Yesterday, I took some time to “celebrate” our 6 month anniversary by revisiting our older tutorials. Sometimes, it’s easy to forget how much incredible material that we have on this site – material that some of you may not even know about! If you’re like me, you use the weekend to catch up on your learning – since work takes up so much time. Today, I’ll list the top twenty tutorials on NETTUTS (in no particular order) that will jump-start your education.
Build a Sleek Portfolio Site From Scratch
There’s nothing like building an entire site to show you a good overview of how a CSS layout should work. Over at PSDTUTS we’ve got a tutorial where you design up a sleek, high end web design. In this tutorial we’re going to take that PSD file and build it with some nice clean HTML and CSS.
How to Load in and Animate Content Using jQuery
In this tutorial we will be taking your average everyday website and enhancing it with jQuery. We will be adding ajax functionality so that the content loads into the relevant container instead of the user having to navigate to another page. We will also be integrating some awesome animation effects.
Can You Hack Your Own Site? A Look at Some Essential Security Considerations
Version one goes gold! Visitors are landing from every corner of the globe. You know there are likely to be a few teething problems, I mean, this is 220.127.116.11… all those zeroes are meant to allow us a little grace right?
7 Crucial Tips for Designing and Maintaining a Large Site
Projects vary in scope and size, and the challenges they entail vary likewise. As a lone web designer, the biggest job I am responsible for is FlashDen. Along with thousands of active members all chatting, uploading and buying, the site processes large amounts of money and large amounts of traffic.
From PSD to HTML – Building a Set of Website Designs
Today I’m going to take you through my entire process of getting from Photoshop to completed HTML. We’re going to build out a set of 4 PSD mockups of a website that eventually will become a WordPress theme. It’s a massive tutorial, so if you’re going to follow through to the end, make sure you have a few hours to spare!
How to Theme Any CMS Using Firebug
Often in my career as a web ninja, I’ve been asked to skin or theme open source projects to bring them in line with my clients brand. Depending on the project this can be more, or less frustrating (I’m looking at you Magento) but MediaWiki is one of the easier projects to work with because of the limited number of files and things to adjust. In this tutorial we’ll go through the theming process I used to style the upcoming PSDTUTS Wiki, but the process, particularly using Firebug, could be applied to pretty much any CMS.
Solving 5 Common CSS Headaches
CSS is a relatively simple language to learn. Mastering it, on the other, can prove a little more difficult. Compensating for various browser inconsistencies alone can produce a migraine. In this article, we’ll demystify five of the most head thumping issues that you’ll encounter when building web applications.
Building A Better Blog Roll – Dynamic Fun With SimplePie and jQuery
A traditional blogroll is a simple list of other sites, often in the sidebar, that are related, owned by, or otherwise friendly to the home site. Blogrolls are a great idea and on-point with the spirit of blogging, but how is a casual reader to know if any of these sites are truly of interest? Let’s improve upon the concept of a blogroll by not just listing sites, but dynamically pulling recent headlines from them, and using some fun jQuery animation.
10 Principles of the CSS Masters
When it comes to CSS, there are lots of resources and supposed “expert tips” on the web. These are from unproven, self-proclaimed “gurus” who have no street cred in the design world. While they may have valid points, how is one to know whether a CSS tip is a valid resource or just an untested hack?
Build an Incredible Login Form With jQuery
One struggle that still remains today in web design is displaying all of the redundant information on every page. For example, a login form. What if there was a way to easily make the content accessible on every page, but keep it hidden until needed? Well you can, by making a top panel that when clicked, will reveal its self and its content. But we need to make this look nice, so we’ll also animate it.
Use the jQuery UI to Control the Size of Your Text
JQuery’s UI can add so much to a web page. There are many different widgets that the UI provides. One up and coming star, is the slider. In this tutorial, I will show you how to use a slider to control the text size of an article on a page. This lets the user control exactly the size that suits them, and is also a pretty impressive feature to have on a site!
How to Create an Amazing Style Switcher With jQuery
In this tutorial I will be showing you how to create a style switcher using jQuery and PHP. The end result will be an unobtrusive & entirely degradable dynamic style switcher which will be quick and easy to implement.
Building A Custom Lifestream Website With Sweetcron
Sweetcron is “The Automated Lifestream Blog Software”. It is still in public beta, but is already a very nice blog software package. The beauty of Sweetcron is that new posts are created automatically from your activity elsewhere on the web. New photos on Flickr? Tweets on Twitter? Thumbs up on StumbleUpon? Blog posts on Tumblr? Add them all to your Sweetcron-powered site and they will appear on your site in minutes.
Using the Wonderful jFlow Plugin
It seems that the obsession of the web design industry right now is the ability to create a “featured section”. While it once may have required a great deal of skill, that is no longer the case. In this screencast, I’ll show you how to easily create a scrollable featured section using one of Theme Forest’s popular themes as a reference. Let’s get into it!
Leopard Desktop With jQuery Using jqDock
jQuery adds a whole lot of cool functionality to your websites. It can do a range of things, from animation to AJAX. It’s usually frowned upon to rely heavily on jQuery to design your sites, but it’s fun to go wild every now and then. In this tutorial I’ll teach you how to use jQuery to create a completely coded Dashboard, just like Leopard! This can be handy in hiding a whole lot of gadgets or widgets you don’t have space for!
Build a WordBurner Email Newsletter Manager using WordPress and Feedburner
There are lots of different ways to communicate with your users these days. RSS feeds, SMS, & sites like Twitter have changed how we speak to our audience. But for my money, you can’t beat the personal touch of a good ol’ email newsletter.
Of course keeping up a newsletter can take effort, but in this tutorial I’ll show you how to use your regular WordPress website combined with Feedburner to make a simple email newsletter manager.
Unraveling the Secrets of the WordPress Comments.PHP File
WordPress seems to be everywhere these days, and it’s no wonder with it’s ease of use and ease of customization. In this tutorial, I’ll be dissecting the default WordPress theme’s comments.php structure and giving you various snippets of code to make your skinning easier.
WordPress Sidebar Turned Apple-Flashy Using the jQuery UI
Apple have always been Gods in terms of the way they present themselves and their products. I just love the sidebar on the Apple Startpage, and wanted to use the Accordion plugin in jQuery UI to achieve this! As if that’s not enough for me, I want to be able to show and hide it at my pleasure as well. I’m gonna show you how!
20 Excellent AJAX Effects You Should Know
There are a few special techniques or effects that can spice up just about any web page. These are the top 20 Ajax effects that every web developer should know. They’re essential parts of any web developer’s toolbox. If you haven’t seen them yet, you no doubt will in your future web development endeavors.
6 Easy Ways to Improve Your HTML Emails
Like many other web designers, I thrive on coding beautiful yet flexible web pages that display virtually identical in every web browser. Unfortunately, designing email newsletters sends you back ten years. Deprecated tags, tables, inline styling, oh my! In this article, I’ll list six methods that will immediately improve your email layouts.