Javascript in Modern Web Design 317

Javascript in Modern Web Design

In today's web design, Javascript is a must-have component. Aside from its functionality, Javascript can enhance user experience by creating transitional effects such as fading and sliding animation. Thanks to the open source Javascript frameworks, we don't need to write custom Javascript from scratch anymore. Here are 47 Javascript plugins that you can use to enhance the user experience and functionality of your website. Don't forget to check out the sample sites, which show how the plugins can be used.

Poll: Should WDW Hire Bloggers? 194

Poll: Should WDW Hire Bloggers?

Since Web Designer Wall launched last year, the feedbacks been encouraging. Recently though, a lot of complaints have come in that I don’t write frequently enough. Well, writing quality content takes time; plus I have to manage my freelance business and Best Web Gallery. Some people have suggested hiring guest bloggers to step-up posting frequency, which sounds interesting. So, please tell me what you think in the poll below:

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Partigen Component Giveaways 773

Partigen Component Giveaways

It is time to give out free Flash components again! We're giving out 5 copies of Partigen from Flashloaded. Partigen is a real time Flash engine capable of creating realistic effects such as smoke and explosions. Every single particle is made within Flash at runtime with zero render time. Partigen includes the engine, the emitter and the particles, which are fully customizable at design and runtime. It is great for making particle, fire, snow, rain, bubble, and smoke effects (view Demos).

Just add a comment in this post before August 22, 2008 and you could win one of the five component giveaways (value $99).

Update: The contest is now closed and the winners are: 45, 234, 248, 387, and 711.

3D Wall Component Giveaways 991

3D Wall Component Giveaways

If you’re a regular visitor, you should know that Web Designer Wall is always giving out free Flash components. This time, we’re giving out 5 copies of 3D Wall from Flashloaded. 3D Wall is a Flash CS3 component that lets you create an interactive wall that looks 3D! It’s very flexible, easy to use, and is a cool addition to any gallery/portfolio sites (check out my samples: Demo 1 and Demo 2)

If you missed our free PhotoFlow component draw last time, you don’t want to miss this one!

Update: The contest is now closed and the winners are: 91, 221, 658, 825, and 980.

SEO Guide for Designers 638

SEO Guide for Designers

According to a poll I conducted, just over 1 out of 10 people don't think SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is mandatory as a designer; and what really surprised me is about 24% don't even know what SEO is! If you’re among the quarter of people who don’t know what SEO is or understand how it can help you, you should really read this article. This is an SEO guide for designers who want to learn about making it easier for websites or blogs to be found by search engines. I'll explain the common mistakes made by designers and developers. Then I’ll provide some basic tips that you should be practicing to optimize your site for search engines.

Free MCTE Component Giveaways 608

Free MCTE Component Giveaways

Previously we did a free TxEff giveaway contest and the feedbacks were very well received. Jumpeye Components would like to hear more feedbacks from you guys. This time they are giving out the MCTE component. To enter the contest, just write your feedback in the comment form for this post and everyone will get a free copy of MCTE V3 (value $50). In addition, we will draw three random numbers from the comment list to giveaway the MCTE Collection Plus (value $200).

Viget Labs – The Blog Series 70

Viget Labs – The Blog Series

Viget Labs, a web development firm based outside of Washington, have been in the industry since 1999. With a team of 30 people, Viget Labs sure has a lot to blog about. Instead of writing everything on one massive blog, they separate their blogs into four divisions: Advance, Inspire, Extend, and Engage. Each blog has unique topics and design theme that are nicely wrapped together. I like them so much that I featured all their blogs on Best Web Gallery. In this article, Viget Labs is going to share their internal design process of the blog series with us. Don't miss the insider tips!