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Shopify Cheatsheet

I was just working on a Shopify site with a partner and I again referenced this handy Shopify Cheatsheet. Since I’m repeat visitor, I have to share this resource. cheat.markdunkley.com
Thank you Mark!

Keynote for the 2015 BSU Appathon

This Friday is the 4th annual Boise State University Appathon! I’ll be delivering the keynote address, talking about the design fundamentals and how they apply to mobile app design. After that, student programmers and entrepreneurs will team up to build mobile apps and compete within a 48-hour timeframe for cash prizes and fun! Here’s an image that outlines what I’ll be talking...

The Value of a Soft Launch

To soft launch or hard launch, that is the question! To which you may say, “Hold on a second there buster! That is not the question. The question, the FIRST question, is what is a soft , or for that matter, a hard  launch?” Yes, but of course! In the most general sense: A soft launch is often used by a company when it seeks to release its product or service without a lot of fan fare...

Bacon, Glorious Bacon: Perfect for Mockups!

Who doesn’t love bacon? Ok, lots of people but I certainly love it. I’ve been using the bacon filler text for years thanks to Bacon Ipsum. The old standby for wireframes and design mockups is to use “Lorem Ipsum” but I find that Bacon Ipsum is much tastier. You can copy their filler text into your designs but they now have a few additional options that you may not know...

iStock Pricing Change and Stock Image Alternatives

If you hadn’t already noticed, iStock recently updated its pricing structure for all their stock media: photos, illustrations, movies, and audio. A pricing change? As you know, iStock uses credits to purchase stock photography and other stock media. Up until recently  you could purchase credits for about $1.75 each (less if you purchased in bulk). Depending on the size you needed, photos...

Keeping Your WordPress Site Secure

If you work with websites then you’re well aware of the necessity of keeping your sites up to date and secure. 2014 has been a record year for malicious hacks when it comes to the wide world of the web. It seems every other day we’re reading about another major business or retailer whose site has been compromised. Whether you’re maintaining a massive site for a world wide...

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...

Image Sliders: The Pro & Cons.

Sliders, otherwise known as a carousel, or image slider, are ubiquitous throughout the web. If you’ve spent any time designing or developing websites than you’ve more than likely implemented a website slider or two. The debate over the use of sliders in websites has been raging for some time. Spend a few minutes Googling and you will easily find innumerable arguments for and against...

Theme Performance and Optimization

It’s easy to forget about the “small” details when we’re neck deep in code, styling, and image creation (You know, all the meaty, fun-to-do aspects of your WordPress projects). It’s the “small” details that can really add up to make a major impact on your WordPress site. What is this small stuff? Theme Performance Optimization! Theme performance optimization sounds more...

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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