sitepoint.com Archives - 21 April 2014, Monday

  • Learn Ruby on Rails

    sitepoint.com 14 Jun '13, 7am

    Ruby on Rails is the web development framework of the moment, powering Gitub, Twitter, Hulu and many more successful apps and websites. The arrival of Rails 4 is the perfect time to learn it. SitePoint’s newest ebook, ‘Jump Start Rails’ , from Andy Hawthorne, will get you up to speed ...

  • Browser Trends August 2011: Firefox 5 Grows by 400%

    sitepoint.com 03 Aug '11, 3pm

    Amazingly, Chrome usage grew by a further 1.5% in July — one of the largest monthly increases it’s ever experienced. Google is rapidly catching Mozilla and Chrome 12 overtook Firefox 4/5 again to become the world’s second most-used browser. That said, the rapid update schedules confus...

  • Self-promotion: Do You Need a New Approach?

    sitepoint.com 03 Aug '11, 12am

    Recently, a freelancing friend of mine found himself out of work. He’d been working on contract with one major client, and that contract was cut off. When I spoke to him, he wasn’t sure where to look for work. He’d spent months out of work, trying online freelance marketplaces, and ma...

  • Creating a Personal Brand: Too Late! You Already Have One

    sitepoint.com 02 Aug '11, 3pm

    When we think about commercial brands, we tend to think of a name, logo, or slogan … anything that is used to identify and distinguish a specific product, service, or business. But on a more basic level, a brand is an identification mark … like when a rancher or farmer uses a branding...

  • What’s New in Firebug 1.8

    What’s New in Firebug 1.8

    sitepoint.com 02 Aug '11, 11am

    The tool is crammed with amazing features. I try to keep up with developments but it’s easy to miss gems such as examining CSS :active and :hover states . Firebug 1.8 has just been released and it should automagically update in your browser. Alternatively, head over to getfirebug.com ...

  • Podcast #123: ASP.NET with TIm Posey and Pranav Rastogi

    sitepoint.com 01 Aug '11, 7am

    Episode 123 of The SitePoint Podcast is now available! This week our regular interview host Louis Simoneau (@rssaddict ) is back with a great interview of 2 guests from the world of ASP.NET Tim Posey an active ASP.NET developer, and Pranav Rastogi @rustd from the ASP.NET team at Micro...

  • Prospects from Heaven; Clients from Hell

    sitepoint.com 01 Aug '11, 4am

    On his site, The Oatmeal , designer Matthew Inman has created a comic strip /*slash*/ poster entitled, How A Web Design Goes Straight To Hell . In this hilarious and all-too-true scenario, the client continues to make more and more horrific changes to the design. Under each subsequent...

  • It’s Official: IE Users Have a Lower IQ!

    It’s Official: IE Users Have a Lower IQ!

    sitepoint.com 30 Jul '11, 10am

    This will please many web developers. A recent survey by AptiQuant, a psychometric consulting company based in Canada, has concluded that Internet Explorer users have a lower Intelligence Quotient than users of other browsers. Those with IE6 scored little over 80. Firefox, Chrome and ...

  • Will You Use Google’s New Page Speed Service?

    sitepoint.com 29 Jul '11, 9am

    Google has announced their new Page Speed Service . In essence, it’s a combination of proxy servers, Content Delivery Networks (CDN), and web page optimizers which Google states will produce speed gains of 25-60% for most websites . The service is being offered to a limited set of web...

  • Six Steps to Successful Selling

    sitepoint.com 28 Jul '11, 5pm

    You’ve worked on your elevator pitch, you have a polished website, and a handful of happy clients. You know how to generate new business, but something seems to be holding you back. Here are six very simple ‘small thing’ tips that can often make you leap from average to excellent in y...

  • How to Develop a Custom Page Excerpt Plugin for WordPress

    sitepoint.com 27 Jul '11, 5pm

    It’s easy to show lists of posts in WordPress. Your theme’s index.php file is probably handling all your categories, authors and search requests. However, sometimes you need a little more control. Perhaps you have multiple product pages but only want to feature two or three on your ho...

  • Build It the Right Way—First Time, Every Time

    Build It the Right Way—First Time, Every Time

    sitepoint.com 27 Jul '11, 7am

    Everyone has at least one thing they learned to do the wrong way. Anything from spelling a word to playing a sport, or perhaps even driving! Yet, even after discovering the right way of doing it, most people still continue with their bad old habits. And this is no surprise … Learning ...

  • Task Swapping: a Key to Freelance Productivity?

    sitepoint.com 27 Jul '11, 7am

    If you’re reading this blog post because you’re trying to avoid doing something you don’t enjoy, I have a suggestion for you. Stop. If you’re not enjoying the task you’re on, do something else. Stop?! But I’ll never get anything done! The employee mindset tells us we must do the ugly ...

  • Nice little tip: How to Examine CSS :active and :hover States in Firebug

    How to Examine CSS :active and :hover States in Firebug

    sitepoint.com 26 Jul '11, 4pm

    Hands up all those using Firebug . Of course you are. It’d be madness not to. Despite using Firebug almost every day for 5 years, I’m still finding new features and widgets. Here’s one you may have missed… When inspecting links, Firebug shows the default CSS state, i.e. styles applied...

  • Setting CSS3 Border-Radius with Slash Syntax

    Setting CSS3 Border-Radius with Slash Syntax

    sitepoint.com 26 Jul '11, 9am

    Before I get into the meat of things, I’m happy to announce that I’ve recently had the privilege of co-authoring an exciting new book project published by SitePoint. It’s called HTML5 and CSS3 for the Real World and is scheduled for a late May launch. Naturally, border-radius will be ...

