So you have got your web hosting and want to pursue a career in web design or maybe you want to design your own website for your own personal project. Unfortunately a web designer’s job isn’t finished once the site goes live there are other steps that need to be taken too, unless you have a massive budget and you pay for these services. Here is a guide of the steps to consider before becoming a web designer.
If you are new to web design you will be glad to know that it can be very gratifying and a worthwhile learning experience. With a little effort and commitment you can grasp the basics and go on to create your own inspiration. But before you start there are several questions that you may need to ask yourself. Here is a little guide to help you decide which way forward in the web design world you want to go. This is a follow up post from New to Web Design? Newbies guide to Web Hosting
Following on from the post Display Your WordPress Recent Posts on a Static Page which was used to display your WordPress posts on a non-WP website on the same server. I have had several people contacting me on how to display WordPress posts on another WordPress blog. This tutorial will show you how to display your posts, associated post thumbnail images and a snippet of the content from one blog to another by fetching the data from your RSS feed using the SimplePie RSS parser which is included in the WordPress installation.
While mobile phones are a great reminder of mankind’s genius and a real indication of how far we’ve come since the ancients, some models have simply been so dreadful they would’ve failed to impress cavemen. These are simply the worst mobile phones we wished we’d never bought; the ones that we’re glad we dropped on the hard concrete.
So you want to start a career in web design but don’t know what to do. Over the coming weeks I will give you some excellent valuable tips, tutorials and resources to get you started from the very beginning. I will first start with a newbies guide to web hosting and the various types of hosting on offer.
Converseen is a all-in-one batch image conversion, compressing and resizing tool that is available for both Linux (Source and PPA) and Windows. Like many web designers having to process images to make them suitable for the web you may have to use a variety of different tools, I have used Shrink-O-Matic to batch resize my images, GIMP and it’s save for web plugin to compress individual images and also Trimage batch image processor. Having to use 2 or more tools to convert, compress and resize images can be very time consuming so having a tool to do all of those jobs for you will be extremely productive.
The WordPress media management has improved significantly over the years and the inclusion of the WordPress gallery feature back in 2008 enabled for you to display your galleries and link to either attachments pages or the image itself. However there are some features that would enhance the WordPress Gallery even further but are not currently featured in the latest version and not sure if they have been proposed in the next release. Here are just a few of them!
HTML5 and CSS3 has been known to web designers for many years but due to the lack of browser support it hasn’t been wildly adopted up until the release of Internet Explorer back in 2011. Internet Explorer 9 still doesn’t have complete support for HTML5 and CSS3 but IE10, which hasn’t been released yet, will support more elements including CSS transitions, transforms and have full support for offline web applications and form validation. Other browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera have better support but as yet there is no browser that supports HTML5 and CSS3 fully due to the fact that the specification is still a working draft itself and is estimated that it will not be reaching full specification until 2014. However don’t let this deter you from using it, you can start using HTML5 right now so kick it off with some valuable resources.
This tutorial shows you how to integrate the WP Single Post Navigation into your theme without using the plugin. I initially attempted to use the plugin and for some reason it didn’t work on my custom child theme based on TwentyEleven so I decided to hard code it into my theme by adding it to my functions.php. I will show you two methods, one to display the default WordPress single post navigation and one to display how to reverse the links for a book like affect.
This tutorial shows you how to display your recent posts on a static web page. So now you ask the question ‘Define Static?’ There are a variety of reasons why you may have static pages. You could, for example, have built a website from scratch and then decided to integrate a blog or news section into it and require to pull some information from the blog to your homepage. There has been several methods on the web including directly accessing the database. This is a simple but elegant solution in which I will show you 2 methods, one of which will be on a page with a .php extension and another will be on a page with a .htm extension. If you want to display your latest posts on an existing WordPress blog please check out the following post.
Update – January 2016 – Please also check the FAQ’s Page that I have set up to go along with this tutorial.