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#55: Adding RSS Content with SimplePie

The “Really Simple” part of RSS is sometimes misleading. What if you want to pull in content from an RSS feed and display it on your site? Doing that from scratch would be no-so-easy, but thankfully we have wonderful SimplePie to do the heavy lifting for us. In this screencast we build a really simple site that grabs content from multiple RSS feeds, smushes them together, and displays them using our own custom markup.

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Simple jQuery Dropdowns

There are lots of dropdown menus already out there. I’m not really trying to reinvent the wheel here, but I wanted to try to do something slightly different by making them as dead simple as possible. Very stripped down code and minimal styling, yet still have all the functionality typically needed. Here are the features:

  • Cross-browser compatible (even IE 6)
  • Multi-level and retains “trail”
  • Very minimal styling (easy to adapt)
  • Very minimal JavaScript (short bit of jQuery)

 

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Joomla Template Design Book Giveaway & Resources

I get asked from time to time to do more stuff about Joomla. Joomla just happens to be one of those things I know very little about. I’ve never worked with it and I haven’t run across the need for it just yet. I tend to reach for WordPress by default because I’m really comfortable with it and I feel like I can do about anything I want to do with it. However, there are some scenarios that I … Read article “Joomla Template Design Book Giveaway & Resources”

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Common Sense SEO Checklist

DISCLAIMER: I don’t “really” know anything about SEO. What I do know is the folks at Google and other big search engines are just human beings like us who have created and constantly tweak the search algorithms. Their goal is to give us what we want when searching, the best possible websites relevant to what we are searching for.

So let’s set aside all the fancy technical stuff and just use some good ol’ common sense.

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Script & Style Redesign

UPDATE: Script & Style is closed. David and I just moved on to other things. The New:

The Old:

(I forgot to take a screenshot before I changed it! So, this is the old Photoshop document)

More Reason to Visit

Far more people subscribe to Script & Style than visit it on the web. That’s wonderful I think. Script & Style is stream of articles and RSS is the best way to digest that. At the same time, we certainly … Read article “Script & Style Redesign”

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CSS Tables Are Not a Solution

Eric Meyer said today in “Wanted: Layout System“:

Turning a bunch of divs or list items or whatever into table-role boxes is no better than just using table markup in the first place, and it’s arguably worse. Using element names other than table and td to create layout tables, and then claiming it’s not using tables for layout, borders on self-deception.

Not to mention doing things that way means you’re doing your layout in a highly source-order-dependent fashion,

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#54: Introduction to FLIR

FLIR (Face Lift Image Replacement) bills itself as an “alternative to sIFR”. They are definitely in the same category. sIFR has some extra functionality, but is relies on more technology on both the server and client side. FLIR may be a little easier to use and requires less technology, but has less functionality. In this screencast I walk through integrating FLIR on a WordPress site I was working on.

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New Poll: What CSS3 Feature Are You MOST Excited About?

The full questions is:

If CSS2 and CSS3 was fully supported in all browsers tomorrow, what would you be MOST excited about?

It’s so tough to decide, since we want it all and we want it now! RSS readers will have to jump over to make a choice, poll is in the sidebar as usual. The choices are:

  • Border Radius
  • Multiple Backgrounds
  • Border Image
  • @font-face
  • Box Shadow
  • Text Shadow
  • RGBa
  • Gradients
  • Animations / Transitions
  • Other
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Moving Boxes

We’ve been down the jQuery “sliders” path a few times before. Once for the Auto-Playing Featured Content Slider and again for the Start/Stop slider.

Many of the concepts presented in those tutorials are the same with this slider, so I’m not going to throw a lot of source code at you this time. The big difference here is that there are buttons to change panels and the panels zoom in and out. Fun!

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