Re-design update: a new 404 page

Re-design update: a new 404 page
As part of the changes I’m working on to dabbled.org, I decided to create a fun 404 page (you know, the Page Not Found thing you get with a bad link). The new background is watercolor paper, so I created an effect of the paper being torn to see what was underneath–and of course some cute robots peeking through. And the effect even covers part of the header. I thought it was a pretty cute trick. You can see it by going to any link on the site that doesn’t exist, like http://dabbled.org/slkdfjs. I’ve seen several cute 404 pages recently, but mine was inspired by the one on Swiss Miss (great design site).… [ KEEP READING ]

Excuse the Progress! Making changes around here…

Excuse the Progress! Making changes around here...
Since I’m a web designer, it’s pretty sad that I haven’t kept up my own blog up as nice as some of the ones I work on! I’ve been meaning to clean up the look of Dabbled for a while now, and I’m finally getting around to making some changes to the look and feel. I haven’t quite figured out the final direction, but for right now, I’ve mostly been just cleaning up the site look, going for a more streamlined feel with more white space. I also stuck up a modified logo.
so stay tuned, this isn’t final… more to come!… [ KEEP READING ]

New Facebook Landing page for Foodwhirl

New Facebook Landing page for Foodwhirl
OK, OK, I promise more arts & crafts and less web design in the near future, but I had to show this off.   Facebook pages are generally pretty boring, and I have a client who wanted a fancier facebook landing page.  So I decided to create one for Foodwhirl to see how difficult it was, before I costed it for her.  And, though a little complex (once I figured out that facebook was no longer supporting FBML and I needed to use iFrames, i found this great tutorial) , it wasn’t too hard for my mad web skillz.… [ KEEP READING ]

WordPress: Adding Featured Image support to your theme

Wordpress: Adding Featured Image support to your theme
As a followup to yesterday’s post on making the correct images show up on Facebook, here’s some more information about adding the recent WordPress Featured Image functionality to your wordpress theme. If your WordPress theme came out prior to 2.9 or 3.0, it won’t have support for the Featured Image functionality. To enable the functionality, you need to add this line to your functions.php file.
if ( function_exists( 'add_theme_support' ) ) {
add_theme_support( 'post-thumbnails' );
}
Once you do this, you’ll see “Use as Featured Image” next to the Insert Into Post button. (You’ll also see a Featured Image box under the Post Tags box on the right side of the Edit Post page) If you’re just trying to fix the Facebook issues we talked about yesterday, and you’re using the plugin I suggested, this is really all you need to do to set a specific image to come up on Facebook.… [ KEEP READING ]

Blogger Question: How to get the right images when Liking on Facebook

Blogger Question: How to get the right images when Liking on Facebook
Sometimes here on Dabbled I put on my web developer hat and answer technical questions that bloggers who read Dabbled might want to know. My dear twitter bud Carissa (@carissarogers) asks: “hey, any idea why sometimes images DON’t show up correctly when ‘liking’ a post for FB direct from site?? Like the sidebar comes up etc..” Why yes, yes I do! Basically, when you “Like” (click a facebook icon) within a webpage, or when you link to a webpage from Facebook, Facebook reads the information on your webpage to figure out what to display.  But it is not necessarily smart enough to know which text or image is really the relevant one, which is why sometimes you see really silly things in the facebook link, like icons, instead of the photo related to the page or article.… [ KEEP READING ]

New Projects Page on Dabbled, and Pie.

New Projects Page on Dabbled, and Pie.
I’ve been playing around with a new look for Dabbled, and I’m not quite happy with it yet… the main page seems too cluttered for my taste.  But one thing I love is the new Projects page.  It’s a quick look at many of the old projects featured on Dabbled… my own, guest posts, and so forth.  Go check it out, and let me know what you think :) Oh, and I missed posting for Pi Day yesterday, but my brother did a how-to on making a blueberry-raspberry pie, over at Foodwhirl.  Go check it out, too!