Create a Minimal Coming Soon Page using HTML5 and CSS3

Posted in Coding, HTML & CSS, Tutorials2 years ago • Written by 26 Comments

In this tutorial we are going to create a Coming Soon page using HTML5 and CSS3 with a minimalist style and light colors. We will use the minimal Coming Soon page designed in Photoshop by Stelian a few days ago. If you’ve missed that tutorial be sure to check it out here:

Create a Minimal Coming Soon Page in Adobe Photoshop.

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Create a Sliding Navigation Menu with jQuery

Posted in Coding, HTML & CSS, JS & AJAX2 years ago • Written by 11 Comments

Having a sliding navigation menu helps users to find the important pages of your website in a cool way. It is important to keep your navigation menu simple and user-friendly while keeping it attractive.

Consider a situation where you include your blog categories in a navigation menu. If you have a long category list, a drop down navigation menu will exceed the page height and the user might need to scroll to navigate to the last part of the menu. These small things are enough for a user to navigate away from your site.

To solve that, we are going to create a complete navigation menu using jQuery. I will explain how to compress large menus using sliding panels to keep the depth of your menu to a minimum level. Take a look at the demo before we get started. You can see that sub level menu items are hidden initially and displayed as sliding panels on click.

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How to Create a Multi-Step Form Using RhinoSlider

Posted in Coding, HTML & CSS, JS & AJAX2 years ago • Written by 18 Comments

How do you feel when you see a long Sign Up form for a website or service? Generally, people get bored when the Sign Up form is too long. Ideally, you should keep the form as simple as possible with minimum fields, and if that is not possible, try using a multi-step form.

The reason why Facebook Connect and Sign In with Twitter has become so popular these days is because of their simplicity, since users can sign up just by logging into their Facebook or Twitter account.

If you are using normal Sign Up forms and still require a lot of data from your users, a multi-step form is the best solution. So the form is broken into small sections and the user only sees one section at a time. Also, multi-step forms reduces the space you need on the page.

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How to Create a Responsive Website in about 15 Minutes

Posted in Coding, HTML & CSS, Tutorials2 years ago • Written by 50 Comments

The buzz around responsive websites has been going on for several months now, and a lot of websites are already responsive, or underway. You know what that means? Today I will teach you how to create a responsive website.

If you follow 1WD on Facebook or Twitter, then you already know that we’re already preparing for an explosive design, which includes being responsive. Watch out for it!

  • Tutorial Level: Beginner
  • Skills Required: Basic knowledge in HTML and CSS
  • Completion Time: Approximately 15 minutes
  • Warning: This tutorial is targeted towards beginners, but it can also be for designers and developers who want to have fun!

By the end of this quick tutorial about responsive design, you will already be on your way to web stardom, and by that, I mean, you’ll be ready to convert and create responsive websites!

Are you ready? Show me your war faces! Roaaar!

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How to Build a Website Using Twitter Bootstrap and SASS – Part 2

Posted in Coding, HTML & CSS, Tutorials2 years ago • Written by 5 Comments

This is the second part of my tutorial on How to Build a Website Using Twitter Bootstrap and SASS where we shall be customizing the Twitter Bootstrap-based web page using SASS. Just to set the context right, we will be starting out where we left off in the previous tutorial. If you haven’t seen it yet, please check it out and work through it. There you will learn how to setup your system for TBS, Ruby, and Compass.

In this tutorial we will be furnishing our webpage from the last tutorial using SASS. By the end of this tutorial you will be at the next level of developing beautiful websites and applications!

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Image Tagging Tutorial Using jQuery and CSS

Posted in Coding, JS & AJAX, Tutorials2 years ago • Written by 10 Comments

There is a popular saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Images are a great way of catching our attention instantly. But sometimes its necessary to tag or link specific parts of images to provide information. Popular social media giants like Facebook and Google Plus use image tagging to identify the people and places in images.

In this tutorial I am going to show you how to create a simple image tagging system using jQuery and CSS. Lets get started.

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35 Excellent jQuery and CSS3 Navigation Menus

Posted in Coding, HTML & CSS, JS & AJAX2 years ago • Written by 14 Comments

Navigation is one of the most important elements of web design. Poor navigation will always take away from great content. Good navigation must possess both aesthetics and usability. That’s where jQuery and CSS3 navigation menus come handy.

With the features and customization level that jQuery and CSS3 offers, you can easily create the perfect navigation for your website. Yet it’s kind of difficult if you aren’t familiar with these. Fortunately there are people who have already written the code for you.

For this roundup we’ve prepared 35 fresh (most of them are from 2012), beautiful and straight away usable jQuery and CSS3 navigation menus. All you have to do is customize them for your specific needs!

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How to Build a Website Using Twitter Bootstrap and SASS – Part 1

Posted in Coding, HTML & CSS, Tutorials2 years ago • Written by 12 Comments

Having covered one of the best web development frameworks (Twitter Bootstrap) and a super fast CSS coding technique with tons of goodness (SASS), in my previous posts, it is time to burn some rubber and get some work done. We will get our hands dirty and code a web page right from scratch using Twitter Bootstrap and SASS.

This will be a 2 part tutorial, with detailed steps and a comprehensive overview on the processes and concepts behind them. The first part will cover the details of building the folder structure and creating markup using TBS for the layout. The second part will have a detailed walk through on the customization of the layout using SASS.

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Quick WordPress Theme Switcher Plugin Tutorial

Posted in Coding, JS & AJAX, PHP, Tutorials2 years ago • Written by 9 Comments

The design or theme of a website plays a vital role in its success. Recent changes in popular sites prompted me to write this tutorial. Facebook Timeline, Youtube Dark Theme and Gmail Clean and simple design are major changes made recently. Also 1stwebdesigner is going through its redesign process and the changes looks promising from a users perspective.

In this tutorial I am going to explain how you can dynamically switch WordPress themes based on various conditions allowing you to provide the best possible user experience. Before we dig into dynamic theme switching, let’s see how WordPress changes its menu in the admin dashboard.

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Bootstrap Your Application Using Twitter Bootstrap

Posted in Coding, HTML & CSS, Tutorials2 years ago • Written by 11 Comments

As a front-end engineer, I was always excited to be a part of an assignment where I got to code the markup and CSS from the scratch. Like any other professional, the prospect of implementing my own ideas and exploring fresh techniques, on a fresh project, used to make me euphoric. As time passed by, the number of fresh projects that I was handling increased substantially, and the concept of starting all over again no longer remained an exciting business.

It was a pain to start coding the UI components all over again in each and every project (though I maintained snippets and reused the code, it was not an effective solution for the rework!). It was then I realized the need of maintaining an extensive library of reusable components which could be used across any projects. The idea seemed to be interesting, but the fact was such an effort needed a lot of detailed analysis and extensive testing across multiple platforms and browsers, to be rest assured that, the code be reused without any hiccups across any projects. The idea was to create a framework which was reliable and flexible enough to be reused.

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