Protect your website from HTTrack

Since you have learned the trick on how to track website using softwares like httrack in the previous post Premium Template? Crack it !

Many designers and developers queried me regarding protection against this kind  of track,  since they work really hard on developing those websites and people track it and use it without paying a penny.

So after surfing a bit, initially i found that it is impossible to protect it from being tracked because If you put a website online, when people “view” it, they are downloading it to their computer, you are essentially giving it to them. Then the question becomes “I gave my website to someone, how can I not give it to them?”

But though we are humans, we have got solutions for any shit .

Follow this steps to protect against this track:

#1 Make .htaccess  file

Just open any code editor, copy paste the below content and save it with name as .htaccess (Nothing before “.” )

# Kick off httracker
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^HTTrack [OR]
RewriteRule ^.* – [F,L]

#2 Simply Upload it

Just upload it on your server where all your sites resides

That’s it !

But wait

There’s not just one software which does this tracking, to protect your site from all these kinds of softwares write the below code in .htaccess file

# Full Fledged htaccess Blacklist from Web warrior (just a bit promotion 😉 )
RewriteEngine on
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} almaden [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Anarchie [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^ASPSeek [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^attach [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^autoemailspider [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^BackWeb [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Bandit [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^BatchFTP [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^BlackWidow [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Bot\ mailto:craftbot@yahoo.com [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Buddy [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^bumblebee [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^CherryPicker [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^ChinaClaw [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^CICC [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Collector [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Copier [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Crescent [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Custo [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^DA [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^DIIbot [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^DISCo [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^DISCo\ Pump [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Download\ Demon [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Download\ Wonder [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Downloader [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Drip [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^DSurf15a [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^eCatch [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^EasyDL/2.99 [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^EirGrabber [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} email [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^EmailCollector [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^EmailSiphon [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^EmailWolf [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Express\ WebPictures [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^ExtractorPro [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^EyeNetIE [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^FileHound [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^FlashGet [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} FrontPage [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^GetRight [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^GetSmart [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^GetWeb! [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^gigabaz [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Go\!Zilla [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Go!Zilla [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Go-Ahead-Got-It [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^gotit [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Grabber [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^GrabNet [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Grafula [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^grub-client [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^HMView [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^HTTrack [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^httpdown [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} .*httrack.* [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^ia_archiver [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Image\ Stripper [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Image\ Sucker [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Indy*Library [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} Indy\ Library [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^InterGET [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^InternetLinkagent [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Internet\ Ninja [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^InternetSeer.com [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Iria [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^JBH*agent [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^JetCar [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^JOC\ Web\ Spider [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^JustView [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^larbin [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^LeechFTP [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^LexiBot [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^lftp [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Link*Sleuth [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^likse [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Link [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^LinkWalker [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Mag-Net [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Magnet [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Mass\ Downloader [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Memo [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Microsoft.URL [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^MIDown\ tool [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Mirror [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Mister\ PiX [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Mozilla.*Indy [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Mozilla.*NEWT [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Mozilla*MSIECrawler [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^MS\ FrontPage* [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^MSFrontPage [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^MSIECrawler [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^MSProxy [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Navroad [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^NearSite [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^NetAnts [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^NetMechanic [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^NetSpider [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Net\ Vampire [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^NetZIP [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^NICErsPRO [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Ninja [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Octopus [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Offline\ Explorer [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Offline\ Navigator [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Openfind [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^PageGrabber [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Papa\ Foto [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^pavuk [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^pcBrowser [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Ping [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^PingALink [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Pockey [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^psbot [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Pump [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^QRVA [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^RealDownload [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Reaper [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Recorder [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^ReGet [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Scooter [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Seeker [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Siphon [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^sitecheck.internetseer.com [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^SiteSnagger [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^SlySearch [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^SmartDownload [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Snake [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^SpaceBison [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^sproose [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Stripper [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Sucker [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^SuperBot [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^SuperHTTP [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Surfbot [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Szukacz [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^tAkeOut [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Teleport\ Pro [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^URLSpiderPro [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Vacuum [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^VoidEYE [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Web\ Image\ Collector [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Web\ Sucker [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^WebAuto [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^[Ww]eb[Bb]andit [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^webcollage [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^WebCopier [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Web\ Downloader [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^WebEMailExtrac.* [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^WebFetch [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^WebGo\ IS [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^WebHook [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^WebLeacher [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^WebMiner [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^WebMirror [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^WebReaper [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^WebSauger [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Website [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Website\ eXtractor [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Website\ Quester [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Webster [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^WebStripper [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} WebWhacker [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^WebZIP [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Wget [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Whacker [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Widow [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^WWWOFFLE [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^x-Tractor [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Xaldon\ WebSpider [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Xenu [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Zeus.*Webster [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Zeus
RewriteRule ^.* – [F,L]

Try for yourself !

 

Productivity Tools

Smart Work for Your Web Design Projects

Project managers, freelancers, and small business owners look for ways to be more productive. They try various processes, techniques, and tools to help them. They often automate what processes they can, and look for ways to track, monitor and measure other processes and their outcomes.

Some of these processes or tools they use are successful; others either are not, or are only partially so.

The six applications described here are powerful productivity tools in design applications, project and task management, time management, and sales.

In addition, you’ll find a selection of helpful tips for giving a shot in the arm in your efforts to become faster and more productive.

These practical tips and techniques are easy to put into practice; yet they are all too often ignored by many.

Active Collab

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Active Collab helps your team stay organized when you outgrow email. It’s a powerful, yet simple tool for managing projects, time tracking and invoicing. It gives you a nice overview of your team’s activity across projects. It also allows you to bring clients on board and collaborate. You can easily delegate tasks to your team, get a detailed overview of your projects, estimate and track time on tasks, and issue invoices to clients in a matter of seconds.

You can also centralize all your web design projects onto a single platform with this all-in-one tool. This means, you no longer have to struggle using separate apps for time tracking, task management, and invoicing – Active Collab has it all, including lists, Gantt charts, Kanban columns, and advanced reports.

Active Collab runs in the cloud, so it’s always accessed through your browser. Once you sign up, you can be up and running within 2 minutes. Or, if you prefer, you can host Active Collab on your own server for a one-time fee. Before you do either, try it for 30 days for free.

Wake

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The concept behind Wake is simple. This beautiful design collaboration app makes it easy to see what everyone is working on. It’s built into your design tools, so you can share information by using a handy keyboard shortcut, without ever having to leave Sketch, Photoshop, or Illustrator.

Wake’s Mac app provides a direct connection to Wake for sharing screenshots, your Photoshop canvas, or Sketch artboards. With the iOS app, you can stay up to date on project happenings and status while you’re on the go.

Wake’s starter plan is $22/mo. per contributor, but you can try Wake free for 30 days. A Pro Custom plan is available for teams looking for all the bells and whistles, guest accounts, unlimited public and private spaces (channels), and the services of a dedicated account manager.

Wake is used by teams at Airbnb, Facebook, Pinterest, Duolingo, Stripe, Medium, and more.

Proto.io

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If you have the tools to build an awesome prototype, building an equally awesome website or mobile app is child’s play. You can easily make both happen with Proto.io. Not only can you build a stunning, interactive prototype quickly with Proto.io, but by doing so, your entire design process will be speeded up. That’s productivity!

You can use the wonderfully-crafted Android and iOS components that come with the package to design prototype within Proto.io; or, you can simply import your static Photoshop or Sketch designs.

Proto.io allows you to incorporate tap, swipe, and other commonly used touch elements into your prototypes; without using a single line of code. You can preview your prototype in a web browser or on a mobile device using the Proto.io app for iOS and Android. Sharing your prototype with anyone can be done with just a single click.

It’s easy to discover how this app can give a boost to your productivity as a designer. Try it for free for 15 days.

MeisterTask

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If task management is taking up too much of your time, hand it over to MeisterTask. Thanks to its flexible Kanban-style project boards, this productivity app easily adapts to your workflow.

