This week’s roundup of resources includes boilerplates for your website projects, responsive website testing, how to secure your WordPress site, and more.
One resource didn’t fit into one category, rather it covered several. It’s my favorite resource for the week:
- 16 Useful Boilerplates to Start Your Project Quickly: HTML, CSS, jQuery, and WordPress boilerplates provide a great foundation for every designer and developer.
- Inside the CSS WG: Open web advocate Molly Holzschwag interviews Arno Gourdol, senior director of engineering, web platform and authoring at Adobe, one of her colleagues on the World Wide Consortium CSS Working Group.
- CSS Image Replacement Technique: A new method replacing the much-used text-indent method. Glad to see the results of the tests in different screenreaders (all screenreaders tested well for new method except Window-Eyes).
- Web Cursor: The Forgotten Property: I didn’t realize there were so many new CSS3 properties available for cursor.
- Mastering CSS3 Multiple Backgrounds: If you haven’t used multiple backgrounds yet, this article walks you through the steps and includes several code examples.
- Responsinator: Useful online application (beta) for testing responsive websites under different device resolutions.
- Trigger Rally: Unleashing the Potential of HTML5 Games: Only working on Chrome and Firefox, but a fun game to play! (Note: it only has one car and one course.)
- Craft Cleaner, More Concise HTML with Haml: Though started in 2006, Haml has been overshadowed recently by Sass, LESS, and CoffeeScript. Use this tutorial to get a start on using Haml (HTML abstraction markup language) as your HTML preprocessor.
- WordPress Custom Fields vs. Custom Posts Types vs. Custom Taxonomies: If you’ve ever been confused by the terms, this post, the first in a series from WPMU provides an overview without all the technical terms.
- Six Tools to Install WordPress on Your Computer: My favorite is InstantWP, which is Windows-only and can run from a Flash drive; what’s your favorite?
- Four Simple Ways to Secure and Maintain Your WordPress Site: From staying current with updates, developing a password strategy, and more, this StudioPress article provides excellent tips for keeping your site secure. Check the comments for more suggestions from commenters.
- NoPIN: Don’t want your content shared on Pinterest? This plugin will block users from pinning your page. Disclaimer: I haven’t used this plugin, would love to hear from others who have used it.
- Arizona WordPress Meetup: WooCommerce, a WordPress Plugin for eCommerce: My recap of the WooCommerce presentation by Patrick Garman. Thanks to the meetup organizers who arranged for the presentation to be livestreamed via join.me. I didn’t realize WooCommerce works with any WordPress theme and that extensions are released weekly, adding new features to the plugin.
- The Usability Principles, Accessibility Style: Steve Grobschmidt discusses Jacob Nielson’s 10 usability heuristics, highlighting each guideline with comments on accessibility.
- Google+ Hangouts Become Accessible to the Blind: Thanks to a Chrome open-source extension by Mohamed Mansour, users who are blind or visually impaired can now use Google + Hangouts. Text-to-speech is used to announce when entering or leaving Hangouts, as well as reading all the Hangout text messages out loud. My question: why didn’t Google+ developers include this feature?
- A New Way to Think About Assistive Technology: When we think of assistive technology, many think of screen readers, refreshable Braille devices, and others. What about contact lenses, hearing aids, canes and walkers?
- Accessibility Workshop for Educators: From Microsoft, a PowerPoint-based teacher training workshop on accessibility for schools using Microsoft resources.
- Five Tricks Developers Should Use To Help Disabled Gamers: Creating accessible games is not difficult nor expensive, and can benefit many gamers. Here are five tips to improve game accessibility.
- Why User Experience Is Different From Customer Experience: Greg Laugero points out that user experience professionals need to improve and build upon our relationships within complex organizations. For many UX pros, creating and building alliances within an organization is new territory.
- BagelHint: An easy to use online application for remotely testing the user experience of mockups and websties. Jon Bolt, who developed the application, says it’s intended for the non-user experience professional.
- In Defense of Doing It the Hard Way: I was so happy to hear fellow Michigan Usability Professionals’ Association member Leanna Gringas had her first article published. Loved her comments about “Drive-by Analysis Shortcut” – something I’m very familiar with.
- Nine Misconceptions About Statistics And Usability: From needing large sample sizes to data variability when users think out loud, Jeff Saura clarifies several misconceptions. I liked misconception #7:
If there is a difference it’s obvious from just looking at the data.
- Delivering an Amazing Site on Every Device: Notre Dame Edition: Erik Runyon, manager of Interactive Development at Notre Dame, walks us through the university’s website strategy move from adaptive to responsive design.
What favorite resources did you discover this past week?