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Should you be learning to build apps?

Smartphones just keep getting smarter. From the features to the actual phone designs, smartphones have essentially become our first line of contact. Think about it like this: if you have your smartphone in your pocket and you need to search the web for something, chances are you'll just whip out your phone and type away. Not too many people would choose to walk over to a computer, boot it up, load a browser and find a response. Smartphones are just convenient and the market for them continues to increase....
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Tools And Tips To Make Your Life Easier As A Web Designer

There are plenty of applications, resources or services out there that can help make your life as a web designer easier. I've used many different ones over the years, and there are some I keep coming back to. This is a personal list, and I would love to hear about any alternatives that you've found useful too! Task Management One of the most important things in your life (both personal and professional) is your time. There is a finite amount of it and keeping track of what you have to do and by when is vital. For...
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Customizing the WordPress footer by adding widgets

The footer is often overlooked when it comes to designing a site, but it's a great way to find contact details or other important pieces of information. People have been trained to look there since the days of letter writing. Even today if you look at any correspondence, utility bill or company letterhead you'll find important information. On websites it's an can be an important navigation tool, it can give you quick access to commonly needed pages that are not core to a site. In this quick tutorial we'll...
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CSS3 and the nth-child

How many times have you seen a piece of JavaScript or PHP code that's only purpose is to add a specific class to the first, alternate or last element of a list or row of table? With CSS3 you can easily get rid of all of that logic and replace it clean and simple CSS selectors. This will help tidy up your code and depending on what exactly the code is doing reduce CPU load by removing unnecessary recursions (This is of course a minimal gain, but every little bit counts) What is the nth-child The nth-child is a pseudo-class...
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5 Quick and Easy Tricks To Improve Your WordPress Theme

There are a few behaviors I normally change when I'm writing a WordPress theme. Some of them are pretty basic, but they can really enhance the theme my making it go that extra mile. Customize The Login Page Even though you can't include a custom login page in your theme, it's actually quiet easy to customize the existing one. If it's just changing the logo or giving it a completely different layout, the place to start is the login_enqueue_scripts action. Here you can decide to output a simple piece of CSS...
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My “Go To” Font List

There are a few font's that I almost alway find myself using when it comes to WordPress themes, graphics or marketing materials. I tend to use them because they are clean, flexible, easy to read and alway enhance the end result. In no particular order they are: Open Sans Archive Bariol Blanch Nexa Print Clearly Manteka Open Sans Open Sans is a great font, it looks great in pretty much all media formats and comes in a range of different weights. I tend use it primarily for large blocks of text rather than headings,...
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My favorite development tool set, keeping it simple

When I first started playing around with websites in the late nineties (wow, I feel old now) there wasn't much in the way of choice for development IDE's, there was really only Microsoft FrontPage and Macromedia (now Adobe) Dreamweaver. Being honest they weren't great, Dreamweaver's big claim to fame was that it generated cleaner html than FrontPage. Both where poor by today's standards, this was mainly because they where WYSIWYG editors, allowing even novices to create simple pages. When I went...
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SEO and Web Development: Pros and Cons of Sitemap.xml

When designing the architecture and navigational structure of a web site, a sitemap can be extremely helpful. A sitemap can keep the navigation links organized by category, predict how any dynamic links will function, and keep the framework under control. Web developers are not the only parties involved in the process who can benefit from a well-structured sitemap. Many search engines, including Googlebot, can crawl through an XML file that contains the sitemap data to crawl and index the site's...
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