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By Scott Fegette | Sunday, June 28, 2015

5 Reasons to Learn HTML

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HTML truly powers the Internet.

It’s the fundamental technology behind everything you see in a web browser, and it’s used (alongside other tech like JavaScript and CSS) to build everything from simple web pages to complex web applications and services.

But there are lots of good reasons to learn HTML beyond just pursuing a career designing websites.

Here are five reasons everyone should know a bit of HTML.

By Scott Fegette | Monday, June 08, 2015

Get Your Hands on Code with New Practice Environments

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Learning how to code doesn’t have to be a challenge. But when faced with setting up development environments, code editors, and servers before you can experience your first taste of success, it can certainly seem like a challenge.

Fret no more. With the new Practice Environments at lynda.com, there’s no setup involved. You can start coding alongside your course immediately in the comfort of your own web browser.

By Joe Chellman | Friday, June 05, 2015

Version Control: It's Not Just for Programmers Anymore!

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I believe that to create good work, you need to be fearless. Fear of mistakes, or of breaking something and not being able to recover, can be very harmful to any kind of work.

Working with computers, it’s essential to keep backups so work doesn’t get lost—but backups are automatic and have no built-in knowledge of what the work actually is. Using version control, you can keep records of what exactly you’ve done at every step (without anyone else telling you what that “step” should be), and go back to previous versions if a direction doesn’t work out.

Version control software has been helping programmers do this kind of safe experimentation for years, and I believe it can be really helpful for creatives. I like to think of it as having the freedom to make bolder, braver mistakes.

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen | Monday, May 18, 2015

Our WordPress Training Draws 100,000 Viewers!

WordPress training hits 100,000 viewers!

In the fall of 2010, shortly after the release of WordPress 3.0, I spent a week building a WordPress training course for lynda.com. The months prior were spent experimenting, testing, and planning out every detail with a simple goal: Make the course that I needed when I first started using WordPress.

This was my first lynda.com course, and I hoped my WordPress training would be watched by a few hundred subscribers. Five years, four course editions, and countless minor updates later, that goal has been reached this week—by a factor of 1,000!

As WordPress Essential Training was watched by its 100,000th viewer this week, I was working on its fifth revision—so this is a perfect time to reflect on where we were, where we are now, and where we’re headed in the world of WordPress.

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen | Monday, April 27, 2015

Zero Day and Other Threats: Is WordPress Safe?

Is WordPress safe? Find out

WordPress users may have felt a cold chill run down their spines this morning as they read the title of Forbes Magazine’s post “WordPress Under Attack As Double Zero-Day Trouble Lands”—or any of the numerous other articles covering the latest WordPress vulnerability to be uncovered.

Over the past two months, there’s been talk of several WordPress security issues, and WordPress users around the world are asking the obvious question: Is WordPress safe?

The simple answer is that WordPress is safe—relatively speaking. But that’s not to say these latest issues are not worrysome.

To understand why WordPress is safe in spite of these latest exploits, and why WordPress exploits are becoming such a hot topic in the media, we have to look at both the safety—and the vulnerability—in numbers, and the security that results from keeping your code open source.

By Chris Nodder | Saturday, March 14, 2015

Do Your Own Usability Testing — in 5 Smart (Cheap!) Steps

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You’ve heard about usability testing: It’s a way to get immediate feedback about what works and doesn’t work with your product or site.

But you haven’t tried it yet, have you?

Maybe you think it costs a ton of money and involves hiring experts to help you out.

In fact, any team can do its own basic usability test cheaply—and can learn a bunch from it to make its product better—by following these five steps.

By Chris Nodder | Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Make Sure Your Small Business Website Does These 5 Things

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Even if your small business does most of its selling in the physical world, a smart, trustable, and information-rich website is essential to help new customers find you and to tell existing customers more about your products or services.

You don’t need a fancy site; just a couple of pages will do. But you do need to provide certain types of information.

Here’s what a basic small business website must include:

By Scott Fegette | Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Learn How to Build a Website with Dreamweaver — Start to Finish

Learn How to Build a Website with Dreamweaver

Having a website is now table stakes for today’s working professionals (and darn near a requirement for anyone doing business in this day and age), and Dreamweaver’s always been a great choice for building and maintaining websites.

However, Dreamweaver is also a professional application with tons of functionality packed inside, and can prove difficult to learn. Here’s a roadmap showing you how to build a website with Dreamweaver — as well as a strong foundational skill set for building websites in general.

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