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65 Creative And Stylish Footer Designs of 2009

Hello back there – I guess this will be the last article in this Year 2009 – and it will be inspirational one! Actually this is special post after all – I just got my laptop back from repairing and now I can publish article I created in June! All things happen right – and main thing is, they really happen! Just keep working – there is no magic pills for success, there is just hard work.

Now let’s get inspired, because I showcased here really good examples of footers, that really stand out from crowd – not only from design point of view, but about great usability as well! Happy new year! Happy new 2010!!!

1.Ten Thousand Things Webdesign Footer

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2. I primi dieci Webdesign Footer

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3. Edgepoint Church Webdesign Footer

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4.Amuki Webdesign Footer

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5. Branded007 Webdesign Footer

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6. WebDesignerWall Webdesign Footer

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7. YoDiv Webdesign Footer

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8. Sis.Slowli Webdesign Footer

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9. SamRayner Webdesign Footer

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10. DavidHellman Webdesign Footer

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11. Volll Webdesign Footer

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12. VisitMix Webdesign Footer

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13. Northern-Classics Webdesign Footer

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14. CatyDesign-Studio Webdesign Footer

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15. ProductiveDreams Webdesign Footer

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16. Ligne13 Webdesign Footer

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17. BlogHelpr Webdesign Footer

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18. Ma.tt Webdesign Footer

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19. Seraph-Design Webdesign Footer

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20. BlogMetender Webdesign Footer

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21. ILoveMacApps Webdesign Footer

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22. WireRoses Webdesign Footer

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23. Blup! Webdesign Footer

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24. Iemai Webdesign Footer

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25. Espace Webdesign Footer

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26. AlbertLo Webdesign Footer

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27. NewConcept Webdesign Footer

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28. SeedHunter Webdesign Footer

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29. MackeyDesigns Webdesign Footer

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30. LogiqDesign Webdesign Footer

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31. Biola Webdesign Footer

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32. Vimeo Webdesign Footer

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33. Kulturbanause Webdesign Footer

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34. The Rissington Podcast Webdesign Footer

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35. Hebatec Webdesign Footer

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36. Freelenz Webdesign Footer

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37. CrazyNFunny Webdesign Footer

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38. PsdTuts Webdesign Footer

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39. GoMediaZine Webdesign Footer

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40. CatalystStudios Webdsign Footer

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41. Viget Webdesign Footer

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42. SohTanaka Webdesign Footer

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43. BcanDullo Webdesign Footer

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44. DC2009 Drupalcon Webdesign Footer

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45. Fully Carsonified Webdesign Footer

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46. GriffinaBox Webdesign Footer

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47. USTrendy Webdesign Footer

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48. The Greg Brady Project Webdesign Footer

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49. Paul Wallas Webdesign Footer

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50. Incubus Webdesign Footer

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51. CSLingPhotography Webdesign Footer

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52. BoagWorld Webdesign Footer

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53. Pointless Ramblings Webdesign Footer

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54. Pointofe Webdesign Footer

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55. Dezignus Webdesign Footer

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56. Carbonica Webdesign Footer

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57. Du Bout Des Yeux Webdesign Footer

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58. EmrahMayan Webdesign Footer

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59. RazvanStavila Webdesign Footer

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60. KomodoMedia Webdesign Footer

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61. MissWeBlash Webdesign Footer

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62. SpoonGraphics Webdesign Footer

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63. LoveTweet Webdesign Footer

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64. SimpleBits Webdesign Footer

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65. Colorburned Webdesign Footer

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55 Trendy Web Design Interfaces From Deviantart

I kind of got lost a little bit in creating Monthly Deviantart web interface features, but at least I loved to do research and get inspired every month, and since our blog is focused mainly on web design, I am sure you enjoy it as well. Let’s get started, get inspired and watch how trends are slowly changing from month to month.

More and more visually appealing and image heavy websites are being created, and of course we’ve got a reason – days with slow Internet speed are going to past and technologies are evolving every day! Let’s get started – shall we?

