Want UX Inspiration? Look To Classic Video Games

Web designers are always looking for inspiration. Something that will jumpstart our creativity and lead us to reach new heights.

Quite often, we find what we’re looking for by studying other websites. And there’s certainly nothing wrong with that. Design communities such as Awwwards and Behance offer plenty of worthy examples. The very best of these websites is something we can learn from and aspire to.

But it can also be beneficial to explore other forms of design. Websites may be the most relevant, but they certainly aren’t the only creations that can inspire us.

Take classic video games, for example. Sure, they may not be much to look at in terms of graphics. Those pale by today’s standards.

But they do have something to say about usability and intuitive design. And those are lessons that web designers can take to heart.

Press Play for Hours of Fun

Some of my fondest childhood memories were made in the arcade. For a small-town kid, the arcade was a place to explore the world (along with a few outer galaxies).

By dropping my quarter into a game’s slot, I could be anything and everything. A pilot, racecar driver, athlete, or commando. The only limits were the number of coins in my mother’s purse (or those she was willing to part with, at least).

Much to the chagrin of dear old mom, I could turn just a few of those quarters into a whole lot of playing time. I can still recall her walking up to me in the middle of an intense game, tapping my shoulder and asking when I was going to be done.

My response? “Aw, can’t dinner wait? I’m winning!”

This brings a smile to my face – but also a thought. How was I able to make those coins last for so long? I wasn’t a particularly skilled player. For sure, there were other kids who stretched their minuscule allowances even further.

What was the secret to my hours-long gaming sessions? Maybe it had something to do with how those games were designed…

The Challenges of Arcade Game Design

One can imagine the challenges faced by game designers – especially in an era when technology wasn’t so advanced. Chief among them was creating a game that anyone can reasonably master within a few minutes.

This was vital in a fast-paced arcade environment. The machine not only had to grab a potential player’s attention, but it also had to quickly educate them in the quest to create a loyal customer.

Regardless of the game’s premise, there were a common set of usability concerns to think about:

  • Instructions for play had to be minimal. They were either printed in tiny fonts directly on the machine or displayed on the screen. Either way, designers couldn’t expect players to spend a lot of time reading. Therefore, only the basics could be covered.
  • Controller options were limited. In many cases, a couple of buttons and joysticks were the main instruments. Steering wheels, pedals, and trackballs were also possibilities. Designers had to work within these limitations without making things too complex.
  • The game needed to guide players. Since there were no detailed instruction manuals or online resources, the game had to lead users in the right direction. This was often done through the demo mode that was displayed before players inserted a coin. It helped attract people to the game and show them how it was played. In-game helpers like arrows or other visual cues also played a role.

These could be monumental challenges for game designers. But the most enduring games seem to be the ones that got it right.

One shining example is the longtime favorite PAC-MAN. There’s no big secret as to why it has endeared itself to gamers for over 40 years.

By watching the game’s demo mode, a player could gain a clear understanding of what it was all about. The dead-simple joystick control required very little physical skill.

Within a couple of minutes, you could find your way around the maze, elude a few ghosts, and conquer that first level. Even as subsequent levels became harder, it always left you wanting more.

That sounds a little bit like what web designers strive to accomplish, no?

PAC-MAN's "Game Over" screen.

What Do Websites and Video Games Have in Common?

Perhaps websites and old-school video games are a few lightyears apart in terms of technology. But many of their end goals are strikingly similar.

In both cases, designers have very little time to make a first impression. If a website doesn’t provide users with an immediate path forward, it’s likely “game over.”

Games drew attention with flashing screens and loud noises. That was necessary for a busy, competitive environment. Websites have to be a bit more subtle. But the desired result is the same – to entice users to stick around and keep coming back.

And, just as with classic games, a simple UI tends to work better on the web. A website that is too hard to navigate or fails to meet accessibility standards will not become a fan favorite.

The worst games tended to be the most overwhelming to play. The same can be said for poorly designed websites. No one wants to waste their time and money on something that isn’t enjoyable to use.

Then there’s the challenge of educating users on completing specific tasks. In the world of web design, visual cues like onboarding UIs and microinteractions are the name of the game.

