Insight Articles

An infrequent take on all things web.

December 14, 2012
I’ve been a Vimeo user for several years, and a Vimeo Plus member for the last two. At FliteHaus, we have a Pro account as well to better serve our clients with video content online. The quick and simple reasons are this: great quality, broad device support, top-notch security, and video player customization. Let’s explore these more in-depth, one by one.
December 4, 2012
CSS-only ribbons are a popular effect. Sometimes you need a triangle that will make it look as though your element is wrapping in from the left, sometimes the right, and sometimes both. Below are a few snippets to help quickly create these little triangles to create the ribbon effect you desire. We will be using the :before and :after pseudo-elements to achieve this effect, so you will be limited to 2 triangles per element. Pseudo-element browser support for these is as follows: IE8+, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera.
November 7, 2012
I recently came across this talk on a relatively new site called BeSquare where you can watch primarily web development focused conference talks. I’ve watched a few so far, but this one stood out from the rest. Full disclosure though, they’ve all been pretty good, so I might talk about a few more in the future. The talk I watched was by Ryan Carson – CEO of Treehouse – and he talks about a lot of things, hence the title. The segments of the video that fascinated me though – as a young, business-concious developer – are the business aspects of how he runs Treehouse. I’ve embedded the video here, but included some notes of my own after the video. Note: It’s an hour and a half long, but worth every second for anyone looking to learn about how to run a successful business.
November 2, 2012
One of the best ways to stay creative is to engage in ongoing side projects. Without the demands of clients or the need to meet requirements for customers, you can have unlimited freedom over your project. That is why we, at FliteHaus, have put together a gallery of the best Drupal design on the web. We’ve decided to call it Drupal Paradise. Born out of a need to show our clients just how limitless the possibilities are for Drupal sites, we wanted to create a gallery to showcase the best of the best.
October 20, 2012
With the introduction of Drupal 7, many of the great tools that were essential in Drupal 6 – CCK and ImageCache for example – have been built right into the core installation. Instead of making 99% of developers install the same modules over and over and over, they’ve been included in Drupal core. There are, however, still a few modules that every developer should install right from the offset of a new project and some that will be useful for different kinds of projects. We’ll take a quick look at the essential modules in this article.
October 13, 2012
In this new series that I’ve dubbed The Drupal Framework, I will be going over my basic framework for Drupal sites. Although I have some ideas for more Drupal tutorials, I wanted to take a few posts and describe my Drupal installations and the thought process behind the decisions about which version to use and what modules are necessary. In this first post, we’ll talk about Drupal 6 pros and cons, Drupal 7 pros and cons, and come up with a final verdict about which Drupal version is the right choice right now.
October 8, 2012
Let’s face it, unordered and ordered lists are boring. As web designers, we’ve spent a good bit of time finding ways to make them not look like lists. But sometimes we DO want them to look like a list. Unfortunately, we’re generally stuck with the discs, circles, numbers, and roman numerals available across browsers. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you might even give that list item a background image and some padding for a custom bullet. But with the introduction of retina displays over the last couple years, those just aren’t looking as great any more. What if we used some CSS and the content attribute though to add some vector (it’s just a font) bullets?
June 29, 2012
With the release of Google’s browser, Chrome, for iOS yesterday, Google now claims that Chrome is the world’s #1 browser. To go along with this momentous occasion, Google released a “history of chrome” ad to celebrate.