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“Agile,” Iterative, Their Difference, and the Future

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Agile methods have been around for years. The concept first gained sway in the software industry with 2001’s Agile Manifesto. In it, they advocate for a customer-centric approach with an iterative processing cycle. The rationale? That it is more effective and cost efficient. Plenty of data is backing up those assertions. Careful, though. Accessing the 


Outsourcing: What I’ve Learned About What Works and What Doesn’t

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Some time back in 2008 I read the 4 Hour Workweek. The sections about the Pareto Principle (aka 80/20 rule), Elimination, and Low Information Diet have definitely changed my life and continue to do so to this day. The part of the book that I’ve never found all that useful – basically the 2nd half 


Banner Ad Rotator Plugins for WordPress

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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

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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 


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

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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 


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.


All The Tools I Used to Rebuild the DMAD Website

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I spent the last 10 days redesigning and redeveloping dmad.com and thought I’d share a lot of the tools that I used that were instrumental in rebuilding this site in case you find them helpful for your own web development efforts: WordPress Theme BootstrapWP I used Rachel Baker‘s as the core theme that I built 


Tools to Bootstrap Your Own Website

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I’ve created dozens of websites over the years and I’ve always used the tools available to me to cut down on the time it takes to build a good looking website. Most of the time there really is no good reason to reinvent the wheel or to build a site from scratch (unless you’re a 


Free Design Elements – Arrows and Circle PSD

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I was looking for this online a few times for various design projects and couldn’t find anything that I liked so I decided to create some myself and share it with you. I used a dry erase marker on a whiteboard, took a few photos of it, then isolated the background to create a layered 


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