support on browsers that do not support .mp4. Most browsers support .mp4.

5. Add a poster image so when the video is not playing an image will show, and then the user can press the play button.

6. Set the theme of the video player to default, dark, or light.

7. You can set the width and height of the video within the widget options. There is a 16:9 Aspect Ratio calculator within the widget. You can also set the video to autoplay, loop, and the initial volume. You can set the video to overscale within the Lightbox, meaning the video will get larger then the size set within the widget when the browser is resized.

8. Done!

 

For more video tutorials and widgets for Adobe Muse visit http://museforyoushop.com.

Happy Musing!

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Source: Web Design Ledger

Is a 4-Hour Workday Your Dream? Get To It With 260+ Pre-Built Websites

You might think that you have the needed skills to get by financially on a 4-hour workday.  Yet, it can be challenging to figure out how to get started down that path. As it is at the moment, even 8-hour workdays aren’t always enough to meet your deadlines. Also, keeping you clients happy and satisfied is another concern.

Most likely, it’s neither your skills nor your talent that’s the problem. It’s the approach you take to your work or the tools you’re using, that keep you shackled to a standard 8-hour workday.

It’s easier to make the switch than you might think.

  1. Be Theme Can Remove 4 Hours from Your Schedule in 1 Second Flat

Be Theme is one of Themeforest’s top selling WordPress themes. With this theme, you’ll be surprised at how much you can accomplish in 4 hours.

How about building a website from scratch and delivering it, for example? The secret lies in having ready access to over 260 pre-built websites. You can install any one of them with a single click; then customize it to meet your client’s needs. This cool 40-second video demonstrates how easy it is to get a 4-hour work session underway.

With Be Theme, you won’t waste time looking for the perfect match for a client’s niche. You will be able to customize the content of a pre-built website in a breeze.

  1. 10 Most-Common Types of Clients You’ll Win Over with Be Theme

For Clients That Sell Online Courses: Be eLearning

Building an eLearning website need not be challenging. This responsive and easy-to-customize pre-built website guarantees you’ll give your clients exactly what they want and need – an e-learning platform that will entice customers to keep coming back for more.

For Small Businesses Owners: Be Craftbeer

Be Craftbeer has all the ingredients to get your website design and development off to a great start for a client selling handcrafted products. This pre-built website, with its cool JavaScript effects and large images will, in fact, serve you well when you need to build a website for almost any small business.

For Interior Design & Architecture Industry Clients:  Be Tiles

You may not fully understand an interior architect/designer’s business model, but delivering a website based on Be Tiles will make you look like an expert on the subject. Be Tiles’ high-quality images and design elements provide the base you need to make any product stand out.

For Those in the Creative Industries: Be Artist

Innovation is the watchword for clients representing this niche, and their tastes and standards can often be difficult to accommodate. Be Artist, with its JavaScript portfolio filtering and parallax scrolling, makes meeting these standards and the need for an innovative approach a piece of cake.

For Clients Working in the Catering Industry:  Be Burger

Don’t just settle for a “great” catering service website design. Build one for your client that stands out from the crowd. After all, that’s what they are counting on you to do. Large, good-enough-to-eat images, and Be Burger’s easy order forms will do the trick.

For Clients in the Health and Fitness Industries: Be Sports Club

Health, fitness, and sports clubs keep growing in popularity, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at most of the websites. With the Be Sports Club pre-built website to get your web design underway, you’ll have clients in this popular niche lining up for your services.

For Your Travel and Lodging Industry Clientele: Be Hotel2

High-end hotels and resorts will pay well for the website services they need. You needn’t be afraid of charging a premium price when you can install a pre-built website like this one, customize it to fit your client’s needs, and delivered an awesome product within a few hours.

For Owners of a Restaurant or Bistro: Be Restaurant

Be Restaurant provides a design concept you can take and run with if you truly want to wow your client(s) with a website unlike anything the competition has to offer. It was designed to meet the needs of a Michelin-rated restaurant, a restaurant you’ll likely find at a destination resort or the quaint bistro around the corner.

For Your IT Clients: Be VPN

IT clients expect you to be serious and innovative in your design approach and provide them with a website that’s well-structured and highly professional in appearance. With Be VPN as a starting point, it’s easy to do. Adding a human touch or two to the design won’t hurt any either.

For Your Clients Who Sell Luxury Cars: Be Car

A luxury car dealership deserves an elegant and engaging website the matches its high-end products. Be Car, with its stunning hero image and astute use of white space, does precisely that. Customizing Be Car to include the dealer’s information should take you 4 hours max.

