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Review: WordPress Bible by Aaron Brazell

WordPress Bible by Aaron Brazell My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a comprehensive WordPress book; topics include getting started, plugin development, theme development, content management, and maintenance. I’m a web designer who creates WordPress sites for small businesses, so I focused on SEO, plugin recommendations, and theme development, and skimmed plugin development. My […]

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Your Website Engineer podcast about WordPress

I thought my post 9 best WordPress podcasts for WordPress tips, reviews, news included all the active WordPress podcasts, but Dustin R. Hartzler left a comment recommending his podcast, Your Website Engineer. I've listened to several of the recent episodes, and so far I'm impressed! There've been 31 episodes since it started in December 2010. Give […]

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Review: Sexy Web Design: Creating Interfaces that Work by Elliott Jay Stocks

Sexy Web Design: Creating Interfaces that Work by Elliott Jay Stocks My rating: 2 of 5 stars A simple introduction to the principles of presentational, front-end web design. It’s a very easy, visual read, full of colorful examples. It covers several specific techniques, but it’s more inspirational than a reference book. I was hoping for […]

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Review: Web Design: A Beginner's Guide Second Edition by Wendy Willard

Web Design: A Beginner's Guide Second Edition by Wendy Willard My rating: 2 of 5 stars This book is probably only useful if you're completely new to web design. The book itself isn't very educational, but it includes dozens of references to tools, sites, and services that are useful for learning web design. The most […]

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Defensio Anti-Spam plugin: free alternative to Akismet

The Defensio Anti-Spam plugin for WordPress is a free alternative to Akismet (Automattic's popular anti-spam plugin). Akismet works great, but it's only free for personal sites; for business sites, you need to pony up $5 per month. I tried Bad Behavior and Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin (GASP), but they both let through 3-10 spam message […]

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Review: Head First WordPress by Jeff Siarto

Head First WordPress by Jeff Siarto My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book is short and very high-level, dedicating only 1 or 2 pages to most topics. It's best for beginners or intermediate WordPress users. It covers styling a theme, managing users, managing categories and tags, embedding video, podcasting, security, and performance. I liked […]

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Review: Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML by Elisabeth Freeman

Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML by Elisabeth Freeman My rating: 4 of 5 stars The best introductory book on HTML and CSS I’ve read so far. It focuses on (X)HTML and CSS, with a short chapter on graphics and barely a mention of scripting or other web topics. So it’s not as broad […]

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Book review: Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steve Krug

Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steve Krug My rating: 4 of 5 stars An excellent introduction to creating usable websites. As the title states, every website’s design and functionality should be so simple that people barely need to think to use it. The book’s 2nd edition is from […]

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Book review: Learning Web Design: A Beginner's Guide to HTML, CSS, Graphics, and Beyond by Jennifer Niederst Robbins

Learning Web Design: A Beginner's Guide to HTML, CSS, Graphics, and Beyond by Jennifer Niederst Robbins My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is the most comprehensive book on HTML and CSS I’ve read so far. It reads like a textbook and is quite impersonal, which is a shame because author Jennifer Niederst Robbins has […]

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Book review: Designing with Web Standards by Jeffrey Zeldman

Designing with Web Standards by Jeffrey Zeldman My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is one of the most popular web design books, and for good reason. Zeldman has been around the Web for a long time, and his experience shows. This book teaches the concepts, history, and technologies behind web design for beginning and […]

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Find files with Windows 7 Search

The search feature in Windows 7 is much better than previous versions of Windows. There are 2 main ways to search for files and folders: Use the search box on the Start menu to search within your own computer. Use the search box in a folder to search within any folder, whether on your computer […]

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Book review: WordPress Theme Design by Tessa Blakeley Silver

WordPress Theme Design by Tessa Blakeley Silver My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book does a decent job teaching WordPress theme design. It walks you through wireframing, writing the HTML and CSS, and creating graphics, then building a WordPress theme from those pieces. It’s mostly WordPress-specific, addressing the WordPress Loop, template files, template tags, […]

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