Web Development Should Not Happen In A Bubble

Don't Design In A ButtbleWhy is it so many web people, both developers and designers, operate in a bubble? Especially in higher ed it seems that not only is it every man for himself, but each of those must make sure they do so without any input from anyone else.

Web development is a broad topic, and with the advent of social media and other new media a single person cannot expect to succeed on the web without help and input. Anyone who tells you they can do it all is not someone I would want to hire myself.

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10 Things I Love About Google

10 Things I Love About GoogleA little over a week ago I wrote the post ‘10 Reasons I Hate Google.’ As it stands I am a heave Google user and for the most part they have a lot of great products that have made my both my professional and personal life a lot easier. While I could probably write a whole volume on all the Google services I happily enjoy there are a few that really stand out above the rest. Here are my top 10 reasons I love Google: Continue Reading

Why Every WordPress Site Should Have Zemanta

Zemanta LogoTaking the time to write a good blog article is crucial. You must have your facts in line, your thoughts in order, and you must provide links back to referenced content.

Linking is something that is often overlooked often to the detriment of the author. I’ve read many articles referring to an obscure software package or website only to be annoyed when the author didn’t bother linking back to it. Maybe they were short of time, maybe they were just lazy. I don’t know, but it doesn’t raise my confidence in their content.

So how can a time-pressed blogger link back to referenced content easily and quickly? With the use of Zemanta. Continue Reading

10 Things I Hate About Google

10 Things I Hate About GoogleBefore I get too far into this let me set the record straight. I am a Google user. I use it for a LOT of stuff. It isn’t perfect however and here are 10 things Google does (or doesn’t do) that drives me nuts:

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Why Your Small Site Needs Caching

Website PerformanceAs anyone who runs a large website or blog with a Content Management System (CMS) will tell you caching is important. What is also true however is that even a small site can benefit from caching in a number of ways.

Caching, for those who are new to the concept, is essentially taking the html output of your CMS, saving it, and serving that saved output to users instead of regenerating it with every hit. Doing so can decrease load times for the viewer as well as system requirements by the site itself.

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