EllisLabs recently released the latest major point update to their ExpressionEngine CMS, which is great news for GRAYBOX and many of it’s clientele as the ExpressionEngine CMS powers a majority of our projects and the latest update will bring some new opportunities for existing EE sites and open up a number of possibilities for how we can use and manipulate content on an EE powered site.
Some backstory: If you’re a seasoned EE developer you’re probably aware of the hullabaloo surrounding Pixel & Tonic, probably one of the most well known EE add-on providers. If you’re not aware of...
When starting out as a developer working on the Magento eCommerce system, it can be confusing and frustrating to find the source of an issue. Here are some basic techniques for finding and resolving problems within Magento:
Magento is built with a sophisticated caching system to speed up the delivery of content to the browser. Even if you turn off all caching, Magento seems to be hesitant to loosen her grip on content without truly clearing the cache folder.
From the Magento Admin Control Panel: In the navigation, select “System” → “Cache Management” Normally...
Here at GRAYBOX, virtually every new site we design includes responsive features. Designing for multiple devices can be tricky. We refine our responsive design process constantly to identify and fix issues we come across with each site we build. Here are three important things we’ve learned.
1. Side-by-side design
Every device is different. What’s good for one viewport isn’t necessarily good for the other. It’s important to think critically from the very beginning about how users will interact with your site on a laptop, tablet, or mobile phone. Designing the desktop view and...
Quick Tip : Using Xcode for Free Responsive Design Testing on a Mac
At GRAYBOX almost all projects we’re doing now are responsive designs so that our websites function great on a variety of mobile devices. This means we have a ton of testing devices now in the office including:
- iPhone 3G (iOS 4)
- iPhone 4 (iOS 5)
- iPhone 4S (iOS 6)
- iPhone 5 (iOS 6)
- iPad 1 (iOS 5 Tablet)
- iPad 3 (Retina) (iOS 6 Tablet)
- iPad Mini (iOS 6 Tablet)
- Surface RT (Windows RT)
- Surface Pro (Windows 8)
- HTC HD7 (Windows Phone 7)
- Samsung Galaxy 3 (Android 3)
- Samsung Galaxy 4 (Android 4)
- Samsung Charge (Android 2)
In this article, you’ll learn how to create web experiences with touch gestures using simple and easy HTML, CSS and a little bit of jQuery.
I Googled to find a few different frameworks from jQuery mobile to Wipetouch as well as several others. All the frameworks I tried were either too complex to use or not very responsive on mobile browsers which completely defeats the purpose.
Finally, I tried another framework called HammerJS, and this worked the way I wanted. It was simple, easy to use and the swipe gesture is very responsive for platforms in iOS and Android alike.
Note: the demo...
No matter how perfectly architected or built, every running program or live website will eventually encounter a situation that it does not have an appropriate response prepared for. Whenever this unexpected thing occurs, the software running a website has a limited number of options.
- Fail Silently
- Fail and report the failure to a human (while hopefully logging the error).
- DO SOMETHING TOTALLY CRAZY
Each of these actions are ultimately the intended action as far as our software is concerned. At a core level, software doesn’t understand the difference between successfully logging you in...
Have you been planning on rolling out a new website for your company? Have you hired a web designer to help make it happen? Yes? Great! Now what?
The most important thing to remember when working with a web designer is that they don't know you. They probably don't know how your product is made or why people love it. They probably don't know how you handle sales calls, or how you're really popular in that one area of the world. They probably don't know who you're biggest competitors are. This is why you need to tell your designer everything you can about your business.
Talk about yourself. A...
On the web there are already several solutions for 3D capability: Flash; three.js in
<canvas>; and, eventually, WebGL. Also, front-end developers have our own three-dimensional tool: CSS 3-D transforms.
Just like the 2d transition module released by Apple in Safari, 3D transitions initially were only supported by Safari. Since the release all of the major browsers, and IE10, everything either partially or fully supports 3D transitions. Take a look at the most up-to-date compatibility chart.
Please keep in mind that you still need to use Modernizr to ensure that you are...
I love elegance, purity and simplicity
In the 90’s as a rookie developer, I spun my wheels… a lot. With no true version control, we would update the production server directly. Then, weeks or months into the project, we would spend the time to set up a dev server. Our team would do their best to wrangle the process of developing locally, updating a dev server, and when everything was tested we would update everything on the production server and pray everything was put into place correctly. But we often wrote over each other’s code and our only saving grace was a nightly server tape...
At GRAYBOX we will often get requests for a simpler site with the need for a quick turnaround. Here is what that process looks like. The kind of site we see come through with these needs are Informational and eCommerce. Pretty much any kind of website that you might need. This is how we do it.
- Clear Communication from start to finish
- Themes (Wordpress for informational sites and Shopify for eCommerce)
- One Site Review before testing (content edits and minor structural changes)
- Deadline Integrity