480+ Free Website Design Tools: Be Efficient & Inspired

The blog post is a mine of serviceable tools and resources for web designers, developers, marketers and other entrepreneurs. Are you one of them? Then, don’t hurry up to pay for the instruments you need for your work, read MonsterPost article first. You can even bookmark that page to have everything or almost everything within one tap or one click of a mouse reach.

Would you like us to be more specific? Ok, so what’s inside the blog post? The collection can hardly be called just another set of tools for web designers. The author tried to divine each and every necessity an IT professional might have. That’s why she included color pickers, icons, fonts, logos, UI elements, photos, coding tools, web design inspiration galleries, invoice generators, business name generators, blog running tools, interesting content/ideas search, SEO and analytics, image optimizers/editors, e-mail services, guides & courses, A/B testing & growth tools, background music for concentration and plenty of other stuff to make your workflow as easy, yet fruitful as possible.

Of course the article is rather long. However, it’s very convenient to navigate through its sections. Simply glance through the brief introduction and article plan. Then either scroll down to bury yourself in the posted information or (if you don’t have much time) click the relevant link and skip to the paragraph you are particularly interested in. Anyways, you can leave the rest of the data until later.

Remember, there’s never too many freebies, that’s why we advise you to take your time and click this link to get to the original free website design tools collection: 480+ Tools & Resources for IT Professionals.

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Infographics On Skeuomorphism

By skeuomorphism we mean borrowing some features from well-known objects when designing new things. Moreover, what we borrow may lose its original purpose and become just an ornament. For example, when we make a skirt with a fake pocket, it only looks like a pocket, but you can’t put anything in it. The same happens when we create wooden dishes and make them look as pottery. In other words, to create a skeuomorphic design you’ll have to copy an already existing device. Btw, there are two types of this technique: an audio skeuomorphism and a visual skeuomorphism. We’ve just mentioned some examples of visual skeuomorphism; as for an audio skeuomorphism it can be represented by shutter-click sounds that we hear when we make pictures with camera phones.

If you check with Wikipedia you’ll read that “A skeuomorph is a physical ornament or design on an object made to resemble another material or technique.” When it comes to web design skeuomorphic elements are usually chosen to make the web page look familiar to the visitors, but there are a few cons that we can not ignore. The point is skeuomorphic design limits creativity and it may happen that your site visitors are not familiar with the original device being emulated. Additionally, skeuomorphic approach is not the best choice if you want to create a lightweight design.

Of course, much more can be said about skeuomorphism and if you’d like to get deeper into this trend, we encourage you to click on the screenshot below and see an interactive infographics on this topic.

eCommerce Templates (Giveaway)

Following web design blogs is not only fun, but also useful. For instance, this is how we’ve learned about an exciting giveaway. Read on and see what it’s about.

Hongkiat has teamed up with TemplateMonster to offer some premium Magento themes and other eCommerce templates for free. We believe the giveaway will be of interest to all web designers, and especially those who want to build responsive eCommerce sites. The point is the winners can get the following prices

  • One of three eCommerce templates FREE!
  • One of three eCommerce templates at a half price

In other words, if you’re the winner, you’ll get the template of your choice free or you will get a 50% discount to buy the eCommerce template you like most. By the way, you can choose from Magento Themes, PrestaShop themes and Jigoshop themes. Moreover, the themes you can choose from are responsive web page designs.

Please follow the links below to find the template you want to win

Once you know what eCommerce template fits your needs best, please go to hongkiat.com/blog and comment on this post.

The giveaway ends on March 25th, 2013. So why don’t you take a chance to get a stunning eCommerce template free or at a half price?

We wish you good luck and we hope you’ll be one of 6 lucky winners!

Take a Look at What is Bootstrap

You’re used to read about Magento and Magento related topics on our blog, but we couldn’t help to share the following info with you. The point is web design is a special world which is being constantly improved. So it comes as no surprise that every month (if not every week) a new tool is launched to make it easier for web masters and web developers to start new projects and manage existing ones.

And today we’ll tell you a few words about Bootstrap; it’s a new but quite powerful front-end framework that is definitely worth your attention. The main advantage of Bootstrap is that it is supplied with ready-to-use components, code snippets and JavaScript plugins that allow users with minimal knowledge of HTML and CSS to create sites with a stylish typography, buttons, forms, progress bars, and other elements. Btw, you can not only build fixed-width sites with Bootstrap, but responsive sites as well.

If you’d like to know more about the Bootstrap framework, we suggest that you check the infographic below. The infographic is offering a lot of useful information about Bootstrap and it will also save you a lot of time because it includes links to the most helpful resources that any Bootstrap fan would like to be aware of. Btw, here is a static inforgraphic, but if you’d like to see the interactive infographic about Bootstrap, please follow this link or click on the screenshot.

Giveaway: Win a Magento Theme!

Update: The giveaway is over. Congratulations to the winners!

  • Hafis (50%)
  • Avigail Reyes (free Magento theme)
  • Giovanni(50%)
  • Eric curto (free Magento theme)
  • dalila (50%)
  • In this contest we’ve teamed up with TemplateMonster to give away 2 of their premium Magento themes and some other prizes. Enter to win!

    About TemplateMonster

    TemplateMonster is a US based company that is known for offering website templates for many kinds of websites, blogs and web shops. Their collection includes Magento Themes, osCommerce templates, WordPress themes, Joomla templates, HTML templates, Flash templates, etc.

