WP7, Wordpress, Mobile Platforms, and anything else I end up blogging about
Category: Web Dev
Website development is currently a huge industry and a lot of bloggers, start-up businesses, and just regular people are trying their hand in making their own website. This blog category will be mostly blogs about the life cycle of this particular wordpress blog.
First off, you developer person fail at life for using browser detection in 2013, secondly you provide links to download flash and firefox to ‘upgrade my system’ who are you to tell me my ‘system’ needs an upgrade. My first reaction was to open Firefox, but a split second later I thought, F12 that shit. So dev tools, change user agent…. MAGIC Royal Games CAN RUN IN INTERNET EXPLORER11. I also checked with IE11 in IE10 mode and it worked their too.
One thing that people saw about Windows Phone sometimes, is that it is not very customizable. While I disagree whole heartedly, I also like to make it a little simpler for people to add customizations to their Windows Phone devices. With my Custom Tiles web app you have customizability that no other phone has. You can add a lot of color, custom icons, and custom text to your WP home screen while also making them work as useful links to the websites that you use everyday.
You will notice that I added a ? to the top right of http://zqp.me/custom-tiles so that you can quickly see the steps it takes to start adding some flare to your WP home screen. Tapping on the ? will open an easily listed out set of instructions for adding your favorite websites to your home screen with a heavily customizable tile.
Unicode Character Help
I made Custom Tiles support Unicode Characters a long time ago but, I know that many people do not realize the power that this added. So to help you all out I added a quick access panel to a variety of different Unicode characters that will help you to customize your WP7 or WP8 home screen. I will also take requests from people to find more specific Unicode characters and add or remove certain ones from the quick list. To access the quick list of Uni’s you simply tap on the ‘Title’ input box and it will appear at the top of your screen for you. Then all you have to do is tap on the Unicode Character that you like and the rest is magic.
Have fun customizing your home screens. If you would like to share some of your creations, it would be greatly appreciated. Also if you have any feature requests, feel free to submit them in the comments or on Twitter @Brad_Billman.
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Want to make the home screen of your Windows Phone even more attractive? I’ve made some exciting changes to the Custom Tiles web app that I have built ➠ here. If you haven’t seen it, it is a must for Windows Phone fans. It is a great, easy way to add custom tiles to your start screen for website shortcuts. Currently, you simply just the web address that you want to create the shortcut for, the title, subtitle, color, and pin it to your start screen.
As you can see below I have used a few of the HTML entity icons to show just a little bit of what can be done now with Custom Tiles. There is a link below to a good resource for the html entity, hex, and decimal codes for these icons but here is one example. ✌ = ✌
More Customizable Website Shortcuts
I have just added support for HTML entity hex and decimal code so that you can add a slew of different icons to your start screen. A good reference to these characters can be found here ✓.
Techniques for Perfecting Your Custom Tiles
I started thinking about it and realized that you can easily pan and zoom to position the text/icons exactly where you will want them to be. Later on I would like to add more colors, font color change, and independently changing the position of the title and sub-title. I have been thinking about using cookies to remember some of your choices to make your process faster. And implementing an auto complete for some common urls to make that process easier. If there is any other functionality you would like to see please let me know. I think that adding the icon support increases the usefullness 10 fold for this web app.
Want to customize the web tiles on your Windows Phone?
I have been working on a small application to allow users to add some customization to tiles of websites that they choose to pin to their home screen. With this small web app you will be able to set some main text, sub text, font size, and color to the website tile that is on your homescreen. With this you will be able to easily make a pinned website tile match your theme or make it a color that stands out.
I would eventually like to add more features to this web app like; font selectors, image upload, and more colors to choose from. For now you can use this tool at Custom Tiles. This has mostly just been tested on my HTC Titan and recently the CSS file was erased somehow so I had to redo it without as much testing. Please submit any bugs or requests in the comments below.
If you have yet to start using a CSS preprocessor then now might be the time to take a look. CSS preprocessors are a great way to add a little bit of logic and code reusability to CSS. CSS preprocessors, like SASS and LESS, will give you things like variables, mixins, and operations. These are all things that are common in most programming languanges but have not been implemented into CSS. As the name suggests a CSS preprocessor will process your code before hand, turning it into valid, usable, and often compressed CSS files.
SEO or search engine optimization has a thin line in it. There is the good SEO that is optimizing your site for search engines with the user still in mind and having good content. Then there is the other SEO that is often paid for which is strictly search engine optimization without caring about giving some value to the end user. Google, Bing, and any other search engine are constantly working toward getting the most relevant data to the user. This can be very difficult because anyone can make a website and submit it to search engines. Google is going to try to ignore SEO as we currently know it. This could make for a huge switch in search results. Continue reading “Is The New #SEO Not Doing SEO? Google Forcing Google+”
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Now, this can and will be argued about actually being the first part to setting up a website but for what I am doing this is step one. Technically you should probably have an idea about what you want your website to be and have some goals set. However, in my case I just want to have a blog site setup where I can write about things once in a while. I get excited about some things that I would love to write about but don’t and other times there are things that I just really think people should see. I am a web developer by profession and would like to get better with web design so along the life of this site I will be trying to make a wordpress theme or find one I like.