Web Design & Development Blog

New Website

August 14, 2015

Once again, I’ve revamped my website! You might also notice that the url changed! I’m now at ellycabral.com because I also got married! Crazy world! The new site, like the others, is responsive and optimized for mobile devices. However, unlike the others, this design take a more typographically Read More »

Styling Types of Links

January 7, 2014

I like to be able to style particular types of links for clients – particularly PDF links. This can be done through CSS. Email Links: a[href^="mailto:"] PDF Links: a[href$=".pdf"] Thanks to CSS-Tricks for the help!  Read More »

Today I’m trying to create a custom form through which users will able to search the site – specifically the products. In order to do so, I need to compile the terms of a given parameter, and list each on in a surrounding “option tag.” So the first step is to get the terms. I’ll Read More »

Display Child Pages

December 15, 2013

Today I came across the need to display the children of a specific page on that specific page on their WordPress site. Originally, I was going to create a custom post type for these children, but I because there would only be two children, I felt that creating a custom post type would be a bit of an Read More »

WordPress Gets a New Look

December 13, 2013

If you’ve done the update to WordPress 3.8, you’ve noticed a BIG difference! WordPress got a modern redesign with new administration panel themes to apply and even a new front-end theme called, aptly, Twenty Fourteen. With the updated look, we got new, flat icons, a new font face, a darker Read More »

Unregister Custom Post Type

December 2, 2013

Sometimes I create a custom post type and decide that I want to change the name after it’s already been created. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as just going into the functions file and renaming, as that will just create another custom post type. So, instead, you need to unregister your Read More »

For some of my projects, I like to feature the most recent addition to a specific custom taxonomy in either a sidebar or footer area. In order to do this, you’ll create a custom post type with a custom taxonomy. Just use this code below in whatever file necessary in order to filter through your Read More »

Writing Code in WordPress

November 2, 2013

In order to have code appear in your WordPress editor (as opposed to writing code and having it run), you need to put your code in some predefined tags. The first option is <code></code>. This will print your code, making it look like code, but still read the actual html items within those opening Read More »

Adding Menu Support

November 2, 2013

With the most recent update to WordPress (3.6.1), you now need to add some menu support to your custom theme or you’ll get a lovely little message that falsely announces that your theme does not support menus. In actuality, you can leave this out of your files, allow the message to remain, and Read More »

Create Search with Auto-Fill

October 29, 2013

Often, we want to help our users out with their searches by starting to auto-fill their searches when they begin to type into our search bars. As with most things, WordPress makes this a fairly easy task to accomplish. In this case, we’ll allow our users to search our site with hints to the tags Read More »

Create Custom Taxonomy

October 26, 2013

Once you create a custom post type, it’s often helpful to allow for a custom taxonomy to be applied to said post type. Again, WordPress makes this fairly simple. Just paste the following into your functions file and modify the “projects” names to be appropriate for you custom post type. //Add Read More »

Create Custom Post Type

October 26, 2013

It’s often very helpful to clients to separate different types of posts, so you can present information in the most effective way. Luckily, WordPress makes this a fairly simple venture. Simply add the following to your functions.php file. // New custom post type along with taxonomy add_action( Read More »

Add Links to Widgets

October 23, 2013

Sometimes you need the titles of your widgets to be links. WordPress doesn’t natively offer an easy way to do this. There are several plugins that do this successfully, but I find they get cluttered with requests to donate and, often, further confuse my clients rather than make things super simple. Read More »

Adding featured image support to your WordPress is incredibly simple. Just add the following to your functions.php file. // Add post thumbnail capability add_theme_support( 'post-thumbnails' );  Read More »

Custom WordPress Menu Order

October 14, 2013

Sometimes the default menu order of WordPress makes no sense and you want to change it to make browsing more self-explanatory for your client. To do so, just put the following in your functions.php, adding and modifying as necessary (of course). function custom_menu_order($menu_ord) { if (!$menu_ord) Read More »

Often times, I like to add the favicon I’ve created for the front-end of my clients’ websites to the backend of their site as well. Doing so is actually really simple; just a matter of a small snippet of code in your functions.php file. // Add favicon to your WordPress dashboard function Read More »

Increasing Security

October 14, 2013

It’s well known that WordPress is not the most secure of platforms, which makes is semi-undesirable to those who otherwise might be very attracted to the platform. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to increase that security. The first thing you can do is to change the username and password. Read More »

