30 Examples of Attractive Nav 141

30 Examples of Attractive Nav

Guest Post by Joel Reyes

Web designers always have to strike a balance between usability and visual appeal when designing a website. Without this balance, a website might be nice to look at or difficult to navigate. Or, it might be easy to navigate, but not easy on the eyes. With this in mind, balancing attractive navigation with usability does not need to be overly difficult. To help you generate new ideas and inspiration for user navigation, here are 30 great examples of attractive and usable navigation.

30 Untypical WordPress Sites 325

30 Untypical WordPress Sites

By now, I think most of you should know that WordPress can do more than just a blog platform. With WordPress, plus some plugins, you can build almost any type of websites. To show you what I mean, I have collected 30 websites that use WordPress for different purposes — from general websites to portfolios, ecommerce and corporate sites. Hope this post will open up more ideas for you to use WordPress.

WordCamp Toronto 2009 Recap 57

WordCamp Toronto 2009 Recap

As requested by some attendees at the WordCamp Toronto 2009, I've uploaded my presentation slides: "Various Ways of Using WordPress." The slides can be downloaded at SlideShare and I've also embedded them in this post. If you missed the event, this post is a quick recap of my presentation. You will learn how I use WordPress to manage my sites: Web Designer Wall (blog), Best Web Gallery (gallery), and IconDock (eCommerce/blog). Get ready and learn more about WordPress theme coding.

Maximize the Use of Hover 136

Maximize the Use of Hover

Usually, we create hover effects by changing: font color, font styles, border styles, background, and etc. But there are a lot more that we can do with hover. We can use hover to beautify design, minimize clutter, and display additional information. In this article, I'm going to provide various examples of websites that maximize the use of hover. Also, I will provide several quick tutorials on how to create different mouse hover effects. So, read on.

Free Tickets to WordCamp Toronto 135

Free Tickets to WordCamp Toronto

I'm excited to announce that I will be speaking at WordCamp Toronto 2009. I will talk about various ways to use WordPress and provide tips on how I setup my WordPress sites (this site, Best Web Gallery, and IconDock). The event will take place in downtown Toronto between May 8 - 10, 2009. I have five tickets to giveaway. For your chance to win a free ticket, submit a comment in this post before May 4, 2009.

15 Unique Flash Gallery Techniques 126

15 Unique Flash Gallery Techniques

At Best Web Gallery, I occasionally come across good Flash sites. In this post, I want to feature the best photographer sites (with amazing photos and galleries) that I've stumbled upon. Here are 15 sites that demonstrate excellent use of Flash technology to create beautiful photo galleries. Bookmark this page now if you like commercial photography or need to find inspiration to create your own Flash gallery.

Last Chance to Win FITC Tickets 158

Last Chance to Win FITC Tickets

If you've missed the first 2 ticket draws, this is your last chance to get a free FITC Toronto 2009 ticket from Web Designer Wall. Again, we are giving out 2 tickets. Submit a comment in this post before Apr 17, 2009 for your chance to win a free ticket. If you are buying tickets, don't forget to enter coupon code "webdesignerwall" to get a 30% discount.

Update: This contest is closed and the winners are: 30 and 38.

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