Great blog resources for staying updated with Web Design trends
In a fast paced industry such as web design / development, it is really important keeping yourself updated with best practices and techniques.
Here is a list of resources I read daily and I recommend:
General Web Design Blogs
- Web Designer Depot is my favorite one, as you get to learn best practices and it keeps you informed about other useful resources on the web. They publish articles almost each day and you get to learn even more, if you follow them on twitter. visit site
- CSS Tricks – Chris Coyer, the owner of the blog, delights the web design community not only with “CSS tricks” but also jQuery and other cool implementations. A must follow. visit site
- Perishable Press – Jeff Star, shares CSS tips and tricks along with WordPress advice but also offers unique insights on certain subjects. For example, I enjoyed reading one of his article “Switching from PC to MAC”, especially I’m planning do this move. visit site
- NetTuts – you can find here all kind of useful tutorials from how to make an illustration to how to code a website. visit site
- SitePoint Blogs – Web design news and “how to” tutorials varying from PHP coding to jQuery, makes SitePoint an important resource and community website. visit site
- Web Designer Wall is renowned for CSS techniques tutorials and best practices for how to build a website. The website itself can be taken as great example on how to build a responsive design. visit site
- 24Ways – I haven’t seen them posting in 3 months already, but it’s good to keep an eye for their further publications, as they provide high quality content. visit site
- Smashing Magazine is one of the most popular Blogs around. They post articles very often and have long high quality materials, while addressing to a broad audience. That’s also their disadvantage. Materials are super long to read and you’ll not always find something that might interest you. visit site
- A List Apart represents the elite of web design community. They rarely post, but when they do so, you can rest assured that will become the trend. visit site
WordPress related resources
- Digging Into WordPress is one of the best WordPress resources around here. They even launched a book that I recommend purchasing. visit site
- WP Engineer comes up often with useful hacks and techniques for WordPress installs. visit site
- Justin Tadlock one of the WordPress core developers, always provides good tutorials for new functionalities in WordPress. visit site
- Cats Who Code is another very useful resource for WordPress but not limited to. visit site
- WP Recipes provides short snippets of code that you can just go and try on your site. visit site
- Weblog Tools Collection keeps the WordPress community updated with important news, new free themes and plugins. visit site
Search Engine Optimization
- SEO Moz comes up with great SEO tips and general SEO advices.
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- Search Engine Journal – if you are subscribed to this one, you are pretty much covered on all SEO news and general SEO strategies. visit site
- Freelance Folder is a great community of freelancers where you can discover different advices and resources. visit site
- Freelance Switch is the most popular website for freelance community. You can find out here very useful posts for freelancers, a job board, forum and their featured hourly rate calculator. visit site
Tips for keeping up with everything
- Reading so many Blogs, might get overwhelming at some point, that’s why make sure you use an RSS reader. Google Reader is a great free tool.
- If you use Twitter make sure you follow them too.
- Allocate a time of the day for this task, so you can be productive.