Minified CSS – My pet peeve of the day….

minified_cssOk, I know, minifying your CSS is the big thing amongst developers these days.  It’s hip – It’s cool – It’s the thing to do….

But, I really, really dislike minified CSS.  As someone who prefers to tweak CSS live in Chrome or FireFox, I always groan in uber-annoyance when some overly efficient coder has minified their CSS.  I am forced to crack open software and reformat their ugly, un-editable code. Read More

Merry Christmas Web Site Sales!

Well, it’s Christmas time again. I do so love this season and can’t wait to see the kids faces as they unwrap their presents. But wait… I have to pay for that stuff :) Being a freelancer, I’m not exactly rolling in the dough so what can I do? Run a sale! Read More

Free & Public Domain Photograph & Graphic Resources

Being a freelancer, I can’t always pay a premium for stock photography.  In some cases I will just take whatever shots I need myself but in other cases, I go for the freebies.  The internet has tons of resources for public domain photos, you just have to know where to look.

In what I plan to be an ongoing category of posts, I will highlight a number resources from around the web that offer what I love; free stuff!

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Ahh, good old free graphics…..

Fall leaves and stuff

Way back when, in the stone ages I think, Vortex Design used to give out free graphics from time to time.  Heck, we even used to have an international art and design competition that got some good press, but that’s a story for another time :).  Anyway, in our march towards progress, we abandoned the tradition of giving out freebies.  I barely remember the reasoning now but it’s been so long, it doesn’t really matter. Read More

To Validate or Not with the W3C

In the many years that I have been doing this, I have heard multiple arguments for and against W3C validation.  Some developers believe that having a site validate completely is the only way to build sites but some, like myself, believe validation is highly overrated.  Below, I will lay out some of the common arguments both for and against validation.

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Internet Explorer Styling – Quick Fix


I have been wrestling with Internet Explorer for years now but never so much as when I started developing for WordPress.  For example, I was up until 2am last night looking for the best way to force IE to display CSS properly.  I looked into browser hacks, conditional tags, .js libraries, emulators and more.  Everything I tried had me hitting walls of PITA development I just don’t have the time to deal with.

Luckily though, in my research, I stumbled upon one little comment on Stack Overflow that absolutely made my night.

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WordPress Do’s & Dont’s


  • Backup any important files before editing or updating anything.
  • Optimize graphics before uploading.
  • Keep your plugins to a relative minimum.  You don’t want to cut into the functionality of your site but keep in mind that plugins for your front end can add to load times.  Keep what you need and think hard about the rest.
  • Try to learn how to make basic edits to your site.   It’s pretty easy to make or edit pages and will save you hassle in the long run.
  • Read a tutorial or two.  If you don’t know how to do something, you can research it. Google is your friend :)
  • Backup your site from time to time.

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New WordPress Plugins

I have been doing an awful lot of plugin research and testing lately. It’s not exactly fun but it certainly is interesting. Now, this is great for any new clients but it kinda stinks for you guys who are all done. I wish I had time to run back and update everyone’s site (and did toy with the idea) but knew that this was not a good long term solution. I could be finding new, nifty plugins for years. I think I would go broke in no time constantly going back and improving stuff for free. So, I have decided to post any really good plugins here for my clients to use.

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We have a brand spankin’ new website!

After years of faithfully sticking to my old website (the one I painstakingly crafted bit by bit and line of code by line of code) I have finally moved onward and upward to embrace new technology.  The new site is built on WordPress which makes it infinitely easier to update, add to, fix, redesign and more.    I guess I figured, after having built many of these sites for clients, that it was time to do it for myself.
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