Blog Posts - web development

26 Apr
by Gavin Vaught

This guide describes the process for performing updates on “contrib” modules for a Drupal site hosted on the Pantheon platform.

29 Mar
by Jaime Contreras

Creating a frosted glass effect using CSS is a better method than the old javascript hacks. Using CSS to create the frosted effect uses fewer resources from the site visitors computer by using the native browser rendering engine.

To test this just drag the frosted glass example in the top right of this page

Ok, without wasting much of your time I’m going to jump straight into it.

The main components used for a classic frosted glass effect are:

Exporting a Better SVG
01 Mar
by Marcus Harrison

Much like a website, SVG creation usually involves a design phase and a development phase. This article will cover some quick basic tips for designers to create cleaner, more maintainable SVG code.

The Joys and Trials of Website Adoptions
15 Feb
Category: Web Development
by Art Williams

It’s not uncommon for the maintenance of a website to change from one agency or freelancer to another.  At Texas Creative, we affectionately refer to these as “adopted” websites.  Learn about the challenges and considerations of finding a new maintainer for your site.

Meltdown & Spectre: Intel/AMD/ARM/Apple CPU Vulnerabilities
12 Jan
by Art Williams

In recent weeks, the news has broken that most modern CPUs (the brains of our computing devices) have hardware vulnerabilities that allow a malicious program to steal data in the device’s memory. These vulnerabilities, named Meltdown and Spectre, are unique in that they break down the built-in barriers that secure data on the most fundamental component of any computing device, the CPU.

21 Dec
by Gavin Vaught

Layout design in CSS has always left something to be desired. Not long ago, responsive web design relied on hacky solutions like padding, float and tables. Later developments like Flexbox solved many of these problems but were far from perfect. Now, that’s all about to change, with CSS Grid.

14 Dec
Category: Web Development
by Jaime Contreras

There are plenty of Gmail signature setup guides available online. But when you are creating finished, HTML-coded email signatures with all of the styles, hacks, and tweaks which make it look the same in most email-clients, a simple Gmail setup tutorial is not going to cut it.

09 Nov
by Art Williams

Want to customize the default block that comes with the book module?  Here’s a way to do it without writing custom code by using Views and the Views Tree module.

12 Oct
by Rebecca Kellogg

Not all CMS are created equal. Before building your next website, here are a few tips on why your CMS choice matters. (Plot twist: as told by an Account Manager.)

Evolving CMS Capability with Paragraphs
21 Sep
Category: Web Development
by Marcus Harrison

For those that may not know, a content management system (CMS) is the administrative back-end of the website that facilitates content creators without any HTML expertise, in editing and creating new content. Generally, this would be limited to editing the title and body of a page in a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor or a rigid set of predefined fields in a content type. While this has traditionally gotten the job done it doesn’t allow for much flexibility in terms of page layout.

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