Category Archives: Tutorials

New Update: 100% Full Width Header & Footer with Centered Content (Including “Anchored” Versions)


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[Feb 1st, 2015] I’ve finally updated my code examples for the very popular series I’ve shared with how to center content within a section that has a “full width” (or “full bleed”) background (100% Full Width Header & Footer with Centered Content series: v1 v2 v3 – disregard all of those now!).


This also includes an update for the full width examples of the header & footer that stay anchored to the top/bottom of the window (First edition here: How to: Anchor the Footer to Bottom of Page (or Header to Top)!).

full-width-fixed-exBoth of these versions are now responsive, the HTML and CSS both updated.

You can view the new examples on github and download it to use in any way you’d like!


How to: Create Full (100%) Width Header/Footer with Centered Content (Updated)


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Update #3 2/1/2015 – Final update! I have made the final version completely simpler and completely responsive! Disregard this version and all others. The only version you should read and download is the New Update: 100% Full Width Header & Footer with Centered Content (Including “Anchored” Versions).

Update 1/15/2012Please see the latest release of 100% Full Width Header/Footer with Centered Content.

I originally wrote a tutorial on how to “Create Full Width Header & Footer With Centered Content Using CSS” almost three years ago (yipe!) when I was working on one of the many redesigns of my site. Looking back on it now (since it’s one of my most popular articles), I see it’s slightly different as to how I have been doing it recently. Both methods work, both can be used, but I find my current method a little bit “cleaner”.


How To Make Aardvark Add-on Work With Firefox 3!


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Aardvark Plugin for Firefox I’m a huge, huge fan of the latest Firefox release. But I was really, really disapointed that a LOT of my very favorite (and most used!) plugins were incompatible. The plugin I felt most lost without was Aardvark, which I use every single day, practically all day long to aid me in development, editing and design.

Aardvark is a simple little Firefox plugin that when activated (right click and choose “Start Aardvark”) lets you highlight each elements on the page with a red border – not only that, a tab appears on the border with the element and id/class that is associated with it.

This plugin is critical for me (along with Firebug) when diagnosing layout problems.


Rounded Corner Boxes With Expandable Heights Using CSS and Images


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Rounded corners are a great design element to escape from the blocky/boxiness a lot of web designers fall victim to. I remember the first time I created my own rounded corner box using Photoshop and HTML/CSS. What a thrill :) A lot of people shy away from it because it SEEMS a lot more difficult than it really is.

I’m going to show two ways to create this effect using Photoshop (or the graphic editor of your choice) and HTML/CSS. There are other ways to create this effect using just CSS – but I really am not a big fan of it because it creates a lot more empty divs than this method. Yes if images are off you will lose this effect – but I’m willing to sacrifice that.

Like I said I’m going to demonstrate two ways to accomplish this. The first is using just a flat rounded corner image with no other effects. The second will have a box with a drop shadow, border and gradient. :) So let’s start easy!