How to Optimize and Increase Email Subscriptions on Your WordPress Site

If you’re not collecting emails on your website, you should be. If you’re currently collecting emails on your site, you could be collecting more. We all could be. That’s where conversion optimization comes in. Email list building is important for any website, but particularly for those publishing content (no matter what business type). If email …
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Wakamai Fondue

Roel Nieskens released a tool that lets you upload a font file and see what’s inside, from how many characters it contains to the number of languages it supports. Here’s what you see once you upload a font, in this case Covik Sans Mono Black:

Why is this data useful? Well, I used this tool just the other day when I found a font file in a random Dropbox folder. What OpenType features does this font have? Are there any …

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20+ Best Pages Resume & CV Templates

If you’re using Apple Pages to design your CV or resume, this is a great handpicked collection of resume templates to get you started fast. Some of these cost a few dollars, and some are completely free! Did you know that 98% of all resumes received for a job gets eliminated during the initial screening […]
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Solved With CSS! Dropdown Menus

A common UI pattern that we see on the web are dropdown menus. They’re used to display related information in pieces, without overwhelming the user with buttons, text, and options. Somewhere that we see these a lot is inside of headers or navigation areas on websites.

Let’s see if we can make one of these menus with CSS alone.

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Doc Pop’s News Drop: How To Make Your WordPress Site GDPR Compliant

Doc’s WordPress News Drop is a weekly report on the most pressing WordPress news. When the news drops, I will pick it up and deliver it right to you. In this week’s News Drop we talk about the best WordPress plugins to help you reach GDPR compliance by the May 25th deadline as well as …
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Animating Progress

Jonathan Snook on the complexity of animating the <progress> element. If you’re unfamiliar, that’s the element that spits out a bar chart-like visual that indicates a position between two values:

This example has custom styles, but you get the point.

Jonathan’s post shows off a method for animating a change in progress value using CSS and a touch of JavaScript while making sure that it animates properly in every modern browser. The demo he made looks pretty neat. I’m sure …

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A Simple Guide to WordPress Starter Themes

Starting completely from scratch when developing themes naturally means that you are free to do anything you’d like. This opens up plenty of room for creative freedom, but getting started can take up a lot of time. Many of the initial tasks you’ll carry out are necessary, yet time-intensive. The good news is that WordPress …
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Finger-friendly numerical inputs with `inputmode`

Forms are often a nightmare on mobile. We can make the process as pain-free as possible by reacting to context. Input fields that expect numerical values should have a numerical UI. Bringing up a number keyboard on small screens is easy on most platforms — just use a <input type="number">.

This big button numeric keyboard is finger-friendly and will help prevent users bouncing from your form in frustration. However, type="number" isn’t appropriate for all numbers.

On …

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10 Tips for Using Text Effects That Don’t Suck

Adding effects to typography can be a source of heartache for designers. Clients demand a drop shadow or embossing, and you’re stuck with text effects that threaten to ruin a project. What you need is an arsenal of text effects that don’t suck so you can help the client pivot to something a little more […]
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Practical Jokes in the Browser

I know April Fool’s Day is at the beginning of this month, but hey, now you’ve got a year to prepare. Not to mention a gool ol’ practical joke can be done anytime.

Fair warning on this stuff… you gotta be tasteful. Putting someone’s stapler in the jello is pretty hilarious unless it’s somehow a family heirloom, or it’s someone who’s been the target of a little too much office prankery to the point it isn’t funny anymore. Do good. …

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