Web Design, Programming, and Business

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The Top Three Methods for Consuming RSS Feeds

It has been well over a year since Google Reader said goodbye. While many of us have moved on to brighter RSS Feed Reader pastures some of us may just be getting around to searching out a great new RSS Feed Reader. What makes a great RSS Feed reader? Simplicity of use, ease of subscription transfer, mobile and web readiness are a few items that come to mind. We recently spent some time...

Easy Digital Downloads: An Ecommerce Plugin Solution for Digital Downloads

WooCommerce is a great E-commerce solution when it comes to building a store with WordPress, although WooCommerce can be a sledgehammer when all you need is something quick and lightweight. If you’re looking to solely offer digital products for purchase you might consider the Easy Digital Downloads plugin. Easy Digital Downloads comes with built-in features to quickly set up a digital...

Copying Tons of Files From One Site to Another

Have you ever needed to copy or move a ton of files from one website to another? Have you ever run across the issue where only 1998 or 7998 files can be viewed in a directory even though you know there’s more in that folder? We ran across both issues this week. The issue stemmed from when the hosting company for one of our esteemed clients moved our stage server to the new live server...

WordPress Visual/Text Editor Formatting

If you work with WordPress you probably have a good idea what I’m going to write about today just from the title: formatting issues when switching between the visual and text editor. For those whom may not be familiar let me give you a quick scenario to describe what I’m writing about: You’re a developer/designer working in WordPress. Beyond chiseling out the shape of your...

Lazy Loading Images

Imagine this scenario: You’re looking to shop online for a brand new whatchamacallit. You Google it up, get a list of links, and select one of the first that appears relevant. Then you wait as the page chokes and crawls along in a frozen state while the images are being loaded. Within five seconds you jump back to Google and select a different link. It works great. The page loads almost...

Advanced Custom Fields Archiving Solution

For those of us who work with WordPress, the ACF (Advanced Custom Fields) plug-in is a versatile tool that provides ease of use when it comes to managing custom data. In a nutshell: create custom field types, add and define fields, and provide your clients with intuitive admin interfaces so they can manage their data quicker and easier. Sounds simple enough. While the plug-in simplifies much of...

Web Design & Development Inspiration

What was it that brought you to web design and development? For many of us it was the energy and excitement of creating the most optimal, visually stunning solutions to a visitor interface and subsequently bringing that to life with code. For some, it was solely visual creation – stunning graphical elements and mock-ups, code be damned. Either way, as web designers and developers we spend many...

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’...

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...

Web Design, Programming, and Business

Meet Aaron Day

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.

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