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  • Choosing a WordPress theme for the Genesis framework

    I've been checking out WordPress themes as starting points for my web design and development projects. I've written about why I want to work with WordPress and with Perch CMS and, as part of that, I need to be able to offer a WordPress theme customisation service for projects that fit my requirements for WordPress.

  • Working with Perch categories

    Horsham Pub Guide has been recoded so that it make better use of Perch CMS. As part of that work, I've added pub categories and this post explains what I've done.

  • Creating Google sitemaps with Perch

    I've been using a third-party service for generating a search engine (Google) sitemap file for some of my Perch sites. It works well but it's not as convenient as having your own method. So, I'm now creating Google sitemaps for Perch sites with a new method.

  • Choosing WordPress or Perch. Or Both?!

    I wrote this post before Christmas where I discussed some potential decisions about the focus of my business. In particular, whether I should focus on a single content management system, WordPress or Perch, for web development. Well, I've decided to continue to use both! Here's why.

  • Decisions, decisions...

    I’ve been doing a lot more thinking about my freelance business over the course of the year. As we approach 2015, it seems like a good time to make a decision…. or, at least, write a blog post!

  • Displaying blog category descriptions with Perch

    I described how to create and display category descriptions with the Perch blog add-on earlier this year. Now, that article is no longer accurate because Perch have created a Categories app as part of the core functionality.

    So, here's an update which describes how to display blog category descriptions using the latest version of Perch (2.6.6 as I write this). In hindsight, this is relatively simple but it took me longer than expected to figure it out … so hopefully this post will help you as well.

  • Taking a few more steps with Sass and learning new things

    It’s taken me a while to get onboard with CSS pre-processors like LESS and Sass. I wrote about LESS or Sass or neither two years ago (!) and I’ve not, until recently, moved on from that position. Yet, I have been changing the way that I work and part of that is being better organised.

  • Why I don't like homepage sliders

    There’s a common web design pattern that I see a lot these days. It’s a big and bold image slider with five or six images on the home page of a site. Sometimes, they have a text message over each image. Sometimes they scroll the images automatically. I’m sure you’ve seen them and I’ve coded a few of these myself (and will probably do a few more). However, are they really helping get your message across and converting website visitors? Or are they just “eye candy”?

  • Five reasons you should track your time

    If you’re running your own business, time is a very important commodity. But do you know just how valuable your time is – or how wisely you’re using it?

    Emily Coltman FCA, Chief Accountant to FreeAgent – who provide the UK’s market-leading online accounting system specifically designed for small businesses and freelancers – explains some of the key insights you can gain by tracking your time correctly.

  • Changing the way I build websites

    I’m changing the way I build websites and moving towards a different front end workflow. Nothing too revolutionary for most of you I’m sure but it feels like a change for me. Here’s what I’m doing.

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