1. Art-Label.net Board Skin by DouglasEltz

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2. Environment information pages by SneakyOne1990

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3. Angel by miko434

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4. Green Palacy Theme by DouglasEltz

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5. InfoShop.com by DouglasEltz

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6. Idyll Ads by miko434

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7. Mecra by SencerBugrahan

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8. 99studios by dot-next

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9. Fenixround by DouglasEltz

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10. IT Services Company by inspiredMark

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11. Bonsai Collectors 2 by INSEKTart

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12. Another Portfolio Layout by simiographics

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13. EdgeSpan Revolution by deadlinesdesign

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14. Mocha furniture by gdnz

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15. 4 Sale Gaming by AndasoloARTS

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16. gs.com by akenord

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17. Caffeteria by Tokumoto

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18. OneSize v2 by acidflow

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19. KO by trunglq

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20. Restaurant Asian Bistro by preet618

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21. Pro web 2.0 portfolio template by jackinnes

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22. Portfolio by Mac002

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23. Szpital – FOR SALE by PanthereNoire92

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24. Quality Furnitures by Aqib14

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25. Lion Design Premium by FluidStudios

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26. My first attempt at web-design by vrs85

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27. Luscious by timsilva

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28. Web2.0 Company Portfolio by princepal

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29. Santa’s Town by Pilej

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30. Photographer by arEa50oNe

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31. The Web Meeting by miko434

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32. Joomla Template Tutor by princepal

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33. Vid by crazyclouds

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34. Amazium by sergitosuanez

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35. Counter Strike Evo 2.0 Design by renderworks

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36. Kreativo by cheafy14

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37. Oxid Eshop by Honya

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38. Alexion Home Page by raven9327

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39. Gaming Website by zblowfish

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40. Great Business Template by mabucs

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41. Balai besar 5 website by champchoel

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42. Glob-Data-website by desdoc

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43. Travel Inside by lewkaART

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44. RJDesignz by rjoshicool

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45. Layout-I Real Estate by whatnameisit

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46. Gold by aadi-f

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47. Cache networks by manujg

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48. Expoze Media Webdesign by EXPOZE-MEDIA

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49. Light Design by deadlinesdesign

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50. Template 19 by nodethirtythree

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51. Swiat Kwiatow by Pilej

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52. Officina Digitale v3 by Svengraph

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53. Pure Home by touchdesign

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54. iClipeo.com by mateuszmadura

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55. Folio Layout by inspiredMark

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40 Incredibly Useful Web Design Tools You Should Use Daily

This article will showcase tools which should and could be used by designers daily. If you need some inspiration – you can visit the most popular and recommended design showcase sites to find really good works and examples. Check out design related tools, online generators, free font sites, template sites, great websites helping to test and manage websites – those all have been created to save your time! Remember –  not always the best way is to create everything by yourself. Be smart and you will accomplish your tasks much easier and quicker without struggling!

I strongly suggest you to go through this article and bookmark tools, which could help you or just bookmark this page and come back whenever you feel discouraged or struggled! Enjoy!

Inspiration

1. Deviantart

Deviantart is one of the largest artist showcases on internet. You can find some great inspiration here.

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2. Web design library

Web Design Library is an internationally refereed resource that provides a platform for the dissemination of design thinking and research. It covers all theoretical and practice-oriented aspects of the effective, efficient and attractive presentation of information on-line.

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3. Stylevault

Stylevault.net is a design showcase where web designers can show off their talents and get inspiration as well as giving it.

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4. Behance

Behance is a very great place for inspiration, because there are more professionals with stunning designs.

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5. The design inspiration

The Design Inspiration is created by a group of designers who are seeking various design inspiration every day.

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Design tools

6. Colour lovers

COLOURlovers is an international community of designers and artists of all kinds who visit the site to get color inspiration, ideas and feedback for both their professional and personal projects. COLOURlovers’ loyal members create colors, palettes and patterns to nurture their ongoing love affair with color.

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7. Adobe kuler

Adobe kuler is a web-based application by Adobe that helps you create and share color themes.

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8. Color hunter

Color Hunter is a place to find and make color palettes created from images.

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9. Colorotate

With ColoRotate, you can work with colors in 3D, in real time, and in a way that matches how our minds process color.

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10. Stripemania

Stripemania is a simple and free web 2.0 tool to create seamless diagonal stripes for your designs. You are able to choose the size of the stripes and the spacing between those. You can even add color gradient effect for all of your stripes.

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11. Fontstruct

FontStruct lets you quickly and easily create fonts constructed out of geometrical shapes, which are arranged in a grid pattern, like tiles or bricks.

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12. Dafont

A great website which allows you to browse fonts alphabetically, by themes, or by date. Most of the fonts are free to download.

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13. Icon finder

Icon search engine with over 100 000 free icons.

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14. Whatthefont

Seen a font in use and want to know what it is?

