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January 18th, 2013

CSS Clip Property Explained

It wasn’t until recently that I became curious with the Clip property in CSS. It’s not a commonly used property and I think part of the reason may be due to some misunderstanding on how to use it. I must say it’s one of the less intuitive properties to use but not that difficult once […]

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February 7th, 2012

Web Browsing is Changing, is Your Site Being Left Behind?

“Your site is out of date!” Let’s be honest, you hope I’m not talking to you. You’re thinking to yourself “Nah, we’ve been constantly tweaking it since it launched 2 years ago.” Even if that is true or it only launched a year and a half ago, is that still fresh enough? Start thinking of […]

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January 19th, 2012

2011 Web Browser Winners and Losers

A lot of the pain fun of my job is providing consistent user experiences between the major browsers. The major browsers can be different for each client so we take user analytics and client preference as our guiding beacon. For this article we are not taking into account mobile browsing so the Big Three are […]

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January 9th, 2012

Custom WordPress Login – Part 2

In case you missed the first part of this unexpected series, check out Customize your WordPress Login page from a few months ago. Those instructions are still valid, the only thing we are doing different is adjusting the stylesheet. The release of WordPress 3.3, like all WordPress updates, brought a lot of good new features. […]

Filed in CSS, Development, WordPress

February 11th, 2011

Customize your WordPress login page

You may be surprised to find out that you can customize the WordPress login screen. Maybe you knew this already, but did you know how easy it is? In fact all you need is a function in your functions.php file and a new stylesheet. Of course just a few small touches can make it even […]

Filed in CSS, Design, Development, Social Media, WordPress

November 9th, 2010

Vertical Alignment with CSS

I’ve been using CSS and non-table based layouts for about 5 years now and until recently one thing I had never had a consistent solution for was centering objects vertically. Either it didn’t come up often in designs, we purposely went around it or, if forced to, used some hacky solution. I finally decided it […]

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September 9th, 2010

Tools of the Trade: Front-End Developer

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the tools I use to turn a new project’s design into a shiny, new website. The goal in every case is to have the final product (website) mirror the original design… for every user. ← That’s the tricky part. I like to think of my role as the […]

Filed in Development, Voce Platform Services

July 6th, 2010

Web Typography: 3 Choices

For all of the advancements in web design and development, one problem has remained: the inability to easily incorporate real fonts into websites. It’s frustrating for designers because they want to make a visually inspiring site and don’t want to be shackled by the ‘web-friendly’ fonts such as Arial, Verdana, Times New Roman, Courier, Comic […]

Filed in CSS, Design, Development, WordPress

April 14th, 2009

IE6 – Time to go the way of Old Yeller

Internet Explorer 6 is almost 8 years old. Try to think of another program, browser, piece of equipment or anything else used in our tech-world that is 8 years old and still viable. How is that LaserDisc system of yours working? Is it still with the times? Every product reaches that point where it simply […]

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November 20th, 2008

Are we busy? I'd say we've been working like dogs

Nick’s recent trip to Japan gave him the opportunity to shower our office with the latest high tech gadgets he could find. About the AuthorPete Schiebel is the lead front-end developer for the Platforms team, described by some here as the “front end MacGyver” for how he works to make sure client projects look and […]

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