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Are "The Experts" Really Experts?

There’s been a lot of backlash lately against the terms “guru” and “expert”, especially when dealing with SEO and social media. Frankly, these terms have irked me for some time, but I’m glad to see this is finally catching on. What makes these people experts? And why are we so quick to jump and follow everything they say? Who are...

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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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You Don't Need A Framework If You Have A Good Developer

Everyday I come across new CSS or WordPress frameworks that people claim you “must” use to be a good developer. I disagree strongly.¬†For an idea of what some of these frameworks are, you can check out Thesis Theme, and SpeckyBoy’s post on the top 12 CSS frameworks. A lot of clients try to push using a framework, because they believe...

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Why I'll Never Buy An Adobe Product Again

Several people have heard me mention on Twitter that I’ve been looking for new development and design software to get away from Adobe Dreamweaver and Photoshop. Why would I want to replace these? Because they suck. I’ve replaced Dreamweaver with Coda, but I’ve yet to find a replacement for Photoshop. So far, I’ve tried Pixelmator and although the interface was...

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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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Never Learn Advanced Web Development From A Book

There are various ways to learn about web development. As a matter of fact, I’m working on a large post as we speak on great ways to learn it. Books are naturally something I gravitate to (I’m sure you can tell I’m a book geek by the books on the right), but it seems “How-To” books these days are junk....

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Why You Should Never Take On A Client Who Begs For A Discount

There are plenty of great clients out there and then there are the terrible clients. The problem freelancers seem to have is spotting that terrible one. While there have been several tips and signs I’ve posted in other articles about ways to avoid the bad ones, it seems through experience, I’ve found another – discount clients. At first glance, you...

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Web 2.0 Design is Dead…Just in Time for Templatey Design

Have you ever gone to a discount store that sold brand name knockoffs? The knockoffs, while inexpensive, were always poor in quality and design and never looked like the originals. The same goes for web design trends. When trends are started, they are started with original and new techniques that blow your mind. However, by the 3,000,000,000 version of the...

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Rant: Why I Will Never Again Mess With Joomla

Because I just spent the entire day trying to customize it for two hours of paid work until I finally admitted the defeat and issued a refund. Sad day, there isn’t even time for my blog post today :/

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Rant: Why It's So Difficult To Be A REAL Web Developer

OK I had to post this, it’s too great of a teaching opportunity. I came across a guy, who shall remain nameless, on LinkedIn Answers with this completely¬†ignorant post. Seeing as I love a good argument, I had to reply – and here’s our set of replies to each other. This is what frustrates me to no end about our...

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