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A Beginner’s Guide to Website Speed Optimisation

Website performance optimisation, the focal point of technologically superior website designs is the primary factor dictating success for modern online businesses.

After all, unimpressive website performance kills business bottom line when the torture of waiting for slow Web pages to load frustrates visitors into seeking alternatives – impatience is a digital virtue!
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How to Predict Web Design Trends

So how will you know the next big thing when you see it?

Flat design took designers by storm — evolving from a few simple projects to becoming a significant part of web, and especially application, design.

But what’s next on the horizon? And how will you know it? Here are a few ways to predict web design trends (with a few trendy web design examples)… and maybe even start one yourself.
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Off Canvas Menus with CSS3

Off Canvas Menus are used primarily with Mobile and touch devices and can provide an extremely useful and beautiful experience for your users.

This tutorial will cover an introduction on them, a getting started guide, some improvement tricks, and then finally some awesome demos for you to build off of. Instead of JavaScript, we’ll use CSS3 Transitions and Translations for the animation making them smoother, better performing, and easier to tweak and customize.

What the heck are Off Canvas Menus anyways? I’m not really sure where this name or terminology originated, but if you haven’t heard of it before, they’re basically your mobile “side menus”. They live outside of the viewport and are only shown when a certain event occurs (which is usually a click toggling the menu). This has the obvious and similar benefit of dropdowns menus with a lot more flair.
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Interactivity, Dynamics, Animations: Fresh Examples of Non-Static Websites

Non-static websites is totally not a brand-new concept.

At the beginning it was flash-powered websites that impressed us with its fantastic animations and astounding effects, and today they “have passed the baton” to the next more sophisticated and lightweight HTML5-based solutions that ably combine together CSS3 and jQuery possibilities.

Though there are still lots of problems with browser compatibility and displaying even basic CSS3 animations, modern web developers are accustomed to look a few steps ahead, anticipating the moment of resolving all the inconsistencies. And those of us, who constantly update our software, can already fully enjoy the whole power of new technologies and easily immerse yourself in the whole new world of spirited and complex website designs.
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2014 Will Be the Year of the Flat-File CMS

A recent trend I’ve noticed among designers is ditching WordPress for simpler CMS solutions like Ghost, Kirby, Statamic and Jekyll. WordPress is a great CMS but for a lot of sites it can be complete overkill.

WordPress started out as a simple blogging tool but has since evolved into a complex, feature-rich CMS that can power very large sites. Most sites simply do not need all of the functionality WordPress offers and the bloat and complexity of the software can start to get in the way.

This is where flat-file (also known as file-based) content management systems come into the picture…
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