The Fight to Own Your Creative Content
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by Eric Karkovack
3d ago
As a platform, the web caters to creators. It’s a place to publish and share whatever we want. We’ve used it to fuel the rise of everything from blogs to influencer videos. The results are impressive. Think of all the careers kickstarted by online publishing. I am living proof. Writing and web design have provided me with income and a platform. I’m forever grateful. However, the rules of content ownership seem to be changing before our eyes. And it’s not the familiar trope of a spammer copying your text and images. These days, large companies are trying to stake a claim. Social media has been ..read more
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5+ Useful WordPress Plugins You Should Check Out in 2024 Sponsored
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by Speckyboy
2w ago
WordPress’s immense popularity stems from its robust ecosystem of tools, ease of use, and flexibility. Themes and plugins are central to its versatility. Plugins, in particular, allow users to extend the functionality of their WordPress sites effectively. Plugins are, in fact, indispensable for adding complex features to a site, eliminating the need for extensive coding or high development costs. If the term plugin is new to you, you can think of it as an app or add-on for your website. The WordPress library, with over 50,000 plugins, offers extensive design capabilities, allowing you to unloc ..read more
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Use ChatGPT to Export Data from a WordPress Database
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by Eric Karkovack
3w ago
Retrieving data from a WordPress site can be a nightmare. Site data could reside in several places. Pulling from these various sources isn’t easy. Websites that feature eCommerce or memberships are prime examples. Each plugin may store data in a different spot. Some create separate database tables. Others use the default WordPress locales. Export plugins exist that help in some – but not all – circumstances. For example, you might be able to export customer orders. However, grabbing additional data not directly related to those orders may not be possible. Writing a custom query is another opti ..read more
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Here Are the Biggest Mistakes Freelance Web Designers Make
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by Eric Karkovack
1M ago
The great thing about being a freelancer is that you’re in charge. That can also work against you, though. You make all the decisions. So, who’s to blame when something goes wrong? Just take a look in the mirror. That’s OK. None of us are perfect. And I’m right there with you. I’ve made plenty of mistakes in my quarter-century as a freelance web designer. Mistakes are learning opportunities. But it’s better to learn from someone who’s already made them. They can save you from repeating history. That’s why I’m here! With that, here are the biggest mistakes freelance web designers typically make ..read more
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An Ode to Hello Dolly with Matt Mullenweg
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by Eric Karkovack
1M ago
WordPress has been around for over 20 years. Part of its continuing popularity stems from how extensible it is. A skilled developer can make the content management system (CMS) do just about anything. Its plugin architecture powers shopping carts, forms, and photo galleries. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, though. Niche functionality abounds, so it’s no wonder it leads the pack in market share. But let’s take a step back. The ability to use plugins came about in WordPress 1.2. It was a new concept in those days. The project needed to educate developers on how things work. To encourage them ..read more
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8 CSS & JavaScript Snippets for Awesome Reveal Effects
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by Eric Karkovack
1M ago
Not everything on a website has to be displayed straightforwardly. Sometimes, it’s prudent to hide an element. We can then reveal it automatically or via user interaction. That’s what makes reveal effects so compelling. They can serve dual purposes. The first is to keep our layouts nice and tidy. The second is to add a bit of flair to the user experience (UX). And there are many intriguing options for web designers. Using CSS and JavaScript offers a path to creating high-end effects. They not only look great, though. There are ways to build features that are performant and accessible as well ..read more
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How WordPress Democratizes Publishing & Fuels an Economy
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by Eric Karkovack
1M ago
It seems like an odd mix on the surface. On one hand, WordPress is a content management system (CMS) that aims to democratize publishing. It’s right there in the mission statement. That harkens back to its roots as a blogging platform. We install the software and push our content out into the world. On the other hand, WordPress has become a tool to make money. Freelancers, agencies, and DIY users can build commercial websites with it. Developers create themes and plugins as part of an ecosystem. Just so we’re clear: A corporation can use WordPress to bolster its billion-dollar portfolio. Just ..read more
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20+ Free Analog Film Lightroom Presets for Photographers
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by Paul Andrew
1M ago
Analog film aesthetics hold a timeless appeal in digital photography, offering a distinctive look that can create a feeling of nostalgia and rustic artistry. The rich tones, subtle grain, and little imperfections of analog film create a depth often sought after by photographers. Achieving these effects can be challenging with modern digital tools alone, but Lightroom presets will help to simplify the process. They’re invaluable to photographers who are looking to replicate those classic film styles. These pre-configured Lightroom settings allow you to apply specific styles to your photos with ..read more
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Creativity Hasn’t Left Web Design – It’s Just Different
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by Eric Karkovack
2M ago
Creativity can be freeing for web designers. There’s nothing quite like reaching that “a-ha” moment. It’s when an idea transfers from your head to a screen. I had that feeling a lot during my early days in this industry. My work wasn’t great, mind you. But I felt the thrill of doing things I’d never done. And it was even better if I had made a client happy. There was a lot of creative energy back then. The web was a new medium – and we were building it as we went along. It’s no secret that the industry has changed dramatically. The old methods of building websites are gone. Now, we work with a ..read more
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What to Do When Your Website Faces a Major Software Change
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by Eric Karkovack
2M ago
The web is in a constant state of change. What we build today will inevitably need to adapt tomorrow. And the challenge of keeping up is only growing. Modern websites have multiple dependencies. They include everything from PHP, your content management system (CMS), to JavaScript libraries. Even the classic 5-page brochure site can’t escape their clutches. None of these items are immune to change. Sometimes, those changes add extra work to our plates. The situation presents a multitude of challenges for developers. We may need to refactor a feature’s code. Or go through an arduous manual testi ..read more
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