How-to: Improve WordPress Subscribe to Comments

One of my favorite WordPress plugins [hands down] is Subscribe to Comments by Mark Jaquith and Jennifer (ScriptyGoddess). The plugin allows readers to subscribe to comment activities via email bypassing the need to bookmark or subscribe [via RSS] to particular posts. As with any well written WordPress plugin, installation is a simple two step process: […]

Post CSS Reboot wrap

The Spring CSS Reboot has finally come to a close and after perusing comments & emails concerning 5ThirtyOne and other rebooted pages, I can finally begin to collect my thoughts concerning the experience. I guess it’s fair for me to explain why I decided to participate in this years Spring Reboot. The simple motivating factor, […]

Official 5ThirtyOne 2006 CSS Reboot!

This is it. The official 5ThirtyOne 2006 CSS Reboot submission. I know I mentioned on numerous ocassions that my reboot had begun a few weeks back, but I couldn’t resist. After seeing great inspiration from the likes of Phu Ly [If..Else Log] and Jonathan Snook [Snook.ca], I had to get under the hood of 5ThirtyOne […]

Create image reflections using Script.aculo.us

File this under “Finally! No more waiting for Canvas tag support!” How often have you found yourself wondering how in the world image reflections could be achieved without the need of Photoshopped elements or “IE gets the GIF while Firefox and Safari get the canvas tag”? I sure have. Fortunately, web designers are one step […]

5ThirtyOne – Google Hosted Email

Since registering 5ThirtyOne.com with DreamHost, I’ve despised the SquirrelMail interface. By forwarding all incoming mail to a personal account, I’ve managed to bypass any unnecessary interaction with the interface. While some users may prefer the simplicity and stark layout options, I prefer the familiar interface of my personal Gmail account. Fortunately, Google Hosted dropped an […]

How-To: Modal window with recents and search

Due to my preference of minimalism over all else, I began experimenting – using the current 5ThirtyOne v2.0 template – with an alternative to generic blog Search box positions. Rather than placing the search bar in the sidebar or towards the bottom content area, I decided to create a [Lightbox powered] modal window which would […]

5ThirtyOne Foliage Mod WordPress theme

Grab it while it’s hot. Coded and tweaked on my anorexic X40. I admit I spent a lopsided amount of time on the drawer. It’s entertaining. What can I say? You can grab the semi-complete theme on the Official Foliage Mod page. I say semi-complete because I’ve stripped the ‘asides’ version from the bottom content […]

Tall wide navigation tabs

If there is one thing that I am semi-consistent with [in regards to site navigation], it’s wide [tall] tabs. Larger clickable real estate makes it a little easier for readers to get where they want to go without having to position their mouse pointer over the limited click area of standard text links. Here’s how […]

Browser testing and a standalone IE7

If like me, you loathe the thought of your own work looking disheveled any web browser other than the one you use on a daily basis, you understand the importance of testing with alternate browsers. As much as I would love to see all web pages rendered consistently in all browsers across the board, reality […]

Crazyegg impression: Heatmaps are hot!

Crazy Egg recently gifted me with access to the current beta service and I must say, I am impressed. While analytical tracking utilities like Mint [currently running on 5ThirtyOne] provide great data results regarding hits and unique traffic, it is often difficult to create a general impression of actual reading habits. Analyzing that reader #2345 […]