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Introducing HTML5 Digital Publishing Software, An Ideal Solution for Self-Publishing

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Business owners can use the HTML5 digital publishing software to make interactive digital website content, illustrated books, user manuals, flip PPT presentations, digital annual reports and more. In this way, they can increase their business opportunities without effort.

The flexible digital page flip tool has a range of useful features that enable users to upload their content via FTP, embed necessary buttons to their pages, and make their books SEO friendly. What’s more, it also provides visitor statistics, bookmarks, and password protection features. The Flip HTML5 software helps customers to keep track of the visitors’ behavior and experience on their magazines and flip books. These important data allow them to make even more attractive and interactive HTML5 Flipbook that all advertisers and prospects will like.

FlipHTML5 digital publishing software also enables all authors to take advantage of the self-publishing and its multiple benefits, allowing them to independently publish their own books. With this platform, authors will get the following privileges:

  • Instant global distribution that allows publishers to reach readers from every corner of the world. The book authors may reach millions of people.
  • Saving a lot of time, as publishing takes no more than 5 minutes before the book becomes visible on the FlipHTML5 website.
  • Powerful Amazon S3 enables secure storing.
  • Sharing and embedding of magazines and digital books becomes easy with a simple code. People can conveniently share their digital product to social media using FlipHTML5 sharing tools.

Authors, business owners and individuals, who would like to take advantage of FlipHTML5 digital publishing software, can visit http://fliphtml5.com/ for more information.

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How to install Magento, an eCommerce Software

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This tutorial is for users who would like to install Magento, a popular eCommerce software businesses use to help them sell products through their website.  However, most eCommerce software is compatible with Arvixe services and people have the freedom to choose which software they like to use.  For the purpose of this demo, I will use the domain magento.arvixedemo.com as an example.

Tutorial:

1. Go to http://www.magentocommerce.com/download/noregister and download the “full release” package onto your home computer in any format, but I recommend .zip for most users.

2. Once the download finishes, log in to cPanel at (your domain)/cpanel, such as magento.arvixedemo.com/cpanel.  In most cases, the username and password will be the same as the ones during the signup process with Arvixe.  After logging in, you may either use a FTP client like Filezilla or File Manager on cPanel.

  • If you are using a FTP client, connect to your home directory.  The host is typically your domain, the username and password is the same as the cPanel log in, and the port is typically 21.  Once connected, locate the magento installation package, named magento-1.2.0.zip or magento-1.2.0.tar.gz, etc.  Drag and drop the package into any directory within public_html, but I recommend uploading the package into public_html, which I will explain in a moment.
  • If you are using the File Manager provided on cPanel.  Simply go to the public_html folder, then select upload, and select the magento package (magento-1.2.0.zip, etc.) to upload it to your folder.

3. Once you upload the magento package, you may use file manager’s extraction tool to extract the files within the package.  Go to file manager and select the magento package, then extract it to any folder you want. The extraction tool will typically create a folder called magento, which contains all the installation files.

  • If you want magento to start on your home page, you may move all the installation files to public_html, otherwise you will see magento installed at wherever your magento folder was extracted to, such as public_html/magento.

Note: Most of file manager’s tools are located at the top of the page:

4.  Now you have all the installation files extracted to your directory.  Now Magento requires PHP5 to run, so if you are on our EAGLE or BANANA server, then your default PHP loader is 4, all other servers(APE, LION, HAWK, BAT, etc. will have PHP5 as the default).  For those on EAGLE and BANANA, PHP5 is setup on the server, so you may switch to it if you want to.  I recommend it because it’s better than PHP4 in my opinion, but also since Magento requires PHP5.  To change the loader to PHP5, go to cPanel and scroll down to “Software/Services,” and you should see “PHP Configuration.”

PHP Configuration

PHP Configuration

Once you go to “PHP Configuration,” you should see a statement “The “.php” file extension will be processed by” and you select PHP5, then update.

