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Quick WordPress Category Hacks

I’ve spent the last couple of days working on a doozy of a WordPress theme. It consisted of various category hacks on both posts and pages (yes, you can add blog posts to the static pages!). I ended up searching all over the internet for what I was looking for, and had to mix and max solutions to come up...

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The Downside to Developing for an Agency…and the Upside As Well

Most of my clients are medium to large agencies, who have a lot of overflow work and depend on freelancers, like me, to help them out of a bind. Agencies are my favorite clients, because they don’t require much as far as being a client goes; we don’t have to teach them what jQuery is, we don’t have to teach...

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Ordered Image and Background Switcher Using PHP & jQuery

Yesterday I took on building a completely customized website using a bunch of  jQuery plugins, Mootools script, PHP and implementation into WordPress for $200 and a featured blog post. Why so cheap and for whom? This I will tell you in a post when the site launches. What I want to show you today is a quick and neat feature...

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10 Things CSS3 & HTML5 Will Teach Us

While we are all squirming in our seats waiting for the official release and support of HTML5 and CSS3, I’d thought I’d share with you some interesting things about both. We can all look at a boring list of the features of both, but they don’t really tell us how front end development is going to change. Although I’m super...

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How To Code A Simple Website From Scratch Part 4: Fancy CSS

We’re finally ready to end this tutorial with our last and best part – The CSS. If you remember from last week, we have our design sliced up and the HTML finished and validated. Hopefully, you still have your styles written down from Part 1. If not, go back and get the notes. In today’s tutorial I’ll explain the basics...

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How To Code A Simple Website From Scratch Part 3: HTML Layouts

Now that we’ve got our website set up, the beginning HTML tags and the head section finished, it’s time to move on to the actual HTML layout and coding. In this post we’ll talk about the HTML, floats and validation as well as some common tags. Ready? Let’s get started!

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How To Code A Simple Website From Scratch Part 2: Beginning the HTML

So now that we have our web design sectioned off and the dimensions and styles written down from yesterday, we’ll now move on to HTML coding. I decided to split the HTML in 2 sections, since there’s so much to explain. I’ll explain the code line by line, including the head information, and show you how each looks with the...

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How To Code A Simple Website From Scratch Part 1: Preparing the Design

I thought it would be helpful to some of our beginning XHTML/CSS coders (and some seasoned ones who need to brush up) to show how I code a website from beginning to end. We’ll do this in a 3 part series; Part 1: Preparing the Design, Part 2: The HTML and Part 3: The CSS. I’ll show you a quick...

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Less HTML is Better HTML: Simplicity in Coding

Today’s post has been co-written by a Twitter friend of mine, Colin (@chief27). Bio below post. Amber: I’ve found that many beginning web developers tend to overuse divs, id’s and classes. While this can be a great crutch at first, it’s necessary once you’ve gotten the HTML and CSS basics down to really begin honing your abilities. One way to make your...

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How To Easily Tame the IE6 Monster in 5 Minutes

Oddly enough I got a lot of random questions asking me how I deal with IE6 yesterday, so I thought it would be a perfect way to expand on how I get IE6 to behave properly (most of the time) in 5 minutes or less. Let’s start with some of the most common problems developers have in IE6, and if...

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