Avalanche CSS grid system debuts

Colour Garden, the brainchild of front-end web developer Tom Hare, from Cambridge, England, has released Avalanche, a CSS grid system that’s responsive, SASS-based, extremely clean and powerful. Sounds too good to be true? We look at it in more depth. For a grid system to be well-received, it must have many benefits, and Avalanche promises plenty. They include: A flexible naming convention ... Your width class names now come with three naming conventions: fraction (1/4), percentage (25) and...

Getting the best out of CSS

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) have really changed the way we think about web page design, and they've certainly made creating awesome designs much simpler than it used to be.  Still, for such a great technology, there's a huge amount that designers and developers need to learn in order to truly master the entire skill set required to earn the title of CSS Ninja. 1. Create an organized library of CSS that fits your design philosophy ... Every time you do something in CSS that achieves a perfect result, you...

Introducing the Frankensite

These days recycling is all the rage, and one of the more interesting things to note is you can recycle just about anything. In this article, I’m going to introduce you to a new kind of recycling: the Frankensite! “What the heck is a Frankensite?” you ask. A Frankensite, as the name implies, is a kind of monster. You make an entirely new website from the decomposed remains of other websites, selecting only the choicest parts. Now take note, because this is very important... I am not talking about plagiarism....

Buzzfeed releases its own framework

Buzzfeed just released a CSS framework, and you’ll never believe... okay, I’ll just stop myself there for everyone’s sake. The point is that yes, the Internet publishing giant has indeed released a CSS framework called Solid. Is it any good? Yeah, basically. It’s good for them, at least. Installation ... Accomplished via NPM, and only NPM, for now. ’Nuff said. Style ... The thing to remember about Buzzfeed’s framework is that it was made by Buzzfeed, for Buzzfeed. All of the style-based...

Meet Unslider, the simplest jQuery slider

In short, Unslider is the quickest and most straightforward way to have a slider up and running on your website. All it takes is a bit of valid markup, jQuery and some additional CSS. Then, Unslider takes over and does the rest. Sure, Unslider is small, but that’s its unique value proposition. Both flexible and extensible, it allows designers the freedom to pretty much alter anything they want through options/settings, methods or callback events. Let’s look at some of its features… Automatic...

What you need to know about Bootstrap 4

Bootstrap is beloved by many. Well, if not “beloved”, then it is at least appreciated for what it is: a giant framework with almost everything you could need for building a site or web app interface. Bootstrap is changing, though. That’s right, version four is in alpha release. Naturally, we're just as curious to know what’s different, so I dived into the documentation to find out. Keep in mind, though, that this is an alpha release. It cannot be considered feature-complete. It could radically...

WordPress gets even more open-source with Calypso update

Recently, WordPress.com, which is the fully hosted version of WordPress, got its most significant update in recent memory. Automattic, the web-development business known for WordPress.com and its contributions to WordPress, rewrote WordPress entirely under the secret code name Calypso. This means that everything has been overhauled in the CMS. In a blog post on the developer section of WordPress.com, the company announced the new changes as part of a project it’s been working on for almost...

Apple finally open-sources Swift

Swift, Apple’s programming language targeted towards OS X and iOS developers, has just been released as open source. Under the Apache License, all of the source code—which covers code for a unique package manager—is going to be open to edit and compile. This means that programs can be created without any attribution. In a press release on the Apple site, the company announced that developers from all over the world can contribute to new Swift optimizations and features, thereby bringing Swift...

Looming PHP 7 and its effect on WordPress

It’s no big secret now that PHP 7 is just on the horizon, and with that development comes questions on how it affects sites that run on WordPress. PHP 7 is a massive update to the server-side web development language called PHP, yet it’s also going to have an impact on any PHP-powered CMS like Drupal, Joomla and Magento. Performance upgrades ... PHP 7’s biggest performance improvement is a direct response to criticism over past performance issues on the platform. The new release will provide a 50%...
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