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Beginner’s Guide to Skinning Aardvark Topsites CMS

by Jake Rocheleau
on March 21, 2013

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Not many developers have heard about the open source Aardvark Topsites script for PHP. It is a small user-submitted content engine for ranking websites based on pageviews, or clicks in/out of the site. It is a very simple installation process and easier to manage than you might assume. And while I can see that not everybody would have a need for building topsites, it is an extremely beneficial webapp for users.

In this article I want to introduce some basic concepts around building skins for Aardvark. The whole CMS is open source and free to edit to your own choosing. There are 2 default skins which are quite basic presented as a default choice. But using some typical HTML and CSS styles you can quickly turn any basic template into a full Topsites skin.

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How To Manage an Email Newsletter for your Website

by Jake Rocheleau
on November 2, 2012

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There are a few methods for setting up a custom e-mail newsletter and not all of them are equal. You have the option of setting up custom scripts on your server, such as Interspire Email Marketer. But there is also the option of using web services like Campaign Monitor. For somebody who has never done email marketing it can feel a little overwhelming.

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But for this article I’d like to focus on MailChimp which has been gaining attention over the past few years. You can sign up for a free account and hold up to 2000 people in your mailing list. Their service is fantastic and you always have the ability to pay for more advanced features. But just getting started is difficult enough and I’d like to make that process a little easier.

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29 Helpful YouTube Tutorials on Web Design Techniques

by Jake Rocheleau
on October 14, 2012

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What’s the easiest way to pick up new trends in web design? Reading popular articles and blog posts is certainly the quickest method. But video tutorials are also very helpful for techniques which you need to replicate. These could focus on Photoshop/Illustrator techniques, or additionally offering resources for new web developers.

I have put together 29 outstanding YouTube video tutorials focused around website design. Some of the topics may be a little bland for more experienced designers. But go through the showcase and see if you can pick out any gems from the crowd. There are always new techniques you can learn and apply to your ongoing projects. And learning from video tutorials is not only easy, but also fun and pretty exciting too!

Photoshop Stitch Effect

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