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Useful (and free!) Code Snippets

I reviewed Coda a few months ago and have been using it ever since. It’s an awesome all-in-one IDE with Transmit for FTP and great plugin support. My favorite feature of Coda is Coda Clips, a similar feature was also introduced in Dreamweaver CS4. Coda Clips allows you to store snippets of code you use frequently in an attractive window...

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Contribute Friday: Web Development Recommendations

I get a lot of requests for web development book recommendations, but up until a few months ago, I’ve never read one! I always thought they were a bit bland and preferred to learn by doing. Most of the ones I’m reading now are for advanced developers so it’s tough for me to recommend any books for beginners. What web...

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Building A Custom Subscriber Panel With Stats In WordPress

I’ve had several people ask me how I created the subscriber panel with stats on the top of my sidebar and how I have them separated out. It’s a great way to track which subscribing method people prefer and I’ve noticed that a lot of people no longer prefer to subscribe via RSS but through Twitter (I wonder how this skews stats...

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What A Web Developer Is-And Isn't

There seems to be a lot of confusion in the world today about what it is that web developers are and do. Are they designers? Programmers? Marketers? Business owners? While being a little of all of these is important in the world today, that’s not what web developers really are. I’m constantly getting requests for quotes on a daily basis...

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How To Add BuddyPress Avatars To WordPress MU

Not many people know what BuddyPress is ( I sure didn’t), so let me start off by pulling a quote from their own site: “BuddyPress is a suite of WordPress plugins and themes, each adding a distinct new feature. BuddyPress contains all the features you’d expect from WordPress but aims to let members socially interact.” A little ambiguous but I’m...

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Review of Digging into WordPress…and Giveaway too!

I’m just going to go ahead and say it in the first sentence – Digging into WordPress was the best computer book I’ve ever read. Period. Digging into WordPress was written by Chris Coyier, of css-tricks.com and Jeff Starr. The book is 375 pages of WordPress tricks, customizations and theming. It’s a great book for all levels of web development...

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Thoughts on Using Coda For Development

I’ve been trying to get away from using Dreamweaver as my development software for several reasons. Mainly because the software is bloated, slow and expensive. Partly because there’s a lot of misunderstanding about the program, and people tend to automatically think you use the design view, or WYSIWYG part of Dreamweaver and that’s bad for someone who advertises hand-written clean...

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How To Create A Dynamic Portfolio in WordPress Using Categories

There are plenty of portfolio themes for sale out there, but many just don’t have “it” as far as the certain design element you’re looking for in your portfolio. Sometimes it’s just better to design one yourself. But what if you want to put it in WordPress and make your portfolio a little easier to update? Right now, I’m working...

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Web Development Is Not Copy & Paste

I’ve noticed a dangerous trend developing in the past several weeks – the amount of clients claiming that web development is copy and paste. While most of them don’t say all of web development is copy and paste kind of work, most of my conversations (with several people, clients and close friends) have gone something like: “Can you take this...

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A Beginner’s Guide To Learning About Web Development

The web development field offers a variety of languages from front-end development, like HTML, CSS and Javascript, to back-end programming, like PHP, ASP and Ruby on Rails. So how do you start learning how to code? In this post I want to offer a variety of great tips on beginning your journey to learning web code. At the end of...

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