An Occasional Thought...

An infrequent take on WordPress, WooCommerce, and the web.

January 26, 2014
So it all started when I was looking for a weather widget for a client’s website. After looking at what felt like 300 old, dated, gross weather widgets, I finally found one that is pretty nice. Scratch that, this one is beautiful. I was able to set the city name, latitude, longitude, and color for the temperature bars, but I thought “What if they could let someone (me) provide their (my) own CSS file in the URL?” So I set out to develop my concept.
January 19, 2014
Recently I was at a family members house where they had recently remodeled their bathroom. On top of this toilet is a dual-flush set of buttons wher you can push one, the other, or both simultaneously. Without any kind of clarifying indication, I am unsure what will happen when I press these buttons .
January 8, 2014
List items are one of those things that look the same in a browser, Word document, email, or anywhere else. Fortunately, we have CSS to help us make these lists a bit more exciting on the web! While there are many ways to style list items, we’re going to look at a way of adding an icon from the FontAwesome icon library using only CSS and pseudo-elements.
January 5, 2014
It’s the start of a new year and that means it’s the formation of new goals. Last year was huge – personally and professionally – but I’m already looking forward. Here are just a few of my resolutions, if you will, for 2014.
October 13, 2013
Ask anyone close to me and they’ll attest to the amount of time I spend reading about design and development, talking about it, and attending¬†meetups. They might even tell you I’m pretty good at it.
April 24, 2013
We are currently in the process of redesigning our website at FliteHaus. That’s probably a bit of a generalization because, along with a redesign, we are reworking the site architecture, modernizing our workflow, and confirming our business philosophies. It’s the last one that’s got me thinking today. I love the idea of doing a “status check” on my beliefs as a professional in the web industry. While my philosophies coincide with those of FliteHaus, in general, I wanted to post a not-so-all-inclusive list of what I believe as a professional in this industry. These are in no particular order and there are, inevitably, places where my personal philosophies bleed into my professional ones. Here we go.
April 17, 2013
The last time I posted an article on this site was March 26th. That’s WAY too long ago. The reality is this: my full-time job simply required the majority of my time over the last 2 weeks. Two weeks ago, we at FliteHaus started a huge new project. It was a super fun, super huge, super rush project. We were hired to completely redesign a housing developer’s sales center, print collateral, and web presence. For those of you in the design industry like me, you know two weeks is very rushed for all that.
March 26, 2013
It’s finally here. It’s taken months of brainstorming and one furious weekend of work, but it’s finally live. Yesterday marked the official re-launch of TheBurnetteAdventures.com! Lisa (my wife) has been begging me for months to redesign our personal family blog because it was looking dated, to say the least. (It had a 6-month-old picture in the header of our 2.5-year-old daughter.) Rather than just retheme the Drupal 6 installation that was there, I decided to give the site a full refresh. Here are bascially the 2 phases that I went through in one furious weekend.
March 12, 2013
Recently, I was thinking about an interesting way to display a listing of services offered for a design agency. While there are a plethora of options for something so simple, I ultimately dreamed up a carousel of sorts that scrolls through the services vertically. I knew it would likely require some jQuery and wanted to keep the HTML simple enough to quickly modify or apply to a CMS-generated unordered list. My first step, as it is with anything I need to whip up quickly in code these days, was to head over to CodePen and see if I could accomplish what I was envisioning. Spoiler: turns out I worked it out. Check out the demo on CodePen and then follow along to recreate it yourself!