RAMBLINGS
OF A FREELANCE
DEVELOPER

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A bit of business,
A lot of words.

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Extending Layout Control in WordPress by Combining Shortcodes and ACFs

A lot of my clients want the ultimate control when it comes to the layout of their website. While this isn’t usually affordable or feasible in normal websites, the Advanced Custom Fields plugin has been a godsend in allowing developers to go beyond basic WordPress functionality and into more advanced ways of content control and layouts. This became even more...

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Perks of Having A Side Project

This past three weeks have seen me working hard on my new project, Skeinly. While it has nothing to do with our web industry (besides being a web app itself), it’s pushing me far forward in terms of skill and knowledge. So far I’ve had to sit down and write up business plans and ideas, draw UI wireframes, help the...

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Advanced WordPress Tutorial: Making a Switching Category Menu

A client of mine wanted to make a horizontal menu that listed all of their categories. Easy enough! But the client was going to have lots of categories, which meant that most would either have to be left out, or the horizontal list of categories was going to have to be multi-line. Not so good. So they asked if I...

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Changes In My Development Workflow

I didn’t want to just post the typical New Year’s look-back at 2013 – so I’m doing something a little different. Although I’ve stayed away from using things like pre-processors and frameworks, I’ve noticed that my code and workflow is always naturally evolving and improving. I’ll tend to do something the same for awhile, and then all of a sudden...

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Why I Joined the Bitcoin Gold Rush

What is Bitcoin? In simplest terms (and simple is what I can understand) it’s web currency. I like to think of it in terms of investing, or shares, but it’s really so much more than that. You can pay for items in both the physical and web world using Bitcoin and it’s a currency that’s free from any form of...

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Do Semantics Really Matter?

Ever since I started seriously coding, good coding practices, semantics and validation have all been very important to me. Having well-written code that’s also organized reduces bugs and future headaches when you need to update the site months or years along the line. But every thing in moderation is just as important. I’ve read countless blog posts about how we’ll...

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Freelancing Rates – Six Years Later

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been almost six years since I first decided to strike out on my own! Since then, I’ve learned a lot about running a business through trial and error. Hourly vs Fixed Rates One of the first lessons I learned quick, was how to charge for projects. When I first started freelancing, I charged an...

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Responsive Design Isn't Breakpoints

Last night I was watching the Macaw video to see what others have been talking about. If you know me at all, you’ll know I’m not a fan of anything that supposedly does your job for you, so I admittedly watched the video with a high degree of skepticism. This isn’t a post about Macaw or design to code apps,...

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2013 Nashville Designathon

This past weekend I participated in the 2013 Nashville Designathon. Held for the third year in a row (and my first 24-hour event), I had a blast. The designathon is a 24-hour group of professionals including designers, developers, marketers, videographers, and other experts that get together in order to overhaul a charity organization’s brand presence. This year we focused on the...

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Just Plain Ol' Code

There was once upon a time when being a front-end developer was considered easy. In fact, there once were no designations on the web. When you made websites, you did everything from the design to the code. There were no CMS’s, no fancy Javascript, heck there wasn’t even much CSS. You designed something in Paint Shop Pro and exported it...

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