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. Want plus Need minus Budget. Its really that simple. For as low as $50: We can get a “simple website” up and running in about 30 …

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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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