Cloudinary is well known for solving the challenges you face when managing images and videos. With its newest enhancement, the company is also eliminating the complexities of media delivery by enabling the use of multiple content delivery networks (CDNs) to ensure end users quickly and reliably receive content.
Today, images account for more than 60 percent of downloaded content. Cloudinary enables you to optimize this content, ensuring great performance for your site. But image optimization is only one part of the equation. You also need to ensure efficient delivery of media, which is measured by availability, latency and throughput. CDNs move content closer to end users, helping to improve delivery. However a single CDN may not offer all of the best features for each user’s needs. Each CDN may have strengths in a specific geographic area, or there can be performance differences based on location of the end user, time of day or type of content.
Typically only businesses that operate websites with truly global reach and scale adopt a multi-CDN strategy because managing several CDNs is a complex, time-consuming job. CDNs have to be integrated, maintained and administered. Plus it’s costly having to enter into a separate contract for each CDN. Read the rest of this entry »
Httpster is a showcase of damn fine website design, lovingly curated and categorised so we can perv on it at our whim. They love good typography, and effective, unpretentious design; in short, simple ideas executed perfectly. While they aim to showcase excellent development as well, they apologise in advance for including poorly coded stuff if it just looks so damn good.
License: License Free
Black Friday is a super time to take advantage of bargains in household items and consumer electronics. But what about bargains for web designers?
As it turns out, web designers haven’t been left out of the picture. You can see from this selection of design aids, UI kits, stock photos, and WP themes. There is, in fact, something here for just about everyone.
The driving force behind Black Friday is to get shoppers into the stores. It’s not much different with online stores. But web designers often benefit by looking where they haven’t looked before.
Especially when bargains on high-quality products are the rule, as is the case with these Black Friday specials.
ThemeFuse has a selection of over 30 high-quality WordPress themes to choose from. On Black Friday only, any of these themes can be yours at a 40% discount. These themes are exactly what designers and developers look for when they are called upon to create original websites for their clients; and called upon to do so on short notice.
These themes cover all the common website types, including presentation websites, blogs, e-commerce websites, and portfolios. Theme topics range from business, children, and automotive, to travel, food, health & beauty and everything in between. Their flagship theme is called The Core, a multi-purpose WP theme that comes with more than 20 demos already created that can be imported with 1 click.
You can test drive any of these WP themes before you purchase. This includes the Black Friday discounts. Just be sure to make the purchases you want before the deadline has passed. You’ll like what you see in the original and creative theme designs, and you’ll appreciate how easy they are to use.
Millions of stock photos and videos at a 50% discount may be difficult to imagine, but that is what Dreamstime is offering on Black Friday, and through Cyber Monday. Dreamstime’s inventory is highly organized.
The Smart Advanced Search system guarantees that it won’t take you any time at all to drill down to your favorite subcategories and topics, and pick out a few choice images at a bargain price. You have 20,000 RF images that you can download for free along the way.
Dreamstime draws upon professional contributors who add thousands of fresh files every day. Once you’ve sampled what this stock photo resource offers, you’ll be tempted to become a regular customer.
You can be assured that quality will never be an issue, since Dreamstime has been a media provider to 95% of the Fortune 500 companies.
Proto.io is regarded throughout the web design community as an industry-leading prototyping platform for designers representing all experience levels.
Black Friday through December 2 has been set aside as an opportunity for you to purchase an annual subscription to this premium design tool at a 30% discount. The promo code is BLACKFRIDAY2016. This Black Friday special is available to both new and existing customers.
Design teams and freelancers alike work with Proto.io to enhance the workflows of their design processes from the wireframe and mockup phases through to user testing their high-fidelity, interactive prototypes. Proto.io is extremely easy to use. No coding skills or special technical skills are required on your part.
Here is your chance to purchase a premium design tool at a special Black Friday price. Start with a free trial and then upgrade using their promo code until December 2.
Web designers have for a long time looked upon Visual Hierarchy as a source for purchasing high quality design tools. On Black Friday, you can join many of these same designers in choosing VH’s top selling products and other useful items at up to 60% off the regular price!
