Gestores de contenido y SEO, matrimonio de conveniencia

por Cayetano Torres

Dentro de la importancia de los contenidos y la correcta gestión de estos a la hora de posicionar cualquier proyecto web en Internet, puede ser interesante ahondar en la relación de como los CMS o gestores de contenidos pueden establecer una excelente relación con las acciones seo encaminadas a posicionar en Internet cualquier web.

Pero vayamos por orden, en primer lugar, un buen CMS orientado a SEO deber permitir que llamemos a las urls de forma amigable. Este pues es uno de los factores iniciales. En esta línea Joomla, Drupal o WordPress nos permite editar muy fácilmente estas y llamarlas (siempre en relación al contenido) como más nos convenga. CMS hay muchos y cada uno tiene su punto de interés, siempre va a ir en función de lo que queramos hacer con él. Ni que decir tiene que el CMS nos debe permitir siempre trabajar con CSS´s ya que el peso del sitio se reduce de forma drástica (la plantilla solo se carga una web en el equipo cliente y da más peso específico al contenido respecto del peso del código). Seguir leyendo “Gestores de contenido y SEO, matrimonio de conveniencia”

CMS Comparison: Which Content Management System Should You Use?

Nita Teoh

Once you have found a company to host your website, you will need to select an appropriate content management system (CMS), which is the software used to organize your website, to efficiently produce new articles, and to easily maintain old content. I built one of my first websites using the Dreamweaver CMS, and I later progressed to learning how to use Joomla and WordPress. There are many excellent open source software options on the market such as WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal, as well as paid options such as Dreamweaver.

Your options for content management systems are extensive, so think carefully about your business requirements to narrow down your choice. It’s tempting to get a CMS with all the bells and whistles, but your business requirements may not warrant using such a sophisticated system.

To help you decide, I’ve reviewed the two CMSs that I use on a regular basis: WordPress and Joomla. Both are open source software, which means that they are issued under a license that is generally made available to the public for free, and allows users to make changes to its code as needed. Seguir leyendo “CMS Comparison: Which Content Management System Should You Use?”

Learning PHP: Get Started Using PHP

by Elias Zerrouq

Learning PHP: Get Started Using PHP

This PHP tutorial will guide you through the process of learning and using PHP, preparing you with some fundamental knowledge to get you started in the right path. We will talk about the history of PHP, create a local development environment (so that you won’t need a web server) and create a basic PHP script while discussing common beginner PHP gotchas along the way.


In the beginning, there was nothing. Well, there were static web pages that had to be edited manually. That was a pain. And it didn’t do anything other than display text and images on a web page.

With the introduction of PHP/FI (Personal Homepage Tools) in 1995, everything changed. It became possible to create dynamic web applications that generated content on-the-fly and allowed users to interact with the once static web pages.

When Rasmus Lerdorf, the creator of PHP/FI, decided to release the source code of his project, the development went even faster.

Andi Gutmans and Zeev Suraski joined the project in 1997 and started working on PHP 3.0 as the official successor of PHP/FI. The development of PHP/FI was mostly halted. PHP 3.0 (which is a recursive acronym for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) was officially released in June 1998.

Shortly after the release, Andi and Zeev were already working on a rewrite of PHP’s core. It was finished in mid-1999 and the new engine, dubbed Zend Engine (comprised of parts of their first names, Zeev and Andi), was a huge success.

PHP 4.0, based on the new Zend engine, was officially released in May 2000.

After four long years, PHP 5.0 was released introducing a new object model and dozens of other new features. In 2010, PHP 5.3.1 is the latest stable release. Seguir leyendo “Learning PHP: Get Started Using PHP”

XHTML & CSS For Mobile Development


The mobile site consists of over 50 mockups that needed to be developed in HTML/CSS and made to work for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry. While coding simple HTML/CSS mockups sounded pretty easy, I found that there were several hurdles and differences from doing mobile HTML and normal HTML.

