Are you still using actual images for gradients, shading, buttons, and text embellishments? Have you been wanting to switch over to clean, beautiful CSS3, but didn’t think you had the skills to make the leap? Have no fear, some great CSS3 tools are here. In this post, I’ll highlight five of my favorite CSS3 generators allowing you to do everything from color gradients, to button makers, to text shadows. Just use these tools to generate the code for the looks you want without all of the headache or bandwidth overhead. Easy peasy! Read more ›
As I helped my son put the final touches on his school book report last week, something scary happened. I sent the document to print and for whatever reason the application crashed and the book report disappeared. Behind me came a wail. My son was devastated as he had put so much time and energy into that report and with one click it was gone, or was it? Word does have an automatic backup feature, but the hardest part had been reworking the last couple of sentences of the report which weren’t saved in the auto-backup. The great thing that happened that day was that I clicked SAVE right before I hit the print button. Nothing was lost, the report was printed, and everything was fine.
Almost losing this report, made me think of the devastation that would come if you lost your WordPress site and its contents. Backing up your WordPress site is something that should be done – period. Read this article to find out how easy backing up your site can be.
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A Cinemagraph is an image that contains within itself a living moment that allows a glimpse of time to be experienced and preserved endlessly. -Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg
To me, cinemagraphs are a wonderful art form. They start with a stunning photograph and are enhanced with a small amount of animation in .gif form. That animation can truly bring the photo to life. I personally find that subtle animation gives the piece so much charm and character. I have gathered together 11 of my favorites from around the web. Some of these you may recognize, and hopefully, some will be new to you.
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As we close out 2013, I thought this would be a good opportunity to reflect on what’s taking center stage for the new year and what’s taking a final curtain call. Let’s take a look at all of the exciting things that will make 2014 a great year! Read more ›
Aaron from Chatwing offers a detailed walk-through tutorial for setting up the advanced features of the Chatwing chat app.
As mentioned in Chatwing Chat App – Chatting Your Way to Better Customer Service, an embedded chat app in your site can offer some amazing benefits. You can provide instant customer service, promote your services, or simply interact live with your viewers.
Chatwing is a chatting tool that anyone can get for free. As a chatroom, it offers excellent chatting capabilities complimented by efficient features. Setting up a chatroom for any site is a breeze. Read more ›
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 ›