WordPress Workshop: Zero to Hero 68

WordPress Workshop: Zero to Hero

I will be hosting a workshop with Refresh Events on advance WordPress theme coding. The event will take place in Toronto, March 25th 2010 at Rich Media Institute, 156 Augusta Ave. This workshop is for designers with CSS skills who want to learn how to convert a HTML template into a WordPress theme (no PHP skills required). You will learn how to advance themes using conditional tags, page templates, custom fields, and more. Details and registration.

Bonus: anyone who signs up for the workshop will get a $45 discount code from InMotion Hosting. You may use the coupon code in any business class shared-hosting, VPS, and dedicated server packages.

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Unique Blog Posts and WordPress Tips

Today I would like to talk about blogs that have a unique design for each post. They break the traditional blog layout by designing a different theme for each post based on the topic. Designing a different layout for each topic requires a lot of time and creativity. So, we should appreciate these blogazines who spend their extra time to make your reading more pleasurable. If you would like to join this unique post trend, below are some excellent examples and WordPress tips on how to implement it.

New WordPress Theme: Notepad 88

New WordPress Theme: Notepad

I'm back into the WordPress theme design. Check out my latest release — the Notepad theme. Inspired by the iPhone’s Notes app, Notepad is a modern theme with a subtle touch of the sketchy and texturized background. The theme is widget compatible with threaded & paged comments, social media buttons, and multi-level dropdown menus. It has been tested on WordPress 2.9 with Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and IE7+. Users with CSS3 compatible browser will see the nice visual enhancement such as drop shadow and rounded corners. Check out the demo site and share your comments.

CSS3 Examples and Best Practices 110

CSS3 Examples and Best Practices

The CSS3 trend is getting more and more popular. In fact CSS3 new features open a lot of new possibilities. Check out my previous post on "CSS3 Animation Demos" to see the things that you can do with it. However, don't get too excited so soon because it is not fully supported by all browsers yet. But this doesn't mean you shouldn't use it at all. So, when should you use CSS3 new features? Well, continue on this post to see some excellent examples.

Free Vector Social Media Set 66

Free Vector Social Media Set

In case you've missed it, I recently released a free vector set of Social Media Icons at IconDock. It includes 50 icons of the most popular social media networks. The icons are available at 32px and 16px in EPS, PNG, and GIF format. Feel free to use it in your blogs or client's projects. If you like it, don't forget to spread the love by blogging or tweeting about it.

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47 Amazing CSS3 Animation Demos

Here is a compilation of 47 jaw-dropping CSS3 animation demos. They demonstrate the possibilities of the CSS3 transform and transition property. Some are very useful and can be used as Javascript alternatives. Most of them are simply to look cool. In order to veiw these effects, you need a webkit browser such as Safari and Chrome (sorry to the Internet Explorer users). Enjoy!

What to Expect in 2010: UX/UI Design Simplicity 107

What to Expect in 2010: UX/UI Design Simplicity

Guest Post by Chuck Longanecker

In January of each year, we flip over the hourglass and, once again, we have everything in front of us. The new year gives us a clean slate, a chance for change and encouragement to evolve the way we do things. In the past, we've yielded to client and user requests to pack our website designs full of unrelated features and countless pages of duplicate information. The change we have been waiting for has come - our users have matured. 2010 is the year of Design Simplicity.