Create Static Social-Media “Share” Buttons without Javascript

no external resources required, corporate privacy compliance

Social-Media Share Buttons are everywhere, but most of them are working with external hosted javascript resources which are loaded on each page request. Depending on the servers cache settings this can cause multiple additional http request for your visitors. Additionally it can raise some privacy issues becaue of the possibility that your users can be […]

Bootstrap Dismissible alerts with MooTools

use .alert-dismissible without jQuery

Bootstrap & MooTool#

Using Dismissible alerts with pure MooTools code. Just insert the following code within your domready startup:

Alert.js Replacement#

// get all elements with the .alert-dismissible class
  // add a onclick event to each element
  el.getElement('button.close').addEvent('click', function(){
    // hide the element on click
    el.setStyle('display', 'none');

Dismissible alerts Example#

<div class="alert alert-danger alert-dismissible" id="alert">
    <button type="button" class="close" data-dismiss="alert" aria-label="Close"><span aria-hidden="true">&times;</span></button>
    <strong>Invalid Regex Rule: </strong> <code class="txt"></code>

Google Universal Analytics provides a great possibility to track custom events on your website. These feature can be used to analyze special user-interactions with e.g. advertised/highlighted content or social media links. The recorded data can be directly used to optimize your website!

The event tracking is very simple:

To simplify the integration you can implment a simple data-binding which will automatically add event listeners (click) to you DOM elements. Just add an additional attribute to your elements which includes (in this example) a prefix, the event-category and the event-label (scheme: "prefix:category:label").

Example: Social Links with data-binding#

<a href="" title="Facebook" data-event="ga:social:facebook" class="FacebookButton"></a>
<a href="" title="Twitter Stream" data-event="ga:social:twitter" class="TwitterButton"></a>

Finally, we need some javascript to process the additional attributes. You should always check if Google Analytics is enabled (maybe an adblocker is used or an opt-out option is set!) to avoid javascript errors. The following code will send an event to analytics each time a user clicks on the bound elements.

MooTools based Data-Binding#

window.addEvent('domready', function(){
  // GA loaded ? Used to avoid js errors on blocked analytics
  if (typeof ga !== 'function'){
  // event binding
    // get event string
    var d = el.get('data-event').split(':');
    // format:  "type:category:name"
    if (d.length != 3){
    // extract vars
    var evtType = d[0];
    var evtCategory = d[1];
    var evtName = d[2];
    // outgoing link on click event
    el.addEvent('click', function(){
      // universal analytics event ?
      if (evtType == 'ga'){
        ga('send', 'event', evtCategory, 'click', evtName);


Simple “Zen” Reading Mode with MooTools

simplifying website headers on-demand

Gigantic, image-based headers are an up-to-date web-feature. It looks amazing but they are squandering space, especially on sites with large tutorials containing long text.

This site is using a simply method which transforms the header-size depending on the current page-scroll: the users scrolls down and the header is automatically transformed to a smart toolbar – i’m calling this mode (following WordPress’ fullscreen editor) “Zen” reader mode. Need a demo ? Just open an article on this site and scroll down.

To integrate this feature into you website, you need the followindd things:

  • “Standard” Header Design
  • “Smart/Compact” Header Design
  • Javascript Page-Scroll Observer
  • Optional: Amazing css3 transition

Different Header-Styles (using LESS):#

/* Basic (default) Styling */
  height: 70px;

/* Smart Styling */
  height: 45px;
  border-bottom: solid 1px #e7e7e7;	
  background-color: @color_bluegrey1 !important;

/* Large Navbar */
  background-color: rgba(0,0,0,0.85);
  border-bottom: none;

Scroll-Observer Script (MooTools) :#

Description: user scrolls 200px down and the header is transformed by changing the css classes

var head = document.getElement('header .navbar-beyond');
window.addEvent('scroll', function(){
  // get current scroll
  var s = this.getScroll().y;
  // dark/light topnav
  if (s > 200){

Header Structure (Bootstrap based example from this website)#

<!-- Fixed navbar -->
<div class="navbar navbar-default navbar-fixed-top navbar-beyond navbar-beyond-dark" role="navigation">
  <div class="container container-lg">
    <!-- Website Title + Mobile Nav Button !-->
    <div class="navbar-header">
      <button type="button" class="navbar-toggle">
        <span class="sr-only">Toggle navigation</span> <span class="icon-bar"></span> <span class="icon-bar"></span> <span class="icon-bar"></span>
      <a class="navbar-brand" href="">Beyond Technology<br /><span>beyond the visible world</span></a>
    <!-- Navi !-->
    <div class="navbar-collapse hidden-xs">
      <ul id="menu-topnavi" class="nav navbar-nav navbar-right">

<!-- Image -->
<div id="HeaderImage">

GitHub “Star”-gazer Buttons with MooTools/jQuery/PHP

No iFrames required – just pure javascript/php

Show your Love to GitHub# GitHubButtons is a fork of the famous github-buttons from @mdo using the original styles with a complete new javascript part based on MooTools/jQuery without the need of iframes. It’s targeted on MooTools/jQuery/PHP-Users which are already using various stuff on their pages – all other users should use the original iframe […]

Howto: Content Navigation/Menu with WordPress

automatically generated navigation including anchors

State of the Art# There are a several ways how to deal with large content. The most common used method is to split the content in multiple pages, but this completely destroys the usability on tablets, big screens or other mobile devices and frustate your users. Furthermore, each sub-page causes an additional http-request and extra […]

Fixed Scroll Navigation with MooTools

sticky navigation bar that remains fixed on scrolling

The Goal# Currently a very popular and often used technique wich provides a great usability. There are a several jQuery plugins and code-snippets available which are providing this feature but they are sometimes very complex and didn’t work with MooTools based websites. This tutorial shows you how to create a sticky navigation bar that remains […]

WordPress NextGen Gallery – Page Title

clean page titles containing album/gallery names

Titles# You like the NextGen Gallery Plugin for WordPress, but you want ‘nicer’ name based page titles instead of something like “Album 78”, “Gallery 12” ? Here is a simple solution, you just have to edit your theme files: Page Title# Mostly the title (<h1> Tag) ist set into your page.php file or alternative in […]

Disable Zoom Function of Android Browser, force native resolution

web based control interfaces, mobile device web development

The Task# Sometimes you need the native resolution of your tablet pc/smartphone for e.g. web based control, games or user interfaces and you wanna disable the multitouch zoom function. It’s quite easy, just add the following meta tag into your HTML document: It should work on all Android Devices and also on Apple iOS. Tested […]