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Good One Business Catalyst... You Won Me Over Again

So, this morning I woke up to a nice new update from Adobe's Business Catalyst that simply says... 'SSL' encryption is now available. Why is this a big deal to me? Well, simply put, most competitors (if you could even call them that) already have had this feature and it has progressively become a more important feature. Especially if you want to create a dynamic platform that will house customer profiles, passwords, and even take payments. 

I Bought A Mavic Pro Drone... And I Love It (A Review Of The DJI Mavic Pro)

Now, let me start this off by saying that this review will cover some of the specs but to be honest, I really wanted to really focus on how easy this is to use along with the footage you can capture with it. Also, I am by no means a 'Drone Professional' but I do have experience with camera. 

How To Compress Images For The Web In Adobe Photoshop

Recently, I was working on a project and realized that a huge part of my workflow was actually editing and compressing my images. the funny thing is, I spend so much time thinking about what to teach for web design and web development that I skipped over a crucial part of web design that doesn't involve code. So, today, let's tackle that crucial part of image compression. 

How To Create A Full Page Width Layout In Adobe Muse

So I have gotten this question a lot lately and I feel terrible for just now getting to it. All in all, ever since I published our 'Digital' Adobe Muse template (which you can download here), I have received emails and comments asking how to create a full width page layout inside of Adobe Muse. Well, allow me to show you young padawan! (Sorry, Star Wars reference) 

Do I NEED Social Media For My New Business? No & Here's Why

Let's tackle a question I get all too often... And that is "Do I NEED social media for my business? Should I have a dedicated social media specialist?" 

Adding Page Transitions To Your Adobe Muse Website (Build Your Own Transition Widget)

Recently I had a pretty incredible question come up and I was really excited. Max asked if there was a way to add page transitions to an Adobe Muse website without a 3rd party widget. Well, there is a way but honestly, it is far more complex then using a widget approach. So in this article I will teach you how to BUILD your OWN page transition widget from scratch. On top of that, for those of you lazy bones out there, I will also include the completed widget in the download as well for you to use in your projects. So yes, if you really want to avoid learning anything today, feel free to download the widget along with the project files below. 

How To Create A Fixed Navigation In Adobe Muse (All About Pinning)

With the new Adobe Muse (and even the older version), pinning could be kind of confusing for new users. What does it do and how would I use it in my project? Well today I want to tackle that. Yes this is a whole post / tutorial dedicated to just pinning inside of Adobe Muse but if you haven't fully understood pinning before, you will now.  

How Place Text Inside Of Responsive Columns With Adobe Muse (No Widgets Needed)

Let's face it, Adobe Muse makes placing text columns a little complicated simply because the text doesn't redistribute evenly and each text box is it's own drawn element on the Adobe Canvas. Well, today I want to show you guys how easy it is to add CSS columns to your Adobe Muse project and we will do this without the use of widgets. Along with learning about CSS columns, we will also lightly touch on CSS Media Queries as well (the responsive breakpoints in CSS). 

How To Create A Video Background In Adobe Muse (No Widgets Required)

When it comes to design and creating truly eye catching layouts, it seems that nothing can beat video. When it is properly used, it can increase web conversions dramatically. Well, in Adobe Muse, there sadly isn't a great built in feature to use video as a hero banner or as a background so today, let's take a look at how to create a video background for our Adobe Muse website. 

How To Make iframe's Responsive (YouTube Embeds, Google Maps etc.)

Now that responsive web design is an absolutely necessary with all of the internet capable devices out there, it is pretty important that all of your content can hold up as well. This includes embedded videos and maps that always come in the ever pesky <iframe>... 

How To Submit A Business Catalyst Standard Webform Using Ajax / JSON

So when I started using Business Catalyst, I quickly learned how much the CMS uses redirects for almost everything and quickly grew frustrated. As a budding developer, I had no idea how to work with these redirects and at the time had only just started to learn JavaScript and JQuery. I heard about Ajax and immediately searched to see if this was available to use in BC's webforms and found Business Catalysts documentation on how to submit a webform using Ajax / JSON but being the newbie I was at the time, I just copied the code repeatedly throughout my external JS file which as we all know is not good practice. Finally, I decided to take a new approach and create my own plugin for the Ajax / JSON webform submission so that way my external JS didn't accumulate unnecessary bloat and slow my page load speeds down. 

Working With Un Responsive Widgets In Responsive Adobe Muse

Adobe Muse has come quite a long ways since it was first released. We are now able to keep up with today's modern web through the use of responsive / fluid design and that my friends, is incredible in itself. But for how far Adobe Muse has come, there are still some hiccups. For instance, when you go to create a contact form in Adobe Muse, you might of noticed that the form is not responsive / fluid what so ever. So how do we account for this without making our whole page / breakpoint fixed? Well, today I am going to show you how you can keep your responsive layout and still use the unresponsive widgets.