How to create a “Coming Soon” countdown page

If you are planning to launch a new product, an online project, or simply an ordinary blog site, posting a “Coming Soon” page with a countdown informs your potential visitors about the release date as well notifying them that the site is still in progress. You can even have a subscription form for your potential visitors to sign up with and receive an email notification once the site is ready to launch. There are plenty of coming soon page and under construction templates available online for a couple...

Scrum in modern web development

Before the Industrial Revolution, most goods were produced by hand by a single person. Master craftsmen labored over their work, producing a finished product they could be accountable for and proud of. Mass-production led to the assembly line, in which each person was assigned a step, and their job was to do that step over and over again with the resulting in many finished products. It’s the reason a car can be built in a single automobile factory assembly line every 20 minutes. Although it produces...

Getting started with Facebook’s Create React App

React was always a bit hard for the average developer to easily get started with. Facebook’s open-source library was meant to encourage developers to efficiently create apps as well as their interfaces within JavaScript. Unfortunately, developers also had to learn a lot of other tools besides JavaScript just to set up their React projects. Yes, Facebook has mentioned its own tooling for React. However, the simple truth is that the majority of developers and small startups just don’t have the...

Getting over your fear of commitment with WordPress plugins

When I first started out creating websites with WordPress, I was in awe of the depth and variety of plugins available. During those golden days I would willingly install just about anything that looked cool. Shortly thereafter, I was smacked in the head by reality. Stuff started breaking and seriously hurt my good time. It turns out that not every plugin is a great one. And there are times when it seems like the work we do is held together with bubble gum and duct tape. Everything works splendidly until it...

3 best free starter themes for WordPress

WordPress themes are one of the best features of WordPress. You can change the whole design of your website within a few seconds or minutes. You can choose a free theme, buy a premium theme or you can decide to create a new WordPress theme from scratch. Even there, you can start coding your design from scratch, or you can just use a starter WordPress theme that has all the basics to get you going. There are many free WordPress starter themes available, and if you are a beginner and trying to learn WordPress theme...

Microsoft releases .NET Core and ASP.NET Core 1.0

Microsoft has been in the news a lot lately, with its biggest announcement being the recent purchase of LinkedIn. There’s no sign of this tech giant slowing down as it recently announced .NET Core and ASP.NET Core 1.0. In a lengthy blog post on its .NET Blog, Microsoft unveiled the new release, which is available on Windows, Linux and OS X. .NET Core, developers will recall, is an open-source, cross-platform and modular .NET platform for building modern web apps, console apps, libraries and micro...

Understanding coders via humor

Programmers and designers—and nerds in general, really—can be kind of difficult for non-nerdy people to understand. The reverse is also true. Programmer types can get the worst of it, though. Generalizing broadly, the mental world they tend to live in is full of things that make sense because they follow specific rules. Those rules can get infinitely complex; but the basic principles of programming can get you past most of the problems you might encounter. It was probably a misplaced semicolon,...

Opera releases VPNs for desktop and mobile

It’s been quite a year of milestones for Opera. In March, Opera made headlines when it let users block ads natively. Now, Opera is making another huge impact by offering a free VPN (virtual private network) that’s integrated into the browser. In a recent blog post, the company announced that Opera is the first big browser to incorporate an unlimited and free VPN. This means that users won’t have to shell out extra money for VPN subscriptions or download any VPN extensions. The company’s rationale...
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