  1. So, What’s Keeping You Away from Your Dream?

Is it a bad case of procrastination that’s keeping you away from your 4-hour working day dream? Or is it a fear of change, and a reluctance to leave your comfort zone; which really isn’t all that comfortable, is it? Also, there’s a fear that by working less, you’ll automatically earn less.

Ask yourself this. Would you like to know the way of finishing a project that would normally take a day or two of your time in a couple of hours?

Look no further than Be Theme. Explore in detail one or more of the ten examples you’ve just seen. You will discover that much or the up-front design and development work has already been done for you! This will save you a ton of time that you can reserve for the beach!

Conclusion

Right now, it is the best time possible to take the leap. It’s not a leap into the unknown either. You’ll know right away what you’ve gotten into, and you’ll like what you see. Turning out a website from scratch in 4 hours may have seemed like a pipe dream up until now.

Just select the pre-built website and have the content and images at hand to start customizing it. Next thing, you will discover your newfound ability to deliver the high-quality website! You client will get the desired material in no time, and you can take the afternoon off!

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Source: Web Design Ledger

45 Catastrophic Failures in Graphic Design That Will Make You Laugh

As we all know, a visual design’s purpose, regardless if it’s logos designs, outdoor signage, ads design or website designs, their job is to give off the same energy you would want people to receive when you describe the company or the organization they represent.

That being said, it’s quite surprising that there are actually people that are willing, and more importantly, more daring to post a logo design in the price range of $100. Some of them even show enough disrespect to the creative community to low down the prices until $50/design. But the worst part of this story is not just the low prices some customers tend to set, but also the fact that many designers accept them. Beyond this, it looks like no one thinks it’s almost a fact that only graphic designs failures will come out of that venture.   

Somehow, I think the designers who take these shameful jobs can’t be fully blamed; quite frankly, I think they just don’t know any better or they didn’t look at the design from all perspectives. For the most part, the people accepting these disrespectful jobs are either young designers, at the beginning of their career or less skilled starving designers on their last money with no solid clients in sight. Or a person who knows to play a little bit with the design software and after getting no responses from other “so called designer” has decided to take the design work into his / her own hands and consider he/she did a very good job.         

Obvious, this treatment of graphic design will lead, without any doubt, to the inevitable lower graphic design standards set for this creative profession. With a key creative field being disregarded every day, a client base for this field with an “ignorance is a bliss” mindset, and plenty of people claiming falsely to be graphic designers, what is there for real professional creatives to do?

Well, maybe take a note from the satire TV shows and celebrate some of the greatest design failures. We spent so much time celebrating how good some designs can be, and appreciating the real skills and talent that are showcased there, and we forget talking about graphic design failures. And we can see a lot.

That’s why in this article, you will see an array of awful designs. Some of them will make you laugh, other of them will make you to ask yourself “What was in the designer’s mind?”

1. The Eat

Everyone likes to eat, but I think the designer of this cup is the only who knows it’s about a cat!

2. Website stock photo failure

Did you see The Invisible Man movie? This could be a new way for making him visible for others! Nothing else to add, just a note for the designers: always double or even triple check your stock photos!

3. ChURrch

 

I can’t figure out if it’s only de designer fault, but I think a proofreader is missing here!

4. Apprenticeships

 If you are looking for an apprentice, this doesn’t really mean anything. But if your target is a bunch of people looking for app rentals or ice ships or ice on ships, this design could have a sense.

5. Arlington Pediatric Center

I just checked their website and I saw they have changed their logo to something more appropriate for a medical center. It’s no longer a pedophilic center. But it seems they save something with crabs and bears. A new failure? Or just marketing strategy?  

6. Mont-Sat

 

No one should be jealous on his happiness :D. He’s just Mr. satellite!

7. Unfortunate reflection

Who wants this??? The best example for checking the end result before playing with reflection!

8. Zombie apocalypse

Do you imagine how could it be? Bad designs might just send us into the zombie apocalypse!  

9. Cannibalism of cats

As I remember, cannibalism is forbidden even in the cat community.

10. Kundawara Pharmacy

There’s no need explanation why Kundawara Pharmacy’s logo gained such widespread public attention.☺ We just wonder what services are offered behind of these doors.