VH is also a marketplace where web designers and developers can sell their own products, so you are always assured of finding items that are not found anywhere else. Black Friday is your chance to purchase anything from UI Kits to fonts and mockups at bargain prices.
Webflow is offering its fully responsive, CMS-ready website templates, at a 50% discount on Black Friday only. All you have to do is to use the discount code BLACKFRIDAY at the checkout.
You’ll find a host of website topics to choose from among the more than 100 Webflow templates, including templates for blogs and portfolios.
Each of these templates also features pre-built, dynamic CMS collections, or you can add your own structures. 50% off on quality items like these is always a bargain.
Themify is celebrating Black Friday through Cyber Monday in a big way. Promo code BLACKFRIDAY opens the door to a 50% discount on all Club memberships, WordPress themes, and plugins. There will also be a drawing in which 10 Master Club memberships will be given away for free.
Although the 50% discount does not apply, if you elect to join the Lifetime Master Club, with all its benefits, you can do so for only $249; a savings of $150. Use promo code BLACKFRIDAYLIFE to take advantage of this special offer.
Yep, these are some great deals!
There are Black Friday bargains here for new and old customers alike. This is an excellent chance for you to buy high-quality stock photos or other media items at half price. Or quality WordPress themes or website theme templates at large discounts.
If any of the businesses offering these promotions are new to you, give them a closer look. You might just decide to opt for something newer and better that what you’re using now; and at a bargain price.
A team leader’s role is to take a group of people who have diverse yet complementary skills, and variable degrees of experience, and mold them into a cohesive team. And make them work together toward a common objective.
These same skills that can do so much when given proper direction can just as easily undermine the chances of a project’s success. If that direction is not there.
A good choice of project management and collaboration tools can play an important, and even a key role.
The right tools can make workflow proceed smoothly. Make the design process as a whole more transparent, and encourage collaboration among team members.
Freelancers can also benefit by having the right project or task management tools on hand.
Even the best tools can’t do everything. Team leaders need to get their teams working together with a common purpose in mind. Following these guidelines will help make that happen.
1) Constantly clarify team member roles. A lack of clarity or overlapping roles can only lead to confusion, oversights, and a duplication of effort.
2) Explicitly state responsibilities. Making the entire team, or even a small group, responsible for an action seldom works. Define and assign responsibilities at the individual level.
3) Identify who handles each decision. This can be done at an individual or on a group basis. In the latter case, how a decision is to be reached must be made clear.
4) Constantly review team and project goals. Doing so ensures everyone will stay focused.
5) Assign specific tools for specific functions. Don’t mix them up.
The following tools were selected because they will meet almost any team’s or individual’s specific need or needs.
Sharing ideas without interrupting your workflow should not be complicated. This is where Wake shines. An example: Capture ideas or information in your notebook or on your whiteboard with Wake’s iPhone app, and share it with others. Instantly. The iPhone app also allows you to stay up-to-date on project happenings when you’re away from the office or on the go.
You can also upload and share screenshots, sketches, etc., without having to interrupt or leave your Illustrator, Sketch, or Photoshop session. If you want to share animations or videos of your prototypes – it’s no problem.
Wake makes the design process more transparent for all parties concerned. You can share information publicly, or share it privately to a selected few. You can use Wake to show everyone what everyone is working on.
Sign up for a free 30-day trial and see if Wake is the right solution for you or for your team. Several plans are available, ranging from a $22/month starter plan, to a Pro Custom plan for heavy users.
InVision’s prototyping, collaboration, and workflow capabilities are integrated within a single platform. This design-driven project management platform makes it possible for design teams and freelancers alike to prototype, share, review and modify, and user test their mobile and web products.
With InVision, you can upload a design file, and add animations, gestures, and transformations to create a high-fidelity, interactive prototype within 5 minutes. InVision also simplifies your feedback process by allowing team members and stakeholders to seamlessly comment on your designs in real time.
You can manage project screens and statuses from a single location, and notify team members when changes in status have occurred.
