Here you'll find some thoughts and advice on a range of
topics in the areas of both multimedia and technology.

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WP Social Media Slider for WordPress

Posted by Pete Molinero on March 27, 2015

WP Social Media Slider is a WordPress plugin that allows you to display your Tweets, Instagram Photos, and Facebook posts directly on your website. It's browser compatible, responsive, and employs lazy-loading for speedy performance. It's also super customizeable.

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Divi Page Builder for Custom Content Types

Posted by Pete Molinero on May 21, 2014

If you use the Divi theme created by Elegant Themes, you may have wished that you could use the page builder for posts. Or maybe for a custom content type. This plugin will allow you to do that.

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Posted by Pete Molinero on April 10, 2014

Unless you're more tech-savvy than average, discussions with web developers may leave you scratching your head at times. For example, they may tell you that they made some DNS changes and are waiting for the adjustments to propagate. Or maybe they'll refer to connecting to the server via SSH. This guide will help you understand their lingo a little bit better.

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Posted by Pete Molinero on March 25th, 2014

The technical differences between a web designer and a web developer can get a little confusing. I often hear the same person described as a "web designer" in one sentence and a "web developer" in the next. An easy way to think about it is this: a designer is focused on aesthetics and a developer is focused on functionality. But let's look a bit deeper than that.

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The One Page Website: a Small Business Guide

Posted by Pete Molinero on January 22nd, 2013

A few weeks ago I wrote about some of the things that a small business owner needs to think about when considering starting a website. This next piece of the guide will talk about another important topic: the one page website. Why? Because many small business owners consider a one page website to be simply a cheaper way to introduce their business to the web. This post will help you decide whether or not a one page website is the best solution for your business.

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How to Start a Website: a Small Business Guide

Posted by Pete Molinero on January 3rd, 2013

Over the years I've talked to a lot of small business owners that have, for one reason or another, decided that it's "finally time to start a web site" for their business. Often these business owners aren't sure where to start. This guide will answer a few of the questions that I commonly hear, as well as introduce a few of the key ideas that every business owner should consider when they are getting ready to launch a website.

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Setting Up an Apache 2.2.21 Virtual Host on Windows 7

Posted by Pete Molinero on October 30th, 2012

A virtual host is a domain name that is registered only on your personal computer, and points to a directory on your computer. It's a great way to simulate a web server environment while you are developing. This tutorial will explain how to set up a virtual host on your Windows 7 machine.

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Reloadr: A LiveReload Alternative for PHP

Posted by Pete Molinero on October 15th, 2012

One of the greatest web development innovations of the past few years is the concept of development without refreshing your preview page. Most notable for this accomplishment is the app LiveReload which watches a users web project files for change, and refreshes their page automatically as needed.

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Progressive Enhancement in 2012

Posted by Pete Molinero on October 2nd, 2012

In 2012, the web is changing at a faster rate than ever before. Every day there are new frameworks, new bundles, new "best practices" and new devices upon which our web sites will be displayed. Anyone who considers themselves an expert has to be committed to one principle above all else: learning, learning and more learning. There is simply no other way to keep up.

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"Laterna" and the History of Animation

Posted by Pete Molinero on September 10th, 2012

It isn't exactly common english. In fact, the word "Laterna" isn't english at all. It is a real word, though, and it's Latin. It means "lamp." It's unfortunate that this word is not better known, because it actually plays an extremely significant part in the history of film and animation. You see, there was a device called a Magic Lantern (or, Laterna Magica as it was called by some) and if it weren't for this device, animation probably wouldn't exist as we know it.