Underappreciated frameworks part 4: Schema UI

This is a part of the Under-appreciated series, where we explore CSS frameworks that are well-made and have great ideas, but never took off like the “big two”. For a full introduction, see the first article in the series. You can tell that Schema UI’s last update was at least a year ago because the framework is still using LESS. Okay, that was unnecessarily snarky, but I’m still bitter about Bootstrap switching over to SASS. Schema UI is another one of those frameworks that I absolutely love. You...

Getting started with Middleman

WordPress and other CMS’ like it have taught us well that not every site needs to be dynamic. In fact, it can be hell on the server. So, just about every decent coder out there has taken a stab at making a static site generator. This is a good thing. If they keep this up, we may one day have one that’s user-friendly. For now, they are decidedly developer-centric, and somewhat experimental. At this stage, they are fascinating. Today’s offering is the appropriately named Middleman, and it’s built...

What your clients need to know about their WordPress site

Developers, take a moment to remember a recent WordPress project that you completed. Think about the interesting challenges you faced (and overcame). You may have even picked up some new skills in the process. Now, think about the satisfaction of delivering that project to your appreciative client. Pretty sweet, eh? Let's fast-forward a month or so after that project was delivered all shiny and new. You take a look at the site and find that the client made some changes that you might not have anticipated....

Underappreciated frameworks part 3: Kickstart

This is part of the underappreciated series, where we explore CSS frameworks that are well-made and have great ideas, but never took off like the "big two". For a full introduction, see the first article in the series. Kickstart is a bit different, and a bit more ambitious, than some of the other frameworks featured in this series so far. It aimed to take on Bootstrap and Foundation directly. And, though it didn’t quite reach that status, it comes with some great ideas. The implementation’s great...

7 Web Development Trends to Watch for in 2016

Web development and design moves at the speed of technology. What does the industry have in store for 2016? Tomorrow looks promising, with cutting edge web development trends that boost the look and navigability of your website. 1) Parallax scrolling gets more intuitive ... Scrolling web pages can be annoying. Many people who use the computer frequently use a mouse wheel or shortcut keys to scroll, but generally, most people use the scroll button on the side of the page. This cuts down on the user experience;...

Underappreciated frameworks part 2: spaceBase

This is a part of series, where we explore CSS frameworks that are well-made and have great ideas, but never took off like the “big two”. In the first article in this series, I ranted about the wonders of Titon Toolkit. I loved it because it was made to be customized, to be abused, and built upon. Well, I’ll try not to rant about that sort of thing too much, because it’s a feature common to a few of the frameworks that I’ve selected for this series, including today’s. It’s called spaceBase, and...

Underappreciated frameworks part 1: Titon Toolkit

Many, many frameworks have been created since Bootstrap took off. It may not have been the first, but it sure made people start thinking about them. People made them for the experience, for the fun of it, and to solve very specific needs. They made them for clients, for themselves; alone, and in teams. Some were sub-par, some were only usable in specific cases, and others were brilliant. But very few got any serious recognition from the community. Eventually, you’d see a new framework or five every other...

How to implement drag ‘n’ drop

Of all the technologies web developers need to master, it seems the one that causes the most confusion and potential problems is drag ‘n’ drop. This is not a new technology, it’s been around for years, but many developers are still clinging to old jQuery based methods to implicate complicated (sometimes slow and inaccurate) drag-and-drop emulation. Now that HTML5 includes a drag-and-drop API, you already have a very simple way to implement drag-and-drop without headaches. Understanding...

A look at Material Design Lite

Pretty much the moment Google released their Material design guidelines, people started working on frameworks for it. However, the earliest examples were all dedicated to apps and app development. It took a while for someone to develop a Material-based framework for websites. Enter Material Design Lite (or MDL), a simple Material-based CSS framework for the whole family. Now anyone can easily bring most common (and recognizable) aspects of Material Design to any website. And now we have a question:...
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