2 million designers have used InVision, ranging from freelancers and small design agencies, to large companies like General Motors, Nike, and Apple. Ask for the free trial that allows you to work with a single prototype, while you learn more about InVision’s features and functions. Read the rest of this entry »
Mixmax Sequences is easy, powerful drip campaigns for Gmail, Google Inbox, and Salesforce. You can easily add contacts, prospects or recruits to your outbound campaigns. Customize messages with variables to keep a human touch. If you’re in Salesforce – add any contact or lead to a Sequence directly. You can also save time by setting up follow-ups that automatically send based on triggers. Best of all, you can get instant stats for all your sequences, even by stage. Opens, clicks, downloads, replies, bounces — you’ll know exactly how you and your team are performing to start perfecting your messaging.
License: License Free
Web apps are awesome, but many are not optimized for mobile, or are done so in ways that leaves much to be desired. These days, a poor mobile experience can quickly drive away users and kill engagement. While app users’ attention spans are shortening, they increasingly demand truly native mobile app experiences. Furthermore, across the globe, the concept of “mobile-first” has cemented its place as the de facto for startups and enterprises alike. Here we find a rapidly growing need to turn existing web apps into mobile apps and this creates unique challenges and opportunities for web designers and developers.
What if you could use your skills to easily turn web apps and APIs into truly native iOS and Android apps all right in your web browser?
With Dropsource, you can. Read the rest of this entry »
Lumber is an opensource tool to generate an admin microservice. It serves a REST API hooked directly into your database. Lumber generates a lightweight web app serving a REST API hooked directly into your database, so it works out-of-the-box for MySQL and Postgres. If you’ve already architectured your application for microservices or you’re planning to, Lumber’s admin sits nicely alongside your regular services. Want to add all kinds of snazzy features? The code is yours to play with, so hack away!
License: GPL License
Winds is an open source & beautiful RSS reader built using React/Redux/Sails/Node 7 and Stream. It showcases personalized feeds (using machine learning similar to Facebook, Flipboard, Etsy, and Quora) powered by the http://getstream.io API. This tutorial explains how the personalization API works (http://bit.ly/personalization-winds). You can also check out the hosted demo at http://winds.getstream.io.
License: MIT License
The holidays can be a great time to explore new opportunities. With the New Year right around the corner, many people look to make positive changes for the upcoming year, especially in their careers. Yet, it’s always difficult to invest time in finding the right opportunity, and the last thing you want to do is have it eat into your holiday. Luckily, there’s an easy way to get multiple job offers by using Hired.
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Web and mobile developers face many challenges when trying to manage videos on their sites and in their apps. The Cloudinary Video Management solution simplifies the process by enabling developers to quickly and easily optimize and transcode videos in real-time in the cloud.
The solution, which integrates with existing workflow, gives developers the ability to upload videos, then transcode and modify them to enhance users’ experiences. Videos also can be optimized further, with fine-grained control over codecs, bit rate and then delivered via a global content delivery network.
With Cloudinary’s comprehensive API and easy-to-use manipulation URLs, videos can be automatically converted to all relevant formats (MP4, OGV, FLV, WebM) suitable for web viewing, optimized for web browsers and mobile devices, normalized and manipulated in real time to fit developers’ unique graphic design. The solution supports responsive design, enabling users to dynamically resize and crop videos on-the-fly to match graphic design and screen dimension of the viewing device.
Other features of the Cloudinary Video Management solution include the ability to adjust quality, bit rate and codecs on the fly; create video thumbnails from any frame; and enhance viewing experience by changing video playback speed, fading in or out, controlling the contrast and brightness, adjusting the volume and concatenate and adding video or image overlays and text captions.
The company’s adaptive bit rate streaming adjusts the quality of the video stream between multiple bitrates and/or resolutions to suit the client’s bandwidth capacity (as opposed to the buffering or interruption in playback that can happen when client’s network speed can’t support the quality of video). Content can be accessed from anywhere on the web using HTTP or HTTPS URLs, which can then be streamed to users via a worldwide fast CDN with thousands of worldwide edges.
By using Cloudinary Video Management, developers have the tools to deliver high-quality video and audio streams that play back seamlessly for audiences anywhere, on any device.