With the very helpful Firefox addon Source Viewer Tab, you can view a pages source code in a new tab, rather than a new window (which is the annoying default). …
Web Design & Dev
SmallScreenX is a Cocoa version of the “Small Screen” utility for the old Mac OS. It simulates smaller screen resolutions, which can be particularly helpful for web designers. This overview gives you a run down on its main features.
Why MWSnap doesn’t show up on every “top Windows freeware” list, I’ll never know. Version 3 has been around since 2002 (!?). Admittedly, it hasn’t been updated since 2002 either – it still works perfectly well in XP (I haven’t tested it in Vista yet). With the resulting screenshots you have a choice between BMP, JPG, TIFF, PNG and GIF formats, with selected color depth and quality settings – among dozens of other features. This “part tutorial, part overview” will get you started using MWSnap in no time. …
At some point yesterday (Nov 12th, 2007) Google Webmaster Tools got a bit of a redesign. And at least one new feature was added – Subscriber stats. Now you can view the number of users who have subscribed to your RSS feed(s) using Google products such as iGoogle, Google Reader, and Orkut.
Are there any other new features I missed?
What Googlebot Sees
Google Subscriber Stats
This brief tutorial will guide you in using The Gimp to resize pictures/images. It’s also a part of the Linux for Parents – A Beginners Guide to Ubuntu series. Though the Gimp is not a Linux specific program, it is included as the default image editing software in Ubuntu. …
This tutorial will guide you step-by-step through installing IE 5, 5.5 and/or 6 in Ubuntu – using the terrific software IEs4Linux. IEs4Linux was developed for web designers that want to move to Linux but still need to test their sites on IE and Linux users who have to open IE-only sites. …
Not long ago, Mashable did a very cool roundup of 15 Online Graphics Generators – with a heavy emphasis on the Web 2.0 style. This post was inspired by that list – with no duplicates, and additional resources including pre-created images/logos, tutorials, WordPress Web 2.0 themes etc. And since it’s not exactly an original idea, I decided to double their 15. …
The following overview lists the supported blogging platforms, features, license (4/5 are free), a summary and screenshots for 5 blogging clients. I should also mention, 3/5 work in Linux too. …
Though this was originally created for another blog, I’ve updated it (more steps, more plugins, more theme sites etc) and posted it here.
One of the great things about WordPress is how easily you can have it up and running, completely customized to your liking, in such a short period of time. After setting up WordPress for several of my friends, I found that having a ‘checklist’ makes things go even faster – so I decided to write it all up and share with you. Please don’t hesitate to use the comments to suggest additions etc, I’ll update the checklist accordingly.
- Create blog title, add email address
- Change your password
- Disable visual rich editor
- Add users
- Change the tagline
- Edit Membership permissions
- Set a date and time format
- Modify Reading and Writing settings
- Edit Discussion settings
- Modify Permalinks structure
- Pick a theme
- Customize your theme
- Write down CSS info
- Change title format
- Edit blogroll
- Edit the About page
- Add some categories
- Edit the example post for testing
- Install plugins
- Install widgets
- Check blog and test plugins
- Create a favicon.ico
- Create a shortcut to the Dashboard / setup WordPress client
- Create a test environment
- Start posting!
As a part of a group writing project, I created a post titled Top 5 OS X Dashboard Widgets for Bloggers. The project rules were that you had to do a “top 5” list – and I had difficulty narrowing the list down to just 5. So here are the other 5 that didn’t make it to that list. …
This post could also be called ‘an introduction to JumpBox’, as that’s essentially what it is. JumpBox allows you to install several open source applications, such as WordPress, in a virtual environment (like Parallels, VMWare and Xen). They provide the complete package – WordPress itself, all of its required components (database, runtime dependencies etc) and the virtual machine configuration files. Continue for the full tutorial/walkthrough.. …
This brief tutorial will show you how to create a unique favicon.ico (that icon in your address bar – ex. Simplehelp’s favicon.ico is ) for your own site. …