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It seems like a new social media platform is being launched every year. Despite the competition, Facebook remains to be the world’s largest social media platform, with over 2 billion daily active users. Your customers, clients, and target audience are likely among them. If you are running a small business, you may not be able […]

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Collective #467

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CSS Frameworks Or CSS Grid: What Should I Use For My Project?

Rachel Andrew takes a look at the often asked question if one should use CSS Frameworks or CSS Grid.

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CSS and Network Performance

A great article by Harry Roberts on the best network performance practices for loading CSS.

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Designing a progressive web app

An article by Mustafa Kurtuldu that covers the process and the lessons learned when designing a PWA.

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Editorial Layouts, Floats, and CSS Grid

Rob Weychert writes how aligning floated elements to an established grid can be a real headache.

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Building Your Color Palette

A great, systematic approach to building a solid color palette. Check out the fruitful comments on HN.

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babel-plugin-rawact

A babel plugin which compiles React.js components into native DOM instructions to eliminate the need for the react library at runtime. A proof-of-concept by Tobias Koppers.

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Emoji builder

Philipp Antoni made this superfun Emoji builder. So many possibilities!

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The Adventure of Detective Moustachio

A fantastic pixelart web game made by Renaud Rohlinger, Lucas Fiorella and Sofiane Hocine.

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Write Freely

Write Freely is free and open source software for starting a minimalist blog, or an entire community.

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Flashlight effect at haunted house

Anya Melnyk created this lovely demo.

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XSStrike

An advanced Cross Site Scripting (XSS) detection suite.

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A Guide to Custom Elements for React Developers

Charles Peters shows how Custom elements can offer the same general benefits of React components without being tied to a specific framework implementation.

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Web Audio Visualizations

A nice collection of experimental audio visualizations with Audio WebGL (three.js) and Canvas. By Ion D. Filho.

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Cubes Dance

A mesmerizing demo by Ion D. Filho.

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Free Font: Game Over

A free retro pixel font created by Mariano Diez.

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Virtual and Augmented Reality Icons

A set of 48 virtual reality-themed icons free for a subscription. Made by the folks from Vexels for InVision.

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Now 2.0

The library that makes serverless application deployment easy just got a major update.

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Codevember 10 – Night-time #6

Great demo for the Codevember challenge by Mathijs.

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TensorSpace.js

An interactive 3D visualization framework for Neural Networks.

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Checkbox Toggle Switches Are Confusing UI

Marcus Connor shares his thoughts on checkbox toggle switches and offers the rocker switch as an alternative.

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#Codevember 02 – Time

A realistic looking clock demo by David Lyons.

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Collective #467 was written by Pedro Botelho and published on Codrops.

Five Techniques to Lazy Load Images for Website Performance

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Five Techniques to Lazy Load Images for Website Performance

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With images making up a whopping 65% of all web content, page load time on websites can easily become an issue.

Even when properly optimized, images can weigh quite a bit. This can have a negative impact on the time visitors have to wait before they can access content on your website. Chances are, they get impatient and navigate somewhere else, unless you come up with a solution to image loading that doesn’t interfere with the perception of speed.

In this article, you will learn about five approaches to lazy loading images that you can add to your web optimization toolkit to improve user experience on your website.

What Is Lazy Loading?

Lazy loading images consists in loading images on websites asynchronously, that is, after the above-the-fold content is fully loaded, or even conditionally, only when they appear in the browser’s viewport. This means that, if users don’t scroll all the way down, images placed at the bottom of the page won’t even be loaded.

A number of websites use this approach, but it’s especially noticeable on image-heavy sites. Try browsing your favorite online hunting ground for high-res photos, and you’ll soon realize how the website loads just a limited number of images. As you scroll down the page, you’ll see placeholder images quickly filling up with real images for preview. For instance, notice the loader on Unsplash.com: scrolling that portion of the page into view triggers the replacement of a placeholder with a full-res photo:

Lazy loading in action on Unsplash.com

Why Should You Care About Lazy Loading Images?

There are at least a couple of excellent reasons why you should consider lazy loading images for your website:

If your website uses JavaScript to display content or provide some kind of functionality to users, loading the DOM quickly becomes critical. It’s in fact common for scripts to wait until the DOM has completely loaded before they start running. On a site with a significant number of images lazy loading, or loading images asynchronously, could make the difference between users staying or leaving your website

Since most lazy loading solutions consist in loading images only if the user has scrolled to the location where images would be visible inside the viewport, if users never get to that point, those images will never be loaded. This means considerable savings in bandwidth, for which most users, especially those accessing the web on mobile devices and slow-connections, will be thanking you.