Doing a mobile site from scratch was a big learning experience, so I’d thought I’d share some of the things I learned, that differed greatly for mobile dev.

Think Small

Doing mobile development means you have to think small and in terms of percentages, not pixels. You can’t have a 320px layout for the iPhone, because if you rotate the phone into landscape mode, you’ll have a skinny site running down the middle. You have to make sure the layout stays consist, while expanding for both portrait and landscape modes on the phone.

CSS3 Wonders

One of the biggest changes that were difficult for me to get over, and one of the best, was the fact that I could use CSS3 freely. I no longer had to worry about Internet Explorer, and al of the prominent mobile devices support it.

When trying to do some tricky styling without adding additional markup, I caught myself remembering that I could actually do it with nth-of-type and not having to worry about it breaking! So feel free to break out your CSS3 and even some of your HTML5 skills.

Special Meta Tags

There are a lot of little quirks in some mobile devices, but since I have an iPhone I’ll mention the ones I found in that device. The iPhone has this neat trick, where it links phone numbers in the browser and allows you to click on them and call them instantly.

This is awesome, except for the fact when it tries to do it on non-phone numbers. It seems to have difficulty sometimes determining what is and isn’t a number, especially when it comes to things like part/order numbers.

The awesome thing about Apple, however, is the fact they came up with a ton of meta tags that allow you to manipulate the way the iPhone device reads the website. I think these tags may also work on the Android, but don’t quote me on that.

To disallow the linking of phone numbers of your site, simple add this in between your <head> tags:

<meta name="format-detection" content="telephone=no">

I also ran across a problem where the iPhone likes to blow up the size of text in landscape mode, which was obviously a no-no and broke our layout. This was fixed simply by adding this style to the body property:

body { -webkit-text-size-adjust: none; }

The IE of Mobile

Of course, there’s always something that has to make a developer’s life difficult, and in this case it’s Blackberry. While it’s not as bad as Internet Explorer, it still became a thorn in my side.

Apparently, some models of Blackberries don’t support CSS3 properties, like opacity. I haven’t had any problems with advanced selectors though, so I’m not sure what is and isn’t supported.

The Blackberry also seemed to interpret spacing and paddings differently from the Android and the iPhone. For the most part, besides a few text differences, the Android and iPhone were quite similar in rendering the site.


Browser, or device, testing for mobile is a bit more difficult to do than normal web browser testing. While you can download pretty much al of the web browsers if you’re on a Windows machine (or use a simulator on a Mac), I’m fairly sure most devs don’t have an iPhone, Android AND a Blackberry.

For beginning testing, it was enough to resize my Firefox window as small as possible, but most of the testing I did on my iPhone, especially because the iPhone renders inputs and some backgrounds and paddings quite differently than Firefox.

For Android and Blackberry testing, I had to rely on the help of several of my Twitter friends (thanks guys!). A lot of the simulators you can download, especially the iPhone ones, never seem to actually renders the site like the actual device would. The client also had access to all three devices, so there were a big help in finding bugs.

Teaching the Client

The problem with percentage based designs, is that it’s impossible to have it “pixel-perfect” with the mockups, because you’re not using pixels. This was something I discovered early on, and something I had to teach the client about as well, especially because they had handed me size guides with the exact pixels everything was spaced out to.

This is a bit difficult to explain to a client who wants the mockups to look exactly the same in portrait and landscape mode, but with a little persistence and documentation, it wasn’t impossible for them to become relaxed in their layout expectations. You just have to be a bit more fluid when it comes to the mobile world.


I haven’t completed all the mockups yet, but you can check out the progress on the mobile site I’m working on for Audible for the next week or so before it’s taken down to become live.

