January 8, 2014 | Posted by Rachel Gillevet | Monthly Roundups

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

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

2013 has been a year of change for many web related industries. WordPress continued to increase its share as the dominant CMS on the market, but a whole variety of new content management systems have popped up and are gaining popularity as well. In the world of web design, responsive and flat design were all the rage, which brings up the question of what will 2014 bring? Security also remained a huge concern this past year, and we do not anticipate this focus on keeping the internet and your data safe to go anywhere. In that spirit, we’ve collected our favorite web design/development, CMS, and security content from December for your convenience. Some of the content looks back at the year that was 2013, while other articles look ahead at what we can expect in 2014.  Enjoy and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google + for the same great content in the new year.

Web Design and Development

How Responsive Design Gets You More From Your Website – We live in a multi-screen world. I remember growing up as a kid in the 80s and our family of five had exactly ONE screen in our lives. It was the family television (a Sony Trinitron I believe) and we used it to watch TV, VHS tapes and the computer (we had a Commodore 64).

16 Tips for Balancing Website Design and Conversion – Poor website design is a conversion killer. It doesn’t matter how good your content is: If you don’t address design and usability issues, you’re wasting your time. To get the ROI you want, it’s essential to balance design with content for better conversions—and that’s an art.

10 Web Design Trends You Can Expect to See in 2014  – December is always a great time to look back on the year that was and the new year that is soon to come. There are many exciting things that 2014 has in store for us who live, work, and produce the World Wide Web we love and cherish.

4 UX Mistakes that are Killing Your Conversions – Conversion rate optimization (CRO, for short) is having a moment among marketers. With the rise of billion dollar companies built on the back of clever growth hacks and continual optimization, more marketers are jumping on the bandwagon. In general, a greater awareness of measurable website performance is a good thing.

2014 Predictions for Web Design – Trends and fashions are fascinating things. In hindsight they always appear clear, but trying to forecast them requires a mix of information, intuition and luck.

10 Web Design Trends to Leave Behind in 2014 – New year, new styles: 2014 will definitely be an exciting year for web design. Industry experts are looking forward to see how fresh ideas in the field will be played out and then develop into new and exciting trends.

So You’ve Decided To Open-Source A Project At Work. What Now? – A while back, I wrote a post about starting an open-source project. The focus of that article was on starting an open-source project as an individual. I received a lot of positive feedback and also some questions about how the process changes when you’re open-sourcing a project at work.

How to Create a Drupal 7 Theme from Scratch – Drupal is a powerful, customisable and easy to work with open source content management system (CMS). It has a thriving community of users and developers who are constantly improving the software so it supports the latest web technologies.

The Intersection Of SEO & Web Design – As technology advances and web usage evolves, so do SEO best practices. Web designers now have more choices and technologies available than ever before. As we enter 2014, I expect we will continue to see advances in web design that bring even more options.

Content Management Systems

7 Top WordPress Plugins of 2013 – WordPress continues to be a dominant content management system. Nearly every WordPress site relies on plugins for added functionality. But with the overwhelming number of plugins, it’s difficult to know which are the best.

WordPress vs Joomla vs Drupal + CMS “Comparison Chart” – First of all, there are several different ways to create a website. Back in 1998 – 2007, most of the folks created their websites using HTML & CSS or even Flash… 10 years later, things have changed a lot to say the least. Content management system (CMS) has started to dominate the game over static HTML sites.

Meet WordPress 3.8, Parker – WordPress 3.8, “Parker”, has just been released. WordPress 3.8 is the result of four months of hard work by 188 core contributors. Named after Charlie Parker, jazz saxophonist and bepob innovator. WordPress 3.8′s development was led by WordPress co-founder, Matt Mullenweg.

Explaining Joomla! for Non-Techies (Part II) – Let’s continue with our series of articles on Joomla for non-technologists. In the previous article we saw what the “extensions” are, such as templates, components, modules or plugins for our CMS. In this article we are going to start by understanding what occurs when installing Joomla on a server, and afterwards go a little further into some of the concepts which many times the technicians consider to be clear.

Goodbye WordPress: 2014 Will Be the Year of the Flat-File CMS – A recent trend I’ve noticed among designers is ditching WordPress for simpler CMS solutions like Ghost, Kirby, Statamic and Jekyll. WordPress is a great CMS but for a lot of sites it can be complete overkill.


New Cybersecurity Boom Arrives in Silicon Valley – Nefarious cybercrime syndicates and villainous state-sponsored hackers are making the digital world an increasingly dangerous place. That’s bad news for companies suffering growing losses from relentless cyberattacks.

New DDoS Malware Targets Linux and Windows Systems – Attackers are compromising Linux and Windows systems to install a new malware program designed for launching distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, according to researchers from the Polish Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT Polska).

2 Million Passwords Stolen… Is Anyone Surprised? – Trustwave’s SpiderLabs blogged last week about running across a cache of nearly 2 million stolen credentials. What makes this a little different than other large password caches recently discovered is the fact that the credentials found were not associated with a single website.

How Privacy Software Improved In 2013 Following The NSA Revelations – Given concerns about NSA mass surveillance, the general public has taken an interest in privacy as never before. In response, developers have worked on beefing up the security of their privacy tools as well as making them more user-friendly.

8 Biggest Security Threats of 2013 – We’ve done a pleasant end-of-year recap, so now it’s time for one that will motivate you for next year through fear. As another year winds down it’s time for the annual roundup of the worst security issues to spring up in the past 12 months.

Tired of all the snow this winter? This month, we’ll leave you with a video that shows exactly what you can do with tons of snow and eighty hours of your time. Happy shoveling!

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