11. Institute of Oriental Studies

The designer who created this logo thought it was the best representation for what the Oriental Studies mean ☺  

12. Mama’s baking

Maybe the designer’s intention was to start a fire down there? Ok, maybe in Greece, where this café is located, this doesn’t seem weird. Just maybe….

13. Maple Syrup

It seems no one noticed the suggestive nature of the sign for over a decade.

14. Mega Flicks

After reading this logo, many customers might think twice before entering into a MegaFlicks store.  Lesson to learn: chose fonts carefully.

15. Rape Nuts

Rape Nuts? Grape Huts? Rape Guts? I think the copy was doing well before the designer decided to get some style with letters.     

16. Super Bowl

Who needs an elbow, anyway? This happens when the designer doesn’t pay too much attention….

17. Don’t be happy

Good designs promote happiness and encourage you to set aside your worries. The bad designs do the exact opposite.

18. Poo

Everyone does it, but hopefully not on the table ☺

19. Chewable vitamins

Everyone wants healthy skin, hair and nails. But I don’t think anyone likes to chew them.

20. Therapist? Rapist?

Yeah, sure, “rapists” and “therapists” are the same thing….. Think and design again…. With a better font. Or at least a little bit more attention. This image reminds me a lot of a different “therapies” design fail. 

the rapist design fail.

21. Virtual Reality

I really don’t think it’s necessary to make VR technology more whimsical than it already is.

22. Bone Goal

I don’t think the whole team should share the same “bone” goal…

23. Yves Levesque

It looked ok in Photoshop, right? This happens when the car wraps are designed without making real simulations.

24. Factory Farts

No family can live with factory farts. But this headline is a huge mistake.

25. Lesson about bones

Definitely, this is not the lesson about bones you meant to be teaching.

26. You Are Alone

Pink on pink is really undercutting your message. Someone should learn about contrast in graphic design.

27. Wedding Invitation

Many people consider marriage being a prison. But I don’t think someone should be left hanging on their wedding day. ☺

28. Sauces or car clean products?

These sauces look like car clean products. I don’t think this is the vibe the designer wanted to be.

29. Fashion Fart

For sure, this wasn’t the intention of the designer, but still.. 

30. Unbelievable Transformation

When you work so hard, you change even the ethnicity…

31. Sasa Lele

I love Sasa Lele ☺!. Especially when it has 50% discount!

32. Buy 3, get 2

It seems this designer is also the best marketer in the world ☺))!  

33. Children’s Menu

Yes, I’ll take one Child Rib, please, along with a Child Burger! And for drink…….

34. Plastic Surgery

Maybe this women should start tell little white lies after her plastic surgery!

35. Exit poll

Apparently zero is a little bit less than 34, but it’s much bigger than 22 ☺. Someone should learn to make some infographics.

36. Men’s Boxer

Another example of unrealistic body expectation for men….

37. Love, Morriage, Bobby?

Who is Bobby? Does he know who will come up?

38. Ndeeisgihgbnocrehnotoedr

 

For sure, the designer’s intention was to be different, but, does anyone understand anything?

39. Doughboys

Maybe this restaurant offers pizza, salad and panini, but their logo says something else. I won’t mention what, yet it’s not too difficult to see for yourself.

40. Clinica Dental

Dental clinic or “full-service” practitioner? I think the patients of this clinic have already figured out ☺.

41. Year Of The Monkey

This poster was created for celebrating Year of the Monkey. But as humans, we have to ask: Which monkey?   

42.Junior Jazz Dance Classes

This happens when the designer doesn’t pay too much attention to the negative space. Wonder if it’s a junior dancer center or something else?

43. The computer doctor

Just wonder why and how. Just view the mouse from the logo and pass your own judgment.

44. Corona

Clearly, this man doesn’t have any arms. But… would he be the man of the future?

45. Bureau of Health Promotion Taiwan

When you’ve gone too far, I think it’s better to step back and take a closer look. Am I right?  

 

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Source: Web Design Ledger

My Journey Of Learning Programming Through Flatiron School #32

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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.

This week I finally finished one of the final project through The Flatiron School. With that final project we were supposed to write a blog post for the school, stepping out processes and procedures on how we approached this task. Below is the article I wrote for the school. This gives you a brief understanding of what was required of us for the project.