WordPress Fat-Loss Diet to Speed Up & Ease Load

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Last week we looked at some useful plugins to enhance and protect WordPress, following on with the WordPress topic let’s look at how you can tweak your WordPress install to increase the speed of your site and ease the load on your web servers. We’ll be putting the front end code on a strict diet, while trimming the fat from the database to produce a fast, lean website that doesn’t clog up your server’s resources.

Despite its general awesomeness and wide adoption across the web as both a blogging platform and a trusty CMS, it’s no secret that WordPress is a greedy old memory hog. This high memory usage soon becomes apparent when your blog receives a decent number of visitors and your blog goes missing due to your server throwing in the towel.

Installing one of the many caching plugins fixes 90% of these server problems, while upgrading your server specs solves the rest. But it’s not all about uptime and downtime, we also want a speedy site that loads in a flash every day. Follow this 10 step exercise regime for your blog and you’ll take it from a slobbering podgy couch potato to a ripped and finely tuned pentathlon athlete. Seguir leyendo “WordPress Fat-Loss Diet to Speed Up & Ease Load”

Creating a Web Poll with PHP

Creating a Web Poll with PHP

Polls are nearly ubiquitous on the web today, and there are plenty of services that will provide a drop-in poll for you. But what if you want to write one yourself? This tutorial will take you through the steps to create a simple PHP-based poll, including database setup, vote processing, and displaying the poll.

Tutorial Details

  • Technology: PHP5, HTML, CSS
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Estimated Completion Time: 40 Minutes

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Polaroid: A Free Magento Theme For Your eCommerce Website

Today we are glad to release a yet another freebie: Polaroid Magento Theme, a professional design skin for the shops powered by the popular open-source ecommerce web application Magento. The theme was designed by eCommerce-Themes and released for Smashing Magazine and its readers. As usual, the theme is absolutely free to use in private and commerical projects.

Product in Polaroid: A Free Magento Theme For Your eCommerce Website

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Thesis WordPress Theme Review

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By Michael Gray

I’ll admit that when I first saw the Thesis wordpress theme I wasn’t really keen on it, in fact I really didn’t see the point. While I’m not a programmer by trade, I know enough HTML, CSS, and PHP to make things happen in the code. However after seeing some of the behind the scenes stuff on Rae’s blog I finally gave it a try, and PURCHASED MY OWN COPY. I can now say that I’m a big fan of Thesis, and am probably what you’d call a brand advocate. If you’re like me and can do your own programming, or just don’t get why Thesis is cool, then read on, and I’ll try to explain some of the benefits.

If you are a novice programmer of have no programming experience, Thesis makes it really easy to dip your toe in the water, since Rae did an excellent job covering that in her Thesis review I won’t rehash that it here. But what about those of us who can do some coding, are developers or publishers, or have more than one website whats the advantage? Chances are you’ve graduated past the free themes and you are using a premium theme like someplace like solostream or woo themes. Seguir leyendo “Thesis WordPress Theme Review”

10 Questions From Modern Web Designers: Answered

No matter what level we’re at, we all have questions. We search every day for the answers to these questions, and only sometimes do we get a decent answer. As web designers, we wonder about everything from our skill sets to our businesses, who we should look up to in the industry, and all-together secrets-of-the-trade.

10 Questions From Modern Web Designers
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In this post, we’ve compiled a list of the top ten questions modern web designers ask, and we try to answer them from our expertise. If you have anything to add at the end, whether it be another question, or your own answer, please feel free to chime in and give us your own insight.

1. What New Technologies Should I Focus on Most?

Between HTML5, CSS3, iPad development, new development frameworks, and more, it can be difficult to know what’s important to focus on. We all know that it is essential to keep up to date with the latest technologies, but how can one focus on every new little thing? The answer is, of course, we can’t. Therefore, we must be decisive.

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So what new technology should any web designer focus on right now, today? Focus on the technologies of your specific niche. If you’re a new web designer and haven’t determined what that specific niche is, then determine what you want it to be in the future, and go from there. For example, if you are a developer who already does Blackberry/iPhone apps or has a focus on mobile websites, then learning to create an iPad app/design would be most beneficial for you. If you do a lot of CSS, then learn a framework to speed up your development.

