Make it ‘work like it looks’.

I am a web developer and a consumer who has a simple philosophy for both roles. Lets stop making things that only “look like they work” and instead build things that “work like they look”. I started learning to code in 2001 pumping out my first !DOCTYPE declaration in an HTML class using just notepad. Back …

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The bigger picture of a website build

My primary goal has always been to be a great coder, and along the way I have learned that being a good GC also means being good at every job my sub-contractors might have to do. If someone leaves the job site or is not available I often need to be able to finish their job! There are a few analogies I could use here to keep thing simple…

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Theme Checkups – A Website Diagnostics Kit

Quality Web Standards Compliance A Web development checklist for Pre-Built Themes Usage: Select 3 pages from your desired template, I recommend the home page and 2 more pages you feel will be the most important. Examine each of those 3 pages in the following Litmus Test. It’s allot like bringing a Mechanic to look at …

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Common Misconceptions about Themes and Pre-Built Templates

I constantly work on templates for CMS systems, commonly called “themes”. In fact I work so often with pre-built WordPress, Magento and Joomla themes that about 1/2 of my business is based on working with them. The right attitude to have about pre-built templates: “This is just a starting point for my idea of what I …

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What is trust in labor based service?

Here is a call I get allot: “We want to hire you because we need you to develop code for our website, let us tell you why we don’t want or need a web developer”. (Yes, this happens) I do the same thing to my mechanic because I subconsciously assume “if I can convince him …

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Q: How much does a website cost?

I get asked this question allot. (So much so I decided to write a blog post about it.) A website costs as much as you are willing to pay. The answer is always YES, it can be done, the only real question is one of time and budget limitation. Its really that simple. For as …

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If it is hard, do not do it.

I am successful at what I do not because I work “hard” but because I know the right kind of thing to do with my job. Lets cut to the chase, money is the main issue with any service now a days. Often times I get asked the following: Q: “I want to add in …

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