5. Once you change the PHP loader, you need to create a database for Magento.  Go to “MySql Databases under the “Database” menu, which is right above the “Software/Services” menu.  Then create a new database.  You may call the database whatever you want, but call it something such that you will know the database is for Magento.  Once you create the database, you should see a database in the form of (username)_(database name you just created).

6. Now open a new browser window and in the address bar, enter (your domain)/(directory where magento folder is located), e.i. magento.arvixedemo.com/magento (there is no need to place public_html in the address because the domain magento.arvixedemo.com will, in a sense, do that for you).  It should take you the installation page for Magento.  Most of the information provided should already be provided for you.  You agree to the terms and conditions, hit next, select your location, hit next.  Now if a message that says something like “PHP extension pdo_mysql must be loaded,” then read the next bullet point.

  • If you get the message that tells you “pdo_mysql must be loaded,” then do the following.  You need to create a file called php.ini which will load certain php settings.  Either open up notepad or a text editor on your computer and put the following statements inside:

extension=pdo.so
extension=pdo_mysql.so

  • Save the file as php.ini.  Then upload the file into your magento directory and subdirectories, app, lib, and media.
  • Restart the installation and you should be able to bypass the message.

(The image below is the first page  you should see for the Magento Install)

Again most of the fields will be intelligently guessed for you.  However, when it asks you to enter you database information, the host normally stays “localhost,” but the database name will be the same one you created in the last step, in the format (username)_(database name).  The username and password in most cases will be the same as the cpanel login information.  Continue you on to the admin setup page, and create an admin account for Magento.  Once you do that, you are all set.  You may preview how Magento will work on your site by going to magento.arvixedemo.com

You have just successfully installed Magento.  If, however, you feel something is missing in this tutorial that should be pointed out, please comment the blog.  I hope this tutorial helped.

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Tips For Using Images In Modern Web Design

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When it comes to web design, the phrase “A picture is worth a thousand words” couldn’t be more accurate. We all understand how, in its most basic form, web design is supposed to provide an ideal platform for users to engage with and consume content. But as the web has matured, so have the tastes of its users. And, in essence, we’ve come to prefer the brevity and beauty of images over words. It’s these calls for quick and easily consumable content that have led rise to sites like Instagram and Pinterest.

But how should these trends actually affect the ways in which we design and organize our own sites? No matter how you slice the pie, at the end of the day we all need to provide detailed content for our readers, not just pretty images.

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Magento Community Edition (CE) 1.9 Release Notes

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Contents

These Release Notes contain the following information:

Important Upgrade Information

Important: Use CE 1.9.0.0 or later for all new CE installations and upgrades to get the latest fixes, features, and security updates.

Magento CE 1.9.0.0 Release Notes

See the following sections for information about changes in this release:

Highlights

This section lists the key new features in Magento CE 1.9. For more information about these new features, see New Features in Magento EE 1.14 and CE 1.9.

  • The default theme in Magento CE 1.9 uses Responsive Web Design principles to provide a better experience for users of mobile devices in particular. Benefits include:
    • You can get a tablet and smart phone friendly responsive site in about half the time as before, speeding time to market and freeing up resources for other projects.
    • Your responsive site makes you better able to participate in the fast growing mobile commerce space, gives you the ability to more easily adapt to new opportunities, and is less expensive to maintain. A responsive site also offers potential search engine optimization (SEO) benefits because it uses Google’s preferred approach to mobile-optimizing sites.
  • Cross-border trade: (Also referred to as pricing consistency.) We support European Union (EU) merchants operating across regions and geographies who want to show their customers a single price. Pricing is clean and uncluttered regardless of tax structures and rates that vary from country to country.
    To enable cross-border trade in the Admin Panel, click System > Configuration > SALES > Tax > Calculation Settings, option Enable Cross Border Trade.
  • Supports PHP 5.4
  • The Zend Framework has been upgraded to version 1.12.3
  • Checkout improvements:
    • You can capture up to 18% more sales by providing customers access to financing using the Bill Me Later service at no additional cost to you.
    • You can offer your customers a smoother, more streamlined PayPal Express Checkout experience, which tries alternative payment options when a customer’s credit card is rejected
    • Improve the PayPal Express checkout experience by eliminating the following steps in the checkout process:
      • The order review page can be enabled or disabled
      • Eliminate the necessity of clicking Update Order before Place Order

    (Conversion means helping customers stay interested and complete their purchases.)

