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FCDW Partners with Girl Develop It

The Fort Collins Digital Workshop has partnered with Girl Develop It to assist in their mission to provide affordable and accessible programs to women who want to learn about software development through mentorship and hands-on instruction. Girl Develop It recently started a chapter in Fort Collins and the FCDW is excited to serve as a resource and mentor for women who are interested in exploring the world of code. GDI teaches classes on various topics including HTML/CSS, programming, software development, mobile apps, JavaScript and more!  In addition to serving as a mentor and educational...

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5 Easy Steps to Get Started Blogging in WordPress

Even though the initial blogging fever of a decade ago has cooled off, it’s never out of style to create a blog of your very own. The great thing is: now it’s easier than ever to get set up and started writing, and there are a variety of platforms out there to launch your musings into the electronic world. WordPress is a classic and established choice, having been around long enough to have fine-tuned the art of the blog, so naturally I wanted to highlight them here. There are only five easy steps between you and your very own professional writing space, so let’s get started!   1....

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WordPress: Why You Should Consider Using a Child Theme

It is estimated that 1 in 5 websites use WordPress as a framework. No, that is not a typo. It is a staggering number to think about when you consider how many millions of sites are added each day. Every WordPress site’s design is governed by a theme, which controls the appearance, layout and functionality. There are free themes available, but to get a custom theme design for your website, you may hire a developer to create your theme. No matter which direction you decide to go, it has been my experience that, at some point, everyone wants some additional control of the design of their...

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Why You Should Care About Google Penguin 2.0

Lions may rule the jungle, but one special penguin sets the new rules for getting your website out of the weeds. On May 22, Google un-caged its Penguin 2.0 update, tweaking the rule set for the mega search engine’s algorithms. What does that mean? Google revamped its search engine optimization (SEO) rules for how it evaluates Web content so it can better identify web spam from great content. So, if you want your website to climb Google’s search engine result rankings, you’ll do your best to march in line with Penguin 2.0’s criteria. SEO is highly useful for every single website, be it a...

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Web Development: No Better Substitute for Learning HTML

[Originally published in The Coloradoan on 8/31/12] When prospective students approach me about enrolling in some of my beginner web design classes, they often ask if they should learn HTML or purchase Adobe Dreamweaver to edit their website. Everyone’s needs are different, but I always give the same answer. HTML, or Hyper-Text Markup Language, is the fundamental language of the Internet, while Adobe Dreamweaver is a tool to help you write that language better. The analogy I typically use is that of a learning any foreign language. Let’s pretend for a moment that you’re...

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CSS3 Features Add New Level of Excitement to Web Work

[Originally published in The Coloradoan on 3/9/12] The ability to create interesting web pages today continues to advance as the specifications of the Internet languages we use evolves as well. The foundational language of all web pages is HTML, or Hyper-Text Markup Language, and CSS, or Cascading style sheets. As I wrote last week on the latest in HTML, it seems appropriate to mention why the new features of CSS3 are so exciting. CSS3 is the latest specification of the CSS language from the Worldwide Web Consortium, or W3C. This new version of CSS allows for many design elements to be coded...

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