SmileBASIC: Learning to Code on Your Nintendo 3DS

SmileBasic nintedo 3ds computer programing learning game

I remember the first thing I ever programmed on a computer. It was “Hello, world.” — LOL! I followed a book tutorial using QuickBASIC and then attempted to create a text based video game. I never finished it, but I imagine I may have finished it had I had a cool app like this! ... Continue Reading

Dimensions — A Chrome Browser Extension

Dimensions Chrome

I'm always on the lookout for cool tools to make web design easier, so when I found this little Chrome browser extension, I had to share it with you. It's really simple. Nothing too fancy, here. But that's exactly what I like about it! Going by the name, I am sure you can figure out what Dimensions does. By enabling it, you can easily figure out the number of pixels that are between two elements. Check it out: ... Continue Reading

The WordPress Plugin Boilerplate

WP Plugin Boilerplate Screen

If you're interesting in building your own WordPress plugin and would love a great place to start, look no further. The WordPress Plugin Boilerplate is the best place to start when developing WordPress plugins. From the most basic of functions, to the most dynamic, this boilerplate has been growing and evolving for several years, now. I've seen (and used) this boilerplate before it had a notable version number and was poked away on Github. The WordPress Plugin Boilerplate has come a long way, ... Continue Reading

Comps with Compassion: Social Good Ipsum

Social Good Ipsum Top

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

BuiltWith screenshot

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


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


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

Gravity Forms

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?

Macaw Logo

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