What You Should Know About WordPress SEO

When it comes to publishing tools, Wordpress is most likely on top of the food chain. Its simplicity and ease-of-use is especially favored by publishers and its wide community support by developers makes it particularly attractive for plug-in development. Wordpress is also an excellent medium to improve your website’s search engine rankings. The countless number of SEO plugins that have been developed for Wordpress are a good start for most people. SEO for Wordpress is however slightly different...
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Displaying the Progress of Tasks with HTML5

With the progress element, HTML5 pages can display the progress of a task, for example a download or background activity. In this tutorial we will demonstrate how to use the progress element in your pages, with a simple JavaScript function updating the element as the task executes. At the moment the progress element is only really supported in Firefox, Chrome and Opera, with support developing in Internet Explorer and Safari, so you can't rely on it just yet. For demonstration, we are simply going to...
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Use Compass In Your Sass Projects

If you have started to dive into the wonderful world of CSS preprocessors (LESS or Sass), you might have also heard of Compass. If you haven't decided on either LESS or Sass, I would make the investment and learn one, or both, of the technologies. It's well worth the time and will make your coding and development life a lot easier. Today, we're going to look at Compass, an open-source CSS authoring framework built on Sass. Similar to Sass, it is installed via the command line (Terminal in Mac OS X) and is run...
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Using CSS3 Attribute Selectors

Since CSS2 developers have been able to use HTML element attribute values to identify Web page items for styling properties. With CSS3, this is extended significantly with the addition of substring matching within attribute selection. This allows you to define styling rules in a more dynamic and efficient way than before, by identifying elements with one or more chained substrings defined in your CSS code. In this tutorial we will outline how to use these new substring matching attribute selectors....
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Adding Responsive Videos to your Design

Responsive designs are all the hype in Web development communities nowadays. With videos becoming an important marketing tool on many websites, there is a growing need to incorporate responsive videos into these designs. Responsive videos are elastic and are especially favored where web pages will be viewed on different screen sizes using a variety of browsers. Using the HTML5 video element however is not enough when handling video embed code that uses iframes and objects tags. Using the HTML5...
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Common PHP File Upload Restrictions

From family photos to business documents, file uploads power many of the major web applications. A typical HTML form that allows the user to upload a file may look like this: <html> <body> <form action="upload_file.php" method="post" enctype="multipart/form-data"> File Name: <input type="file" name="file" id="file" />  <br /> <input type="submit" name="submit" value="Submit" /> </form> </body> </html> In this case, the...
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Introduction to Sass, Part II

In my last post, I introduced Sass (Syntactically Awesome Stylesheets) and getting Sass set up on your machine by installing Ruby, installing Sass, watching a file and compiling via Terminal. Now, we will look at a much simpler way to get set up with Sass. CodeKit. I'll be upfront, I'm a user of CodeKit and I recommend the software to any web developer who works in Sass, LESS, Compass, JavaScript, or any other web language, however neither I nor Developer Drive has any relationship (personal or financial)...
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Using Firebug to Improve your Web Design Skills

Have you ever come across a beautifully designed website and wished you had X-ray vision to see how all those HTML elements on the site work? Have you ever wanted to see how a certain design might look on your site without actually changing the underlying code? Well, you don’t have to wish or think anymore because a powerful and really useful browser extension called Firebug can help you do all that. Any designer or developer looking to experiment with different styles on a website in real-time needs...
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