Well, lazy loading images helps with website performance, but what’s the best way to go about it?

There is no perfect way.

If you live and breath JavaScript, implementing your own lazy loading solution shouldn’t be an issue. Nothing gives you more control than coding something yourself.

Alternatively, you can browse the web for viable approaches and start experimenting with them. I did just that and came across these five interesting techniques.

#1 David Walsh’s Simple Image Lazy Load and Fade

David Walsh has proposed his own custom script for lazy loading images. Here’s a simplified version:

The src attribute of the img tag is replaced with a data-src attribute in the markup:

[code language=”html”]
<img data-src=”image.jpg” alt=”test image”>
[/code]

In the CSS, img elements with a data-src attribute are hidden. Once loaded, images will appear with a nice fade-in effect using CSS transitions:

[code language=”css”]
img {
opacity: 1;
transition: opacity 0.3s;
}

img[data-src] {
opacity: 0;
}
[/code]

JavaScript then adds the src attribute to each img element and gives it the value of their respective data-src attributes. Once images have finished loading, the script removes the data-src attribute from img elements altogether:

[code language=”js”]
[].forEach.call(document.querySelectorAll(‘img[data-src]’), function(img) {
img.setAttribute(‘src’, img.getAttribute(‘data-src’));
img.onload = function() {
img.removeAttribute(‘data-src’);
};
});
[/code]

David Walsh also offers a fallback solution to cover cases where JavaScript fails, which you can find out more about on his blog.

The merit of this solution: it’s a breeze to implement and it’s effective.

On the flip side, this method doesn’t include loading on scroll functionality. In other words, all images are loaded by the browser, whether users have scrolled them into view or not. Therefore, you get the advantage of a fast loading page because images are loaded after the HTML content. However, you don’t get the saving on bandwidth that comes with preventing unnecessary image data from being loaded when visitors don’t view the entire page content.

#2 Robin Osborne’s Progressively Enhanced Lazy Loading

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Page Flip Layout

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Today we’d like to share a flat take on a magazine-like layout with a “page flip” animation. When navigating, the content gets covered and then the next “pages” show. Depending on how far the pages are apart (when choosing a page from the menu), we show multiple elements to cover the content, creating a flat page flip look. We’ve added a little visual indicator on each page side, representing a book cover. The indicator will grow, depending on which page we’re currently at.

The animations are powered by TweenMax.

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Attention: Note that we use modern CSS properties like CSS Grid and CSS Custom Properties that are not supported in older browsers.

The layout consists of a custom CSS grid setting for every “page”. We don’t really divide the two sides, but simulate it by adding a middle line. To make a custom grid, we use a 20×20 cell structure and add a custom position for every figure using the grid-area property.

PageFlipLayout_first

The menu allows us to jump between pages. The blue lines on each side of the screen serve as a decorative indicator, resembling a book cover (viewed from inside of a book):

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The flat “page flip” animation is made up of several layers if we go to a page that is “further away”.

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We hope you enjoy this layout and find it useful!

References and Credits

Images from Unsplash.com
TweenMax by Greensock
imagesLoaded by Dave DeSandro

Page Flip Layout was written by Mary Lou and published on Codrops.

How to Deploy and Host a Joomla Website on Alibaba Cloud ECS

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Joomla! is a free and open source content management system (CMS), and is one of the most popular among them. According to the official website, Joomla! is built on a model-view-controller web application framework that can be used independently of the CMS, allowing you to build powerful online applications.

One of my personal favorite features of Joomla! is the multi-language support with its large library of language packs. You can also translate the website admin backend with language extensions, helping you to easily localize your website.

This step-by-step guide will walk you through setting up and deploying a Joomla! website on an Alibaba Cloud Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instance with Ubuntu 16.04.

Requirements and Prerequisites

Before we deploy our Joomla! instance, we need to fulfill the following requirements. We need to set up an Alibaba Cloud Elastic Compute Service (ECS) Linux server (Ubuntu 16.04) with basic configurations. You should also allocate administrator (sudo) privileges to a non-root user.

You can refer to this guide for setting up your Alibaba Cloud ECS instance. If you don't have an Alibaba Cloud account, you can sign up for free and enjoy $300 of Free Trial credit.

Installing Joomla on an Ubuntu 16.04 ECS Instance

To install Joomla on our server, we need to first install a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) stack.

Step 1: Connect to Your Server

There are many ways to connect to your server, but I will be using the Alibaba Cloud console for simplicity. To do this, go to your instance section and click connect from your created instance. You will be redirected to the Terminal.

