SPAN Simple Responsive Fluid Minimalistic CSS Framework

January 15, 2014

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In an attempt to offer some sort of contribution to the web development world, I have decided to put out the SPAN Simple CSS Framework. It’s meant to be a very minimalistic, out-of-the-box CSS framework, and I use the term ‘framework’ very loosely.

A lot of frameworks come with bells and whistles, and that was not my goal in this.  They almost always took on their own unique styling and after a while became recognizable.  Frameworks like Bootstrap were great, but could be identified from a mile away.  Doing custom web development often meant that the style needed to be custom, too.

I would spend so much time coding and customizing the framework, I should have just started from scrap anyway!

The entire point of this framework is to get the absolute bare minimum set up that is relatively easy to learn and rely on.  It’s also very easy to build upon and begin customizing.

This framework does NOT:

  • Take care of resetting all browser styling.
  • Cover all browser quirks and shortcomings.

This framework is:

  • HTML5 and CSS3 compliant.
  • Fluid & Responsive
  • Minified to be only 1.02KB

Getting Started

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The entire basis on the framework is that there are containers, rows, and then “SPANs” that total 100%.  For example, if you wanted a row with 4 columns equaling 25%, your markup would look like this:


So, to illustrate this, there is a container that spans 100%, there is a row that spans 960 pixels, then there is a div with a class .span25 that spans 25% of it’s container.

The SPAN Div Class

The grid is defined by the class .span proceeded by the number of percentage you’d like the column to be in width.  All classes that begin with the name “span” carry this behavior:

Here is a full list of the available numerical amounts for each of the span classes:

With these, you can mix and match any combination.  Ideally, you would want it to total 100%, but that’s not necessarily the case if you start a new <div class=”row”> instead.

Clearing Elements

That’s pretty simple.  Just use a div with a class of ‘clear’.

Determining the row size.

Rows are set to be 1080 pixels wide.  The different div span classes do not need to be contained within a row, and they will adjust since the widths are percentages.  You can adjust the row sizing by simply changing the max-width property.

Spacing, Padding, and Responsive Spacing

The .span classes are meant to include padding in the widths using the CSS property of box-sizing:border-box.  This was done intentionally because the hope was to have this framework be more flexible to other applications.  You can always adjust your margins in the universal selector for all of the columns.


That’s about it.   My whole intention was to have it be relatively easy to learn and improve upon.  I wanted a framework that let me build upon it really quickly.

Any comments or suggestions are welcome.

Get the Real URL of a Tiny URL in PHP

October 21, 2013

A while back I set up a website,, that allows me to post Youtube videos of songs I really like. But, I’m lazy, and I wanted to use the least amount of effort to accomplish this.

I ended up setting up a If This Then That recipe for the hashtag “#songdump.” So, whenever I share a song through Twitter, IFTTT grabs the URL and through some other scripts, retrieves all the necessary info I need for that video, and posts it in WordPress (where the data is called from).

Problem is, when you share something on Twitter, it’s often a TinyURL which makes it a lot harder to retrieve info from. Luckily, we can use the PHP function “get_headers()” to accomplish this.

Tiny URL’s come in a lot of different forms, so I used this method because alternatives often had you filter based on a predetermined set of base URLs. That did me no good.

Here’s the script:

Let’s recap what’s happening line by line here –

  1. Storing our tiny URL as a variable, showing 2 examples
  2. Using the get_headers() function to retrieve the location of our URL
  3. This returns an array, and one of values in that array is our URL. It begins with “Location:” or is some cases “location:”. Feel free to use print_r($headers) function before this to learn all of get_headers() returned values
  4. The key for this value is often in different orders (which is why I provided 2 URLs as examples). We will loop through every value to see if it contains “ocation:” (because as I said, sometimes it’s uppercase, sometimes it’s lowercase) and then return that key.
  5. Once we find the right array object, we get its value and store it as a variable.
  6. Using a string replace function, we remove the actual “Location” label. I do this twice, uppercase and lowercase, because it can get returned either way in some cases.
  7. Then we print out the real URL!

Hope that helps! Happy coding!