Category: web development

The Problem

Build a two-column responsive page that had a fixed-width right column. It actually sounds easier than you think. That fixed-width right column throws a wrench into everything.

For this example, let’s go with a fluid left column and a 320px wide right column.

HTML

<div class="main">
<div class="leftwrapper">
<div class="left">

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</div>
</div>
<div class="right">

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</div>
</div>

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There are some tutorials out there similar to this, but WordPress has since updated their media uploader, making those tutorials obselete. This code is essentially a combination of the best ones I’ve found

Javascript

first, you’ll want to save this code into a .js file, say “uploader.js
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so i’ve been using this wordpress plugin that will help your site become multilingual called qTranslate. it’s awesome. it allows you to add different translations for menus, posts, pages, widgets, etc with a little bit of effort (of course, every project is different, some php coding may be required). here’s a fairly quick startup guide

the thing is, we only need the plugin for a set of pages and that’s it… not the most ideal solution, but it’s working… or was

i found a random issue that no amount of googling could resolve… every page that didn’t require translation would display fine except for the below snippet of code

essentially, the code was using “get_posts” to display a page within a page (almost inception-like)

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so i’ve been running into a nagging issue with wordpress’ new instance of its media uploader (released in v3.5)

if i had a meta box with an image uploader, it would conflict with the standard “Add Media” button for the editor

previous code

uploader.js

jQuery(document).ready(function() {
var form_field;
jQuery('.button-upload').click(function() {
form_field = '#' + jQuery(this).next('input').attr('id');
tb_show('', 'media-upload.php?type=image&amp;TB_iframe=true');
return false;
});

window.send_to_editor = function(html) {
imgurl = jQuery('img',html).attr('src');
if(!imgurl){
imgurl = jQuery(html).attr('src');
}
if (jQuery(form_field).length > 0) {
jQuery(form_field).val(imgurl);
}
tb_remove();
}
});

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i guess it really shouldn’t be called “responsive” — it’s more “adaptive”. i mean, you can’t resize your browser or outlook window and expect it to update on the fly.

YkbaV

i’d like to say i’m pretty good at coding up html pages with css… and getting better and better at making sites responsive. well, only some of those skills are needed to code html emails

it’s a pain. a big one.

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testing out the new instagram embed feature:

straight embed code

responsive container

so the problem with the embeds is that it’s not clean for responsive. i tried to add the same sorta code that i use for youtube videos, but it doesn’t seem to do the exact trick

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so this came about when i was tasked to create a custom metabox for a wordpress site at work. i didn’t want the metabox to appear unless a specific template was chosen — this is so as not to confuse the person in the admin with new options they shouldn’t be messing with.

i found this solution, but it wasn’t quite working in my admin. so i put on my wordpress/php developer cap and dissected it down to the following:

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these are the things that i MUST HAVE in order to efficiently work on a responsive web design project

text editor

editplus

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finally took care of a nagging part of my site… the top slideshow. it wasn’t responsive before and now it is

it’s based off the responsive slider plugin. i had to make a minor change to it so it would show six slides per page load, choosing randomly from the library of slides. by default, it would show x amount of slides, where x is set in the settings > reading section (“Blog pages show at most”)

default

$slides = new WP_Query( array( 'post_type' => 'slides', 'order' => 'ASC', 'orderby' => 'menu_order' ) );

updated

$slides = new WP_Query( array( 'post_type' => 'slides', 'order' => 'ASC', 'orderby' => 'rand', 'posts_per_page' => 6 ) );

i actually didn’t expect the 'orderby' => 'rand' part to do what it did (choose randomly from the library of slides), but i’m pretty happy with it. this way, i can upload as many slides and not have to worry about ordering them in any special way

'posts_per_page' => 6 is what controls the amount of slides that are shown in the slideshow

yes, i’m aware that this will be killed if i update the plugin…