HTML style guide

Submitted by bas on Wed, 16/09/2009 - 14:49

When designing websites graphic designers often draw a neat picture in photoshop. The day to day use of a website greatly differs from this ideal scenario. The design shows a calm and readable site with demo text. But the actual website in use everything but serene and readable. The text style is usually the first aspect of a site that gets diluted. Both users and visitors create content or leave comments which just don't fit the initial picture painted by the designer. A lot of problems stem from the use of wysiwyg editors in content management systems.

Related nodes and custom breadcrumbs

Submitted by bas on Fri, 21/08/2009 - 17:38

Sometimes, having an easy to use CMS like Drupal or Joomla is just one more excuse to keep on tweaking. Just now I added a related nodes block to the article and project pages. Let's say I write an article like this and I tag it drupal. A couple other articles on the same topic are shown in a block in the right column. Hard to do? I don't think so! Just use the views module an some view arguments, like so.

SEO and performance

Submitted by bas on Tue, 21/07/2009 - 15:46

Discussions on Drupal site optimisation are usually technical discussions. But many a time they boil down to philosophical discussions. Search engine optimisation (SEO) and performance tweaks aren't necessarily good for the manageability of your site or for your potential visitors. I ran across a couple of these dilemmas in recent days while trying to optimise my own site.

Tweaking the site

Submitted by bas on Thu, 14/05/2009 - 11:59

Since a week I'm working in Haarlem every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. With the good folks of 2Value we're manning a new office at the Kenaupark. The synergy of sharing an office location can be a really good thing. One of the benefits is always having a usability guru around. Kor pointed me at some shortcomings of this website. Some of them I solved today.

New Layout

Submitted by bas on Tue, 14/04/2009 - 02:05

Code Culture has a brand-spanking new layout. My wonderful friends Leon and Rob from WAT Ontwerpers have concocted a colourful corporate identity, logo, and website design. The drupal theme for this website, I built myself. Though this is still a work in progress (and it probably will be a work in progress for the remainder of it's life), many of the elements of the new design are in place. Let me point out some highlights:


Afgelopen jaar is Interpay gefuseerd met een Duitse partner. Uw pintransacties worden nu dus afgehandeld door een Europese combinatie die Equens is gedoopt. Ik heb er in opdracht van Eden Design voor gezorgd dat een rimpelloze overgang van de Interpay- naar de Equens-vormgeving mogelijk was.