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Here you’ll find the latest news and goings on. From time to time I post articles on code, new websites and business news.

What’s Going On?

So, in December I had a radical overhaul of my work flow. I began coding my own core framework to use when developing with Wordpress. This includes a good responsive navigation, a content slider section and numerous widgets for showing related content, latest images and more. It's been a big task - 12hrs+ a day, week after week. This has now been implemented and further refined on four websites, all due to go live around the same time.

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2014, Bring It On!

It's been a stupendously busy start to the year for me. I've got several great projects on, and I'm building them on my very first CSS framework for Wordpress. It's brand new, and looking great. I've got several custom widgets and some pretty advanced functionality that I'm feeling very positive about. Harrier garden developments is the first website being build on this new code, and I'm looking forward to launching it soon!

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Responsive Parallax

So, I thought it was about time I jumped on the band wagon and tried some "parallax" scrolling. Typically, you'll see then when you scroll down a page and some elements of the page move faster or slower than the scroll itself. This flashy effect is used to add more depth to a page, and seeing as this new Christmas menu for Lemongrass is fairly minimalist in design, I thoughts I'd try it here. I like the results! I took some snowflakes to make the background, and then laid more flaked (with a transparent background) over the top.

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WordPress Theme Modification

I was recently asked to modify a WordPress theme that was purchased online. The theme needed a better navigation solution which worked for both desktop and mobile platforms. As a result, another incarnation of my mobile navigation javaScript was used! My client also wanted to show a range of small thumbnail images in on of the drop down menus. This is not default functionality in WordPress, so I spent some time working with the PHP class that displays the HTML for a menu and managed to come up with a good working solution which is very easy for the site owner to modify.

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Bespoke Navigation For Responsive Websites

I've recently been developing a new navigation system for use on websites which must cope with the ever-growing demand for tablet and mobile support. The nav uses a combination of jQuery and CSS3, degrades without javaScript, have old browser support, works with a touchscreen and effectively shows drop down navigation on a small screen. That's the really tough part - how many websites do you see which display a drop down menu in such a way that it's easy to use on a smartphone? Not many, at least not in my experience. My first launch of the plugin went on a private job for a company I work for, the second version went on the recent re-design of, and sometime in the coming weeks I'd like to turn this into a jQuery plugin for easier implementation.

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New Website For Magus Antiques

Early this morning Magus Antiques was launched. The new site had many upgrades over the old site, especially navigation. Categories are intelligently organised using lots of coding in Wordpress' category.php file, meaning a little maintenance for the site as admin as possible. The admin area also runs custom inputs which are available when adding a new antique to the website. Areas such as height, width and depth are not available with a default Wordpress installation, so several new areas were coded to accomodate the needs of the guys at Magus.

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