Arcade machines.

Learn from the Classics

Back when I first became a web user, I experienced feelings of awe and wonder. Never being one to pick up on the obvious, it took me a few years to realize when and where I’d felt that way before.

Just as the arcade could easily transport me into a scene from Star Wars, the web took me to all kinds of places I’d never been. Once again, it felt like the universe was at my fingertips.

And now, in the same spirit of game designers from back in the day, being a web designer means guiding users. It’s about building an interface that takes people where they want to go.

The details of the mission may be different. But the goal is still to get users on to that next level.

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The 10 Best Templates for Creating Business Brochures

A business brochure is an important marketing asset that can help get your business noticed. You can hand them out during networking events and leave them in local cafes’ to raise awareness about your products and services.

In this post, we’ve rounded up the best business brochure templates that are easy to edit and customize. You can use them as a starting point, add your information, and customize the colors and fonts, or you can use them as an inspiration to create a unique business brochure design.

We also have collections of the best poster templates, social media kits, flyer templates, business card templates, stationery templates, and project proposal templates.

Square Brochure Template (By Ashuras Sharif, Adobe Photoshop Format)

This Square Brochure template starts off the roundup strong with a modern and high-end design. It includes 16 unique page layouts and comes with defined character and paragraph styles.

Clean & Modern Multipurpose Brochure V2 (By Pro-Gh, Adobe Photoshop Format)

This clean and modern multi-purpose brochure is a perfect choice for any type of business. The template comes with paragraph and character styles, swatches, styles for your spreadsheet / financial info, block quotes, key figures layout, and much more.

Clean Modern Multipurpose brochure business template format

Royal Red Business Brochure (By LeoneDanieli, Adobe Photoshop Format)

Consider the Royal Red Business Brochure if you’re looking for a cutting-edge design. This template for a creative business brochure is perfect for corporate or other business promotion with 22 pages, clearly defined character and paragraph styles, and premade color palette.

Royal Red brochure business template format

The Corporate Brochure (By Graphix Shiv, Adobe Photoshop Format)

The Corporate Brochure template is a perfect choice if you’re looking for a clean and modern design. The template includes 20 pages and was designed in A4 and US letter size format. You’ll also find paragraph styles and a color palette that’s easy to customize.

Corporate brochure business template format

Creative Brochure Template Vol.03 (By RahardiCreative, Adobe Photoshop Format)

This creative brochure template is perfect for any type of creative business such as designers, illustrators or artists. The template includes 12 pages and you can easily customize fonts and colors to match your brand.

Creative brochure business template format

Business Brochure (By Voltury, Adobe Photoshop Format)

The Business Brochure template features a modern and trendy design. With over 20 pages that include everything from company introduction to services overview and contact information; you’ll find everything you need to create a powerful brochure for your business.

brochure business template format

Minimal Brochure Vol II (By sz81, Adobe Photoshop Format)

Try the Minimal Brochure Vol 2 template if you’re looking for a minimal design style. This template was designed in A5 size and includes 18 pages. You’ll also find a defined character and paragraph styles and a pre-made color palette that’s easy to customize.

Minimal brochure business template format

Burst Brochure Corporate (By Dirtylinestudio, Adobe Photoshop Format)

This 16-page portfolio and brochure template is perfect for designers working on interior design catalogs, product catalogs, product/graphic design portfolios, and other creative projects. Simply replace the information with your own, customize the visual styles, and the template is ready to print.

 brochure business template format

Impala Brochure Template (By Dirtylinestudio, Adobe Photoshop Format)

The Impala template is a modern brochure template that includes 16 pages in was designed in A4 format. It’s perfect for product catalogs or any other type of creative business brochure. You can easily add more pages or adjust the paragraph styles to match your brand.

Impala brochure business template format

Sport Square Brochure (By Kahuna Design, Adobe Photoshop Format)

Try the Sport Square Brochure if you’re working on a sports brochure design. This template includes well-defined character and paragraph styles. It also includes a well-organized structure with images and text on separate layers.

