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  • You don't have to be Upper-Crust to have a nice site!

You Don't Have to be Upper-Crust to Have a Nice Web Site

In the world of Internet marketing, there seems to be a great divide. There are those Web design agencies out there, doing amazing work, that cater to large businesses. And then there are those smaller agencies, also doing great work, catering to medium-sized businesses. But what if you are a small business, a restuarant, a tightly-budgeted non-profit, or just an individual with a dream in Portland, ME? Who's there to help you out?

Using Drupal Calendar Module to Display Events in a Calendar Format

I have a potential project coming up, and a big part of it will be posting and display upcoming events to potential clientele. Up until now, every time I've created a list of events in Drupal, it has been just that: a list (generated by Views, based on an Event content type I created).

However, there are times when a traditional Calendar display is going to be desired/needed.

jQuery: Set Focus on an Input Control

Recently, while working on a mobile version of a Website, I was asked to hide the search bar that's traditionally at the top of a web page, and replace it with a clickable button. When clicked, this button would in turn reveal the search bar. The idea behind this user interaction was to save valuable screen real estate by hiding the search bar, which is only occasionally used.

I used CSS (display:none) to hide the search bar initially, and to display the button that would reveal it.

Here's a little legend to explain what my elements are in the examples below:

Is Your Site Shipwrecked?

Let's get her sailing again!

We've all heard stories like this. You made an initial investment in your Web site several years ago. You paid someone (cousin, boyfriend's sister, friendly college student, creepy Craigslister) to throw something together for you, just to have a site. But, at the time, you weren't really sure what you needed, and your business was just dipping its toes in the waters of the Web.

HTML5 Audio and Video

From the Wold Wide Web Consortium (W3C): "HTML5 defines a new element which specifies a standard way to embed an audio file on a web page: the <audio> element." Here are some useful/interesting HTML5 audio/video players:

Foodies Need Mobile-Friendly!

Are you giving it to them?

These days, more and more people are using their phones for everyday tasks. Sure, they're posting to Facebook, following on Twitter, and slingshotting unhappy birds at little green pigs. But, they're also looking up information. Constantly.

As smart phone adoption rises, the desktop computer will continue to be replaced for basic tasks, like getting directions, finding local businesses, and deciding where to eat for lunch and dinner.

Portland, Maine: My New Hometown

Portland, ME

After living in the Washington, DC area for nearly ten years, our family decided to shake things up and make a big move to a new city in a new state. A place where we could settle in and raise the kids, knowing there wouldn't be another big move in the future. After much deliberation, we decided we would call Portland, ME our new home.

Whenever we tell people about our move, they inevitably ask us: why Maine? Why Portland?

Mollom: A Godsend to Drupal Comment Moderation

Mollom logo

Because finding the time to manage and update your own Web site is always a challenge, I finally just got around to making some updates to it over the weekend.... including, at long last, installing the Mollom module.

Besides rhyming with Gollum, the Mollom module is significant for helping to intelligently detect spam as its coming in to any fields (such as comments, contact field, etc.) that you designate on your site.

Useful Source Code Editors

Gotta love those folks over at Smashing Magazine. I've been pretty happy with and loyal to Dreamweaver throughout my career. Lately, though, I've been doing more telecommuting, and Dreamweaver CS5.5 seems to have real problems with managing sites over a laggy network. Every time I'd try and make a change to the code or save a file, and application would come to a screeching hault for anywhere from 5 seconds to a full minute. Absolute death to productivity and morale.

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