Designing a Website: Factors to Consider when Data is Involved

Filed Under (Web Design) by WDCore Editorial on 28-05-2016

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Designing a website is an art. The design, logo, content, products, and services that you are selling to your prospective customers, a state of the art and secure payment gateway system and more. While all this is important, one thing that often gets neglected is the security part.

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Most business owners do not really pay enough attention to securing their data and, more importantly, their customer’s data until their server is hacked and they are left with no choice but to go for SSD recovery service.

So what can be done or what precautions can be taken to protect the website and its precious data from hackers? Here are some tips for you to consider when you are designing or getting your website designed:

Stay updated

This is one of the oldest tips in the book and yet many website owners fail to follow this simple rule. Always stay updated whether it is your servers, some codes, scripts, software or malware/virus detection software. Keep everything up to date so your website is ready for that latest threat or virus that was discovered just a few weeks or months ago.

Many companies do not update their software because it costs money and they think of skipping it as a way to reduce cost. This is not a fabulous idea or wonderful method to continue to incorporate. Hackers are usually adept at exploring and exploiting vulnerabilities. This is what they do, and so your job is to make sure you do not provide an opportunity for them to do this.

Gain knowledge

Even though you have hired a designer to build and maintain your website, it is a salient idea to learn the basics so you are in a better position to make the decisions. Otherwise, you will be at the mercy of your designer or programmer without having any prior knowledge of what has happened or what might it all lead to. Knowledge will empower you to make better calls.

Strict access control

The admin level of your website is perhaps one of the easiest ways in which a hacker could enter and steal or harm your website. Always use strong user ids and passwords that are random and not related to anything you use or value. For example birthdates, mobile numbers, or some name. Do not allow admin access to anyone or anybody. If it is not absolutely necessary for his or her job, then do not allow access.

Network security

Your employees who are using computers at your office may be knowingly or unknowingly providing easy access to website servers; this usually happens due to lack of knowledge. You need to take the following steps:

~  Login and password should expire automatically after a certain period of time.

~  Users are forced to change passwords every three or so months.

~  Only strong alphanumeric passwords are allowed to be used.

~  Every external device that is plugged into the server like flash drives etc. are scanned before allowing access.

Firewall

Install and use a Web Application Firewall (WAF) that can be either hardware or software based. It is set between your website server and your data connection in order to read each and every bit of data that is passing through it.

A lot of modern WAFs are nowadays cloud based that provide plug and play services. They usually charge a monthly subscription. After this, the service is deployed on your server acting as a gateway or a firewall before any data is allowed access to the server your website is running on.

Security applications

A WAF is recommended to a higher degree, however, you may also go for security applications. These security applications are available in both free and paid form. It is recommended that you go for a trusted name and do not hesitate when it comes to paying a one-time or a recurring fee.

This will go a long way in securing the future of your website, and ultimately the future of your business. Before going for these security applications, do some research and understand how they operate, what their minimum requirements are before they can be deployed, and what needs to be done once they detect vulnerability or a threat.

Limiting file uploads

File uploads a major concern and should be treated with due care. Files are often used by hackers to enter your server. Even though you have a system setup where files are being scanned before they are allowed access on your server, some form of bug can find its way onto the server allowing the hacker unlimited access to the server and its data.

What can be done? The first thing you need to do is to limit file uploads. Do not allow direct access to file uploads. Always store these files outside the root directory. Another step that you can take is to install an SSL protocol. This will be used to transfer data between your server and database. This will disallow reading of information while the files are in transit. In short it will deter the interception of data.

Top 10 NopCommerce Themes for your eCommerce Sites

Filed Under (Web Design) by WDCore Editorial on 12-12-2014

nopCommerce is a stable, reliable and user-friendly open source eCommerce application based on ASP.NET, which is followed by numerous eCommerce site owners. It is easy to create a site using this application. To create a nopCommerce site, you just need to find a reliable ASP.NET hosting package to host your site and install an elegant theme to make your site attractive. You are able to choose the package suiting your needs best from this page and select the theme that you prefer in the following top 10 nopCommerce themes.

Our editors have reviewed 100+ nopCommerce themes and handpicked the following items coming with beautiful look and rich features. Now, proceed to learn each of the selected themes and choose the one you like best.

