Why Your Links Should Never Say "Click Here"

Have you ever wanted your users to click a link but didn’t know how to get them to act? When some designers run into this problem, they’re tempted to use the words “Click here” on their links.
Before giving in to the temptation, you should know how using these words on a link can affect how users experience your interface. Not to mention that having proper link titles is a major accessibility requirement since the term ‘click’ is irrelevant to many assistive technologies and isn’t descriptive enough for screen readers.

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Why Your Links Should Never Say "Click Here"

Work, Life And Side Projects To Work On

There is no doubt about it, I am a hypocrite. Fortunately nobody has noticed… until now. Here’s the thing. On one hand I talk about the importance of having a good work/life balance, and yet on the other I prefer to hire people who do personal projects in their spare time. [Links checked February/20/2017]
Do you see the problem with this scenario? How can one person possibly juggle work, life and the odd side project?

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Easily Customize WordPress’ Default Functionality

The absolute best thing about WordPress is how flexible it is. Don’t like the theme? Just change it. Need added functionality? There is probably a plugin you can download or buy. If not, build it yourself! You can change pretty much anything about WordPress. In this article, we’ll go over some easy ways to customize WordPress that you might not know about.

Change The Default Source Of jQuery Another great thing about WordPress is that it comes locked and loaded with all kinds of JavaScript libraries, including jQuery.

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Classes? Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Classes!

Classes, classes, classes everywhere. What if we don’t need CSS classes at all? What if we stopped worrying about how many classes we’re using and what we should be calling them and just finished with them once and for all? It would be no revelation to you to say that HTML elements can be styled without recourse to the class attribute, but have you considered the multitude of benefits that come from forgoing classes altogether?

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10 Amazing Academic Icons + PSD Source [Freebie]

Today, it is our pleasure to present to you a free set of academic icons related to education — commissioned by PixelsDaily exclusively for Smashing Magazine and the design community. The icons are available as transparent PNGs as well as Photoshop PSDs in a size of 128×128 pixels. The icons are released under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

Download the Set for Free! This academic icon set is completely free to use for commercial and personal projects, without any restrictions.

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Coding Q&A With Chris Coyier: Box-Sizing and CSS Sprites

Howdy, folks! Welcome to the new incarnation of Smashing Magazine’s Q&A. It’s going to work like this: you send in questions you have about CSS, and at least once a month we’ll pick out the best questions and answer them so that everyone can benefit from the exchange. Your question could be about a very specific problem you are having, or it could be a question about philosophical approach. We’ll take all kinds.

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Coding Q&A With Chris Coyier: Box-Sizing and CSS Sprites

Responsive Images With WordPress’ Featured Images

It’s been a couple of years now since the concept of responsive design took the Web design world by storm, and more and more websites are going responsive. But there are still some barriers and potential problems, not the least of these being the challenge of reducing the size of files that you’re sending to mobile devices.
In this article, we’ll look at how to use WordPress’ built-in featured images capability to deliver different-sized image files to different devices.

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User Experience Takeaways From Online Car Shopping

Emergency car shopping is no fun. This past month was the second time I had to shop for a car in a short timeframe without advance warning. Like most informed shoppers, I went online to get a feel for my options, armed with knowledge of what I was looking for: apart from safety, gas mileage and reliability, it had to comfortably seat six and not require me to take out a second mortgage.

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JavaScript Profiling With The Chrome Developer Tools

Your website works. Now let’s make it work faster. Website performance is about two things: how fast the page loads, and how fast the code on it runs. Plenty of services make your website load faster, from minimizers to CDNs, but making it run faster is up to you.
Little changes in your code can have gigantic performance impacts. A few lines here or there could mean the difference between a blazingly fast website and the dreaded “Unresponsive Script” dialog.

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JavaScript Profiling With The Chrome Developer Tools

Developing A Design Workflow In Adobe Fireworks

Every designer has their own workflow when starting a new project, even if it’s only loosely defined in their head. A typical Web project goes through a variety of steps from inception to launch, with a lot of moving parts throughout the cycle. Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks and even Web browsers themselves are available to aid us in our work. But with so many choices, how do we determine the right tool to move from concept to functional design?

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