  • Microsoft Drop Conditional Comments in IE10

    sitepoint.com 25 Jul '11, 3pm

    I’ve said many times that Microsoft should do something for XP users – even if that means recommending another browser. Unfortunately, that’s not within their commercial interest and we have a duty to support what people are using. However, I disagree that CCs are necessary. With the ...

  • Using Your Voice for Maximum Impact

    sitepoint.com 25 Jul '11, 3pm

    So what does this have to do with using your voice more effectively? Well, everything … because the limbic “feeling brain” also processes vocal intonations or “tone of voice.” This means that your tone of voice is the direct link to the “emotional mixing board” in another person’s bra...

  • Have you heard of HTML5 microdata? A great read by Alexis Goldstein

    HTML5’s Microdata, Search, and the Collaboration of the Search Giants

    sitepoint.com 25 Jul '11, 10am

    It’s hard to imagine Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! collaborating on anything, much less something search-related, but that’s exactly what they’re doing on the site schema.org . Schema.org provides a set of vocabularies we can make use of with Microdata. By using the vocabularies for th...

  • A Minimal HTML Document (HTML5 Edition)

    sitepoint.com 24 Jul '11, 12am

    HTML4 has the defer attribute. With <script defer src=”…”> you can tell the browser to only execute the script once it is done parsing the document (so after it has set up the initial DOM). This is currently implemented in all browsers, and has been in IE since version 4. Since the sp...

  • 3 Lightweight Alternatives to phpMyAdmin #php #opensource #mysql

    3 Lightweight Alternatives to phpMyAdmin

    sitepoint.com 23 Jul '11, 12pm

    When faced with MySQL administration tasks, many developers rely on phpMyAdmin . As the name implies it’s written in PHP, so it can be installed on your web server and accessed from a browser. If you find the interface a little dated, you could consider MonoQL —a slicker, Ajaxified al...

  • Podcast #122: Important? No!

    sitepoint.com 22 Jul '11, 6pm

    Episode 122 of The SitePoint Podcast is now available! This week the panel is made up of Patrick O’Keefe (@ifroggy ), Brad Williams (@williamsba ), and Kevin Yank (@sentience ). Listen in Your Browser Play this episode directly in your browser — just click the orange “play” button bel...

  • 5 of the Best CSS3 Font Tools

    5 of the Best CSS3 Font Tools

    sitepoint.com 22 Jul '11, 2pm

    Fonts have made the most dramatic visual impact on the web since graphic support was added to browsers. A few years ago, it would be impossible to find a website using anything other than Arial, Verdana, Tahoma, Times New Roman or Georgia (or, heaven forbid, Comic Sans) . While there’...

  • Using “Weapons of Influence” to Communicate and Persuade

    sitepoint.com 22 Jul '11, 6am

    The social proof principle is intensified when the element of uncertainty is added. Whenever we find ourselves in an unfamiliar situation, we tend to take our cues on how to behave from the others around us. The clients and prospects we speak with are not marketing experts. Most have ...

  • Working With Agencies – Part II

    sitepoint.com 21 Jul '11, 8pm

    In part one we covered why you would want to work for an agency, what agencies are looking for in contractors, and how to exceed their expectations. But one major question still begs to be answered – how do you find agencies looking for contractors? Before we go into how to find agenc...

  • Beyond Story-Telling and Selling: How to Land a Role in Your Prospect’s Reality Show

    sitepoint.com 21 Jul '11, 6am

    I’ve been talking about using the power of stories to persuade and, in particular, to sell your services. But in my last article , I said that it takes more than just telling a few good stories, that you must become a character in the drama of your prospect’s life. But exactly how do ...

  • How to Create Scheduled Events in MySQL Databases

    sitepoint.com 20 Jul '11, 11am

    CREATE TABLE `blog_archive` ( `id` mediumint(8) unsigned NOT NULL, `title` text, `content` text, PRIMARY KEY (`id`), ) ENGINE=InnoDB DEFAULT CHARSET=utf8 COMMENT='Blog posts archive'; -- CREATE TABLE `audit_archive` ( `id` mediumint(8) unsigned NOT NULL, `blog_id` mediumint(8) unsigne...

  • Are You Suffering Social Network Saturation?

    sitepoint.com 20 Jul '11, 8am

    Are you on Google+ yet? For freelancers, social networks can be a good way to maintain connections and working friendships, promote our work and that of others, and substantiate our professional philosophies. But I have to admit, the opportunity to join Yet Another Social Network made...

  • Sexy up those Ugly Web Forms with CSS Guru Russ Weakley

    Sexy up those Ugly Web Forms with CSS Guru Russ Weakley

    sitepoint.com 20 Jul '11, 3am

    A pretty juicy title … for what is a pretty special opportunity for CSS fans! Check out what’s going on over at Learnable … Russ Weakley, a respected CSS guru, has helped thousands of students learn the ins-and-outs of CSS in his online courses Getting Started with CSS and Practical C...

  • How to Change Image Attributes in WordPress Posts » SitePoint

    sitepoint.com 19 Jul '11, 4pm

    WordPress allows users to place an image into page or post content. Typically, the following HTML code is produced: <img src="http://www.mysite.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/myimage.jpg" alt="my image" title="my image title" width="100" height="100" class="aligncenter size-full wp-im...

  • Thanks for Banning Me

    Thanks for Banning Me » SitePoint

    sitepoint.com 18 Jul '11, 8am

    Emails like this make my day. No really, they do. They give me the laugh that is more than necessary after a long day of working and bringing up kids. The emails that I receive generally fall into three categories. The first are the new joiners who are introducing themselves and telli...