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New Poll: Would You Work on a Website You Thought Was a Stupid Business Idea?

I’ve mused about this before, but I thought it would be good to put it to a poll this time. The discussion before was absolutely fascinating. Many folks saying that it’s our ethical duty to inform clients of our true opinions, and that part of the value of what we provide is those opinions. Many folks saying we should take the work and do it, as it’s not our job (or expertise) to judge business ideas (e.g. do you want … Read article “New Poll: Would You Work on a Website You Thought Was a Stupid Business Idea?”

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Poll Results: Browser Choice Sans Developer Tools

Yes, all the major browsers have development tools now, but I think most people are in agreement that you just can’t beat Firebug and the slew of other development-specific addons for Firefox. Outside of these tools, I often hear people complain about Firefox being slow, memory hungry, or crashy. I thought it would be interesting to ask about people’s browser choice if these development tools were not a factor, so just judging by UI and speed and features and such. … Read article “Poll Results: Browser Choice Sans Developer Tools”

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The “Light” CMS Trend

CMSs are beautiful things. Just as CSS allows us to abstract the design away from the markup, a CMS allows us to use a database to abstract the content away from the markup. There are a zillion of them, each with different backend UI’s and different ways to doing things.

But CMSs are for web people. Even my beloved WordPress can be challenging to train/explain to someone who has no experience working with websites. Perhaps this is the motivation toward … Read article “The “Light” CMS Trend”

Giveaway Entry

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var q7p5z5 = new WufooForm(); q7p5z5.initialize({ 'userName':'chriscoyier', 'formHash':'q7p5z5', 'autoResize':true, 'height':'2504', 'ssl':true}); q7p5z5.display(); … Read article “Giveaway Entry”

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Web Nerd Terminology (Explained)

As happens with any weird niche societal group, us web nerds have developed some language of our own. Some of this language is perfectly acceptable English, but still sounds weird to an outsider. I thought I’d throw together a list of these words and attempt to explain them in plain English as a reference for non-nerds.

Browser – A browser is a software application that is used to visit websites. Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc. If you think this is … Read article “Web Nerd Terminology (Explained)”

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#65: Advanced Uses for Custom Fields in WordPress

More than any other single feature, what makes WordPress a CMS (as opposed to just a blogging platform) is custom fields. Custom fields are chunks of data that travel along with posts and pages in key/value pairs. This data can be pulled out and used in your templates as you choose, allowing for all kinds of smart and interesting things to be done.

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404 Best Practices

A 404 error on the web is what a web server responds with when it is tasked with serving up a resource that it can’t find.

1. It should still look like your website

If you don’t specifically tell your web server how to handle 404 errors, it will serve up a very plain and generic looking error page. That just says something like “Not Found – The requested URL was not found on this server.” on a plain … Read article “404 Best Practices”

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Review of WP Coder

I was recently asked by the guys at WP Coder if I would do a review of their service. I don’t do it very often, but they seemed like nice guys and WordPress is of particular interest to me lately. As it happens, I was tinkering with a theme in Photoshop right as they asked me so it was perfect timing. I finished up the theme and shot it over to them to start the process. I thought their order … Read article “Review of WP Coder”

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Digging Into WordPress

Got a little news for y’all. Remember when I announced me and Jeff Starr were looking for a publisher for a book about WordPress? Well, that worked, and we talked a number of different publishers. They were all very nice, but after weighing everything out we decided that when we are done we’ll be self-publishing it as a PDF for now.

Little update here in 2019, 10 years later! Digging Into WordPress still exists and you can still buy it. … Read article “Digging Into WordPress”