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Themify is Redesigned

Themify has come a long way since its launch 3 years ago, and I thought it was finally time to redesign the Themify website. The goal of Themify is to make it easy for anyone to build a beautiful, responsive website using WordPress and Themify themes. This means that we need to stay ahead of web design trends, and I thought that the redesign should reflect our desire to incorporate the latest and greatest practices found in the design world right into our website. This post will take you behind the scenes around our planning and decision making process, as well as some of the work that didn't make the final cut for the Themify website.

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How to Protect WordPress Sites

WordPress is one of the most ubiquitous content management systems in the world. Even better, it's open source! However, as an open source piece of software, it can be vulnerable to malicious individuals digging through code and finding vulnerabilities in the code, which they attempt to exploit. As such, WordPress sites have been prone to security breaches and being hacked, and having your WordPress site hacked can be damaging to your reputation and your business. At Themify, we often hear about WordPress security issues from members, thus it inspired us to share this article.

Two Free 2013 FITC Conference Tickets 6

Two Free 2013 FITC Conference Tickets

I've got two FITC Toronto 2013 tickets to give away and all you need to do is send one tweet for your chance to win! For those of you who don't know what FITC Toronto is, it is a design and technology conference that brings together some of the world's best digital creators for three days of learning, networking and partying, and it will all be taking place from April 21-23. This year's event will feature over 70+ renowned digital creators from around the globe, covering everything from user experience to the awe-inspiring world of Film Holographic VFX. To enter for your chance to win a festival ticket, all you need to do is tweet the name of one of the speakers by Apr 5, 2013 with hashtag #designtechcon to enter.

Winners will be announced on Twitter, so be sure to follow @fitc and @nickla.

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Two Free SCREENS Conference Tickets

FITC is hosting SCREENS, a two day conference dedicated to development for mobile device and operating systems, this September 27-28 in Toronto. The conference features two full days of presentations covering a ton of topics relevant to iOS, Android, Windows Mobile and BlackBerry development including HTML5, NFC, PhoneGap, jQuery, responsive design and much more.

Update: The contest is closed and the winners are: Kevin Sato and Caroline McGregor.

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Photoshop CS6 = Better UX & Faster Productivity

I've been using Photoshop CS6 for a while and I have to say that the interface and user experience is a big improvement. Instead of releasing more new tools, Photoshop CS6 put a lot of focus on the basics — the essential tools that we use very often such as crop tool, type, layer group, and save. For example, now you can apply effects on layer group, keep cropped pixels, type styles, and save in background. These simple enhancements result in increase productivity.

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Featured on Offscreen Issue #2

I'm honored to announce that I've been featured on Offscreen magazine issue #2. Offscreen launched its first issue in Feburary 2012 and quickly became well recognized in the design community. So I'm proud to be selected in the logbook section (thanks Kai Brach). I have five copies of Offscreen #2 to giveaway. As usually, post a comment in this post before Jul 27, 2012 to enter the giveaway draw.

Update: The contest is closed and the winners are: Tim, Benedikte, Shen, Hazel, and Mana.

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Giveaway from PSD2HTML

If you follow Web Designer Wall, then you have noticed the PSD2HTML banner ad on the sidebar. PSD2HTML is not only my long time supporter, but they are also one of the most recognized vendors in PSD slicing services. Today I'm happy to partner with PSD2HTML to give away PSD to HTML slicing services to you. We are giving away 5 prizes (worth $200 each). To win one of the prizes, leave a comment to this post. The giveaway ends on May 31, 2012.

Update: the contest is closed and the winners are: David, André, Andrew, Donna, and John.