“Hi my name is Mason Ellwood and I finally did it! I created my first working gem. My approach to this came at a rough start. This was my first gem I have ever built and the first project that I have approached without the training wheels of the learn.ide or someone explicitly telling me what to do or how to do it. This was a big task especially when looking at a blank screen…

So for my app, because I have currently traveled I decided on building a weather app that when called asks what state you reside in. If on the chance you forgot how to spell the states, will list out the states as well. Once the user has typed a state they will then be prompted with a new message of which city they would like to know the weather off. If again the user does not know the names of the cities in that area, will also list the cities in that state. Once the user types the city they would like to know more about it will display the weather, all done with Nokogiri.

For this project, I closely followed the setup instructions supplied by Avi here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lDExWIhYKI). This follows the bundler preset setup instructions using (bundle gem GEMNAME). Using the rails casts (http://railscasts.com/episodes/245-new-gem-with-bundler) to get me started. Once my local environment, and getting my “hello world” message to display upon first initialization of the cli prompt I began to deviate from Avi’s video walkthrough.

For what I wanted to do, I first had to think of where I was going to get this information…. The best site I have found for this is (www.wunderground.com). With this site comes a lot of functionality right out of the box. First I noticed that their URL works great for user input and string interpolation. When I went to a site and searched a state it returned all the cities in that state which is just what I needed. In cli.rb document I allowed for a user input of a variable. With that, I then interpolated the user input of a state to the URL of the site (https://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=#{USER_INPUT_OFSTATE}). With this, I was in business, now time to scrape.

I created a file that scrapped the state for all the cities in that state. This if prompted returned the user a screen that allowed them to place a city name or list the cities in that state. Depending on what the user wanted they could either place a city name or list out the city. If the user wanted a specific city input then they would just type the city name.

When they type the city name, it checks what city they imputed and then pulls that href from each city that was included on that state’s page interpolating the URL to the home URL. (https://www.wunderground.com/#{CITY_INPUT_URL}). This sends the user now to that URL and scrapes the relevant data they need.

This returns the weather information of that state at that instant displaying a message back to the user of the information they want. This then prompts if they want to get a new city’s weather information or go and get a different state’s information.

And there you have it a weather app! The main issue I did not foresee is naming convention… a weather gem already exists with the same naming conventions of my weather app. This caused issues when I wanted to push it to the rubygems.com website. So in the future, I will make sure to check before hand if something with these naming conventions already exists. This will save tons of time in the future, and major headaches.

Overall once I began to understand how all the files were related to each other, it was easy to proceed. Through this project, I learned how to create a ruby gem, how to create and plan a project from start to finish, how to publish a ruby gem, the importance of naming conventions, and how to build and install a gem to Bundle. Over it was an awesome project.”

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Source: Web Design Ledger

How to Build a Responsive Website in Adobe Muse – FREE 17 Day Course

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How to Build a Responsive Website in Adobe Muse. No Coding Skills Required

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We’ve seen quite a few changes to Adobe Muse since its initial release in 2012. The initial release focused on adaptive design and scroll effects, and then Adobe Muse evolved to responsive design and breakpoints. We can still use adaptive design and scroll effects but it almost seems hidden in the background of Muse and you need to know where to look to bring back these features.

This lead to a pretty steep learning curve for many users, as most were not familiar with the idea of breakpoints or responsive design. Needless to say, this turned many users away from using Adobe Muse. I had been contemplating myself how I was going to help users get over this learning curve. Most of my videos prior to responsive design and breakpoints were focused on scroll effects and the adaptive design layout of Adobe Muse. I had not even touched the idea of responsive design as users could create different versions of their website on a Desktop, Tablet, and Mobile layout within Adobe Muse. I knew I had to come out with a series of video helping users use the new version of Adobe Muse.

I set out to create a complete course on using the new responsive version of Adobe Muse that incorporated breakpoints. I spent weeks developing the site, and then a few more weeks recording all the videos for the course. The course consists of 17 days of different topics. I organized all the asset files for the course and tried to remove all the guess work by including PDF files on where each element is placed on the website. Throughout the course we cover adding elements to Adobe Muse, responsive breakpoints, testing tools, uploading to a live server, and more.

This course was designed to give users confidence in building a website in Adobe Muse even if they never heard of breakpoints or responsive design.

With all the topics the course takes a total of 17 days to complete. You can complete the course in less days if you decide to do more than 1 topic a day. If you are new to Adobe Muse this is the perfect course for you, and if you are an intermediate user can practice using some of the main points within Adobe Muse.

