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The blog (and general ramblings) of a freelance web designer



In part one, I discussed the need for a great host. A VPS or dedicated hosting of some kind will usually give you a much quicker connection and help to bring your page speed score right up. My recommendation is to go with cloud hosting from somebody like Nimbus Hosting – they are the company […]

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Scoring 100/100 on Google PageSpeed Insights (Part 1)

Let me start by saying, getting 100/100 on a production website that isn’t just some text on a page is pretty hard to do, if not impossible. There are so many factors that make up your site speed and it’s virtually impossible to get the holy grail of a perfect score. But, we can try! […]

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Are you getting a return on investment with your website?

It’s all well and good if your website looks great. That’s amazing. We want more gorgeous websites up on the internet, making it beautiful.

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6 Ways to be a more productive freelance web designer

We could all do with being a bit more productive, right? We go on Awwwards for some inspiration and 2 hours later we’re playing on Pottermore. Or we hit up Slack for some knowledge, and the next thing you’re 200 messages deep about that cat video on YouTube. But there are some things we can […]

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10 Point Website Launch Checklist

It’s 2018, and this year is already flying by. You might be a fellow web designer or web developer – or you may be someone looking to launch a website yourself. Either way, I’ve compiled a list of essential pre-launch tasks you really should undertake.

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Quick Tip – Infinite WordPress Next/Previous Buttons

I recently found myself needing to create an infinite loop of posts. So once you’re reading a blog article, you can click to the next one. But what happens when there aren’t any more to read? Well, the client wanted it to go back to the first post. So, I wrote this little gem. Feel free to use:

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Learning to code Swift

The future holds a lot of Augmented Reality, as realised in the recent F8 keynote. And having a solid grasp of languages like Swift will allow me to work on things like this almost immediately.

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Print Styles? Inspect Element, duh!

Did you know you could emulate print styles using Inspect Element? No? Me either!

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Quick Tip: Pre Get Posts

On many occasions, I find the need to create a custom post type, and on top of that, I don’t just want to display 10 posts in the archive. So, with a bit of ‘pre get posts’ magic, we can set the number of posts to display, just like you would with a normal WP […]

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Instagram: Tips and Tricks – Lesson One

I’m going to do a series on how to use Instagram for business. I have been using it quite a bit for the last six months and have seen my follower count rise from 200 to 1300, my average like per image has gone up from around 10, to 200 (and if I get less […]

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Charity Friday – Birdsong London

I’m delighted to be working with Birdsong London today. Birdsong finds the best female makers and brings them to you, no sweatshops, no photoshop.

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My new office setup

I’ve just got my new MacBook Pro, along with my new HD Vertical screen and it’s improved my workflow no end. The ability to have masses of code all in one huge list is making life infinitely easier. I’d highly recommend a vertical screen for anyone who is serious about coding.

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