Collection of Free Tools to Create a Mobile Version of Your Site

Every day, however, thousands of people are releasing mobile versions of their websites and seeing greatly increased levels of traffic as a result. Unless you optimize your website for mobile phone users soon, you could be left behind by the competition. Creating a mobile-friendly version of your site sounds like a daunting task, but it couldn’t be easier to do. Using one of the excellent tools below, you’ll be able to build, host and launch your mobile site with absolutely no coding knowledge whatsoever.

mobiReady (free)

You can’t build a mobile site using mobiReady. What you can do, however, is test your existing site for mobile usability. Enter your URL and press “Go” to get free reports, detailing how well your site displays on mobiles and any potential problem areas. You’re even given information regarding how much people in different parts of the world are charged to view your site. Continue reading

Sexy Light Box, Best lighbox tool for your blog & website.

SexyLightBox is a clone of classic Lightbox , but it’s more sexier and lightweight than the classic LightBox. It was built for web designers , so it is really easy to install and use.

SexyLightBox supports all sorts of images of different sizes, HTML elements and Now Area maps . The images larger than the browser, are adjusted automatically to see them completely. I really like the bouncy effect when the box comes out and resizes.

Image - Screenshot of SexyLightBox

SexyLightBox Compatible with Mootools 1.2.2 or jQuery 1.3.2 and All modern browsers like Internet Explorer. It also compatible with the following lightbox ,which was built using the same logic : Continue reading

open source web component, for displaying tweets in an Ajaxed interface

Ptwix is an open source web component, that is built with PHP, for displaying tweets in an Ajaxed interface.

It can be configured to show your tweets or the tweets of your friends.

Ptwix - Ajax/PHP Tweets

Once a webpage is loaded, the latest tweets are shown & “an update button” can make an Ajax call to get the new ones.

The component comes with 3 ready-to-use themes & new ones can be created by updating the CSS + images used.

Ptwix is so easy to install & it supports caching for faster loading.

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Best Resources collection, Starter Kits For Web Designers

In today’s article, we attempt to show you some of the best design starter kit we’ve come to know. You can download (for free) and use them right away, or customize your own copy that will come in handy in future, your choice. Full list after jump.

GUI, Form Elements and Web Components

From form elements like checkboxes, input fields, textareas to web design components like buttons, arrows, icons, badges and more.

Yahoo’s Design Stencil Kit
Probably one of the most complete kit for designers. GUI elements include calendars, grids, menus, mobile (general and iphone), navigation and pagination, tabs, UI controls and more! Comes in several format: OmniGraffle, Visio (XML), PDF, PNG and SVG.

yahoo stencil kit

Web Form Elements
With all these tabs, buttons, dropdowns in one single PSD file, it’s sure going to give you a kick start in interface design. Courtesy of sniperyu.

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A Life Guide for the Anti-Social Freelancer

In the workplace, we hear a lot about work-life balance and the need to be a well-rounded person.

For many freelancers language like that is reason enough to never work for another person again.

We aren’t very social animals and most of us aren’t normal workers either. Some of us do our best work at 2:00 in the morning after a feverish round of Halo 3.

Perhaps this T-shirt from ThinkGeek says it best:

Unfortunately there comes a time in the life of every freelancer when they must deal with that most dreaded of all creatures – other people. In order to prepare for this inevitable event, you have to look at your workday as a series of planned events. Sort of like a Warcraft raid, but only in real life. While we usually don’t have time to do anything but work, we have to make that time in order to keep our sanity. Continue reading