This week’s web design and web development resources include two great posts on CSS performance profiling and debugging, a discussion on WordPress conferences sponsorships, tips on bringing user experience to your organization, and more. Hope you find the resources helpful for your work.
- How to Turn Any Site Into a Responsive Site: Nice post from Vandelay Designs covering the basics for CSS, HTML, images, and more to provide a responsive site for your users.
- CSS Stress Testing and Performance Profiling: Thanks to Andy Edinborough for creating an easy to use bookmarklet for checking the CSS performance on your site.
- Cross-Browser Debugging CSS: Excellent tips and advice from Nicole Sullivan on how to debug your CSS. Check the comments for some good discussion.
- LinkedIn has Three-Quarters of a Great iPad App, and 95% HTML5: Interesting discussion of how the LinkedIn iPad application was developed, including a comment from the LinkedIn director of engineering for mobile:
Responsive design might work for uncomplicated, one-off websites… but for applications or networks (such as LinkedIn is), responsive design is actually bad.
- Make sure your HTML5 document outline is backwards compatible: Browsers and assistive technology haven’t implemented the HTML5 outline algorithm yet, reminds Roger Johansson.
- The Wizard of Oz guide to usability testing mobile prototypes: Using Azure, Rich Macefield walks you through the process of testing mobile prototypes. Check comments for discussion and replies regarding whether direct-to-code is a better approach than simple prototyping.
- Bring the UX: Selling UX in Your Organization: Have you had issues convincing your organization of the benefits of user experience? Check the slide deck from Carol Smith’s presentation at the May 4 Stir Trek conference in Ohio.
- Above the Scroll: Does It Matter Anymore?: Are you designing your layouts with the scroll in mind? Has the increasing number of people using mobile devices caused you to change your opinion of above the scroll?
- Is a Responsive WordPress Theme a Requirement or Hype?: Rebecca Gill of Web Savvy Marketing discusses responsive design, options for creating WordPress websites for mobile devices, and whether to consider responsive design for your website.
- WordPress Foundation Harming Rather Than Helping WordCamps: There’s a lot of discussion about the high sponsorships WordCamp San Francisco is asking for their WordPress conferene vs. the top sponsorship levels WordPress Foundation advises WordCamp organizers.
- Easy Restaurant Menu Manager for WordPress Makes Online Menus a Breeze: Having just finished a redesign of a carry-out/deli website, I can see how this plugin would be helpful for any site with food menus. Glad to see an alternative to PDF menus.
- Troubleshooting WordPress 3.2 Master List: Yes, I know the 3.4 version will be released within weeks. This post is one of my favorites since it walks you through the steps to troubleshoot a WordPress site that won’t display correctly after you’ve upgraded to a current version. I’ve lost count of the tweets and emails I’ve received from WordPress users who upgraded and can’t get their site to work correctly. I point them to this post, and hope they follow the steps.
- You Don’t Need Any Plugins: Mika Ipstenu argues the need for plugins, commenting that WordPress has all the tools needed to start publishing content. She shares her setup for her own sites, pointing out she only uses 27 plugins on her own network. Rather than installing multiple plugins you (or your client) may never use, Mika suggests you ask yourself, “What features are required for my site?”
What I Found Interesting
- Autofill City & State from Zip Code with Ziptastic: Uncanny timing for Chris Coyier’s post; my manager and I were talking about autofilling city and state a couple weeks ago.
- Free Set of Hand-Drawn Icons: A lovely set of 28 hand-drawn icons to use on your websites, no attribution required.
- How Google Creates a New Era for SEO: With Google’s latest algorithm update, you’ll want to closely review the content on your pages. The post reinforces that you should write your content with people in mind, not search engines.