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There are many tools you have available to you, most of which can be found at the other end of a Google search. In these articles, I’ll discuss some of my favorite web design tools and how I use them.

Asking for WordPress Theme and Plugin Recommendations

I see a lot of posts on the WordPress forums where somebody asks for a plugin that will do foo or a theme that looks like site bar (which may or may not be an actual WordPress site), without bothering what they have found so far. This is almost always a bad idea. For starters, there are …read more…

Subversion on Windows: A TortoiseSVN Workflow

Although I like Macs and I love Ubuntu, I spend most of my time in a Windows environment, because most of the people I work with use Windows. I need to see what they see and see it how they see it. So, Windows it is. Windows is not a bad place to do web …read more…

Using WinMerge

In an earlier post on creating child themes for WordPress, I said that if you had already made changes to your theme, you could use a program like WinMerge to find the differences between a clean copy of your theme and the copy you’ve been editing. The time has come to show just how that …read more…

Using Firebug to Tweak Your Blog

I am constantly recommending that people who are trying to tweak various elements on their WordPress blog use Firebug,* which will allow them to easily see the exactly the element in the code they are trying to change. Because I see a lot of questions about how to use it (as well as reluctance to …read more…

Some Useful Background Generators

When designing a website or blog, you sometimes need a background. You can try to come up with your own, and there is some merit to that, or you can try one of the many online background generators that are available. The following are a few of my favorites. ZenBG includes a large variety of …read more…

If You Change Something and Nothing Happens

A while back, I posted this on the Graphene support forum. I want to expand on some of those points a little bit here. I read a lot of forum threads where someone says “I tried that and nothing changed.” Occam’s razor tells us to try the simplest things first. If you change something, like …read more…