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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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The Great Debate: HTML5 vs. Flash

[Originally published in The Coloradoan on 3/2/12] For more than 15 years, Adobe’s Flash has been at the forefront of bringing rich, interactive multimedia content to web browsers and standalone applications. About 98 percent of the world’s computers have the Flash plug-in to be able to view Flash content with ease. However, the recent HTML5 specification from the World Wide Web Consortium, or W3C, has begun to change the game for multimedia content developers. With HTML5, the W3C has replaced the need for Flash altogether, creating a controversy over whether Flash will be as...

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Getting Started with Web Development on Your Own

[Originally published in The Coloradoan on 2/11/12] If you are thinking of personally building a website for yourself or your business, there are more ways than ever before to get a site started and live on the Internet. The right path to a website depends on many factors, but if you are interested in learning the process of web development from the ground up, then you need to consider starting with learning the language of all web pages on the Internet: HTML. HTML stands for ‘Hyper Text Markup Language’ and, as it suggests, is a language unto itself, just like any other foreign...

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