Enter username as Root and the password you created. If you didn't create a password, just continue by hitting enter. You are logged in to your server as system administrator.

All the commands in the following sections should be typed in this terminal.

Step 2: Install Apache

To install Apache, update your server repository list by typing command below.

sudo apt-get update

Then install the Apache web server.

sudo apt-get install apache2

Step 3: Install MySQL

Joomla, like most other content management systems, requires MySQL for its backend. So we need to install MySQL and link it to PHP.

To do this, add the following command.

sudo apt-get install mysql-server php7.0-mysql

You'll be asked to enter a MySQL password. Keep the password secure because you will need it later.

Complete the installation process of MySQL with the command below.

/usr/bin/mysql_secure_installation

You'll be asked to enter the MySQL password you just created. Continue with the installation process by making the following selections.

Would you like to setup VALIDATE password plugin ? [Y/N] N
Change the root password ? [ Y/N ] N
Remove anonymous users ? [Y/N] Y
Disallow root login remotely ? [Y/N] Y
Remove test database and access to it ? [Y/N] Y
Reload privilege tables now ? [Y/N] Y

Step 4: Install PHP

Joomla! requires PHP to be installed. Execute the following command to install PHP 7.0 and other required PHP modules.

sudo apt-get install php7.0 libapache2-mod-php7.0 php7.0-mcrypt php7.0-xml php7.0-curl php7.0-json php7.0-cgi

Step 5: Confirm LAMP Installation

To confirm LAMP stack has been installed on your Ubuntu 16.04 server, follow the procedures below.

Open the web browser and navigate to your server's IP address. You'll see the Apache2 Ubuntu Default page.

Note: To check your server’s public IP address, check your ECS Instance dashboard. You'll see both private and public IP addresses. Use the public IP address to access your website. If you don't see the public IP address consider setting up an Elastic IP address.

In order to confirm the PHP installation on your server, remove the default page and replace it with the PHP code below. To do this use the commands below.

rm /var/www/html/index.html

Replace with a new file:

touch /var/www/html/index.php
nano /var/www/html/index.php

Enter a sample PHP code below:

<?php
phpinfo();
?>

To check your page, navigate to your web browser and enter the public IP address. You should see information about PHP installation if the LAMP stack is correctly installed on your server.

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Reebok #BeMoreHuman Hand-Drawn Typeface

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Reebok #BeMoreHuman Hand-Drawn Typeface

Reebok #BeMoreHuman Hand-Drawn Typeface

AoiroStudio
Nov 09, 2018

I was surfing on Behance for an inspiration related to fonts for ABDZ. I stumbled across the work of Simon Stratford who is a designer based in London, UK. He published a project for Reebok #BeMoreHuman Typeface fully hand-drawed. It’s just a beautiful and yet powerful campaign featuring popular celebrities like Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman, Danai Gurira (from Black Panther) and more. I would totally advise you to check out the videos as well, it’s great to see Simon’s work animated and represented by strong women.

Reebok #BeMoreHuman—Working with Venables Bell + Partners I created a hand-drawn typeface that could be adapted by other designers to form distinctive lettering work for their new Reebok #BeMoreHuman campaign. I only created the typeface with many alternatives Venables Bell + Partners created the photography, layouts, lettering and other adaptations.

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Daily Design Inspiration

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Daily Design Inspiration

AoiroStudio
Nov 09, 2018

The unfamous Daily Design Inspiration series that started it all on Abduzeedo. Where you’ll find the most interesting designs/artworks/concepts curated by one of us to utterly inspire your day. Besides that, it’s an opportunity to feature work from other designers, artists, and creators in general that we haven’t had the chance to write or featured.

For this Daily we are selecting in graphic design, branding, illustration and more; our sources are usually from Behance, Dribbble or Unsplash.

Until further notice, we’ll display the images and the titles added to them. Because of little issues we had in the past, the images are still linked to their authors, we just won’t mention who shared them like we used to. We are going to stick with a simple format of images and links. I hope you will enjoy and share them via Twitter or our Tumblr.

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The best photo books in 2018

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Digital photography has completely changed how we deal with our photographs. In the good old days of film cameras you'd send your film off to be developed, get some printed snapshots back and then stick the best ones into a photo album that might take years to fill.

Today, though, even if you've got the best camera on the market, you're likely to have a big 'PICTURES' or 'PHOTOS' folder on your computer, stuffed with thousands of shots. And while you might upload a few of them to Facebook or photography websites, the vast majority of them will simply linger on your hard disk forever.

If you miss the tactile experience of physically flicking through a photo album, though, it's easy to get your best photos printed in a professional-looking photo book; here are the best options available right now.