Nop Tiffany Theme

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NopTiffany Theme is supported on NopCommerce 3.50 and 3.40. It is the first of the NopCommerce themes to support fly layout customization where you can easily manage it from the administration. Some of the great features of Tiffany theme include a responsive design, 3 color presets, and the supports of any language and multi-store. Besides the great features, the theme comes with 11 plugins and a demo database is available.

NopClear NopCommerce Theme

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NopClear is a free theme with a minimalistic design. The theme is supported on NopCommerce 3.40. The free theme comes with great features including a responsive design that can be enabled and disabled from the admin dashboard. It is available in two color schemes; black for professionalism and yellow for a lively look. You can also add more colors to meet your taste. Other features include the footer content and the product information tabs that work great in all devices.

Nop Alfresco

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This theme is supported on a number of NopCommerce versions including NopCommerce 3.50, 3.40, 3.30, 3.20 and 3.10. The theme is fully responsive and gives your store a great look on any device. It supports multi-store and is SEO optimized. The theme has been tested on all major browsers to ensure it works great (you can see that in the demo database). The theme is fully localizable and supports any language.

Furniture Responsive Theme

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This is one of the NopCommerce themes that mirrors the work of interior décor. The theme is supported on NopCommerce 3.40, 3.30, 3.20, 3.10, 3.00, and 2.80. It is fully localizable and fully responsive to support any language and be supported on any device. UI elements include dropdown CSS menu and sliders among others. Besides, it includes RTL support. The user are able to get free lifetime upgrades further customize the theme as they like since all the original files are included.

NopMarket Theme

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With NopMarket, you do not need a single plugin. It is one of the NopCommerce themes only supported on NopCommerce 3.40. The theme is powered by Bootstrap and is fully responsive supporting all devices. Some of the great features of the theme include product quick views through a modal popup, image zooming and slide-out mini shopping cart among others. The theme comes in 8 different colors to suit different websites.

Computer Responsive Theme

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This theme is commonly used for electronics, hardware, mobile phones, digital appliances and computer stores. It is supported on NopCommerce 3.50, 3.40, 3.30, 3.20, 3.10, 3.00 and 2.80. The theme is fully localizable and supports any language. It is fully responsive and is supported on all devices. With Computer responsive theme, you get free lifetime upgrades. Sample data, source codes and PSD designs are included alongside the theme folder.

Theme 4Jewelry

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This is a modern and elegant theme that has been designed for cosmetic, fashion, jewelry, computer and electronic online stores. Supporting NopCommerce 3.40., it has been made with a responsive design that gives online shoppers a great view irrespective of the device they use. Besides, it has been tested will major browsers to ensure it works great. The coding of the theme is in HTML5 and CSS 3.

Wedding Responsive Theme

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The theme supports NopCommerce 2.80 to 3.40. It is suitable for jewelry, fashion and wedding stores, 100% compatible with major browsers including Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari and IE7+. The theme is fully responsive and fully localizable. To this end, it gives the users a great view on all devices and supports any local language. It is easy to install and customize, coming with the user free lifetime upgrades.

Shopomania Responsive Theme

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The theme is one of the premium NopCommerce themes. It is a fully responsive theme with a rich design and gives a great look for your store on all devices. It is supported on NopCommerce 3.30 and compatible with all the major browsers including Firefox, opera, IE7+, Google Chrome and Safari. The theme supports all social media buttons and comes in a variety of color schemes for you to choose. Besides its excellent usability, the theme has features like dropdown menu and big slider among others. It sells at $99 on NopCommerce.

Evolution Premium Responsive NopCommerce Theme

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This is a new NopCommerce theme. It has not been used for long but it presents users with a great experience to take the eCommerce site to another level. It is supported on nopCommerce 3.40 and it combines an exclusive layout and speed to a variety of color schemes to give users the best. The package is accompanied by 5 plugins. It is fully localizable and is SEO optimized. The Theme has a clean HTML and also CSSS structure. The user enjoys 1 year of free upgrades.

20 Best Opencart Themes for Your E-Commerce Websites

Filed Under (Web Design) by WDCore Editorial on 28-08-2014

For this round up, we have chosen 20 best opencart themes for your ecommerce website. Opencart is an out of the box shopping cart solution which because of its simplicity is very much popular among the masses. It is very easy to install and adding your products in it is a breeze. Moreover, its built-in order management and multiple payment gateways is a cherry on the top.
Here, we have 20 best Opencart themes for your new ecommerce websites. All of these themes are professionally designed and of high quality. They come with lifetime free support and software updates. Enjoy!

