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By Carrie Dils | Tuesday, November 18, 2014

What's So Great About the Genesis Framework?

Here's what's great about the Genesis framework

I’m a big fan of the Genesis Framework for WordPress. I talk about it when I’m at a WordCamp or local WordPress meetup, and I always get some version of this question:

What is Genesis—and why is it so great?

Whether you’re new to WordPress or you’re a long-time developer looking for a new framework, let me tell you why Genesis is more than just a theme framework.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, November 09, 2014

She Built Lifehacker's #1 Meal-Planning App with lynda.com

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Diagnosed with a life-threatening illness as a teen, Jess Dang promised herself that if she lived to age 30, she would do something to help people lead healthier lives.

So at 30, she quit her job at a high-profile company and launched a website that teaches folks how to cook simple meals using real food.

And she credits lynda.com with helping her do it.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, October 06, 2014

Teach Your Kids Internet Safety

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This week on Monday Productivity Pointers, I’m doing things a little differently. I wrote a previous article on four tips to teach kids about browser safety.

In today’s video, I’m going to illustrate those points and show you how to teach your kids Internet safety.

By Scott Fegette | Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Get the 411 on 404s: Website Error Page Templates

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No one likes to run into website errors, but they inevitably occur: Links are changed, pages are moved, a post is taken offline, and your site visitors end up following a link to a virtual dead end and an error page.

It’s easy to accept this as a fact of life—but armed with a little knowledge, technical know-how, and some inspiration, you can transform your website error page templates from vague and embarrassing to helpful and informative.

And maybe even inject a little humor into an otherwise awkward situation.

By Scott Fegette | Tuesday, August 12, 2014

An Interview with UX Guru Steve Krug

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When Steve Krug’s first book Don’t Make Me Think hit the shelves, it took the UX world by storm and brought the discipline of usability and building strong user experiences to a much wider audience than ever before.

lynda.com author Jen Kramer recently sat down with Steve for a podcast around his upcoming keynote session at the Northeast PHP and UX conference.

By Joseph Lowery | Monday, August 11, 2014

Hot and Hidden New Features in Dreamweaver

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Having reached the ripe age of 15, Adobe Dreamweaver CC 2014 is a precocious teenager.

This widely popular web design program is capable of simultaneously showing off big, wowza new features while casually accepting major productivity advancements with a no-big-deal attitude.

The latest version of Dreamweaver has ample new features from both the sonic barrier-shattering and the subtle-but-essential varieties.

Let’s take a tour of the new features in Dreamweaver.

By Lauren Mackenzie | Sunday, April 20, 2014

Six Tips to Manage Your Web Design Business

6 tips for running your web design business

Running your web design agency demands more than excellent design and technical skills. Until you can hire professionals, you need to manage the marketing, accounting, HR, sales negotiating and peacekeeping—for those rocky moments with unhappy clients or disgruntled staff. You can learn more about the responsibilities of being “the boss” in the Defining realities and roles tutorial from the lynda.com course Running a Design Business: Starting Small.

Meanwhile, here are six tips for running your agency:

By Jen Kramer | Friday, June 12, 2009

Joomla! news: 1.6 alpha and beyond…

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Jen Kramer

Good news, Joomla! true believers—Joomla! 1.6 will be released in its alpha version no later than June 22, 2009, according to Rob Schley, one of the core developers on the project. I enjoyed hearing Rob speak at Joomla! Day New England, held on May 30, 2009, in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Like me, your immediate thought is whether you should download it and start learning the newest version of Joomla!. As an alpha version, it’s likely to be full of bugs and landmines. You should definitely not consider using the alpha version to develop a real site for a client. The alpha is expected to be followed shortly by a beta and some release candidates, with the release version due out at the end of 2009.

Normally one might expect that as Joomla! 1.6 is released, Joomla! 1.5 support will become limited. (For example, Joomla! 1.0 support ends on July 22, 2009, and extension support for Joomla! 1.0 has been decreasing for some time.) However, this is not going to be the case.

Joomla! 1.5 will remain the “stable”, production environment for Joomla!. The 1.6 branch will be seen as quick-moving and somewhat experimental, as the core development team adds new, badly needed functionalities (better permissions system, multiple categories, and tags among them). As those technologies mature in the 1.6 branch, they might port some of the functionality back to 1.5.

Looking far into the future, Joomla! 1.7 will also be part of the faster moving track of Joomla!, while Joomla! 1.8 may become a new stable version to replace Joomla! 1.5. Both tracks will converge with Joomla! 2.0. (I don’t have dates for any of these releases.)

The plan is to support Joomla! 1.5 for at least three years, Jan 2008-Jan 2011. Of course, the further out we get in time, the less defined anything is and the more subject it is to change.

lynda.com is keeping up with the fast-moving world of Joomla!, so watch this space for more movies coming to a computer screen near you!

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