Must have WordPress plugins for bloggers

Must have WordPress plugins for bloggers

WordPress is a great blogging platform and CMS, so it’s no surprise that more and more people are using it everyday. One of the main reasons WordPress is so popular is due to its huge following and support from developers. They’re the ones creating all of the great WordPress plugins that we take for granted. Of course, not all plugins were created equal, so in this post I’m going to go through some of the must have WordPress plugins that I have found over the years. Please also let me know of any great WordPress plugins you have found useful.

A simple way to add a Facebook like button to your website

A simple way to add a Facebook like button to your website

With over 500 million active users, Facebook is a giant in the Internet sphere. It’s not surprising to see more and more websites and blogs placing Facebook like buttons on their sites to get more visitors and exposure. Placing a Facebook like button on your web page allows people to like your page and share it with their Facebook friends. It’s pretty simple to add one to your site and I’ll show you how to do it in a few simple steps.

Center a website horizontally and vertically using CSS

Center a website horizontally and vertically using CSS

Let’s say that you have a website or a div that you need to place in the center of of the page both horizontally and vertically. You may be creating a pop-up window or a centered website, as long as your site has a set height and width it’s easy to center it.

A simple way to display your latest tweet on your website

A simple way to display your latest tweet on your website

These days everyone is on Twitter. There are tweets flying left, right and center through cyberspace. So how do you get your latest tweet to display on your website? Well there are plenty of ways to do it, but the easiest way that I have come across is this one.  No plugins or installation required and it works on any website. All you need to do is copy and paste three lines of code and you’re done.

Validate your form using MooTools

Validate your form using MooTools

MooTools is a great JavaScript framework that allows you to write powerful JavaScript code with very little time and effort. Today I’ll show you just how simple it is to validate your forms using the MooTools “Form.Validator” class. Basically all you need to do is add a few classes to your form fields, include the MooTools “More” file in your website header and then initialize your Form.Validator.

Create your own World Cup jersey on Facebook

Create your own World Cup jersey on Facebook

You may have noticed that some of your friends are supporting their favourite World Cup team by displaying a personalized World Cup jersey on their Facebook page. You can create your own World Cup jersey for your Facebook profile and I’ll show you how below. Don’t worry, it’s very simple and it only takes a minute.

World Cup Brand Design

World Cup Brand Design

The World Cup is a huge global sporting event that occurs for one month every four years. During this month the whole world lives and breathes football. People from different countries all over the world wave their flags high creating a sea of colour and energy. Every four years it is up to one country to host the World Cup and of course a different brand is designed for each World Cup reflecting the host nation. This post looks at the World Cup brand designs over the past 44 years and briefly outlines some of the similarities and changes in the World Cup branding over the years.

Google gets World Cup Fever!

Google gets World Cup Fever!

With only a few more sleeps to go until the 2010 World Cup it seems like everyone is getting World Cup fever! I know that I certainly am. Even the search giant Google is celebrating in their own way. Have you tried searching for “World Cup” in Google recently? You may have noticed that Google is displaying the match time information on the top of the search results. But if you scroll down to the bottom you will also notice that the search results pages no longer say “Goooooooooogle”, but instead “Goooooooooal!”. I think that’s a very cool way to get into the World Cup spirit. Good on you Google!

World Cup 2010 Wallpaper

World Cup 2010 Wallpaper

We’ve all been waiting for the past four years for it to happen. Finally, World Cup 2010 is just around the corner. The Soccer World Cup 2010 is being held in South Africa from June 11 to July 11 and you can feel the excitement starting to build. To celebrate the World Cup, graphic designers all over the world have been busy creating beautiful desktop wallpapers. Here are some of my favorites. The wallpapers link back to their sources where you can download them. Only a few more sleeps to go, can’t wait!

Reset your style sheet with a CSS Reset

Reset your style sheet with a CSS Reset

The idea behind a CSS reset is to set certain element styles to a baseline to avoid cross browser inconsistencies. By default, different browsers do not display your website exactly the same. Things like headings, line-heights and margins look different in different browsers when default styles are applied. If we reset these default styles to a set value we tighten up our CSS causing it to look the same across different browsers.