Sport Square brochure business template format


You can easily design a gorgeous brochure for any business, thanks to creative and modern brochure templates. Start by browsing through our collection of best brochure templates and use them to get your creative juices flowing so you can design an attention-grabbing brochure for any industry.

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10 Free WordPress Plugins for Adding & Extending Google Maps

Adding basic maps to your WordPress website is a breeze. With Google Maps, you’re able to copy and paste the provided embed code into your page or post using the Gutenberg block editor or the Classic Editor.

But if you want to add some more advanced functionality, you can look to some outstanding plugins for help.

Here are 10 free WordPress plugins that will allow you to both add and extend map functionality on your website:

WP Google Maps

There’s plenty of flexibility with WP Google Maps. First, you can choose between Google Maps or OpenLayers APIs. From there, you can create a map with one or more markers and theme it to match your website.

As if that’s not enough, the plugin works via old-school shortcodes or via a custom Gutenberg block. The pro version adds useful features like directions, display templates, and KML/KMZ file imports.

Map Block for Google Maps

If you’re looking for a simple way to add maps to your WordPress website, Map Block is worth a look.

Working in conjunction with the Gutenberg block editor, it lets you quickly add a Google Map to any page. Options are limited to zoom level, map height, and (of course) the address you want to display.

Map Block for Google Maps

WP Google Map Plugin

Use WP Google Map Plugin to create custom categorized maps for your website. Add your own touch by uploading a custom map marker, set a custom zoom level, and choose between four map styles.

The map’s information window can also be customized with your message. Pro users get the ability to cluster map markers, display map listings in grid or list formats, and more.

WP Google Map Plugin

Maps Plugin using Google Maps for WordPress – WP Google Map

WP Google Map helps you build custom maps that can be embedded into your content via a shortcode (if you’re using the Classic Editor, a button is added to the toolbar).

The plugin lets users drag map markers around the canvas, and switch their region/language. A premium version adds the ability to create unlimited maps and markers, along with adding custom images to a location’s info window.

Maps Plugin using Google Maps for WordPress – WP Google Map

WP Map Block – Gutenberg Map Block for Google Map and OpenStreet Map

Tired of messing around with API keys for Google Maps? WP Map Block doesn’t require a key, as it displays custom maps via an iframe.

Add multiple markers, set the desired zoom level and size – that’s all there is to it. If you don’t need the extra features that come along with the API, this is a great alternative.

WP Map Block – Gutenberg Map Block for Google Map and OpenStreet Map

MapPress Maps for WordPress

MapPress features a popup editor that makes creating custom maps easy. Maps can be created directly within the Gutenberg block editor (the Classic Editor is also supported), with plenty of custom settings.

In addition, you can save maps to a “library”, which allows you to use them repeatedly throughout your website. A pro version offers support for custom markers, templates, and a “mashup” block.

MapPress Maps for WordPress

WP Store Locator

If your business has multiple locations, use WP Store Locator to add user-friendly, interactive maps to your website. Users will be able to filter locations by their radius and get driving directions to each location.

You’ll be able to add vital info like phone numbers, business hours, and other custom meta information to each location. The look of your map is also customizable.

WP Store Locator

Google Maps CP

Google Maps CP offers a way to add location data to a WordPress page or post. It’s an interesting concept for news-based sites that have reporters in various locations or even a travel blog.

Users can use this data to find related posts from the same area. Locations can be defined either by a physical address or point coordinates.

Google Maps CP

Google Map with FancyBox Popup

Rather than displaying Google Maps within your content, Google Map with FancyBox Popup allows for display inside a popup window.

This can be a nice solution for sites that need to show multiple maps without affecting performance or don’t want them to distract from other content.

Google Map with FancyBox Popup

GeoDirectory – Directory Plugin

Use GeoDirectory – Directory Plugin to create a global (or regional) business or member directory for your website. The plugin supports CSV import (and export) to allow for fast directory building.

GeoDirectory – Directory Plugin

Do More with Maps

Adding maps to your WordPress website can go well beyond the basics. With the plugins above, you’ll be able to add more detailed information and elements of interactivity. Maps are also easier to create and customize than ever before. Use these tools to add a truly useful dimension to your site.