Just focus around your specialty, and learn what clients expect you to learn. Also learn what you expect yourself to learn. Above all, though, know that new technologies will always come and go, so don’t fret over learning about it all today. Feel free to be choosey about the new things you learn.

2. What Types of Things Should I Invest Money In?

An important business lesson is that only the businesses that invest in themselves really grow. This is true for web design businesses as well. A percentage of income one makes as a designer should be reinvested in order to grow the business and the individual. When working for an industry that functions primarily online, though, finding items to invest in can waste more money than desired.

So arises the question: What kinds of items are smart investments for web designers? Short answer: knowledge. The single most important thing any web designer can invest in is anything that improves their knowledge of design, business, best practices, a new trend/technology, etc. In a technology-based field, growth and knowledge are your best assets.

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However, other smart things to invest in are:

  • A good, comfortable desk set and chair (given you work in a home office). Productivity is only at its best when one is comfortable, and when one has plenty of workable space and organization.
  • A good computer and software. Keep in mind that this should be relative software — stuff you’ll actually use. Keep the Adobe Suite updated as best as possible, but don’t waste money on ‘cool’ software that you think will make you more productive. Also, a fast, smart computer is a must.
  • Quality resources when you need them and can afford them: stock photography, icon sets, fonts, theme frameworks, etc.

3. The Big One: Should I Go Freelance / Stick With A Firm?

Freelancing in the web design career seems to be a choice that is growing in popularity. Today, many web designers just starting out never even try out a company, and just jump into freelancing right after school. (Or even while still in school.) Sometimes it seems that many new web designers are going freelance because it’s just the thing to do these days. Yet, we find many freelancers that are miserable doing it. The truth is: it’s not for everyone.

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Understand the pros and cons of working solo. Also understand the pros and cons of working for a company. Know what you’re willing to sacrifice based on your own beliefs and future goals, and know what you want to gain professionally. Beyond knowing what your goals are, feel free to try them both out. If you haven’t worked for an agency yet, get a part-time job, or try it out for a few years full time. If you already work for a company, take a break or ask to go part-time to try out the freelance lifestyle. Check out Jacob Cass’s post on Design Agency VS Freelance Life.

4. As a Web Designer, Do I Need to Code If I Don’t Want To?

This is a tricky question to answer, because it’s another one of those questions that is best answered with – “Well, it depends…”.

Quite honestly, though, all web designers need to learn how to code. At the very least, they should know how to code XHTML/CSS and JavaScript. All web designers should also know at least a tiny bit of PHP/MySQL to get by. This is because many platforms (including the ever-so-popular WordPress) are coded in PHP, and a web designer should know enough to get around the backend of the many popular PHP-based platforms.

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So the short answer is yes – know how to code basically because you will likely have to deal with it someday. However, many web designers do end up outsourcing much of the coding work to web developers who prefer coding over design. That is fine of course, if your budget allows. So by all means, if you don’t like to code and can outsource it, go for it. It’s one of the many choices we’re blessed with as web designers!

Learning to code, though, can help any web designer better discuss project requirements with clients and coders, and can even help to design better-quality websites according to usability. On another note, if you ever choose to go back to a company, almost all companies will require this basic knowledge and experience. (Or if they don’t require it, it would definitely help regardless!)

5. With All The Hype, Should I Learn How to Make WordPress Themes?

WordPress is definitely not a passing trend, that’s for sure. In the web design and development fields, it’s easy to say that WordPress development can be a very profitable niche to get into. With all of its popularity, though, is it now becoming an essential thing to learn as a web designer? Are static pages officially out of style?

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There are plenty of niches a web designer can get into, but nearly every client will ask for a blog. Most clients know now that blogging is a great way to increase web traffic, the thing they’re most interested in after spending hundreds to thousands on a website. Furthermore, many know that WordPress specifically is as versatile as it is.

