Feb 15 2013

New Tools: CSS-Preprocessor Roole and HTML Converter Markdown.css

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Astonishing things happen inside the development community. It keeps pushing out tools at an hourly rate, where some tools become essential and others are never again heard of. Today we will be looking at two tools, one from each side of this spectrum. While Roole, a JavaScript-based preprocessing CSS language, proves immediately useful, Markdown.css asks for a deeper look, or two.

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Feb 14 2013

Lazy Line Painter for jQuery Animates SVG Onto Your Website

Thanks to the canvas element and the drawing capabilities of JavaScript we can calculate and present graphics inside the browser. That way drawings can be animated onto a website. The downside is, that you would have to do a lot of programming to achieve this. If you are not into programming or simply want to save some time, the jQuery plugin Lazy Line Painter might come in handy. It promises to perform this tedious task for you.

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Feb 13 2013

Integrating Social Media into WordPress: Plugins You Cannot Live Without

If you are running a website on WordPress or any other way, chances are that you already know that after search engines, social networking websites are the primary referrers of traffic. However, earning visitors from social networks such as Facebook and Twitter depends heavily on how easy the social sharing mechanism on your website is. After all, in order to attract new visitors via Facebook, you need to ensure that existing ones share your content there. Look at other social networks, you will not find exceptions to that rule. In this article, we will be taking a look at some of the best social sharing plugins for WordPress websites.

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Feb 12 2013

CSS Rooted: Flexible Type Sizes With REM

Best practices of defining font sizes are discussed throughout the web since its inception. Besides the traditional candidates, such as px, em and %, rem represents a fairly new alternative, taking the best of the other units and combining them into one.

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Feb 10 2013

Pinstamatic Pimps Pinterest, Allows for Sharing of Websites, Texts and Places

You know that the social network Pinterest limits itself to the sharing of visual media, images foremost. Even though this is surely part of its success, there are times when you’d like to share other content, especially when the content is not available as an image. In these cases, Pinstamatic, a new service to extend Pinterest’s capabilities comes into play. Pinstamatic allows for the sharing of texts, websites and places. It enhances the presentation of images also.

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Feb 09 2013

Toolbar.js for jQuery and Bootstrap: Flexible Toolbars in iOS Style

No matter whether you like the design style of iOS or you don’t. We need not participate in the ongoing discussion about sceuomorphism. One topic cannot be disputed. I’m talking about the toolbar design Apple’s iOS introduced. Modern websites tend to adapt that concept more often than not. Tapping an icon or a link unveils more options. This is space-saving and an established implementation by now. The jQuery plugin Toolbar.js, created by Paul Kinzett from New Zealand, allows for iOS-style toolbars on any website. The tool is dead-simple to integrate.

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Feb 08 2013

HINT.css – Tooltips In Pure CSS3 And HTML5, No JavaScript Needed

Tooltips in HTML pages general do not need any effort from a developer’s side, as long as they put proper title attributes to their elements. The title is then used for showing the tooltip, but also for other things, such as providing a screen reader with proper content. Speaking of the use case of tooltips, the visual presentation depends on the browser your site gets visited with. Developers with the need for more control turned to JavaScript bases solutions years ago. Kashagra Gour created Hint.css, which proves as a decent alternative, based completely on CSS and HTML.

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Feb 07 2013

The Billion Dollar Startups – Rare, But There [Infographic]

Strange, but true. Even in these fast times, companies freshly evolve and make it to a market value of billions of Dollars in a mere few years time. The people from the job board Staff.com put together a nice infographic with all the basic facts worth knowing about the thirteen young companies that made it. But, before you go head over heels to open up your own startup, keep in mind, that market value does not necessarily correspond to real money. It is just the value using established calculations in the financial sector tells you a company has. To exchange that value into real life cash someone would need to be willing to shell out the money. Thus it is more interesting to look at the capital a startup raised during IPO. The infographic has that covered, too…

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Feb 06 2013

Tips for Designing Small Websites Faster and Cheaper without Sacrificing Quality

Web designers/developers often find themselves needing to turn down small projects simply due to a lack of time or budget. For instance, a friend may be starting a doggie daycare and needs a simple website to provide clients with information. Or maybe a cousin needs to create a website for her social club events. Some of these projects may only pay in exchange of services, a much lower fee than you would offer if it wasn’t your cousin, or maybe even no pay at all.

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Feb 05 2013

Mastering WordPress Configuration – wp-config.php

One of the best aspects of WordPress is the fact that it does not require much code-level tweaking to work. All you need to do is install the CMS, and off you go! All in all, for a general-purpose website, there is not much tweaking or customization that needs to be done. In fact, in most cases, you should steer away from messing with the code and WP files. However, there is one particular file which you actually can tweak and its name is wp-config.php. In this article, we shall be discussing the wp-config.php file as well as taking a look at certain tweaks that we can apply to it in order to get the most out of its possibilities.

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