Category Archives: Behind the Websites

Everything to do with website coding that we can think of. Front-end, back-end, upside and down, you’ll find it here. It also contains our thoughts about Content Management Systems (CMS) and all the other little and technical things.

Behind the Websites: JavaScript Localisation in WordPress

I was asked on Twitter recently if it’s possible to pass WordPress data to JavaScript, wp_localize_script() is the tool to do it with.

Behind the Websites: Delay Print Stylesheets Plugin

A few weeks ago I wrote a post in which I adapted an idea from a zOompf article to delay the loading of print stylesheets until after a web page has fully rendered. I’ve decided to convert the code from the original post into a plugin and add it to the WordPress plugin directory.

Behind the Websites: Delay loading of print CSS

Recently I stumbled across an article detailing browser performance with the CSS print media type. In most recent browsers the print stylesheet held up rendering.

The article suggested a solution, which I decided to automate for WordPress.

Behind the Websites: Thesis V WordPress, Pearson V Mullenweg

Mullenweg believes that, because WordPress is released under the GPLv2 license, all themes and plugins developed for WordPress must also be released under the same license. Pearson disagrees. I believe that Mullenweg is wrong. WordPress themes can operate on other blogging platforms with minimal changes.

Behind the Websites: Getting the bloginfo correctly

One of the standout problems when using plugins with WordPress MS is when they define a constant for the plugin’s url as the script starts executing.

Behind the Websites: ‘Skip to Content’ Links

Josh and I were discussing the positioning of Skip to Content links on a website. In the past I’ve placed these in the first menu on the page, usually positioned under the header.

Behind the Websites: Valid Isn’t Best Practice

Not long ago, on the @soupgiant account, I tweeted “Vaild html / css doesn’t indicate your code is best practice; it may even indicate the opposite. #css3″. Neither the xHTML nor the CSS on this site validates, we consider it to observe best practices.

Behind the Websites: JavaScript the WordPress Way / Part 2

In Part 1 we introduced the wp_register_script and wp_enqueue_script functions developed to avoid JavaScript conflicts.

In this section we’ll deal with a more complicated example. We’ll also take what we’ve learnt about including JavaScript and apply it to our CSS.

Behind the Websites: JavaScript the WordPress Way / Part 1

Problems arise when your theme or plugin both use the same JavaScript library or if Prototype and jQuery are both used on the same site.

Two of the most important WordPress functions are often ignored by WordPress theme and plugin developers. Introducing: wp_register_script and wp_enqueue_script.

Behind the Websites: Rounded Corners Everywhere

Similar support of rgba and border-radius in modern browsers allows us to use both the old graphical and new css3 methods for rounded corners. This gives us the same look in almost all browsers.