So is it now essential to know how to make WordPress themes? Not really, but it can definitely help. In the very least, focus some of your efforts on learning how to design blogs effectively, and outsource the code to WordPress if necessary. It may not be the thing all web designers like to focus on, but too many web design jobs today require a blog, and specifically a WordPress implementation of some sort. You can even sell your own custom WordPress themes.

6. What is the Most Effective Way to Market Myself in This Industry?

There is no one most effective way to market yourself as a web designer. However, it is true that there are some more effective ways than others. Some marketing methods take more time, and others are quick and to the point. Any marketing method can be a waste of time, though, if it doesn’t do much. From experience, here are some favorite marketing methods among successful freelance web designers (in order) :

  • Referral Business – Once you do land those first few clients, always ask for a testimonial or referral, and follow up with them from time to time via promotional letters or emails. If you can master this, it is the single most effective marketing technique.
  • Direct and Local Mail – Local business is easier to win over, and direct mail marketing is an effective tactic. Combine them, and a web designer can get a pretty good response. With a well-crafted sales letter, it can be easy to get a 1/100 chance of response. If that doesn’t seem like a lot to you, consider this: If it takes $200 to create and mail 100 sales letters, and you gain 1 paying client from it with a $1000 project, that’s a return of your investment x5. You’ll likely also create plenty of leads that could turn into clients in the future.
  • Building a Reputation – Build a long-term reputation through social media, blogging, and successful client projects. It takes a while, but the process is exponential. With hard work, the clients will eventually be coming to you. When promoting yourself, don’t always worry about winning clients over directly.

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Overall, unless you’re really bored or desperate, avoid ineffective forms of marketing such as cold-calling, cold-emailing, and job boards. They’re usually just a waste of time and energy if you don’t have time for them.

7. What’s a Good Balance Between Spending Time on My Own Stuff vs. Client Projects?

Clients pay the bills, clients bring in new business, and clients keep your web design business going: so always put clients first. When you’re more interested in focusing on a new side project, it can be easy to get side-tracked, and then get behind. Put your clients as priority #1, and always make deadlines and provide great service. After all, clients are what your business is all about. Don’t take them for granted!

Creative Office
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Yet, it is important to focus on your own personal projects, your portfolio, and your blog when given the time. It’s alright, and even smart to create a set amount of time each day to work on your own things. Write a blog post a day, then use the rest of the day for client work. Or, work for an hour on a side-project at the end of the day, after you have all of your client projects taken care of.

Make client projects priority #1, personal projects priority #2, but definitely keep them both as priorities as a web designer.

8. What Are The Best Places to Find Web Design Resources?

Web design resources are everywhere on the Internet, for free and for a fee. Some designers spend far too much on premium resources, while other don’t spend nearly enough. Paid resources are definitely a good investment, as we stated above, but it isn’t necessary to pay for every little thing.


Some great places to find quality free resources are below:

  • Flickr — Do a creative-commons search for textures and more on Flickr to find some pretty cool stuff around the community.
  • Blogs — blogs are giving out quality freebies everyday. Use them to your advantage!
  • Stock.Xchng — Probably the best resource for free stock photography.

Also find free fonts, open-source software and more to use to your advantage. However, for professionally designed logos, have a few premium fonts on hand, or have a subscription to a premium stock photography site for a client’s web design project.

9. For Web Design Projects, Should I Use a Fixed Price or Charge Hourly?

The long debate of whether to choose fixed price or hourly rates will likely never end. Professionals of all sorts debate it every day, and it can work well either way according to different professions. What’s right for a web designer, though?

