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Customizing the WordPress Admin

I used to pride myself on how fast I could code a site from start to finish. I would aim to get a full site started by Monday and finished, ready for the client to review, by Friday or sooner. But that was back before WordPress and CMS’s. Before responsive design and usability concerns. Before device testing. Then I discovered the...

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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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How to Stop Working, Avoiding Burnout & Other 2015 Musings

I want to talk about several things in this post. About the rough year I’ve had. About being dead slow in work and then over-scheduled. About being burnt out, stressed out and learning how to stop working. I’ve been in business for over five years now, and this has been one of the hardest years I’ve ever had. Except for when...

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Working With A UX Developer

I’ve long since noticed that the way I approach development is completely different than most other developers. While I always aim to get the final product as close to the design mockups as possible, a lot of clients are often surprised at how well I do that (I thought that was the basic job of a front-end dev!)  and that they...

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Client Red Flags & The Art of No

No matter how long you’ve worked in this industry, you’ll always encounter bad clients. A lot of the times, we can spot them from far off and send them packing. Then there are times the red flags don’t start waving until the middle of the project, or we can be so excited to work on a particular project that we completely...

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Using Ems In Media Queries For Proportional Layouts

I admit that I’ve never been a fan of ems, and have avoided using them for as long as possible. However after an interesting conversation with a Twitter friend of mine, Matt Hill, he convinced me to try using not only ems for font sizes, but for media queries as well. It took a bit of back and forth before...

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Content Issues in Blogs

Regardless of what others might say about RSS, I still prefer to subscribe to my favorite blogs this way. While I’m sometimes follow them on other social media sites like Twitter or Facebook, oftentimes they don’t announce new posts, or they get lost in the clutter. RSS is the only way I can stay on top of my favorite blogs....

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The Costs of Being a Freelancer

When I left full-time employment to become a freelancer over five years ago, I never imagined how wonderful it would be. With freelancing comes a lot of freedom and a much bigger paycheck than I could ever make with a full-time job. I also save a lot of money by not having to drive my car every day or eat...

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The Art of Client Filtering

When we first start out as freelancers, our instinct is to accept every client and project that comes our way, and this is okay when we’re new to the industry. After all, you need to start making a name for yourself and you probably have bills to pay. But this practice is not maintainable in the long run. You’ll quickly...

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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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