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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Feb 04 2013

Tilted: HTML Elements Become Parallelograms With Maskew

You know that you can tilt HTML elements into the shape of a parallelogram using the CSS3 property “transform”. Nice, at first sight. But then, calling “transform” on a picture leads to tilting the picture itself. Uncle Hugo is not amused about his new skewed look. And you know, it is his corporation you are preparing the web site for. To save you, I have found the JavaScript library Maskew. Maskew skews elements into parallelograms too. But it does not skew the content, only the frame. Uncle Hugo himself will not tilt (at you) this way…

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Feb 03 2013

Close Up: Decent Zoom Effects with elevateZoom for jQuery

Onlineshops have them. I particularly like the product pictures over at Amazon. Hovering the pictures with your mouse enables a zoom effect that shows a larger portion of the original right beside the image. If you like these presentations you might also like to implement similar effects into your own web projects. The jQuery plugin elevateZoom promises to achieve just that. It can even be customized to vary the effects to your liking.

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Feb 02 2013

Agile Designers: A Collection of Resources for Web Designers

Agile Designers by Webalys is a platform for web designers, currently in beta. Up to now already around 1,900 designers have registered and put up 740 resources. This is massive, considering that the service just launched on the 7th of November of last year. Reason enough to take a closer look at what’s in store.

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Feb 01 2013

New Era: Computation of Time with Moment.js

Calculating time values and displaying them correctly is not child’s play. There are lots of different units (Year, Month, Day, Hour etc.) and – more disturbing – different systems of numeration, none of which is decimal. But you need not fall into despair. Moment.js is there to help you. The small JavaScript library comes equipped with lots of nifty features for calculating time spans, converting international time formats and also cares for the output of the results. Needless to say that Moment.js works for different languages and time zones.

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Jan 31 2013

CSS4 Today: Address Parent Elements Using cssParentSelector.js

CSS makes it easy to address child and sibling elements. Parent elements cannot be addressed by the use of CSS though, at least not today. CSS4 will introduce this possibility, but do not hope to see any browser supporting that any time soon. The jQuery plugin cssParentSelector allows the use of the new CSS4 parent selector today.

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Jan 30 2013

The Accessibility Project – How To Integrate Accessibility Into Your Daily Designs

A few days ago we brought HTML_CodeSniffer to your attention, a bookmarklet for testing websites in terms of accessibility. Today we encountered a brand-new project, that aims at the average designer and is set to be the starting point for everything around accessibility. Community-driven and crowdsourced, A11Y as the project abbreviates itself, wants to support and encourage accessible web designs. The project is refreshingly different and growing rapidly.

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Jan 29 2013

International Download-Giant: An Interview with Softonic’s CEO Emilio Moreno

Softonic is one of the world’s largest internet portals. It currently achieves an Alexa rank 148 of the most popular websites. We’ve recently been able to speak with Emilio Moreno, who’s one of the two directors of the company. He’s been working in the telecommunications industry for almost 10 years, before he changed to the Barcelona-based company. Our interview could only cover some aspects as time was limited. So we asked Moreno about his views on the advantages and disadvantages of open source software, Windows 8, the side effects of the European economic crisis and last, but not least, the widespread software piracy in Spain. Moreno gave an impressive example of at least one of the possible reasons why Softonic has been voted “Best Place To Work” in Spain for the last five consecutive years. He’s just as friendly as can be and stays cool no matter what…

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Jan 28 2013

Habari – Minimal CMS For More Than Light-Weight Blogging

Here at Noupe, we evaluate content management systems frequently. Having covered MODX, Concrete5 and Joomla! just recently, we will now share a deeper look into Habari. Unlike previous CMSs covered at Noupe, Habari is a bloggers’ CMS — in the purest sense of the term. While it is true that you can use any CMS to create various types of websites, there should be no argument that Habari is, at least foremost, a tool meant for blogs. Considering the fact that I have mentioned the term ‘blogs’, there are good chances that you might be thinking of WordPress already. Yes, since Habari is a blogging CMS, its comparison with WP is inevitable. We will cover that aspect and lots of others in the following article. So, read on…

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