Here’s our own opinion: fixed price projects. Let’s say you take on a new project, worth $x amount. If you charge hourly, you can get this amount by determining your hourly rate by the number of hours you think you’ll be working on it. Seems fair enough — until you have your client constantly behind your back time-tracking every working moment. If you don’t want to feel rushed, go by a fixed project rate. Then, all you must worry about is meeting deadlines. No time sheets, advanced time-tracking, or constant updates to reassure the client.

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Also, the better you get at something, the faster you can do it, right? Wireframing takes less time, the design process takes less time, and then coding and validating the final website takes less time. If you go by an hourly rate, your overall project rate goes down the faster you complete things. In other words, the better you get, the less you get paid. Put that way, hourly rates don’t make a whole lot of sense at all.

Always track your own time so you can better quote future projects. Long-term fixed rate projects are the best option, after you learn to quote them correctly and after you’ve built a successful list of additional cost fees (such as a $50 charge per extra revisions).

10. Are Bigger Clients Necessarily Better?

Of course not. It is a quick assumption to think that a large well-paying client is better than a client with a new business and a smaller budget — not necessarily. Larger clients make for larger projects, and an entirely different sort of workflow. As creative people, we all have variations in the type of work we like to do, and variations in our own creative style. Sometimes these preferred working conditions and styles are not fit for big corporate clients and that’s alright.

Big Clients
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Never feel pressured to take on a big client because it feels prestigious. There are hundreds of freelance web designers everyday that turn down larger clients for more personal clients with small businesses and projects that fit the wants of the designer. This is, of course, the same vice versa. Just like there are many web designers who turn down large clients, there are plenty that will redirect smaller clients and keep the big ones for themselves.

Do you get paid more for bigger clients? Again, not really. Smaller projects take a smaller budget, but also less time. Larger projects can span several months, with a larger budget. The income a web designer makes at the end of the year, though, only depends on how hard they’ve worked day to day.


Hopefully these short answers were enough to cover what many web designers ask each day. It can be difficult to know what trends to follow and which to leave behind to do your own thing. What’s most important is to have the knowledge to do a great job with every project, and use trial and error between your own experiences and the experiences of others. However, the only way to truly know the answers to some of the questions above is to test all the options out yourself.

As always, feel free to ask your own set of questions, or ask a question that you’d like an in-depth answer to. We’ll definitely try to get them answered in the next set of questions from web designers. Also, share your own answers based on your experiences as a web designer thus far.


Kayla Knight

Kayla Knight is freelance web designer and developer with several years of experience. In her spare time she enjoys the busy college life, and writes for some top design blogs. You can check out her site below or follow her on twitter.

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The Newbie’s Guide to Test-Driven Development

The Newbie’s Guide to Test-Driven Development

Testing your code is annoying, but the impact of not doing so can be orders of magnitude more annoying! In this article, we’ll use test-driven development to write and test our code more effectively.

What is Test-Driven Development?

Since the dawn of the computer era, programmers and bugs have battled for supremacy. It’s an inevitable occurrence. Even the greatest programmers fall prey to these anomalies. No code is safe. That’s why we do testing. Programmers, at least sane ones, test their code by running it on development machines to make sure it does what it’s supposed to.

Test-driven development is a programming technique that requires you to write actual code and automated test code simultaneously. This ensures that you test your code—and enables you to retest your code quickly and easily, since it’s automated.

How does it work?

Test-driven development, or TDD as we’ll call it from now on, revolves around a short iterative development cycle that goes something like this:

  1. Before writing any code, you must first write an automated test for your code. While writing the automated tests, you must take into account all possible inputs, errors, and outputs. This way, your mind is not clouded by any code that’s already been written.
  2. The first time you run your automated test, the test should fail—indicating that the code is not yet ready.
  3. Afterward, you can begin programming. Since there’s already an automated test, as long as the code fails it, it means that it’s still not ready. The code can be fixed until it passes all assertions.
  4. Once the code passes the test, you can then begin cleaning it up, via refactoring. As long as the code still passes the test, it means that it still works. You no longer have to worry about changes that introduce new bugs.
  5. Start the whole thing over again with some other method or program. Seguir leyendo “The Newbie’s Guide to Test-Driven Development”

In Defense of The Jack of All Trades

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, design a building, conn a ship, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve an equation, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” Robert A. Heinlein

It seems that the topic of specialization has come into focus yet again in the web world and with it, the people who say being a “jack of all trades” is a useless thing to strive for.

