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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,...

7 simple ways to optimize your website

We’re creating more and more demanding websites, with more and more assets. Now more than ever we need to make our sites blazing fast on desktop and on mobile. Fortunately there are some simple steps that we can take to achieve this… 1) Optimize images ... This may seem obvious, but it’s surprising how many people fail to optimize their images. What’s more, there’s a huge difference between using a medium sized image, and a fully optimized image. Image optimization doesn’t just reduce the...

10 ways to avoid becoming a commodity freelancer

OldCo is a well-established company that uses only freelancers to maintain a website that drives 35% of all its revenue. Whenever the current workload exceeds capacity, it hires a few more freelancers. Work begins, and all of a sudden priorities change. The freelancers are dropped and are told they will be contacted again once the company figures out what's best for the business. Sound familiar, right? Do you hate having your time wasted? Do you feel like your client only cares about what you can do for...

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....

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....

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...
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