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18 unmissable articles and resources for web professionals

18/08/2011

The amount of content being added to the web on a daily basis is impossible to keep up with, so we’ve listed some of the best resources, tools and articles we’ve come across recently to help you improve your skills, website and browsing experience. We also post similar links on Twitter on an ad hoc basis, so follow us to avoid missing out!

Web Design

Designmoo

Designmoo is a community-driven website offering all kinds of design related resources from templates to icons to fonts. Best of all, they’re all completely free, and you can upload your own to promote your skills and extend your reach.

Lorizzle

If you’re bored of the traditional loreum ipsum placeholder text, check out Lorizzle, an amusing and completely functional gangster-style text generator.

Photoshop actions at Vandelay Design

Transform your images more efficiently and consistently with 45 amazing free Photoshop actions.

Web development

Coding @ Smashing Magazine

Whether you’ve just getting started with HTML5 or you’ve been using it for a while now, this guide is well worth a look.

WP Candy’s Theme Finder

If you spend too much time searching for WordPress themes then WP Candy’s theme finder is perfect for you. You can sort by colour, paid/unpaid and a range of other options to view themes at a glance. Bonus tip: Try resizing the window to see the images jump!

Smashing Magazine

Creating an Android app is a challenge for even the most experienced developers, not least because of the wide range of devices and operating system versions. Thankfully, Smashing Mag has a great article on Designing for Android Tablets.

SEO

Google algorithm changes

The folks over at SEOmoz have put together an extremely useful guide to document Google’s algorithm changes. If you’re into search engine optimisation, it’s a must.

Duplicate content and robots.txt

This quick but valuable read outlines why using robots.txt to avoid duplicate content issues may be more damaging than helpful.

Using data to drive SEO results

For those who like to make the most of their stats, this straightforward piece by Search Engine Watch will help you get more benefits.

Social Media

Facebook’s EdgeRank algorithm

If you run your own Facebook page or have ever wondered how Facebook calculates which posts you see from whom, this meaty article makes fascinating reading.

PeerIndex

Find out top stats about your reach, followers and topics with at-a-glance diagrams from PeerIndex.

Better Facebook

If you get annoyed by all the changes Facebook makes and want to reverse some of them or benefit from new features, the Better Facebook browser plugin is perfect. With options for organising content by type, creating Google+ style circles, enhanced chat controls, seeing who’s defriended you and much more, it’s a good choice for power FB users.

Business/Marketing

Landing page optimisation and conversion rates

This article has lots of tips for improving your landing pages and conversion rate as well as advice on how to optimise them both together.

Controlling your business and content

A thought-provoking article on digital sharecropping and how it can harm your website or business.

Making your business card stand out…in a good way

An old post, but crammed full of relevant and insightful from key players in the web industry (the comments are interesting too): Business Card Best Practices.

Writing

750 Words

If you’ve ever had trouble getting inspired, or simply want to kick-start your writing then 750 words is a great website to help you practice and fine-tune your writing skills. There are various challenges on offer, or you can just clear your head and get some words down.

Let Twitter improve your writing and editing

An insightful article on how updating Twitter can lead to better writing.

Working through freelance burnout

Long periods of intensive writing can leave you feeling drained, so here’s some excellent advice on how to work through freelance burnout.

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