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Smashing Sitemap

I wrote up an article for Smashing Magazine on creating a colorful sitemap with jQuery. It covers all kinds of things, like semantic markup, enhancing with CSS3, building a quick jQuery plugin to avoid repetitive code, and more. Links …

January 23, 200929 comments

Quick Notes

...and the winner of the Learning jQuery book giveaway is:

Nick from Crealities. I'll be in touch, Nick, to get your mailing address. Thanks to everyone who commented to win. Next time I'll try and get more stuff so …

January 21, 200912 comments

Put a Subdomain on a Different Server

Over at Are My Sites Up we have a blog to keep users updated with new features, current issues and stuff like that. If, god forbid, the site were to go down, that blog wouldn't do us a heck of …

January 21, 200916 comments

Tracking Clicks, Building a Clickmap with PHP and jQuery

This demo and article was originally created by Jay Salvat and can be seen here in French. Thanks Jay! The Plan
  • Record the X and Y coordinates of the mouse cursor when it is clicked on a web page.
January 20, 200958 comments

Save Money on SSL Certificates with SSLmatic

If any of you have built an eCommerce site for a client, you have probably dealt with buying and installing an SSL certificate for the site. While this isn't required, it's kind of stupid not to. I sure as heck …

January 19, 2009159 comments

My Recommended Books: The CSS-Tricks Bookshelf

A few weeks ago I started a little new section of the site for books that I recommend on design and development. I'm calling it the CSS-Tricks bookshelf.

I own and have read (probably more than once) and fully …

January 16, 2009323 comments

Using jQuery in Magento

At work we are developing a site for a client using the Magento eCommerce software. This is my first time using it and I'm finding it fairly badass (and it's free!). There is a lot to like about it, which …

January 14, 200931 comments

Select Cuts Off Options In IE (Fix)

I think the problem is fairly obvious here. If you set a static width on the <select> element and the width of the text in the <option> are wider than that, the text gets cut off in IE 6-8. There …

January 13, 200938 comments

How the Quotes On Design JavaScript API Works

I keep hesitating to call it an "API", because I'm pretty sure this isn't quite what "API" has come to mean. But, it is programming that interfaces with an application, so whatever. Last week I introduced the bit of JavaScript …

January 12, 200919 comments

Add Design Quotes to Your Site

There is a much newer and nicer version of the Quotes on Design API now, check out the code over at the dedicated API page.

David Walsh helped me whip together an "api" for Quotes on Design. If …

January 9, 200923 comments

Typographic Grid

This is not a "framework" or anything, I was just screwing around with typography and getting things to line up according to a strict horizontal and vertical grid. It is inspired by the Compose to a Vertical Rhythm article by …

January 7, 200924 comments

The Last Links of Interest – Other Great Places for Links

I've done 62 Tuesday "Links of Interest" posts over the past 18 months or so. it's been fun and a good way to share links, but I'm letting you know this will be the last one. It's not because I …

January 6, 20095 comments

PHP for Beginners: Building Your First Simple CMS

The Magic of PHP + MySQL

It's safe to say that nearly every website that's up-to-date these days is using some form of content management system (CMS). While there are a ton of great free options that provide us with …

January 5, 2009164 comments

Launch: Are My Sites Up?

Hey folks! Me and Richard have just launched a new site I think many of you will find useful. It's called Are My Sites Up? - I bet you can guess what it does =)

Monitor ALL your sites

The …

January 2, 200993 comments

Thank You (2008 Edition)

Happy New Years Eve everyone! Just taking the opportunity to say thanks to everyone (again) for visiting and being a part of CSS-Tricks. This site has came a long way in one short year, and now is a great time …

December 31, 200841 comments

Links of Interest

Creative Advent Series...

...was pretty cool on Positive Space this year. Twenty-four creatives share their best career advice.

 

Merb and Rails Merging

David Heinemeier Hansson writes:

It’s christmas, baby, and do we have a present for you. …

December 30, 20083 comments

Dynamic FAQ Page – A Lesson in Accessibility and Progressive Enhancement

The idea is to make a question & answer style page which is embellished in functionality by JavaScript (jQuery). Each question will be shown in a box with a tag hanging from the bottom of the box. When clicked, the …

December 29, 200854 comments

New Poll: What is your CSS framework of choice?

