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WordPress Tutorial: Simple Breadcrumb Navigation

I am currently working on some larger projects, and some of them are in desperate need of a breadcrumb navigation, since there are so many sub categories and pages, that users often have a hard time not to lose track of their current position on the site.

After searching the web for an adequate plugin, the only Breadcrumb navigation I could find was Breadcrumb NavXT. The plugin is basically the only one which supports nested pages as well as nested categories. It has a ton of options… to my mind there are way to many. After testing the plugin on a blank installation my Database query count went from 17 to 59 even if I was on the starting page where no breadcrumb navigation was displayed. So I decided to code a lightweight version for myself.

What you will learn here, are the basics of creating a simple breadcrumb navigation. This tutorial doesn’t offer a complete script, just some snippets to experiment with =)

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Premium WordPress Theme: Aurora Borealis

Aurora Borealis is a WordPress Theme I created after experimenting with some tutorials at http://abduzeedo.com.
It uses a dark cholor scheme along with a colorful header, similar to the current version of kriesi.at, since people always tell me how much they like this combination ;)

The theme uses some of the code snippets I created for my WordPress Tutorials as well as for my jQuery tutorials.

Some of the features that are included:

  • PSD File for easy customization
  • Widget ready sidebar and footer
  • Valid HTML /CSS, along with Javascript that degrades gracefully if turned of
  • Multi Level CSS Drop Down Menu (improved with jQuery) for your pages
  • Smooth scrooling between anchor links (jQuery)
  • Extendable footer (jQuery)
  • Works in all major Browsers (IE6, IE7 , Safari, Firefox2, Firefox3, Opera, Google Chrome)
  • Demo Version here


Attention

This WordPress Theme was discontinued and is no longer available for sale

Vacation… again :)

I wasn’t able to write a lot during the last weeks: since I know I am going to another vacation trip – and especially since my clients know this- I am flooded with last minute work which has to be done. So there wont be any updates here until 25th August, when I safely arrive at Vienna Airport again. Well tanned from the Portuguese sun and relaxed hopefully =)

When I am back I will release my first WordPress Theme which is nearly ready now, so stay tuned!
Best Regards to all of you ;)

New Laptop?

Well, most of the time I give advice in some form or another, be it trough my tutorials or my comments, but today I would like to hear some advice from you. As you can see in the picture beside, my companion for the last 2 years, my MacBook, has suffered severe damage from the heavy use in this time.

I dally with the idea of buying a new notebook for some time now, cause the look of the macbook is far from stylish ever since the white chassis turned into dirty dark yellow. Ok, I am not that kind of a brag that I would throw away my laptop only because of its looks, but the hard drive I bought 2 years ago is far to small, the RAM is too little, and the screen is to tiny for long lasting Photoshop works.

The chassis cracked now for the second time (the first time apple customer service fixed it but I didn’t extend for the 3-year Apple Care plan) and I think its time to get something better. I like to work with Apples OSX but I don’t really care which operating system I use, due to the fact that I was working on Windows XP for several years before.

 

After browsing tons of sites with windows laptops I startet to like the Idea of bying a MacBook again, this time the Pro version of course. Appart from the neat look, they seem to fit my needs in a much better way than other companys notebooks.

What I want to know from you is:
Do MacBook Pros discolour and fall apart as well as the normal versions after 2 years?
Would you recommend buying one or something totally different?

Would be glad to hear some advice ;)

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Create an apple style menu and improve it via jQuery

Since I wrote my last tutorial on how to create a CSS only multilevel dropdown menu I got a lot of visitors who wanted to know how I created the main navigation of kriesi.at. (a so called kwicks menu) The interest in extraordinary menus seems to be high nowadays, so today I will teach you how this is done.

Since the Apple-flavored Leopard-text-indent style is currently one of my favorite menu styles, we will start from scratch and build such a menu in Photoshop, then create the needed HTML and CSS and last but not least improve it via jQuery.

This is what we are going to build (don’t forget to hover over the menu)

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