Design Oahu

Web design blog from the middle of the pacific.

IE PNG Transparency Part II

If you have not read Part I of IE PNG Transparency you should check that out real quick then come back here. If you have read it I have used this technique with only partial success. The technique is by far the best solution IMO for using transparent PNG-24 images from within an HTML img tag. However, I ran into issues when I tried using it from within CSS for background images as well as trying to repeat the background. Cameron Adams on his site The Man In Blue has showed how to use a transparent PNG in CSS which I will demonstrate.

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Practical PHP: Email Form

This is the second tutorial in the Practical PHP series. In the last tutorial we learned how to use PHP to create a simple site template for easily managing small websites. In this tutorial we will be creating a contact form which will mail the submission to your client’s email address. Read the rest of this entry »

Practical PHP: Basic Template

There are plenty of tutorials on the web that will teach you to program in PHP. If you have tried to follow along any of these tutorials you have probably wondered to yourself, when am I ever going to use this? Well, that is what this tutorial series is all about… giving you the designer, practical ways to incorporate PHP when creating your websites to improve your efficiency. This basic template technique is well suited for a project that contains a small amount of pages with the same look. Read the rest of this entry »

Google controls 22 of the 100 most popular websites

According to the current results of Alexa’s Top 100 most popular sites in the World list, Google Inc. controls 22 of them. Read the rest of this entry »

Blogger Custom Domains

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Blogger has allowed custom domains to be used for blogger accounts as of January 5th. This is great because you do not need to pay for a hosting account and you can use your own custom domain. No need for anymore. There are still a few unresolved problems with this feature. My trouble was that I was able to get to work but not How you get it to work is you edit the CNAME entries with your domain registrar. You need to set it up so that it points to I also setup an alias for www pointed that as well to When signed into Blogger, if you go to Settings, then go to Publishing you have the field were you can specify the domain, but not a subdomain or alias. Darnell Clayton came up with a Google Apps Workaround. I gave it a try, he said that it can take up to 24 hours, so I guess I will have to wait and see if this solution will work. In going through the example I found an alternate workaround that I will dub the “Google Apps – Domain Web Pages” workaround. Read the rest of this entry »