MeisterTask tracks the tasks of as many team members as you want, in as many projects as you want. Its dashboard gives you an instant summary of the things you need to focus on, and lets you know what your team members are up to. MeisterTask has a free plan and a Pro plan with additional team management features.

Minterapp

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Are you using one system for time tracking, another for preparing invoices, yet another for preparing project estimates, and still another for accepting payments from clients? Minterapp does these; in one compact little platform.

It tracks both billable and non-billable time, prepares custom invoices and estimates, and allows clients to make payments via Stripe or PayPal. Sign up today for the 30-day trial.

Salesmate

Salesmate

Salesmate is another all-in-one tool. It provides the perfect software solution for any business looking for a sales management, business acceleration and automation app that easily aligns to a sales department’s thought processes. Salesmate can be used by any sales department, regardless of size.

Take it for a free 30-day trial, and by the time you’re ready to bring Salesmate on board, you’ll already have discarded those clunky CRM spreadsheets.

Firedrop.ai

Era of AI

Artificial Intelligence have already replaced hundreds of thousands of workers across the world and it will undoubtedly be a growing trend for years to come.  The realm of website design is not escaping this talking point either.

The rumor of an AI system that can develop amazing websites with very little input from the user are true. Here’s the one

Firedrop.ai – Founded in 2015

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It is found to be one of the easiest web builder to-date.  Can their system do everything a human can do?  Of course not, but it could make it easier for a non-techie to build a starter website.

Recently we have seen the emergence of advanced versions of website builders, like Drupal, Joomla and WordPress.

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These WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) design platforms are easy to work with. For just a few dollars down and an afternoon’s time Anyone can create a generic web page that looks semi-professional. How can Firedrop.ai improve on that?

Their founders claim that the user experience is incredibly simple: you add your content, hit the “Design it” button and behind-the-scenes algorithms crunch away to produce a completely unique, tailored design around that content. It’s the complete antithesis of template-based solutions like WordPress which require you to fit your content around a design, and allows the average non-techie individual to get a completely bespoke website in as little as 30 seconds, from start to launch.

Sounds interesting!

Website Developed in firedrop.ai

Now lets have a look at a site created by Sacha (Firedrop.ai): marccrouch.firedrop.me

Some good points

  • Quick Loading of website
  • Well Balanced color combination
  • Professionalism look and feel
  • Good layout
  • Responsive

Firedrop will be offered through a subscription model priced at £25 (~$33) per month, per website.

Conclusion

That’s not all. For everyone who obsesses about performance and conversion rates, this Firedrop assistant is hard at work for you in this department as well. No need for complicated analytic tools or to scrutinize data again and again. Since Firedrop keeps learning after you’ve launched, it monitors behavior and conducts automatic A/B tests – and makes adjustments for you! Yes, you can continue to improve your site without lifting a finger.

Ready to have your website practically build itself? Ready to experience the ease of collaborating with your personal A.I. web designer? Sign up for beta release or learn more at firedrop.ai.

Looking forward for your reviews regarding this technology !

Upcoming Challenges for Web Designers

Web designing is not an easy task. It takes a lot of creativity, uniqueness and brainstorming sessions to come up with a nice web design. Only a web designer can tell about the challenges they go through on regular basis. Web designs which are liked and appreciated by target market and clients are mostly the result of constant development and regressive critical thinking. This makes web designing a challenging role. On the contrary, increase in competition and technology there are always new challenges which designers have to face.

Machine Learning

With the launch of TensorFlow and other similar open-source programmes, machine learning will quickly become the backbone of our digital world. Machine learning can be used for a huge variety of purposes, from learning about how you talk to the layout of a website.

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TensorFlow is Google’s open source software library for machine learning

Multivariant testing powered by machine learning will be able to automatically test and optimize a website at a customer level; meaning each customer sees a website specifically designed and tailored for them, from the language used to the layout of the page.

Growth in Popularity of Video

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Back in the younger days of the internet, it made sense to include as few images as possible in order to keep loading times down, and simply convey everything through text. However, with a world average download speed of 5Mbps (which is, of course, dragged down by a few outliers) and averages ranging from 10 to 20Mbps in the developed world, designers no longer need to hold back so much when deciding how to make sites look attractive.