Journal – Advanced Opencart Theme Framework

Journal is the ultimate OpenCart theme with best in class features and more than 1500 editable options giving you total control over your store.

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Journal - Advanced Opencart Theme Framework

R.Gen – OpenCart Modern Store Design

R.Gen – OpenCart Modern Store is a premium OpenCart theme with advanced admin module. It’s highly customizable, easy to use and fully responsive. Suitable for all kind of store. It is a best suit for your custom projects.

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R.Gen - OpenCart Modern Store Design

OXY – Multi-Purpose Responsive OpenCart Theme

OXY is a modern and fully responsive OpenCart theme for any type of store, inspired by the best eCommerce solutions and designed with usability in mind.

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OXY - Multi-Purpose Responsive OpenCart Theme

Shoppica – Premium OpenCart Theme

Shoppica is a guarantee for a professional online presence. The clean and modern look allows you to use the theme for every kind of online shop.

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Shoppica – Premium OpenCart Theme

Sellegance – Responsive and Clean OpenCart Theme

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Sellegance - Responsive and Clean OpenCart Theme

Sellya – Multi-Purpose Responsive OpenCart Theme

Sellya is a fully responsive OpenCart theme for any store, it uses Bootstrap and it’s created by using the latest HTML5 and CSS3 features. Admin panel with 300+ custom build options allows you to do extreme customizations without knowing any HTML or CSS.

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Sellya - Multi-Purpose Responsive OpenCart Theme

Bigshop – Multi-Purpose Responsive OpenCart Theme

Bigshop is a clean and Fully Responsive to use the theme for every kind of eCommerce online shop. Great Looks on Desktops, Tablets and Mobiles.

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Bigshop - Multi-Purpose Responsive OpenCart Theme

ShopCart – OpenCart theme with powerful options

ShopCart is a very powerful Open Cart theme which suits both store owners who want nice looking, easy to customise theme and developers, who are looking for a powerful, easy to customize solution for their customers.

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ShopCart - OpenCart theme with powerful options

BeautyShop – Premium Responsive OpenCart theme

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BeautyShop - Premium Responsive OpenCart theme

SimpleGreat – Premium Responsive OpenCart theme!

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SimpleGreat – Premium Responsive OpenCart theme!

Cupid – R.Gen OpenCart Store Template

Cupid – R.Gen OpenCart Store Template is a premium OpenCart theme with advanced admin module. It’s highly customizable, easy to use and fully responsive. Suitable for all kind of store.

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Cupid - R.Gen OpenCart Store Template

BeamStore – Responsive Multipurpose Opencart Theme

BeamStore is an advanced OpenCart theme fully customizable and suitable for e-commerce websites of any purpose. The template is characterized by universality, attractiveness and easy customization.

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Pav StyleShop Responsive Opencart Theme

Pav StyleShop Responsive Opencart Themes is very creative and great flat design concept not as tradition look that designed for digital and accessories, electronics stores. It is extremely suitable with store having huge product range.

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Pav StyleShop Responsive Opencart Theme

Opencart Fashion Bag Store – Parallax

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Opencart Fashion Bag Store - Parallax

Lexus SuperStore MultiPurpose Opencart Theme

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Lexus SuperStore MultiPurpose Opencart Theme

Garbini – Stylish Opencart Responsive Theme

Garbini is a fully responsive stylish and creative Opencart theme with lots of features and easy to manage Theme control panel and embedded with unlimited customization possibilities, suitable for every type of products.

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Garbini - Stylish Opencart Responsive Theme

Denzi Premium Opencart Theme

Denzi is 100% Responsive Opencart theme e-commerce theme created to suit all customers needs and all types of products. Also we challenge with this theme as it will satisfy all your needs.

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Denzi Premium Opencart Theme

Lexus Next Store Responsive Opencart Theme

Lexus Next Store is a Responsive Opencart Template suitable for any kind of Fashion Shop, Hightech Store, Gift Shop, Electronics shop and all kinds of marketplace business that needs a feature rich and beautiful presence online.

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Lexus Next Store Responsive Opencart Theme

SportStore – Modern Multi-Purpose OpenCart Theme

SportStore is responsive, multi-purpose and modern OpenCart theme. Unlimited colors and +600 google webfonts allow you to create individual store.

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SportStore - Modern Multi-Purpose OpenCart Theme

MegaStore Responsive OpenCart Theme

MegaStore is a modern, responsive and very advanced template for OpenCart. You can change color (even gradients), upload you own background and change font.

