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Friday Focus #21

Welcome to another edition of Friday Focus, now in it’s twenty-first week of wrapping up all the weekly happenings on the web (ok, not all, but some). Let’s get started.

Sites of the Week

Expression Engine (EE) recently launched a new design for the products site, I it looks very good. It’s a really great, streamlined designs composed of navy and light blues, and whites.

Expression Engine

Virb, a social networking site from the creators of Purevolume (Unborn Media) also launched publicly this week. It’s simple design beats out Myspace, and what’s even better is the almost unlimited ways you can customize your profile using css and html.

Virb

And finally this week comes Carfreaks, an absolutely great looking car blog / magazine. Even on dark colors, the design works perfectly.

Carfreaks

Digg Weekly

This week’s best according to AJ, picked from the top dugg articles over the past 7 days.

DesignWhat Can Pulp Fiction Teach You About Typography?
An amazing animation to an audio clip from “Pulp Fiction” that uses various fonts and text sizes to convey the meanings behind the words. I thought this was very, very cool.

ProgrammingHow to Create Sliding, Collapsible Div
An article outlining the steps to create a sliding, collapsible div with javascript and css. Includes step by step instructions.

This week’s up and coming according to Ronalfy from Digg.

DesignWeb 2.0 Tutorials Round Up
Smashing Magazine does it again with a nice list of Web 2.0 tutorials.

ProgrammingInclude Flash in web pages without “Click to activate this control”
Unobtrusive Flash Objects (UFO) v3.20 is a neat little tool that allows you to include a flash object in Internet Explorer without the user having to click to activate the control. I personally use an alternate solution that works great as well.

Design Dilemma

The purpose of Design Dilemma is to post one dilemma a week and allow the readers to voice their suggestions and/or opinions. If you have your own dilemma, please send me yours at ronalfy+devlounge@gmail.com.

Congratulations. You’re a freelancer and you’ve been hired by a company to redesign its website and input the old content into a new content management system. There’s only one minor problem: there are over a thousand static html pages and all of them contain tag soup. What would be your approach for stripping out the content and inputting everything into the CMS?

As a sidenote, nobody responded to last week’s design dilemma. I assure you that this dilemma has a solution. If you would like to know my approach, please express your interest in the comments. The solution is fairly involved, so I would have to write a tutorial for it.

WordPress Plugin Spotlight

The first plugin spotlighted is called MoveComments. When a user leaves a comment on an old post, or the wrong post, it is not very simple to move comments. The MoveComments plugin allows you to easily move comments from one post to another. The plugin is in an early version and I am looking forward to seeing what the author will do with the plugin on later versions.

The second plugin spotlighted is called Ajaxified Expand Post Now. If you use the “more” tag when you publish posts, this plugin will allow a user to see the rest of the content (via AJAX) by clicking on the “more” link. This plugin is also in an early version and is in need of an admin panel. To install and configure this plugin, you will need to be fairly comfortable with PHP.


  1. By Noel Hurtley posted on March 11, 2007 at 11:53 pm
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    “Congratulations. You’re a freelancer and you’ve been hired by a company to redesign its website and input the old content into a new content management system. There’s only one minor problem: there are over a thousand static html pages and all of them contain tag soup. What would be your approach for stripping out the content and inputting everything into the CMS?”

    Simple; just quit.

  2. By Noel Hurtley posted on March 11, 2007 at 11:55 pm
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    Ack! it looks like the blockquotes could use some love.

  3. By Ronald Huereca posted on March 12, 2007 at 12:05 am
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    @Noel,

    LOL. Quitting would be the ideal solution. However, converting 1000 tag-soup pages could be considered some good job security for a while. :)

  4. By Noel Hurtley posted on March 12, 2007 at 12:16 am
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    Ronald: while true, no man should have to endure such torture.

  5. By mathijs posted on March 12, 2007 at 1:13 am
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    Get enough coffee in the house, stop complaining and work. Make sure you’ve got a good insurance for the RSI you might develop somewhere between page 500 and 700.

    Or, as a real geek would do, spend 4 months writing a program which automatically parses the webpages, cleans them and puts in the text in a db.

  6. By John posted on March 15, 2007 at 4:29 pm
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    These blogs are stunning, my favorite this week is carfreaks but in my eyes all of them seem to have been built in the same general tendency: pure, clean square surfaces with matching colors.
    That looks great but what about a more personal overall feeling?
    Check this blog for example, not professional but warm, friendly and full of original touches:
    http://www.insearchofdessert.com
    Worth mentioning isn’t it? A friend of mine designed it, he is not a designer…

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