Jan 19, 2017
As of January 2017 Google is making it mandatory for websites to be SSL certified, otherwise sites will be flagged as not secure. For those of you who don't know what SSL certification is, look at the URL of my website. There you will see a padlock, and instead of HTTP you see HTTPS. This means that all information that is processed between browser and server is encrypted, making it much harder for anyone to hack information. For those of you who run eCommerce sites, this is a must to keep your customer's payment and contact information secure. For myself, I felt it was a necessary option to provide that extra bit of comfort to my site visitors, especially for those who contact me via my contact form.
Sep 11, 2014
When it comes to the choice of using an SVG compared to a PNG in situations where high quality is required for that image, SVG takes precedence. For my site my home page has two images that are SVGs. The problem I was having was getting these images to scale in Firefox, Chrome, and Safari with a PNG fallback for versions of IE and other browsers that won't read SVG. The original obvious choice was to use the object tag so that I could not only include the SVG images, but their PNG fallbacks as well. I initially develop in Firefox because I love using Firebug for inspecting issues and debugging them. But after testing the SVG images in Chrome and Safari I realized that they would not scale in either browser. Firefox on the other hand was giving me no issues at all. So I searched the web looking for a solution to my problem. After lots of searching and reading all about SVGs I figured out that putting my object tag in a surrounding div container might help.
Jul 26, 2014
In creating my website and building websites for clients I've done a lot of research for the best tools to utilize when creating a website. While most sites I have built for clients have been WordPress sites, this website is built using Bootstrap, HTML, CSS, and a bit of PHP. When I decided I wanted to add a blog to my website I had two choices. Attempt to build a database and a fully functioning PHP based blog, or, find a CMS that I could use instead. After doing some research I came across a few different options. I didn't want to use WordPress, but I did want to use the blog template I had designed and setup utilizing Bootstrap. I also wanted to use a CMS that was as simple to use as possible allowing me to keep my HTML based site and just add a blog page using a type of text editor, allowing me to easily add blog posts similar to WordPress.