    How to Enter

    All you have to do to enter the contest is to answer a simple question:

    Which of TemplateMonster’s Magento Themes do you like best and why?

    Please keep in mind: there are more than 500 Magento Themes at templatemonster.com. Each has its own ID. So, take your time, choose the Magento Theme that is just perfect for your project and leave a comment below.

    Prizes

    • one of two premium Magento themes
    • one of three 50% discount coupons

    Details

    The giveaway ends on Monday, January 21, 2013. The winners will be selected randomly and announced on Tuesday January 22, 2013.

    Please be sure to enter your valid email address so we could contact you if you’re the lucky winner. Of course, your email address will not be used for any other purpose than informing you about the prize.

    Good luck!

    Best Deals for Those Buying a Few Magento Themes At Once

    What would Christmas be without some Christmas specials? Read on and learn about one of them.
    December 24 – 31 only take advantage of a special offer from TemplateMonster, a top provider of Magento themes and other web page designs.
    Buy a few Magento Themes or other products at templatemonster.com and save up to 40%!

    To enter the promotion:

    • Visit templatemonster.com and choose the templates you’d like to buy. Please note, the offer is only valid for bulk purchases, so you should choose more than 1 template
    • Go to promo page and click ‘Activate Promo’ button
    • Buy two or more Magento themes or other products from Templatemonster (the discount will be applied automatically at checkout)
    • Relax as you’ve just saved up to 30% or even 40%.

    The point is the discount rate depends on the type and number of templates you buy.

    For instance, you save 30% when you buy 2 web templates; 35% if you buy 3 templates and 40% if you buy 5 templates at once.

    And if you buy eCommerce Templates, then you will save 20% on 2 eCommerce templates; 25% on 3 templates, and 30% on 5 templates.

    Please keep in mind

    Web Templates are Joomla Templates, Drupal Templates, WordPress Themes, Website Templates, Flash Templates, and other web page designs.

    As for eCommerce Templates, these are Magento Themes, PrestaShop Themes, osCommerce Templates, Jigoshop Themes, OpenCart Templates, VirtueMart Templates and Zen Cart Templates.

    Get a Web Design Pack at a Special Price

    In the next few weeks Magento users and other web designers can save a lot of money with a special offer from TemplateMonster.com, a company that is known for their Magento templates, osCommerce templates, website templates, Flash templates and other products. As for the details of the deal, anyone buying any template at TemplateMonster.com between February 17, 2012 and March 2, 2012 can get a web design pack worth $117 for only $49. The design pack includes 1353 items, among them

    • 338 brush sets from Brushlovers.com;
    • clip art from ProClipart.com; not only can you choose 500 items to your liking, but you can choose whether you need illustrations, 3d clip art images or icons;
    • 500 web icons that are offered at IconDenom.com;
    • 15 stock photos from DepositPhotos.com; and as their collection includes more than 6,000,000 stock photos we hope it will not take you a lot of time to find those 15 photos that you need

    If this offer seems interesting to you, you may learn more about it at TemplateMonster.com, but please remember that the offer will expire on the 2nd of March, 2012.

    Buy a Magento Template and Win an iPAD2

    You know Christmas is near when Christmas offers start knocking at your door. Now, we will tell you how to get awesome bonuses when buying Magento templates.

    Actually, the offer is as follows: everyone who buys a Magento template or any other template from TemplateMonster before Christmas is eligible to get one of the bonuses

    • an iPAD2 ($699 value)
    • one of five templates from TemplateMonster’s collection (the collection implies more than 25000 templates)
    • one of ten 50% discounts to buy Magento templates and other products that are available at TemplateMonster.com
    • Would you like to get such bonuses? Then visit TemplateMonster.com and choose the template you like best. By the way, you will not only find Magento templates there, but also website templates, Flash templates, Flash CMS templates, WordPress themes, Joomla templates and other related products.

      Once you buy a Magento template or any other template, go to the promo page and submit the email address you used to place the order. This way you enter the promo and therefore get a chance to win one of the prizes mentioned above.

      Please keep in mind: this is a time limited offer, so be sure to join the promo before December 24th, 2011.

      Premium Magento Templates 25% Off

      A few days ago it was Cyber Monday and online retailers could enjoy a growing number of sales because this day has become one the biggest online shopping days of the year. The best thing we have noticed is that some online businesses were inspired so much by Cyber Monday that they offered discounts on their products and services. And although it’s hard to keep an eye on every discount that is being offered, we would like you to know about the 25% discount on Magento templates that you can get now.

      If you like the idea of buying Premium Magento Themes at the 25% discount, then please click on the image below and choose the Magento Template you like best.

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      Please remember, the discount is a time limited offer that will expire on December 2nd, 2011, so don’t wait long.

      Stock Images for Less Than $1 Each

      Here is a special offer for those of you who need stock images for building visually appealing websites and online stores.

      stock images at DepositPhotos

      TemplateMonster, a well known provider of Magento templates and other types of website templates announces partnership with DepositPhotos to help you save on stock photos, illustrations and vector art. If you buy any template from TemplateMonster you can get 15 stock images of any size for $14. This means each stock photo will cost less than $1.

      DepositPhotos is a collection of more than 4,500,000 stock images in different categories such as Abstract, Animals, Beauty & Fashion, Business, Computers, Education, Holidays & Events, Nature, People, Places, Sport, etc. So you can easily choose the perfect images for your personal or business websites.

      If you like the idea to buy Magento template(s) and enjoy special prices on stock photos, then we recommend visiting TemplateMonster and choosing the Magento template to your liking.

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