Social Networking has transformed into a hot spot in the modern times. The trend of social networking picked up in the late twentieth century and in the last decade, it has become one of the largest success stories that humankind has ever witnessed. So, what makes social networking so popular? Is it the fact that you can meet old friends or is it about always being in touch with your friends, family and acquaintances? Unfortunately, none of these is the real answer. Social Networking fulfills an individual’s innate desire of being heard. When people see your pictures or comments, like them or share them; you suddenly feel a sense of pride, something you did not feel before. Hence, social networking is a medium of being heard, and returning the favour.

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Modern day websites are all about usability; user experience (UX) is everything in website design these days. All designers want to take the design process to the next level. One of the pre-requisites to achieve the next level in website designing is zeroing in on a fantastic workflow, which allows you to quickly iterate your designs and also test your concepts. This is where website prototyping comes into the picture. There are plenty of available tools that you can choose from that will help you and your clients get an idea of how a website will look like, before you take it through the actual design process.

The problem here is one of plenty. There are so many website prototyping tools available out there, that you will be hard-pressed to make the right choice. You might end up with a tool that is really quite good, but difficult to use, if you aren’t careful about what you are choosing. In this article, I have listed down 15 website prototyping tools that I believe are very user friendly. You can literally hit the ground running with them.

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Design Hitch and Glitch

There’s nothing more disappointing to me than seeing a blog or a website that promotes great design but absolutely fails at making use of their product knowledge to increase their user base and improve their engagement with their existing audience through calls-to-action (CTAs). It’s a prime case of wasted potential.

 

To help such websites apply their skill and insight in design, I’ve laid out a number of tips for them to follow so that they can communicate their expertise on this ever-important subject to more people.

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Modern life can be chaotic. In between work, volunteering, family schedules, studying, doing chores, meeting friends and simply trying to survive, we all need things to help us stay organised. Often, however, the things we use to organize our lives only add to the chaos. App developers have been working hard to tackle this problem, and they have come up with some amazing solutions. Below is a list of some of the best apps to help you organize your life.

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Papercraft has always been popular, mostly in the form of Origami, but with the joys of the web, people can now publish their creations online and there are some interesting examples, that’s for sure! Here we have picked twenty of the best, some very cute, some extremely odd!

Keyboard Cat


credit: TenSafeFrogs

A very cute little cat, smiling away while playing the keyboard – all made from paper!

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Knowing the Basics of HTML 5

HTML 5 has not yet fully released, but we can still use some of its elements. Lets have a look at some of the basic elements of HTML 5  HTML 5 has not been fully developed yet. Though we can use it we will still have to wait for the full blown HTML 5  It has been considered as a strong replacement for Flash and there is many such premonitions about HTML 5  But before we start believing all of it, let’s just start by knowing the basics. It is necessary to know the basic elements that are available in the HTML 5  This will definitely help us to understand it in a better way. It is better not to jump to conclusions before knowing it inside out. Let’s have a look at some of the basic elements of HTML 5.

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Amazon Customer Reviews

Consumers buying decisions are shaped by the reviews and opinion of their shoppers. Engaging yet simple e-commerce sites have become the norm of the day. This article gives the two most rewarding tools to indulge customers in your e-commerce site.

As per a survey undertaken by Millennial Media Mobile Retail Study, 13.1 million consumers access retail content via mobile phones with 8.2 million of those visiting mobile commerce websites. Consumers empower a brand and businesses must use this asset to fuel their branding efforts and to generate more revenue. How? By including review and rating sections in the site to increase user engagement levels. These tools are simple yet highly powerful in their own respect. Interactive user reviews and ratings generate a wealth of data that companies can utilize to improve its product and services. Moreover, critical, unbiased and authentic reviews drive more sales while easy to follow user ratings develop user’s trust in the brand.

 

Let’s take a look at the two most rewarding tools to indulge customers in your e-commerce site:

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Do You Need a WordPresss Theme Framework?

WordPress is, hands down, the most popular website content management system. It’s easy to use out of the box, and you can extend the features with a number of plug-ins. It’s also easy to customize with a number of free and premium themes. But some users may want (and developers WILL need) more options to customize the appearance. That’s where WordPress theme frameworks come in. A framework is essentially a barebones theme. From here you can add a child theme, which plays essentially the same role as a normal WordPress theme. A child theme will a set style, colors, graphics, etc. Then, you’re able to customize it as you like, all without directly altering any files. Everything is done through the WordPress backend.

For developers, this will save a lot of time because they will be able to develop a custom portfolio of themes, export them, and tweak them for each individual client. This significantly speeds up development time and consistency.

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Take your site mobile with these free or cheap mobile themes

If you’re site isn’t optimized for mobile devices, you may be missing out on a huge audience. Some services ask hundreds or thousands of dollars, or even a reoccurring fee, to design a mobile app. But adding a mobile theme might prove to be a cheaper option. These mobile WordPress themes will allow your visitors to easily navigate your site on small screens.

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