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Service like Optimizely's visual editor to design site?

I've learned that Optimizely has a pretty neat editor for designing a/b tests and that you can use the editor to do lots of fast and easy re-designs without modifying a site's code. Are there any services that solely focus on the "use our editor to re-design your site and paste this javascript to implement the design" bit?
posted by Foci for Analysis on Nov 19, 2014 - 0 answers

Those drop-down top bar menu things... how do I make them go away?

See this New Yorker article. When I read it, the top New Yorker menu bar is hovering over the top of the page, so when I use the space bar to page down the bar blocks a part of the text. Is there some secret way to page down so that part of the text isn't hidden (I'm on a Macbook), or some way to make this type of menu bar go away? It's not just the New Yorker website--I see these many places.
posted by c'mon sea legs on Nov 15, 2014 - 16 answers

Web layouts

What is the best resource on layouts in webpages, specifically with the use of CSS and other web technologies? This has always been something that's been tricky for me and I'm wondering if there's something out there that really sums it up well.
posted by antgly on Aug 11, 2014 - 2 answers

Moving from print to web design — helping someone start from scratch.

I need to advise a graphic designer whose skills are in print design only about expanding their skillset to include front-end web design work. At this time, the designer has a very, very basic understanding of web design. [more inside]
posted by Lescha on Aug 8, 2014 - 11 answers

I crit failed my web design roll.

Can anyone provide pointers for setting up a robust digital image archive on the cheap? [more inside]
posted by ursus_comiter on Jul 14, 2014 - 4 answers

Photoslider script?

I'm looking for a photoslider script that let's you manually slide between two overlaid images, for the purpose of displaying the differences between said images. Anything similar to the slider being used in this buzzfeed article. [more inside]
posted by phaedon on Jul 13, 2014 - 2 answers

Recommend me some WordPress plugins

I am tasked with updating a WordPress site for my research facility. I need to add two features, an image gallery and an event ticker or news feed. Free plugins are greatly preferred, since the mechanics of payment for this sort of thing are a giant pain in the patookus. I am not terribly experienced with WordPress, but have spent a decent amount of time elbow deep in the site and have an idea of how most of it works. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Jun 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Websites that Mimic a Smart Phone Screen?

I encountered this website today: a news aggregator that wants you to put it on your smartphone, but if you want to read it on a normal computer you have to read it inside a pretend smartphone. [more inside]
posted by mississippi on Jun 20, 2014 - 3 answers

Good research material for building a mobile-optimized UI/UX?

I've been given the task of optimizing my company's mobile browser site UI and I want it to be the COOLEST and the RADDEST. Any good resources out there to fuel my research on mobile UI/UX? [more inside]
posted by Mooseli on May 27, 2014 - 9 answers

Information-Dense Web Design Example - Parts Site

I'm trying to remember a site I once saw offered up as an example of good high information density web design. I think I originally saw it on AskMe but can't find it now - it was a parts catalog (lots of screws and other stuff), white background, green trim, I think the name of the company was a surname starting with M. The primary method of using the site was searching for parts by category, and it had lots of small black and white photos. Any idea what I'm thinking of?
posted by 23 on May 22, 2014 - 4 answers

Should I charge this project hourly, or by salary?

I'm a designer and front-end web developer who has always charged hourly. I was just offered a great part-time opportunity (20hrs/week) which pays half a salary - less than I'd be paid hourly. Please help me negotiate. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 6, 2014 - 13 answers

Adobe Edge (jQuery) symbols behaving unexpectedly: a cry for help.

I've created rollover animations and click to link symbols which work fine on the first visit to the page. However on revisits, the animations break. I don't know enough about jQuery to spot what I am doing wrong. I've watched almost every tutorial on the topic on Lynda.com, posted a question (unanswered) in the forums and Googled all to no avail. I am certain it is simply a snippet of code I am missing. [more inside]
posted by kthanksbai on Apr 25, 2014 - 7 answers

Concern about web page photo gallery and impact on server load

I'm setting up a new set of image gallery web pages for a site recently redesigned with Twitter Bootstrap framework. Based on past experience I'm concerned about possible server load issues, but since this is new tech now maybe I'm just paranoid? Full explanation inside... [more inside]
posted by dnash on Apr 24, 2014 - 16 answers

What are some beautiful responsive web apps and dashboards?

