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Banner Ad Rotator Plugins for WordPress

Posted on in Web Design

Over the past week or so I’ve been testing out a bunch of plugins for rotating banner ads in WordPress and since it proved to be a task much more difficult than expected I thought I would share my experience and save you a bunch of time next time you’re looking to implement an ad 


Talking WordPress Hosting & Performance – An Interview with WP Engine’s Austin Gunter

Posted on in Web Design

In 2011 I learned that a new managed hosting company – WP Engine – had just raised $1.2 Million from some very high profile investors including Eric Ries. At the time what really caught my attention was that one of the investors was Automattic, the parent company of WordPress.com. That piqued my curiosity and I 


Why I Switched from Kayak to Google Flight Search

Posted on in Apps Web

I’ve have been using Kayak for flight searches for about 7 years now. For a long time they were the best aggregate flight search, especially for domestic flights. Before Kayak came around, you either had to search individual airlines or sites like Orbitz and Travelocity, which charged booking fees (around $6 per booking on top of the flight 


Hosting Affiliate Programs: My Peculiar Experiences with WP Engine & HostGator

Posted on in Web Design

Over the past several years I’ve derived some of my income from testing out and recommending web hosting companies that I have ended up liking and using myself. And I’ve tried a ton of hosts: WP Engine, HostGator, A Small Orange, Pair, VPS.net, Zippy Kid, Bluehost, Dreamhost, Godaddy, Namecheap, etc. Each one of the above 


3 Devices that Will Revolutionize How We Interface in 2013: MYO, Leap, & Google Glass

Posted on in Gear

Last month when I was applying for the wildcard spot at WPP Stream (which I didn’t get. boo!), I needed to think of what trend is going to define 2013. An obvious emerging trend to me is that 2013 is likely going to be the year of gestural interfaces – ala Minority Report – break 


Simple, Hotel Tonight, and Uber on the iPhone
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Simple, Hotel Tonight, & Uber: 3 Services I Love Using (& You Will Too)

Posted on in Apps iPhone Lifestyle Reviews Web

Simple, Uber, and HotelTonight are 3 of my favorite companies (and apps) that are clearly ahead of their time. I believe that each one is a perfect example of “how everything will be done” in our hyper-connected future. I’m excited for the day when everything will work as smoothly and friction-free as the experiences I’ve 


I Fail and I Suck

Posted on in Lifestyle

I fail. And I suck.Often.And don’t confuse this with the type of failing and sucking – or my admitting of it – that’s meant to bounce right back into some form of virtue, the way a startup’s CEO might quip about on her blog as a price paid for achieving success.I mean I really suck. 


The Easy Way to Create a Vignette in Photoshop

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I wanted to share a quick tip for you that discovered thanks to this post on Focus Faction, updated below for Photoshop CS6 (the menu is now in a different place). This is the fastest and easiest way to create a vignette for your photos in Photoshop in just a few seconds. It has saved me 


Free PSD Templates » Twitter, Facebook & Google+ Header Covers

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Image sizes and free PSD (Photoshop) layered templates for: Twitter Header image, Google Plus Cover Photo, and Facebook Timeline template. Create your own graphics with these helper files.


WP Engine Hosting
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WP Engine WordPress Hosting Review

Posted on in Reviews

WP Engine is serious hosting. In fact, I usually don’t recommend them to anyone who’s just blogging for fun or isn’t running some sort of business online. Dreamhost and Hostgator are actually a lot cheaper and are pretty solid choices when it comes to more “hobby” cases. Where WP Engine does shine though – is for medium to 


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