No format has benefited more from fast internet speeds than video. Video backgrounds are now relatively widespread, as are introductory videos to services and products, as well as video tutorials.

Designers have already adopted this trend with gusto by integrating videos into the overall design process, and the future is likely to make this trend more ubiquitous.

Wearable Devices

This is a market which is expected to be worth $31.27 billion by 2020, and there are new devices coming out all the time.

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There’s Jawbones, Moov Nows, Fitbits, Apple watches, MyZones, Microsoft Bands, Pebbles, Misfits, Coconuts (alright, that last one is made up), and those are all just wrist devices. There’s also the exciting field of virtual reality wearables, such as the Occulus Rift, the Sony Playstation VR, the Samsung Gear VR, the Microsoft HoloLens and the Razer OSVR. Five more devices have probably begun development or launched their own Kickstarters during the time you’ve been reading this list.

In other words, it’s pretty safe to assume that wearables aren’t just a fad. From a design standpoint, they present exciting new challenges: all-new interfaces to work with, plus maintaining styles across platforms.

Smartwatches, for example, provide a unique design challenge due to their minimal form factor (and you thought designing for 480 x 272 resolutions was a challenge), and virtual reality devices require menus that must be easy to navigate either using eye-tracking or additional wearables such as gloves.

I, for one, am very excited to see what new design trends wearable technology will enable in the coming years.

Ever-Increasing Complexity of UI Animations

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When it comes to animations in UI design, you don’t want them to jump out at your users like tacky PowerPoint presentations. In fact, the consensus amongst designers nowadays seems to be that animations should be used sparingly to enhance the experience and provide cues as how to interact with an interface.

Nowadays, there are endless collections of complex animations being shared between designers in sites such as CodePen.io, as well as new JavaScript libraries popping up every day. Designers need to be able to separate the needlessly complex from the actually useful and find the best ways to integrate these animations into their designs to maximize the user experience.

Conclusion

Web Designers don’t have it easy. Not only do you need to have great taste, but also learn to use a wide variety of tools, and on top of all that, stay on top of web development trends.

Thankfully, web developers and designers stand side-by-side in the trenches, and the amount of resources available to keep your skills sharpened is second to none.

Did we miss any important challenge? Let us know in the comments section below!

How to pick perfect UI font

Picking the perfect font is never easy. And when your choice could make the difference between a delightful, easy-to-use interface and the new app everybody loves to hate, it only becomes more challenging. Here’s how to pick the right face for your users.Picking the right font for a user interface poses some unique challenges.

You’re looking for a real workhorse typeface. A font that performs well across contexts and devices. A face that looks just as pretty set at 72px as it does at 10px. A font that has easily distinguishable capital Is and lowercase Ls.

With that in mind, here’s what to look for in a font for your UI.

1. Generous x-height

In typography, x-height measures the distance between the baseline (the imaginary line most letters “sit” on) and the mean height of lowercase letters when you ignore ascenders like the top of the H and T.

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Why look at your font’s x-height? Because larger x-heights tend to translate to easier legibility when set at small sizes.

In interface design, you rarely have space for a lot of large-set text, so typesetting is all about striking a balance between text size and legibility. A font with a generous x-height will let you go smaller without becoming illegible.

2. Easily distinguishable letterforms

It really wasn’t designed for small sizes on screens. Words like milliliter can be very difficult to decipher. If you ever had to read or write a password with 1, i, l or I, you know the problem.

–Erik Spiekerman on the difficulties of using Helvetica in user interfaces

Alphabets enable an astounding range of expression with a very small set of graphical elements. That’s amazing — but the unfortunate side effect is that some letterforms are very easy to confuse, especially when they’re set at smaller sizes.

Here are the most common culprits for letterform confusion:

  • a c e o (that’s A, C, E, and O)
  • Il1 (capital I, lowercase L, and the number 1)
  • O0 (capital O and zero)

This problem can be particularly pronounced in geometric fonts (like Futura, Avenir, Circular, etc.) so think carefully before choosing one of those for your UI.

