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How to build an auto-ranking Twitter list with WordPress

My team and I recently built an awesome list template on WordPress that ranks a set of Twitter users based on follower count. It allows a content writer to easily add a list of Twitter handles, and generate a well designed post. The first piece of content we created with it generated a 1,212% increase in traffic to our site. Check out the tutorial below if you're interested in building it as well. Requirements ... Input Twitter Handle (required) Name (optional) Tagline (optional) Image (optional) Bio...
CSS

CSS for Twitter-Like Hover Effects

Here's a cool CSS technique that we can use to give a hover effect to a group of divs, and then an additional effect to the element being hovered on! Twitter uses this effect with their sharing links on a tweet. When you hover over an individual tweet, the reply, retweet and favorite links appear, like this: But then when you place your cursor over one of the links, it becomes underlined, while the others remain revealed, but not underlined, like this: In this example we'll create the same effect. We'll use...

Enhancing WordPress Functionality with BuddyPress

A few weeks ago, I was working with a fellow developer and trying to figure out how we could enhance the functionality of a Wordpress website that required managing visitor logins. The site, which was for poets and writers, would allow visitors to set up accounts, submit content, interact with others on the website and share content to outside circles on Facebook and Twitter. After scratching our heads for a number of days, we came to the conclusion that BuddyPress would provide the needed solution....
PHP

5 WordPress Comments Section Hacks

One thing that makes WordPress so dynamic is the ability for readers to easily post comments. This interaction between you and the readers is therefore an important element in your website and should be given the same attention as other sections of your website. So what can you do to improve the comments section on your WordPress website? 1. Removing HTML Links in User Comments ... People, and especially bloggers, are always looking to promote themselves on other websites and no doubt will try to do that...
CSS

Learning LESS: An Introduction

Today, I'm proud to start a series of posts that will focus on LESS, the dynamic language that takes your CSS and puts it on steroids. LESS let's you use variables, mixins, nested rules, and even functions within your CSS. It's extremely powerful and can dramatically speed up your development. There is a little bit of a learning curve to it, but once you wrap your head around it, you won't type CSS again without using LESS. Blog Series Roadmap ... An Introduction Using Variables Using Mixins Using Nested...
CSS

Creating a Responsive Website: The Footer Part 2

We’re going to pick up where we left off in our last tutorial on creating our responsive web design footer. In the last tutorial you may recall that we laid out the large version of our footer and inserted a Twitter feed as well.  In this tutorial we’re going to finish off our footer by making it responsive and plugging in the jQuery necessary to make our Twitter feed work. If your dog ate your work up until this point, you can download the source code here. Before we get started, let’s take another quick...
CSS

Developing a Responsive Website: The Footer

At this point we’re just about done with the homepage of our responsive website. We’ve got our navigation in place, our background images resize nicely, and our other elements are able to resize and adjust to various screen resolutions. Today we’re going to focus on tying the page off with a footer. I’ve always admired sites that put some thought in to the bottom of their page design. There are certainly times when a footer requires nothing more than some basic contact info and maybe a copyright...
RoR

20 Best Sites Built with Ruby on Rails

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Ruby on Rails became a popular web application framework because of how easy it promotes the rapid prototyping methodology used by web developers in rapid development. Of course, being an open source project also helped Ruby on Rails establish itself as one of the most popular web development tools as well. New developers often get caught up working with PHP over Ruby on Rails because so many applications are built using the PHP language like WordPress, Joomla, Wikipedia and others. Because of its...
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