The False Equivalence that Simple is the Same as Ugly

As a minimalist web designer, this has been an uphill battle throughout my entire career, and I’ve heard simple designs referred to in every derogatory manner imaginable: plain, bad, boring, ugly, broken, stupid, dated, unprofessional, incomplete, and on and on. The truth is that minimalism is a philosophy, a very carefully considered methodology. Like a […]

Web Hosting Guide — How Do I Find the Right Web Host for Me?

There are certainly no shortage of options when it comes to finding a service to help you host your website. There’s also been a huge explosion of cloud web hosts like Amazon, build-a-site web hosts like Squarespace, Wix, Weebly, and Shopify, and managed hosts like Pagely, WP Engine, and Rackspace, as well as traditional web […]

The “S” in https Stands for Sexy

I wanted to run-down a quick analysis on our recent obsession with that green padlock that gives us the warm and fuzzies all over. What exactly is it; what exactly does it mean; what exactly does it do? When you see https (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) alongside a solid padlock with no error messages in […]

How to Work Remotely

In reference to the image above: “Amateur Wireless Station” — Ha! That’s a perfect nickname for my office. Sadly, phrases like “Work from home!” and “Be your own boss!” have become synonymous with scams and spam. Well, I have worked from home and been my own boss successfully and legitimately for over a decade now. […]

How to Disagree without Arguing

While the English language is very precise, it’s still very difficult to communicate with others with understanding and proficiency. Across culture, the very meanings of words don’t always hold. Take the word argue, perhaps a word with the most incorrect negative connotation there is, and while the header of this article is probably the most […]

Data is the New Currency: When Free isn’t Really Free

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, as they say. There are a lot of recurring themes on my blog, and one of them that I cover quite a bit, is privacy. About how it’s an illusion, about how big companies don’t care about your privacy, and also about how they can use your […]

How to Create a Slack Chat Community with Auto-invites

What Gmail did for email, Slack has done for chat. Basically an overnight success, Slack has quickly become the most popular way for teams to organize and communicate. However, Slack’s usefulness has far transcended that initial intended use for the tool. Slack is now considered the most popular and useful all-around tool for chatting as […]

How to Delete Disqus Threads

Unfortunately, there’s no direct way to delete threads with Disqus. However, the following is the best workaround possible in order to pseudo-delete them: Optional Step If it’s important to you that the comments themselves are deleted and not be accessible anywhere, you’ll need to delete them individually first, from: https://yoursite.disqus.com/admin/moderate/#/all. Replace yoursite with your site […]

How to Cleanup a php.ini File

If like me, you hate programmer comments and like to keep your files super clean and straight to the point when you’re working on personal projects or projects only you manage and you also manage your PHP settings from a php.ini file, this how-to may be for you. Using an advanced text editor like TextWrangler […]