‍Visual distinction between the capital I, lowercase L, and the number 1 are key for any good UI font. Hence, Helvetica’s less-than-stellar rep in UIs.

Next time you’re evaluating UI typefaces, be sure to compare these letters to see how easy they are to distinguish.

3. Full family flexibility

This isn’t necessarily a must-have — you can design an entire UI with one font — but it’s incredibly useful to have a variety of weights and styles at your disposal. Type designers realized long ago that certain design variations worked better at large sizes than small, and vice versa, which is why you’ll see variant styles of a font like displaycaption, condensed,etc.

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So if your UI will include a variety of content types such as labels, help text, captions, and headlines, it’ll be incredibly useful for your font to support all those different sorts of text. It’s a bonus both for other designers on your teams and for your customers, as it allows you to use type expressively without risking a loss of cohesion in your designs.

4. Brand alignment

Finally, and very importantly, you want to make sure your UI font aligns with your site’s overall brand.

If you’re all about quirky, fun content, an eccentric font might be just the thing — just remember that quirky letterforms can be suboptimal in user interfaces. But if you’re gunning for the respectability of a New York Times, you’re going to want to go serif all the way. Unless, of course, you’re trying to reinvent the concept of news — in which case, go ahead and get sans-y with it!

You can usually get a strong sense of a font’s “brand” and how it relates to your site’s brand with just a look. But you don’t want to limit this evaluation to yourself: because your response to a font is subjective, you’ll want to ask others how they respond to your potential choices.

What are your favorite UI fonts?

We’d love to hear what your favorite UI fonts are — and why. So let us know in the comments!

Most Essential Web Design Trends of 2017

Ready to refresh your website?

The start of the year is a great time to take a hard look at your existing design – or even new projects – and think about how to incorporate some of the latest trends into the framework.

You might would have seen many articles for Web Design Trends of 2017, But this is the sorted version of all the trends and contains the list of only the most important trends in Web Design.

From functionality to color and typography, 2017 will be a year of new ideas and new visual concepts to explore. Some of those designs are already starting to pop up, providing you with just enough visual inspiration to get off to the right start in the this year. Let’s take a look.

#1 Minimalism

10 minimalist sites

One of the principles of good design by Dieter Rams says that “good design is as little design as possible“. Designing a beautiful, minimalist website is not an easy task. You have to figure out how to combine few elements with a lot of white-space and get a good looking layout. Remember, less is more.

#2 New Navigation Patterns

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Navigation does not have to be glued to the top of the design. From hidden or pop-out styles to navigation on the side or bottom of the pages, it is trendy to move the menu. (As long as the placement is still quite obvious.)

When considering a change to navigation styles, think about user patterns. Is the navigation easy to find and does it work in a manner that users will understand intuitively? If so, go for it. If not, rethink the idea.

Some creative navigation UI patterns here

#3 Micro-interactions

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Micro-interactions occur between bigger interactions. For instance, a “ding” sound when someone has liked a photo you’ve uploaded or a simple animation after pressing a button. The feedback from Micro-interactions is critical in creating an immersive mobile design, but small enough not to distract. In fact, they can help teach users how to navigate and interact with a website. Micro-interactions can also strengthen brand identity and help guide a user’s attention.

#4 Forms and inputs go full-screen

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More sites and apps are going with the full-screen forms and input screens (such as signups and logins) instead of it existing in only one small part of the site. Click on “login” and or “contact” and you may be greeted with a full-screen overlay with the form needed instead of being sent to a different page. Some example of this are

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#5 Design will continues to flatten out

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With responsive design pretty much taken over the Web, expect flat design to continue to be a dominate design aesthetic throughout 2016. Not only will there be websites that launch with flat designs, those sites who’ve already embraced the flat design trend will look to make things even flatter.

Take for example Google’s logo. The company changed its logo to make it more flat (losing the bevels) and changed the font. It found that a cleaner sans-serif font for its logo helped cut the size of the logo file used on sites by more than half. Google also found that it was easier to read on smaller devices.

