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Howdy! I'm James, a website developer who loves all things web. When I'm not in web developer mode I enjoy writing on my blog and gaming. When I'm not doing that I'm probably on Netflix going on the latest TV series binge.

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Multi Columned Layouts in CSS3

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It’s been a while since my last CSS3 post/tutorial but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been following the development of CSS3. I have been looking at some of the newer features that have recently been implemented and one that’s caught my eye is the multi column layout module. You can already guess what this module can do. Thats right it creates columns! Using the new column module it allows you to create columns in the form of a newspaper style column. News websites and blogs rejoice! Lets take a look at how we can create columns with the new module.

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Controlling www or no www in .htaccess

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When you go to punch in a URL in your browsers address bar, you may add the www. or be lazy and just put in thedomain.com, sometimes you can use both and sometimes one of the two redirects to the other version of the address. For example if you type in james-blogs.com in your URL address bar the www. suddenly is added on, why? This is because for SEO purposes it is important that you have one constant varitation while redirecting the both to chosen variation in my case I make the www. appear as I think it looks better with blog and domains with a dash in them. Read more to find out why this is important

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That smiley face on your WordPress Footer?

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Recently I saw a unexpected visitor suddenly appearing on my footer. A unusual guest named smiley, yes really! As I was doing a regular check on browsershots.org to see how my website was displaying in all the main browsers I noticed a random gap after the footer with a small smiley face in the bottom left corner and sure enough I saw it for myself when I checked it out in my internet browser. What was causing the uninivited guest to appear? Read on to find our the cause of this weirdness!

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Creating a Tabbed Navigation menu

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Here’s another navigation tutorial but this time im being a bit different, since my last navigation tut Creating A Drop Down menu I wanted to be a bit different and step away from the boring one level navigation bars. Well in this tutorial you will learn how to create a tabbed navigation menu, complete with a under tab description feature, which when you hover on a certain tab a description will appear below the navigation bar, I’ve seen a few of these around, but most of them use javascript when really you don’t need it if your looking for something simple. Im going to teach you how to create this using HTML lists and CSS styling no javascript involved.

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Creating a Drop Down Navigation Menu

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Every tutorial I’ve done on navigation bars or menu’s has been the normal one level navigation bar, but when you build a website you may feel the need to create sub categories, for example my blog houses various tutorials which are stored in categories, I have a drop down navigation bar on the main link, which is tutorials which then displays sub catergories and then the specific catergory e.g. Tutorials > XHTML > Basics in that example there are three levels. You can create navigation bar levels using lists, it’s the easiest way to create a drop down menu but for styling it can get a bit tricky, but in this tutorial Im going to show you how to form a drop down navigation menu and then style it with CSS

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