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Archive for May, 2018

Create nicer looking forms with CSS

Monday, May 28th, 2018 by Servage
Forms are one of the commonly used elements in HTML. It's a basic functionality for most websites to capture specific information via user input through HTML forms. So why do so many forms look really boring? Why are businesses still missing out on new customers because of unappealing order forms? It's amazing what you can accomplish with form design. It looks good, gives a serious impression, and attracts users. Examples The images illustrating this article are two examples of beautiful order forms I've found online. They are integrated with the rest of the website design, they have a simple layout, there isn't too much data to be added. Users are unlikely ...

Blueprint CSS Framework makes CSS styling easy

Monday, May 21st, 2018 by Servage
The last post about nicer forms introduced some simple CSS tricks to get nice looking forms. It also mentioned the Blueprint CSS framework, which is pretty nice. Blueprint is basically just a set of stylesheets (.css files) that you can include in your website to get certain default design and layout functionality. Why is this great? You often want to do similar things with your web projects in terms of design. Blueprint offers help with exactly that. It makes your standard pages look good, and gives you a great starting point for further customization. It's much better than using the various browsers' own default styling. The features CSS reset of styles to ...

Code tips for .htaccess files

Monday, May 14th, 2018 by Servage
The .htaccess files are often underrated and forgotten, but they do have great powers to manipulate your web server. It's possible to set and change various server settings, for example the Apache configuration. Thereby you can have individual configurations based on files in folders, rather than configuration files that require server restarts to take effect. You can also change settings for plugins, like PHP settings. I've stumbled over a few great .htaccess snippets here, which I found quite useful and wanted to share.

Lightweight CMS for your websites

Monday, May 7th, 2018 by Servage
PulseCMS is a lightweight content management system for small websites that just need basic features - which are most of the sites out there! Core features PulseCMS is easy to install. It only requires a PHP webhost like Servage. No database is required because the CMS works with files alone. This improves performance. Rebranding and localization are possible, so you can even let your customers work directly on their own websites. Good for international users or if you are a web agency Content editing works with editable blocks defined in the HTML templates. It includes a simple WYSIWYG (What your see is what you get) editor for content manipulation. There is a function ...