Weekly Mash Up #6

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Hi guys, its time for the Weekly Mashup! Each week I take some of the best and most useful articles I can find on the web and share them with everyone. I do not share every great article out there, I share what other mashup articles have not. Evolutionary Design’s mashup has resources on topics in Design, Photography, WordPress, SEO, Freelance, Business, and Inspirational Articles. When I come across great resource articles for design and new media, I will also share them here as well.

This week’s was a great week for reading articles. I had a lot more time to catch up on my favorite blogs so this week’s list is a lot longer. The articles listed here are but a few of my favorite articles of the week and each one has a snippet copied directly from the article or I created a summary for the article. This week I found articles on CSS Floats, Photoshop and Photography tutorials, WordPress Development, Facebook Iframes, Blogging tips, SEO and social media articles and really cool photography list of abandoned hospitals and theaters.

Design and Development

CSS Floats 101

“The float property is a valuable and powerful asset to any web designer/developer working with HTML and CSS. Tragically, it can also cause frustration and confusion if you don’t fully understand how it works. Also, in the past, it’s been linked to some pretty nasty browser bugs so it’s normal to get nervous about using the float property in your CSS rule sets. Let’s calm those nerves and ease that frustration. I’ll show you exactly what the float property does to your elements and how incredibly useful it can be once you master it.”

Useful Photoshop Tips And Tricks For Photo Retouching

“When it comes to designing in Photoshop, there is a myriad of ways one could use to achieve a certain result, especially when it comes to photo retouching. Designers use technique they are most confident as well as comfortable with, which is great because it’s always useful to peek into the workflow of our colleagues and learn new design approaches. We have had articles on cloning, compositing, masks and obscure Photoshop time-savers in the past. This article is different.

I’ll be covering some of the useful techniques and tricks which I’ve learned from my experience. You may know some of them, but hopefully not all of them. All images used in this article were purchased and are used according to their licenses. The second part of this post will be published in 2 weeks.”

Creating Tag List or Tag Cloud for a Specific Category

“There are a few plugins that are supposed to enable filtering tags for specific category. For example: TDO Tag Fixes and Sensitive Tags.However, I always prefer to use functions whenever possible in order to avoid plugins that provide more than you need or not exactly what you need and may also slow down your blog.

Ten Things Every WordPress Plugin Developer Should Know

“Plugins are a major part of why WordPress powers millions of blogs and websites around the world. The ability to extend WordPress to meet just about any need is a powerful motivator for choosing WordPress over other alternatives. Having written several plugins myself, I’ve come to learn many (but certainly not all) of the ins-and-outs of WordPress plugin development, and this article is a culmination of the things I think every WordPress plugin developer should know. Oh, and keep in mind everything you see here is compatible with WordPress 3.0+.”

Tutorial: Add an iFrame Application to your Facebook Fan Page – 2011 Edition

“Over the coming weeks, we will be posting a series of tutorials to help you get started with using iFrame applications on your Fan Page. “

9 Tips To Make Your Website Load Faster

“One of the most important aspects of any website is loading time.  No matter how flashy your graphics or interesting your content is, if it doesn’t appear to the visitor in a speedy manner, it’s unlikely they’ll ever see any of it.  Below we’ve outlined some helpful tips to ensure that your website will load in a blink of an eye and keep your viewers in place!”

Blogging

Are Sinister Sites Stealing Your Link Juice?

This article is about trackbacks / pingbacks and how some bad neighborhood sites might take your article and change it up by changing the title and trying to target different keywords in hopes that a blog owner doesn’t moderate their trackbacks. When this happens, the good blog owners leak link juice to these bad sites.

Freelance

7 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Starting A Project

“Before you decide on working on your own project, you will have to ask yourself some simple questions that will definitely be helpful.”

Photography

20+ Useful Digital Photography Tutorials, Techniques and Effects

“One way to learn all of these is by watching tutorials – these are really helpful and make it easier for you to understand what you have to do. Check out this collection of photography tutorials and techniques that will hopefully help you.”

Social media

7 Ways to Protect Your Facebook Page from Identity Thieves

“Facebook is a goldmine for phishing schemes, and they are targeting Facebook accounts more than email accounts now.

Most people are completely unaware of the information on their profile’s that is available to would-be hackers, and it is this ignorance that is leading to more accounts being compromised every day.  S

o what can you do to make sure that your Facebook account is protected from identity thieves?  Here are 7 tips to help keep your account under lock and key.”

Facebook’s New Fan Page Design – The Good, the Bad & the Ugly!

“Today, Facebook announced the anticipated changes to Fan Pages. After a bumpy start — Page tab width was temporarily reduced to 492px, creating quite an outcry! — things seem to have settled down.

But as the dust settles, and Page admins begin to work within the confines of the new layout, one begins to see the downside to these new "improvements"…..”

SEO

What Keywords Do I Rank For?

“As you start tracking your rankings and taking SEO more seriously, you’re bound to ask the question (and we hear it a lot) – "What are ALL of the keywords that my site ranks for?" Sounds simple enough, but it turns out this question isn’t just complicated – it’s probably unanswerable.”

Inspiration

The Hidden Inner Beauty of Abandoned Hospitals and Theaters

“What is it about abandoned places that draws our interest and opens our imaginations? An empty, disused building simply seems to beckon passers-by, tempting us to step inside and take a look at what happens to structures once humans leave them behind. Photographer Matt Lambros heeds that call, exploring and photographing these mysterious empty spaces. His incredible photographs express all of the history, loneliness and hope that are inherent in abandoned places.”

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About James

James spends most of his free time using social media and loves to teach others about design, web development, CSS, SEO, and social media. He is addicted to Wordpress, social media, and technology. You can reach him on his, personal website, Do not forget to follow him on Twitter @element321

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