WordPress is a perfect example of how the web has evolved from static to interactive, a shift driven by our desire to share thoughts and a great opportunity to promote our goods. A truly good WordPress theme goes beyond simply looking good to offer solid core functionality and administrative features. There are hundreds of WordPress themes out there, but they are not all created equal. To be truly great, a theme needs to consider both the visitor and the needs of the content creator.

The temptation to dive right into new and exciting CSS tricks is strong – you might even do it without knowing it through learning by example or implementing that hot new framework everyone is talking about. It is more important to fully understand new CSS classes and properties, experiment with them and learn their limitations before putting them into practice, especially when working on commercial projects. In this article I’ll cover some common CSS mishaps and pitfalls of newer techniques to help you make informed decisions when building your stylesheets.

Fonts took on a revival in handmade styles this year, from calligraphic, script and handwritten to brush painted and block-printed. Combined with the great visual appeal of hero images and typographic layouts in web design, handwriting fonts are a trend that you can expect to see more of. In this article you’ll find a fresh and varied selection of high quality free fonts, each as lovely and flexible as their premium counterparts. Each includes scripts, serifs, and a range of ligatures and was chosen for their readability, impact and flavor.

Freelancing can be a tough gig, but there is no better time than a new year to begin building (or rebuilding) a fantastic new business where you can do what you love. Being successful has a lot to do with your drive and passion, but depends largely on your efficiency, workflow and presentation. In this post you’ll find a collection of modern, effective tools and apps we hope our self-employed readers will find useful. Best of all, they’re free, mobile-compatible and integrate with each other or a wide variety of other apps and platforms.

CSS image filters are a quick way to tweak images in the browser without resorting to Photoshop. This simple reference gives you 9 CSS filter shorthands that provide an excellent way to maintain style consistency across visual content on your site, or just add a little fun to image hovers. CSS filters are most commonly used to adjust the display of images images and backgrounds, but can also be applied to other visual elements such as borders and buttons.

Inserting icon fonts to your layouts adds fun visual queues for your users and are especially successful as menu links or as replacements for larger graphics. Like standalone SVG files, they can be scaled losslessly and manipulated with CSS for easier customization. Icon fonts are normally displayed by including an icon font stylesheet, then inserting an HTML element where the icon should appear, such as <span class="icon123"> or <i class="xyz">, but using the HTML method is not always possible. This quick tip will show you how to add icon fonts to any element in your site safely with just CSS.

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