Here are the topics covered in the course:

  • Introduction
  • Installing Web Fonts
  • Adding Header and Footer
  • Adding Section 1
  • Adding Section 2
  • Adding Section 3
  • Adding Section 4
  • Adding Section 5
  • Adding Section 6 and Grouping
  • Creating a 1-to-1 Breakpoint
  • Adding Tablet Breakpoints and Mobile Menu
  • Adding Mobile Breakpoints
  • Adding Anchor Points to Create a One Page Scrolling Website
  • Adding Search Engine Optimization and Favicon
  • Working with various Testing Tools
  • Uploading Website to a Live Server
  • Summary and Congratulations

This course is completely FREE as I wanted to give users a solid foundation when working in Adobe Muse. With that said Welcome to the Building a A Chef Website in Adobe Muse with Assets. Below is the introduction to the course:

What’s up Muser! Welcome to the Building a Chef Website in Adobe Muse course. This is a 17-day course designed to teach you everything you need to know about Adobe Muse. Within the

“muse-for-you-building-a-chef-website-in-adobe-muse” folder you will find the assets for each day of the course. You will also find a completed version of that particular day in case you need help with a certain section. PDF files are included to let you know exactly where each item is placed within the website. By the end of this course you will be well on your way to building your own website in Adobe Muse. On the Muse For You YouTube Channel you will find a step-by-step video for each day. Let’s get started!

Here is the playlist for the entire course:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list= PLBVTh_lteKbjlgsnQRZqdS4-TCWg-9216

For more video tutorials and widgets for Adobe Muse visit http://museforyoushop.com

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Source: Web Design Ledger

My Journey Of Learning Programming Through Flatiron School #20

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.

Within this post, I will cover something that I tend to dread. Backtracking. For me while learning, especially with code, there is always a small portion that does not quite make sense…. And with this, moving forward, the lessons build upon those concepts and the more and more you move forward, the more the material does not quite stick.

Usually, when this happens, I move forward anyways, full well knowing that what I just read does not quite make sense. But in my head, I’m assuming that the next lesson will clarify the previous. I then continue this cycle of confusion until is it too late. But like always, I move forward. This is the predicament that I am in right now. I am so far along in the lessons that I’m not sure how to proceed on a lot of the lessons, without reviewing someone else’s code. I am unsure where I took a hard left turn, but I did…

Moving backward and reestablishing by base knowledge, where my knowledge base cracked, is something I do not like doing. But I know the importance of this.

In school, especially in a subject that I was not too fond of, I would twiddle my thumbs and figured I would study like hell for the test. Which sadly works incredibly well. It probably should not but it does.

When learning a trade skill, like programming it is important to absorb all the material. When something does not make sense take a step back and establish yourself before you move forward. It is easy to not want to do this because it feels like progress is not being made. But what I found out is that, if you do not do this, when you know full well it is needed, you will have to backtrack even further than you thought you had to.

This is the position that I am in right now with The Flatiron Schools….

Somewhere along the way, I missed a core concept. Something did not stick, and I can’t quite pinpoint where exactly that was, but it happened. I am now working through ORM and Active Record, and any OO Ruby they ask me to write is fought with a lot of confusion and pain.

Working through the material that I have previously completed has been greatly beneficial to myself and Ruby is becoming more second nature.

Work slowly, and absorb. Learning is not a race and should not be treated as a race. When something doesn’t make sense ask questions and understand what exactly that is that does not make sense. I keep thinking to myself. Someone at the end of all this training is going to pay me to write code for a career. If I don’t know to do something, that is too bad… because that’s your job. 

I have learned to take my time, understand and absorb, then practice application to meet the knowledge goals I have set for myself.

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Source: Web Design Ledger

Check Out 9 Unique Be Pre-Built Websites and Their New Installer


Be’s New Pre-Built Installer

The old Be pre-installer had a lot going for it. For one thing, you could install a pre-built website with a single click, and immediately begin editing. That’s still the case of course. Up to that point, however, the installer has some shortcomings. Selecting and previewing pre-built websites was not an efficient process, nor were you given any indication whether you had the right plugins in place to get the performance you expected.

                                    The old installer’s UX left something to be desired.

To find a pre-built website that would work for you, required scrolling through a large (and every increasing) selection of themes. If what you found wasn’t exactly the right choice, you had to repeat the process. You also had to guess whether you had the right plugins at the time of installment.

Fixes were made to create an intuitive, more pleasant to work with, UX.

  • Fix #1No more scrolling. Thumbnails of all 250+ pre-built websites can be viewed in the admin area. To get a live preview of a theme, simply click on its thumbnail. It’s no longer necessary to switch to and fro between Be’s presentation page and the admin area.

