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A Birthday Letter To Myself

A Letter to Myself

Writing a letter to yourself seems like a childish activity, but it's a cathartic process that can help give you perspective on life.

It’s my birthday! I know turning 26 isn’t much of a milestone. I’m not having a party or large celebration. But rather than let the beginning of my 27th year sneak in without fanfare, I thought it might be nice to write a letter to the past and future versions of me. (more…)

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Why I’m drawn to web development

Web development has been a big part of my life for years. But what keeps me coming back? These are the top 4 reasons I love web dev.

It’s no secret I’m passionate about all things internet. Just the other week I launched yet another website, and I’m already thinking about the next one. But my passion for web development goes back years. I’d probably pin sometime during high school as it being cemented as a part of me, but there’s enough evidence to suggest that web dev was always going to be a part of me. (more…)

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Using AJAX with WordPress

Using AJAX with WordPress is a little more complicated than the standard scripts. Follow this tutorial for any WordPress theme or plugin

AJAX requests are everywhere. Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX) allows calls to the server without interfering with the rest of the page load. This asynchronous behaviour is very useful, especially when loading times are important. When it comes to theme and plugin development Using AJAX with WordPress is a little more tricky than the standard application. Let’s get into it. (more…)

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Setting guides for Fontself in Adobe Illustrator

How to use Fontself

Want to know how to use Fontself to create custom fonts? This easy step by step guide will get you started.

I’ve fallen in love with Fontself. It’s a great plugin for Adobe’s Illustrator and Photoshop, providing an easy way to create custom fonts, both in standard black and colour SVG. Follow along with this tutorial to learn how to use Fontself. It’s not hard to get started, all you need is your editing program, the Fontself plugin, and an idea.  (more…)

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Save Metadata to a Custom Taxonomy

After making custom post types and custom taxonomies, it’s often useful to add custom meta fields so that extra variables can be added to help define the taxonomy. It’s easy to save metadata to a custom taxonomy, and can provide some great functionality.

After making custom post types and custom taxonomies, it’s often useful to add custom meta fields so that extra variables can be added to help define the taxonomy. It’s easy to save metadata to a custom taxonomy, and can provide some great functionality. (more…)

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The finished Coloretur website

Designing Coloretur – A Colour Palette Website

How Coloretur.com was designed and built, the full design process from inspiration to completion

One miserable Sunday afternoon, I had an idea to bring more colour to my day. And from a silly little conversation, Coloretur.com was born. The premise was simple, create a library of colour palettes that were beautiful and usable. (more…)

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Customising the WordPress Login Screen

Need a custom login screen for your WordPress site? Editing the default one to match your website is easy

When publishing a website that many different people will log into, it’s nice to have a custom login screen that reflects the design of the website or the brand of the company. It helps with user confidence too. A custom log in screen tells the user that the place they’re entering their secure data (like a username, email or password) is actually with the company they intent to be using. With all these benefits to a custom log in screen, lets add one to WordPress! (more…)

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Having a Backup Plan

Why having a backup plan is important

Life happens. It gets in the way and does unexpected things. This is why having a backup plan is so important.

“We’re moving to Plan B“. Not always the words you want to hear. In fact, they’re often the opposite of what we want to hear. But the thing no one tells you about Plan B is that having a backup plan means that the show can go on. It’s not a preparedness to fail, it’s a recipe for success. I’ve often struggled with the idea that having a Plan B doesn’t mean failure, but recently, I could have used a backup plan. Here’s what a Plan B really looks like, and why you should probably make one too. (more…)

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Create Custom Image Sizes in WordPress

Setting custom image sizes is a really great way to maintain control over how content is added to a post without needing to edit each image

When developing a theme, you have to think about both how a website will be viewed, as well as how new content will be added. Oftentimes, you won’t have control over the posts being added to a site, or won’t have the time to manually edit images before uploading them. This is where custom image sizes come in handy.

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Fitbit Alta HR

5 Reasons I Love FitBit

I've owned a FitBit for a while now, and I'm a bit of a fan. Theses are my top 5 reasons to use FitBit products

My weight (and also general health) has been all over the place for a while now. It’s taking some serious commitment to try and bring it back into line, and while I don’t feel like I’m succeeding yet, there is one tool that’s really helping. I’m using a couple of different FitBit products to help monitor, track and motivate me to make a lasting change in my life. (more…)

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