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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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Building Findable Websites

Building Findable Websites by Arron Walter is one of the best books I’ve read on the subject of SEO, web standards and accessibility in the world of code. Aimed specifically to developers, Building Findable Websites is 264 pages based on several topics. This isn’t a regular SEO book, but teaches “findability” through good coding practices, including best practices for Flash, Javascript...

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35 Books All Freelance Web Developers Should Read

If you follow me on Goodreads, you know that I absolutely love to read. I’ve always been a big reader, but since I’ve become a freelance I’ve made sure to read even more than usual, in the field of business, development and the web in general. Reading is essential to any developer’s improvement. While blogs and magazines are great to read for a quick...

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20 Must Have WordPress Plugins For Every Website

I’ve reviewed several plugins before, but since I started using WordPress as the CMS for almost every site I do now, I’ve amassed some great and very essential plugins. Some of these make the user experience better, but a lot of these work in the backend to help the actual functionality of the site out. While it’s best to have as...

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eCommerce Series: How to Add Your Sitemap To Google Webmaster Tools

Recently, we talked about how to verify your store’s site with Google Webmaster Tools and why it’s important to do so. Now let’s talk about how to start using the Webmaster Tools. The very first thing you should do is to upload your sitemap. View the rest of my post on CoreCommerce »

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eCommerce Series: How To Write An Effective Product Description For SEO Purposes

There are millions of stores on the web that customers can buy from. Because of that, it’s very important to make sure your store is unique, optimized for users and easy to use. All of this, however, won’t matter if no one can find your store. In order for people who have never heard of you to find your store,...

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How Can Google Website Optimizer Help My Business?

Many people have heard of Google Analytics, but have you heard of Google Website Optimizer? Google Website Optimizer allows you to test and fine tune the workings of your site. Basically, you set up “experiments” to change around the layout and wording of your content. Google serves up these different versions to your visitors and then tracks which experiment had...

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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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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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The 10 Secret Myths Of Website Development

Unfortunately for web developers, there are many myths about development that clients, and even some junior developers, believe about websites. Many believe we have magic buttons or that it’s only a matter of copy and paste to do what we do and make their site successful. These beliefs can harm both your business and client opportunities, as well as the...

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