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- How Ultra-Thin Lines in Web Design Can Create an ImpactLast year, the web development community was obsessed with vertical lines and vertical rhythm. This year, we see some interesting solutions that have originated from that tendency. The use of…
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- Ten-Ton WidgetsAt a recent conference talk (sorry, I forget which one), there was a quick example of poor web performance in the form of a third-party widget. The example showed a site that installed the widget in order to add a „email us“ button fixed to the bottom right of the viewport. Not even a live-chat widget — just an email thing. It weighed in at something like 470KB, which is straight bananas.
Just in case you are someone who feels … Read article
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- Let’s Make a Fancy, but Uncomplicated Page LoaderIt’s pretty common to see a loading state on sites these days, particularly as progressive web apps and reactive sites are on the rise. It’s one way to improve „perceived“ performance — that is, making it feel as though the site is loading faster than it actually is.
There’s no shortage of ways to make a loader — all it takes is a quick search on CodePen to see oodles of examples, from animated GIFs to complex animations. While it’s … Read article
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- WordPress Plugin Overload? Give Jetpack a Try!The WordPress ecosystem has a plentiful supply of plugins that offer everything from AMP to Zapier integration and so, so, so many other things in between. It’s a significant contributor to what makes WordPress great because plugins can account for the needs of nearly any website.
How many plugins are installed on your WordPress site? Five? Fifteen? Fifty? We’ve been up to 31 plugins here at CSS-Tricks and we rely on them for everything from content delivery to performance. Why … Read article
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- How to Create a QR CodeQR codes aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but I quite like them. If I see something I want to remember or check out later, especially when on the road, it’s super easy to take a quick picture — it’s much easier than trying to remember a URL and much faster than typing it in on […]
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- Should You Add WordPress Maintenance To Your Service Offering?(This is a sponsored article.) One of the common problems with trying to scale up when working as a solo web designer or a bootstrapping agency is that you’re limited by time. How much time it takes to:
Onboard new clients; Build websites; Put out fires; Do all the other stuff that keeps your business running. That’s not to say you can’t make good money in web design. It’s just that your time is worth money and if you’re maxed out on time, that’s it.
- Tips for Working with Web Design TechnophobesLet’s go out on a limb here and declare that web designers are generally pretty comfortable with technology. We know our way around computers, smartphones and other assorted gadgetry. Our…
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- Free Halloween Icon Pack (50 Icons, SVG & PNG)With the spooky season just a few weeks away, today we have Halloween-themed icon pack for you to freely use. Designed by our good friends Freepik, this icon set is…
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- Weaving One Element Over and Under Another ElementIn this post, we’re going to use CSS superpowers to create a visual effect where two elements overlap and weave together. The epiphany for this design came during a short burst of spiritual inquisitiveness where I ended up at The Bible Project’s website. They make really cool animations, and I mean, really cool animations. My attention, however, deviated from spiritualism to web design as I kept spotting these in-and-out border illustrations. Screenshot form The Bible Project website. I wondered … Read article The post Weaving One Element Over and Under Another Element appeared first on CSS-Tr …
- Stop Animations During Window ResizingSay you have page that has a bunch of transitions and animations on all sorts of elements. Some of them get triggered when the window is resized because they have to do with size of the page or position or padding or something. It doesn’t really matter what it is, the fact that the transition or animation runs may contribute to a feeling of jankiness as you resize the window. If those transitions or animations don’t deliver any benefit in … Read article
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- Scrape the Web with scrapestack (Sponsored)I first grew to love Firefox not as a web developer but as user, and what drew me to this amazing new browser was its add-on ecosystem. The add-on I used the most? Web scrapers. Piracy had just hit mainstream and I also need imagery and documentation to create my first websites. Scrapers were the […]
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- Animating Apps With FlutterApps for any platform are praised when they are intuitive, good-looking, and provide pleasant feedback to user interactions. Animation is one of the ways to do just that.
Flutter, a cross-platform framework, has matured in the past two years to include web and desktop support. It has garnered a reputation that apps developed with it are smooth and good-looking. With its rich animation support, declarative way of writing UI, “Hot Reload,” and other features, it is now a complete cross-platform framework.
- 8 Code Snippets That Pay Homage to Apple DevicesAs much as we associate Apple with its handheld devices these days, their history is filled with a great depth of other compelling products. Desktops, laptops, even printers and monitors….
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- Two Images and an API: Everything We Need for Recoloring ProductsI recently found a solution to dynamically update the color of any product image. So with just one of a product, we can colorize it in different ways to show different color options. We don’t even need any fancy SVG or CSS to get it done!