Security Enhancements

  • Addressed a potential cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability while creating configurable product variants.
  • Addressed a potential security issue that could result in displaying information about a different order to a customer.
  • Users can no longer change the currency if the payment method PayPal Website Payments Standard is used.
  • Removed an .swf file from the Magento distribution because of security issues.
  • Improved file system security.
  • Enhanced the security of action URLs, such as billing agreements.
  • Addressed a potential session fixation vulnerability during checkout.
  • Improved the security of the Magento development randomness function.

Changes

  • A default setting for configurable and bundled products has changed. When you create a configurable or bundled product in the Admin Panel, click Manage > Products. Create a new configurable or bundled product and click the Design tab. The default option for Display Product Options In has changed to Product Info Column.
  • The Google Websites Optimizer has been disabled because it has been deprecated by Google. (In earlier EE versions, this option was available in the Admin Panel at System > Configuration > SALES > Google API > Google Website Optimizer).
  • Two new options to prevent “clickjacking” if you run Magento in a frame or iframe:
      • Enable frames only in the same domain.
      • Enable frames.

    Important: For security reasons, Magento strongly recommends against running the Magento software in a frame.

    The options are available in the Admin Panel at System > Configuration > ADVANCED > Admin > Security and are named Allow Magento Backend to run in frame and Allow Magento Frontend to run in frame.

    Enabling the option causes the X-Frame-Options request header to be sent.

  • FedEx changed their endpoints for sandbox and production to the following:

    Because of these changes, Magento cannot retrieve shipping rate information or print shipping labels for FedEx unless this fix is applied.

  • CE 1.9 includes a fix that prevented some Discover credit cards from validating properly. The issue was that certain Discover credit card number ranges were not recognized as being valid. As a result of the fix, all Discover cards should validate properly.Important: This is not a security threat. No data has been compromised or misused. It affects only the ability to validate certain credit card number ranges as valid Discover card numbers.
  • The default values for two configuration options changed. Both options can be found in the Admin Panel under System > Configuration > CATALOG > Catalog > Frontend. The new default values follow:
    • Products per Page on Grid Allowed Values is now 12, 24, 36.
    • Products per Page on Grid Default Value is now 12.
  • On the New Rule page for shopping cart price rules (Rule Information tab page), explanatory text Usage limit enforced for logged in customers only was added to the Uses per customer field. This is to avoid confusion encountered by some Magento merchants.
  • Changes to PayPal Express checkout:
    • Changes to both Proceed to Checkout and to Pay With PayPal:
        • Customers cannot edit their billing address on the PayPal site—in fact, the billing address does not display on the PayPal site.
        • Magento CE uses the customer’s PayPal address information, not the address information stored in Magento CE. The customer does not need to enter Magento CE or EE address information.
        • When the customer is redirected to the PayPal site, they can click Change next to their payment method to change it.

      The Magento administrator can set billing address information in the Admin Panel as follows: System > Configuration > SALES > Payment Methods. For any payment method that includes Express Checkout, in Basic Settings, set the value of the Require Customer’s Billing Address list.

