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Re: Q&A for building/running websites

Post by humblebee » Fri Aug 14, 2009 16:34

What's the best way to embed an mp3 on a web page with a little built-in mp3 player thing?

I read somewhere that I shouldn't use the <embed> tag because it's completely shit.

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Re: Q&A for building/running websites

Post by Martijn » Fri Aug 14, 2009 16:44

I think it's one of the few cases in which using flash is a good idea. Here is a tutorial for the thing that most people use, it sounds pretty straightforward.

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Re: Q&A for building/running websites

Post by humblebee » Fri Aug 14, 2009 16:55

Thanks Martijn - I'll have a look tonight!

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Re: Q&A for building/running websites

Post by tompony » Fri Aug 14, 2009 16:58

If you're using Wordpress then you can get a plugin that does the same thing, but with even less effort. It's really neat!

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Re: Q&A for building/running websites

Post by humblebee » Fri Aug 14, 2009 17:07

I think my brief dabble with the idea of using Wordpress for the new site is over. My host has only got the right spec on its Linux server. I don't even know what that means!

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Re: Q&A for building/running websites

Post by indiehorse » Sun Aug 16, 2009 12:55

humblebee wrote:I think my brief dabble with the idea of using Wordpress for the new site is over. My host has only got the right spec on its Linux server. I don't even know what that means!
Are you not using their Linux server?
humblebee wrote:I read somewhere that I shouldn't use the <embed> tag because it's completely shit.
I don't know whether or not it was completely shit, but it is deprecated. The <object> tag is now used where the <embed> tag would have been. I agree with using that Flash player that Martijn's suggested.

HTML 5 is introducing an <audio> tag to make inserting audio files as simple as inserting an image, which is neat.

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Re: Q&A for building/running websites

Post by humblebee » Mon Aug 17, 2009 13:48

indiehorse wrote:Are you not using their Linux server?
God knows.
I agree with using that Flash player that Martijn's suggested.
I've had a go on it! It's really good and dead easy!
HTML 5 is introducing an <audio> tag to make inserting audio files as simple as inserting an image, which is neat.
Oh, nice. When's HTML 5 coming out? Is there anything else we should know about it?

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Re: Q&A for building/running websites

Post by Martijn » Mon Aug 17, 2009 14:07

humblebee wrote:
indiehorse wrote:Are you not using their Linux server?
God knows.
You probably are: non-Linux Servers are generally more expensive.
humblebee wrote:When's HTML 5 coming out?
I don't think this is known yet, but the main question to ask is: when will the majority of internet users have a browser that supports it. That's going to take quite a while.
humblebee wrote:Is there anything else we should know about it?
That it's going to be backwards-compatible.

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Re: Q&A for building/running websites

Post by stolenwine » Thu Feb 18, 2010 20:42

this should probably be a new thread, but i'll leave it as a post for now. anyway, what geeky blogs do you developers read? i'm following a few on twitter but it would be good to see if there's something awesome i'm missing out on.
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Re: Q&A for building/running websites

Post by humblebee » Thu May 13, 2010 11:59

Can anyone recommend a free tool for creating CSS please?

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Re: Q&A for building/running websites

Post by Gordon » Thu May 13, 2010 15:22

A good general question is 'what are the best free Windows and OS X tools for making good (tm) websites?' And I'm in the dark, I'm afraid.

My CSS skills go about as far as modifying existing CSS.

And making love while listening to death from above.

Boom boom.

I'm actually modifying GreenFeed now, as it's looking like becoming the de facto portal for Green Blogging. And it's uglllly.
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Re: Q&A for building/running websites

Post by fika_recordings » Sun Oct 16, 2011 23:59

Oh my head. I'm throwing together a website which is going to hold a bunch of mp3s/videos, for people to download and stream from the site. I'm building it out of Wordpress - anyone got any good suggestions for ways to do it? Should I upload all the media to my hosting service and use whatever the default wordpress thing is, or host the media externally (soundcloud, or something like that?) and use some kind of fancy software linky that plays/let's folks download from whatever that site is?

I'm also being driven up the wall by trying to edit the CSS - just simple things to make it look a bit less clunky, like removing the background white from posts (and then the background white from all the little 'comment' and 'quote' etc boxes that sit on top of it. And finding the right place to change the global font and global font colours. And getting the vertical alignment for the header sorted.
Should I just be editing stuff in the main stylesheet (something like style.css) or should i be messing around with all the other blahblah.php bits? I mean, I'm not a total retard, but this stuff really baffles me sometimes....
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Re: Q&A for building/running websites

Post by RITH » Wed Jun 26, 2013 08:22

What is the best/easiest Wordpress plugin to add a store thingy to a website? You know, 'add to cart' and all that. Preferably free, of course.

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Re: Q&A for building/running websites

Post by deerful » Sun Jul 07, 2013 01:01

RITH wrote:What is the best/easiest Wordpress plugin to add a store thingy to a website? You know, 'add to cart' and all that. Preferably free, of course.
WP Simple Paypal Shopping Cart is very easy to set up and use, albeit PayPal only.

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Re: Q&A for building/running websites

Post by humblebee » Wed Mar 26, 2014 14:05

Does anyone know a plug-in or something that you can use to make text appear gradually on a web page, as if it's being typed, rather than instantly?

This is the sort of thing I mean, but it's clearly for more advanced users than me, cos I only know HTML and not all these new whizzy markups that the young people have now. I just need something I can copy and paste, and then paste text into.

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Re: Q&A for building/running websites

Post by crystalball » Wed Mar 26, 2014 14:30

This CSS one looks pretty straightforward: http://codepen.io/rusjames/pen/uAFhE.

All the other ones I found were jQuery and the blurbs said stuff like "Do you want to get really custom?"

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Re: Q&A for building/running websites

Post by humblebee » Wed Mar 26, 2014 15:06

Thankyou! That looks doable...

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Re: Q&A for building/running websites

Post by tonieee » Wed Mar 26, 2014 16:05

The CSS method is easier and better but won't work on all browsers especially older versions and especially IE.

Using JavaScript/JQuery is more likely to work on more browsers than the CSS method but won't work if the user has JavaScript turned off or uses a script blocker.

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Re: Q&A for building/running websites

Post by indiehorse » Wed Mar 26, 2014 16:54

tonieee wrote:The CSS method is easier and better but won't work on all browsers especially older versions and especially IE.
People who use old versions of IE don't deserve nice looking websites.

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Re: Q&A for building/running websites

Post by tonieee » Wed Mar 26, 2014 17:10

indiehorse wrote:
tonieee wrote:The CSS method is easier and better but won't work on all browsers especially older versions and especially IE.
People who use old versions of IE don't deserve nice looking websites.
If only I could convince my boss of that - we're still supporting IE7!

I was speaking to someone I know the other week who didn't understand the need for JQuery over pure JavaScript. It turned out that his work doesn't have to support IE *at all*. I was so jealous.

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