Blog Category • Web Design

Text Editors Freezing on Search & Replace

I created a script that is run via cron that backs up the database of one of my websites, gzips it, and emails it to me. It works great, but I like to use a text editor to search and replace the domain name, so that I can use it in a development environment. As the backup file has been getting larger, I’ve reached the point where neither Sublime Text or gedit will do a “Replace All” without totally freezing. Linux makes this a non-issue:

#search for production.com and replace with dev.com
sed -i 's/production.com/dev.com/g' ./production-dump.sql

#overwrite dev database
cat ./production-dump.sql | mysql -u username -ppassword database

Posted May 6th, 2015 in

Yes, I Dropped Support For IE8 And Down

My stats show that legacy Internet Explorer users rarely come to my site, so why spend time coding for them? Many of these people are probably die-hard Windows XP users, and I know they wanted to stay with XP because everyone hated Vista, but Windows 7 is really nice. I haven’t transitioned to Windows 8, but I do know that IE10 and IE11 render very nicely.

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Posted March 6th, 2014 in

The Mysterious MLS API

It’s amazing how hard it is to find information regarding access to the MLS. I know three real estate brokers, but they aren’t much help; they’re too busy selling houses, and it’s really not something they should be expected to know. I’ve tried asking some web design agencies, but they haven’t been helpful, and many of them host the websites they create, so it’s impossible to browse server-side code and figure anything out. I’ll admit, I probably just didn’t know what to search for, or who to ask the right questions to.

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Posted February 21st, 2014 in ,

Google Maps Variables Replaced Feb 2013

One of the projects I have going right now requires using the Google Maps API. One of the features of this API allows for sending a street address to Google and receiving a response that includes GPS coordinates at that location. Today, when I needed to use my map, it was broken! Looking in my console I found that the variables I was getting my Latitude and Longitude values from were missing, and replaced with new variables. Google has probably suggested that developers not use the variables, instead using some functions to get the desired values, but I must have skipped that part of the documentation.

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Posted February 7th, 2014 in ,

Website Content Quality

There's one thing that website owners always want, and that is to have a good flow of website traffic. It doesn't matter if you have an e-commerce type website, a blog, or a one page website that shows people you exist, you're not likely to have the quantity of traffic you desire without unique content that is descriptive and in abundance. Especially for your home page, the quality of the text is essential.

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Posted February 7th, 2014 in

Responsive Web Design

Having a website that doesn't work on mobile devices, like iphones and other smart phones, just doesn't cut it in the modern web. As a website owner, you need to provide a usable website for mobile phones, because an increasing number of people are using them. It doesn't stop there though.

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Posted February 7th, 2014 in

Alternate Content For Flash

Adobe’s Flash does provide some great animation, video playing capabilities, and your entire website could even be made entirely of Flash. A few years ago I spent a lot of time and money learning Flash, and while I wouldn’t consider myself a Flash guru, I produced some great work for both myself and my customers.

There are some important things to think about before using Flash in any capacity, and the purpose of this blog post will be the necessity to provide alternate content for Flash on your website, with an emphasis on abandoning Flash usage altogether.

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Posted February 7th, 2014 in

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