WordPress Theme Development – Template Order

Process is the key to efficiency. Building a good theme development workflow will shorten your project timelines and help keep you sane. But which template file should you start with? Should you jump into the blog list (index.php) first, or maybe the standard page template (page.php). How about the 404 error page… that one seems easy, right?¬†Even though you can …

Business Class Email Hosting Breakdown

Back in 2012 when Google killed the free tier of Google Apps I posted about some alternatives. Now that more than a year has passed I thought I would survey the landscape of the services we currently recommend to our clients. First let me say that I never recommend hosting email the same place (or at least on the same …

Is GoDaddy killing Media Temple?

I would have to say that this article by Marco Arment sums up my thoughts on GoDaddy buying Media Temple. For years I have been encouraging my friends and clients to run away from GoDaddy as quickly as possible. Why? Many reasons. First, their marketing is very questionable. Second, they do everything they can to upsell or bait-and-switch their own …

More on Responsive Web Design for Non-Coders

Following my post last week answering some questions about RWD I got another email with some additional questions. This time the focus is on responsive images, standard breakpoints, CSS frameworks, and WordPress in general. Here we go… Q: how do i know what size to make my ‘master’ header image or inset images, so that they will scale (always down …

Quick Reference: Best Google Apps Alternatives

Now that Google Apps is no longer free I wanted to research the best free and paid alternatives for my clients. Here is a quick reference guide of my results. Do not consider this an endorsement for any of these services. Outlook.com (free) confusing setup process unlimited free email users (account admins must have Live accounts) 7GB Skydrive storage calendars …

Questions About Responsive Web Design

Today I got an email from a visitor asking some questions about implementing my Bootstrap Photoshop templates into a responsive web design workflow and responsive web design in general. Here is my (lengthy) response: Is Photoshop dead as a creation tool for websites? Not entirely but maybe a little. If you are going for a responsive design then you, as …

Alfred Controls Spotify with Hotkeys

Today I figured out how to integrate Alfred with Spotify using keyboard hotkeys. It is a really simple process but for some reason I couldn’t find any instructions or tutorials online. So, I thought I would share the whole setup process here. You, too, can use hotkeys in Alred to control Spotify in just a couple of short minutes.   …

Twitter Bootstrap Responsive Grid Photoshop Templates (PSD)

Update: New Bootstrap 3 compatible templates available here. Twitter Bootstrap as a foundation for some of our website projects at LOUDER media. I never found a good Photoshop template for the various responsive grid sizes available with Bootstrap so I made my own and decided to share them with the world. If you just want the free Photoshop templates for …