You recently decided hosted blogging is for the birds. You want more control over your blog’s setup. In fact, you want total control over every last detail of your layout, functionality and design. So what do you do? Where do you turn?
One popular option is the Movable Type publishing system from Six Apart (other popular options include Drupal, Joomla!, and WordPress). Movable Type contains pretty much everything you need to get your own site up and running, plus the flexibility to get really obsessive over the details. Also, with a little creativity and some community-created plugins, you can power much more than just a reverse-chronological list of blog posts.
This tutorial won’t go into the Movable Type installation process in-depth since there are many resources online already. What we’ll cover is the process of dressing up a vanilla Movable Type installation by customizing the look and feel of your new site. We’ll also get you started with some custom features by installing some plugins.
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If you follow CSS, you’re probably sick of hearing promises of CSS 3 — the next generation style sheet language that should have been here several years ago.
Well, the specification document still isn’t finalized. If you’re impatient, you’re not alone. Browser manufacturers have already started rolling out support for many of the new features even if they aren’t yet set in stone.
Opera and Safari have been leading the way when it comes to CSS 3 features, but Firefox 3 packs in a few and 3.1 promises to bring Firefox alongside the others.
Yeah, we know what you’re thinking: “I can’t do it. I have to support Internet Explorer.”
Well, you’re right. Users of Internet Explorer are out of luck. Although, there’s no reason you can’t use some rounded corner properties solely for your Firefox/Opera/Safari visitors. IE will still render the backgrounds as usual, it just won’t understand the rounded corner bit.
We’re willing to admit that most of these rules are still a year or two from being mainstream, but it doesn’t mean you can’t start learning them now.
Want to bleed from the cutting edge of web design? Put on your daredevil helmet and let’s dive into some cool new design features.
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So you’ve decided it’s time to interact with your users. You’re tired of this one-way street — you talking, them listening. You want to actually hear what your readers have to say. In order to do this, you’ll need to provide a way for people to enter information. Therefore, you’re going to need an HTML form (to process this information, however, you must implement some sort of script, which might require another tutorial).
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