    • Changes to Pay With PayPal only:
      • If the Magento administrator does not require the customer’s billing address, the customer’s billing address is set to the customer’s PayPal shipping address.
      • If the Magento requires the customer’s billing address, the customer’s billing address billing address is set to the customer’s PayPal billing address.
      • On the PayPal site, the customer can click Change next to their shipping address to change it. The customer can choose any shipping address configured with PayPal.
      • Because the customer’s configured address in Magento is not used, the customer’s shipping address stored in PayPal is never changed.
    • Changes to Proceed to Checkout only:
      • No Change link displays next to a customer’s shipping address on the PayPal site.
      • In the event of a shipping address mismatch between Magento and PayPal, the following message displays when the customer attempts to pay using PayPal:
        The address you entered on store-name is different than your PayPal preferred shipping address. 
        Return to store-name if you'd like to change the shipping address

        The user can select the Use as preferred shipping address check box to instruct PayPal to change their shipping address.

Tax Calculation Fixes

  • Fixed price and dynamic price bundled products where the price is configured to include tax display prices correctly regardless of tax settings. (For example, customer’s default tax rate is different from the origin tax rate.)
  • Resolved a one-cent rounding issue when Fixed Product Tax (FPT) is enabled and the option Apply Discount to FPT is set to Yes. (These options are available in the Admin Panel by going to System > Configuration > SALES > Tax > Fixed Product Taxes.)
  • Resolved issues with calculating the credit memo amount when FPT is discounted and the customer purchases more than one item.

Fixes

Fixes in this release can be divided into the following categories:

Web Store and Shopping Cart Fixes

  • A customer can update quantities of items in their mini shopping cart from their My Account page.
  • The Minimum Advertised Price pop-up works properly in the web store. When the customer clicks Click for price, the price displays as expected.
  • The “customer since” date is correct.
  • Switching stores when viewing a product with store-scoped URL keys works as expected.
  • Setting System > Configuration > CATALOG > Inventory, option Display Out of Stock Products to Yes no longer causes all products to appear as out of stock.
  • Entering accented characters in the zip code field during checkout results in a validation error instead of an exception message.
  • Gift card codes are sent only after an item is purchased.
  • A customer who attempts to log in as another customer with incorrect credentials is denied.
  • Resolved issues with applying a 100% discount to an order.
  • Customers are no longer redirected to the home page when they have permission to view a category.
  • Discount amount displays correctly for products with custom options.
  • Issues with placing PayPal Payments Advanced or PayPal Payflow Link orders using Internet Explorer 9 have been resolved.

Promotional Price Rule Fixes

The following fixes relate to administering and using shopping cart price rules and catalog price rules:

  • Shopping cart price rules apply properly to grouped products.
  • Two catalog price rules applied to the same product work properly.
  • The setting Stop Further Rules Processing is honored.
  • A user with read-only privileges in the Admin Panel cannot save changes to a price rule.
  • Applying a shopping cart price rule does not display an exception.
  • Coupon codes apply only to products eligible for the price rule.

Administrative Ordering, Invoicing, Credit Memo Fixes

  • An administrative user with access to only one website from which a product was deleted no longer sees a stack trace when attempting to create an RMA for that product. In other words, after a customer placed an order for a product on Website1, an administrator with privileges to all websites removes the product. Later, when an administrator with access to only Website1 attempts to create an RMA for the deleted product, that administrator no longer sees an error message; instead, they see an expected Access Denied message.
  • Resolved an issue with incorrectly calculating the amount of an invoice when some items were discounted by a shopping cart price rule.
  • Credit memo amount is calculated correctly when processing a partial invoice with a discount.
  • Making comments in a credit memo no longer returns items to stock. (Prerequisite: an administrator set System > Configuration > CATALOG > Inventory > Product Stock Options, option Automatically Return Credit Memo Item to Stock set to Yes.)

Import Fixes

  • A product with a custom attribute set imports successfully.

Payment Method Fixes

  • If guest checkout is disabled, a customer must log in to check out with PayPal Express.
  • Eliminated errors in the logs when an administrator clicks System > Configuration > SALES > Payment Methods.
  • You can now use New Zealand dollars as the base currency with the eWAY Direct payment bridge.
  • Store credit is applied correctly when using Website Payments Pro Hosted Solution.
  • If the merchant country is Germany (DE), disabled guest checkout for the express checkout method and PayPal Website Payments Standard.