Just tossed a new poll up. This time covering CSS frameworks, which we have never polled before. Kind of curious to see which of them is the most popular, among the people that actually use them. I've only included six …

December 26, 200841 comments

Ho Ho Ho!

.wishing { you: happy-holidays !important; }

Have a lovely day everyone! It's definitely a white Christmas here in Portland. I plan to do a recap of the year next week and tell everyone just how thankful I am for this …

December 25, 200828 comments

Poll Results: How do you keep track of design inspiration?

As always, fascinating results. I am part of the very smallest segment, in that I use an image-based social bookmarking service, ScrnShots, to keep track of a lot of my design inspiration. I'm not a nut about it though, …

December 24, 200815 comments

Links of Interest

jQuery 1.3 Beta

If you want to help test, all the details are here. Many rewrites of core areas like the selector engine and DOM Manipulation (append/prepend/before/after).

 

Absolute Columns

Dan Rubin hits the nail on the head with …

December 23, 20084 comments

Blurry Background Effect

When setting a background image on a page element with CSS, you can control its position with "background-position", but an often-forgotten trick is that you can control its position behavior with "background-attachment".

Utilizing two images, we can pull off a …

December 22, 200870 comments

Site News: iPhone/iPod Stuff

Few quick announcements!

iPhone/iPod Version of Screencast

Many, many people asked for this. I resisted a long time mostly since I thought seeing them on such a small screen would be useless. But I concede that listening and sort-of seeing …

December 20, 200815 comments

PHP Include from Root

When I reference images, I almost always do something like this:

<img src="/images/logo.png" alt="logo" />

That is a relative file path, but it begins at the root public directory of the site. That way it always references the same location, …

December 19, 200842 comments

New Site: Quotes on Design

Here's another new site from me. I love reading books about design, so I've made a little site to help immortalize the great little quotes I come across. There aren't a ton of them up there yet, but I plan …

December 17, 200820 comments

Links of Interest

Best Presentations from Web Design Conferences in 2008

Chris Spooner has put together a little roundup of videos from some of the best web design conferences this soon-to-be-past year. Makes me jealous! I've never once been to a web conference. …

December 16, 20089 comments

Force Secure Form Submission

I was working with a client eCommerce site the other day, and a really concerning problem popped up. On the very last step of checkout, when you press the very final button to submit the order, the browser would pop …

December 15, 200816 comments

New Site: HTML Ipsum

There are a number of Lorem Ipsum sites that I like. I even have a dashboard widget for generating it. But none of them does what I REALLY want, which is to give me the Latin text already in HTML

December 12, 200892 comments

Links of Interest

DD_belatedPNG

Yet another PNG fix for IE 6, but this time with all our dreams come true. Positioning, repeating, and none of the link-blocking z-index madness. How does it work? Apparently the proprietary Microsoft VML language does a much …

December 9, 20087 comments

Track Outgoing Clicks in Google Analytics with jQuery

Ian Pitts sent me this trick a while back and I'm just getting around to publishing it. Thank Ian!

Google Analytics (intro video here) is powerful stuff, but one notable lacking feature is data on outgoing clicks. …

December 8, 200823 comments

Start/Stop Slider

A little while back I did a tutorial on a Featured Content Slider. It was neat, but a little limited in customization possibility. The two most requested features were being able to add/remove "panels" and a stop/start button.

I'm …

December 4, 200882 comments

Building an Animated Cartoon Robot with jQuery

Why?

