MooTools Plugins and Tutorials. Roundup from DesignFloat

Hey guys, today we want to offer you to have a look at the best of what MooTools can offer. This compact JavaScript framework can spice up your site by means of bringing the interactivity and effectiveness into its design. In this roundup we have compiled a great collection of the most popular plugins, scripts and tutorial for MooTools that can be helpful for the professional users and those who make the first steps. So, you are welcome to enter the entertaining world of MooTools and we hope that this roundup will be a good start for you.

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20+ MooTools Plugins


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40 Seriously Awesome MooTools Tutorials and Plugins


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5 Usefull WordPress Hacks

The following article will introduce something that we consider to be highly important and useful – we’re talking about WordPress hacks. The internet these days is truly over-flowing with offers and advice on WordPress hacks issue, as everyone wants to customize their WordPress presence to make their blog the one that really stands out. Nothing wrong with that of course, but all too often the hacks you find on the net can be purely confusing for anyone who isn’t already an expert WordPress user or a programmer. So, we hope that these WordPress hacks will be particularly useful to WordPress newbies who are searching for useful, quick, and easy-to-use WordPress hacks.

WordPress hacks for social networks

You shouldn’t underestimate the value of social networks as they can give a maximum exposure to your blogs. With two biggest social networks continuing to be Facebook and Twitter it would be careless indeed not to include WordPress hacks that you can use for them. Whilst your blog subscribers can automatically receive an alert to a new posting – why not to add an automatic “blog share on Facebook” link, so that your blog posting could be automatically available to your Facebook followers and shared by them as well. Within the loop simply add this code to your single.php file:

[Sharing blogs on Facebook code:]

<a href=”http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php ?u=<?phpthe_permalink();?>&t=<?php the_title(); ?>” target =”blank”> share on Facebook</a>

Presuming you’re loving Twitter as much as Facebook, then no doubt you’ll be keen to know how to get all your Twitter followers to retweet your blog post further. OK, so there’s a WordPress plugin to send new blog posts to Twitter, but what about old postings? To get your Twitter friends retweeting even your old blog entries add the following code, above or below the posting loop and outside the ‘div’ containing “the_content”.

[Code for Tweeting old blog postings:]

<a href=”http://twitter.com/home?status=RT @HackWordPress<?phpthe_title ();?><?php echoget_settings(‘home’); ?>/?p=<? phpthe_ID(); ?>”>Tweet This</a>
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Magical Realism in Paintings by Michael Parkes

You probably have seen a lot of awesome surreal paintings, but today I want to show you something special – the works by the world’s most popular magical realist. Perhaps, you have guessed the name of the person we are going to talk about. Yeah, he is Michael Parkes, a well-known painter, a sculptor, and a stone lithographer. His metaphysical and spiritual works evoke your imagination and invite you to the dream world. The fascinating atmosphere of these pieces of art is really magnetizing. As the artist says, he depicts in his paintings something more than the average person can see. People always miss something in the everyday life, ‘cause each of us perceives the world around from the subjective point of view. The works from Michael Parkes’ gallery with their philosophical and mythological tone open the gates to the other realms. In this post you can find the most wonderful artworks by Michael Parkes and I offer you to enjoy them together.

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Paintings by Michael Parkes
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Paintings by Michael Parkes
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Useful Joomla Flash Modules

Hello folks, today we will talk about Flash and Joomla CMS or how you can combine these two on one website. Flash has always been a technology which delivers extremely spectacular visual effects to the visitors and Joomla CMS is a very popular software used by millions of users from all over the world. So, today we are going to share with you a collection of Joomla modules that will help you to implement Flash technology at your website. We’ve tried to collect various modules to cover different aspects of website’s functionality. As usually, feel free to share your opinion concerning this topic and to forget to take a look at Essential Joomla Extensions you need to Install First.

1. Simple Video Flash Player

This Joomla module is a great software that plays a single video file from a URL or unlimited video files from a playlist, from youtube, supports major formats (FLV, MP4, MP3, AAC, JPG, PNG and GIF).

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2. SWFobject module

SWFobject Joomla module allows embedding Flash objects using syntax of SWFobject script leaving HTML code clean. It is compatible with Joomla 1.5 and Joomla 1.6.

