Create Your Free Developer Blog Using Hugo And Firebase

In this tutorial, I’ll demonstrate how to create your own blog using Hugo and deploy it on Firebase for free. Hugo is an open-source static site generator and Firebase is a Google platform that offers resources and services used to augment web and mobile development. If you’re a developer who does not have a blog yet but is interested in hosting one, this article will help you create one. To follow these steps, you need to know how to use Git and your terminal.

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Smashing Podcast Episode 13 With Laura Kalbag: What Is Online Privacy?

In this episode of the Smashing Podcast, we’re talking about online privacy. What should web developers be doing to make sure the privacy of our users is maintained? I spoke to Laura Kalbag to find out.
Show Notes Laura Kalbag’s personal website Small Technology Foundation Better Blocker Site.js Weekly Update “How To Make Life Easier When Using Git,”
by Shane Hudson “Visual Design Language: The Building Blocks Of Design,”

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Releasing The Ethical Design Handbook When We Needed It Most

Ethics is a timely subject for all of us who work on digital products, so it was no surprise The Ethical Design Handbook was well received. There is a real need for practical solutions beyond just complying with the law. The book offers ways to evaluate current practices, create opportunities for change when needed, and embed ethical design into your workflow.
Something Good In The Mail As printed copies started to make their way around the world, we got to see some happy responses and thoughtful reviews:

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Django Highlights: Templating Saves Lines (Part 2)

Some no-frills approaches to building websites require a developer to write every line of HTML by hand. On the other extreme, commercial no-code site builders create all of the HTML for the user automatically, often at the expense of readability in the resultant code. Templating is around the middle of that spectrum, but closer to hand-written HTML than, say, generating page structure in a single-page application using React or a similar library.

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Building A Web App With Headless CMS And React

In this tutorial, you’ll learn what Headless CMS is, and the pros and cons of Headless CMS. In the end, youll have built a shopping cart using GraphCMS (a (backend-only content management system). After that, you can go ahead and build any web app of your choice using a headless CMS and React.
To follow along, you need to have Node and npm/yarn installed on your machine. If you do not have that done already, follow these quick guides to install yarn or npm on your machine.

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Stay Positive, Stay Creative (April 2020 Wallpapers Edition)

In times like these where our everyday life is pausing and we’re trying to find strategies to cope with this situation we all find ourselves in at the moment, little routines can help give us a sense of security and familiarity — no matter if it’s having a cup of coffee in the midday sun on your balcony, calling an old friend in the evenings, or trying out a new recipe every day.

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Visual Design Language: The Building Blocks Of Design

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”
— Steve Jobs Like written words are to language, fonts, colors, shapes and icons are to visual design. An effective visual design language not only acts as a communication framework for all stakeholders on a product development team, but unites a brand and its customers to ensure that a company’s brand identity matches a customer’s brand perception.

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Smart Interface Design Patterns Checklists PDF

Sharing the things we have learned is at the heart of everything we do at Smashing. That goes for the team as well as our authors, and Vitaly has been working on a set of checklists to accompany his workshop, Smart Interface Design Patterns. The resulting PDF is 152 pages packed with useful information to help you create better interfaces. And, we’re offering it to you free of charge.
These checklists are based on the work Vitaly has been doing for many years, exploring and examining examples of desktop and mobile interfaces.

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What Should You Do When A Web Design Trend Becomes Too Popular?

I read an interesting article on Forbes recently about language saturation. Here’s the problem:
Consumers don’t always understand the technicalities of what businesses do or the solutions they’ve created for them. So, copywriters use jargon that translates something like “Internet-connected devices with computing capabilities” into “smartphones”, “smart watches” and “smart speakers”.
Some of these buzzwords spread like wildfire and it soon becomes impossible to find a brand or website that doesn’t use them.

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How To Increase Mobile Conversions With Category Page Design

For e-commerce designers, it’s easy to focus on designing the home page, individual product pages as well as the checkout experience because they’re obvious stepping stones along the mobile shoppers’ journey. Based on the following data, though, category pages also have a role to play — as the intermediary between search engines and e-commerce websites.
Jill Kocher Brown, the SEO Director of JumpFly, shared the following research at SMX West 2020:

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