February 4, 2014 | Posted by Rachel Gillevet | Monthly Roundups

The Monthly Round-up: January’s Best Web Design/Development, CMS, and Security Content

The Monthly Round-up: January’s Best Web Design/Development, CMS, and Security Content

After the first month of 2014, it’s looking like this year won’t be too different from last year. There was another high-profile security breach, web development and design continues to evolve at a furious pace, and people are branching out and trying all sorts of new content management systems. For that reason, we’ve collected a number of articles from January that we think you’ll find useful and should you get acclimated to what’s going on in 2014. Enjoy and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google + for the same great content the rest of the year.

Web Design and Development

When Design Best Practices Become Performance Worst Practices – Your design team has come up with a gorgeous prototype for the next iteration of your home page. It conforms to known design and usability best practices, and your testers loved it in the lab. You push the design to your live site and the results are … well, a little disappointing.

Web Design Trends for 2014 – The start of a new year is always an exciting time for businesses to look ahead and wonder what the coming year will bring. There are a lot of changes in store in 2014, especially for people who work in technology and web design.

The Challenges And Rewards Of Teaching Web Design – Just over four years ago, I decided to take a part-time position teaching website design and front-end development at a local university, the University of Rhode Island. My time in the classroom has been one of the most challenging as well as one of the most rewarding experiences in my career

18 Pivotal Web Design Trends for 2014 – What web design trends do you think we’ll see in 2014? I’m betting on more simplicity, more cleanliness, and more focus on smaller screen sizes, among other things.

10 Commandments of UX Strategy – When considering my topic for the presentation that I gave at the UX STRAT conference in Atlanta, in October 2013—knowing that I would be speaking to an audience of respected peers and industry leaders in the emerging field of UX strategy—it was challenging to add something new or novel to the conversation.

Developer Plugins I Can’t Live Without – When you’ve been developing for WordPress for a while, you get into a bit of a flow, and you end up reaching for the same tools again and again. And if you’ve reviewed as many plugins as I have, you probably will come across quite a few useful ones.

A Coder, a Programmer, a Hacker, a Developer, and a Computer Scientist walk into a Venn Diagram – I want to learn how to code – Do I go to Ikea or grow my own tree? It’s like woodworking. You can START by growing a tree, then chopping it down and finishing it, sanding it, before you make a table. Or you can go to Ikea. More likely you’ll try something in between.

5 Web Design Blunders – A website is the digital face of an online business, which makes it very important that a brand’s site leaves a good impression with its visitors. Much too often, however, these important digital properties contain design blunders.

Should You Be Learning to Build Apps? – Smartphones just keep getting smarter. From the features to the actual phone designs, smartphones have essentially become our first line of contact.

Content Management Systems

9 Most Common Misconceptions about WordPress – According to a recent survey, WordPress is powering nearly 21.2% of all the websites on the internet making it the most popular CMS in the world. Despite all that, there are still people who know very little about it.

The Rise of Drupal and the Fall of Closed Source – The story of Drupal’s beginning sounds like a story ripped from the pages of a cyberpunk novel. It was in a small apartment during college that Dries Buytaert created what would become one of the most widely-used open source content management frameworks.

Deciding on a Platform. Winner: Craft CMS. – It was difficult for me to determine which platform to use for the latest version of this site. Decisions about whether or not to have a database, and how I would be writing content had me flipping back and forth between different content management systems. I ended up with Craft CMS. Here’s why.

The 7 Best WordPress Alternatives – Once upon a time, blogging platforms like WordPress were only used for blogging. Now, WordPress is commonly implemented for easy, user-friendly website design. But these days, WordPress isn’t the only game out there.

Is Joomla Really Easy? – Ask a Joomla web site builder why they use Joomla and the answer will most likely include “Joomla is easy, anyone can use it and you can have a site online in 5 minutes.” But that’s not really true.


Hackers Stole Your Credit Card Number: Here’s Where It Goes Next – Recent large-scale hacks at Target and Neiman Marcus are a reminder that credit card theft is a growing issue. Hackers find a way to install malware on point-of-sale devices, and then sit back as the credit and debit card numbers stream in.

What You Can Learn From Snapchat’s Security Breach – Does your social media strategy include security measures? HootSuite CEO Ryan Holmes explains some of the risks companies face on social media and how you can protect yourself.

Cybercriminals Set Sights on Internet of Things in 2014 – Connected devices are becoming increasingly attractive targets for cybercriminals, and while we saw few such attacks in 2013, the number is likely to surge in the year ahead.

Domain Name System (DNS) Security Should Be One of Your Priorities – Most people, even seasoned IT professionals, don’t give DNS (the Domain Name System) the attention it deserves. As TCP/IP has become the dominant networking protocol, so has the use of DNS.

The Sorry State Of Personal Data Security In E-Commerce – According to a new report by password manager and digital wallet developer Dashlane, the companies you shop with online are woefully incapable of providing adequate protection. You might not be altogether surprised at this news, but you shouldn’t fall into the apathetic trap.

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Mac this past month, we’ll leave you with a video that shows Steve Jobs introducing the revolutionary machine for the first time. Enjoy!

Image via Flickr/Boris Savluc