WordPress – tag post appending plug-in…..

WordPress – tag post appending plug-in…..

Wordpress plug-ins
I’ve been using WordPress more and more recently as it’s an ideal platform to speed up development of sites with the additional benefit of it being a well respected CMS and allows the site owner to update content through the interface with no knowledge required of HTML. There’s an abundance of available themes and some great ones which are free with a one click install. Even better and more importantly it’s simple.

Anyway, I’ve always dabbled with WordPress and had an interest in it. There are alternatives in Drupal, Joomla and of course custom builds but WordPress is adequate for most requirements. These days I’m trying to get a better understanding of how the platform works in it’s life cycle as more jobs require some knowledge of it. I often use the available plug-ins with my install but haven’t really dabbled until now with their inner workings. Anyway, having got a fundamental understanding of them recently and realised how useful some plug-ins can be I decided to write a few very simple ones of my own, just to get me started. Continue reading

Easily creating image placeholders for a website mockup.

Easily creating image placeholders for a website mockup.

I read a post the other day explaining the process of creating websites from scratch, which concentrated mostly on the initial stages, from the initial client enquiry and request and obvious individual requirements they may have, to actually wire framing and finally to an HTML and CSS mock up in order to get client approval and naturally know you’re on the right track to continue.

The post was explaining mostly during the mock up stage, you may not have the images you’ll be using and suggested easily generating and altering placeholders for the images in the code itself. The ability is courtesy of fakeimg.pl and is very simple. Not only can you create an image, sized to your choosing, you’re also able to dictate the background colour (this must be declared in hexadecimal) and include some text on the image also. I suppose this would be good to describe proposed content and will give you a better idea of how the layout will eventually look. Continue reading

Getting WordPress post titles asyncronously using Ajax…

Getting WordPress post titles asyncronously using Ajax…

Ajax logoAssuming you already have a pretty good knowledge of JavaScript, this post should just be recap or simple enough to understand.

I know this method can also be done using the YUI framework with slightly less code but I wanted a relatively simple, raw and quick way to populate a div using Ajax to dynamically update my most recent WordPress blog posts on my homepage. I built my site before WordPress got the in thing, so i just skinned a theme and went from there. I’d previously been using a JavaScript jump list which I’d had to manually update after each post and it was tedious work. I’ll show the YUI example also later. For this simple task though, I chose 5 posts (or my page) as being an ample amount to display (later cutting that to the the most recent post) and as I’ve been dabbling with Ajax recently, I thought I’d use that method and a server side PHP module to interact with the Ajax via a GET request, communicating asyncronously on page load. For testing, I kept all the code in just one page just to make matters simple and debugging easy but naturally as I want to use an unobtrusive method and in order to remove clutter, I later removed the JavaScript into an external file of it’s own. Continue reading

CSS3 selector – ::selection{}

CSS3 selector – ::selection{}

There are some great new features in the up and coming CSS3 spec – which will be released as modules I believe instead of just a standard. Some are less commonly know than others. Whereas some are only partially supported features as this is but that’s ok we’ll take what we can. We’ll need a vendor prefix also in the style and hope later it gets more support from other vendors. We can do some great things with CSS, one feature is the ::selection, selector. This selector enables you to set the colour of the background of some text on your page when someone highlights it with their mouse, say in order to copy and then paste it somewhere (copyrighters beware) Continue reading

My final CIW Certification: The Site Design Specialist…

My final CIW Certification: The Site Design Specialist…

CIW SIte Design SpecialistWell, I finally got around to sitting my final cert last week at Taitec, the Site Design Specialist Certification and thankfully am now at the end of the certification course. Whilst I enjoyed the CIW program and found the material pretty easy to follow, for various reasons, most probably a lot of consistent minor gripes for me I doubt I’d follow that particular route again!. All in all though I enjoyed the bulk of the learning and it was a good grounding into Web Development having known very little to start with but I strongly suspect there are far better and more creditable cert providers out there. As I also intend to keep consistent in the learning and broaden some already aquired skills I might indulge with more later to always keep improving my skillset. For now though I’m happy to just study some new materials I recently bought on some server side stuff c/o O’Reilly. Continue reading