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June 8, 2015 in WordPress Designer News

WordPress Designer News, Akismet, WP Super Cache, WPTouch

The popular Akismet WordPress plug-in reaches 3.1.2.  Akismet is a WordPress plug-in which checks your comments against the Akismet Web service to see if they look like spam or not.  This version is mainly a quick security fix, but also brings about some minor UI and performance updates.

WP Super Cache is a cool must-have WordPress plug-in for all WordPress Designers.  It’s the go-to plug-in for improving the speed and performance of your WordPress Blog.  With over 1 million downloads this plug-in is well maintained receiving regular updates, the latest version 1.4.4 fixes a couple of minors errors.  WP Super Cache is compatible up to the very latest WordPress 4.2.2.

WPTouch Mobile is a mobile plugin for WordPress that automatically adds a simple and elegant mobile theme for mobile visitors to your WordPress website. Recommended by Google, it will instantly enable a mobile-friendly version of your website that passes the Google Mobile test, and ensure your SEO rankings do not drop due to not having a mobile-friendly website.  In WPTouch Mobile 3.7.9.1 released on 4th June, 2015 there has been a significant update to the developer’s user guide.  Receiving regular updates and with over 400,000 downloads this WordPress plug-in continues to be popular with many WordPress Designers.


November 5, 2014 in Blog Design Inspiration

Blog Design Inspiration – Mavs.com

The Dallas Mavericks possess a strong sense of social responsibility, acknowledging that a community is only as strong as its weakest link.

Established back in October 1996, the Mavs Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private charity, and although it is affiliated with the Dallas Mavericks professional basketball team, it is incorporated as a separate business entity.

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September 8, 2014 in WordPress Designer News


Media Queries To Gain Super Powers

As W3C release a new editors draft of media Queries level 4, it seems our current meagre media query abilities are to be upgraded. We currently have abilities based mainly around viewport sizes, but we’re to gain mega super powers with the ability to deliver upon colour, pointers and luminosity.

Just in case you’ve never used Media Queries before, the Editors Draft explains: Media Queries allow authors to adapt the style applied to a document based on the environment the document is being rendered in. [HTML401] and [CSS21] introduced this mechanism, by allowing detection of the media type. For example, a document may use sans-serif fonts when displayed on a screen and serif fonts when printed.

Expanding device landscape, it’s soooo Needy!

There is a great need to go beyond  just viewport sizes, as our device landscape expands further from our smart phones and tablets along with our traditional desktop and laptops and into Household devices such as TV’s and game consoles, and other highly portable devices such as GPS systems on cars and bikes. Media queries will need to be more specific to different types of conditions.

The device landscape is going to keep changing and there are some interesting user case’s to be designed for – for instance our GPS Systems would have a changing climate, with different weather and light conditions.

I went mountain biking yesterday with my iPhone 5 running a GPS App, I started the ride in overcast weather in good light and an hour later checked my average ride speed atop a hill with a dark cloud and rain. A higher contrast style on the App would have certainly helped me in the afternoon.

Highlights from the Editors Draft:

Luminosity Media Feature

The ‘luminosity’ media feature is used to query about the ambient luminosity in which the device is used, to allow the author to adjust style of the document in response.

Hover Media Feature

The ‘hover’ media feature is used to query whether primary pointing system used on the output device can hover or not.

Pointer Media Feature

The ‘pointer’ media feature is used to query about the presence and accuracy of a pointing device such as a mouse. If a device has multiple input mechanisms, it is recommended that the UA reports the characteristics of the least capable pointing device of the primary input mechanisms.

Read the official W3C Editors draft here and get excited, in the future we’re going to get some pretty cool super powers.


October 2, 2013 in Web Design Critique

Web Design Critique: Gov.uk

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This weeks design critique focuses on gov.uk, a mammoth website put in place to replace a whole host of government departments and agencies including Business Link and Directgov.

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Responsive Web Design: Media Queries

Media Queries allow us to design for different kinds of media, you have probably seen these used to create a print stylesheet for your web document.

The W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) who standardise web technologies have introduced a whole array of Media Queries to cope with our varied device landscape;

Media queries can identify types of media; Screen, Print Braille, but they can also importantly identity the physical characteristics of the viewing device, for instance the width of the screen.

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