Get Started With CSS3 Transitions Today

Transitions (basic animations) are one of the most popular additions in CSS3, and one of the easiest to implement for big gains on your site.

A transition is simply an animation from one set of CSS properties to another. So for example; whilst before you may have had links with blue text, which suddenly turned orange when you hovered on them, you would now replace that sudden jump with a more graceful animation.

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All About Cubic Bezier Curves & Transitions

In the last post, we looked at the basics of CSS transitions, including how to use easing to control how your animation flows. In this post, I want to look deeper at a very powerful easing feature; cubic bezier curves.

In short, they let you define exactly what path your animation will take, and thanks to some awesome community tools, they are extremely easy to use (No maths required at all). This gives you total flexibility with your transitions.

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Authenticate Your Twitter API Calls Before March

On the 5th of March, Twitter is going to retire version 1 of its API. The replacement, version 1.1 is very similar, but with one major difference; every single call must be authenticated.

This means that come March, your existing API calls will break; including simple things like displaying tweets on your site. To fix this, you need to move to the new v1.1 API, and authenticate with Twitter.

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How to crop uploaded images instead of scaling them

Just add the code below to your functions.php file:

Thanks to wp-snippet.com for the tip! WpRecipes.com

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WordPress tip: Check whether a plugin is active

Just paste the code below in your theme file, wherever you’d like to check out if a plugin is activated or not. Update the code with the plugin directory and name on line 4.

Thanks to Jean galea for this brillant tip! WpRecipes.com

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WordPress tip: Force specific pages to be SSL secure

Just add the following snippet to the functions.php file of your WordPress theme and specify the post or page ID desired.

Thanks to Kevin Chard for this recipe! WpRecipes.com

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WordPress tip: check if a post has a gallery

Simply paste the function below into your functions.php file:

Once done, you can use it to detect if a post has a gallery. Thanks to WordPress Stackexchange for the cool tip!
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Right or Wrong, Open Source Needs Opinionated Leaders

There is a lot of debate going on right now in the WordPress world about the WordPress Foundation barring all ThemeForest/CodeCanyon (Envato really) authors from speaking at WordCamp events.

I don’t want to rehash the argument here; the best place to get it is in the original post, and the comments on it.

Instead, I want to make a different point: Regardless of whether he is right or not, it’s good for WordPress that Matt makes these bold choices.

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