Useful resources for frontend Developers

I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting ways to improve sites I work upon, the following are in my bag now, let me know if you have any to add:

Ideal Forms

What’s Ideal Forms:

  • Ideal Forms is a small framework to build powerful and beautiful online forms.
  • It’s very easy to use and requires minimal html syntax.
  • Absolutely everything is stylable with css, no images needed.
  • Support for IE 7+, Firefox 3+, Chrome 3+, Safari 3.1+ and Opera 11+.
  • Degrades gracefully with javascript disabled. 


Ever needed to automatically track downloads in Google Analytics and sick of adding the tags manually, well no more.

Google Analytics doesn’t track file downloads automatically. This guy needed unobtrusive and framework agnostic download tracking for Google Analytics. That’s when Entourage.js was born.

Goals for Entourage.js before a single line of code was written. Entourage.js needed to embody the following:

  1. Automatic Tracking
  2. Framework Agnostic
  3. Unobtrusive JavaScript
  4. Small Footprint

Solution to not being able to use copyright symbol in an Umbraco Macro

Was writing some XSLT for an Umbraco site recently, needed a copyright block in the footer so thought i’d just use the standard


syntax to add the copyright symbol, ©. When I tried to save the file, I got an error that the xml was invalid.

Turns out that © is not allowed so I used the numeric value instead


which works a treat.

I wonder how many times this has caught people out!

Umbraco Redirects

Started to do a lot more Umbraco work recently so inevitably I will be looking for loads ot shortcuts, tips etc along the way – feel free to let me know of any I can include here.

The most recent one I came across was I needed to add external redirects in the main menu. The menu was built using XSLT for the main site pages which was fine although I needed to link to other pages off-site.

After a little searching, I found the following package that worked a treat – simply added a macor to my text page, add the redirect URL and bobs your uncle, it works great!