#6 Hover Animations

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Users tend to hover their cursor over an element if they are uncertain about its function. Hover animations take advantage of this uncertainty by creating a responsive animation. This on-hover response provides the user with instant feedback. The browsing experience becomes more seamless and uninterrupted while the website seems tighter and more immersive.

Few final words:

These were few prominent web design trends which would rule throughout 2017. Whilst we think that the above trends are pretty good, try not to implement all of them onto your website at once. Opting for the appropriate moves in your website design and development process so as to fulfill your vision and goals is the right thing to do. So be selective, be careful and most importantly be smart & creative.

15 Brilliant Websites That Will Inspire And Change Your Life

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I have to say that I love living in the world as it is today. Even with all its warts, it’s still pretty great. The main reason I love it is that information about anything is right at your fingertips via the internet. There are millions of people putting out life-changing information because it is their passion, and it’s all available at the click of a button.

One of the drawbacks of this age, though, is that sometimes there is too much information and you have to rely on friends to help you weed out the good from the bad or useless. And that is why I am taking to my keyboard today.

Here are 15 websites to change your life and get you inspired and motivated:

#1. GCF LearnFree

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I have put this one first because there’s still a huge number of people who have no computer knowledge and don’t know how to get started in the new computer-based world. While it is ironic that you need a computer to access this site, if you have a relative or friend who needs to become computer literate, this is a great site that you can use to help them get started.

It has simple tutorials about computer basics, along with videos. It is straightforward and easy to use. Your friend or relative can get started right away and be up and running in no time.

#2. Duolingo

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I love this site! It’s a language learning site that first tests you to see where your weaknesses are and then gives you lessons based on the results of your tests so that you don’t waste your time. You can learn English, Spanish, Italian and more! It is set up as a series of little games and it is very addictive! The format is very user and learner friendly. I am finding myself spending more and more time playing on it and my Italian skills are getting so much better. Try it out! If you love games you will love learning with Duolingo.com.

#3. Fierce Gentleman

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As soon as I read the term “Fierce Gentleman” I had to check out this site, and I love it! Gentlemanly qualities as we knew them seem to have become a bit rare these days. I believe it’s because of the changes we have experienced and the rapid morphing of cultures: it can make your head spin! We needed a new definition for the term “Gentleman.” In his articles, Andrew Long lays out what it takes to be a Fierce Gentleman and even some advice for Fierce Ladies. Fortunately, the qualities that Andrew advocates are qualities that gentlemen have had in days past and they can be brought forward to live again in this day and age.

In this confusing time of mixed messages about what is cool or good or ethical, Mr. Long lays out just what is needed for you to keep your integrity and be extremely cool at the same time.

#4. The Invisible Mentor

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Avil Beckford writes for The Invisible Mentor. Each month she spends hundreds of hours of researching and reading in order to bring us the most useful and enlightening information from older and perhaps forgotten writers whose works are still vital today.

What I love about Avil is that she has the idea that learning and information are not to be reserved for only those who go to school but should be made available for everyone. She also reminds us that those who are the most successful in their fields are the ones who ceaselessly go on learning with a thirsty vengeance.

Her ideas on learning, I believe, are the wave of the future. Antiquated systems of learning are being replaced by methods that teach people to think and develop judgment rather than memorize by rote. This depends on being able to read a lot and assimilate information.

On her site you will find articles, great quotes, pieces of advice and all kinds of useful information.

#5. Dumb Little Man

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Jay White writes for this blog and his purpose is to gather up and present information that makes your life a bit easier. His blog is a mix of great information and tips communicated in an informal and friendly way, which makes it seem like you are sitting with an old friend talking about life.

You will find information here about money, relationships, being happy and other related topics. Dumb Little Man is one of my favorite places to stop by for a cup of tea and a few wise words from friends.

#6. Michelle Chappel

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Michelle Millis Chappel is a Renaissance woman. Initially she studied and received her PhD in Psychology, but then left academia to follow her dream of being a singer-songwriter-producer. She is also a noted motivational speaker and tireless volunteer. Her blog is a delightful mix of childlike enthusiasm and good friendly advice delivered with compassion and understanding. Her purpose in life is to help you find your true passion and calling and then help you achieve it.