Aside from being a fun exercise, what purpose does something like this have? None that's plainly obvious. Its about as useful as a miniature ship in a bottle. Yet it does have an underlying purpose. It could inspire someone …

December 3, 200855 comments

Links of Interest

Double Background Effect with CSS


Soh Tanaka tackles a CSS layout problem that probably many have you have run into. The idea is double backgrounds, that is, having a centered design where the left side has a repeating design …

December 2, 20087 comments

Creating Tabs That Behave

When creating navigational tabs that use real web text, some positioning issues may arise when that text is resized. The natural flow of a web page when text is resized is to push down. This can push your main content …

December 1, 20086 comments

Prevent iPhone Text Enlargement

The iPhone has a funny way of bumping up the text size on websites when viewing them fairly far "zoomed out". This can be wonderful, as it can help the text be readable while seeing more of the website. It …

November 28, 200811 comments

The Very First Steps After a Fresh WordPress Install

So you have WordPress installed! Congratulations! Now what? I find myself installing WordPress quite often, so I'll share with you my "first steps" after a fresh install to get WordPress set up to my liking. This involves changing settings, resetting …

November 26, 200894 comments

Links of Interest

This weeks Links of Interest post is WordPress-themed, like the rest of this week =)

Web Designer Wall Series

Nick La is in the midst of a series on working with WordPress. So far he has done Installing WordPress Locally

November 25, 20080 comments

What to Ask a New Client Wanting a WordPress Theme

[original photo]

With any new client, before you start choosing technologies, you should be finding out more about them. What they are all about, why they need a website, and what the goals of that site are. But …

November 24, 200832 comments

It’s WordPress Week!

I've been working with WordPress a lot lately. The redesign around has had me moving lots of stuff inside WordPress and using it more and more like a real CMS (video on this). At work lately we've been …

November 23, 200834 comments

Thoughts on IntenseDebate So Far

I've been using IntenseDebate on CSS-Tricks for a little over a week now and a lot of thoughts on it have been stirring around in my head so I thought I'd try to organize them and share.

What is IntenseDebate?

November 21, 200826 comments

Block a Website for Everyone But You

Quick little .htaccess trick today for ya'll. This snippet will redirect any visitor who is not at at one of the provided IP addresses. You can use as many or as few as you would like. This is just a …

November 19, 200817 comments

Jeff Croft on Web Design

I would say my biggest pet peeve related to the industry would be people focusing on technology instead of design, standards instead of users, and validation rather than innovation. Web standards and best practices are noble goals, but all too …

November 18, 200810 comments

Links of Interest

Served

I have no idea how long these "served" sites have been around, but I dig 'em. typographyserved, photographyserved, etc.

 

Intense Debate

Commenting is the best thing about blogs. Really makes a blog into a community rather …

November 18, 20084 comments

Old School Clock with CSS3 and jQuery

Hi everyone, my name is Toby Pitman and Chris has asked me to write a post about a recent experiment that I posted up on the forum a little while ago. It all started when I was looking at the …

November 17, 200820 comments

Guest Post on Writing Better HTML

I was flattered when the guys from Smashing Magazine asked me if I'd like to write an article for them. I thought I would stick to my best subject and write about CSS at first. So I started a draft …

November 13, 200818 comments

Color Fading Menu with jQuery

Editor's note: When I first pushed out this latest redesign for CSS-Tricks, it featured a simple color fading animation in the main navigation. Liam quickly noticed a flaw in the code I was using to do it, where if you…
November 12, 200841 comments

Links of Interest

wp-Hyphenate

Using justified text on the web has long been tricky, as lines could sometimes be rendered with god-awful word spacing. This is due in large part to the fact that rendering engines aren't smart enough by themselves to know …

November 11, 200813 comments

About the CSS-Tricks Redesign

In case you haven't noticed, I've done a bit of a design overhaul around here. I thought I'd take the opportunity to go over some points and features of the new design.

Why?

Because it was fun. Because I'm a …

November 10, 200872 comments

Campana Ceramics on Etsy

Perhaps slightly off-topic today, but I thought you guys might appreciate this. My lifelong friend and college roommate Jeff Campana has recently gotten his MFA in Ceramics and moved to Kentucky to teach it at the University of Louisville. I've …

November 7, 200818 comments

New Poll: How do you keep track of design inspiration?

There is a new poll in the sidebar folks. If you are reading via RSS you'll have to make the jump over to see it. This time I'm asking about how you manage design inspiration you find around the web, …

November 5, 200847 comments

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