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Archive for July, 2011

Pretty JavaScript tools for your website

Sunday, July 31st, 2011 by Servage
There are many JavaScript tools out there, trying to help you adding some functionality to your website. Dialog, overlay, loader, image gallery, rating, social icons and many many more. The quality of those scripts is very different. And also the documentation and usage are at various levels. For new users to quickly find and integrate something without too many problems, both code quality and documentation are important. Have a look at this collection of JavaScript widgets for your website from no-margin-for-errors.com PrettyPhoto "prettyPhoto is a jQuery lightbox clone. Not only does it support images, it also support for videos, flash, YouTube, iframes and ajax. It’s a full blown ...

Taking a look at ExpressionEngine – the CMS for pro’s

Friday, July 29th, 2011 by Servage
Expression Engine is an interesting content management system using PHP and MySQL. It's cleaner and simpler than many other similar systems, yet very powerful. I guess the greatest proof of quality is the list of companies using it. There are many significant names on there, showing off some pretty great websites. It seems ExpressionEngine suits their needs. So what is ExpressionEngine? Expression Engine works a lot like most content management systems. It can handle content, users, permissions, files, media and much more. As a developer you can build websites suiting your customers needs. The thing, however, that makes ExpressionEngine quite unique, is that it has a slightly different approach to content. While ...

Are the new Macbook Airs interesting for developers?

Thursday, July 28th, 2011 by Servage
The concept of having a desktop and laptop computer has been necessary for most developers over time, because desktops over great advantages that laptops simply don't have - among others performance and screen size. Ergonomics are simply better, work is more efficient. Laptops have been trying to compete with desktops for a decade or so, but only in recent years are they starting to become a real alternative. Having only a laptop removes the hassles of synchronization of data, the cost up purchasing and maintaining two systems in parallel etc. Apple recently introduced updated models in their Macbook Air line. Eventhough these models are ultra portable laptops with small screens, their performance ...

Drag and Drop WordPress Theme Builder

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 by Servage
I stumbled over Platform Pro recently, and couldn't resist testing it. The idea and concept simply is too cool to ignore, and it really smells like tomorrows way of building not only websites, but maybe even entire web applications. Basically it helps you building cool websites for Wordpress quickly with drag and drop functionality. At this point I haven't tested it so much - merely played around with it, so I'm not sure if the system can actually be recommended. The feature list, however, seem very impressive, and include the following: Drag & Drop Theme Framework "Build websites faster and better using drag and drop, layout, typography, design-control and more." Drag ...

MacOS X Lion released with plenty of useful/less stuff

Thursday, July 21st, 2011 by Servage
Yesterday Apple released their newest operating system MacOS X Lion, sticking with yet another cat name in their operating system's X-era. Is it just me, or are there others out there, wondering when it changes the prefix? Anyway, it's an update from the old system Snow Leopard, with a whole lot of new stuff to explore. Some of it is really cool, innovative and useful. Some is not. Either way, it's a a good upgrade, and definitely worth the price of USD 29. Autosave and Versions. In my opinion this is the best new feature, with the largest potential. Basically apps can now save content automatically, and afterwards you can browse through ...

Browser-testing the lazy way

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 by Servage
It's important for web developers to test websites in various browser to avoid bad surprises, when users start reporting problems. The only real way of doing this is by having multiple browsers installed, and even having test systems with legacy browsers or other operating systems. If you want to test the major browsers in the most used versions on the most common operating systems, you quickly need a whole lot of setups. Browser-testing therefore quickly becomes very annoying and time consuming. Maybe that's the reason why many don't do it, and end up with comparability problems.

Blueprint CSS Framework makes CSS styling easy

Friday, July 15th, 2011 by Servage
The last post about nicer forms introduced some simple CSS tricks to get nice looking forms. It also mentioned the Blueprint CSS framework, which is pretty nice. Blueprint is basically just a set of stylesheets (.css files) that you can include in your website to get certain default design and layout functionality. Why is this great? You often want to do similar things with your web projects in terms of design. Blueprint offers help with exactly that. It makes your standard pages look good, and gives you a great starting point for further customization. It's much better than using the various browsers' own default styling. The features CSS reset of styles to ...

Create nicer looking forms with CSS

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 by Servage
Forms are one of the commonly used elements in HTML. It's a basic functionality for most websites to capture specific information via user input through HTML forms. So why do so many forms look really boring? Why are businesses still missing out on new customers because of unappealing order forms? It's amazing what you can accomplish with form design. It looks good, gives a serious impression, and attracts users. Examples The images illustrating this article are two examples of beautiful order forms I've found online. They are integrated with the rest of the website design, they have a simple layout, there isn't too much data to be added. Users are ...

Using PHP frameworks for rapid development

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011 by Servage
frameworksWe're still seeing many users trying to build their own stuff from the ground up. While this is generally a good idea for large custom projects, with a lot of non-standard functionality, it is most likely overkill for most smaller projects. You actually don't need to reinvent the wheel with every project you start. Have a look at this earlier article that presents some PHP frameworks, which can really speed up your development. There are numerous advantages of working with a framework when creating and maintaining projects. Development work can be faster and more efficient when using a framework. It is easier to get things done, and it motivates developers to continue working. Often ...

More WordPress Theme Resources

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011 by Servage
After presenting ThemeForest here, I've been busy trying to find more online resources for Wordpress themes that are equally good. While there still is a plethora of free (and often crappy) templates, there are also quite a few good places for premium templates. Some are cheap, some are expensive. But there definitely is something great for every purpose and price level. So, again, if you're struggling with your Wordpress installation, trying to get your website looking the way you want, you should take a look at the following places: