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Web Design for The Ethical Society

We recently had the opportunity to work on a web design and development project with The Ethical Society of St. Louis. An Ethical Society is organized similarly to a religious organization. Instead of being focused on the worship of a specific deity the society focuses on the betterment of people and upholding ethical practices in…

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Building an Ecommerce Website – First Steps

You’re just getting started on a new ecommerce website. You probably have a million questions. Most of them are likely related to the technology that’s going to power the website because that’s the area where you have the most questions and concerns. We often hear, “which shopping cart is the best?” A better question is,…

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Speed Up and Back Up Your WordPress Site

Two of the biggest problems you can have with any website is a slow site or a lost site (due to hacking, server problems, or even accidental deletion). How are these two problems related? The answer is your database. It’s the connection to a MySQL database that makes WordPress a CMS. The care and maintenance…

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Gravatars

Gravatars – Be Somebody!

Gravatar stands for globally recognized avatar. It’s a service that allows a user to create an image that serves as an identifier for them all over the internet. Many sites use the Gravatar service to identify users, and Gravatar boasts 8.6 billion images served each day. In order for the Gravatar to display, the website…

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WordCamp Orange County 2017

WordCamp Orange County 2017

June 10th and 11th were the dates for WordCamp Orange County 2017. It also marked the 8th year that Pixel Jar has been involved with the event. We are proud to have started in 2010. Robert Nienhuis from Nien Studios joined with us in 2011 and has been a part of it ever since. While…

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Bringing extra value to your clients

Bringing Extra Value to Your Clients

Surely you’ve heard of the phrase, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” There are things to love and hate about this phrase, but one of its underlying meanings speaks to your ability to bring value. You might amend this phrase to say, “it’s not only what you know, but who you know.”…

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WordPress development glossary

A WordPress Development Glossary

It seems like there’s a new term or technology influencing our work every week. Keeping our definitions straight is critical to providing the best service possible. This WordPress development glossary presents a list of some key terms you should know. Archive – A type of page automatically generated by WordPress that aggregates the entries for…

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Favicons for Your WordPress Site

When we last wrote about favicons (2008), adding a favicon to your WordPress site was a manual process similar to what you’d experience on other websites. Well, all of that has changed as of version 4.3 of WordPress. Adding a favicon is now easier than ever. Let’s take a look at the history of favicons,…

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development tools

Development Tools – How We Get the Job Done

Whenever we are at a gathering of nerd, invariably the conversation will turn to what development tools we use. We’ll exchange ideas, tips, new applications we’ve tested and so on. Ultimately we are always looking for things that will make us work faster and things that make working easier. So with that, here’s what we…

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