My Experience With Newor Media

Where there is code, there is usually some sort of monetization along with it.  For many of us on the web that means digital advertising, which has gotten a bad reputation from pretty much it’s inception.  As you can see, I use ads on this site to help me make a side paycheck now and then.

In the beginning I used AdSense, and there’s nothing wrong with that.  I did it for years, and the return was decent.  I, like many, get a lot of companies trying to places ads on my site, but why not just stick with AdSense?  It’s easy, and you can access to the largest ad marketplace.

Recently, through a mutual friend, I was introduced to a company called Newor Media that basically manages all your ads for you.  Not really a network, but people who are experts in networks and getting good rates.  They guaranteed me that they would beat AdSense, and would provide up to 6 banner ads along with other recommendations to help monetize the site. The only confusing part is that they seem to be private, but if you contact them on the site, they are usually open to new sites.  I was also a little bit hesitant as I was running AdSense for years, so I didn’t want to waste my time trying someone new.

But here is my honest unbiased feedback about working with them. I have been using them for 5-6 months now, so it’s possible something could change later on. But, I want to fully recommend them to anyone reading this. Seriously, it is one of the best decisions I’ve made when it comes to this site. Their online reporting is a bit simple, but shows daily revenue and impressions which is all I really need. I also get the impression that they are actively working on the ads, as they occasionally update me with new partners or suggestions, which is pretty unlike other networks.

I’m making significantly more than AdSense right now, and the quality of the ads is still high in my opinion.  They also have some of the best customer service I’ve ever seen, and if I have a question or need to make a change, they respond back in 10 minutes (usually).  And payments are automatic.

So far I’m very happy. I was never super comfortable with AdSense, only because I know I was probably under monetized a bit.  But the ease of set-up is about the same with Newor Media, and they actually seem to care about improving performance and helping me.  Give them a shot and let me know what your experience is.

10 Best Free Icon Sets for Your Design Projects

If you’re a web developer or designer, chances are there are few things you love more than a good set of freebies. Free graphics are hardly hard to come by, but quality free brackets aren’t quite as common as you might hope. Luckily for you, we’ve curated this versatile list of free icon sets that will add dimension, color, and flair to any of your websites and designs. Keep reading to see if any of these sets might be right for you or one of your projects.

1. Free Shopping Cart Icons

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This collection of shopping related icons is perfect if you’re working on a retail or ecommerce project. The set comes with Add to Cart buttons, shopping cart icons, shopping bag icons, and some small shopping basket graphics. Definitely a good set to have in your arsenal, even if you don’t currently have an ecommerce project going on.

2. Calendar Icons Set

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This icon set features 8 different calendar designs that come as PSDs with organized layers, making it easy to customize dates and colors to reflect the needs of your individual projects.

3. 100 Kitchen Icons

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Perfect for any projects having to do with restaurants or the culinary world. Some of the icons included in this set are ones that you certainly wouldn’t find in a generic or all-purpose collection, including corkscrews, rolling pins, juicers, whisks, and strainers.

4. New York Building Icons Set

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Inspired by the buildings of New York City, most of these simple icons could easily represent buildings or skyscrapers belonging to any urban city. A very professional looking set.

5. Fileicons

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This colorful set of icons that represent various files with different extensions is very useful for any web developer to have on hand. The files come in several different sizes for all of your possible icon needs.

6. One-line Startup Icons

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An icon set inspired by startup (and, dare we say, hipster?) culture. The cool thing about this set (besides the Darth Vader icon), is that they were all drawn using one loopy line, which adds a cool variation to the startup theme.

7. Zen Icons

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With only 12 icons included in this set, the collection isn’t quite as useful or versatile as others on this list. But what it lacks in practicality, it makes up for in beauty. The intricate details are what make these icons unique. Perfect to use in a portfolio site or something similar.

8. Flat Social Icons

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This basic set of flat social media icons is perfect for linking to any social media presence. Colors and shapes are totally customizable.

9. Flat Business Vector Icons

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This set of business-related icons can be used in many different types of projects for professional businesses. As a designer or developer, you can’t go wrong by having these in your personal icon collection.

10. Flat Line Icons

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If you’re looking for a generic, versatile icon set, this is a great option. It includes all the basic icons a developer might need — arrows, play buttons, envelopes, music notes, pencils, etc, all in a simple, modern aesthetic.

10 Essentials For Using Chrome’s Developer Tools

Google Chrome’s Developer tools makes coding so much easier I’m not sure how developers ever lived without it. For those unfamiliar with it, the tool allows developers to edit their code in real time from their live web browser so they can see exactly how any changes they might make to their code would change or impact their sites. Essentially, it saves developers a lot of frustration when it comes to building, editing and maintaining their products. Developer Tools is generally easy to use and pretty intuitive for any developers, but just in case you missed something, here are our top ten tips for using Developer Tools to its full advantage.

1. The search function

Did you know Developer Tools has a search function that will search through a site’s entire source for you? It’s not immediately obvious that this function exists because there isn’t an easily accessible search bar. To use the functionality, you have to hit CMD + OPT + F (or CTRL + SHIFT + F, for you Windows users), and then you’ll be able to search for anything in the source code. This is great for trying to find those pesky HTML tags that get buried in nested code.

