As we’re coming to the end of this year, everyone starts to look towards the next one and there will no doubt be an upsurge of articles predicting the web trends of 2010 in the next days to come. However, in this article, we’ll be talking about what’s actually driving these trends now, and what they mean for the future of the internet.
Content Management Systems (CMS) have evolved into more than just publishing content, but managing your workflow as well. CMS’s nowadays allow you to easily conceive, edit, index, and publish content, while giving designers and developers more flexibility in customizing their look and functionality. Although there are many that require advanced skills to operate successfully, this article is going to cover a select few that offer a balance between design, code, and end-user usability.
One of the first design considerations a web designer has to make is the resolution that the project is going to be built in. Will the site be optimized for 800×600 systems? 1024? Will the width be fluid or fixed? Will it work for mobile devices? There are certainly a lot more screen resolutions to consider now than there were just a few years ago.
There are quite a lot of articles written about designing small for mobile devices, but what about the largest common resolution; High Definition (commonly referred to as HD or High-Def)?
This article is going to show you a process for making your site work for multiple resolutions by using a real-world case study: Debut Creative. Granted, you can use this without dealing with HD resolutions, but why not go extreme?
One of the great things about Drupal is its huge community of developers. Drupal.org hosts many, many modules to extend and enhance your website or application. Most people know about popular modules such as CCK, Views2, Panels, and XML Sitemap. But there are some really great modules that fly under the radar as well.
1. Secure Site
In a previous article, we discussed FirePHP’s basic logging functions for debugging your PHP web applications. Although–as we have seen–it can be used for debugging purposes, its main utility is to log information about your web apps, and it does a terrific job in that regard.
For years, Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) has been the bane of existence for web designers around the world. Designers and users alike have come to enjoy the increasingly predictable, standards-compliant behavior of great modern browsers like Firefox, Opera, and Safari. Meanwhile, IE6 continues to haunt our designs, lurking in dark places while dying a painfully slow, agonizing death. As we await that grand and glorious day when IE6 is as dead as Netscape 4, let us be mindful of the endagered species of users who, for whatever sad reason, continue to torture themselves with that terrible beast of a browser.