- This Week’s Featured Authors
- 30 Days to Learn HTML & CSS: a Free Tuts+ Premium Course
- Author Interview: Activetofocus
Posted: 08 Nov 2011 04:51 PM PST
Congratulations to this week's featured marketplace authors!
ActiveDen Featured Author: Cyprog
This week’s featured author is Cyprog, who has 8 items, including the newest from the Time & Date category.
AudioJungle Featured Author: AliseMusic
This week’s featured author is AliseMusic, who has 117 items, including the newest from the Soul, R&B category.
ThemeForest Featured Author: SaurabhSharma
This week’s featured author is SaurabhSharma, who has 12 items, including the newest from the Business category.
VideoHive Featured Author: in_focus
This week’s featured author is in_focus, who has 6 items, including the newest from the Grunge category.
GraphicRiver Featured Author: Sneek
This week’s featured author is Sneek, who has 11 items, including the newest from the Banners & Ads category.
3DOcean Featured Author: Moritur
This week’s featured author is Moritur, who has 5 items, including the newest from the Furniture category.
CodeCanyon Featured Author: CroDigital
This week’s featured author is CroDigital, who has 5 items, including the newest from the Buttons category.
Tutorials Featured Author: CartoonSmart
This week’s featured author is CartoonSmart, who has 5 items, including the newest from the Mobile Development category.
PhotoDune Featured Author: haveseen
This week’s featured author is haveseen, who has 1964 items.
Posted: 08 Nov 2011 04:17 PM PST
If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to build websites and web apps, HTML and CSS are the first skills you should learn. They are so fundamental that we believe everyone has the right to learn these skills for free.
We set ourselves the challenge of designing the most effective and enjoyable way to learn HTML and CSS in one month. The result is 30 Days to Learn HTML and CSS, a free Tuts+ Premium course. We’re really excited to share this with you today! (Plus, get a sneak peek at the new Tuts+ Premium.)
How it works
30 Days to Learn HTML and CSS is a thirty-day video course designed to be completed over one month. Veteran web developer and trainer Jeffrey Way will take you through a new topic each day, giving you the building blocks you need to eventually code an entire website based on a PSD design.
If you’ve ever wanted to learn HTML and CSS, but either didn’t have the time, didn’t know where to start, or didn’t quite ‘get it’, we’re pretty sure you’re going to love this free course. All you need to give us in return is 10 minutes a day to go through each video and build your knowledge.
Part of the new Tuts+ Premium
In the next few weeks we’ll be launching a complete reinvention of Tuts+ Premium, including a massive redesign and UX overhaul, member forums, a library of eBooks and in-depth courses teaching you skills from the inside out.
We’ve also drastically improved the way you access the content you know and love, with the ability to quickly filter content based on topic, difficulty, format, and estimated completion time.
30 Days to Learn HTML and CSS is one of the courses that will be available as part of the new Tuts+ Premium. This course is free, but the rest of the courses are available to members. We’ll be covering topics like HTML5, CSS3, WordPress, digital painting, web design and web typography.
Stay up to date and win a 5-year scholarship
If you’re a Tuts+ Premium member and want to be notified about the new Tuts+ Premium, or an interested non-member who’d like to learn more, you can sign up to our notification list. Every subscriber will have the opportunity to win one of 10 x Five-year scholarships to the new Tuts+ Premium, including access to 670+ tutorials, top-selling eBooks, 1,201 source files and a library of in-depth courses.
To get notified and learn more about the competition, join the web design and dev courses mailing list.
Posted: 07 Nov 2011 10:00 PM PST
Getting married, attracting more eyes with good designs, and not copying other people’s ideas. This week we meet Chengwen Qian (Activetofocus) from ActiveDen.
If you're an Envato marketplace author and would like to be interviewed for the blog, head over to this form. We'd love to hear from you.
Hello. My name is Chengwen Qian (Aven). I’m 28 years old and I live in Shanghai, China.
I currently work in an online web game company for Flash games and AIR apps development.
I was married on October 1, 2011. Here I am with my wife Lindy in our wedding photo.
I belong to ActiveDen. I sell mainly Flash website templates, Facebook fan page templates, galleries and slide banners, etc…
I studied at university, including design software (Photoshop, Flash, etc.) After I graduated I worked in a network company and was responsible for Flex, PHP, MYSQL application development. Now I mainly do Flash/Flex web game development.
Oh, this is where I work, simple!
First, we must know what type of products to create. Then, the design. This is really important—a good design will attract more eyes, or an impulsive design will waste your time. Finally, it is the development and the overall effect of adjustment.
First, have your own ideas. Don’t copy someone else’s ideas too. Second, user experience is important. For example, make your items simple to use and easy to modify.
I previously tried using Facebook ads, Google AdWords and put advertising to some project sites. But I didn’t get good results. Now I don’t do anything to promote my items—I need to find other ways to promote my items.
I like how you can customize many layers and translation effects.
I like how it is different to any other Facebook template (http://activeden.net/item/crystal-facebook-fan-page-template/237187 etc.) It uses a notebook style.
This is a full-featured gallery, which supports the picture to zoom in, zoom out, rotate, resize, full-screen. You can add a site logo and multiple categories.
Every day I spend at least two hours on ActiveDen and ThemeForest see check out new products. The rest of the time (4 hours+) I do outsourcing projects. Of course, will visit a number of forums to see some of the latest technology news.
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