Latest Updates to this site on 6/26/2011

Ok, folks as you might notice on some of my clients’ sites I am a big fan of using jquery / ajax for rendering galleries of images. This is SUPER important nowadays so as to make them work on the all important APPLE DEVICES. If you are still using FLASH, then you need to work TWICE as hard to then create something that will render something close to your Flash creation for all of the iOS devices. SHEESH! Why do double the work! Just stop using Flash! Learn jquery to be able to do this! Ok so this is what I did on the home page. I wanted to add an OBVIOUS place for potential clients to see my portfolio… SO as I was considering adding this script, I realized that the site was too narrow… SO, I started adjusting the CSS first to see how wide the background element needed to expand, once I knew my measurements, I then just widened the swoopy gray area in photoshop to cover the width of the main element. The CSS across ALL of the pages took a bit longer AS USUAL! As there are always margins and padding here and there that you realize that don’t QUITE look right that you want to improve. Plus I added my favorites from CSS3: border-radius and box-shadow to a few of the elements like in the menu, and on the blog listing pages. Once all of that was done, I then started figuring out the sizing needed for the portfolio area on the home page. This turned out to be easier than I thought as I used a STRETCHY width element for the jquery. In this case I “cheated” with an iFrame, but it really doesn’t matter as there is no real text in this element anyway. The last thing I added was a absolutely positioned search tool in the upper left corner with a jquery live search element that I had used before. Anyways, I always love using this wordpress framework as it makes tweaking so fast and easy. All of the above only took a few hours of work this weekend.