Submit an image to WhatTheFont to find the closest matches in our database. Or, let cloak-draped font enthusiasts lend a hand in the WhatTheFont Forum

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15. Lorem Ipsum

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry.

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Coding tools

16. Typeteste

The Typetester is an online application for comparison of different typefaces. Its primary role is to make web designer’s life easier.

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17. Typeface.js

With typeface.js you can embed custom fonts in your web pages so you don’t have to render text to images.

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18. Firebug

Firebug integrates with Firefox to put a wealth of web development tools at your fingertips while you browse. You can edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScriptlive in any web page.

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19. Smush.it

Smush.it uses optimization techniques specific to image format to remove unnecessary bytes from image files. It is a “lossless” tool, which means it optimizes the images without changing their look or visual quality

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20. pForm

HTML form creator.

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21. Zend Studio

Zend Studio 7.0 is the next generation of our professional-grade PHP application development environment. It has been designed to maximize developer productivity by enabling you to develop and maintain code faster, solve application problems quickly and improve team collaboration.

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22. Fire FTP for Firefox

FireFTP is a free, secure, cross-platform FTP client for Mozilla Firefox which provides easy and intuitive access to FTP servers.

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23. Expandrive

ExpanDrive acts just like a USB drive plugged into your Mac or PC. It lets you open, edit, and save files on remote computers from within your favorite programs. ExpanDrive enhances every single application on your computer by transparently connecting it to remote data.

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24. W3C Validator

The W3C validator is a free service by W3C that helps check the validity of Web documents. Also available CSS validator.

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25. jQuery UI

jQuery UI is an open source library of interface components — interactions, full-featured widgets, and animation effects — based on the stellar jQuery javascript library . Each component is built according to jQuery’s event-driven architecture (find something, manipulate it) and is themeable, making it easy for developers of any skill level to integrate and extend into their own code.

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26. Clean AJAX

Clean is an open source engine for AJAX, that provides a high level interface to work with the AJAX technology.

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27. Refelction.js

Reflection.js allows you to add reflections to images on your web pages. It uses unobtrusive javascript to keep your code clean.

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28. Blueprint CSS

Blueprint is a CSS framework, which aims to cut down on your development time. It gives you a solid foundation to build your project on top of, with an easy-to-use grid, sensible typography, useful plugins, and even a stylesheet for printing.

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29. CleanCSS

CleanCSS is a powerful CSS optimizer and formatter. Basically, it takes your CSS code and makes it cleaner and more concise.

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30. XHTML Character Entity Reference

This page contains the 252 allowed entities in HTML 4 and XHTML 1.0, as outlined in section 24 of the official HTML 4 specifications, published by the W3C.

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31. Pingdom

Pingdom offers cost-effective and reliable server, network and website monitoring. We use a global network of servers to monitor our customers’ sites 24/7, all year long. The service includes statistics for uptime and response time, and can send out alerts via SMS and email.

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32. Lightbox 2

Lightbox is a simple, unobtrusive script used to overlay images on the current page. It’s a snap to setup and works on all modern browsers.

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33. WIX

Free flash page builder.

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34. Best free templates

BestFreeTemplates.info offers exclusive CSS templates of various categories, available for free downloading. Our free templates can be easily called one of the best free templates in the Internet. Qualitative CSS layout, absolutely unique professional web design – all this being an incontestable advantage of our free webtemplates. That’s what allows us to characterize our website templates as the best free templates.

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Testing and managing site

35. Browsershots

BrowserShots is a web-based browser compatibility check tool that lets you easily preview how your website looks in all popular browsers. No email or registration required, submit your web URL and wait 3-5 min for BrowserShots to generate screenshots for each browser.

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36. Browsercam

See your web design on any browser on any operating system. Check javascripts, DHTML, forms and other dynamic functionality on any platform. Not just yours. Use our bank of testing machines remotely to test your website.

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37. Are my sites up?

Are my sites up is a simple service that notifies you when your sites goes down.

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38. Google analytics

Google Analytics is the enterprise-class web analytics solution that gives you rich insights into your website traffic and marketing effectiveness. Powerful, flexible and easy-to-use features now let you see and analyze your traffic data in an entirely new way. With Google Analytics, you’re more prepared to write better-targeted ads, strengthen your marketing initiatives and create higher converting websites.

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39. W3Counter

W3Counter is your free, hosted website analytics solution for answering the key questions about your website: who’s your audience, how they find your site, and what interests them.

