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How To: Use FitVids.js with WordPress for Responsive Videos

16th April 2014

Let me set the scene. You’ve got a great responsive layout, you’ve tackled the navigation menu and your typography all looks spot on even when you view it on your iPad mini. Then you go to insert a video in your blog and you realise that it’s shooting out somewhere into oblivion. Nuts. Thankfully some…

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Web Design and the Retina Screen: First Thoughts

Web Design and the Retina Screen: First Thoughts

13th February 2014

Yesterday, after many years as a loyal Windows user, I switched to a Mac. There were many reasons which I won’t go into here but suffice to say one of the biggest attractions, despite the price, was the stunning high density Retina screen. Before I took the plunge I read quite a lot of articles…

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What are Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)?

3rd January 2014

SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphics. It’s an XML-based image file type. Advantages of SVG Unlike bitmap based image files like jpgs which remain the same size, they’re scalable. That means the resolution will change to fit the viewing window without loss of clarity You’ll typically find they have smaller file sizes than jpgs and…

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5 Tips for Minimalist Website Designs

2nd January 2014

1. Pay extra attention to detail The difference between a fair design and a great one is always attention to detail, but within a minimalist website design you only need to get a margin slightly out and it’s going to be glaringly apparent. That’s why you need to pay special attention to detail – style…

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How to: Create a WordPress Custom Post Type

1st January 2014

For a long time it’s been possible to set up your own post types to handle different kinds of content, but in WordPress 2.9 this process was simplified with the inclusion of the register_post_type() function. Here’s a really basic guide to setting one up, using the example of an events post type. Plugin Versus functions.php…

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How to: Add to wp_head From functions.php

11th October 2013

If you’re looking to add elements such as favicons and tracking codes to <head>, the best way forward is to put them together in your functions.php file and then pull through using the wp_head hook. To do this, open up your functions.php and create a new function. It should go something like this (I’ve used…

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How to: Embed Shortcodes in a WordPress Theme

11th January 2013

If you’ve been using WordPress for a while, you will have come across shortcodes. They’re used to run certain functions, with a number built into WordPress and numerous others installed with plugins. They look something like this: [shortcode] or [shortcode] [/shortcode] Usually you just copy or type them straight into the content area of your…

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Basic SEO Tips for Product and Service Pages

Basic SEO Tips for Product and Service Pages

11th January 2013

Product and service pages are core to most business websites. They tell prospective customers what you do and what you can offer. But how do you make the most of them from an SEO perspective? Here are a few basic tips to get you started. Service page SEO 1. Create individual service pages. You can’t…

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How to: Correctly Include JavaScript Files in WordPress Themes

23rd November 2012

There are quite a few ways to include¬†JavaScript files into a theme, but only one method that is recommended by WordPress. The reason? To ensure maximum¬†compatibility¬†with updates and plugins, and avoid scripts being called multiple times. Following their guidelines, whether you’re handing over to a client, developing for yourself, or putting out a free theme…

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Rachel Watmough (Butterfly Bridal Boutique)