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November, 2016

  • 30 November

    Create Accordions Using The New <DETAILS> & <SUMMARY> Tags in HTML5.1

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    HTML5.1 has brought about some amazing new features and functions, many of which used to be possible only via a JavaScript library like jQuery. Accordions have long been a popular way to categorize and simplify alot of content within a single page – and the most common way to create accordions in the past was using jQuery. HTML5.1 aims to ...

  • 29 November

    Block Referrals From Specific Domains

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    Unfortunately these days not all traffic is good traffic – and as such the time may come when you may wish to block traffic that is coming from a certain referral domain. Firewall platforms such as Cloudflare have options for this available using their online dashboards – however you can accomplish the same thing without any fancy firewalls – simply ...

  • 29 November

    Easily Style Inline Quotations Using The Forgotten <Q> Tag

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    I bet you never knew that HTML had a built-in method to display inline quotations – and there’s probably a good reason for that – until now. Over 9 years ago when HTML 4.0 was first released the world was introduced to the <q> tag – intended to display inline quotations that don’t require paragraph tags. By default all browsers ...

  • 26 November

    Do More With Horizontal Lines

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    Chances are you probably already know about the <hr> tag available inside HTML – however did you know there are plenty of features and settings built into the default <hr> tag? Settings for width, height, and even color are all available within the base tag – and fully supported by modern browsers. <HR ALIGN="left|right|center" COLOR="color" WIDTH="width" SIZE="height"> The ALIGN parameter lets ...

  • 26 November

    Auto Generate Spam-Safe Email Links Using Javascript

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    Back in 2007 Greg Burghardt published an article on the now-defunct Geocities featuring an extremely creative way to automatically generate email links while keeping your actual email address hidden from spam bots/crawlers. In fear that this function would get lost I have decided to republish it here on the Rapid Purple blog. First off – some understanding on how this works. ...

  • 15 November

    Creating Realistic Metal Screws

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    Now that we have learned how to make our own custom wood textures, let’s add some screws to that wood! Start off with a new workspace, and draw on it a 64 x 64 pixel circle. To do so use the Elliptical Marquee tool, and on the top options bar select the Fixed Size option and input the appropriate height and ...

  • 15 November

    Custom Wood Panel Texture

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    Wood textures have proven their popularity over the years – being incorporated into various website designs & graphic design elements for over a decade now. As such there are countless existing wood textures available across the Internet, most free for you to download. However sometimes a certain project requires an entirely custom made wooden texture. This Adobe Photoshop tutorial will ...

October, 2016

  • 12 October

    Hidden Features Inside Your WordPress Config File

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    The wp-config.php file is one of the most important files related to your WordPress installation, however there is so much more to it than just the place your database settings are stored. Frankly most developers completely overlook many of the awesome features hidden within the wp-config.php file. This tutorial is designed to showcase some of the lesser-known functions and features ...

  • 12 October

    Using The History Palette Like A Pro

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    Photoshop has an amazing tool that is often overlooked by most – the History palette. the History palette in Adobe Photoshop is the Undo/Redo function on crack. It constantly saves your edits, or states, as you are working – giving you restore points you can jump back and forth between. If you don’t see the History palette in your work-space ...

  • 3 October

    How Do I Set My Posts/Pages To Expire?

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    Over my years of working with WordPress I have often seen some rather extreme measures being taken by webmasters to accomplish specific tasks/functions with their WordPress-powered websites. A perfect example was a client who was manually deleting her “limited time offer” sales Pages whenever her sale time would expire. This might not sound that bad, but this was one heck ...

September, 2016

  • 14 September

    Add Any Shortcode To A WordPress Page Template

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    Wordpress offers thousands of different plugins that let you add alot of different functions and features to your website. Furthermore most of these can easily be integrated across your website with a few simple short-codes which you simply copy paste into the WordPress editor. However what do you do when you want to integrate that shortcode into your custom template ...

  • 13 September

    Understanding PHP Constants

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    A constant within PHP is essentially an identifier for a simple value, and unlike a variable, the value of a constant cannoyt be changed after it is declared. By default a constant is case-sensitive; and most people tend to give constant identifiers uppercase names. To get started you will want to define a constant using the define() function, like so: define("SITENAME", ...

July, 2016

  • 18 July

    Running Ads Using The New Instagram Business Tools

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    Now that the new Instagram Business profiles have started rolling out more people have direct access to Instagram ads – something that in the past was limited to users of Facebook Ad Manager. Let’s take a look at how easy it is to setup a new Instagram ad once you have converted your profile to a business profile. Start off ...

  • 14 July

    How Do I Make My Embedded YouTube Video Autoplay?

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    Making an embedded video automatically start playing when a client loads your web page is a surprisingly popular request, especially for landing pages that are meant to capture the visitors attention in as short of a time period as possible. Unfortunately YouTube doesn’t offer an autoplay option within their embed generator – however there is a parameter you can add ...

May, 2016

  • 13 May

    My WordPress Menu Won’t Save!

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    Wordpress is a dynamic content management system, and as such it can be used to handle websites with just a few pages, and also websites with thousands of pages such as the New York Times. However as WordPress themes progress, and menus start to handle more and more options – I am seeing more and more people run into an ...

December, 2015

  • 24 December

    Beginner’s Guide for Choosing The Perfect WP Theme

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    Trying to pick the perfect WordPress theme is a tedious task. It is fairly common to see new users struggling with WordPress themes, changing them countless number of times. One would spend time and effort in customizing and editing the theme as per their requirement, and eventually will move on to another theme. This is not only a tiring and ...

October, 2015

  • 6 October

    Infographic: What Programming Language Do I Learn First?

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    Many people often ask me what programming language to learn when they get started – and that answer changes all the time depending on what the person asking me wants to actually be able to do. Generally I run through a series of questions to be able to make my recommendation – and luckily the team over at Udacity has ...

September, 2015

  • 19 September

    Always Keep Your Own Backups

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    I talk about creating and managing an online presence alot here on Rapid Purple – and every now and then someone will ask me what I think is the most important aspect of an online presence. Often times they are totally shocked by the answer. Backups. Backups are by far the most important thing when it comes to your online presence ...

August, 2015

  • 31 August

    Add As Many Dots As You Want To Your Gmail Email Address

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    Encrypting or hiding your email address when posting it online has always been a highly recommended way to protect your email address from excess spam – and a little known trick lets you make use of that feature with your Google gMail account. See gMail doesn’t actually recognize periods – and as such you can add as many periods as you ...

  • 16 August

    Get A Users Gravatar Image Via PHP

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    Gravatar’s have been popular for years now – and to date they’re integrated across a plethora of websites – serving over 8.6 million avatars every single day. With that said there are also a ton of plugins available for most blog and CMS scripts; however what if no plugin exists for our website, or we simply want to do it ...

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