Category Archives: Web Design

Using CSS to Replace Content for JavaScript Disabled Browsers

Using CSS to Replace Content for JavaScript Disabled Browsers

If you’re like me, you love embellishing your projects with fancy JavaScript to give them pizzaz. But, chances are, you’ve also had some trouble finding a comfortable solution for replacing that JavaScript content for users who have (for one reason or another) disabled JS in their browser. After playing around with many possible fixes, I’ve come up with a standards-compliant, low bandwidth and easy to implement solution. And it’s probably something you weren’t expecting… CSS!

That’s right… by making use of the display:none CSS property we can serve alternate content to our non-JavaScript users without sending them to alternate pages on our site (a common, but outdated and clunky solution). So, get ready to turn off that JS in your browser (did I really just say that?) and start developing for true compatibility.

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One Web Designer’s Thoughts on Flash: Approach With Caution

One Web Designer’s Thoughts on Flash: Approach With Caution

These days, the web is full of talk about how to provide the best user experience and functionality in a project. And, inevitably, the question always arises whether or not to utilize Flash in web design. And in all the madness, I couldn’t let another week go by without pitching in my two cents, both for the benefits of my clients and fellow web designers alike.

My thoughts here are in no way meant to reflect the feelings of the majority of web designers today, though I’m sure many share them. And, I have not always held the same feelings about Flash that I do now. But, in the wake of current web standards, mobile optimization and wide-reaching searchability, I think that the use of Flash as the all-inclusive solution for a web site is on the way out, and fast.

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IE Cleartype Fix – The Solution for Blurry or Pixelated Text

IE Cleartype Fix – The Solution for Blurry or Pixelated Text

We’ve all seen it. BLURRY TEXT. It can steal the beauty from even the best designed sites. Have you ever seen (or made) a dropdown menu using JavaScript and found that the text just doesn’t show up right in IE? How about a slick, fading menu that ends up having blurry, hard to read, pixelated text? Any WordPress designers ever run into this problem with plugins? Well, stop pulling your hair out. The solution is as easy as removing one little attribute from the troubling JavaScript code.

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Simple Server-Side Browser Detection with PHP

Simple Server-Side Browser Detection with PHP

Ever wish you could make a webpage behave according to the browser it is being viewed with? In many cases this can be done with some well-placed CSS code. But, how about those situations when CSS can’t help us out? CSS hacks and tricks won’t let you target Firefox, Chrome or mobile devices. So, do you just stay away from using custom content in those browsers?

Enter PHP browser detection! With just a little bit of code, your site can reach its maximum potential in every browser, and even in mobile devices.

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Using WordPress as a Simple Client Management Solution

Using WordPress as a Simple Client Management Solution

So, you’re looking to give your clients a secure way to access a client page (or group of pages) on your Wordpress powered site. There’s just one problem… there isn’t a Wordpress plugin that can do it for you with out-of-the-box functionality that we’ve grown accustomed to. But before you give up on client management (or Wordpress) altogether, let me assure you, it can be done. So, if you’re up for learning a new trick with some old programming knowledge and a little elbow grease, let’s get started…

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10 Tips for the Beginning Freelance Web Designer

10 Tips for the Beginning Freelance Web Designer

So, you’re a talented web designer with a few projects under your belt and you’re thinking about setting up a small freelancing business for yourself. That’s great! But, there’s more to succeeding as a freelancer than just knowing how to design a functional web page. Freelancing demands a constant balance between learning new skills and building expertise in a particular area of focus, while at the same time developing opportunities for your business to grow. That last part is the toughest for most freelancers, and with good reason. But, with the right motivation, skillset and some preliminary knowledge of what to expect, the bumpy road of starting your own web design business can become quite a bit smoother.

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