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By Chris Converse | Friday, May 02, 2014

Build Interactive Websites with jQuery

Building Interactive Sites with jQuery

If you want to capture your audience’s attention, you have to provide a great user experience. An interactive website is one of the best ways to keep your users engaged and returning to your site. While interactive websites may look impressive, they don’t have to be difficult to create. With jQuery, you can achieve an interactive web experience rather easily.

Designed to simplify JavaScript scripting, jQuery is the most widely used JavaScript library in use today. You can quickly incorporate dynamic and interactive content into a webpage with just a few lines of code. jQuery simplifies JavaScript by providing shorthand commands for more complex functionality. In other words, you can get more functionality with less coding.

By Lauren Mackenzie | Thursday, April 24, 2014

Choose a Web CMS (WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla!)

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Can’t decide which content management system (CMS) suits your needs? It’s not an easy task. But by clearly defining what you want it to do—and being aware of your technical skill limits—you can identify the best CMS for your purpose.

Let’s start with the basics. A CMS is a software program that makes it easy for you to create and publish digital content on a digital device. WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla are the most popular and used worldwide. They’re in open-source format—which means they’re regularly updated by a massive global community to ensure they can support developing online technology. You can download them immediately for free but you have the option to pay for additional premium features.

By Lauren Mackenzie | Sunday, April 20, 2014

Six Tips to Manage Your Web Design Business

6 tips for running your web design business

Running your web design agency demands more than excellent design and technical skills. Until you can hire professionals, you need to manage the marketing, accounting, HR, sales negotiating and peacekeeping—for those rocky moments with unhappy clients or disgruntled staff. You can learn more about the responsibilities of being “the boss” in the Defining realities and roles tutorial from the lynda.com course Running a Design Business: Starting Small.

Meanwhile, here are six tips for running your agency:

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen | Thursday, April 17, 2014

What’s new in WordPress 3.9

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WordPress 3.9 “Smith,” named after James Oscar “Jimmy” Smith, was released yesterday. This new version of the popular web publishing app introduces several highly anticipated new features that make managing your WordPress site and its contents easier. Let’s break down the key new features of WordPress 3.9:

A more powerful Customizer The Customizer makes managing the appearance of your WordPress site easier by allowing you to see your edits as you make them and preview your theme configurations before you take them live. With the 3.9 update, two of the WordPress community’s most anxiously awaited feature requests have been added to the customizer to make it “complete”:

By Chelsea Adams | Monday, April 14, 2014

How to Install Google Analytics to WordPress in 5 Minutes

Install Google Analytics into WordPress in 5 minutes

If you can copy and paste text, you can install Google Analytics to WordPress. All you need is an established self-hosted WordPress.org website or blog, a Google Analytics account, and five minutes or less.

Note: You can only install Google Analytics on self-hosted WordPress.org sites and blogs. WordPress-hosted WordPress.com blogs won’t let you alter your header file or otherwise make low-level changes to your website infrastructure.

By Scott Fegette | Monday, March 24, 2014

Use jQuery Ajax to Load Remote Web Content

Use jQuery Ajax to load remote web content

What is Ajax?

Ajax stands for “Asynchronous JavaScript and XML,” a friendly term for when a webpage or application asks a server for new content, then displays it in the current page without having to reload. Although the X in Ajax originally stood for XML, the content being delivered often comes in a variety of forms today, including XML, HTML, JSON (JavaScript Object Notation), or just plain old text. Ajax content has become commonplace in modern web experiences, but writing the JavaScript required to actually load and display Ajax content by hand can still be a tedious process. And that’s where jQuery Ajax can step in to make your job easier.

How can jQuery help with Ajax content?

jQuery is a JavaScript library, which simplifies many tasks in JavaScript. It’s very popular with web designers and developers for dynamically updating a webpage’s Document Object Model (DOM), and changing its structure and content as needed.

Let’s dig into the basics of using jQuery to load Ajax content using a very simple example.

By Chris Converse | Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Is Email Ready for Video?

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Explore this course at lynda.com.

With so many people now reading email on mobile devices that support the HTML5 standard, it’s becoming easier and easier to incorporate video into emails. Even better: Mobile and desktop email clients that don’t support HTML5 video will fall back to a user-friendly, clickable link, so no one is left out.

By Chris Converse | Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Using High-Definition (Retina) Graphics with CSS

Responsive web design techniques aren’t just for changing the layout and composition of your web designs; they can also optimize your project’s imagery for high-resolution screens. CSS3 media queries include properties for detecting the pixel ratio of a device’s screen—and when the pixel density value is two or greater, we know the device has a high-density display, and can use high-definition graphics.

Standard definition graphics can appear soft or blurry

Standard definition graphics can appear soft or blurry when viewed on a high-density display.

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