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Pondering the Future of the WordPress Sidebar

The WordPress sidebar has been a mainstay feature of both free and commercial themes. It seems that, no matter how the content management system (CMS) evolves, the sidebar has triumphantly (and, perhaps defiantly) come along for the ride.

How has it survived this long? For one, it continues to serve a useful purpose. It houses various widgets that can be consistently displayed throughout a website. Through the help of a plugin or theme, you can even display a sidebar or specific widgets based on things like the current page, post type, and user login status.

And, despite its name, a sidebar can be placed virtually anywhere within a template and arranged vertically or horizontally. Not only will you see them on the left or right side, but within footers and content areas as well.

But things are changing. Now that the WordPress Widgets screen has adopted a UI similar to that of the Gutenberg block editor, it’s worth wondering what the future holds for this theme staple.

Today, we’ll take a quick trip back in time and examine what has made the sidebar so special. From there, it’s on to some potential ideas for a new era. Perhaps there’s a little life left in this old friend, after all.

The Most Flexible Part of a WordPress Theme

For many years, the sidebar brought something unique within the confines of WordPress. Namely, it was the antithesis of the old Classic Editor.

Whereas the Classic Editor was a basic WYSIWYG experience, the Widgets screen almost seemed futuristic. You had the ability to drag and drop individual widgets, reposition them however you like, and add new ones with a click. This was miles away from simply typing content into a box and formatting it.

Then there was the advanced functionality. Want to list all of the tags on your site? You can use the Tag Cloud widget. Want to curate a list of recent posts? It’s easily within reach – without having to utilize a single bit of code.

It was like blocks before there were blocks, people. And, while I’m not aware of any direct correlation, it’s not hard to see at least some philosophical similarity between the “classic” Widget screen and the block editor.

During its heyday, the sidebar ended up being the most flexible part of a WordPress theme – and it was built right into core. If you wanted that sort of functionality in the editor, it would require the use of a page builder plugin. That is until Gutenberg came along.

Blurring the Lines between Widgets and Blocks

There used to be a clear separation between widgets and other WordPress content types. Widgets looked and worked like nothing else in the back end. But that is no longer the case.

Now, virtually any Gutenberg block can be used in a sidebar. On the one hand, it adds a layer of flexibility that was missing. Sidebar content is no longer limited to just a list of posts, a search field, or login form.

At the same time, the block editor makes it possible to use content that was previously limited to sidebars – anywhere within a page. The result is that you no longer need a sidebar in order to add widget-like functionality.

The line has become blurred, if not altogether erased. Not to mention the fact that Full Site Editing (FSE) allows headers, footers and everything in-between to be tweaked via the editor.

This begs the question: what, if any, role does the sidebar have in modern WordPress themes?

The new, block-based WordPress Widgets screen.

Going Back to the Original Strength of the Sidebar

When you think about it, the WordPress sidebar has served as both a standalone feature and a workaround. It provided a way to do something that wasn’t possible with the Classic Editor.

However, the need to use it for workaround purposes has all but disappeared. At least, in the case of adding content or functionality to specific pages. That can be done just as well in the block editor itself.

You won’t, for instance, need to register a sidebar if you want to display a list of recent articles on a single page. Adding a block will accomplish the same thing, only easier.

Otherwise, the sidebar still remains relevant for niche use. Consider it for a situation where a consistent set of content needs to be displayed throughout a website or post type.

For example, if you want to provide users with a multicolumn area where they can log in, view the latest blog headlines and get the weather forecast, a sidebar may be the perfect solution. Users will have access to this content no matter where they are on your site. And you’ll be able to make edits in a centralized location.

And perhaps that’s more in line with the original idea of what a sidebar should do. We may have used it in all sorts of hacky ways, but that’s no longer necessary. Now, it’s just another tool that can be reserved for a specific use case.

A person uses a laptop computer.

The WordPress Sidebar Lives On

Maybe we can start likening the WordPress sidebar to the cockroach. Much like the pesky bug, sidebars are survivors – no matter what evolution throws at them.

The big difference is that the sidebar isn’t likely to be used as often as it once was (roaches, however, don’t appear to be any less prevalent). That’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Sidebars will still be there for the times when we need them. And they’ll still be good at what they do. Best of all, we no longer need to bend and shape them to fit an unintended use.

