What to Look For in a Web Developer


It’s hard to find a good web developer. Part of that is because web development is a jungle of unlicensed practitioners with very different interests, price points, and skill levels—meaning it’s a lot tougher to know where to start than if you were looking for a good, say, heart surgeon. But it’s also important that […]

Why the Web Development Industry is a Jungle


Web development jungle | Press Up

Most people I talk to who need web development help are frustrated and unsure. Many have had painful experiences with previous developers, and almost all are suspicious about being taken advantage of. Getting web work done properly at the right price can be a grab bag of uncertainty and risk. This stems from the nature […]

New Plugin: “Display All Image Sizes”


Once in a blue moon, we author a new WordPress plugin. Today the moon is blue, because we’ve just released: Display All Image Sizes! The plugin grew out of my frustration at not being able to actually use WordPress’s (very handy) custom-generated image sizes, because WordPress doesn’t give you a very good way to figure […]

How Not to Talk to Nontechnical People


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Software engineers and other technical people often struggle to be understood by people who don’t share their technical knowledge. Their frustration is widely known; it’s led, for example, to a YouTube video with over 10 million views (and a rather lively comments section) depicting the plight of a software developer trapped in a roomful of corporate idiots: I’m not aware of any similarly-loved […]

Dealing with IE8: The Nuclear Option


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Like every other web developer, I abhor Internet Explorer. I’ve already given a lot of good reasons why I can’t stand IE—in any version—in an earlier post. However, I will admit that the last truly unusable version of IE is IE8. Why IE8 is Broken IE8 is in a completely different world from every other […]

Good Sites Gone Sans


I viewed reputable websites purely in Comic Sans. The results were striking. A couple of weeks ago, I started setting my browser to display all the text content of reputable websites in Comic Sans MS, the most hated font in the world. The results were striking, like if you could watch C-SPAN with a “dress […]