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Updates On Some Things

There are a few issues we’d like to update everyone on, and I thought I’d cover them today.

As many of you frequent visitors may know, we’re beginning the process of putting together the next version of Devlounge, DL3, which will be a total remake of the site. With it will come multiple staff changes and a total rebuilding of Devlounge as you know it. No longer will it seem like the gaps between fresh content are weeks and weeks apart. We’re still looking for talented and experienced people to get involved with this one, so have a look at the DL3 page for some more information and to apply.

Next we’ll cover the issue of one of our interviews being removed. One of our authors decided today that he would removed his interview with Cameron Adams, and deleted it without allowing me anytime to replace the article with an announcement about it being moved. So if you run into any dead links, I’m sorry about this. This is just one of the reasons why we will restaff most of Devlounge following the completion of DL3.

Finally, our coutnerparts at Fadtastic added us to their footer feed today, a big thanks to them! We have our own ajax feed displayer feature planned for DL3, we’ll be sure to include them :).

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Prepare for the Fall Reboot

With the 2006 Fall CSS Reboot about to get underway in the next couple of weeks, what better way to get your design senses flowing well with the latest season by using this helpful guide. In it we’ll point out some colors and techniques that you can have a much easier time getting away with using different the fall than any other season.

Fresh Fall Foliage

So it’s that time again. We finally have said goodbye to summer, with it officially coming to and end for a good portion of us just a few days ago. You know how it is – you’ve probably been running with the same old site design since last springs CSS and May 1st Reboots. Don’t you think it’s time for something new? Of course you do!

As with the color of the leaves, sites needs makeovers, even if there is nothing wrong structurally with the site, at least a change of colors and fonts would do.

Keep It Fresh

The best way to get visitors to keep returning is to put together something new every few months, particularly if the only thing you our updating is a portfolio site or blog, because it requires less work than a large scale site. We’ve tried to do this with Devlounge, by updating the design every few months and adding touches here and there as we see fit.

Begin planning for fall designs now, and start fooling around with various mocks of possible colors and layouts you’d like to tinker with.

Get Away with those Fall Darks

One of the benefits of fall is the ability to get away with the use of darker colors in situations where most designers would generally frown upon it. While summer designs tend to have a more wide open, airy feeling to them, fall designs tend to be darker and express the change of the seasons.

Fall 2006 - Color Chart

Shades of dark oranges, reds, blues, and blacks can be very useful in fall designing. But, remember to limit how dark you make your site, because going too dark can turn visitors away, that is unless you’re Matt Brett.

Let’s take a look at the css reboot site, which has been updated for the fall by switching to a dark black / green color scheme.

CSS Reboot - Fall 2006

Success With Whites

Just because you can get away with darks in fall design doesn’t mean that you have too. Looking back at sites that did well in the 2005 Fall Reboot, you’ll notice a lot of white with use of some of the dark, bolder colors such as greens and blues for content area (ex: previous version of 9rules).

By using colors that pertain to the fall, visitors feel like they are immersed with the actual season itself – think of it as falling snowflakes without the cheap javascript include.

Don’t Leave That CSS Alone

Even if you have no plans to do an entire redesign of your site(s), open up the stylesheet and edit some colors. Add some variety to your life by changing up font colors and sizes, background colors – maybe even a “fallified” logo. Even small changes and enhancements can refresh the site to the state it was at when the design first launched.

Good luck with your fall reboots! In the coming weeks, we’ll be discussing more techniques for preparing for fall reboots, as well as showcasing some reboot designs before they go live from some top designer talents (members of Mintpages). Stay tuned!

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Major Notice: Contact Form Fix

Hello everyone. Matt (lead developer of WP) pointed out today that our contact form was sending all our emails to security at wordpress.org. I have no idea how the default email value was changed, and I have no idea how long this could have been for. If you’be been trying to get in touch using any contact forms on various DL pages, we’re truly sorry about this! We haven’t been ignoring you, we just haven’t received any emails! The address problem has been corrected, so please re-send any emails you may have sent, especially anyone who may have recently tried sending an email about contributing in the design & development of Devlounge 3.

Once again, sorry for the problem!

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We Need You! (DL3)

We need you!

The process has begun, we’re looking for talented, experienced, and willing designers and developers to help us with Devlounge 3.

We have many ideas, and we need your help to build the most innovative and functional designer / developer resource around.

Learn more and get in touch!

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How to Use Different CSS Stylesheets for Different Browsers

We’re sorry, the article you are looking for no longer exists.

This article was published on Devlounge by an author who copied 90% of the article from it’s original source, and credited as his own. As Devlounge is about maintaing our own original content and protecting the content of our counterparts, this article has been removed.

You can view the entire article, an excellent read on using different stylesheets for different browsers at its original location:
The Site Wizard – Using CSS With Different Browsers

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Wave for WordPress

While I may have not been writing many new articles lately, I have been doing something else. With the success Prebuilt / Prebuilt 2 has had, I thought it was time to release a new theme, and that theme comes in the form of Wave.

Wave is a three column white / tan / red theme, sporting a clean look while remaining valid XHTML & CSS. Give it a look and download it today.

Leave all your comments about the theme here, as this is serving as the “Announcement Post”.

Note: This is not Prebuilt 3, but an entirely different theme. :)

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A little busy

Sorry to everyone about the lack of updates recently. I myself won’t be doing much writing for at least another week, possibly two, while I settle back into the daily patterns on school. I will begin writing and updated Devlounge daily very soon. For now, take a browse through our article index for articles you may have missed.