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MegaStore Responsive OpenCart Theme

14 Free and Premium Admin Templates

Filed Under (Web Design) by WDCore Editorial on 26-08-2014

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Here, we have come up with yet another exciting and useful collection of some free and premium Admin templates for web designers. Designing an admin template is pretty time consuming process and takes lots of time. The easiest way is to get some ready to use either free or premium admin panel and integrate them with your website.
Here is the list of 14 premium and free admin templates that you can download and use in your own projects. This will simplify your work and also save your time and effort. We hope you will like this collection. Enjoy everyone!

Free Templates

Inadmin

INADMIN is a new FREE administration panel created by INDEZINER. We help coders and other people that are doing coding and administration panels for web applications to have better productivity and concentrate on functionality. They can use our web admin solution to have a great css admin full of nice effects and customizations.

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Free Admin Skin Available

Free Admin Template

This free admin panel PSD template is an attempt on our part to capture evolving and invigorating design trends in modern day admin panels.

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Free Admin Template

Charisma

Charisma is a full featured, free, premium quality, responsive, HTML5 admin template (or backend template) based on Bootstrap 3 from Twitter, it comes with 9 different themes to suit your style and application type.

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Charisma

Free Admin Skin Available

Combining beautiful web designs with user friendly applications is what we try to focus on here. We recently decided to create a new core admin skin for all our backend applications. We wanted it to be clean, user friendly and attractive.

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Free Admin Skin Available

Premium Template

Metronic

Metronic is a responsive and multipurpose admin and frontend theme powered with Twitter Bootstrap 3.2.0 Framework. Metronic can be used for any type of web applications: custom admin panels, admin dashboards, eCommerce backends, CMS, CRM, SAAS and websites: business, eCommerce.

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Adminica

Adminica now comes with a separate Bootstrap template. This is a standalone version, geared at getting your Bootstrap web application up and running and looking great from the beginning. It is the most requested feature and we hope you like it.

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Adminica

Webarch

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Webarch

ProUI

ProUI is a responsive and full featured Admin and Frontend Template powered by the popular Bootstrap 3.2 framework. It overwrites the default style of Bootstrap to match its own modern and clean design and at the same time extends it to a large degree without being too complicated and losing its simplicity.

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ProUI

Bracket Responsive Bootstrap 3 Admin Template

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Bracket Responsive Bootstrap 3 Admin Template

Mango

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Mango

Scale

A fully responsive web app and admin dashboard template.

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Scale

AdminPlus

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Se7en

Thanks for checking out the latest se7en. Here it is, the release that everyone has been waiting for. Every page and feature you could want has been added with this update.

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Beoro Admin Responsive Template

Beoro Admin is a HTML5/CSS3 backend template based on Twitter Bootstrap Framework, it’s easily customisable, cross-browser compatible and works great on desktops, tablets and mobile devices.

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Beoro Admin Responsive Template

The Profitable Freelancer: Five Offers to Include while Closing a Web Design Job

Filed Under (Web Design) by WDCore Editorial on 05-08-2014

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A web designer that doesn’t see the incredible, profitable actions they are able to offer to clients as they’re closing the job will leave hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars on the table. You may feel your job duty is in the design only, but do consider they are now one step closer to their business goals and that means they’re about to take on a whole new level of tasks and objectives.

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Want to know these type of offers that will net you extra profits? Start with these five …

1. Ongoing Content Creation

Did you talk to the client about content?

New site owners are catching on about the importance of producing regular content for their community (and to improve search presence). Not many of them have someone in-house that will be doing this content creation and it’s unlikely that the owner will (at least in terms of consistency).

Since you got to learn about their business it’s very possible that you could become their go-to individual for content creation. A blog post a few times a week, set at the right price, won’t take up a lot of your time and should definitely bring in some stable income between finding web clients.

2. Security (and Training)

When you were working with the client, did you get the sense that their business was secure?

The client has made a huge step by going online with their business, which means they could eventually become the target of the malicious type (phishing, viruses, malware, data theft).

A profitable action you can take is to get them acquainted with security by pointing them to a site like antivirus.com, help them select a security program, and then offer a service that trains them about the best usage and practices around security so their business (and customers) stay safe.

3. Ad Copy & Design

An excellent item to bring up to a client is doing some of their ad copy and design. After all, you already have a good amount of the design assets which could be reused for their advertising campaigns. The extra bits you’d need like copy can be figured out in an afternoon during a brainstorming session.

