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By Scott Fegette | Monday, July 27, 2015

What’s New in Dreamweaver CC 2015

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Dreamweaver has always been a veritable Swiss Army knife for web pros—a huge application that covers just about every aspect of web development.

However, that breadth and power makes it hard to learn, and hard to stay up to date with all the Dreamweaver features and changes from release to release.

Fortunately, there’s a lot to be excited about in this year’s update to Adobe’s flagship app for web designers and developers, with a noted focus on making Dreamweaver more friendly for beginners and pros alike.

Let’s take a look at what’s new in 2015.

By Chris Nodder | Monday, July 27, 2015

Nope — Web Design Isn't Dead

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“I would dance on the grave of the type of conceited web design that builds graphic-rich, information-poor art sites. I want to nurture the type of interaction design that puts users and their need for information first.” —Sergio Nouvel, UX Magazine

An article that recently circulated on Mashable made the case for web design having no future because well-designed mass-market templates and templating tools already exist, and because content is now distributed on other platforms such as Facebook or Mobile apps and push services.

However, as a user researcher and interaction design specialist, I don’t see bands of feral unemployed web designers camping out at night in the park huddled under pages torn from their Adobe Illustrator how-to books, shivering in their faux lumberjack shirts, scraping together pennies to buy a bottle of artisanal craft beer.

And there’s certainly no downturn in demand for Web Design courses on lynda.com.

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen | Friday, July 17, 2015

Start a Blog, Kids! Here's how ... and Why

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Every time you leave a comment on a YouTube video, post a picture to Instagram, send a message through Snapchat, connect with friends over Facebook, or do any of the other things you do with your smartphone or tablet or computer, you’re creating content and sharing it with the world through the web.

Why not take this one step further and create your own website to share your talent, your ideas, your creations—and let them travel to the far reaches of our planet like messages in a bottle?

With a blog, you can do that, and so much more. Here’s how!

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.

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