Design and Development

Fed up of IE6? Tell your visitors to upgrade with sevenup

I really liked Internet Explorer 7 and love Internet Explorer 8 (yes you Firefox lovers, I love FF as well 🙂 ). But, being a web designer since mid 2000, I’ve had the opportunity to design several sites for several browsers and it has always been a pain to support them all. One really really really really painful browser is the infamous Internet Explorer 6.

Dynamic JavaScript with PHP

Early this morning, I released Top 10 – A Page Counter and Popular Posts plugin for WordPress. I detailed my experience while designing this plugin. The major problem that I faced while working with this plugin was with WP Super Cache. WP Super Cache creates a static file of your post and displays this to the viewer. As a result, any PHP code that is present in your WordPress blog template is executed only once and the cached file is then served to your visitor.

The initial version of Top 10 used PHP to record the page views as well as display them and so using WP Super Cache ensured that both of these would never increment.

This is where JavaScript with PHP comes in. I ended up using AJAX to record the page views. However, for displaying the count I chose to do so by serving the PHP file as a JavaScript file.

Here’s how you go about it.

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CSS 3 – Making our life easier, one line of code at a time…

There are plenty of articles out there written by great CSS masters that will tell you about what’s, why’s and who’s of CSS. So if you want an in-depth analysis of CSS you’d better off reading an article by Eric Meyer or by some of the other CSS greats out there. This article is about bringing you up to speed with CSS 3 and how it makes the life of an average graphic designer who has to deal with css on a daily basis, easier.

Google Analytics Tracking Code Updated

And you don’t need to make the change. Christina explains the change: So why the change? Adding the try and catch to the snippet removes the possibility that your visitor sees a JavaScript message that doesn’t apply to her.

Google releases SketchUp 7

If you are into designing 3D models of buildings, trucks, cars or well, just about anything then Google SketchUp is one tool that gets the job done. SketchUp 7 was released today with the following changes: New class of “smart” objects called Dynamic Components, which are simpler to work with for new modelers Now “sign” your models SketchUp Pro users now use LayOut 2, which is faster, more reliable and includes vector rendering, improved text handling and more Read more of what’s new with SketchUp 7. Download Google SketchUp 7 Via: Google Blog

Tool Tuesday: Lorem Ipsum Generator

If you’re familiar with free templates, or have been working in the printing industry you would have come across this text often: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur.