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Posts from 2010

10 Common Validation Errors and How To Fix Them

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Designers spend hours carefully crafting every little detail in the design of their website, but the quality of their coding often comes up short. For proof, just look at the sites showcased in CSS galleries, 90% will have validation errors – Most of which are easy and simple fixes. Let’s look at some of the most common validation errors that appear time and time again, and how to correct them to really finish off your sites with high-quality code.

Design a Textured Outdoors Website in Photoshop

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Learn how to design a textured outdoors website in Photoshop, by following this easy, step by step tutorial. Check it out and start learning!

In part one of this website build project, we’ll go through the process of creating a detailed concept for an outdoors site. The design is based on a range of textures and a mix of blue and greys to create a stylish and sophisticated website for ‘Pinewood Forest’.

Using CSS Text-Shadow to Create Cool Text Effects

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Learn how to use the CSS text-shadow to create cool text effects, by following this easy, step by step tutorial. Check it out and start learning!

The CSS3 text-shadow property has been around for some time now and is commonly used to recreate Photoshop’s Drop Shadow type shading to add subtle shadows which help add depth, dimension and to lift an element from the page. This isn’t all the text-shadow property is capable of though, by getting creative and playing around with the colours, offset and blurring we can create some clever and pretty cool text effects!

Basic Beginners’ Guide to Installing a jQuery Lightbox

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Learn how to install a jQuery lightbox, by following this easy, step by step tutorial. Check it out and start learning!

Have you always wanted to add those cool Javascript lightbox galleries to your website, but haven’t the first clue about how to do so? This guide is aimed at the Javascript coding noob and will take you through the step by step process of linking up the jQuery library, installing the lightbox script and getting everything working.

Post-Install Plugins to Enhance & Protect WordPress

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WordPress is a fantastic, easy to install application that’s packed full of useful features. It’s all ready to rock straight out of the box, but there’s a few easy customisations you can make with a cocktail of plugins that will enhance the functionality as well as offer crucial protection. This is my collection of post-install plugins that I immediately add to every WordPress install I work on – There’s no fancy gallery plugins here, just back-to-basics additions to improve speed, SEO and security.