CSS Tuesdays: Keeping it Simple

I just released my fist two commercial WordPress themes: Lucidity and Lucidity Catalog with a focus on simplicity. After creating over one hundred custom WordPress themes – I decided to take my most requested features, coupled with a slick admin interface, and some really simple XHTML and CSS and put it together to create a really easy to use and customize theme. If you looking for something really easy and clean – take a look at the CSS used. You can see that a little goes a long way! Just remember – keep it simple. When you overcomplicate – you… Read More »

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Random Fridays: Happy Fourth of July!

I have had an insane week. Three big site launches (only one made it), a huge QA project (14 sites), my first released WordPress theme (not quite released – I still need to get the about pages together for my company site), major rush jobs from all fronts, babysitting two additional greyhounds, Michael Jackson’s death,and too many conference calls. Phew. Time to take a half day and trim the bushes in the front yard Disney style…or at least thinking about how cool it would be to have a dinosaur shaped bush in my yard 😉 Anyways – hopefully next week… Read More »

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WordPress Wednesdays: Where to Begin

A lot of people want a web site or a blog but do not know where to start or what all WordPress has to offer. If you are looking for a great, easy to use system to publish content on the web – I would start here: Start Free. If you want to simply check out WordPress and see what is made of – sign up for a free account at wordpress.com You can choose from several free themes (look and feel) and have no worries about backup, hosting, etc. This will allow you to focus on the content and… Read More »

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WordPress Wednesdays: The Power of Self Publishing

Having a blog or CMS that uses something like WordPress is a great way to easily publish content and is very easy for people who have no understanding of HTML, images or design but this power comes with a double edged sword. On one hand, anyone can quickly upload images, video, and write text…even add some floating elements (picture on the left, picture on the right) without seeing any code. While this is great for most people, when something goes wrong (unclosed HTML tag) this can wreak all kinds of havoc on a site. I often get questions like “why… Read More »

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Sometimes it is Just a Matter of Finding the Right Project

I have probably been busier the last four months than any other time in my life. I have not had more billable hours than usual, but I have been doing a lot of learning, debugging, learning to better debug problems, and organizing. For years I had been talking about improving my PHP and Javascript skills but as much reading/training as I did – nothing really sunk in until I found the right project to help me along and to motivate me like I wish I was years ago. I just wanted to take some time out and thank three people… Read More »

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First Step: Read

I posted a Job Listing over the weekend to try and get a few more applicants and have a few that I am going to interview this week. I am quite happy with some of the people who replied and I hope at least one of them works out. On a side note – it has been interesting to see those that actually read my listing vs. just apply. I got a number of non USA residents that applied as well as a number of people without portfolios. At least there was an easy way to separate out the “definitely… Read More »

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SDAC Inc Is Hiring

I was away for a few days on a trip visiting family in Florida. While I like to travel – I really do not enjoy the hectic times planning everything (do I have everything packed? Does E have everything? Where is the dog going? Did you set everything up for the cats? Are we leaving our car in long term parking?) and the even more hectic time at the airport and on the plane with a two year old. Now that I am home, now behind on work, and exhausted…I realize I need to hire someone to help with the… Read More »

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Tabs With the Yahoo User Interface Library (YUI).

I have recently been asked to create a tabbed interface for a few projects which does not require any page reloading. I am familiar with working with the Yahoo! User Interface Library (YUI) and decided to use their tabview component to make this happen. What you need: Yahoo User Interface Library CSS HTML (View Source) A simple example: Check this code out in action (reusing the tabs I created from the jappler menus). You can easily “View Source” and use that as an example. The possibilities of customizing the “tabview” component are endless and can also be seen on jappler.com’s… Read More »

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Planeguage

My company does consulting for Delta Air Lines and while watching the latest “Planeguage” video – I laughed out loud. I happened to have this experience a few years ago on Spirit Air when I happened to be in the very last row. Needless to say the flight experience was horrible and I have since to fly in the back row – or on Spirit Air. If you have not checked out the videos (or the Delta Air Lines blog) check it out: http://blog.delta.com/

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My Company Blog: Reloaded

If you find my WordPress and web development posts helpful, I would also recommend reading my company blog. I have been the last few weeks making sure that the content was more organized, the layout was clearer, and the posting frequency increased. I generally post about WordPress related tricks, tips, howtos, but also post about other web development topics as well. Hopefully you will find it helpful!

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