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The worst things you can say to a web designer – The Garage

Learn what not to say to your web designer when working together to build or redesign a website for your small business.

Source: The worst things you can say to a web designer – The Garage

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Bootstrap 4 alpha

Bootstrap 4 is on the way and was announced this past Wednesday. One major change to Bootstrap is that it is dropping support for Internet Explorer 8, which means less hacking for backwards compatibility. Here’s an excerpt from the Bootstrap Blog:

Dropped IE8 support and moved to rem and em units. Dropping support for IE8 means we can take advantage of the best parts of CSS without being held back with CSS hacks or fallbacks. Pixels have been swapped for rems and ems where appropriate to make responsive typography and component sizing even easier. If you need IE8 support, keep using Bootstrap 3.

We’re playing around with it and looking forward to seeing how developers use v4 for Website development, backend UI, and, mobile applications.

Source: Bootstrap 4 alpha · Bootstrap Blog

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What Do You Really Need in a WordPress Starter Theme? 

I think it’s safe to say that I’m somewhat obsessed with themes that help you get your WordPress projects started quickly. Most likely because I’ve been there, staring at an empty project folder wondering where I should begin. Well, you shouldn’t have to stare at that empty folder for any project. Even when you’re starting from scratch you’re probably not really starting from scratch, right? You’re taking an existing WordPress theme, either your own or someone elses, and hacking at it until it’s something new. That theme is your Starter Theme.

Source: What Do You Really Need in a WordPress Starter Theme? | ThemeShaper

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A Correction Around the Death of the Mobile Web

Photo credit: Luis Llerena
Photo credit: Luis Llerena

Mobile web and mobile in-app behaviour are not binary. When users are in the facebook app, they spend a tremendous amount of time accessing the mobile web through facebook’s own in-app browser. The same for twitter and others. We enter social apps for discovery and then access the mobile web while still in-app. It is a mistake to conflate time spent on the mobile web with time spent in a traditional browser.

Source: A correction around the death of the mobile web | tonyhaile.com

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WP Job Manager – WordPress Plugins

Would you like to hire from your WordPress Website? Here’s a fantastic plugin by Mike Jolley.

WP Job Manager is a lightweight job listing plugin for adding job-board like functionality to your WordPress site. Being shortcode based, it can work with any theme (given a bit of CSS styling) and is really simple to setup.

Source: WordPress › WP Job Manager « WordPress Plugins

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South Texas WordPress Meetup

Update: Our friends at CodeRGV.org, with help from Drew Lentz and Michael Wilson, have graciously accepted the roles of co-organizers of the South Texas WordPress Meetup. Michael has already posted a message on the boards looking for folks that would like to participate in the next event.


 

In the past, I’ve had the privilege of co-organizing The South Texas WordPress Meetup group in the beautiful city of San Juan, Texas.

The City of San Juan, with help from Communications Coordinator, Betsy Gutierrez, has graciously helped by inviting us to use The San Juan Memorial Library to host our events where we’ve been able to gather and share all things WordPress.

The South Texas WordPress Meetup group is a place where anyone can join and participate and, for me, it’s been a rewarding experience.

WordPress Meetup

Saturday, Jun 7, 2014, 10:00 AM

The San Juan Memorial Library
1010 S. Standard Ave San Juan, TX

2 WordPress Superfans Went

I’m pleased to announce that with the help of the City of San Juan, the WordPress meetup will be held at The San Juan Memorial Library. It’s free and open to the general public.

Check out this Meetup →

As of June of last year, however, I haven’t been able to help with organizing any event for the benefit of the community as I’ve been in Oklahoma City.

For that reason, I have posted that we need a co-organizer to step in and help with future events. If you’re interested, you can contact me for more information via Meetup.com or Facebook.com at the links below.

-Jorge Saldivar

Resources:
Make WordPress Community – Meetups – make.wordpress.org
South Texas WordPress Meetup (McAllen, TX) – meetup.com
South Texas WordPress Meetup Facebook Group – facebook.com

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ICANN proposes to end US oversight of internet

Is this the end of the Internet as we know it? One reason why there is support for the US overseeing the internet is because of the The First Amendment in the Constitution that guarantees freedom of speech which which helps prevent censorship. The Times of India reports:

ICANN will become an independent entity without US government oversight for the internet’s domain and address system, Chehade said, noting that the transition is likely to take place between July and September 2016.

Source: ICANN proposes to end US oversight of internet – The Times of India