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Innovation Requires Sacrifice

Innovating means… You spend whole days trying things that probably won’t work, with no pay. You turn away clients to spend whole days trying things that probably won’t work, with no pay. You bang your head against the wall for weeks because everything you’ve tried doesn’t work. Everyone else seems like they are doing better

7 Things I Learned in 2013

Instead of a “year in review” post, I just want to pass on some lessons I learned in 2013 as a WordPress business owner. Hopefully these help you out. 1. Failure Is Not The End I failed at something this year that was a pretty big deal. It sucked, and I was pretty bummed out.

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WordPress and Generosity

People in the WordPress community took me to school today, but not about coding or business. About generosity. First, I had a 1 hour phone call with Shane from Modern Tribe. The call was just helping Brad and I strategize about AppPresser, pricing, marketing, etc. It didn’t really help Shane build his own business at

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Responsive Images in WordPress with Picturefill

Images are the single biggest performance hog on most websites. Serving the same big images to a desktop and a mobile device kills your site’s performance, and makes you lose site visitors. We need to be able to serve a high resolution image to a desktop, and a smaller image to a mobile device. Responsive

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Changing Font Awesome version 3 to 4

I’m a huge fan of icon fonts, and Font Awesome is the best one. Version 4 is out, and if you are updating from version 3, here’s what you need to know.

Make your WP site a mobile web app with meta tags

Even if your website isn’t a traditional mobile app, you can still let visitors save your site to their home screen as an app icon. After they bookmark your site to their home screen, they can click the icon and open up your site full screen, just like a normal app. This is done with

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Vertical Media Queries for Above the Fold Content

What the heck is a vertical media query? We’ve all used media queries that look something like this: @media screen and (max-width: 25em) {} A vertical media query targets height instead of width: @media screen and (max-height: 15em) {} Why would you do that?

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Responsive Off Canvas Navigation Menu

Known as off canvas menus, shelf menus, or panels, they are commonly seen in apps, but they are getting popular in responsive desktop sites as well. There have been a lot of articles written on this, but I wanted to make a really simple, understandable version. This is basically a simple version of David Bushell’s

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Incredibly easy way to optimize jpg images in Photoshop

Cut jpeg (.jpg) image size down by up to 63% in Photoshop without losing quality. What I normally do with .jpg images is save them at about 70% quality in Photoshop. That seems to be a safe place to retain acceptable quality while still slimming down file size. This trick absolutely blows that technique out

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Protocol Relative URLs

Ever use a script that had a url without the http like this? <script src="//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.4.2/jquery.js"></script> I always wondered what that was about. Turns out it allows your browser to download the resource through http or https, which gets rid of any pesky warning messages about “Non-secure items” when viewing an https page.

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