Search overlay with smooth reveal animation

A common part of a website is the ability to search. Depending on how important search is to your website can define much of how it looks and how it’s prioritised in the design. In this post I want to show you how to create a search which appears with a smooth transition on the click/tap of a button.

Let’s make a better icon system with SVG

Icon fonts are heralded for their convenience, which generally can’t be matched by SVG. However, they come with a huge performance downside, which SVG doesn’t have. I want to use this post as an opportunity for you to drop icon fonts and start using SVG. This post aims to guide you through the setup and get to a similar level of convenience.

Stop headroom.js hiding when your navigation is open

Headroom.js is a popular plugin for providing additional functionality in having a fixed header. It has a lot of additional callbacks and options, to make sure you can cover a variety of situations. One of those things is stopping it from hiding when your navigation is open.

Designing a pricing table in code

Following up from the design in Illustrator post, it’s time to code the design. Using flexbox to do the heavy lifting for the layout, the focus can be on matching the design and improving on it through being able to show the button state.

CSS only iOS style ‘toggle’

Since they appeared in iOS it’s been a trend to recreate these using CSS only. The technique uses the adjacent sibling selector and a hidden checkbox to retain use of the :checked pseudo class. In this post I wanted to take a look at this myself and recreate the toggle style.

Wordpress functions to help make your life easier

As part of using Wordpress, and any other part of making a website, for that matter, you acquire reusable parts. As well as discover functions that aren’t shouted about. In this post I’ve shared a few with usage.

Why you should use tachyons to make CSS easier

As I’ve spent time understanding the approach, it really makes sense for most CSS. Particularly spacing and font sizes. In this post I’m going to explain; why you may want to use this approach, and how to adapt it to your style of writing CSS.

Get up to speed with scroll snap points

Scroll snap points is the answer to the need for JavaScript carousels, to an extent. As browsers gain more and more new features in CSS, it’s important to keep up to date with them. As the generalisation is; where you can replace JavaScript with CSS you gain performance improvements. Carousels in my experience are a good chunk of the need for JavaScript on the average website. So I’m very interested at the prospect of using scroll snap points to replace that.

Tools I use

I figured I would write a post about the tools I use. Some will be familiar, but hopefully there are some that are unfamiliar and end up being useful to you.

Hero area series: Wordpress Customizer with selective refresh

This post builds upon the previous one in making it editable with Wordpress, using the Customizer API and the newest functionality since 4.5 selective refresh. With this you can make a really smooth and quick editing experience.

Hero area series: HTML, CSS & responsive

The second to last post in this series, coding the page. You’re going to build the page using flexbox and make it responsive. The method that will be used to make it responsive, is mostly mobile first, but it will be making logical decisions based on where CSS only needs applying. This saves you from having to undo it in another media query.

Ways to get post thumbnails in Wordpress

With Wordpress there are a lot of ways to the same thing, for good reason, sometimes you can’t do it one way or the other. This can make it tricky to remember how to do it for each instance. At least this is the case for me. I want to use this post to serve as a guide for each method of doing so. I won’t be covering their parameters, just the necessary steps to retrieve an image.

Start new designs quicker

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