2. You can use the console to select elements

If you don’t want to search, you can also find items by selecting them in the console. Simply insert the element (or class or ID name) you’re looking for within the query selector $$() and all instances of that element will appear for you on the console (just like when using jQuery, be sure to place your element, class, or ID names in quotations or the selection won’t work).

3. Pretty Print

This is a cool feature that can be used when viewing the source code that will format any ugly or disorganized code to make it legible for you. You can find the Pretty Print icon (it looks like two brackets: {}) in the bottom left-hand corner of the editor in the source tab.

4. Color Picker

This is my personal favorite Dev Tool feature. When you select an element with any color attribute, you can actually click on the little color square in the CSS panel to access a color picker, where you can change the color of the element using the built in color picker. Not only does it simplify things, but it’s also pretty fun to play around with (you can also change the color from HEX to RGBA (or vice versa) within this color picker panel too — a super useful trick).

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5. Toggle Element State

At the top of CSS panel there’s a button that says :hov, and if you click on it you’ll be able to toggle the element’s pseudo-selectors :hover, :active, :focus, and :visited, so you can see what the elements look like when all those states are activated. This trick seems to be particularly useful because it can be very difficult to edit how an element looks in it’s active state while not actually being able to activate the element (or access that element’s CSS state rules) because you’re using your cursor within Dev Tools.

6. Preserve Log

You’ll find this one particularly useful if you happen to use the console a lot. By checking “Preserve Log” at the top, your console log will be saved so that you can refresh the page without losing any of your data.

7. Device Toolbar

This one is probably pretty well-known, but just on the off chance that someone is new to Dev Tools, it should be known that dev tools offers an awesome way to view sites as they would appear on a mobile device or tablet (there are even several mobile device and tablet templates you can view). Gone are the days of constantly resizing your browser window and crossing your fingers that it looks the same on an iPhone. To activate the device view, click the icon that looks like a phone next to a tablet in the top left hand corner of the Dev Tools editor.

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8. Edit HTML Elements

You can change the name, get rid of, or otherwise edit any HTML element in the elements console simply my double clicking on the element you wish to change. From there, go ahead and make your changes or delete the element as you wish.

9. Adjust the docking position

It seems like most developers prefer to work with the Dev Tools editor anchored to the bottom of their page, but if you like, you can change the position so that it appears anchored to the right hand side (this is actually the default positioning) or so that Dev Tools pops out as its own window. To toggle the docking position, click the vertical three dots next to the ‘x’ on the right hand side of the screen and select the position that works best for you.

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10. Jump to line

You can jump to a particular line within a file in the source tab by pressing CMD + O (CTRL + O for Windows users) to easily access any part of the file without all that scrolling and searching.

 

Guide (Introduction, Implementation and How it Works) to A/B Testing and Split URL Testing (VWO, Optimizely, Google Analytics)

Recently I’ve been investing a lot of time into A/B (split) testing/experiments and analysing their results. Slowly I’ve started to love this way of rolling out changes on the web (can be surely used for mobile apps as well), as it is a complete data-driven approach and can produce quite surprising (or shocking, how you see it) results at times. With this approach you’ll always know what works (instead of speculating) with firm evidence and eventually drive more sales or signups or whatever that matters to you. That said, I would recommend not A/B testing just anything and everything but always find the right situations or cases that would make sense to experiment. If you’ve enough bandwidth (extra time) then use this approach to keep on analysing your visitor behaviour and draw learnings that help you make more prospects achieve the objectives that you’ve set for them, eventually turning them into customers.

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Compiling Next Generation JavaScript (ES6, ES7, React) in Browser with Babel 6 and Above

Babel is an amazing tool for writing ES6 (ES2015), ES7 (ES2016), JSX, etc. code that finally gets compiled (or transpiled) into JavaScript (mostly ES5 as of now) that can be executed by most browsers. So basically you can use JS features like classes, promises, etc. without worrying about the browser support as Babel will eventually convert all your code into browser-understandable program.

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CSS Apply Filter Effects (blur, grayscale, hue) to the Area Behind an Element with backdrop-filter Property

We’re well acquainted with the CSS3 filter property that lets us apply various effects like blur, grayscale, sepia, saturation, etc. to a particular element. Now using this property we actually end up adjusting the rendering of the entire element including its borders, background and content (text or/and image). Did you ever want to apply the same effects to just the area behind the element, i.e., the background of the parent element or the one right behind/below the target element ? This is now very easily possible with the backdrop-filter property. I’m sure you’d have noticed this effect being widely used in iOS 7 and OS X Yosemite.

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Custom Validation Messages for HTML5 Form Constraints

Well, we already know that with HTML5 from constraints, client side form validation has become super easy. All we have to do is use attributes like required, maxlength, pattern, step, etc. and/or the correct form type like email, phone, number, etc. and then once the user submits the form, the browser prompts invalid messages if the form is not entirely valid. Although it might not really be a requirement but from a coolness perspective I thought I’ll share the fact that the error messages can be customized.

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