How to successfully implement modal windows

I know what you're thinking. “I hate pop-ups and they are annoying.” While that may be true for you, and I often think so too, the truth is that they work. I use them on my own website, and they are extremely useful and successful. Looking at the numbers, they can’t be beaten. The thing about pop-ups or modal windows is that you have to use them the right way. Today, we’ll be exploring some tips for modal popup design and implementation. Methods ... There are several methods for triggering pop-ups....
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25+ must-have WordPress plugins

WordPress plugins are coming out all of the time, right and left. Every day, they’ve got new ones in the WordPress plugin repository for the curious developer to check out. Over time, your average designer or developer will end up with a list of their favorites. Usually, they’re plugins that solve common problems, are up-to-date and well-maintained, with good support. With that in mind, we’re sharing a list of some of the best plugins out there. Disable Comments ... Disable Comments does......
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Can you overuse media queries?

When most people think about responsive web design, they think about a website that restructures and reforms to fit the device where it is being displayed. While this is true, few know how this is actually achieved. There are all types of different frameworks out there for building a responsive website. Most of them use media queries to get the job done. With all of the devices out there, at different screen sizes and resolutions, can you set up a media query for each one? Also, is there such a thing as too...
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How to build a simple reservation system

This article will provide a brief tutorial in using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, and MySQL to build a simple reservation system. It is assumed you are already at least a little familiar with all these technologies, and the real purpose here is just to link them all together to accomplish a common task. It is intentionally over-simplified, because it is aimed at beginners. Scenario ... Let’s suppose our client owns a conference center where people can book rooms for conferences and other events....
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7 essential steps for hardening WordPress

WordPress is well known to be a target for hackers. So, anything you can do to harden your WordPress site is a sensible thing to do; and should be part of your overall design process. I’ll look at some of the main areas that should be on your list of potential areas of weakness and what you can do to add greater levels of security and protection. The general areas that need to have attention are shown below but you may have site specific security requirements too, so bear this in mind: Access control to the...
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Infographic: AngularJS vs. React

Ever wondered who’d win in a face-off between AngularJS and React? Ever looked at a project spec and puzzled which way to go? Perhaps you’re planning to learn one or the other but aren’t sure which. Wonder no more, because we’ve put together this neat infographic to compare the major points of each language. Whether you’re concerned with speed, complexity, or how appropriate they are, you’ll find the answer in this quick reference. ...
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How to simplify SVG with Raphael

Bitmaps are by far the most commonly used image format on web pages. When the images we want to show are photos, that makes sense.  But when it comes to illustrations and GUI components, bitmaps are wasteful. Many designers actually do make extensive use of bitmap images directly in user interfaces. Personally I don’t feel this is a good approach, but the blame for it becoming habitual stems from the extensive use and recommendation of Photoshop for interface design. Vector graphics offer numerous...
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How to develop web games with EaselJS

The arrival of HTML5 has opened up a world of exciting possibilities for us as developers. The idea that you can quickly develop very high quality 2D and 3D games that run directly in the browser using simple JavaScript commands and without having to make use of any proprietary components to make it work could probably inspired you to finally get around to attempting that game idea you’ve been nurturing for years. Then when you actually go to do it and you see just how many new things you will have to...
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