WordPress has risen to the top of content management systems on the web because it’s so easy to install, use and extend. WordPress’ theme library is incredibly rich, but regardless of the theme you end up using, there’s always a small tweak you probably wished you could make by adding to the stylesheet. You might be tempted to just make a copy of the theme, however, it’s always best to create something called a child theme. In this article, I’ll show you how.
As a developer, it’s tough to figure out when it’s time to learn something new. There are so many frameworks, libraries and languages that come and go with time that often by the time you’re learned how to use one, a new shiny library is all over the twitterverse and whatever you already know is considered old fashioned. Over time, however, the best solutions rise to the top and like in every other market things stabilize to a few or a single solution. In this article, I’m going to talk about Node and Express and why you need to start learning those technologies now.
Recently, Twitter made some changes to their APIs that affected a lot of users and applications connected to the service. So I wrote a small PHP script that clones a lot of the functionality and I made this video to show you some of the steps that are now required to get this working with your apps.
You can find a working example at codepen.io, download a zip file with the source files, or go to a page with the working example.
People are always asking us at lynda.com about how to start a career in the field. In this article, I’m going to share how I got my first job on the internet and give you some helpful tips on what you need to know and maybe what lynda.com courses you might take in order to get there.
Getting started with AJAX is super easy when you use the jQuery library. That works well for the client side, but how do you work with a server side language like PHP? It’s easier than you think.
In this article, I’ll show you how to create a simple call to a PHP document that will process something you type into a form field and update an element without needing to refresh your browser. Once you learn how to get jQuery talking to PHP, your web applications will never be the same.
In this article and shorter video tutorial I wanted to show you how you can use animation in CSS3 and show you a simple effect you can use to dramatically improve your CSS. A really quick CSS code snippet that animates your hover effects.
About the widget
This is the widget that displays the Latest Articles section on my blog. Here’s where you can download the ZIP file. It’s a great starter for your own widget…you should be able to figure out what to do from reading the files. If you don’t, I recommend you check out Creating Custom Widgets and Plugins with PHP from the lynda.com Online Training Library.
For the most part Google analytics gives you a lot of great information about your pages including pageviews, unique visitors, even the amount of people who come to your site from mobile devices. But there’s one metric I love that it doesn’t have, and that’s keyword phrase position on search results. For that, I have to use another Google Product you might not be familiar with and that’s Google Webmaster tools.