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Announcing EasyRecliner ;)

Posted April 1st, 2012

EasyRecliner Chimp

Indianapolis, IN – DWUser.com – April 1, 2012. For immediate release.

After we officially released EasyRotator for WordPress earlier this week, you probably thought it couldn’t get any better. However, we’ve outdone ourselves. We’re proud to announce immediate availability of EasyRecliner. The picture above pretty much says it all… it’s the ultimate eco-friendly seating solution for code monkeys (chimps?).

Nathan Rohler, our lead developer, says, “We spend a lot of time on our rear ends in front of screens. So, our engineering minds went to work. We said, ‘Let’s bring some nature indoors, and ditch the office chairs for recliners at the same time.’ After a couple of days of sawing and hammering, we knew we had cracked the code.”

The result is EasyRecliner, a product that’s as easy-to-use yet feature-packed as EasyRotator. Its 100% hardwood construction might make you a little sore, but the 100% biodegradability is worth it. (It builds endurance and character, too.) You can order EasyRecliner today; we ship via stork, though, so the delivery schedule is a little sporadic.

EasyRecliner: Because all software companies should make furniture, too.

* Happy April Fools, everybody!

Stop the Thieves! Strategies to Protect Your Images

Posted March 30th, 2012

Property Thieves

If you’re a photographer or other graphic artist, then you are undoubtedly displaying a portion of your work online. Unfortunately, this means you have to deal with the problem of image thieves ripping off your work and using it – without credit – on their own sites. In this article, I’ll explain how you can protect your photos from freeloading downloaders.

Read more in the Education Center »

EasyRotator for WordPress Now Available!

Posted March 23rd, 2012

EasyRotator for WordPress

We’re proud to announce immediate availability of EasyRotator for WordPress. This free plugin brings all of the great functionality and ease-of-use of EasyRotator right to your WordPress site.

If you’re using WordPress, the world’s most popular CMS, then you need EasyRotator for WordPress!

Get EasyRotator for WordPress now »

The Z-index Property: How to Control Stacking in Your Webpages

Posted March 22nd, 2012

Stack of cookies

Have you ever had a problem with a menu showing up behind other content on your webpage? Most of us had. In this article, I’m going to explain how these problems can be avoided by using the CSS z-index property, which controls how elements are stacked in your pages. You’ll learn to use the z-index property to ensure that the right content always ends up on top.

Read more in the Education Center »

The Freelancer Files: Sick Days and Freelancing Don’t Mix – Or Do They?

Posted March 14th, 2012


The unfortunate reality is that we all get sick and face unexpected events that keep us from working. As a freelancer, it’s really tempting to let these interruptions become the source of stress, events that turn our schedules inside-out for weeks. Or, we “power through” sickness and end up prolonging the illness for weeks.

It shouldn’t be this way. In this article, I’m going to help you create a plan that allows for downtime and recovery time on those occasional days when you really need it.

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The Freelancer Files: Avoiding Working For Free… Except When It Benefits You

Posted March 7th, 2012


Inadvertently working for free is one of the biggest dangers of freelancing. In this article, I’m going to cover several different variations on this tune, including spec work, client-specific samples (including free samples), and pro bono work. More importantly, I’m going to help you create a framework that protects you from getting tangled in the working-for-free trap, yet helps you proactively leverage specific types of free work to build your business.

Read more in the Education Center »

Stuck on a Date: The Deadline Delusion

Posted February 27th, 2012


Deadlines are quickly approaching, but instead of feeling uber-confident as you normally feel, you start feeling a little behind. A few days later, the deadline is tomorrow and it feels like there is still so much to do. Now you’re overwhelmed and stressed. You forego breaks and meals just trying to get done on time.

It doesn’t have to be this way. With some planning and organization, you can meet those deadlines without working in a pressure cooker.

Read more in the Education Center »

Quick Guide: Adding Smooth Scrolling To Your Webpages

Posted February 13th, 2012

Smooth scrolling improves usability and aesthetics

As webpages become longer, you often need to link to specific sections on the page. Instead of instantly jumping from section to section, adding smooth scrolling improves your pages’ usability. Use our free script to make the process drop-dead easy.

Read more in the Education Center »

What Are DocTypes and Why Do They Matter to You?

Posted January 27th, 2012

Keep your pages on the straight and narrow

When you use an HTML editor such as Dreamweaver to create an HTML document, you’ll likely see a special line at the very top of your file’s source code, before the opening <html> tag.  For example:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">

Perhaps, though, your pages don’t have a line like this. If you’re coding HTML by hand, maybe you usually start directly with the <html> tag.  Or, maybe your HTML editor isn’t configured properly to add a line like this.

So, what is this mysterious line, why is it there, and why is it so important?

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Quick Tip: Beautiful Web Typography Is Now Easy!

Posted January 14th, 2012

Beautiful Online Typography Is Now Easy!

Are you still primarily using Arial, Verdana or – please not! – Comic Sans MS on your websites? Until recently, beautiful typography and the internet didn’t play nicely together. Using fancy fonts meant embedding all of your text in images, or risking incompatibility with many users. It was a royal pain!

Today, however, there’s hope. As browsers have matured, support for embedding custom typefaces in webpages has advanced. Many new online tools and services have popped up to make web fonts easily accessible to web designers. Unfortunately, though, most services are rather expensive, and most do-it-yourself tools aren’t easy to use.

In this quick tip, I want to share an option that’s both free and easy to use. Google Web Fonts is a free service offered by Google as part of their effort to help beautify and improve the web. They’re working together with the community and typography specialists to create special fonts that are 100% free for you to use on your commercial and non-commercial projects. Best of all, they handle all of the messy technical details to get them onto your webpages. Adding these special fonts to your pages is as simple as adding one line of code to your page and updating your CSS’s font-family declaration.

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