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  • Wordpress - Post thumbnails and add_image_size
    Want more control over post thumbnails in your Wordpress posts and pages?  Simple! Use the default theme 'TwentyTen' for this example.. In your page.php/single.php as an example, whilst in the loop, pop in the_post_thumbnail() - This will display the thumbnail specified when you add a Featured Image when creating your new post.  By default, this will output a 'thumbnail' size image as specified in your media settings, in the Wordpress admin.  But what if you want to change the...
    11 Aug 2011 - 13:02
  • Wordpress - Columns In Posts
    Wordpress is fantastic, and an easy way to maintain pages and posts on your website using Wordpress's integrated editor.  One thing the editor lacks is a way to put columns in posts, to give you a magazine style layout.  One way to get around this is to use SHORTCODES in your posts, to specify where columns should lay. Firstly, in your Wordpress theme folder, you will find functions.php.  Open this up, and at the bottom, add the following code: ## MULTI COMULMN PLUGIN ##...
    11 Feb 2011 - 19:20
  • FDA Web Design In Wakefield - Wakefield College
    For anyone aspiring to take a career in digital media, an FDA Web Design course at Wakefield College is the way to go.  This will give you a good foundation, and prepare you for the world of creative digital media.  "The course combines creative modules in Design Methodology, Image Manipulation and Typography with technical modules in XHTML, CSS and other relevant mark-up/scripting languages." The course also works closely with industry professionals to ensure you receive a...
    27 Nov 2010 - 16:10
  • Social Network Marketing - Leeds & Wakefield
    Spreading the work and promoting your business can be expensive.  A great way of promoting or launching a new business is using social networks such a Twitter and Facebook.  The reason why this works so well is users spread the word for you, by sharing content with their friends on a social network. Using promotional methods such as competitions, news about your business and more can be updated via a Facebook app, or business page, in order to reach and gain potential customers. Big...
    27 Nov 2010 - 14:32
  • Admin Theme for Drupal, A Content Management System
    Drupal is the weapon of choice when we create a Content Management System for our clients.  In the past we have custom themed administration themes. I recently stumbled up on, which provides fantastic improvements to the UI of the administration of a Drupal site.  I would HIGHLY recommend this for your own sites, or for your clients, especially clients, as the standard Administration of a Drupal site can be quite confusing at first, and daunting! ...
    22 Nov 2010 - 16:23
  • A common question many web designers are faced with.. "Why do I need to pay a deposit?"  It is generally a good idea for any web design company, or freelancer to ask for a deposit, or booking fee.  Not only does this bind the customer to finish the project in hand, but also gives the web designer some security.  Image finishing a project, then asking the client for the full amount only to find out the finished product is no longer required, a web designers nightmare for sure....
    22 Nov 2010 - 14:05
  • A colleague who has strong ties with Twitter has apparently heard of Google and Twitter joining forces next year?  How true this is I'm not sure, but would make a lot of sense, as Google already displays Twitter feeds in it's search results.  Given Googles muscle, and need to be on the bleeding edge of information, it wouldn't suprise me.   Can anyone shed any light on this?  Would be great to hear from you.
    Tags: google, News, twitter
    16 Nov 2010 - 12:27
  • Drupal is great.  Drupal with views is even better.  Learn the basics from this video.  Enjoy!
    15 Nov 2010 - 22:17
  • Using terms in menus Sometimes you want your navigation menu to display terms that you have created. The menus on your site can call for items that match specific taxonomy terms, ie, terms you've named your categories. When you create a new term, Drupal assigns it a number. To see your term's number, hover over your term's name in the list terms. You'll see the number. To create a taxonomy menu item On the menus page, select add item, and fill taxonomy/term/1 in the path field. If the term "...
    14 Nov 2010 - 16:08
  • So you're a business or an individual looking for good quality, high-end web design in the Wakefield/Leeds area? Read on to find out what to ask, and factors which you should consider when choosing a web designer to create your on-line presence.Why should I get a website for my business?If you own a business, I'm sure you've tried to promote your business in and around the Wakefield and Leeds, or the whole of Yorkshire using leaflets, banners and more, but have you thought about your on-line...
    4 Nov 2010 - 20:19