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For coders, one of the most difficult aspects of creating a game is finding the graphics and sound resources needed to bring a game to life. If you can't pay someone to produce resources for you, you'll have to either find someone willing to work with you for free, buy them pre-made, or find free resources. Your first step should be to check out if what you want has already been made - whether it's available for free or at a price. If, for example, you're making a space shooter, you'll be in luck as there's plenty of free space ship, laser-like, and explosion graphics and sound around. Check out the list of resources below for sites that stock free and paid graphics and sound. There's a good chance you'll be satisfied with what's already out there. If you can't find anything out there, or if you're particular with what your game needs to be just right, paying someone to create exactly what you need is the best option - assuming you've got the cash. This way you get exactly wha...
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What makes a good domain? Of course this depends on your needs. But you'll want something that's easy to spell (so no one has trouble typing it in), easy to remember, easy to pronounce (so people can easily tell each other about it), and as short as possible. You should almost always avoid numbers, dashes, symbols, or homonyms. The domain name finders listed below will assist in your search. They help with finding free domains that match your criteria. The more advanced ones will let you enter a word, and it will find similar words to search for. As for the actual registering of domains, there's a huge selection, and many of them are awful. As the market is so competitive, many try to make a quick buck by haranguing you about the various add ons they provide. Some just simply overcharge. Many of the practises employed by registrars are, arguably, user hostile. For example, making it harder to transfer to another registrar, or disable auto-renewal of your domains. In an earl...
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A list of useful goodies for the [Bootstrap](/t/bootstrap) web front-end framework. Bootstrap is an exceptional tool created by Twitter engineers that lets you get a site up and running with features like a grid system, responsive design, and form controls. Use it to get your site up and running quickly with an advanced foundation. Bootstrap has many alternatives, but one of its greatest advantages is that it's backed by Twitter, so you can expect it to be well maintained and supported. Below you'll find tools that let you easily build a Bootstrap UI, a large amount of add-on UI components, themes and theme markets, and tutorials. As always post if you find more.
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Web development is complex and multi-faceted, therefore a large amount of tools exist to help developers make the most of their time. You'll find some of these below. The background resources listed below will help you find or generate backgrounds for your sites. Subtle Patterns is a fine example - it's a list of many beautiful minimalist patterns. The icon resources are either great sources of many icons, or icon fonts. Icon fonts have many advantages, like scalability, and the ability to colour or add shadows without editing an image. Generate colour themes for your site based on colour theory or mathematically-derived compatibility. Font resources simply provide large amounts of either free or paid fonts. CSS generators let you produce a variety of effects without writing the CSS yourself. Please feel free to post more if you find something unlisted.
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Get your site to ranking with this list of the best tools in the SEO world. If you're just starting out, there's some high quality guides for newbies provided by the likes of Google itself and Moz, a popular authority in the space. Whether you want to analyze your own site's backlinks or pry into who's linking to your competitor, there's plenty of tools out there, presenting various analyses and reports, ranging from free basic tools to pricey tools used by the biggest agencies. SEO audit tools analyze your site for opportunities, returning detailed reports on any errors or issues on your sites, the performance of your pages and what optimizations you can perform, how your site fares on mobile, SEO concerns like meta tags, and headings, and more. Use keyword research tools to find keyword suggestions for your niche, or to snoop into the keywords targeted by your competitors. Look into search volumes, competition levels, and details on related cost-per-click campaigns.
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### Handy tools for creative people unlike kinds helps you find useful resources and links for game developers, web developers, designers, and other people who make things. If you have any thoughts or suggestions, post some [feedback](/t/feedback).
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