A lot of web professionals are pushing newcomers to specialize in a single area to make themselves more marketable and employable. Without a doubt, specialists will always be needed in any industry. But is it really so bad to be a web generalist?


Being considered a “jack of all trades” has always had a negative connotation. It implies that you dabble in bits of everything, but never achieve the expertise needed to be good at any one pursuit.

Maybe a successful generalist should instead be considered a “Renaissance man” (or woman).

Few would argue that DaVinci should have stuck to one subject. Seguir leyendo “In Defense of The Jack of All Trades”

Building a Stylish Blog Design Layout in WordPress

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Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been through the process of creating a stylish blog design in Photoshop, coding it up into a static HTML and CSS concept, and now we’ll put the whole thing together as a fully working WordPress theme. Follow this step by step walkthrough of the various WordPress theme files, and see how the HTML is split up and injected with PHP tags to provide the complete blogging functionality.

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At the end of the last tutorial, we were left with a working HTML and CSS concept of the blog homepage. Since then, a generic inner page has been styled up, to give the CSS for page elements such as comments, author description etc that appear when viewing a complete blog post. Seguir leyendo “Building a Stylish Blog Design Layout in WordPress”

11 Ways to Speed Up WordPress

Cyrus Patten is the editor of, a blog about everything WordPress. He specializes in the role of technology in community organizing.

WordPress (WordPress) is inherently fast, and that’s why so many professional bloggers call it their choice platform.

Like many new bloggers, I used to think that until I had enough traffic to make a difference, I’d worry about the bandwidth and site speed later. But that’s not thinking ahead considering that today social media can drive an overwhelming amount of traffic in a very short period of time; you don’t want to get caught with a crashed site.

When you’re not prepared for lots of traffic, it’s common for a web host to suspend your account temporarily, and that’s something you don’t want. If your writing is decent and you’ve been doing some minimal promotion, then it could happen to you. Think positively and prepare your blog as though it’s going to be a huge success. To do that, here is a tutorial on how to speed up your WordPress site.

Note: As always, with everything, you should backup your WordPress installation before making any code changes. Seguir leyendo “11 Ways to Speed Up WordPress”

Webmatrix – Herramienta de desarrollo de web dinámicas de la mano de Microsof

Con todo el boom de los que ya son un hecho en lo que respecta a de sitios web autoadministrables o dinámicos, no podría quedarse mirando y esta vez ha sido conciente con sus usuarios y ha liberado de forma gratuita en fase beta Webmatrix una nueva herramienta de con la cual podrás crear aplicaciones web para los más comunes como lo son , , y muchos más.

Para eso Webmatrix instala lo que necesites para la edición y ejecución del que utilizas, ya sea ASP, SQL, PHP, MySQL o lo que necesites y todo de forma automática, Además dispone de asistentes para facilitar tareas como la integración a Twitter o la visualización de vídeo añadiendo un simple tag en el código… Seguir leyendo “Webmatrix – Herramienta de desarrollo de web dinámicas de la mano de Microsof”

Part 1: How to Turn a Design Image Into a Working Web Page

Do you sometimes struggle taking a design image and turning it into a working web page? Does your development start out well, but then you can’t seem to get one part of the design working? Are wireframes easier for you to create than code? Do you make it through development only to find that your site loads slowly and difficult to maintain?

Many designers have trouble turning their design images into working HTML/CSS web pages (some don’t even code at all), and often that trouble comes from their approach to developing the design and how they think about the development process prior to writing a single line of code.

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