The best part of this offer is that you don’t have to get your hands dirty with the actual advertising platforms which can be somewhat difficult to understand if you’re new to them. All you have to do is provide the creative copy and get paid.

The benefit for the business comes from having ad creative copy that tightly matches their brand and can be a great starting point since they’re fresh to the online market.

4. Sales

For weeks (or months) you have been learning the ins and outs of the business so you could develop the right type of website for their needs and wants. In that time you may have buddied up with the business owner and took an interest in what they have to offer.

Due to your acquaintance you could pitch the owner on the idea of you working for them via sales; this can be done through an implementation of a referral or affiliate program to track leads.

Now you:
·  Send them business
·  Earn a commission on each sale

It’s truly win/win for both parties and shouldn’t be entirely difficult to start due to the relationship that had been built during the web design phase.

5. Regular Backup (and Best Practices)

How many of those small business or individual clients of yours are doing regular backups of their important business files and records? You’d be hard pressed to say all of them, that’s for sure.

Everyone understands the dangers of not doing regular backups but we still don’t do it because we’re simply lazy when it comes to doing the research for a service and putting it into effect.

That’s where you come in.

Once the client is up and running with their site you can come back to them harking on the importance of doing regular backups. Doing backups could earn you a monthly subscription and all you’d really need to do is apply the best practices and give updates when it’s completed.

Dig down into that noggin and try to come up with a list of services or suggestions you could pitch to a client after you’ve closed them on the web design. You’ll be amazed how many options there are which can give you a nice bump in profitability.

20 Beautiful Patterns in Web Design

Filed Under (Inspiration, Web Design) by WDC Editorial on 24-03-2014

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Here is a beautiful showcase of some visually appealing and fine looking patterns in web designs as website layouts, posters, banners, advertisements and so on. Patterns are equally popular as that of textures and they are used in variety of web designs that need some enhancements. For this collection, we have also chosen some well created and elegant patterns that you can use in your web designs.
The use of patterns in web designs gives them a very refreshing stylish look. Although, patterns are very small design element but they can create a huge difference. Below you will find some excellent examples of websites that use patterns that rock the whole web designs.

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15 Mockup And Wireframing Tools For Developers

Filed Under (Tools, Web Design) by Obaid on 12-03-2014

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We all know how much of hot commodity mockup and wireframing tools are for developers. Keeping this in mind, we thought to compile some useful mockup and wireframing tools for developers so that they can make the process of creating a cloud computing based Saas app or website essentially more easier. Developers can also make the most of these valuable tools when communicating a prototype’s usability and functionality to their clients.
Here is the complete list after the jump. We hope that you will like this collection and find these wireframing and mockup tools useful for you. Do share your opinions with us and also let us know if we have missed any good free wireframing tool.

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20 Free Flat Design Kit for Download

Filed Under (Freebies, Web Design) by Obaid on 28-02-2014

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If you have been looking for some free to download design kits, but have been quite unfortunate in not finding out a good quality design kits, then sit back and relax. Here we have come up with free flat design kits for you to download for free. However, keep in mind that all these design kits are free which means they lack in something and do not have everything that you want, but nevertheless, they serve the purpose quite well.
Without any further delay, here is the complete list of 20 free flat design kits for you. Feel free to download them and use them in your work. These design kits are best for personal practice. Share your views about this collection. Enjoy!

Ui Kit [Free Psd]

Ui Kit [Free Psd]

Kwikode – the new freelance marketplace is having an Android tablet giveaway!

Filed Under (Giveaway, Web Design) by WDCore Editorial on 01-12-2013

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Are u sick and tired of your current freelance marketplace?

Want to join a community that is striving to bring honesty and value back to online freelancing?

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Webydo – Finally, an Online Website Design Software for Professional Designers

Filed Under (Web Design) by WDCore Editorial on 13-11-2013

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When the talk is about website builders most professional designers would turn the other way, even though it takes away hours of coding, they’re also generally created with the amatuer in mind. Webydo is shaking things up and changing the way you think about website creators. Putting the power back in the designers hands and providing them with a design platform to create, manage & execute professional, pixel perfect websites. Interestingly enough, just 3% of all websites that are being developed on DIY builders seeonly 1-3% live. Having said this, there is space for a professional quality website builder, like Webydo to keep quality design and costs low, considering the fact that an average of 70% of the costs of web designing goes to coding.