7 Interesting Ways to Display Content Excerpts

Article excerpts can play an important role in your site’s user experience. They provide readers with a taste of what’s inside – encouraging them to click through to your full post. Many content management systems, such as WordPress, have the ability to create custom excerpts (or display the first x number of words from an article) built right into the core software.

But when it comes to style and functionality, the excerpt is often overlooked. That’s why we’ve put together a collection of some unique ways to make excerpts more than just a simple bit of text on your home page. The snippets below improve the way excerpts look and some even add utility to the mix. Let’s dive in:7 Interesting Ways to Display Content ExcerptsContinue reading

Dealing With Outdated WordPress Plugins

WordPress has been around for nearly a decade and a half. While that’s a pretty good run in terms of longevity, it also means that there are probably some websites still around from its earlier days. Personally, I’ve been working with WP for about nine of those years. And I’m finding a common problem among some of the older sites I’ve built: they have outdated plugins.

In fact, I’m finding that there are a good number of plugins that have been considered “abandoned” by the WordPress Plugin Repository. Anything that hasn’t been updated in at least two years earns that label. So searching for replacements for some of these outdated offerings has now become a routine part of maintenance.Dealing With Outdated WordPress PluginsContinue reading

Supporting Old Browsers: How-To and for How Long

Thank goodness for web browsers keepings themselves up-to-date. For so many years, we had to rely on users to make the effort to download new versions as they were released. Now, even Microsoft’s Edge has joined the always-in-date party.

This was not only a stroke of genius for security’s sake, but also a boon for designers looking to use the latest CSS3 features. It has undoubtedly led to more of us who feel safe in using features like Flexbox, knowing that the majority of users have updated browsers to support it. And it’s already helping to push CSS grid into production environments, as well.Supporting Old Browsers: How-To and for How LongContinue reading

The Importance of Design and Development Fundamentals

Back when I first became a web designer, it was a career path I fell into by chance. One day I decided to play around with HTML and created a personal site. From there, I sent an email out to a local newspaper in hopes that they would promote it. They never did bother to promote my (admittedly horrible) site. Instead, they hired me to take care of their own website. More than 20 years later, here I am.

For me, this was more a case of being at the right place at the right time – and maybe a little dumb luck. Design wasn’t something I’d studied in school and so I never had a grasp of any specific principles or philosophy. And it was the same with code. HTML was fairly simple to learn, but best practices were learned mostly through trial and error.The Importance of Design and Development FundamentalsContinue reading

Common On-Site Search Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Your website’s search function could be damaging your conversion rates. And if it’s not acting as a bane to your conversion rates, it could be doing something almost as bad: not helping them either. On-site search, if well optimized and put in the frame of increasing user experience, can greatly enhance the usability and enjoyment of your site.

The more users enjoy your site, the more likely they are to stick around and become members, customers, subscribers, and so on. Improving your site’s search function can be accomplished with ease, but many may sabotage their search by making these common mistakes. Learn how to optimize on-site search and avoid the common pitfalls of your competition.Common On-Site Search Mistakes and How to Fix ThemContinue reading

Web Accessibility 101: Design for All People, Not Most

Web design is about accessibility. Most web designers aim to create products for the largest swath of people within their audience, casting their designs out like gaping nets to yield them the greatest influx of users.

And while there’s logic to that design principle, it overshadows a somewhat simpler and more inclusive principle:Web Accessibility 101: Design for All People, Not MostContinue reading

How to Add Conditional Logic to Your WordPress Theme

Building a website with WordPress provides great flexibility with what you can do in terms of both design and functionality. And, as you get deeper into theme development, you’ll find that there are times when you need to target a specific page, category or post type for something special. That’s where conditional logic can make your job much easier.

Conditional logic is a powerful feature of programming languages (PHP, in our case). In essence, it means that we can use code to check if a certain condition exists and then do something specific if that condition is met. A simple example of this would be checking to see if a user is currently on our site’s home page. Using conditional logic, we might choose to load a slider or other special content in that situation.How to Add Conditional Logic to Your WordPress ThemeContinue reading