Instead of being a way to get around a limitation within WordPress, they’re a means to achieving a specific goal. That sounds like a pretty noble existence to me.

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Fresh Resources for Web Designers and Developers (September 2021)

There is lot happening this month in the tech industry; from Docker updating their business and plans, prominent WordPress businesses being acquired, Web3, NFT, as well as new resources and updates keep coming in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. This is why we’ve put a few of these to keep you updated.

First, we have some cool JavaScript libraries to create animations, a CLI tool to help you manage and deploy your WordPress site on DigitalOcean, there are also a couple of resources on CSS category that will improve how you write CSS in modern applications, and a lot more. Let’s take a look.

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Theatre.js is a JavaScript library to write animation. It comes with a rich UI called “Studio” which makes it more intuitive to use compared to similar libraries. It’s also feature-rich; you can use it to animate HTML, SVG, WebGL, or use it with a 2D/3D graphic JavaScript library like Three.js or Pixie.js.


A free open-source Command-line Interface (CLI) to manage your WordPress sites to DigitalOcean. The CLI allows you to manage your site efficiently, including provisioning servers.

You can also deploy the site, backup the site and do rollback, and even manage the DNS and SSL certificate with Let’s Encrypt. A great handy tool for WordPress power-users and SysOps.



A web application to generate preview of your site on Google and several social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Slack. You can use this tool to manage your site title, description, and image to ensure that they fit in and are optimised before sharing it on those sites.



“Houdini” makes CSS more powerful. It works similar to how the Custom Element works in HTML; it allows web developers to define custom CSS properties with their own custom functionalities.

So you can create something like --cool-text-decoration which will provide some custom richer text decoration than what the browser provides.



A JavaScript library that allows you to write CSS for your application right in the JavaScript files; also known as CSS-in-JS. The library optimized CSS as it’s compiled.

It delivers only the CSS that’s needed by the app component and supports server-side rendering. Also, Stitches is framework-agnostic so you can use it in any of your favorites whether it’s React.js, Vue.js, or Svelte.



Unplugin is a JavaScript library that aims to provide a unified system for creating plugin for build tools like Webpack, Rollup, and Vite. If you’re a developer looking to support several of these build tools, this is the library that you might want to look into that may save you time and speed up development.


React Render Tracker

Sometimes rendering a React.js component can be quite expensive for the browser to process and might affect the performance of the application. You can use this tool to inspect how many times the component is rendered on the browser.

You’d want to make sure that the component is not re-rendered excessively. A handy tool to debug and optimise your React.js application.

React Render Tracker

Great “Alt” Text

Alt text is an important piece of information on the image. It provides the additional information of the image that would benefit not only search engine but also assitive device. This allows your image to perform better on Search Engine and makes your website more accessible to users.

But how do you make a great “alt” text? Jake Archibaled of Google Developer Advocate have some tips for you.

Great "Alt" Text


This little tool can help you create a prototype of your next awesome web application fast. Rather than creating it from scratch, you can save time by using this tool to generate UI base styles with some defined parameters like Font Family, Text Size, Color Accent, and their proportion.

The tool will immediately generate the preview and base CSS that you can copy-paste it onto your website stylesheet.



A desktop application to connect and manage the database. It supports several types of database including MySQL, Postgres, SQLite, and SQL Server. With this application, you can perform several database operations conveniently such as creating or deleting database, run an SQL query, and more.

BeeKeeperStudio is available for macOS, Windows, and some Linux distros. It’s open-source and free; and it will always be free.


Filament Admin

Filament is a TALL (Tailwind, Alpine.js, Laravel, and Livewire) stack to build an Admin planel application. It’s pre-packaged with features that you would need to build a functioning standard application such as User Authentications, Authorization, and some utilities that make development easier and boost productivity.

Filament Admin


A JavaScript animation library with a focus on performance and simplicity. It leverages Animation API that allows it to stay small (3.1kb) while providing native animation features such as transform, transitions, and keyframes out of the box.

On top of that, it also provides options and easing to create an animation that feels more alive.