                          The new Be pre-built website installer. Scrolling issue solved.

  • Fix #2. A live search and filter option makes selecting a pre-built website even faster and easier. You’ll come to appreciate this feature even more as the number of pre-built websites continues to grow at a clip of several per month. The filter option lets you check out several potential candidates, and select the best fit without having to repeat the process several times.
  • Fix #3. This one can save you some time and trouble. When you’ve selected a pre-built website, and are ready to preview and install it, the new installer will show you which plugins are needed for it to perform just as in the preview. It will also show which of the necessary plugins are already installed, and give you the option to install missing ones.

                        See the plugins each pre-built website needs for it to work properly.

  • Fix #4. You no longer have to import the entire pre-built website. This new feature enables you to import the page options, the content, or both, and you can select only those pages you need.

                         You install what you need, and only what you need, from a pre-built website.

This video shows how the new installer operates:

 

A Review of the 9 Latest Pre-Built Websites

Be Sports Club

Health and fitness centers, sports centers, and gyms like to advertise themselves as being current in terms of facilities and training services. This modern Be Sports Club design, with its cool special effects, provides a sound basis for a website that will serve this purpose.

Be Productions

It’s dark background and smooth parallax scroll effect makes this pre-built website suitable for many purposes. It will serve nicely as a foundation on which to build an advertising agency’s or motion graphics studio’s website. Note how the page’s colors and message stand out against the dark background.

Be Diet

To be effective, a food-related website should feature large, high-quality images that are almost good enough to eat. The Muffin Builder designers went to considerable lengths to make that happen in the case of Be Diet. The images are backed up by a cool selection of special effects.

Be Boutique

If you’re not sure how to make a background video work effectively in your website designs, let Be Boutique show you the way. This pre-built website is also a great starting point to build an engaging, but not overly showy, portfolio.

Be Stone

The Be Stone pre-built website conveys a special message. There’s no reason to have to put up with a company website that is dull, uninteresting, or downright awful looking. Give Be Stone a try the next time you’re commissioned to build a modern, slick looking website for a business.

Be Guest House

Real estate agents go to great lengths to make their properties as fabulous looking as possible. The same is true for individuals who have a guest house or cabin to rent. Be Guest House provides a great starting point for building a website for either customer type.

Be Wildlife

Although Be Wildlife may be destined for a wildlife photographer’s website, it can be put to good use for any professional photographer or photographic studio. This pre-built website makes great use of fixed layouts, in combination with a clever slider and parallax effects.

Be Restaurant

This is a good example of a website that will make visitors want to reach for the phone to make a reservation. As is the case with Be Wildlife, Be Restaurant puts slider effects to very good use. Including people in the hero image is also a good approach.

Be Furniture

Images play a key role in every one of this selection of latest pre-built websites. Be Furniture is no different, and the concept it presents can make it easier for you to build a website any furniture store client will love.

 

An Overview of Be Theme’s Features

  • For starters – Over 250 Pre-Built Websites You’ll seldom have any difficulty in finding a pre-built website that matches what you envision; plus, you can build virtually any website from almost any theme you select.
  • Muffin Builder – Working in conjunction with the options panel, this page builder makes customizing a theme and editing a page, easy – without any need for coding.
  • Layout Configuration – Building a website page when starting with a blank canvas has never been easier; no more need for cookie cutter-looking websites with this feature at your fingertips.
  • 200+ Shortcodes – Add cool features and functionality to your web pages, without having to write a line a code.
  • Advanced Typography – Use Google fonts, or upload your own special fonts; Use any style, weight, or size you want.
  • Parallax Effect/ Video Background – These are just two of the many special effects that come with the Be Theme package.
  • Lifetime Updates – With your Be license, you can look forward to receiving the latest pre-built website releases each month.

And More:

Be’s customer support is first class in every respect, plus you’ll have video tutorials and other useful information to help you along the way. You’ll also be joining 62,000+ satisfied Be users when you purchase a license to use this Themeforest best seller.

Click here to discover even more about Be Theme.

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20 Amazing Website Concepts with Breathtaking Typography

Despite the design you created for a website, whether the images, colors or sounds you choose, people immediately look at the text. People tend to look at the text to find what they are looking for and accomplish the purpose of opening the site. Knowing this fact, you need to pay more attention to typography in web design.

