What is Responsive Design

Right now this buzz word Responsive Design is flooding the web development world. So what is it, and how is it shaping the future of the web? (more…)

Getting to know Concrete5

Recently I had a freelance project where it came down to what kind of system to power it. Though I am normally somewhat of a wordpress fan, this time I decided to do something different. I decided to use Concrete5 to power the website. (more…)

View your MAMP Pro virtual hosts on your devices

Recently I came across a problem while developing my new website revisions, which was I wanted to view my virtual host on my iPhone. As I was researching this topic there was some complicated instructions for doing this using a program called Squidman, Although this approach may or may not work for you, I found that a little bit more simpler approach ended up working for me in the end. (more…)

Coda 2: the do-all editor

Panic has been around since before the days of iTunes and still make some of the best Mac apps ever made, including Transmit, Candybar and others. So when Coda 2 came out I just had to give it a try. (more…)

Easy ‘no recovery system’ fix using 10.6 snow leopard

Recently I decided to upgrade from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion, and though the price was right at $20 there was one glitch that I ran into in the install. (more…)

Frog CMS

FrogCMS is a Content Management System (CMS) based on simplicity and ease of use. Though it is not a fully featured package like WordPress or Drupal, this little gem of the system is really fine for a website that is just a bunch of pages that might change often (more…)

Review of PureEdit

Ever since WordPress came out I have always wondered why there are so many different CMS’s out there? Well, if you have ever tried to mold an existing website in to WordPress you will understand with me why the are more than one out there, WordPress is just not that flexible. Many developer’s have tried to fix this problems by making the “content hooks” easier to work with by doing things like making the editable div tag a class with a certain name in it, or creating simple%pathto('content')% tags. While these are okay and a little easier for “code-phobic” designers to work with, they still requires you to fix the code on the actual page.

PureEdit is an innovative CMS that only touches your MySQL and that’s it. Using tables and field tags (such as “body_txt“) it will read the abbreviation of the field suffix and will create an form in it’s backend for say a client to use while again remaining it’s “hands-off” self. Very useful I think, how about swinging by pureedit.com and giving it a try?

Why SOPA is bad and why you should care

UPDATE: The bill(s) mentioned in this artical have not been passed (yet), but I will keep this post around though as a reminder as what almost happend and what could happen again (if these bill ever do get passed).

You have probably heard about SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and the tragic consequences on the internet as we know it. If you haven’t SOPA and it’s sister bill PIPA (Protect IP Act) are bills on the U.S. House and Senate floors that will allow major corporations like MPAA, CBS, EMI to take down a website for no more than a infringing link. This bill (SOPA) could possibly ruin social networking as we currently know it and prevent new startup companies from flourishing on the web. (more…)

Merge all windows in Safari

Okay, so who there hates a million different web-browser windows cluttering up their desktop? Certainly not me, that is why I found a great workflow based on a trick I learned in a Screencasts Online video. It starts by noticing that under the “Window” menu there is an option for “Merge All Windows” this option turns all the browser windows into one big window with many little tabs. This is option great but the problem still remains that if you are on a 20” monitor or dual screen setup it can be a hassle to go up to the top of the main screen and click this little option every-time so how about a time saving shortcut?

It’s very easy to create this small shortcut. Just go to the System Preferences (the icon with all the gears), click “Keyboard and Mouse”, then click the tab “Keyboard Shortcuts”. Next click on the plus symbol under the shortcut list, and a dialog box should appear. Chose “Other…” (the very bottom option on the list) an open dialog box appears go to your “Applications” folder, find Safari and than click add. Next under “Menu Title” enter “Merge All Windows” (it must be typed exactly that way for for this trick to work) than for the Keyboard Shortcut type any combination of key (like mine is command + option + m) and presto your shortcut should appear next to “Merge All Windows” under the “Window” menu. Now the next time you want to merge your window you have a simple keyboard shortcut that should save you loads of time and space.

Maybe standards don’t matter after all…

UPDATE: In recent months I have been more aware of the idea that web standards and validation does matter quite a bit, this article is here for nostalgic reasons only and serves as a good discussion point.

If you are like me you have met or are a web standards zealt and will say or will tell you in a nutshellit is not worth building a website unless you have validated it 10 times plus adhere to the W3C and meet it’s strictest guidelines. Ok that maybe this is a little over the top, but none the less you have probably heard something like this said by someone or told somebody this by yourself. One day looking at a site called Modern Life is Rubbish I noticed an article that was titled web standards don’t matter as much as you think.

This lead me into thinking about all the website redesigns I have done lately and how much I (or maybe you might have) have stressed over W3C’s approval of the website. Yes if you can pull it off it can be a very strong and convincing selling point to a technical client or a under designer because it shows your attention to details and people with special needs (screen readers, high contrast screens etc). Although because we don’t live in a perfect world and not every browser out there (most noticeably Microsoft Internet Explorer) follows W3’s example of compatibility to the word, which forces many designers into dilemmas that more times than not cause the website to have invalid code. One thing this article says though is that unless you have a very technical audience (which most of us do not) more likely than not that they are not going to care about validation, just that the text is readable and good. Just food for thought.