Recently changed its name to Cal.com, Calendso is an open-source tool to host and manage your own calendar application. It’s an overall good alternative to Google Calendar or Calendly especially if it needs to have full control over the data and customize however you like to fit in your business or development requirement.



A cross-browser JavaScript library for creating 3D or 2D objects. It uses WebGL for hardware-accelerated graphics. Designed for dynamic precision and visual quality, Cesium is the perfect library for creating interactive 3D models like globe, cityscape, terrain, and other dynamic visualization.



This is another cool JavaScript library worth mentioning. Dropzone.js turns any HTML element into, well, a “dropzone”. You can drag and drop a file onto it.

It will display the file preview, handle the upload process as well as render the progress. If you’re looking to improve the UX to upload files on your site, this is the JavaScript library you want.



A React Hook that improves as well as simplifies data fetching for a web application. Unlike the traditional data fetch, SWR covers the common requirements for a modern application with React.

Not only that it’s fast, lightweight, and reusable, but it’s also compatible with both SSR (Server-side Rendering) and SSG (Server-side Generator), React Suspense, and React Native. This library has got you covered so you can focus on developing the best of user experience for your application.



A self-hosted application for site monitoring. UptimeKuma features a nice interactive UI and supports a number of protocols such as the basic HTTP(S), TCP, Ping, or through DNS records.

You can set it to send notification to a number of channels including Email, Slack, Discord, Telegram, etc. UptimeKuma is a nice alternative to the commercial offering like Uptime Robot; it’s open-source, and you can add as many as the site you’d like to monitor without the additional $ cost.



A boilerplate and template to create an online portfolio quickly. It’s built with just HTML, CSS (Sass), and JavaScript. It’s preconfigured so all you need to do is to fill in the HTML page, customize the styles with Sass, and run NPM command to compile the styles. It’s fast, responsive, and since it’s just a static site you can easily deploy it to static site hosting like Netlify or Cloudflare Pages.



A carefully curated color palette aims to create clear, elegant designs following a minimal and flat style pattern. This palette has been translated to color some popular developer applications such as Atom, Coda, JetBrains, SublimeText, Terminal, and even Slack. A great initiative to tie your daily apps together with a unified color scheme.


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35 Popular Forums for Web Designers and Developers

Web designing and development are one of the most widespread professional careers. These are also rapidly emerging fields that require one to be up-to-date with the latest advancements. And what is a more better way to keep yourself updated than through discussion forums and professional communities.

This post lists some of the best and most reliable forums and communities for web designers and developers. Professionals from all around the world gather on these platforms to share ideas, seek solutions, and help resolve problems. Read on to know about each platform in detail.

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1. Designer Hangout

Designer Hangout is probably one of the most active communities for UX designers on the web. It has over 5000 members and a quite strict vetting process as they expect high-quality discussions.

2. #frontendDevelopers

#frontendDevelopers is an awesome place to find new gigs. Apart from that, you can get feedback from like-minded developers, learn the latest trends and share ideas on this forum.

3. Digital Point
Digital Point

Digital Point is the largest webmaster community in the world with a huge forum. There you can find discussions on various topics, such as search engines, business and marketing, design, development as well as buying, selling, and trade.

4. Coffee Cup
Coffee Cup

CoffeeCup Software was started in a real coffee shop in 1996 with a simple HTML Editor. The forum is aimed to help web designers create better websites. You can search forum discussions with the search box or via the categories.

5. Webdeveloper.com Forum
Webdeveloper.com Forum

Webdeveloper.com is a forum about general web development and programming. The site is separated into sections: client-side development, server-side development, and site management.

With over 39,000 posts and 2000 users, this forum is one of the most popular ones. You can get feedback on your work, find tutorials, ask questions about web design, SEO, photography, tools, business, freelancing, and much more.

6. Talk Graphics
Talk Graphics

Talk Graphics is a community for graphic designers and 3D artists. The registration process requires your date of birth, username, and email address. They have a lot of information about Xara products.

7. Graphic Design Forum
Graphic Design Forum

GDF is one of the biggest and oldest graphic design forums around with over 20k members. The community is active, large, and consists of a variety of general categories about web design, business, tools, and more.

8. Stack Overflow
Stack Overflow

It’s one of the most popular developer’s community sites with questions and answers. You develop a reputation by answering questions and through upvotes. Users with a higher reputation can comment, vote and even edit comments of other people.

9. Graphic Design Forums (UK)
Graphic Design Forums (UK)

Graphic Design Forums is a friendly community for designers of any kind and level. With over 18,000 users, the oldest message was posted back in 2008. Here you can share your ideas, ask questions and get answers.

10. Larachat

Larachat is a Slack channel devoted to learning about Laravel – a PHP framework. Talk to some of the best minds in Laravel in this supportive community full of experienced Laravel pros ready to help.

11. Bootstrap

Bootstrap is an HTML, CSS, and JS framework for popular UI components and interactions. You can join their great community of over 7,000 members and learn the latest Bootstrap tips and trends.

12. Webdesignforums.net

Webdesignforums.net is a huge community for designers with over 55,000 members. You can find answers to your questions in the following categories web design, design software, programming and development, web marketing, hosting, and server setup there.

13. HTML Forums
HTML Forums

HTML Forums is dedicated specifically to HTML and the logo says there are “electrifying discussions” there. Also, you can find information on traffic and links sale, domain names for sale, server administration and much more.

14. The SitePoint Forums
The SitePoint Forums

The SitePoint Forums is a great place to find answers on your questions about HTML, CSS, Marketing, JavaScript, PHP, .Net, Database, design and UX, hosting, and more.

15. Webdevforums

On Webdevforums, forum you can get feedback about your website, find useful tutorials, ask questions about marketing and SEO. Use categories at the bottom of the page to navigate the website.

16. Make WordPress
Make WordPress

Make WordPress is a Slack channel where everything about the WordPress open-source project is discussed which includes the project of the plugins, themes, translations, events, and the Core itself. Everyone can join the Slack channel and jump into the discussion.

17. Laminas PHP
Laminas PHP

Laminas is a collection of PHP libraries and framework that allows makes PHP application faster and easier. Shall you ever have a problem with these libraries, join the forum to get help from the helpful community or professional Laminas developers themselves. You can also have your work built the framework or provide feedback to improve the library.

18. Dev.to

Dev.to is not a forum per se technically, but it feels like one. It’s a free community blog where people can share their knowledge, ask questions, and join the discussion. It covers almost everything of software development from the language, the industry, career, tutorials, tips, and much more.

19. Laracast Discuss
Laracast Discuss

Laracasts is a popular video learning source to learn Laravel. You can join this forum for free and ask anything about the Laravel framework. The entire community is active and helpful.

20. Ghost Forum
Ghost Forum

This is the official forum of Ghost – a beautiful, free, and open-source CMS built on top of Node.js. In the forum, you can join the discussion on the development, news, post an idea or feature request, or buy and sell stuff related to Ghost.

21. Hacker News
Hacker News

In HackerNews, you can share and find the latest news from tech and anything related to entrepreneurship. It’s more like a mixed social media forum where users can chime in the discussion and vote or downvote the shared news. And the users are very active. If you get your site on the top page of HackerNews, be prepared to go viral.

22. Indie Hackers
Indie Hackers

A forum where developers share strategies, tips, and revenue numbers behind their companies and side projects. If you’d like to run your own digital business as developers or seeking advice, this one of the places you can join in for jus to be inspired.

23. ProductHunt Discussion
ProductHunt Discussion

Technically, ProductHunt is not a forum, but it gives the sense of community as in a traditional forum as you can jump in to discuss with other peers on the latest product thread, giving feedback, upvote or downvote product.

24. Symfony Devs
Symfony Devs

This is the official Slack channel of Symfony to connect with other PHP developers. You can join the community (of more than 600k members) from hundreds of countries for anything related to the framework of PHP development in general.

25. Figma Forum
Figma Forum

The forum where designers connect to help each other with issues, tips, and tricks to use Figma – the modern application design product – collaboratively.