The best photo books in the US

The best photo books in 2018: Mixbook

Mixbook isn't the cheapest option, but its software is wonderfully easy to use with simple but fully editable templates that make the whole business of collating your photos into a book an absolute joy. There are plenty of backgrounds and even stickers to work with if you want to customise your finished book, and the end results are great, with a professional finish.

The best photo books in 2018: Picaboo

Picaboo's print quality isn't the best, but it makes up for this with the options it gives you when you're putting your photo book together. Its software manages to be easy to use while giving you loads of options to play with, including searchable background and clip art to help you nail exactly the look you're after for your finished book, as well as the ability to polish your photos so that they match your backgrounds.

The best photo books in 2018: Shutterfly

For a great all-round option it's hard to go wrong with Shutterfly. It provides simple and more involved tools to help you design your photo book, with loads of templates and backgrounds to choose from. But if you'd rather leave it to the experts, it also provides a Make My Book services. With this option, you choose a size and style and hand over up to 800 photos and any special instructions, and Shutterfly's designers will have your book ready for review in three days.

The best photo books in 2018: Snapfish

Snapfish won't design your book for you, but its process is almost as easy. It provides over 120 themes with a massive selection of backgrounds to work with, and once you've settled on your chosen style it'll guide you through the design process with a straightforward drag-and-drop interface. The end results aren't quite up to the quality of other services listed here, but you should be able to get a good deal on the price.

The best photo books in 2018: Apple Photos

If you're on a Mac, perhaps the easiest way to turn your photos into a book is to use the Apple Photo book options. It's simple to use and follows Apple's minimal style, which will result in a clean design, but it might all feel a little limiting if you want more control over the end results. At the end of the process, you'll get a great-quality book with decent photo reproduction; not the best, but certainly not to be sniffed at.

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The best photo books in 2018: CEWE

If you're picky about end results, then you'll find it hard to go wrong with CEWE. It'll guide you through all the options on offer, and there are absolutely loads of them, with plenty of paper stock to choose from and luxury cover options for the perfect finish. For the most demanding print aficionados, there's even the option to add spot varnish and foil treatments. Obviously these extra options don't come cheap, but if you have the means, you'll find they're well worth the effort.

The best photo books in 2018: Whitewall

For ease of use, Whitewall's online book creator is a godsend; simply upload all your photos and it'll automatically arrange them for you throughout your book (up to 252 pages), leaving you to tweak the final layout if you want. Its default 170gsm paper is a little flimsy; we'd recommend paying a little extra for the 250gsm option, and the print quality's generally good, although skin tones are a little on the cold side. Best of all, you can expect your finished book to turn up in just a few days.

The best photo books in 2018: BobBooks

To really turn heads with your photo book, head to BobBooks and go for its Lustre Photographic option; it'll cost you more but the results are stunning, with heavyweight 300gsm paper stock and a lustre finish that can't help but show off your photos to best effect. BobBook's print process is similarly top-drawer, boasting vibrant, accurate colour reproduction and beautifully sharp images. The business of actually creating your book is also good and straightforward, with an easy-to-use online interface as well as desktop and iPad apps and even a pro design service.

The best photo books in 2018: Bonusprint

Bonusprint's a venerable name in the photo business dating back to the 1960s, and while you may not go to it any more to get your film developed, it's a great place to get some excellent deals on photo books and much more. Its online and offline book design software is easy to use, and its smart assistant will select your best photos and lay them out for you, allowing you to edit the layouts and add extra images, clip art and text afterwards. As for the print quality, it's not quite up to BobBook's standards, but there's little to complain about.

The best photo books in 2018: Photobox

Like Bonusprint, Photobox is another site that's liberal with the discount offers, so you'd have to go out of your way to pay full whack for your photo book. Its online book creation software's pretty slick with lots of layout, background and cropping options, and will give you a 3D preview of your finished book so you can be sure of what you're getting. Photobox's standard 170gsm stock is a little thin; we'd recommend upgrading to its premium 230gsm paper for best results, and even with that you'll find the print quality lacking in sharpness.

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Remarkable Illustrations by Dylan Choonhachat

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Remarkable Illustrations by Dylan Choonhachat

Remarkable Illustrations by Dylan Choonhachat

AoiroStudio
Nov 09, 2018

Let’s take a look at the illustration works by Los Angeles based illustrator and sketch artist Dylan Choonhachat. We are featuring his remarkable set of illustrations where it’s mostly about character design. You can tell that his craft is progressing more and more. I can’t wait to see more of his work in the near future, make sure to give him some love on Behance.

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