Styling the Select Element in Mac Chrome with CSS

Quick tip: I hate the way the drop down area looks in forms on Mac Chrome. To make it look like the other browsers, simply add this to your CSS file: select { -webkit-appearance:none; } Hope this helps!

Understanding Hexcodes

When you start dealing with CSS, you need to learn about hexcodes, but they aren’t as intuitive as you might think. This is an excellent article that goes over the basics which will make working with hexcodes much simpler. http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2012/10/04/the-code-side-of-color/ Here are some of the basic ideas from the article: I think the most confusing… Read More

Do You Know the Difference Between a Browser and a Search Engine?

If not, you should read this: HOW THE WEB WORKS – IN ONE EASY LESSON And even if you do, this is a great article that covers the very basics of how the web works. An excellent foundation if you’re ready to start working with WordPress. Feel free to ignore the video unless you want… Read More

Before & After: MyBombinizz.com

I’ve always loved makeovers. It doesn’t matter if it’s hair, makeup, homes or cars – I love to see the transformation. So, I’ve decided to add a new series – Before & After. Each time I redo a website I’ll show it here. My first site that I’d like to show is MyBombinizz.com. They sell… Read More

WooCommerce Invoices with Email and Phone Numbers

It seems strange to me that printing invoices and packing slips isn’t part of the default WooCommerce plugin, but luckily I found the free plugin WooCommerce PDF Invoices & Packing Slips that solves that problem. However, my client wanted the customer email and phone number to be printed on the PDF invoice. I thought it… Read More

Blog Comments and Spam

I got a notice to my inbox the other day saying I had gotten a comment on one of my blog posts. The comment read, “Nice Blog, thanks for sharing this kind of information.” Wow, how nice, I thought for someone to take the time to compliment me. I’ve been working really hard on my… Read More

HTTP vs HTTPS

First, what is the difference? You’ve probably noticed sites that are supposed to be secure like banks and sites taking your credit card information have that https:// at the beginning of their URL instead of just the http:// like other sites. According to GoDaddy: HTTP, or hypertext transfer protocol, is the way a Web server… Read More

Tips for Customizing your YouTube Video Embed

Videos are becoming more and more popular on the web, and YouTube is the number one place for hosting videos. Since it’s free and saves lots of space and bandwidth on your own site, YouTube is a great answer for storing videos. But sometimes you are looking for something a little more customized than YouTube’s… Read More

Theme Review: Avada

The Avada theme has been very popular recently and with good reason. It’s a beautiful, clean design with lots of customization options. As a developer, I love it. It just takes a while to learn the shortcode. As a non-developer, how much you love it will depend on how much you can read between the… Read More

Export Your Gravity Forms Entries to a Spreadsheet with Zapier

I’ve heard feedback from clients and other developers who have a hard time with Gravity Form’s export feature, which only allows you to export to a .csv file.  While the CSV file can usually be easily converted to an Excel spreadsheet, this can sometimes cause problems and complications.  One way to get around this problem… Read More

Recommended Plugins

People always ask about which plugins are the best to use. The answer is different for everyone, but here is my list of the plugins I have used and find useful. I believe that you should keep plugin usage to a minimum, as it can bog down your website and old plugins can comprise your… Read More

How to Transfer a Site with BackupBuddy

Here is the step by step process I used to move a WordPress development site to an already existing site to “go live” with the new design. Here is what you will need: a) Source site (your development site with your completed design in WordPress) b) Destination site (the current hosting that your domain name… Read More

Website Security: Don’t Use Your Browser to Save Your Password

There are a few simple steps you can take to make your website (and your life) a lot more secure. This is a great article on one way to do it. I know so many people use their browsers to save their passwords because it’s easy, but there is a better way. Why You Should… Read More

Another Reason your Website MUST be Mobile Friendly

I speak a lot about responsive or mobile friendly web design, I’ve always told my clients it’s a non-negotiable. It’s more expensive and time consuming, but if you’re spending money to build a website, you might as well capture your full audience. With 60% of web traffic now coming from mobile*, why would you leave… Read More

Warning: MailChimp-Gravity Forms Update 3.0 Removes Integration

If you’re a good little WordPresser and keep those themes and plugins updated as soon as you see the notification (and if you’re not, that’s a whole other post)- then you’ve probably recently updated to the MailChimp 3.0 add-on for Gravity Forms. Be aware – that update removes the MailChimp connection for each form and… Read More