Getting started on something new can be challenging…especially when there’s competing technologies that do similar things…it makes it tough to choose which one to give our precious time to learn. One of the hot new trends in web design is CSS pre-processed languages and there’s two big ones vying for your attention. Less and SASS are ways of writing CSS with a syntax that allows you to use features not yet available with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)…features like variables, nesting, conditionals and more.
One of the new projects from Adobe Labs I’m really excited about is Adobe’s interactive Animation tool for the web called Edge. It’s already in it’s 6th Preview Release, which means that although it’s not a fully developed product, it is a solid tool for building web animations that are compatible will all devices.
Facebook didn’t seem that big to me until some years ago. I was running a network of websites for a group of radio stations and I noticed that traffic was starting to wane suddenly without significant changes to the site. After some research, I found the problem…DJs had suddenly discovered social media. They were no longer promoting our station website, but instead getting people involved in their own profiles on Facebook and Twitter…and the people listening were also shifting from a more active role on our own site to spending more time on other social networks.
Been working on some jQuery Mobile projects and needed to draw some mockups for a presentation, so I had to draw a series of vector mockups. Here they are in Illustrator PDF format. One group mimics what you can find on the front of http://jquerymobile.com and the other has some sample interfaces to show how things adjust when you rotate or present the same thing on different devices.
If your WordPress site is set up to show the full length articles on the homepage, you can add a continue reading after a specific paragraph by adding a < –more–> tag after a paragraph. The paragraph will show up on the homepage and the rest of the article will be on a clickable link. Here’s a video on how to do it. Read more on the link below
One of the most important decisions you’ll have to make when getting a website is picking the right domain name. That can be especially tough since the web has been around for a while and most of your first ideas are going to be taken, but don’t despair…getting a decent domain name is still possible. Here’s a few things to keep in mind.
Creating sub-domains gives you the ability to create shortcuts to special files, folders or websites. Say for example that you’re working with a freelance client and you want to point them to a folder on your site where they can see their new redesign. You could tell them. Go to http://iviewsource.com/clients/clientname/projects/website/redesign which is tough to remember and long to even try and say over the phone. With a subdomain shortcut, you can simply tell them to go to http://clientname.iviewsource.com and the server will automatically redirect them to the same folder.
This week in View Source, I show you how to modify your functions.php file in WordPress to add breadcrumb URLs to your pages. This is a great way to improve the readability of your URLs and improve your Search Engine Optimization. It’s fairly easy to do, but be careful, because adding PHP code to your pages. can be tricky.