Other Fixes

  • Categories on the web store now display with spaces between category names for cached and non-cached pages.
  • A customer can now initiate a return from the web store.
  • An administrative user can subscribe to low stock RSS feeds without errors.
  • Category URLs work as expected, regardless of the setting of Create Custom Redirect for old URL for the category’s URL key.
  • Setting allow_url_fopen = Off in php.ini has no effect on the CMS WYSIWYG editor.
  • No fatal error displays when a role-restricted user previews a newsletter in the Admin Panel.
  • Google Sitemap files now include the .html suffix for category and product URLs.
  • Customers can use advanced search on your web store if Magento EE is configured to use the default MySQL Fulltext search engine and the server uses MySQL 5.6.
  • A role-restricted user can preview a newsletter in the Admin Panel to which the user has privileges.
  • After synchronizing media files with the database, media/customer/.htaccess is present with the correct data. (Prerequisite: an administrator set System > Configuration > ADVANCED > System > Storage Configuration for Media set to Database).
  • cron now restarts indexers if they previously failed to run.
  • You can save changes to a category that has more than 1,000 products.
  • Deactivating one of several banners no longer causes exceptions in system.log.
  • Resolved issues with the WSDL cache.
  • Improved the efficiency of product searches.
  • Resolved issues with the DHL International shipping method.
  • Resolved 404 (Not Found) errors in layered navigation.
  • Resolved a SQL error when attempting to assign a bundled product to another website.
  • Rules-based product relations perform as expected after being saved.
  • Resolved an issue with sending duplicate Content-Type headers when using mod_fastcgi with the Apache web server.

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CSS & JS Auto-Refreshing with Live.js

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I want to share a fantastic little tool that I’ve only recently come across; Live.js, written by Martin Kool.

This JavaScript file automatically checks for changes to your CSS and JavaScript files, and refreshes them.

That means you can have your text editor in one half of the screen, and a web browser in the other. When you save changes in the editor, the updates are reflected immediately in your browser. It really helps to speed up your development time.

A lot of text editors offer HTML previews and such, but they only work for plain .html pages. The great thing about Live.js is that it works on any webpage, including a working WordPress theme.

Live.js for WordPress Plugin

I have put together a (very!) simple plugin for WordPress to make things that little bit easier. You can download it here (Rename the folder to “pbd-livejs” once you unzip it), or view it on Github.

It automatically adds Live.js to your theme, but only when you are logged in and working locally. You should never use this script on a live site, and the plugin ensures you won’t.

It also keeps the script out of your theme code, which is good because it’s purely for development. There is no need for it to be present in the files on your server.

One final note is that although Live.js also supports sensing HTML changes, I have disabled this. With it enabled, your webpage essentially “flashes” as it loads every second or two.

Let me know if you try it out, or if you’ve used Live.js before already!

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The 5 Global E-commerce Trends for 2014

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It has been another big year for e-commerce and we can expect this to continue forward with new trends emerging for the upcoming year. Keeping up with the constant growth and innovation of e-commerce is essential to stay competitive in the online retail market. E-commerce website are playing very important role for business grooming and sales generation. There are so many platform for E-shop creation, but Magento development is the best suitable choice for all needs. In today’s scenario Magento and ecommerce solution are called similar terms, just because of the huge reliability of Magento.

Let’s see what we can expect to drive the industry as we look forward to the the global e-commerce trends for 2014.

1. SEO, SEO and more SEO

Studies have proven that most of the traffic from search engine results goes directly to the top 3 results. If you’re looking to become competitive in the market, then focusing on valuable and engaging content is key. From pictures and videos to unique product descriptions and customer reviews, online merchants are going to have to take serious action to implement content that aligns with their strategy.

2. The Big Data Theory

2014 is the year where online merchants will make use of all the “big data” they have been collecting and make business decisions based off this valuable data. It will help online businesses accurately forecast buying trends, personalize the online shopping experience and understand their overall market to better engage and convert customers.