26. HashNode

This is a platform for developers to share knowledge on various topics of web development (front-end to back-end, design, mobile apps, and desktop apps). It is an overall great place to connect with fellow developers and improve your skills.

27. Vue.js Forum
Vue.js Forum

Official Vue.js forum connects passionate Vue.js developers from all over the world. Here you can get help for the problem encountered in Vue.js, post or looking for a job, or simply share your work. Also available rooms in Vietnamese, Japanese, and French.

28. WordPress Support Forums
WordPress Support Forums

WordPress Support Forums is one of the greatest places to learn, share, and ask for help for anything related to run your own self-hosting WordPress, including the plugins and theme. WordPress forum is available in many locale languages.

29. Envato Forum
Envato Forum

Envato forum is a hub for creative people to share their work and learn from the Envato marketplace network. Whether you’re a designer, web developer, or even a photographer, this forum is one of the best places to grow your skill as a professional.

30. Photography Talk
Photography Talk

Possibly one of the long-running forums for photography, this forum is organized neatly into several categories with topics catering to beginners, including tips and tricks, editing, freelancing, and galleries, which makes it easy where you want to navigate in the forum.

31. Krita

Krita is alternative software for photo editing. And this forum is where you can join the vast community whether to find artwork inspiration, asking questions, and learn to use the software from the pros.

32. Graphic Design StackExchange
Graphic Design StackExchange

This forum is part of the network of StackExchange, aimed for designers to get help for anything related to graphic design from software-specific like Photoshop and Illustrator, technical tips to design topic or theory in general.

33. Photoshop Gurus Forum
Photoshop Gurus Forum

As one of the oldest forums for Photoshop, it caters to various topics related to Photoshop, from general techniques to software-related ones. You can also request help from professionals, whether for paid or for free.

34. CodeCademy Discuss
CodeCademy Discuss

People in this forum discuss anything and everything related to software development. You can learn, seek help, or even share your project to get feedback. You can also find opportunities to advance your career development in the software industry.

35. Blender Artists
Blender Artists

There is no better place to connect with Blender users than this forum. Consider this the home for the Blender community – where people come in to find inspiration, learn from tutorials and the pros, and overall to connect for work and fun.

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Microcopy – A collection of click-to-copy short text for use on your website.
Example from Microcopy

Theatre.js – A GUI-based JavaScript animation library.
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Dot HQ – Concerned about online privacy? Give this new web browser a try.
Example from Dot HQ

Motion One – This animation library promises “huge” performance while keeping a tiny file size.
Example from Motion One

Navigating Harsh Judgements and Self-Worth in Web Design – Some advice for tuning out the darkest parts of the web design community.
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Menu and Thumbnail Stack Animation – Learn the process behind this unique menu animation.
Example from Menu and Thumbnail Stack Animation

The Future of CSS: Cascade Layers – Find out how this new CSS feature can help designers take control of the cascade.
Example from The Future of CSS: Cascade Layers

8 Best WordPress Plugins for Providing Customer Support – Add a variety of customer support functionality to your website with these handy plugins.
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Geometric Art – Use this tool to generate unique art that can be downloaded for your projects.
Example from Geometric Art

ct.css – This diagnostic CSS snippet exposes potential performance issues in your page’s <head> tags.
Example from ct.css

Simpler Block Spacing in WordPress with :is() and :where() – How these CSS pseudo-selectors can help you tackle spacing in the Gutenberg block editor.
Example from Simpler Block Spacing in WordPress with :is() and :where()

The Idea Generation Process of Scribbling on a Napkin – Explore the idea generation process familiar to many designers: the scribbled idea on a restaurant napkin.
Example from The Idea Generation Process of Scribbling on a Napkin

20 Killer JavaScript One Liners – Bookmark this list of handy JavaScript snippets.
Example from 20 Killer JavaScript One Liners

Actionable Color Palettes – Check out this attractive collection of hand-curated color palettes.
Example from Actionable Color Palettes

Love a WordPress Plugin or Theme? Pay It Forward. – Take time to positively impact the people and products that help make our websites better.
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7 Practical Uses for the ::before and ::after Pseudo-Elements in CSS – Examples of how designers can leverage these pseudo-elements to create a better UX.
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