RAMBLINGS
OF A FREELANCE
DEVELOPER

A bit of code,
A bit of business,
A lot of words.

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Customizing the WordPress Admin

I used to pride myself on how fast I could code a site from start to finish. I would aim to get a full site started by Monday and finished, ready for the client to review, by Friday or sooner. But that was back before WordPress and CMS’s. Before responsive design and usability concerns. Before device testing. Then I discovered the...

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Fancy Animated Hamburger Menus

I made a quick pen for yall to create a hamburger icon that animates to an X for close. Super simple with just a few lines of CSS and JS! <a class="fancy-menu" href="#"> <span></span> <span></span> <span></span> </a> <a class="fancy-menu" href="#"> <span></span> <span></span> <span></span> </a> .fancy-menu { display: inline-block; }   .fancy-menu span { background: #000; border-radius: 3px; display: block; height:...

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State of a Developer's Worklife

As a developer, I’m always looking for ways to improve my processes for coding and running the business. I’m also a bit obsessed with organizing things – be they physical or digital. Things are constantly changing around here – although it seems that some of the apps, processes and equipment I use never do change, which I take to be...

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How to Stop Working, Avoiding Burnout & Other 2015 Musings

I want to talk about several things in this post. About the rough year I’ve had. About being dead slow in work and then over-scheduled. About being burnt out, stressed out and learning how to stop working. I’ve been in business for over five years now, and this has been one of the hardest years I’ve ever had. Except for when...

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Responsive Angles

I had a design I needed to code that was a bit of a fun challenge. Here were the requirements: The header looked like a “tab” on top of a utility nav that was transparent There was a diagonal angle on the right side of the logo, on top of the utility nav, with a white background expanding 100% of...

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Integrating SVG Maps with WordPress & Advanced Custom Fields Pro

Sometimes clients are in need of fancy interactive maps that allow them to change data frequently. A client of mine recently came to me asking for a map that would allow custom colors and pins, as well as the ability to update the data monthly. Most maps are a *pain* when it comes to updating data – which is why...

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Working With A UX Developer

I’ve long since noticed that the way I approach development is completely different than most other developers. While I always aim to get the final product as close to the design mockups as possible, a lot of clients are often surprised at how well I do that (I thought that was the basic job of a front-end dev!)  and that they...

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CSS3 Transforms Card Flip Animation

Short and simple this week! I needed to code a card flip animation on hover for a client. I love how simple it is to create cool animations in CSS3. Just a couple lines of code needed! Just uses CSS3 transforms and some backface-visibility. See the Pen CSS3 Transforms Card Flip Animation by Amber Weinberg (@amberweinberg) on CodePen.

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Vertically and Horizontally Align Any Element with CSS3 Transforms

A super simple and foolproof way of centering anything. It works with relative or absolute positioning, which makes it more versatile than other methods I’ve seen. Note: if you’re using position relative to horizontally align your element, it must have a definite width See the Pen Horizontal and Vertical Align Anything by Amber Weinberg (@amberweinberg) on CodePen.

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Client Red Flags & The Art of No

No matter how long you’ve worked in this industry, you’ll always encounter bad clients. A lot of the times, we can spot them from far off and send them packing. Then there are times the red flags don’t start waving until the middle of the project, or we can be so excited to work on a particular project that we completely...

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