In this post I’ve have put together 20 amazing creative website concepts with breathtaking typography for your inspiration. Scroll down, enjoy the designs, and don’t hesitate to leave your feedback in the comment field below.

Bald Eagle Landing Page

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Estiosa

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HIGH

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Client Comp

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Roney Gibson

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Exploring The North Face

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Teaori / Web site design

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Trego Touring (guided bicycle tours)

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Merge Virtual Reality

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Columbia Clothing X Matterhorn – Expedition 2017

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REEF

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Minimalistic E-Commerce Website

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Sportify App Landing Page

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BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 – website

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Ambassador Page Layout

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Dirtdays Trail Finder Concept

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Cherry Blossom Landing Page

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Green Chameleon Unused Home Screen

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Step Inside Burma Live!

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Gallery concept

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9 Graphic Design Trends You Need To Be Aware of in 2017

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Here are 2017’s graphic design trends you need to follow. We are covering packaging trends, typography trends, layouts and even cinemagrahs.

2017 is the year we return to the organic roots and we will see a return to the natural. In terms of colors, the start has been given by Pantone (as every year, in fact), who has crowned the color for 2017 as Greenery, based on it’s meaning of new beginning, freshness and environmentalism.
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Manifesting as a “fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring”, Greenery envelops the notion of breathing, reinvigorating and appreciating the great outdoors.

That said, let’s take a closer look at the graphic design trends that define 2017. Most of them influence both print and web design, but some of them are just for the web.

 

Bright, Bold and Vibrant colors

 

In the past few years, many designers have used safe and easy to digest color schemes, in order to create very clean and controlled designs. We saw many lights and neutral colors like white, grays and black dominating the layouts. But in 2017 we expect bright, vibrant and bold colors. This trend has started earlier in 2016, through a variety of design elements, but it’s expected to really pick up its speed this year. As Pantone crowned the color of the year as Greenery, we expect to see the designers using more colors found in nature and intensifying them. With photography, the trend is to use bold and saturated images.

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In terms of graphic design, this doesn’t mean that should be a color revolution in every company. But using bright colors with traditional neutral backgrounds, companies can give their branding a fresh new look without deviating too far from what they made great.      
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Color transitions

 

Staying in the same register, the color transitions is one of the biggest design trends right now. Started in 2016 and rising quickly after, this trend is everywhere, from logo to buttons or picture overlays. As some of the big brands decided to change their logos and images from flat color to multi-colored transitions, we are expecting to see more companies adopting this trend, both for print and web design.    

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Pattern and geometric shapes

 

This trend started in 2016 and it will definitely also continue in 2017. As flat design was a very welcome addendum to the graphics last year, helping to simplify the visuals and improve user experience, we expect to see it growing and expanding this year. I’ve stated at the beginning of this post that in 2017 will be a return to the natural, therefore, I’ll expect to see more nature-inspired patterns, like marble, precious stones and plants. Painterly patterns contrasted with simple typography will also bring a crafts vibe to printed media.

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For packaging and brand design, bringing together the best qualities of flat design and pattern will create vibrant, colorful products, which feel both ultra-contemporary and artistic.
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On the other hand, the pattern doesn’t have to be just about multiple colors or symmetry. Just bringing more visual to graphics using organic line pattern, will make the designs feel completely on-trend this year.
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Minimalism

 

For those who love simplicity and functionality given by the minimalism, here is the good news: tracing its roots back to the early part of the 20th century, and for some, even further, minimalism is today more popular as ever. As the intentional white space means more breathability and reduced focal points, the simple way of communication of the message through design has led to adoption of the minimalism in many brand and design trends.  Inspired by Scandinavian design, ultra-minimal typography and layouts will still feel cutting-edge this year, and brands who opt for this visual approach will appear elegant and refined. If you need a touch of color, you should consider adding a subtle metallic foiling as the only embellishment you need, while keeping your palette restricted and strong.

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Modern retro

 

By its very definition, modern-retro has been around for a while. Modern flare added to retro designs, typefaces and color palettes makes an interesting fusion of old and new. The key in this trend is both authenticities, as well as simplifying and modernizing any particular element that stood out from any time in the past. In 2016 we saw the popularity of modern-retro designs rising and finding its own way onto logo designs, print layout, web and packaging design. In terms of colors, maybe we’ll see some changes, meaning shifting from the muted browns and grays of 2016’s most vintage designs to candy colors. But for sure, the preference for this graphic design trend will continue to grow in 2017 and we haven’t seen all yet.retro-packaging-design

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Modular layouts

 

Functioning to break up a text and put it into manageable chunks, modular isn’t a quiet new trend, but it’s popularity has increased in the last past years. Regardless if we are talking about print or web design, most times, using a long block of text is boring and you risk losing the readers. Especially for the web, the graphic designers have figured out that making the information more manageable makes more people interact with it. The modular design is not just a great management tool, but it also can look professional when it’s done well. We expect to see more modular layouts this year, both in print and web design.