The Plan

October 9, 2013

My new venture is to attempt to keep this up-to-date by using it as a bit of a “how to” for basically anything I end up making work for a website. Most of this stuff (if not all of it) can be found in the codex documentation on the wordpress site (codex.wordpress.org), but I’m lazy Read More »

Design Critique #6

December 3, 2012

Website: Avada: Responsive Theme This is currently the most popular site on Theme Forest. First, as always, let’s talk about the strong points of this site. The Strengths My initial thoughts on seeing this site is that it is very clean, in particular as is display above the fold. The slider is Read More »

Client feedback can go a couple different ways, but we all know how to deal with good feedback: “Thank you! I’m so glad you like it!” However, and unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Clients seem to feel it’s their duty to provide critical feedback. After all, you Read More »

In preparation of Thanksgiving, we’re all getting cooking and packing and readying our livers to spend the day with our families. On the web, I thought I’d put together a nice list of website which have beautiful designs colored appropriately for Thanksgiving. While these sites aren’t Read More »

Design Critique #5

November 19, 2012

Website: Weiner Law Office First, as always, let’s talk about the strong points of this site. The Strengths One of my first thoughts about this website is that it’s pretty evident this guy knows what he’s doing in terms of law. He provides a great deal of information about various Read More »

Yesterday, for my birthday, I received an amazing surprise visit which included a giant bouquet of roses and lilies, a buckeye candle, two Peruvian scarves, a Starbucks card, and two design books – The Web Designer’s Idea Book and Creative Workshop. So, I thought I’d use these gifts Read More »

Birthday Website Galleries

November 15, 2012

It’s my birthday today, so, in honor of that, be nice to your designers and enjoy some splendid website galleries: Awwwards Design Shack Site Inspire Web Creme YAY!  Read More »

Clients often ask for…interesting things when it comes to web design. “I want my logo to move.” “I want a video to pop up and take over their screens, but it shouldn’t interrupt them.” “Can there be music in the background?” These are just a few examples Read More »

Questions for Website Design

November 13, 2012

It’s hard to begin designing without knowing a direction in which to head. And even with information to guide you, it’s still very difficult to trust that your shot in the dark will be successful. That said, I find that knowing the answers to these questions is incredibly helpful in providing Read More »

Design Critique #4

November 12, 2012

Website: Ross School Photography First, as always, let’s talk about the strong points of this site. The Strengths The first strength is simply the organization, which is evident upon first viewing the site. The colors are simply and elegant and allow the photos to speak for themselves. Additionally, Read More »

Election Day 2012

November 6, 2012

Go Vote! Well it’s Election Day! As such, I’ve decided to substitute today’s design post with some helpful links so you can go vote! Where do I vote? Am I left or right? Where do candidates stand? Who do I side with? Election Day Links Hopefully that’s a nice list to get you Read More »

Design Critique #3

November 5, 2012

Last week I did a critique of a website which I deemed to be very successful, so I aimed to find a website this week which offered more flaws, therefore, more opportunities to offer improvements. Website: Node-0 First, as always, let’s talk about the strong points of this site. The Strengths There Read More »

Creating a successful website is a lot of work – both designing and building. But I’ve put together a few things that I think are imperative to remember during the design process. Some of these items touch on post-design work, but most of these decisions will be made in the initial design Read More »

5 Myths About Websites

November 1, 2012

Websites are relatively new in the business world and people often have misconceptions about what it really takes to create, own, and run a website. Below are some common myths I run into fairly frequently. I have a website; it should be the first item on Google “My website went live yesterday Read More »

Hosting & Platform Options

October 31, 2012

If you’re looking into creating a new website, key elements are your hosting and platform. A lot of people get confused between their hosting solutions, platform systems, and domain names, so first, I’ll address those individual items. In order to make things a bit more easily understood, Read More »

The Importance of Blogs

October 30, 2012

Google, as you may know by now, is very secretive about its algorithm. However, they do provide several hints towards how to provide what they’re basically looking for – websites with up-to-date, relevant, and trust worthy content. One of the ways to prove to Google, so to speak, that your Read More »

Design Critique #2

October 29, 2012

This week’s design critique is of a very successful website: Pacific State Aviation. PSA has several main services including, line service, general maintenance, and flight training. Website: Pacific State Aviation First, as always, let’s talk about the strong points of this site. The Strengths One Read More »

I recently had a friend ask me a few things about web design – how I got into it, where I learned everything, whether I thought taking college courses were necessary or even helpful, etc. And those questions really got me thinking about how unique this field has become. Web design is an interesting Read More »