Using Toggl to Track and Increase Web Development Productivity

I saw a great talk at WordCamp San Diego this year given by Bill Erickson and Jared Atchison that gave some insight into how they track their productivity over time using data. They basically track time spent per project, then take the project’s budget and divide it by the number of hours spent to come up… Read More

Web Design

Using For Smarter Prototyping

I’m defining a smart prototype as one that effectively communicates what is happening in the design and how the finished product will function and look when it is completed. One of the ways we can do that is by using descriptive text for body copy that actually says what’s going on (lorem ipsum, don’t worry… Read More

WordPress Development

Hide Specific Pages from WordPress Search Results

A situation that comes up often is wanting to hide certain pages from WordPress search results. This can be achieved pretty easily using the pre_get_posts hook in your functions.php file. Just pass in an array of page IDs to the ‘post__not_in’ WP_Query parameter (note the double underscores) and you’re good to go. View the code… Read More

WordPress Development

Collaborative, Rapid, Iteration-Based In-Browser Design

CRIBID. Yep, this is what I’m calling designing in the browser now. An overview of the process goes something like this: Research – Define design objectives, branding, audience, content architecture Style Guide – Create visual language using style tiles, moodboards, etc Get it into the browser – Create HTML/CSS layout using visuals defined in style guide… Read More

Clients, Marketing

Please, please don’t buy hosting from your web designer

Sometimes potential clients come to me with an existing website that is “hosted by their old web designer.” This always makes me cringe, and the first thing I recommend doing – immediately – is getting the client onto their own hosting account. This type of arrnagement, where the web designer “hosts” your website for you, is… Read More

WordPress Development

Add blog page content before posts

When using a static front page and blog page, it’s sometimes nice to show the content of the blog page itself before looping through its posts. This piece of code will pull the content from the blog page (as set by Settings > Post Page) and output it before the loop of posts. View the… Read More