I’m Working at Crowd Favorite

…or, “I really can’t wait to work for Chris Lema.”*

Today, I’m very excited to announce that starting in September, I will be a Front End Developer at Crowd Favorite.  I have been following the company since Alex King started it, love the work they do, and could not be happier to join a team that’s working on such great projects (I’ve actually been a big fan of Alex personally for a long time). I just recently accepted the job, but I can actually owe this to winning tickets to last year’s Pressnomics conference.

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Building Web Apps with WordPress

I just finished reading up a book that was co-written by my friend Jason Coleman called Building Web Apps with WordPress. I picked it up because while I’m generally good at developing themes, I know there were some things I was missing- types of code, optimizations, plugin best practices, etc. I wanted to improve my WordPress skills and I felt this was the book to do it. Boy was I right.

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Use Input Masks for Better UX and Easier Validation

Recently I was developing a few forms for a project at work and wanted a fairly specific format for the input of one of the fields. It was a time of day, and since the <time> element isn’t very well supported in browsers yet, I opted for my own text input and validation. While I do provide some examples for users and check the input on the server side, I opted for input masks on the front end of development to make the form validation easier, and more importantly, to make using the form easier.

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Win a Signed Book or Other Great Prizes!

This week I rolled out a new design for Responsive Design with WordPress’s site. I decided that on top of the site starting to feel a little stale, there wasn’t a whole lot of information about the book aside from a little blurb. I added a bit more that will hopefully give visitors a better idea of what the book is about and what others think about it. Because of this, I want to celebrate by doing the biggest giveaway I’ve done.

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Quick Tip: Check to See if a Slug Exists in WordPress

Recently I was doing some work where I was importing RSS entries into a Custom Post Type in WordPress. Since there were no common IDs between the feed and WordPress, to prevent duplicate entries I tried comparing titles. This also proved to be an issue as titles aren’t always unique, and they weren’t in this case. I settled on comparing slugs; WordPress creates a unique slug for each post from the title, and there’s a way to know what that slug is going to be before the post is added.

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New Blog on How to be Distraction Free: Uninterrupt.Me

Over the weekend I happened to be awake and in front of a computer when I came across this tweet from @jenseninman, where she mentioned that she had 2+ hours of uninterrupted time to work on the amazing @CenterCentre project. This got me thinking that it’s been a while since I had some solid time to myself, uninterrupted and distraction free. I also thought that a dedicated blog for how to becoming distraction free seemed like a good idea. When I looked, the (amazing) domain uninterrupt.me was available. What was I supposed to do?

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My Everyday Things, Part 1: Workflow

Recently I started following Everyday Carry, a blog dedicated to showcasing the items that people must have on an everyday basis. I decided that in an effort to blog more, I would do a short, 3 part series on the stuff I use everyday. The series will be broken up into 3 parts: today’s installment is Workflow, then Carry/Misc, then Home Setup. Let’s jump in!

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The Right Way to Explain Your Freelancing Career to Your Dad

Earlier this week I read an article offering advice on how to explain your freelancing career to your dad. It’s something a lot of young people, including myself, struggle with. However after reading the article, my thoughts were less than flattering. Not only was it bad advice, it was a demonstration of what not to do if you’re serious about a freelance career. If you’re really interested in reading the article, I will link it at the bottom. For now, here’s what I consider the right way to explain your freelancing career to your dad (or mom, or whomever).

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