CSS Sprites for Image Rollovers

A while ago I wrote a small post on how I had used the CSS style of display: none in order to hide images that I had used for rollover.  A commenter had said this was the wrong way to do this and using CSS sprites was the best method.  Having done some research here is what I have come up with in using CSS sprites for image rollovers.

I first wanted to use them when I had a background image on a particular element and then I wanted this to change when the mouse was hovered over the item.  This is easily done with background-image in CSS.  The problem is that the hover image is only loaded on hover and therefore there is a short delay in the loading on the image which looks messy.

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Create a Signature in Apple Mail

A signature on your email can really create a professional looking email template that looks great to the people you send emails to and allows you to display important information about you or your business on every email you send.  In this tutorial I am going to show you how to create a signature in Apple Mail.

The first stage is to create your HTML page which will act as your signature.  I have found it best to do this using tables as many mail clients still will not render CSS based pages correctly and it has caused me problems in the past.  Maybe these days though this has changed, perhaps you could enlighten me!  Below is the code I have used for a simple signature:

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The Wallee iPad Mount

I have been look for a while for a good wall mounting system for the iPad so that I could almost use this as a 3rd monitor in my office, probably to watch video on whilst working etc.  I  came across The Wallee through a Tweet on twitter and though that it was perfect. It was delivered yesterday and I mounted it just now.

The kit consists of a plastic case for your iPad which can stay on the iPad all the time and act as a suitable case and a wall mounting disc which is the patented wall mounting part.  The idea is that you fasten the wall mounting disc to the wall and then this slots into the back of the case on the iPad.

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Moving a WordPress Site to a New Server

There are lots of different web hosts out there and sometimes it can pay to move your site from one host to another in order to get both the best price and the best service. If you have a WordPress site and you are worried about moving the site to a new server then don’t, the process is straight forward and here is how to do it.

Lets think a little about how your website points to the current server. Usually the domain registrar is the service which controls the DNS for your domain name. This means it controls where your website is stored i.e. which server it is on. Something there could be some different name servers set by the registrar but you will need to change these anyway.

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Bypassing WordPress Attachment Posts

This problem has been bugging me for a while now and finally I have managed to find a fix that seems to work well.  The problem being that clients, when linking to something they have uploaded to a page or post never click the ‘File URL’ for the link, instead leaving it on ‘Post URL’ which causes problems.  Here is how I fixed it.

When clients forget to click the File URL button it means that when they click on a link, instead of being show the file that they think they are linking to they are shown the post that WordPress creates for that attachment.  If the attachment is an image this not a major issue as you can include a custom image.php file in your theme folder and make that page looks nice. However if the link is to a PDF for example the user is simply presented with another post with the same link in that they just clicked on.  Worse still is that if the author has not added a title tag to the attachment they will see an ugly link.

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Using WordPress for Client Development Logs

Over at Equal Web Creative I have recently introduced the use of client development logs so that clients can keep a track of the progress on their sites and so that you can communicate more effectively with clients during a project.  In order to implement this I have used WordPress as a multisite installation as well as a few themes and plugins.  Here I intend to explain how I have produced this.

To start with your will need to install a copy of WordPress onto your server and then activate the multisite capabilities of WordPress.  To do this I followed the excellent tutorial below:

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From Browser to Server – How it Works

As a web developer and designer I often get asked the same question over and over again, how does a website actually work? I mean when you type the domain name in how does it find the right website?  Well I thought that this blog would be a good place to try explain it in simple terms how it works.

Firstly for all you true techies out there there will be in accuracies in my description here, but what I am trying to do is to simplify the process and enable people to understand how it works and not necessarily all the little ins and outs.

Lets start at the end where the website is stored.  Web sites are stored on something called a server.  This is essentially just a computer that is connected to the Internet.  This server has an address, just like your house has an address so that you can find it.  In fact every device that is connected to the internet has an address called an IP (Internet Protocol) address.  At a very basic level if you type that address of the server which holds a website into your browser you will be able to access the website.  An example is the IP address which will take you to the Google homepage.

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