Web Design Tutorials

Bad Web Design: Stop Drowning Your Visitors In Ads

If you can design a website that makes the visitor feel something… that’s a good thing. Unless that something is pure RAGE, then that’s called bad web design. Dear Ad Supported Websites, I get it. I really do. I know that providing free information on your website needs to have some sort of revenue generating…

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10 Awesome Custom 404 Error Pages PLUS 6 Clever Ideas!

Custom 404 Error Page

Let’s be honest: visitors to websites you build are going to hit a 404 page at some point, so why not make a custom 404 error page and blow their minds? There are a ton of reasons why people stumble upon a 404 error page including (but not limited to): URL slug changes, accidentally deleting…

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How to setup a Google Optimize Redirect Test in 13 minutes

“Cool homepage, how does it convert?” that’s the question that everyone needs answers to. That’s also the question people pay “experts” to answer for them. But by using one of Google’s free tools (called Google Optimize) you can find out the answer yourself saving thousands of dollars in “consulting fees” and (hopefully) making thousands more…

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Behind the scenes of “Inspired”

It’s always fascinated me to see how people create cool things.  Seeing how Tesla manufactures their electric vehicles or how the Empire State Building was built back in the 1930’s makes the product or building even more impressive when you see it. One of the features on the Web Designers Academy website is a curated…

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Creating Video Row Backgrounds (Using Amazon S3)

Tutorial: Creating Video Row Backgrounds (Using Amazon S3) You can make a row that looks like this in just a few minutes Scroll down to keep reading Have you noticed something recently? Websites are looking more amazing than ever. One visually-awesome trend in web design is having a background row contain a looping video. A perfect…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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