With over 40% of emails being viewed with mobile devices, having your email newsletter responsive is really important. Email newsletters are already on the fringe of being sent to the trash without a good look, so if you don’t deliver your email so your recipient can read it on their device, consider yourself sunk.
As I survey the options presented for the ChurchMag redesign, I keep thinking about those little touches that can really make a design stand out. I haven’t nailed anything down for ChurchMag, yet (other than the framework), but I did recently came across this bit of eye-candy that I thought I would pass along to the rest of you.
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Now there’s a place for all those homeless side projects.
Do you have some half-written code?
Maybe a startup idea that won’t get started?
Perhaps you’re looking for a start-up to purchase or looking for a co-founder?
One-way to organized your WordPress website is to create Custom Post Types for special data.
A business might create a Custom Post Type for products and a church might create Custom Post Types for scheduled events, announcements and sermon audio.
Doing this not only helps keep the content, well, managed, but it can come in handy in how you display your data, too. WordPress’ Custom Post Types is the edge of WordPress being a true CMS contender.
So why would want to add Custom Post Types to your general blog post RSS feed?
Although it is nice to keep this data nice and separated on the website, you may want your RSS feed to include all your data. As much as a church blog should not turn into a church picnic announcement page, the RSS feed can be used a bit more dynamically. When church members subscribe to the blog, they are also subscribing to the occasional church announcement, event update or sermon podcast update.
As long as you are not overwhelming the feed, this could be the perfect solution for your church or ministry website (or any other purpose for that matter).
Here is how to add WordPress Custom Post Types to your RSS feed…
It’s been too long since I posted some cool code tools!
Here’s a cool jQuery plugin I’ve had clipped for a while that I dug up, today.
Using blur.js, you can add some cool blurry special effects to your website:
When I look at the innovative web design/development techniques that are helping take websites to a new level, I see three things happening.
One, CMS systems are being used much more consistently, which is a great way to manage websites with a large number of pages, allow internal users to update only their area of the website and a great way to update the website without knowing code.
Two, Parallax animation features using jQuery, HTML5 and CSS has rapidly increased and we are now seeing website that are horizontally or vertically scrolling with the click of a button.
Three, more and more websites are being built with Responsive Design features that work equally well on every device.
We’ve already covered six different mistakes and will look at two more, today. In hopes to make this series easier to digest, I’ve broken it down into digestible pieces. There’s nothing worse than information overload!
I hope these are helpful for those of you new to WordPress and good reminders to those of you who are familiar with WordPress. As I’ve said before, if you are a WordPress veteran, your comments are very much welcomed and for those of you with questions—fire away!
Anyone else do this? At least for my generation, the cool thing to do in the back of high school math class was to pretend to punch equations into your Texas Instruments graphing calculator while your aging math teacher recited the lesson. But we weren’t doing our homework: we were doing programming! Our “TI” calculators came with a stripped down version of BASIC, with simple if-then loops, variable storage, key capture and everything. Why do pre-Calculus when you could be programming a game?!
This is why I’m loving Phil Nichols’ nerdy Atlantic article on his own TI-82 calculator experiences, and why some new gadgets at school—like the iPad—aren’t teaching kids the same thing.
Until fairly recently, I’ve been a really cheap WordPress guy when it comes to plugins.
I’ve been sold on the idea of using premium WordPress themes and frameworks, as having a poorly coded theme can kill your SEO. That’s simply not worth the savings to me. That’s what makes frameworks so appealing, not to mention it’s a huge time saver.
However, when it comes to plugins, I am usually too cheap to drop down any cash; so I am sure you can imagine that signing up for Gravity Forms was a huge stretch for me!
And I am grateful I did!
While surfin’ the net last week, I came across a really well designed site.
It was simple—which I liked—but they had added some really subtle CSS effects.
That’s exactly what I thought of when I came across this CSS resource, Effeckt.css: