Reviews

Drought Boilerplate Review

Drought Boilerplate Review

Posted Friday, November 16th, 2012 in Reviews

There is no shortage of boilerplates and frameworks that web developers can choose from to use in their projects. I don’t know about you, but I have usually felt like many of these frameworks were bloated and sometimes difficult to understand. That’s why I have fallen in love with the Drought boilerplate from James Fleeting. I could say Drought is a stripped down boilerplate that lets you get right into development, but that wouldn’t be a completely fair assessment. So, please allow me to explain by breaking down Drought into the three main components of any website: HTML, CSS, and Javascript

Concrete5 Review

Concrete5 Review

Posted Thursday, November 1st, 2012 in Reviews

As a web developer, your job is much more than just to deliver a beautiful, functional website. While you likely spend a great deal of time designing and developing your websites, I’ve found that I usually spend a lot of time with the customer, trying to explain how their website works and how to maintain it.

TypeCast: Font Design Made Easy

TypeCast: Font Design Made Easy

Posted Friday, October 26th, 2012 in Reviews

Designing beautiful web pages is no easy task, but there’s a new tool on the block that allows developers to easily design their fonts in the browser. But, the question is if TypeCast is a tool that will actually save you time and frustration.

Thesis Theme Review

Thesis Theme Review

Posted Friday, September 28th, 2012 in Reviews

When it comes to an all-around great theme for WordPress, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything better than Thesis. If you’re tired of stuffy themes that don’t allow you much freedom in your designs, then you’ll be very please with Thesis’s options. Thesis’s Options Thesis gives you plenty of options, but at the same time, not enough to overwhelm you. There are six option panels: Site Options, Design Options, Header Image, Favicon Uploader, Custom File Editor, Manage Options. I usually spend most of my time in design options, but when I first install Thesis on a website, I usually will tweak a few settings in site options for SEO.

Genesis Theme Review

Genesis Theme Review

Posted Saturday, September 22nd, 2012 in Reviews

Let’s be honest, when it comes to WordPress frameworks, there are only two options – Thesis and Genesis. I have used, and liked both, but let’s focus on Genesis. Out of the box, Genesis boasts some build-in options, solid SEO, rock-solid security, and an easy update feature. Based on this introduction, you’ve probably already guessed that this will be a good review of Genesis. Please let me elaborate. Theme Options Genesis comes standard with a small but powerful set of options. Most important for designers are the layout options. Genesis allows you to choose from 6 layout options out of the box.

Catalyst Theme Review – Truly Unlimited

Catalyst Theme Review – Truly Unlimited

Posted Thursday, September 13th, 2012 in Reviews

Not too long ago, I had the opportunity to play with the Catalyst theme. To be honest, I should’ve written this review quite a while ago when I first got a hold of the theme. 😉 After playing with Catalyst for quite a bit, and seeing its potential, I can say that this is one of my favorite themes I’ve used to date. Right up front, I want to tell you that this theme is not for the faint of heart though. Catalyst is a complicated theme. But, with features such as Responsive Design and an Unlimited License (Yes, awesomeness)… I’m inclined to deal with the learning curve. What will Catalyst Theme cost me? The Not So Great Right off the bat, I want to reiterate that Catalyst does have a ton of options. Just looking at the Catalyst admin options page is almost scary. But, then again, I’m the kind of guy that prefers less choices. I want to walk into a burger joint and have 3 choices: Hamburger, Cheeseburger, Double Cheeseburger. 😉

Standard Theme Review

Standard Theme Review

Posted Saturday, September 8th, 2012 in Reviews

All premium WordPress themes are not made equal. Some, like Thesis, are flexible and can be used for most any purpose. This is great, but sometimes the options can be overwhelming. Many times I look at the blank WordPress theme and have trouble getting started. This is where themes like Standard come in. Standard is a theme that fits really well for personal bloggers. So, whether you are trying to build a portfolio website or a blog dedicated to baking cupcakes, this theme could be your ticket. Minimal, Yet Powerful Options My biggest issue with some premium themes is the “kitchen-sink” of options. Yes, I want freedom and options. But when you present with infinity options, I don’t even know where to start.

The Smashing Book: An In-Depth Review

The Smashing Book: An In-Depth Review

Posted Saturday, February 6th, 2010 in Design,Reviews

Unless you’ve been huddled in a corner for the last few years, you may have stumbled into a little website called Smashing Magazine. All sarcasm aside though, Smashing is one of the most popular and fastest growing websites in the design community. It has become a source of inspiration and education to thousands of designers and developers—beginners and professionals alike.