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The Fight Against Layout Jank

A web page isn’t locked in stone just because it has rendered visually. Media assets, like images, can come in and cause the layout to shift based on their size, which typically isn’t known in fluid layouts until they do render. Or fonts can load and reflow layout. Or XHRs can bring in more content to be placed onto the page. We’re always doing what we can to prevent the layout from shifting around — that’s what I mean by layout jank. It’s awkward and nobody likes it. At best, it causes you to lose your place while reading;...

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Introducing Netlify Analytics

You work a while on a side project. You think it’s pretty cool! You decide to release it into the world. And then… it goes well. Or it doesn’t go well. Wait, is that right? You forgot to add analytics — it just didn’t cross your mind at the time. Now you’re pretty curious how many people have been visiting the site, but… you’re not sure. Enter Netlify Analytics. There are so many times where I: Forget to add analytics Don’t want to incur the extra page weight, or I’m concerned with privacy issues I released a CSS Grid...

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How to Create Custom Login and Registration Forms in WordPress

The login page is the first thing users will see when they need to access your site, so it needs to be beautiful and user-friendly. A boring login page can give users a bad impression of your site! Customizing the login to match your brand will lead to a better experience for users. In this post, we are going to look at how you can build custom login and registration pages using the UserPro plugin from CodeCanyon. WordPress Plugins 7 Best WordPress Community Plugins for 2019 Lorca Lokassa Sa WordPress Protect Paid Content on Your WordPress Site Using a Free Membership...

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The Ultimate WordPress Page Builder: WPBakery

Web development and design come at a high price.  For many entrepreneurs just starting out or who are in the early stages of their business, they will have difficulties finding developers and designers who will build their website on this low budget.  Thankfully, WordPress plugin developers have seen this need for fast and cost-efficient ways to build websites and have developed tools that can help you build your websites for a small price without having to hire anyone.  In this article, I will be going over one of the most powerful website building tools on the market, WPBakery.  If...

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The Many Ways to Include CSS in JavaScript Applications

Welcome to an incredibly controversial topic in the land of front-end development! I’m sure that a majority of you reading this have encountered your fair share of #hotdrama surrounding how CSS should be handled within a JavaScript application. I want to preface this post with a disclaimer: There is no hard and fast rule that establishes one method of handling CSS in a React, or Vue, or Angular application as superior. Every project is different, and every method has its merits! That may seem ambiguous, but what I do know is that the development community we exist in is full of people who are continuously seeking new information, and looking to push the web forward in meaningful ways. Preconceived notions about this topic aside, let’s take a look at the fascinating world of CSS architecture! Let us count the ways Simply Googling “How to add CSS to [insert framework here]” yields a flurry of strongly held beliefs and opinions about how styles should be applied to a project. To try to help cut through some of the noise, let’s examine a few of the more commonly utilized methods at a high level, along with their purpose. Option 1: A dang ol’ stylesheet We’ll start off with what is a familiar approach: a dang ol’ stylesheet. We absolutely are able to to an external stylesheet within our application and call...

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How to Create a Trivia Quiz with Viral Quiz for WordPress

Generating traffic to your website and successfully marketing to this website traffic should be the number one concern for a website owner.  Without this traffic and without a mechanism to get these website visitors to take action, you will have an incredibly difficult time building your business.  One unexpected but effective way to draw in an audience and market to them is to create quizzes for your audience to take on your website.  Buzzfeed, National Geographic, Vogue, Uber, and many other companies create quizzes for their audience because they know that this can open the door for a great marketing...

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Five Methods for Five-Star Ratings

In the world of likes and social statistics, reviews are very important method for leaving feedback. Users often like to know the opinions of others before deciding on items to purchase themselves, or even articles to read, movies to see, or restaurants to dine. Developers often struggle with with reviews — it is common to see inaccessible and over-complicated implementations. Hey, CSS-Tricks has a snippet for one that’s now bordering on a decade. Let’s walk through new, accessible and maintainable approaches for this classic design pattern. Our goal will be to define the requirements and then take a journey...

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The Twelfth Fourth

CSS-Tricks is 12 years old! Firmly into that Early Adolescence stage, I’d say 😉 As we do each year, let’s reflect upon the past year. I’d better have something to say, right? Otherwise, John Prine would get mad at me. How the hell can a person go to work in the morning And come home in the evening and have nothing to say. – Angel From Montgomery See the Pen Fireworks! by Tim Severien (@timseverien) on CodePen. Easily the biggest change this year was design v17 We redesign most years, so it’s not terribly shocking I suppose that we...

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Use the WooCommerce API to Customize Your Online Store

WooCommerce is the world’s most popular eCommerce platform. That’s partly because it’s built on the world’s most popular content management system (WordPress), and also partly because it’s free. But it’s also because WooCommerce, like WordPress itself, is incredibly flexible. If you install WooCommerce on your site, not only can you use it to quickly set up and run an online store, but you can also customize it to run exactly the way you need it to. The reason WooCommerce is so flexible is because of its API. It has a vast range of action and filter hooks, functions and...

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