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Shared Hosting > Leverage Browser Caching

We all know that faster websites are better websites. Not necessarily better quality, as the Internet is full of drivel, but Google and Bing love fast websites. If you can serve fast content, they’ve openly admitted you’ll do better in their search rankings. Better ranking means more readers/subscribers/buyers/moneys. It’s meant an improvement for this WordPress […]

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Raspberry Pi Day1: Introduction (Model B)

So I finally bit the bullet and purchased a Raspberry Pi. I was hardly quick to jump on the bandwagon as the first model of the Pi came out in Feb last year (2012). I managed to get my hands on the model B version for only £30 from Amazon, quite a bargain even though […]

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How to order and group custom WordPress posts by their custom taxonomies

Working on a project for a client, I needed to group an archive of custom post types by their categories. To complicate things further the categories were implemented as a custom taxonomy. On top of this the taxonomies had to be ordered alphabetically. After a lot of experimenting with loops and different configurations of arguments, […]

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Computing Programming

Learning LESS: Nesting Rules

So you’ve managed to complete the simple LESS setup, written a few variable declarations, even used some of the built in functions to calculate new stylesheet colours… but you’re still writing line after line of code. Is there something in LESS to simplify the amount you’re writing? Yes… thanks to nested rules! Ever seen something […]

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Computing Programming

Learning LESS: Maths + Colour Functions

Continuing from my previous article on setting up LESS to improve your stylesheet efficiency and control, this week I’ll be covering the use of operators and pre-built functions within LESS. If you remember correctly we can declare variables like: If you read the previous tutorial on variables, that shouldn’t be anything new. Mathmetical operators in […]

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Computing Fixes & Solutions Linux Programming Web Design

Salting passwords – how & why?

Our lives are now run by passwords. We’re forced to remember more passwords everyday it seems. How can developers secure passwords more securely? Why is salting passwords important and how does using salts improve the strength of stored passwords? Consider this; what happens if the online store you run is hacked and all your customers details lifted? Hopefully all […]

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Computing Programming Web Design

Learning LESS: Setup + Variables

LESS is a programmable CSS language which combines the mechanics of variables, functions and operators all into a fully compliant and accessible stylesheet. If you’ve built a site from scratch, or just modified templates on platforms such as WordPress, Drupal or Magento, you’ll have come into contact with CSS files. The problem with these files is that common […]

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jQuery.queue() – An explanation of the jQuery FX method

So today I came across a bit of a UX problem while using jQuery; I wanted to submit some form content using ajax but the feedback messages were flashing up so quickly they were illegible. The simplified situation I ran into was: The user would submit a form of data using ajax, Content would be […]