What are some examples of beautiful web apps that feature a really slick dashboard with maybe some basic data visualizations? Something very accessible with a light design touch? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Apr 14, 2014 - 7 answers

Dammit Jim, I'm a photographer, not a web designer!

I'm a professional (part-time) photographer--I know next to nothing about web hosting/design/whatever. I want to switch from having a portfolio/sales website through Zenfolio (with a custom domain name hosted by Dreamhost) to having a website totally hosted by Dreamhost (with Shootproof for portfolio/sales). How can I mess around with setting up a new site (probably a Wordpress site with one-click install on Dreamhost)--I need this to be easy) without breaking my old site before I'm ready to use a new one? [more inside]
posted by devotion+doubt on Feb 27, 2014 - 3 answers

Blog Design Best Practices, Column and Width Edition

Current blog design best practices. I'm redesigning my 2-year-old food blog. This is strictly a DIY affair, and any knowledge I have of blog design was arrived at by hours of googling and crying. So, you know, I am big on ideas, but don't have much official knowledge about design. A few specific questions about columns and page size inside... [more inside]
posted by Bella Sebastian on Feb 12, 2014 - 5 answers

Graphic/web design education for a returning student

I'm evaluating several options for obtaining graphic/web design training and would love to get the opinions of those in the trade (pretty similar to this past question, but a bit more specific). In a perfect world I would love to get a (second) BA, but that's probably completely insane financially. [more inside]
posted by imalaowai on Feb 8, 2014 - 5 answers

Easy, quick ways to spiff up a sports-themed WP site

Pimp My Website Filter: Help me help a friend who wants to liven up his sports-related blog. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Feb 7, 2014 - 0 answers

What kind of Resource Management Tool would help my company?

I'm a Project Manager at a web company that makes websites, apps, etc. We are pretty small so any solution needs to be affordable and easy to use. There are so many project management tools out there and we have evaluated many. I have a short list of things I'm looking for which I'll outline inside but mainly there seems to be a lack of resource management at an hourly level. So, either that is too high level for the price/ease of the tools we are looking at, or people are managing that some other way. Data and management geeks, please help!! [more inside]
posted by amanda on Jan 24, 2014 - 8 answers

I paid for a year of hosting and a domain, now what?

I'd like to get back into managing a silly little bit of webspace for myself and my whims. I paid for a year of hosting and two domains through Dreamhost, but no real idea of how to go forward, and I don't have significant blocks of free time to really get involved all at once. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 8, 2014 - 9 answers

What is this web page background ad called and how does it work?

On this page (HuffPo), I see a dynamic background ad for Chicago PD that changes as you scroll down. I noticed it because it defied my AdBlockPro. What is it called? How does it work? [more inside]
posted by kimberussell on Jan 8, 2014 - 3 answers

What's the division of labour in web development?

I want to start doing freelance web work, but I'm not sure what I'd like to specialise in. I'm competent with python, PHP, html, css, javascript and angular as well as doing designy things like UX and photoshop. Previously I've always built whole websites from start to finish and now I'd like to pick a particular element and develop my skills to professional level in that role, but I'm not sure how it breaks down and how the size of the company/project increases the numbers of roles.
posted by awesomathon on Jan 3, 2014 - 5 answers

Pure CSS Navigation

I need a pure CSS navigation menu solution for a static, one page application, the simpler the better. [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Dec 26, 2013 - 9 answers

Please help me find and choose a Drupal theme

I'm hoping to find a Drupal theme/template that would be suitable for the website of a wedding venue. [more inside]
posted by wats on Dec 19, 2013 - 4 answers

Family history blog - should I start posting out of order?

