CSS + jQuery: Highlight important keywords inside text

A few days ago while working on a new UI component I had to come up with a solution to highlight identified keywords (using named entity recognition) inside of a chunk of user generated text. While the idea was fairly simple, the challenge was creating a solution which would work [relatively] well for all modern […]

10 step guide for improving a vanilla WordPress install

A few weeks ago I was approached with a request to help setup a simple WordPress site from the ground-up. The simple requirement being that after the initial setup, the site be ready for steady growth with minimum update requirements outside of core WordPress upgrades. I created this general guide highlighting 10 facets of a […]

Create a WordPress reader "explore" block to promote content

Congrats. You have your own WordPress blog. Each passing day results in a handful of new unique readers. As your site continues to grow, convincing visitors to explore your site beyond your most recent posts becomes more of a challenge. Additionally, getting visitors – who happen upon older posts via search engines – to visit […]

WordPress Custom Fields; laying text over your lead graphic

For WordPress users, there are certain scenarios when the typical reverse chronological presentation of content is just not enough. I have experimented with different methods of presenting content on 5thirtyone.com each time a redesign is uploaded – from the text-centric to the image heavy version in use right now. With hundreds of WordPress driven blogs […]

Preventing content from "shifting" for Adblockers

Anyone who inserts contextual advertisements into their pages – like Google Adsense – are aware of the fact that some readers block advertisements. Oftentimes, methods for removing advertisements from view alter the structure of a page, in turn, changing the layout. For some websites or blogs, this does not pose a problem. For websites created […]

How-to create a "Table of Contents" Navigation

Quite a number of months back I released the Foliage Mod WordPress theme which included a Table of Contents (TOC) styled navigation block in the header. A recent post on ScriptyGoddess prompted me to upload the download & tutorial post straight away which is what you find here. In as little as 8 lines of […]

How-to style WordPress author comments

Motivated by email requests from a few readers, I’ve thrown together this simple tutorial on how-to style author comments under WordPress without the need for extraneous plugins. What we’re going to do is instruct WordPress to identify specific author emails and assign a unique class name to each. Using the flexibility of Cascading Style Sheets […]

Set custom Album Art for video content in iTunes

Chalk this up in the "things I probably should have known but didn’t figure out until about 5 minutes ago" category. As I decided to take a break from work, I stared blankly at my iTunes Movies & TV Shows playlists which have grown into a considerable collection of movies and 5-star sitcoms – so […]

Migrate: Media Temple Grid Server to Dedicated Virtual

The migration from Media Temple’s Grid Server to the Dedicated Virtual web hosting solution was surprisingly easy. With initial pointers from Paul, I was well on my way to successfully migrating four hosted sites from the "Grid" to the DV. Media Temple’s Dedicated Virtual hosting plans provide a considerable amount of flexibility – including root […]

Breathe new life into OS X Front Row

Continuing the “Breathe new life into OS X” series including Breathe new life into OS X Safari & Breathe new life into OS X iChat, our focus will be on Apple’s Front Row application. Out of the box, Front Row taps into your current media library composed of iTunes albums, movies, television shows, iPhoto albums, […]