Displaying statistic numbers on your website has become quite popular and has been trending since mid-year of 2016. You may have seen a section on a site you scroll to with statistic information like “Projects Tackled – 347” or humorous stats like “Cups of Coffee – 2,547”. Some are static and some animated. These type of stats tend to introduce the performance and human factor of the company and lend to some good marketing points of view that align with info-graphics.
While playing around with some stats Ideas lately, I created a few different types of animated stats displays and out of the 3 I created, statsOmeter was one I wanted to share with the web development community. This little jQuery stats plugin will add an odometer type stats bar to a specific div with a specific class name. A plus to this stats counter is that you can use letter characters as well to spell words as well as adding a happy and sad face via characters ” ) ( :”. Adding letters allows you to also add humor to your stats. Very simple to use and you can change its appearance via CSS to match your website theme.
Since I’ve had an increase in request over the past few years for WordPress websites, I decided it would be beneficial to create a WordPress plugin version that would not only be super easy to add to the site during development, but would allow my clients to easily change and edit their business hours through accessing its settings page.
busnHours only supports businesses hours of operation from 6:00am to 10:00pm. Future updates will support Holidays settings and more customizations. This plugin for a limited time is available as a free download. Eventually it will only be available by either a paid one time fee or annual subscription with support and free updates. For details, info and to download, please visit the busnHours plugin page.
Animated Notice when Open
6 Messages, 3 when your open, 3 when closed. Messages are when open = “Almost Open”, “Just Opened” and “Open Now” Messages when Closed = “Almost Closed”, “Just Closed” and “Closed Now”.
These messages are shown in a frequency of 15 minutes, at 15 to prior/exact time/15 after time
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As you can see by code this will get all images within the container using jQuery’s “each” loop and apply their max-width size as an inline style on each image. Of course you’ll need your CSS setup like below as example max-width 1900 pixels. I chose this size since I only develop websites to max fit standard HD resolution. Notice its 1900 not 1920 to allow for 10 pixels of padding on left and right sides of the container(“photos”) or your body tag for mobile:
Tip Your image will abruptly change size after loading, that’s why its best to set an opacity on them at “0” and once the page is loaded add the opacity of “1”. You can animate a fade in with jQuery or even take it a step further and add a loader per image. Typically if your building a web photo application these are things you would do.
AMP HTML are web pages designed to load near instantaneously. With mobile devices as the leader in internet access today, Google and many other companies have created the AMP project. Google best explains it as quote; ” For many, reading on the mobile web is a slow, clunky and frustrating experience – but it doesn’t have to be that way. The Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) Project is an open source initiative that embodies the vision that publishers can create mobile optimized content once and have it load instantly everywhere.”
AMP HTML is a subset of HTML for authoring content pages such as news articles, blogs and products in a way that guarantees certain baseline performance characteristics. If you’re looking to optimize your site or client’s websites for speed. AMP is the way to go. For and introduction to AMP HTML see the video below. For more details see the ampproject.org website.
This year I wanted to create a custom eCard to send to family and friends and came up with a 3D pop-up eCard design. To make it work I relied on getting parameters from the URL link I would send out. After designing and building the eCard. I realized I had quite a few to send it too and created a small app page to create the link to make it easier and thought I’d share this with everyone , so you can also use it. Check it out here, and here is the link for customizing it to send to someone: http://markhawkinsdesigns.com/3d-popup-christmas-card/ecard-someone.html. Merry Christmas! 🙂
mobiTable is my first free responsive plug-in for WordPress that automatically rearranges your HTML tables into a much easier to navigate format for mobile devices. You can read more about it here on this post. mobiTable will soon be available at the WordPress Plugin Repository. Below is an example of the mobiTable WordPress plugin adjusted for Mobile.
If you like this WordPress plugin, please give me a like or share. If you have any issues or find a bug, please send me an email to email@example.com.
mobiTable Plugin Mobile Example
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Lets face it, instructions accompanied by photos makes it easy for us all to understand how to do something. But even then, I’ve seen instructions that are cramped or cluttered and hard to follow because of the layout. Considering today we have mobile devices that most of us use to get to information, I decided to create a mobile friendly little app that uses a jQuery plugin script I wrote. This little app is small in width and showcases instructions step by step by clicking to the next step or previous step. This removes the clutter and keeps the user focused on that specific step. This is a free to use app/script and is best used for simple instructions. If you like it, please give me a like or share.
HTML Tables are great for displaying data, but when it comes to showing that data on a mobile phone, there becomes usability issues that seem obtrusive even with some of the solutions some of the developers out there on the Internet have created. Some of these solutions where to have the tables scroll to right to show more of the data on long width tables for mobile devices or small screen sizes or toggle and hide specific sections.
** Please note that mobiTable is only for raw data tables. Meaning it won’t work with tables with images or HTML tags embedded.