We’ll be using an image editor (e.g. Photoshop or Sketch) and the image transformation service imgix. (This isn’t a sponsored post and there is no affiliation here — it’s just a technique … Read article
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- The Teletype Text Element Lives On… at Least on This SiteIt was this:
I say "was" because it's deprecated. It may still "work" (like everybody's favorite
- Weekly News for Designers № 509This week’s Designer News (№ 509) includes Space, Grids, & Layouts, Adaptive Photo Layout with Flexbox, Design Systems for Developers, Building a Scrapbook Layout with CSS Grid, the Tiler Image Building Tool, Introducing Sass Modules, Feeling Sassy Again, 200 Free Animated Icons and much more.
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- The W3C At Twenty-FiveLast week, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) celebrated its 25th anniversary and invited folks to share why the open web platform matters to them via the hashtag #WebStories. As I’m both a member of the CSS Working Group at W3C and the representative for Fronteers, I think it’s a good time to explain a bit more about the role of the W3C in the work that we all do.
- Weekly Platform News: Impact of Third-Party Code, Passive Mixed Content, Countries with the Slowest ConnectionsIn this week's roundup, Lighthouse sheds light on third-party scripts, insecure resources will get blocked on secure sites, and many country connection speeds are still trying to catch up to others... literally. Measure the impact of third-party code during page load Lighthouse, Chrome’s built-in auditing tool, now shows a warning when the impact of third-party code on page load performance is too high. The pre-existing “Third-party usage” diagnostic audit will now fail if the total main-thread blocking time caused by … Read article The post Weekly Platform News: Impact of Third-Party Code, Pa ...
- The Gutenberg WordPress Block Editor: The First YearIt may be hard to believe, but the WordPress block editor (a.k.a. “Gutenberg”) has been in core for nearly a year. The massively-overhauled editing experience was officially released to the...
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- Recipes for Performance Testing Single Page Applications in WebPageTestWebPageTest is an online tool and an Open Source project to help developers audit the performance of their websites. As a Web Performance Evangelist at Theodo, I use it every single day. I am constantly amazed at what it offers to the web development community at large and the web performance folks particularly — for free.
But things can get difficult pretty quickly when dealing with Single Page Applications — usually written with React, Vue, Svelte or any other … Read article
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- Images Are Not Static ContentWe constantly hear about the importance of keeping websites lean and fast. A fast-loading website makes users more satisfied, and satisfied users spend more time and money on your website. However, website optimization is a complex task, as there is not one silver bullet to fix all of the issues causing poor performance.
We also hear that addressing the performance of images is a low hanging fruit if you want to improve your site’s user experience However, anyone who has … Read article
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- A Guide To New And Experimental CSS DevTools In FirefoxOver the last few years, our team at Firefox has been working on new CSS tools that address both cutting-edge techniques and age-old frustrations. We’re the Layout Tools team, a subset of Firefox Developer Tools, and our quest is to improve the modern web design workflow.
The web has seen an incredible evolution in the last decade: new HTML/CSS features, browser improvements, and design techniques. Our team is devoted to building tools that match that innovation so that designers and developers can harness more of the efficiency and creativity that’s now possible.
- Get into the Halloween Spirit with These Spooky SnippetsIn recent years, Halloween has changed. What used to be an occasion for kids to score some sweet treats has become a big playground for adults, too. It’s not hard...
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- Freebie: Vintage Vector Halloween StampsWith Halloween just a few weeks away, and to help you get the celebrations started, we have a free set of spooky vector vintage stamps for you to use freely...
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- How To Use Breadcrumbs On A PWAI’ve seen a lot of questions about whether or not breadcrumbs are necessary for PWAs. It makes sense why the question is raised. After all, PWAs have an app shell and sticky menu, so shouldn’t it be easy for users to move around it without a secondary navigation?
It’s not as simple as that.
Because PWAs often straddle the line between website and native app, navigation isn’t always minimized — especially if you’re building large e-commerce stores or blogs.
- Building Websites with the Future in MindWeb design is loaded with existential questions. One of the biggest being: Can I build a website today that will still be relevant (in both style and function) tomorrow? The...
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- How to Detect an Ad BlockerOne of the unspoken rules of the internet is that most content is “free”… at the cost of webpage being littered with advertisements and trackers. This was’t a big problem in the early internet days but trackers and advertisements have become so intrusive and unapologetically aggressive that you almost need to use an ad blocker […]
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- Is Your Website a Failure? 3 Reasons Sites Fail (And How to Save Yours)Traffic isn’t great, online sales are even worse, and let’s not talk about the lack of phone calls. Everyone, including you, is wondering the same thing — is your website a failure? Not yet, and not if you have anything to say about it. While a failing website can seem like a problem without a […]
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- Developing A Custom Plugin For October CMSLast year, I did some research about new CMS systems in PHP in order to find a good alternative to WordPress. Ideally, it had to be an open-source solution with a clean and modern codebase.
One of them caught my interest: October CMS. I tried it and almost instantly liked it. The code structure was really nice and it was easy to write custom plugins.
This article aims to give you an overview of what to expect from the platform and give you a taste of it before you decide to commit to using it.
- Get the Data You Need in Real-Time with scrapestack SponsoredThese days, the typical website or mobile application pulls in data from a variety of sources. Places such as social media networks, multimedia providers, mapping tools and online retailers being...
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- Interview with a Pornhub Web DeveloperRegardless of your stance on pornography, it would be impossible to deny the massive impact the adult website industry has had on pushing the web forward. From pushing the browser’s video limits to pushing ads through WebSocket so ad blockers don’t detect them, you have to be clever to innovate at the bleeding edge of […]
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- Design Systems Are About RelationshipsDesign systems can be incredibly helpful. They provide reusable elements and guidelines for building a consistent “look and feel” across products. As a result, users can take what they learned from one product and apply it to another. Similarly, teams can roll out well-tested patterns for navigation or reviews, making products more trustworthy. Effective design systems solve boring problems in a repeatable way so that developers and designers can focus on solving novel problems.
- Editorial Design Patterns With CSS Grid And Named ColumnsMany websites, in particular those which display long-form content, have a fairly straightforward repeating pattern of components: a full-width area for images, a central content area, and perhaps a split view of two half-width blocks. These components repeat to display an article, images and other related content — with content editors selecting the right component as they create articles for publication.
In this article, I’m going to demonstrate an approach to this kind of editorial design, which builds on a few techniques some of which are discussed in the following articles:
- Get Total Address Information with Geocode API (Sponsored)Getting address information is vitally important. Whether shipping a package, tailoring a user experience to location, or using that data to help localize language on a website, getting location information wrong can lose a sale or brake feature. Let’s take a look at an API I recently found which helps me get all the detailed […]
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- Inspired Design Decisions: Bea Feitler, An Unstoppable Creative ForceEven if you didn’t study graphic design at art school, you might know a few famous names. With over a century of commercial art direction, there are plenty more names to discover. People who have done astonishing work which can encourage and inspire us to think about the web more creatively.
Discovering people with incredible talent has been one of the most rewarding aspects of studying art direction. Learning about one designer often leads me to another, and when I find someone who’s work I admire, I want to understand not just what they made, but why they made it.
- Text-To-Speech And Back Again With AWS (Part 2)This is the second half of a series on transforming content between text and speech on AWS. In part one, we used Amazon Polly to narrate blog posts and embedded the content in a website using an audio tag. In this article, we will use speech-to-text to draft transcripts of podcasts and interviews for publication. Finally, we will evaluate the overall accuracy of these format-transformation technologies by running a few samples through round-trip transcriptions.
- How To Ensure Your Design System Helps To Achieve The Purpose Of Your Product(This is a sponsored post.) Design systems help product teams to approach design with a system in mind. But not all design systems are equally effective. Some design system help product teams create coherent experience; others produce confusing designs.
The effectiveness of a design system can be measured by how well it works to help achieve the purpose of the product. In this article, we’ll try to find the qualities that make a design system good for your product development.
- designModeEvery once in a while I stumble upon an API or browser setting that I can’t believe ever existed. Such examples can be seen in the numerous String.prototype properties such as bold, italics, and even blink, which wrap given string text in their representative HTML tags. Bizarre. It was recently brought to my attention the […]
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- SmashingConf Freiburg 2019: Videos And PhotosWe returned to our home in Freiburg for the 2019 SmashingConf, and brought all the SmashingConf fun with us. We’ve wrapped up the event in this post, including links to the video of all of the presentations, so you can relive what you enjoyed — or share in something of what you missed.
‘Smashing’ in Lego, built by our attendees. (Photo credit: Drew McLellan) The Presentations Day 1 Day 2 Workshops Side Activities Morning Run Jam Session Planetarium, Cable Car and Photo Walk The Presentations The main focus of the conference is the speakers and the presentations they bring.
- Beneath The Autumn Leaves (October 2019 Wallpapers Edition)Misty mornings, pumpkins, leaves shining in bright red, yellow, and orange hues — these are just some of the things about October that inspired artists and designers to participate in this month’s wallpapers challenge.
The monthly challenge has been going on for more than nine years already, and each time anew, creatives from all across the globe submit their designs to it to cater for some variety on your desktop and mobile screens — and for a bit of fresh inspiration, of course.