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40. eLogic

Track and monitor the activities of your website. Knowing what your web page statistics are is the key to running a successful online business.

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Seven Useful Web Development Tips & Tools for Cross-Compatibility

As a web designer, you would think that the major Internet browsers would’ve come to some sort of agreement on standards and best practices after all this time. In reality, browser compatibility is a minefield of confusing conflicts and picky platforms that refuse to play nice with each other. Here are some useful tools and tips for riding out the waves:

Tip: Create a profile of your target audience.

cross-compatibilityYou could easily spend hours optimizing your pages for every browser from the first iteration of Mozilla forward. At some point you have to ask yourself, who is using this?

Does your website cater to contractors and DIY homeowners who may use their cell phone for texting, but are more comfortable surfing the net on a PC? Are you trying to reach C-level execs who have their iPhone surgically attached to their hand?

Think about their native technology environment, and prioritize your compatibility efforts based on the technology your audience prefers. The idea is to shape your message to their medium, or browser in this case.

Tip: Do not guess about what your audience is using.

Research and prioritize intelligently, and be prepared to back up your decisions with facts. Everyone loves seeing statistics.

Let’s say your client or your boss asks you to make the website compatible with their pet platform. You need something more compelling than, “Your browser is out of date; you should upgrade.” Let them know you mean business. “Your browser currently represents .5% of global browser users,” carries the weight of authority. And you can back it up.

Fun W3Schools Usage Statistics as of November 2009:
95% of browsers have JavaScript enabled
90% use Windows family operating systems
62% use Windows XP

Tool: W3Schools – Browser Share Statistics

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W3Schools has the latest numbers for browser share past and current. They offer a monthly breakdown of the most popular browser platforms, including which versions garner the lion’s share of users. Firefox and IE ( versions 6, 7, and 8 ) are the most common browsers. At the back of the pack, Google Chrome has captured 8.5 percent, with Safari holding 3.8 percent. These statistics are extracted from W3Schools’ log-files, but W3Schools monitors other sources around the Internet to assure the quality of these figures.

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Tool: W3Schools – Browser Display Statistics

This breakdown will show you what screen size visitors will most likely use to view your website. You can also see how colors will be viewed on your site.

Surprising, most computers are using a screen size of 1024×768 pixels or more, with a color depth of at least 65K colors. Remember the old standby screen size of 800×600? Only 4 percent of visitors actually use that setting!

Keep in mind, this data comes from W3Schools, a website catering to web technology hounds. Definitely a tech-savvy audience there. Your mileage may vary.

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Tip: Website audiences are unique.

Global averages are helpful, but the important thing is how your users see your site. Website audiences are unique as a fingerprint. Some web site users favor the latest technology, while others have grudgingly accepted email as a universal form of communication. Dig into your website analytics to find out what technology your visitors use to access your website.

“First get your facts; then you can distort them at your leisure,” – Mark Twain.

Tool: Google Analytics – Browser Capabilities

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Google has a fantastic (and free!) tool to analyze your own Browser statistics. From your dashboard, select Visitors > Browser Capabilities to access this tool. You can view by Browser alone, or look at the OS driving the browser technology.

This Analytics section provides very detailed information about your visitors. You can view typical screen resolutions, screen colors, operating systems, and so much more.

Wondering how your latest Flash creation or JavaScript app will play with your audience? You can see which version of Flash your visitors are using, and how many have JavaScript enabled.

Another useful feature of Analytics enables you to look at visits, time spent on site, new visits and bounce rates for these various browser segments. You can also view goals and conversions for each type of browser, OS, and screen resolution. See how these technologies affect your goals for the site.

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Tip: Do not idolize statistics.

cross-compatibilityIn the immortal words of Oscar Wilde, “The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.”

Keep in mind, many statistics may have incomplete or faulty browser detection. It is quite common by many web-stats report programs not to detect the newest browsers.

Also, if you find that a small segment of your traffic is extremely active or spending a lot of money on your site, you may want to optimize for them. Even if they’re a small part of the overall pie, they could be crucial to the success of your site.

“You cannot – as a web developer – rely only on statistics. Statistics can often be misleading.” – W3Schools

About the Author

Jessica Cox explores the far reaches of the Internet, researching the latest marketing,web design and development techniques for Aqua Vita Creative. Sign up for our newsletter for more news, tips and updates. @jessicafcox

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