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Beaver Builder Tutorial: How to use a transparent texture as a row background

When using Beaver Builder you’ve got a lot of options for the background of a row. You can chose a color, photo / parallax, a hosted video, a YouTube video and more. But… What if you wanted to use a texture? What if you wanted to use a repeating texture? What if you wanted to…

What’s the difference between a Parallax and a Photo row background?

This question has been plaguing people for centuries. Back in 551 BC, the great Chinese philosopher Confucius once asked a group of meditating monks “What’s the difference between a Parallax and a Photo row background?”… and the answer they gave him has been passed down for centuries. It’s been kept and only allowed to be…

Behind The Code Show: Robby McCullough

About This Episode Robby McCullough (@robbymccullough) is one of the three co-founders of the best WordPress website builder named Beaver Builder (@BeaverBuilder) – which is the ONLY WordPress theme / framework / page builder that the Web Designers Academy recommends. For the last few years the entire Beaver Builder team has learned a lot about…

Watch as we brutally kill two WP themes

It’s only 15 seconds, but you gotta watch this video… it felt soooooo good. Clicking the Delete button on those two themes felt like a breath of fresh air. No longer will I have to deal with HUNDREDS of design options in Dynamik Website Builder. No longer will I have to install a plugin to…

We redesigned the entire WDA site (and added a bunch of new stuff)

We just redesigned the entire site… (and added a bunch of new stuff too) December 12th, 2016 I know, I know… we’ve been quiet for a few weeks… but there is a really great reason! We’ve taken the time to completely re-designed the entire WDA website (using an amazing new product that we’ll talk about…

The Always Up-to-Date Guide to The Best Free Stock Photos & Videos

The Always Up-to-Date Guide to The Best Free Stock Photos & Videos In the past, if you wanted to have gorgeous photos or videos for your web project you had two choices: hire a photographer/videographer OR buy crazy expensive stock photos/videos.  Both options requires you to spend some money… however there is now a third…

Behind The Code Show: Shane Walton

“Build a team of talented people which will allow you to focus on what you do best.” ~ Shane Walton Shane is an entrepreneur, marketing genius, lover of hats and overall amazing guy.  He and his wife own Green Vine Marketing which is a Denver, Colorado based digital marketing firm that they have been operating for…

How to easily recreate the slick PayPal design (in about 10 minutes)

From their humble beginning helping eBay sellers unload rare Beanie Babies to spunky stay at home moms, PayPal has changed the way everyone buys and sells things online. Back in the nineties PayPal went against the common understanding that banks control your money.  They gave normal people like you and me some serious buying (and selling) power.…

How to Sell Products From A WordPress Site WITHOUT Creating an Online Store

Retail store owners dream to sell their goods online. Every small business retail store owner I’ve ever met, eventually, bitches about the same certain things in regards to operating a physical retail store. Customers are being rude, waking up early to open the store, have to go to the bank and get enough ones fives and tens, employees stealing from…

Homepages We Love: The Newton (by CloudMagic) Homepage

It makes me happy when I stumble upon a website that understands good design… and the CloudMagic people really get it. This post has nothing to do with the Newton email product itself, but it has everything to do with the design of its new homepage which can be found here). Before I tell you why I…

Save BIG This Month Only: Announcing The September Savings Event

10/1/2016 UPDATE: Offer extended until October 5th! It’s that time of year again. Summer is over, students are back in school, leaves are changing color, pumpkin spiced lattes are coming to a coffee shop near you and snow is on the horizon for much of the USA… and today we’ve got some awesome news. This month…

Copy & Paste FAQ: How did my WordPress site get hacked?

This is part of an ongoing series of FAQ questions that web designers can copy and paste into their website to help save time answering common customer support questions. See All Copy & Paste FAQs / Read The Announcement Q: How did my WordPress site get hacked? A: When your website gets ‘hacked’ it’s a very unfortunate…

5 Insightful Lessons For New Web Designers

Ever have those thoughts where you go “If I could just do it all over again, I would…” and then you come up with some Einstein-level idea that would have made your life so much better if you only did that thing when you started? Well today, I had that thought. I thought to myself…

Copy & Paste FAQ: How do I add a photo to an existing NextGen Gallery?

This is part of an ongoing series of FAQ questions that web designers can copy and paste into their website to help save time answering common customer support questions. See All Copy & Paste FAQs / Read The Announcement Q: How do I add a photo to an existing NextGen Gallery A: Login to your website and look…

Save Major Amounts of Time: Free Copy & Paste FAQs For Web Designers

After a deep sigh… I gritted my teeth… shook my head slightly and thought to myself  “Why am I answering this same fucking question again”? It was the third time this week that one of my clients asked me the same exact question… and the third time this week that I had to type the same…

Web Designer Inspiration: Old Evernote Homepage VS NEW Evernote Homepage

I love Evernote. It’s amazing… and I don’t call many things amazing. However most recently it was the mouth-gasm inducing hybrid food I found called, the Sushi Burrito, yeah it’s a thing… ya gotta try it. This post isn’t going to try and convince you to use Evernote for keeping track of client meets, scanning business receipts and…

Learn About Advertising + Get Free Photoshop Ad Banners

Ads. Ads. Ads. Ads are everywhere aren’t they? Ever stop and think about why there are ads packed into every tight little crevice of the internet? See, sites that offer things for free (like Google or Snapchat) aren’t doing it because they love you.  They might put some lofty, feel-good mission statement on their Company Bio page…

This is the absolute best article I’ve ever read (in 35 years)

When the rest of your family lives in a cold, wintery wonderland (Massachusetts) and you live in a sunny, palmtree filled paradise (Florida)… your house becomes the inexpensive vacation destination for the family. And I’m OK with that. It’s currently summer time and our latest visitors, who were fresh out of grade school for the year…

How to layout your next website…. on your phone.

Inspiration hits at the most random time.  Like yours, my brain is constantly flying off the rails of a crazy train. Some are great thoughts like the how how to create a multi-person interactive movie controller (true story), why does Florida homeowners insurance give you  protection against ice and snow damage and what would be a better taco topping…