Tables That You Can Sort and Search

Tables, or grids, are a good way to present data on websites. I really like jQuery DataTables for handling tables of information. In the demo below you can sort by column or search the entire grid. [iframe src="http://beyond-paper.com/inspiration/grids/" width="100%"...

Use Tooltips to Add Context

Tooltips are boxes that pop up when a user hovers (or clicks) on a link.  They can be used to add context to an external link - for example to advise that the link leads off-site or will play a video or sound. They are also useful as a substitute for footnotes in...

Updating Inspiration Posts Plus New Additions

Updating Inspiration Posts Plus New Additions

Recently I've been going over beyond-paper.com, making sure links are working and tutorials are current.  After several server moves, a switch to https and time, I found quite a few of my Inspiration posts were out of date. Inspiration posts are neat little ideas for...

Subtle (or not so) Background Animation

Subtle (or not so) Background Animation

Recently my computer updated and while the updates were running a message appeared on the screen with a blue background.  The background kind of pulsed from light to dark blue and looked really neat.  It got me thinking how to make something similar for a website....

The Danger of Free WordPress Themes

The Danger of Free WordPress Themes

I was recently asked to assist a new client in restoring their hacked website.  The client is a small alternative medicine practice with a self-hosted WordPress installation that seemed to suddenly have developed a mind of its own.  Banner ads appeared without...

Removing Image Links in WordPress

Removing Image Links in WordPress

By default WordPress adds a link to images you upload and place in posts and pages.  The link just goes to a page that shows the image.  This behavior is undesirable for two reasons. First, it is unexpected behavior.  Users expect links to take them somewhere useful...

Don’t Trust Friends Who “Know About WordPress”

Don’t Trust Friends Who “Know About WordPress”

It has now happened for the fourth time.  I received an email from a client for whom I set up a WordPress site.  Instead of contracting with me to move their site, they went with their friend/teenager/employee/volunteer who "knew about WordPress".  They moved the site...

10 Essential WordPress Plugins

10 Essential WordPress Plugins

With almost 40,000 plugins available to WordPress users, WordPress' core functionality can be expanded to meet the needs of nearly anyone.  Lots of sites list their "XX Must-Have WordPress Plugins" and I'm joining the parade.  Here are the plugins I find absolutely...