#7. Fathom

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Fathom is a travel website on steroids! I love it. Just looking at the first page fills you with the excitement you feel when you are packing for a trip somewhere you’ve always wanted to go!

I’m an avid traveler and I believe that travel and communication with other countries and cultures is our saving grace in a world gone violent. How can we be OK with bombing villages when we know the people who live there?

Reading through the articles on Fathom will start you dreaming, then acting, then packing! In the meantime you can take mini mental vacations anywhere on the globe just by clicking over to this site.

#8. Entrepreneur

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If you have ever dreamed of starting your own business or franchise, this is the one-stop shop for you. On this site they have articles and advice on every aspect of starting or running a business, from hiring your first employee to how to smartly lease business equipment.

If you are unsure where to start on Entrepreneur.com, check out the tab entitled “Answers” and it will give you some ideas.

Have fun and get started on your new venture!

#9. Jamie’s Home Cooking Skills

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My favorite chef EVER, Jamie Oliver, has developed a website devoted to educating everyone about the joys and necessities of learning to cook. Jamie has recognized that poor food supply and lack of food education has had a dramatic effect on the health of entire populations and he is on a campaign to put food education into schools.

He has now developed this website that gives you valuable basic information about how to cook. He has created videos and recipes that are easy and accessible and yet tasty and nutritious. Everyone should have rudimentary cooking skills and know how to prepare delicious food.

My view on life is this: We only have a certain number of meals available to us in our lives. We had better make them all good! Jamie’s site will give you the training you need to really up your standard of living by allowing you to have delicious food for every meal simply because you can create it yourself!

#10. Rational Optimist

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This blog, written by Matt Ridley, is described as, “A counterblast to the prevailing pessimism of our age, and proves, however much we like to think to the contrary, that things are getting better.”

In his blog, Matt gives real life solutions for the problems of the world. Many of these are available now if we just access them. This blog is as interesting as it is practical.

#11. App Treasure Hunter

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App Treasure Hunter is a site dedicated to finding and testing out educational apps. It has been developed by a handful of parents and educators with a passion for great education applications. App Treasure Hunter gives you in-depth reviews performed by educational experts and practical advice for handling and educating your children. The pros at App Treasure Hunter save you a ton of work. The site is fun and interesting to browse.

#12. The History Blog

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I love this site because it is so darned interesting! You can go there while waiting in line at the Starbucks, or while in your doctor’s office. History is such a fascinating subject and this blog provides you with history, art, culture and photos, along with their wider historical context. Learning history gives you instant experience for living today’s life. The history here is not delivered in dry and boring prose. As the writer states on his homepage: “My name is Livius. I shall endeavor not to suck. That is all.” I can tell you that he has fulfilled his promise and doesn’t suck, not even a little bit.

#13. Brainy Quote

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I love this site and have used it for finding quotes for my blogs. This site compiles and publishes quotes from really smart people and there is always something there that pertains to your specific situation. Go there to find some helpful tips or just browse. It is entertaining and insightful!

#14. Tiny Buddha

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One thing I love about each new website is that each one has a specific feeling associated with it. Tiny Buddha, as you can imagine, has a sweet and compassionate feel to it. There are great blog posts as well as a forum where you can get help from others. I have browsed the forum and helped a few people. I even made a great new friend on the other side of the world.

#15. A Beautiful Mess

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This is a charming and fun-packed website. I love it because it gives you amazing recipes, beautiful photos, great projects and has a really fun feel to it. You could spend hours poking around and come away with ideas that will keep you busy for days. Check in on Elsie and Emma and get a glimpse into their lives. They are adorable!

Now that we are entering a new year with exciting new possibilities, I am hoping that these will prove to be websites to change your life and provide you with ideas and assistance finding your dreams!

If you wish to learn something other than this, and couldn’t figure out from which website to learn, Just tell me about that in comment section and i will find the best learning material online for that.