I started blogging family history recently and have been having fun with it, but now I'm at a crossroads. Should I break out of the chronology and start posting content out of order? [more inside]
posted by christopherious on Dec 18, 2013 - 7 answers

Looking for tools to teach HTML to a 4th grader

I offered to mentor a friend's kids in HTML and I'm looking for teaching tools that would be accessible to elementary-aged children. Free is ideal, but doesn't have to be if it's really excellent. [more inside]
posted by annekate on Dec 4, 2013 - 6 answers

How to sell classes online (but not online classes)?

Can you show me examples of websites you love that make it easy for you to sign up for/purchase classes? Alternatively, can you point me towards resources for best design practices for this kind of site (online signup for real-life classes)? [more inside]
posted by atlantica on Nov 24, 2013 - 3 answers

Pixel Measurements in CSS Considered Harmful?

Are (or should) web designers move away from pixel measurements in style sheets? [more inside]
posted by spacewrench on Oct 19, 2013 - 3 answers

Is there such a thing as a Mini-CMS?

I have a client who needs to change all of like 2 paragraphs on a big webpage. Wordpress/Drupal et. al. are massive overkill for a project like this. Is there a tiny, reliable CMS that'd allow me to just markup the code for blocks that should be changeable and leave everything else set in stone?
posted by GilloD on Oct 8, 2013 - 5 answers

Examples of websites that display pairs of items side-by-side?

I am designing a website for a set of museum exhibits. The curator designed the museum panels so two items are displayed on each panel and the viewer experiences them in each other's context. If we were making a book instead of a website, we would place these items on facing pages. What is the equivalent of facing pages in web layout? Can you think of websites that pair items so they are experienced together (i.e. without scrolling down)? [more inside]
posted by heatherann on Aug 31, 2013 - 11 answers

Elegant replacements for wide tables?

Web design question: I have an arbitrarily wide set of data that I'm currently displaying using and it's breaking the layout (see example). The companies on the right handside can be thought of as owned by the user at the left. I would like an elegant way to display this information. What are my options? Both static and dynamic solutions would be appreciated, thanks.
posted by prunes on Aug 26, 2013 - 7 answers

Intensive programming "bootcamp" in California?

I'm interested in taking a month or possibly two off work and focusing intensely during that time on a very practical course of study related to web development. What are my options in California similar to this program? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Aug 16, 2013 - 7 answers

What is standard practice for copyright in web design?

Negotiating a contract with a web designer. I'd like them to send us the website files on completion which include the layered photoshop file that was cut into html/css. They wrote back they can send all files except photoshop due to "Copyright issues". Is this standard industry practice or bs? [more inside]
posted by htid on Jul 8, 2013 - 23 answers

What can I use to test responsive web design?

What tool can I use to test out media queries/responsive web design with my PC? I can see that they're working on actual mobile devices, but the changes aren't showing up in any of the browser-based tools I've tried. [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van on Jun 28, 2013 - 11 answers

Best practices or tools for defining specifications for a new website?

My small team is hiring a developer and a designer to build a website. What is the best way for us to communicate the features that the website needs to have? It is a medium-complexity website - more than a blog, less than Facebook. [more inside]
posted by inatizzy on May 31, 2013 - 13 answers

What tools should I use to build this website?

I need to build a website to organize a lot of files (1000+), each of which should have its own page. Further details inside. What CMS should I use to do this, and what theme? Little current web design knowledge, but have time and desire to learn whatever technologies are necessary. [more inside]
posted by John Raskolnikov Gilson on May 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Attractive Wordpress Calendars

Any recommendations for stylish but functional Wordpress calendars? [more inside]
posted by vecchio on May 23, 2013 - 6 answers

Breathing new life into an old website, input on new name and content

I created an online, open source academic journal website several years ago and it may be near the end of its first life. I'd love to get feedback on what folks here think might work best. I want to reinvent it and breathe new life into old content. Help me, MetaFilter, rebuild something that doesn't have to die into something new and beautiful! [more inside]
posted by christopherious on May 22, 2013 - 13 answers

How to find a Web designer to improve a current design?

