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Bulk Download Files From the Command Line When Redesigning a Website

Eric Tompkins in Developers
Sometimes when you are redesigning a website you don't want to copy over all of the files from the old website to the new website. Often there is a lot of content and structure changes and it's undesirable to have to deal with legacy files. However, sometimes you are copying existing content over from the old site to the new site and you want to have an easy way to retrieve only the files that you…

Powerful Tools in Branch CMS

Sid Martin in BranchCMS Upgrades
Feature Enhancements for Branch CMS are flowing at an ever-growing pace; our clients expect it, and our partners depend on it. Our focus is on staying applicable to unique needs while remaining intuitive for the end-user. At Aptuitiv we understand that we have found our own success by providing the tools for our clients and partners to succeed. I'd like to show you some of the new features we've…

Mobile-Friendly YouTube Videos via Shadowbox

in Tips, Tricks and Best Practices
Normally we embed YouTube videos into a website by just placing them into a div somewhere, but a recent project I was working on called for a YouTube video to be loaded in a lightbox. Our preferred choice for a lightbox plugin is Shadowbox due to the fact that it's easy to use but can also be used for complex situations. No problem, right? This is a pretty common request and a simple one to…

Using URL Request Parameters as the Default Value for Form Fields

Eric Tompkins in BranchCMS Upgrades
Sliced Design, one of our partners, recently contacted us with a great feature request. They were building a site with a contact form that needed to have some dynamic default values for some of it's fields. In the site they have links to the form that look like this: site.com/contact?name=Joe. They needed to have the "Name" text box automatically filled with the value from the "name" URL…

Breadcrumb Trails - Tips, Techniques and New Features

Eric Tompkins in BranchCMS Upgrades
Breadcrumb trails are a great way to help your site visitors find their place in your website. They're especially useful if a visitor lands deep in your site from a search engine listing as the breadcrumb trail can give them a sense of where they are and an idea of the other content on your website. A breadcrumb trail is a type of secondary navigation for your website. It should supplement your…

Navigation APIs - How to Create Flexible and Powerful Navigation

Eric Tompkins in Developers
We've had our Navigation APIs for a while and this morning we just added some more functionality, so I figured it's a good time to give an overview of what our Navigation APIs are and how you can use them. The Navigation Menu API lets you do the following things. Use the same navigation menu in different areas of your website but display it differently each time. Pull just sub-navigation items…

Tips on Building Websites With a Content Management System

Eric Tompkins in Developers
One question that we often get from new clients is where to start when building a new site. A while ago we created a Getting Started Guide that can help. However, in this post I'd like to discuss things a bit more generically and talk about strategies for building sites with any Content Management System (CMS). When a CMS is used to power a site is natural to assume that in a lot of cases the…

Paste as Plain Text Differences in TinyMCE 3.3

Eric Tompkins in BranchCMS Upgrades
Aptuitiv Studio uses TinyMCE as the rich text editor and we recently upgraded it from version 3.2.6 to 3.3.4. For the most part the upgrade was smooth and from an end user perspective the way the editor works stayed fairly consistent. There was however one thing that was significantly different and that is the Paste as Plain Text functionality. In older versions when you clicked on the Paste As…
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