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10 Useful Text Enhancing Plugins for WordPress

By / Nov 9, 2009 / Resources

Out of the box, WordPress is an amazing product and comes loaded with tons of features. However, one area that might be lacking is text formatting. There’s not really any tools built in to do things like dynamic image replacement, code highlighting, and other styling to improve the look of your text. Luckily there is…

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The Best Free Fonts of 2009

By / Nov 6, 2009 / Freebies

As this year comes to a close, we can look back and see that 2009 was a big year for typography. We saw more web designs with a focus on type, and there were some pretty amazing fonts released. Here are some of the best free fonts from this past year. A few of the…

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Ten Tips for Becoming a Better WordPress Developer

By / Nov 5, 2009 / Tips

It’s no secret that here at Web Design Ledger, we love WordPress. It’s what powers this website as well as inspires the content we publish on a regular basis. We’ve discussed WordPress numerous times before on the site and today we’re going to cover some of the things you can do to become a better…

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WDL Premium: Light Grunge Textures

By / Nov 4, 2009 / Premium

Sometimes you just need to add a hint of grunge to your designs, rather than a big dirty mess and that’s where these subtle grunge textures come in. I created them in Photoshop by combining several different textures in separate layers to get the final effect that you see. I hope you guys can find…

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Web Design Trends for 2010

By / Nov 2, 2009 / Tips

With a new year on the horizon, it’s time to pack away the old, worn web designs and prepare for the brave, new face of tomorrow. Although trends don’t start and stop on January 1st, there is a definite shift from what we craved at the beginning of the year to what we are seeking…

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Convert Your PSD’s into Web Pages with SiteGrinder 2

By / Nov 2, 2009 / Tools

If you’re the type of Web Designer that doesn’t like to get your hands dirty with XHTML and CSS, SiteGrinder 2 could become your best friend. It’s a plugin for Photoshop that can turn a design into a fully functional website. This means you will no longer need to outsource the programming of your designs.

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A Showcase of Fresh Logo Designs to Inspire You

By / Oct 30, 2009 / Inspiration

In past articles, we’ve shown you beautiful logos for inspiration and tutorials on designing logos. Since we believe you can’t have too much design inspiration, here is another set of awesome logo designs to spark your creativity.

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12 Essential Plugins that Extend WordPress as a CMS

By / Oct 29, 2009 / Resources

Over the past couple of years WordPress has grown into much more than just a blogging platform. People are now using it as a CMS (Content Management System) to power many different types of websites. Using WordPress more as a standard CMS often requires some creative thinking when building themes and setting up the structure…

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15 Free Online Tools for Web Designers on a Budget

By / Oct 28, 2009 / Tools

About two years ago when I became a full time freelance web designer, I made it a point to operate with little overhead. Even though I was confident I could make it as a freelancer, there was some fear that things might not go as planned. Because of this, I didn’t go out and spend…

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WDL Premium: Go Media Doodles Vector Pack

By / Oct 27, 2009 / Expired Premium

Here’s another high quality vector pack for our WDL Premium Members. Doodles, from the amazing designers at Go Media, is a really detailed pack of hand drawn patterns, worms, noodles, and other squiggly and sketchy artwork. Hand-drawn artwork is making a resurgence as designers look away from the computer for design elements.