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Must See Photoshop CS5 Tutorials. Roundup from DesignFloat

Since Adobe Photoshop CS5 was released, the designers have been raving about this product. The situation hasn’t changed today and you can still observe the huge interest in it. It’s not surprising, ‘cause Photoshop CS5 offers a number of powerful features that can make your work with it easier. It shows great results and today we will speak about how to use all these advantages in your work. Of course, learning Adobe Photoshop CS5 can be a sort of a challenge, but well-done tutorials can always help you. This round-up features a good collection of simple and video tutorials that will take you from beginner to expert. There is no need to wait, try them out just now!

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100 + Stunning Adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorials


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Round-Up of Photoshop CS5 Tutorials


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Kate MccGwire’s Feather Art – Intrinsically Discomfiting and Beautiful

Kate MccGwire is a London based artist who creates some really haunting art pieces using feathers in a deliberately overwhelming quantity. The serpentine feather formations she makes usually have an uncanny shape flow and invade space with truly uncommon surrealistic effects. The artist sorts and trims these feathers to envisage the very concept of beauty as something more complex. In every artwork the viewer can find different layers of meaning, cultural associations, and various mind states buried within the abstract physical form. Basically, that’s her attempt to have us rethink and reexamine our preconceptions of beauty, which may initially entice and then strongly repel or vice-versa. Contemplate her works and feel keenly this duality of our seeing, feeling and thinking – the ideas will be triggered resonating in your mind.

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20 Minimal WordPress Designs. Stylish Layout Solutions

Speaking about the latest trends in design, we should mention minimal style that gives professional and effective look to the web presence. In today’s post we’ve compiled the variety of minimal WordPress designs in order to show you the most interesting and catchy WordPress layout solutions that correspond the mentioned above design trend. Along with simplicity, minimal design also gives an opportunity to highlight the key points of the website and bring them in the focus of attention. Here you will find minimal WordPress designs of galleries, music bands, studios and 5 minimal WordPress themes as a bonus that you can use for your future projects. All of them feature catchy typography, elegant style, clean layout – everything you need to convey the information in the effective way. All these themes have links to the original sources where you can get them. So, let’s browse this tiny collection!

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Loja Birds

Minimal WordPress Designs
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Pop Faces by Joshua Scott. Iconic Status from a Different Angle

Perhaps, you have heard about the interesting series ‘Pop Faces’ by Joshua Scott and now you have great opportunity to check it out in today’s post dedicated to the art of this author. The most curious fact about these works of art is that they depict photos of well-known people in the unusual way. Each work is the photo of the crumpled photo of the iconic person. You can say that there is nothing special in such works and I will argue in favor of their originality, ‘cause they offer you to look at the famous people from a different perspective. What can be more interesting than to see the well-known things or people in the new light? In this collection you will find photos of a number of stars that you know quite well. Try to guess who they are.

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Pop Faces by Joshua Scott
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Pop Faces by Joshua Scott
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Frightening Proximity of the Past – WWII Photo Collages by Sergey Larenkov

Sergey Larenkov is a talented Russian photographer that took some old WWII pictures and combined them with perspective-matching photos that were taken nowadays. This simple technique brings awesome results by creating original time portals that help us to see the World War II from the different angle. Here you’ll see some absolutely legendary photos that are contextually mixed up with the present days captured in one single composition. At first it looks like WWII ghosts appeared at the streets of St. Petersburg, Vienna, Berlin and other cities. But if we take a closer look we can see that these photos are bringing us to another reality without any time limits and those are not ghosts. Btw, you can visit Sergey Larenkov’s livejournal page.

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PHP Tutorials to Enhance Your Skills. Roundup from DesignFloat

You always need to spend some time in order to find the useful information you are looking for. We have decided to help you and share the collection of PHP tutorials in this roundup. Whether you are a professional who knows a lot about this scripting language, or it is not your strong point, this information will become helpful for you. In this collection you will find a lot of PHP tutorials that will teach you PHP from the beginning, and also get useful tips and solutions from the professionals. We hope that these PHP tutorials will help you strengthen your skills in PHP.

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30 Awesome PHP Tutorials

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25+ PHP Tutorials & Techniques

PHP Tutorials

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