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Our 7 Favorite jQuery Template Effects

Monday, July 26th, 2010
jQuery Favorites Regular visitors of BoxedArt will have noticed the recent jQuery section on the site. If you’re still a little green to jQuery, the best way to explain it is that it is a client side scripting language (meaning that all activity occurs in your web browser, and not on the web server), and it creates an interaction between simple HTML and Javascript. What this means, is that there can be dynamic and interactive action on a website without using a scripting resource that requires a browser plug-in, such as Flash or Swish. It also lets you use simple HTML text within the content, so it doesn’t require additional software to manage a site.

Anyway, for those of you that don’t need the lesson and are here for the eye candy, below you’ll find a list of our 7 favorite jQuery scripts and effects that we have used in our new jQuery template category so far:


50 Ways to Earn Commissions

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010
The BoxedArt affiliate program is offering a special increased commission rate of 35% (usually 25%) through Halloween (October 31, 2010). We’re also giving high performing affiliates (affiliates that provide a dozen or so sales per month and/or 75+ hits or so a day), the opportunity to permanently retain their rate. To help in promoting your affiliate links, we’ve assembled a large group of our banners, and have composed a list of promotion ideas to the tune of Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.”


A Decade of Design Evolution

Saturday, July 10th, 2010
Web design styles have been evolving rapidly in recent years, and the design industry has sprouted up like an over watered Chia Pet, incubated in an industrial green house, and crammed full of Miracle Grow laced with crystal meth. I clearly remember the time (circa 1990′s) when the only sites available to help you put up your website were along the lines of and You got a basic script that did mostly what you wanted, hacked away at it, and tried to figure out how to make some sort of basic layout nesting and re-nesting tables until finally a family of birds moved in.

Themes? Templates? Skins? There were a few “free template” sites around back then, but they were fairly obscure, and commercial templates were virtually non-existent. A script came with one look – plain, and if you wanted to change it, you spent a few weeks in Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop pasting together graphics and inserting rotating gifs. If you have no idea what I’m talking about then you haven’t been webmastering until sometime in the 2000′s when starting up a site had become easier and prettier.

Since commercial template design entered the scene in the 2000′s, the styles on the market have been constantly changing, especially over the last few years. Below, we’ve compiled a comparative sampling from 2001 through 2010 showcasing the evolution of designs. You’ll be shocked at where we started with our layouts and just how far we’ve come.

How it Was Made – BoxedArt Website Design Tutorial

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

We’re proud of our new website design that has been painstakingly developed for We’ve poured months into the design, content, and programming in order to re-launch the best possible service, and now we’re showing the secrets of how all of the eye candy was made. So without further ado, here is a step by step guide on how our shiny new layout was developed in Photoshop.

Alright, let’s start with design…



Write for Us and Get Exposed!

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009
The BoxedArt blog is growing like a weed! Although this section of BoxedArt is new compared to the 8 year history of, we have regular readers coming back each week for helpful and hilarious information. To keep our readers satisfied, we’re looking for some guest contributors to submit their writing to be published on our blog. If you think you might have the stuff to contribute, here’s what we’re looking for in what we publish:


Tutorial: Create a Pattern Background with Photoshop

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Ever see those cool photo effects where it looks like the image has been curled upwards like the page of a book? Well, here, in this tutorial you can learn to create this very same photo curl effect to use on your own website photos.

Check out the tutorial here.

Introduction to BoxedArt’s Web Design Blog

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

After 8 years online, BoxedArt has finally launched its first blog – better late than never. Most of you reading this are probably already familiar with blogs and regularly visit many of them. If you’re very green to the web and you’ve managed to never read a blog, it is basically a “web log” of the activities of a web site or information related to a particular topic. The purpose of BoxedArt’s Web Design blog will be to provide a source of updates for the web design related websites in BoxedArt’s network (The Big Resources network of sites), and also provide interesting or helpful news, tips, tidbits, and events that may not even be associated with BoxedArt. So, come back often, as we plan on providing you with information that is helpful, interesting, sometimes humorous, and often inspiring as frequently as possible. Thanks for reading.

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