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Regenerate Thumbnails in NextGen Gallery

To generate high-quality thumbnails: Go to Gallery -> Manage Gallery Click on the gallery that the thumbnail is in. For example, if the thumb is on the Idea Gallery page, in the Details carousel, select ‘Idea Gallery – Details’ Check all the thumbnails that are low resolution (fuzzy) and from the ‘Bulk actions’ dropdown, select ‘Create  new thumbnails’...

Web Design Process

Last night, I presented to the Boise Graphic Design Group on the web design process last night.  This was actually our first full meetup – all 40 spots were taken. That’s a great first but I’m always a bit nervous when I speak in front of groups. As always though, I came out of the presentation more knowledgeable than going in. That’s what I love about this group –...

How to associate PDFs with Adobe Acrobat in Dreamweaver

It’s sometimes useful to view PDFs you have on a website and it’d be so much easier to be able to simply double-click on them within Dreamweaver. Dreamweaver will give you this message when you try to open it: Can’t find a valid editor for this file extension. Here’s how you take care of that: Go into the Dreamweaver Preferences (From the top nav, Edit->Preferences)...

Starting a Web Design Business: Part 2

Wow, here it is week 4 after starting my business and I finally have a bit of time to sit down and write! And that’s after a 60+ hour week…so that’s something to be ready for too: long hours at first! Setting Up Your Business – All That Paperwork I have my business set up as an LLC, filing taxes as an S-corp. I went this route because it’s pretty easy to set up, has...

Starting a Web Design Business: Part 1

The Big Picture: Is It Doable? The first step should always be planning: what are your goals and is it feasible? And beyond that, what’s the risks and rewards? What income and expenses will you have? For me, I’ve been itching to start my own company again for probably the last 2 years but it wasn’t until lately that it all started to really come together. The opportunities look...

Starting a Web Design Business: Intro

Wow, I’ve worked at Peak Systems now for 5 years! Although I’ve enjoyed working at Peak, it’s time to move on and start my own business again. This will be my 4th web design business, and each time I’ve started up a web design business, it’s been more successful and more rewarding. My last business, ABD Insights, was acquired by Peak Systems in 2007, and I brought...

Buffalo-Style Hot Wings

Here’s a new recipe that I put together in preparation for today’s Packer’s game. Perfect with a good blue cheese dip… 2lb bag of chicken wings 2 12-oz beers ½ teas. paprika ½ teas. cayenne pepper ½ teas. salt 1/2 cup flour ½ cup butter ½ cup Louisiana Hot Sauce 1 teas. Dave’s Insanity Sauce ½ teas. black pepper 4 cloves pressed garlic Marinate wings in fridge 12-24 hours...

Pods WordPress Plugin

A couple of weeks ago, I was introduced to Pods. I’ve been working in WordPress for a while but had never heard of Pods. I’ve now used it in 2 websites and have another one underway. Basically, if you’re looking for an easier way for you and your clients to manage information within WordPress, this is the perfect solution. It allows you to define your own content types and then:...

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Professionally building websites since 2002, I've worked at Microsoft, multiple agencies, and a few web design businesses of my own. I've been an owner of Thrive Web Designs since 2015. I've taught classes, run design groups and even ran a benefit auction for 4 years in my free time. I love sharing and giving back to the web/creative community. Read more...

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