Express Submission
Articles / 24 Apr 2008

Express Submission

We have been testing a new way to submit your site to Design Shack recently, and it has been very well received. Express submission guarantees a 24 hour review of your website, and we will provide a personal response via email. The price was $10, and is now only $7. If you’re looking for a way to have your website reviewed quickly then this is it!

Please feel free to let us know your thoughts on the new service, we always appreciate feedback.

Ruby on Rails Intro
Articles / 22 Apr 2008

Ruby on Rails Intro

You’ve probably heard about Ruby on Rails by now, but it might not be something you have ever really got to grips with. A List Apart have published two great articles as an introduction to Ruby On Rails.

Coding With Springloops
Articles / 18 Apr 2008

Coding With Springloops

A common problem I encounter when designing a site in a team is the lack of a tool to easily allow us to collaborate and co-ordinate our work. There are several tools available to manage workflow and tasks, but few to actually help with the problem of overwriting someone else’s code.

NuBlue Hosting Discount
Competitions / 9 Apr 2008

NuBlue Hosting Discount

In celebration of a new hosting package, designed specifically to support the Magento eCommerce application, NuBlue are offering a 25% discount for all Design Shack readers. Simply use the discount code ‘sh4ck’ when signing up for an account. NuBlue are one of very few UK hosts that are currently supporting this application and this discount is a great way to get started using Magneto.

Spring Giveaway
Competitions / 26 Mar 2008

Spring Giveaway

To celebrate the arrival of Spring, Slice ‘n Dice are giving away a free project and a Gooey Carbon Bundle from GooeyTemplates.com. It looks like a great contest, something to make your spring coding a little easier!

The project up for grabs is a one page XHTML design with a three day turn-around – a value of $249. All designs are cross browser tested, with fully commented code.

Top 10 CSS Navigation Menus
Articles / 26 Mar 2008

Top 10 CSS Navigation Menus

Creating navigation with CSS is one of the most crucial elements of website design. Get the navigation right, and people will feel welcomed and at home. Get it wrong, and it can spell trouble for your website. This is a great collection of 10 CSS navigation examples and tutorials to get you in the creative mood.

Developer Tools in Safari
Articles / 19 Mar 2008

Developer Tools in Safari

Open the safari preferences window, click on the ‘advanced’ option and then select the box entitled ‘Show develop menu in menu bar’. Straight forward! The result is a new field in the top menu which looks like the following:

10 CSS Form Examples
Articles / 12 Mar 2008

10 CSS Form Examples

Forms can be greatly enhanced with a touch of CSS, making them more usable and far more visually attractive. Follow some of the examples below and you’ll be creating stunning CSS forms in no time at all.

Cross Browser Testing (PC)
Accessibility / 7 Mar 2008

Cross Browser Testing (PC)

A sure sign of a rock solid, well coded CSS layout is that it displays consistently across browsers and platforms. A look at recent global browser stats shows that, while Internet Explorer continues to be the most popular web browser in general use, its user base is fairly evenly split between versions 6 and 7.

And although other browsers such as Firefox, Opera and Safari have a relatively small share of the browser market, it would be unwise for any web designer or developer to ignore them when testing their work.

One Thousand Designs
Articles / 4 Mar 2008

One Thousand Designs

We today passed the mark of 1000 CSS designs featured in our gallery. Thank you to all those who keep submitting their websites and to our loyal readers looking for inspiration. Here’s to hitting the 2000 mark next year!

Happy Valentines!
Articles / 14 Feb 2008

Happy Valentines!

In the spirit of love, we have a gift for all our readers in the form of a 10% discount on any purchase from Markup4U. Simply enter ‘Design Shack’ in the notes section of your order to receive the discount, which will run until the end of February.

Happy Valentines from Design Shack!

CSSEdit Tutorial: The Basics
Articles / 18 Jan 2008

CSSEdit Tutorial: The Basics

CSSEdit is, as the name implies, a CSS editor for the Mac. It has come on leaps and bounds in the latest version and is now one of the best apps available on the Mac for designers. CSSEdit is created by the great delopers over at MacRabbit, who are also responsible for DeskShade.

One of the strongest features of CSSEdit is the simple, easy to navigate and beautiful interface. Even people who have no experience in styling web pages can find their way around this amazing app and create some stunning web pages. In this tutorial we’re going to be looking at the interface and how to get the most out of it.