Internet

The internet plays a huge role in my life, from a place to share photos and videos, to a career, to a means of communication linking me to friends and family all over the world.

Twenty Sixteen

2016 sees the tenth anniversary of this website. I decided that this was to be the year when I'd do some major overhaul work on my site: improved technology and a long-awaited clear out of some legacy data problems. That's all been completed, so now it's time to work on the appearance of the site.

Twenty Sixteen

WordPress plugin to get rid of the need for CAPTCHA images

“Comment spam” is a term which relates to automatically-generated website comments. People with too much time on their hands make software to submit to websites like mine. It’s then down to me to ensure that the nonsensical or downright abusive comments don’t appear on my website, and that my email inbox doesn’t get swamped with approval request messages generated by the…

WordPress plugin to get rid of the need for CAPTCHA images

Adding a post thumbnail to the WordPress backend list view

In an effort to share more of my work with the open source community, I’m gradually starting to submit more plugins to the WordPress Plugin Directory. The latest addition, approved recently and made public today, is a plugin which extends the backend list view with a small thumbnail-sized preview of the post thumbnail (where one is available). I’ve been…

Adding a post thumbnail to the WordPress backend list view

Life without JavaScript

Many web developers (and web project managers) are insistent that we shouldn’t be concerned with the availability of JavaScript in the browser. “Who turns off JavaScript these days?” is often the argument. The problem isn’t related to who turns off JavaScript, but what happens when a CDN copy of jQuery isn’t available – the server is down or a DNS problem blocks…

Life without JavaScript

The headless CMS

The Next Big Thing* in the world of CMS-based web development is the headless CMS solution. A headless CMS is a more pure – and therefore technically more simple – content management system. A system in which the focus is 100% on managing content and providing a way to access it: for example, creating new articles, updating existing articles, defining page…

The headless CMS

Vertical rhythm in web typography

…doesn’t have anything to do with jumping up and down to music. Sadly. Typographic principles are just as valid in designing for the web as they are in designing for traditional media. Through the application of a very simple mathematical principle, a design becomes more peaceful and the visitor is calmed by a subliminally identifiable pattern. (Our brains, like computers, like the…

Vertical rhythm in web typography

There is no perfect dropdown

Andy Budd made a very important point during episode 93 of The Web Ahead podcast. In it, he's answering a question raised about where a less-experienced web designer can find resources to see what the current “best practices” are for site element design.

There is no perfect dropdown

The CSS :not() selector

One of the best CSS tips I’ve come across in recent months is the :not() selector. Rather than having to define a set of rules for an element, then re-defining new rules for the element when it has a certain class or attribute, you can use :not() to be more specific in the first place. In my most-used cases so…

The CSS :not() selector