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  1. thumbnails

    Create a fancy thumbnails list in WordPress

    Note: This article has been marked for a quality review and will soon be updated. I, like many others, love WordPress, and every time I come to creating a new theme I always look for new ways to utilize it's true power. I like extending the functionality of websites with WordPress and I like using images to better the user's experience, so I decided I would explore the possibilities. While...

  2. Earth

    Using Location Awareness

    A future web design trend that I predict is location awareness, and using it to ensure a better user experience. However without access to GPS, most of the world's desktop PCs will have to rely on other means of telling servers where they are. One way that we can use today to determine the location of any given computer is by using a user's IP address and feeding it to...

  3. CSS Sprites

    Using CSS Sprites

    Navigation is an important part of how sites work, and so I think we can all agree that it is important for our navigational items to look nice. One problem that many sites encounter is the slow loading of roll-over images that are used to give feedback to the user. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about here - when you roll-over an image and it goes white for...

  4. PHP

    Why you should be using PHP

    Note: This article has been marked for a quality review and will soon be updated. I would like to introduce you to PHP. If you aren't already using PHP on your site, you should be! PHP is an easy way of generating dynamic content and interacting with all sorts of things, from the server, to the user, right back to databases. In past tutorials I've used PHP without first explaining...

  5. resize

    Resizing images – the right way

    Something that is very important on the web today is how fast our websites load, and alongside script optimization and other fancy tricks, images are a large part of our sites, and so it's important that they are optimized for the web. However what if we don't have control over the size of the images, and we don't have a program to re-size them? Well we have to do something...

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    Building a CMS Part 3

    And so we've arrived at the last in this set of tutorials; if you've been following along, by now you should have a user system as well as a basic CMS. At the moment we have a very strong base for our CMS but there are still a few things that we need to talk about. Firstly style. I like to think of myself as a stylish kind of guy...

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    Building a CMS Part 2

    Note: This post is currently undergoing review and will be updated within the next few days to reflect more recent standards and better code quality. So if you're following this set of tutorials you should now have your very own login system that allows users to sign up and login. However these tutorials aren't about building a user base, so we need to add the functionality of a CMS. At...

  8. cms-1

    Building a CMS Part 1

    A content management system (or CMS) is the best way (I think) to maintain a site. This site, like many others uses WordPress, a blogging CMS. There are many options available to us web designers out there, but I think creating your own CMS is a really good way of learning a lot of new techniques. So let me tell you what you will learn in this series. We will be...

  9. JQuery Logo

    Get going with jQuery!

    If you would have asked me 6 month ago what I thought of Javascript, I would have told you I thought it was a precarious language which never worked for me - and that's coming from a semi-programmer! To me the language was cumbersome and seemed like it was cobbled together in a very short time with little regard for the developers (don't shoot me!) . For me I didn't have the time...

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    Do you do To do?

    In today's modern society, with the ever growing amount of information I find many people are turning to "To do" applications to keep track of all the little things they need to get done in their lives. I'm told they are a God-send; that they couldn't live without them, or that they don't know where they'd be without them. However every time I download one of these applications I find...

  11. Security Padlock

    Don’t vet Passwords!

    I've designed loads of forms in my time, some for collecting random data, some for logging in, and some for user sign up. I usually employ form validation to make sure it's a valid email, and a valid phone number etc, but I never check the password (unless it's for length). I myself like to sign up to each and every service I come across and generally I'm satisfied with...

  12. Park

    Get out of the Office!

    So over the past couple of weeks I've been on holiday. Holidays are great when I need to relax and get away from work, however when I'm on holiday I like to design websites and other stuff anyway. I also love to learn new stuff and get on with whatever I was doing before I came on holiday. Where I live it snowed solid for a few days and I...

  13. Media Temple Logo

    You should host with Media Temple

    I remember a few months back when I was faced with a dilemma, what hosting company should I go with for a certain client. I have had experience with some cheaper companies and to be honest for the price it isn't bad. However recently I have had problems with slow servers and a lot of downtime. Therefore I would like to recommend to anyone reading this to go with Media Temple. Now...

  14. Google Wave

    Where is Google Wave going?

    It seems only a short time ago that Google introduced their latest endeavour to the world in beta - Google Wave. I remember watching the keynote by the developers at Google IO and thinking that it looked pretty damn cool, but I am beginning to wonder if my first impressions were only such because of the technologies they used to create it. At heart I am a web designer, and so seeing Google implement so many...

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    You have 100s of Gmail Addresses!

    Never a day goes by when I don't use Google's fantastic emailing service. But did you know that you have access to many different addresses. If your email address is tom@gmail.com, you could give someone the address of tom+jane@gmail.com. Oh my gosh! I know, try to dissipate the hysterics, because although this seems like a waste of your time you may be missing the point. Think about it - when you create websites...

  16. Didn't Abba have a song about this?

    Will you make it big?

    It seems today that many people across the internet are infatuated with the idea of making it big - fair enough, surely that's what we all want right? But what is worrying is that may of these people are operating under the mis-conception that doing so will be easy. They read the stories of some of the biggest names in the web design industry and set about trying to become...

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    Twas a good year for Apple

    We all know that Apple is a massive company, but at the begininning of the year many analysts were sceptical that Apple would be able to grow. However the ever defiant company has proved them all wrong and is finishing the year with an incredible market cap of $188,330,000,000! Second only to Google and Microsoft. And that is amazing. Apple has beaten all the odds - the economy was in tatters and yet they pulled through!...

  18. Robert Noyce

    Have you ever heard of Robert Noyce?

    Well have you? Be honest, have you ever heard of Robert Noyce? It seems odd today that such an influential person could be forgotten. Robert Noyce was one of the founders of Intel, a mentor to Steve Jobs, and overall, a realy nice guy.

  19. How did it work out for you?

    Goodbye Mr Decade

    So, ten years have passed and with them some amazing things have happened. Technology has changed the face of the world in the past 10 years and has changed almost beyond recognition. For example at the beginning of the decade the word iPod sounded like something from a bad sci-fi movie. The word Google was barely know. And By all accounts it seemed as if Apple were nearly dead. But...

  20. Back Online!

    Back Online

    Well it's been a long time since I posted on this lovely blog, but I wanted to start again before the new year! Well sooner rather than later I always say. So all the old content has gone to be replaced with fresher, more up to date, and generally better content. My blog will now focus primarily on web design and on some technology news. Overall I will be blogging about the subjects that...

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