6 Things to Do Before Sending a Site Design to a Developer

As web designers, sometimes it is far too easy to look at a completed design and think it is ready for production. But any developer will tell you that bringing a design to life in code takes more than just a pretty design. To expedite the coding process and ensure the product more closely reflects the design, make sure you do these six things before handing off your next design and your developer will love you … [Read more...]

Think Vitamin Membership Review–Great Way to Expand Your Web Knowledge

I've been investing a lot of my time lately on learning new things. I prefer to stay a front-end developer, but I've always wanted to play in different languages and keep up to date with design trends. Following long how-to books really isn't my thing, as I usually end up falling asleep before the first chapter ends. I've never been a big fan of video on the web either, since I'm never at my computer unless … [Read more...]

Ten Things Every Beginning Developer Should Know

In the world of web development, there's so much to look at and do, it can be confusing to decide where to start as a beginner. If you're wanting to be a back-end developer, what languages do you learn? Do you learn HTML and CSS if you just want to work in PHP and Ruby? Should you learn basic design principles as well? Or, should you learn a little about everything? A lot of people are afraid to jump into … [Read more...]

8 Web Development Mistakes that Make Any Site Look Bad

Whether you're a developer, a designer or just an entrepreneur, a professional website is nearly impossible to do business without. While most people spend endless amounts of time to get the design of the site just right, most people don't even pay attention to what's behind that design. Unfortunately no matter how awesome your website looks in the front-end, bad development can ruin your visitors' experience … [Read more...]

What Happens When the Website You Are Working on Blows Up?

It's every developer's nightmare. You finally get approval from the client to go live and launch the client's website and then BOOM! Something happens and the whole site blows up. I recently had this scenario happen. Thankfully, the site wasn't live yet, but the client still expected me to fix the site, with no offer of extra payment, even though I wasn't the one who blew up the site. There's no doubt … [Read more...]

Why Bear Grylls Would Make a Better Designer Than You

Bear Grylls, the star of the hit show Man vs. Wild, defines what every man really wants to be. For the frequent rock dwellers who don’t know Bear or haven’t been able to catch Man vs. Wild on the Discovery Channel, picture a man that you could drop out of a plane anywhere on the planet (literally anywhere) and he would survive. Now picture that man waiting for you when you got back to the airport, … [Read more...]

Making Your Code as Beautiful as the Design Itself

A website's design gets all the glory. When someone visits a site, you'll hear them talk about how awesome the design is--but, do you ever hear someone talk about how awesome the code is? Never! Regular people can't see code, nor do they care to see it or what it looks like. It's precisely this reason that there's so much ugly code in the web world today. People don't see it so developers don't believe that … [Read more...]

A Beginner’s Guide to Web Development

The web development field offers a variety of languages from front-end development, like HTML, CSS and Javascript, to back-end programming, like PHP, ASP and Ruby on Rails. So how do you start learning how to code? In this post, I want to offer a variety of great tips on beginning your journey to learning web code. At the end of the post, I want to share a simple site structure with you to get started in HTML … [Read more...]