3. The M-Commerce Movement

If you’re not mobile-friendly then you’re not competitive, bottom line. Mobile platforms such as smart phones and tablets are changing the purchasing behaviors of online shoppers. Mobile commerce is sweeping the industry and shoppers will expect a seamless mobile shopping experience.

4. The Ultimate User Experience

With the use of big data on the rise, more and more online businesses will be able to provide their shoppers with a customized user experience. Allowing customers to save favorite products, a smooth checkout process and recommendations based on browsing habits are going to set the bar for customer expectations. Breaking down the barriers between online and in-person shopping is going to be all the craze for personalization in 2014. 

5. Now Everyone’s a Socialite

It’s true! Suddenly it’s socially acceptable for everyone on the internet to update their social networks on where they’re shopping, their latest purchases and share products they really want. If your customers are there then you should be too! Social media networks including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google+ are expected to make a stronger impact on search engine rankings in the near future.

Of course, these trends are merely calculated predictions and there’s a chance their importance could be dominated by a new, emerging trend. However, it’s sure that the e-commerce market will continue to grow and that’s why staying informed on the latest trends is crucial to secure online success.

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Arbitrary anchors for any element on your page

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With jquery.arbitrary-anchor.js , you can easily create useful and neat dynamic anchor scrolling by simply adding a jQuery/CSS selector after the hash (#) in your page’s URL. This plugin extends the normal anchor functionality, that is, an anchor tag with a name value attribute will still get scrolled to as normal. The same goes for an element with an ID which matches the hash. This little plugin will take care of everything else.

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Expert Tips for Staying on Top of the Latest Web Design Trends

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As a student earning a degree in web design, you should feel confident that you are learning the skills and techniques necessary to create a strong foundation on which to build. But the fact is, like many industries, the design world is constantly evolving. Because of this, staying on top of the latest web design trends is critical to your success.

With new techniques and technologies emerging every year, it’s important to be sure you don’t fall behind the latest web design trends. Your education, combined with a passion to continue flourishing as a designer, will keep you sharp when it comes time to enter the workforce.

So to help keep you organized in your professional development efforts, we’ve compiled some tips and tricks to help you stay on top of the latest web design trends. These are real tactics that industry experts have shared with us, so pay close attention.

1. Read web design blogs
Keeping tabs on the top web design blogs is a great way to keep your finger on the pulse of the industry. But be careful because it’s difficult to determine which trends are worth adopting and which are just a fad.

Some of the best:

2. Follow industry leaders on Twitter
As an aspiring web designer, it’s always smart to take tips from the pros when you can get them. Twitter is an outstanding tool for getting up-to-the-minute thoughts and ideas from the industry’s biggest names.

3. Join professional design organizations
Becoming a member of these organizations has numerous benefits. Not only will you form relationships with other members but you’ll also have unique opportunities to participate in events. Most of these clubs also distribute newsletters highlighting new industry trends.

Some of the best:

  • American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
  • World Organization of Webmasters (WOW)
  • International Webmasters Association (IWA)

4. Participate in design forums
Web design forums provide a unique opportunity to interact with other designers. They can be used to solve problems, learn new techniques and bounce ideas off one another. By participating in these communities, you can hear opinions about new trends.

Some of the best:

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Learning Principles for Improving Your CSS

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In today’s article I will mostly talk about my own experience, and what I have learned about CSS after almost one year and a half of heavy practicing.

First, let me remind you that CSS is an extremely simple language. It can be summed up in 3 words: selector, property, value. Nothing more, really. This is why some people don’t like CSS at all: because they feel like children playing with LEGOs.

Yup. Explain the basics of CSS to a 9 years old child and he or she will be able to create a website. Not a complex one I agree, but maybe a few pages with headers, links, content, images, and such.