I have mostly completed a website design for a small company - logo, colors, info architecture - but the visual effect of all the elements together isn't.. quite.. "there" yet. How would I go about finding a Web designer who could improve the design "the rest of the way"? [more inside]
posted by mark7570 on May 17, 2013 - 7 answers

Free (or cheap), clean, minimal, mostly text Wordpress theme

I'd like a place to put up a CV and occasionally some writing. I'm looking for a minimal, clean, and if possible free Wordpress theme. In terms of references, I really like the look of Grantland articles (for example, the first thing I clicked on their frontpage). I love the running header, the minimal navigation, the centered space for an article, the white space, the blocking, and the running foot-notes on the side.
posted by codacorolla on May 16, 2013 - 7 answers

Help me create a secondary dev environment, either Windows 7 or Ubuntu

I'm a Mac-based webmonkey, and I need to sett up a secondary dev environment on an old Thinkpad X200. [more inside]
posted by nímwunnan on May 9, 2013 - 7 answers

Preparing to launch! Hosting advice & projects.mefi advice sought

My new website is nearly ready to launch and I need (1) advice about improving performance via webhost features/alternatives and (2) advice about how to build a good post on projects.metafilter.com where I'll be seeking feedback. [more inside]
posted by christopherious on May 4, 2013 - 6 answers

New Tumblr music player code?

Tumblr recently switched out their flash-based music player with a new, more mobile-friendly one. That's good, except the new one is devastatingly ugly and has totally different proportions. I'm not even sure it's displaying correctly - the arrow is off-center, the text looks wonky. I have been trying in vain to find ways of fiddling with its attributes, but the ones exposed are very limited. Has anyone else noticed this problem with the look, and has anyone had any success in customizing it? [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Apr 11, 2013 - 3 answers

Advice on making a website for a veterinary business

I have a computer science degree so I know (or can learn) the technicalities of web programming, serving a site, etc. I'm looking for high level advice. If someone asked you to make them a business website today, how would you go about it? [more inside]
posted by htid on Apr 5, 2013 - 8 answers

Can I pull content from another website to display on ours?

We have a Joomla site that serves as a portal for our community, and would like to display some updated content from another website's fishing report. [more inside]
posted by klinefelter on Apr 4, 2013 - 4 answers

When should I launch?

I'm building a web site dedicated to my grandparents' old letters and diaries. It will be a few months before I'm done scanning, transcribing and creating other original content. Should I launch now, or wait until I'm done? [more inside]
posted by christopherious on Mar 29, 2013 - 13 answers

How-to's on current (design) trends in Web Design?

My web design skills have gotten a bit rusty over the past few years (too much coding, not enough Photoshopping!) and I'm in a hurry to get back up to speed for a huge job I'm starting on next week. Normally I would figure this all out on my own but there's no enough time for that so... I need recommendations for good resources (blogs, books, magazines) on current trends in web design and on how to implement/execute elements of these trends in software like Photoshop. This article on the Smashing Magazine site is a good example of the sort of thing I'm looking for, except it doesn't include any how-to's. Pointers to useful templates / frameworks / web design kits are most welcome as well.
posted by dinkyday on Mar 26, 2013 - 9 answers

How to find the largest, most respected web-design companies?

My company wants to redesign our website from scratch. I have been tasked with narrowing the field of "all the web designers in the world" to a shorter list we can all evaluate. I have been asked to present two lists, one of large/major companies as well as smaller boutique or medium size firms. Both should be based or have offices in New York where we are located. Also, maybe "web design" is not the term these days. "Digital agency" maybe? [more inside]
posted by brbmaroon on Mar 20, 2013 - 14 answers

How do I get the subtle texture effect popular in web design right now?

I have noticed that a subtle texture effect is in fashion in web design right now. I'd like to know how to reproduce this for my own web projects, but I'm not having any luck at all with google. [more inside]
posted by jeoc on Mar 10, 2013 - 7 answers

How do I build a component library?

How can I build a component library so our designers and developers keep things synchronized and don't end up doing a lot of double and triple work? [more inside]
posted by eleyna on Mar 6, 2013 - 3 answers

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