‘Web Design’ Category

WordPress Helper Firefox Extension

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WordPress Helper Firefox Extension.: An extension for Firefox that adds a bunch of automated and manual features to the right click contextual menu in Firefox. Available features include the following: Categorized Access to WordPress Help pages (WordPress Codex) Search for highlighted text strings on websites One-Click-switch to a website’s WordPress backend Update Notification on new WordPress versions Website Profiles Custom Shortcuts Various preference settings There has been active development on this extension since April of this year with good documentation of progress and the author is taking suggestions from users for future uses/features of the extension. Although many of these actions can be performed with shortcuts or other tools within Firefox, this extension puts it all into one place at easy reach of the Firefox user. The original developers’ page is in German but the linked page should be the English version. [EDIT] Sorry, link fixed. Thanks for the heads […]

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10 Video Tutorials for Learning Basic Web Design Skills

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June 16th, 2008
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LinkyLoo, Web Design, WordPress

10 Video Tutorials for Learning Basic Web Design Skills: Some interesting video tutorials linked from Mashable that could help budding web designers or dabblers put a new sheen on their existing blog or website. Of interest are such video tutorials as “How to turn any web template into a WordPress theme“.

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Create Your Own Frontpage Slideshow

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The folks over at PerfectSurf.de have published a tutorial which goes into detail on how you can create your own personal slideshow to appear on the frontpage of your WordPress powered site. This slideshow feature has been seen in numerous premium themes as of late and now you can create one for yourself via this tutorial. A slideshow is great for showcasing images within a gallery or showing off images related to top news items on your blog. The tutorial is not meant for beginners, but those of you who understand terms such as The Loop, excerpt and permalink, you should be fine. There are some caveats to this process which are outlined in the requirements: There are many ways of embedding slideshows to your website. This tutorial is based on a WordPress 2.5 installation (with some files customized and of course all files updated that were critical in WP2.5 […]

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Lessons from Eye-Tracking Studies

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November 15th, 2007
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Golden Rules, LinkyLoo, Web Design

23 Actionable Lessons from Eye-Tracking Studies: A very nice summary of the eye tracking studies performed at Eyetrack III. The lessons are easy to follow and made a lot of sense to me. I have found most of them to be true in my experience but they can serve as a good guideline for new designs and for a remedial set of guidelines for existing designs.

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Announcing The Sandbox Designs Competition

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Last Tuesday, May 28, I released an update to the Sandbox theme, version 0.9. Since releasing the Sandbox back in August of 2006 Andy and I have received lots of good feedback. I called it “the theme for themers” and it has had a really positive influence on theme design within the WordPress community. There have been more than a few themes/designs built on the Sandbox and released—and for good reason. Its highly semantic, dynamic structure make it immensely easy to design for, not to mention all the features built into its markup, like Microformats. So I thought it was a good time for a new theme competition—or rather a “designs” competition. It has been around two years since the last successful WordPress theme competition (participants of the competitions in 2006 will roll their eyes and would include me). We’ve seen the launch of an official theme viewer, two major […]

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Two or Three Columns?

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I read this question in a comment and though I had an answer from my own personal preference, I think it would be really helpful for others to make this decision and consequently for theme developers to get a good feel for where and what they should concentrate on if there were some discussion on it. I personally prefer one column themes with a minimal second column. Most information that is put on my sidebar(s) is extraneous and could be placed elsewhere. I have also found that some of that information deters from the original content of the blog. The landing page concept is nice for search engine traffic where extra links and information on the content might help you draw in the user to explore some more. However, the face of the blog is cleaner and chock full of good stuff to read with lesser distractions. That being said, […]

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Whitespace

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January 9th, 2007
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Golden Rules, Web Design

I came across an article by Mark Boulton at A List Apart. He writes about the importance of micro and macro whitespace. To put it simply, whitespace on a page is everything that isn’t the content. By content I mean text, images and other design elements. Micro whitespace is the space between lines, characters and smaller elements on your page. Macro whitespace is between major elements, like blocks of content etc. Micro whitespace plays the role in ensuring legibility and macro whitespace gives you the feeling of breathing room and cleanliness. Before the popularity of CSS, most of the styling was with font, bold and italic tags. Most sites had standard font sizes (usually 12pt) and standard whitespacing. Once CSS became popular, almost all design elements could be styled. Spacing between characters could be easily changed, as well as line spacing. Cross-browser and cross-platform incompatibility resulted in pages looking good […]

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WordPress Theme Bundle for TextMate

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WordPress Theme Bundle for TextMate Easily build themes for WordPress with Textmate and this theme bundle. According to the author it is fairly inclusive and has everything from basic structural snippets to menu based database references. Downloads are from SVN and the author is open for suggestions and offers of help. Thanks CarpeAqua

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pixer.us: online photo editor

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November 12th, 2006
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Cool Scripts, Web Design

pixer.us: online photo editor Upload your photo online and use this AJAX control panel to fix and modify your photos to your hearts’ content. The response is fast (for now). I modified one of our Jamaica pictures to test. I had some problem with the original (it looks like there are some logistic issues with the software not storing different pictures for different sessions). This might be really useful for bloggers that are editing their blogs or adding pictures where they do not have access to a good photo editor. The following picture was cropped, saturation tweaked, sharpened and randomly modified.

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