But the fact that CSS is an easy language doesn’t mean everyone is on the same level. Some people use CSS like a chimp uses a fork, some people are okay to good with it, and some people can do magic with it.

From what I can tell, I’ve been playing around with CSS for almost two years now and on what I would call a heavy level for something like 7 months. I’m still far from perfect, and there are still some tricks I don’t know or understand.

Anyway, there are a few things I understood over the months and I’d like to share them with you. One more time, it’s not code snippets or useful tricks, it’s more like general principles and good practices. Here is what I will cover:

  1. Don’t rush your code and keep it simple
  2. Keep an eye on the future
  3. Read other people’s code
  4. Keep practicing

1. Don’t rush your code & keep it simple

Rushing into the code may lead to time loss. What if you spent one hour creating something to realize you can’t do it this way and have to start all over again? This shouldn’t happen.

Spending hours on a CSS slideshow to end up with SlidesJS or Adaptor is a shame. Not because you didn’t succeed, but because it was a complete waste of time. On a tight deadline, you may suffer from such a mistake.

Keep it simple

CSS is a simple language but things can easily become complex. Especially if you want them to be. In most cases, the simplest idea is the better idea. When you want to achieve something, always ask yourself if there is not a simpler way to do it. You’d be surprise how often the answer is ‘yes’.

As an example, if you want a really simple horizontal navigation with only links, you have multiple ways to do this:

  • Float the list elements
  • Set the list elements to inline
  • Set the list elements to inline-block

Pick the simplest and set the list elements to inline. No need of a clearfix hack. No need of an inline-space fix. It only needs a regular padding, nothing more. End of story.

8. Keep an eye on the future

Languages are evolving. It’s very true with CSS. CSS specifications are never finished, and browsers are not waiting for them to add new features to their engine.

Regarding this, my best tip would be to stay alarmed about what’s coming. I know you may not be able to use it right on launch, but knowing which feature is now in Chrome Canary, soon in Chrome stable and Safari, then Opera, then Firefox and so on, is important in order to gain perspective of what the CSS problems and possible solution are.

Resources to keep an eye on the future:

9. Read other people’s code

One of the best ways to learn how to code is to read code. Thankfully, CSS is client side, so you can read it on every single website on the web with a web inspector like WebKit Inspector, Dragonfly, Firebug, etc. Plus, the web industry is somewhat really focused on open-sourcing, meaning people are glad to share their sources with you.

Another great way to learn is to follow tutorials. Take an easy tutorial, and do it step-by-step. Then try to redo it from scratch. If you happen to be stuck, have a glance at the solution, then continue by yourself.

When you’re comfortable with CSS and want to get deep into it, you might want to have a look at unexplained demos and experiments. People create stuff everyday, you’ll always find something you can’t do.

Regarding this, a few months ago Chris Coyier, Tim Sabat and Alex Vazquez launched CodePen, some sort of platform to create, share and explore front-end code (HTML, CSS, JavaScript). CodePen also includes a bunch of tools like libraries (jQuery, jQuery UI, MooTools, YUI, Prototype, Zepto, Dojo, Ext JS, PrefixFree, etc.) and preprocessors (HAML, Markdown, Slim, LESS, SCSS, Sass, CoffeeScript) if you need.

Further resources to find examples of other people’s code:

10. Keep practicing

You know what’s said about learning: we learn by doing. So my best advice is to keep practicing as for anything else. The more you practice, the better you’ll be. Practicing doesn’t necessarily mean doing a website from scratch. Just pick a simple shot on Dribbble and try redoing it with pure CSS. The result may not be useful, but what you’ve learned, definitely is.

And as I said before in “Know the basics and learn the tricks”, CSS is full of special cases. Learning how to deal with them is part of the job in writing CSS. And the only way to know they exist is to practice, find one, have a look at the solution, and go on.

I’d also suggest you to share your code. It’s always helpful to get constructive feedback, so be sure to ask people to review your code once close to be finished. Simply drop them in a JSFiddle, share and ask for feedback

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