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Bold photography and sleek text

 

At this moment, this trend is pretty much a staple in the world of graphic designers, because the mix between bold photography and sleek text communicates a clear message without boring the audience.  “Bold and sleek” works very well both for people with a short attention span, as well as for those who don’t want to spend too much time looking for the main information and get straight to the point. If they are done well, the photography and text tend to work together and create some great contrast and brilliant borders, streaming class and excitement.     

This combination works great for display ads, social media promotions, and graphics where a small amount of information needs to be conveyed instantly.
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Cinemagraphs

 

Cinemagraphs are an incredible, simple and effective answer to one of the marketing’s toughest problem: time. As marketers should do and use every possible tool to grab the audience’s attention in a very short and exciting way, cinemagraphs are the perfect tool for doing this. They aren’t the regular gifs we see all around the web. Cinemagraphs are still images with minor element moving in them. This technique makes simply photos look more realistic and bring them to life. With more and more competition between marketers, we expect to see cinemagraphs coming to screens in 2017.

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Material design

Material design may be the biggest and boldest of the design trends of this year. Google has created this style guide trying to simplify the way designers design and users interact with the Internet. The core concepts of this trend are “material as a metaphor; bold, graphic, intentional; and motion provides meaning.”

This means the visual aesthetic communicates clearly with the user. By drawing inspiration from real-world materials—particularly paper and ink— the designs are grounded in reality, yet lightweight and minimalistic. Paper is tactile, casts shadows, but is also incredibly flexible, so, designing with these principles in mind, you’re weaving together the fabric of the Internet and add depth to your design.

By using bold colors, contrast and typography in your design, you should guide the user’s behavior and influence your audience to act the way you desire. Google’s Material Design aesthetic is very similar to Flat Design 2.0, but it takes intentionality to another level.

  

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Have we missed something? Let us know in the comments bellow.
Also, check these awesome web design trends to be aware of in 2017.

 

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My Journey Of Learning Programming Through Flatiron School #19

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.

Back at it, SQL! Last post we created a database and learned how to add information to the database using a .txt file. Let’s learn a little more about SQL and a few rules to follow.

So when creating a table you need to make sure to include a name and at least one column. Remember from last post, we use a create statement by including a name and a data type. This allows SQL to know the kind of data that will be stored there. This allows you to have control over your data. Because the main purpose of SQL is to store a large amount of data, you should be very concerned with storing, accessing, and acting upon the data that you are storing. This makes defining your data very important.

Defining your data, or typing gives the ability to perform all kinds of operations with predictable results. Without typing, our data would be a mess or confusing; so we don’t want to do that haha.

Because we are using SQLite we will continue to explicitly talk about rules directly related to it. So anyways, SQLite only has four basic categories for defining data

  • TEXT: Any alphanumerical character which we want to represent as plain text. And example of this is the body of a paragraph, this would be considered TEXT.
  • INTEGER: Anything we want to represent as a whole number. Keep in mind, if it is a number and contains no letter or special characters or decimal points, then we should use an INTEGER.
  • REAL: Anything that is a decimal point. Example being 1.3, this would be considered REAL. In terms of decimal point, SQLite will only hold numbers that are 13 characters in length.
  • BLOB: This is generally used to hold binary code, so far in the lessons, we have not used this, so I am unsure at an example i can give you all.

The above creates a database. Then creates a cats table with an id, name, age, and breed column. Running .schema will display your database table structure to make sure you did this correctly,

As you review this, take notice that we use the INSERT INTO command, followed by the name of the table to which we want to add data to. In the parentheses, we put column names that we will fill with data.

Once your database if setup correctly, we can then add information to it!

This adds information about the cat Maru to your table. To retrieve your data to make sure that you have added it correctly, run the code below.

The * character is equivalent to all. Basically saying select and display all from the cats table.

Cool! Now you know how to create a database, add information to your database, and display that added data to the use (being you). Please post a comment and let me know if you have any questions regarding the material covered.

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