Comps with Compassion: Social Good Ipsum

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Remember what it was like to design graphics and websites without a good ol' Lorem Ipsum generator? Yeah. Life was tough back then. Now we have Bacon Ipsum, Hipster Ipsum and a entire Lorem Ipsum family! But there's always room for a new kind Ipsum, esspecially one that is full of compassion. ... Continue Reading

BuiltWith Lets You Peek Under the Hood

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Calling all church web developers! Do you find yourself doing research on how other church sites are built and want an easy way to see what technologies went into it? I find myself constantly poking around in the console to find out about various technologies that go into different websites. Often times, I find this a pain, because I just want to see what they used to built it. Well, I have found a solution! ... Continue Reading

Atom: The 21st Century Text Editor

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Atom is the newest text editor on the block. For the past few months, it has been in an invite only beta. As of writing this, Github has released their new project as open source under the MIT license.  Atom has stolen my heart as my favorite editor. Here are some reasons why you might want to give it a shot. ... Continue Reading

MAMP 3 for Mac & PC

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MAMP 3 has been released! If you're running a killer web development environment, more than likely, you've installed MAMP (unless you're developing on your PC — until now). MAMP is improved over the previous version and now comes in a Windows flavor, too (coming soon). While the pro version will cost you (reduced price for those with a MAMP 2 license), they are still offering the non-pro version for free. For those that wonder why you would ever need such an app, here's why: If you are doing ... Continue Reading

Gravity Forms for WordPress — Yes, They’re That Awesome

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Until fairly recently, I've been a really cheap WordPress guy when it comes to plugins. I've been sold on the idea of using premium WordPress themes and frameworks, as having a poorly coded theme can kill your SEO. That's simply not worth the savings to me. That's what makes frameworks so appealing, not to mention it's a huge time saver. However, when it comes to plugins, I am usually too cheap to drop down any cash; so I am sure you can imagine that signing up for Gravity Forms was ... Continue Reading

Macaw: Will Visual Web Design Tools Return?

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I remember the first website I ever designed. I used a visual web design tool. Using a Corel program—yes, I just said Corel—I designed with a split screen, the visual editor being the larger of the split, leaving a sliver of code visible to learn a little HTML along the way. My next brush with working on a website, I found myself in a similar situation. This time I was using Macromedia's Dreamweaver 3. Again, I used a split view, primarily using the visual editor. When I began to dive ... Continue Reading

DevDocs: API Documentation Reader for Developers

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When you're doing web development, there is a lot of documentation scattered across the web as you look to the multiple API's. Where do you go for HTML5, CSS3, DOM, JavaScript and others? How about you go to one place!?! Not only has DevDocs compiled multiple API documentation into one resource, but they've even made it really easy to navigate and search for exactly what you're looking for. ... Continue Reading

What’s Your Favorite Coda Plugins?

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Last month, Tom McFarlin shared three of his favorite Coda plugins for WordPress development. Since that's just about all I do using Coda, I went and snatched them up right away! I had always known Coda had some cool stuff to add-on, but never had taken the time to look for any that would be helpful. Here are two of the three he shared, that I've found to be really helpful: ... Continue Reading

FROONT: Visual Responsive Web Design from Your Browser

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Responsive web design has become essential. With so many different sized devices cruising the web, your design has to be responsive. Sometimes designing a responsive site can be tricky, but thanks to a new online tool called, FROONT, you can visually design a responsive website straight from your browser! ... Continue Reading