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Development Tools

Our Development Tools (Part 1)

What are CSS Preprocessors? We have used two different preprocessors at Sideways8, LESS and SASS. Preprocessors are used in many different languages and have been around for a very long time. The idea is very simple, a preprocessor is a program that takes input, processes it and produces an output that can be used as…

Opera Neon

Another Browser called Opera Neon

In 2000, I was using Windows 98 and ran Netscape, IE, Mozilla and probably a few other obscure browsers. As a web developer, I had to see what it all looked like on all browsers. Here I am in 2017, and a new browser came around, but it immediately reminded of the glory days of…

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Gravity Forms Running Total

The use case is pretty short and simple. Adam asked me if there is any way to come up with a total given on a specific field. For example, if there is a donation page, and people are donating money to a cause, he wanted a way to display how much has been given to…

2017 SSL Certificate

Get Your SSL Certificate Now

In October of last year, I wrote about SSL certificates, and told people to start getting an SSL certificate, even if you don’t think you need one. Any site that has a password field, or accepts credit cards, it needs an SSL certificate. If you do not, your rankings in Google will go down. I’ll…

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Three Things for WordPress in 2017

I recently did a talk at the Marietta WordPress Meetup that I co-lead concerning the state of WordPress in 2017. This is heavily based on news topics from sites I regularly visit and things gleaned from the “State of the Word” by Matt Mullenweg (leader of WordPress). There are 3 things that are priority for…

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Print designer's terms converted to Web terms

Over my 20 years of web development/design, I have run into a lot of terms that only print designers use. I was lucky enough to work at a really cool design shop where I picked up a few terms that “new” developers might not know but clients or designers use often. One thing that frustrates…