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...
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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
Clear CommunicationThis is all about expectations and deliverables. We like to get all of...
A very handy CSS property is the “background-size” property. For background images, and images we need to cover an entire div we can simply apply “background-size: cover;” or “background-size: 100% 100%;”. Doing so stretches the background image to the entire width and height of it’s containing div. But that’s not it. I wish that was the case, according to W3c the background-size property is only supported in the following browsers: IE9+, Firefox 4+, Opera, Chrome, and Safari 5+. Although our hate for IE as developers grows with every project we complete, it’s...
Vertical menu’s have recently become the newest rave in the Web industry. They are responsive, save space, and look great on any device.
Let’s get things started by putting in place our HTML and add the underlying structure to the menu:
Vertical Navigation Menu: CSS3 Coded
<div id="wrapper"> <ul class="menu"> <li class="item1"><a href="#">Friends <span>340</span></a></li>
<li class="item2"><a href="#">Videos <span>147</span></a></li>
<li class="item3"><a href="#">Galleries <span>340</span></a></li>
<li class="item4"><a href="#">Podcasts <span>222</span></a></li>
With the addition of CSS3 transitions and keyframe animations it can be easy to overdo animations on your website. However, adding certain effects to main content areas can greatly enhance the experience your visitors receive.
A popular trend on the web these days are “content boxes”. These were first found on a lot of sports and news sites mainly, but have since made their way to every category of web pages. Plain, generic content boxes are effective in dividing areas of content, but can be boring if there is nothing present to visually please the user.
So lets spice those generic...
Getting your product feeds accepted on any platform can be a nightmare. Some recent work we’ve done on a Shopify website inspired us to share a bit of that process to be a help to those doing the same kind of work. The fact is there are quite a few hoops to jump through and a lot of information to have just right. Here are some quick helps to get you on your way with Google Products.
Get your Shopify site setup in a Google Friendly way
For starters, make sure you setup your Shopify account well. Once you import all of your products, make sure that the titles and product descriptions...
With the addition of the nav element in HTML5 there is much confusion as to when to use it. The HTML5 specification definition is the following:
"The nav element represents a section of a page that links to other pages or to parts within the page: a section with navigation links. Not all groups of links on a page need to be in a nav element only sections that consist of major navigation blocks are appropriate for the nav element. In particular, it is common for footers to have a list of links to various key parts of a site, but the footer element is more appropriate in such cases, and no nav...