CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets and the styles are used to display how HTML elements will appear in a browser. CSS has come a long way since it was first recommended for use by the W3C back in 1996. Today, there are some brilliant designers and developers capitalizing on the amazing things that can be done with it. Designs that could once only be done in a program such as Photoshop and uploaded as a jpg, gif or png file can now be created sans images – that is with pure CSS. Using a combination of linear-gradients, radius borders, box shadows, transformations and the like, designers have created some stunning pieces of art and below are twelve of my favorites. Read more ›
If you own a website or ever comment on one, you’re probably familiar with some of the symbols associated with a “default” account. Sometimes you’ll see a blank space where a picture should be and other times you’ll see the “mystery man” or even the “blue gravatar” default image. If you’ve ever commented on a blog post, and seen one of these symbols next to your comment, you might have wondered how others were able to get a picture next to their name and comment. Depending on the blog, user images are generated in different ways, but there is one setup that will probably feed your image to most of your favorite blogs — Gravatar. Read more ›
If you are like me, when you setup your website, page speed wasn’t necessarily at the top of the priority list. It’s not that I didn’t want my site to be fast, it’s just I figured that creating a well structured site would take care of all of that. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. You may not realize that your site is slow unless you use something, like Google Adsense, or the like that tells you that your Page Speed is bringing you down. Bummer. I kept seeing the “Page Speed” warning, and kept saying, “I’ll deal with that later.” Page speed can ultimately affect page rank, syndication results, and your viewership. People usually won’t wait for your site to load if it’s taking too long.
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Steampunk…What is it?
Originally, the term was used to refer to a genre of fiction – a sub-genre of science fiction actually, where steam power and springy gadgets were tossed into Victorian-era or Westernized Wild-West type settings. The term doesn’t just apply to fiction writing anymore, and now refers to a wildly popular artistic movement. Though there are hundreds of interpretations of the movement, I think you’ll recognize steampunk when you see it. Read more ›
I’ve been working hard on a project and am in need of something fun to sink my teeth into, so I thought this was the perfect time to just let loose and have a little Halloween fun. I’ve been looking for scary sites across the web and so I’ve compiled a short list of sites I found and thought I would share. I found a few other sites along the way, but thought they weren’t quite up to expectations and didn’t include them. I also decided not to include YouTube only videos, as that seemed like cheating – I don’t consider videos “websites” per se. The sites are in no particular order – but please enter these sites at your own risk. (Insert scary laughter here.)
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I’ve spent the better part of the year working on coding and back end development am just now getting a chance to enjoy the “artistic” side of the web again. Boy are there some talented folks out there! I’m always in awe and inspired by what I see. I’m also taken aback by how popular animated gifs have become. Of course, these aren’t the animated gifs from the 1990s. These are video conversions and sophisticated art forms. Animated gifs are a great way to share in-text videos and moving artwork – a silent film of sorts. I’ve been so inspired by what I’ve seen, I’ve compiled some of my favorite animated gifs and artists. I’ve tried to give credit when available. I wasn’t able to track down the artists for all ten art pieces, so if you recognize one as yours or someone you know, let me know and I’ll post a link to that artist’s website or social media account so we can all enjoy more from him or her. Read more ›
You know how they say you should never hit your children unless they are in harm’s way? It’s like if you see your child getting ready to put his hand on top of the hot stove burner, you quickly slap his hand away to keep the accident from happening. Well, consider your hand slapped! Don’t be like poor “Bob” and buy thousands of backlinks for your website, because IT WILL HURT YOU IN THE LONG RUN!!! Read more ›
First let me say that regardless of which design you choose, you should definitely adopt a responsive design. If you are unfamiliar with what a responsive design is and what it can do for you, read my last post: Responsive Web Design Trumps Mobile Specific and Desktop Only Designs
Free WordPress Themes
So, as a web developer you might think that my first thought would be to suggest a custom design, right? Not necessarily. I think there are plenty of good FREE WordPress themes that will work for many sites and businesses. These themes can be customized enough to include a personalized logo and usually some photos or images that are specific to your business. Three of my favorite free Responsive themes are listed below. Read more ›