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Deceptive Design and Dark Patterns

As we are in the midst of another holiday sales season, it’s a perfect time to examine the intersection of design, marketing, and sales techniques.  The best design clearly communicates a message or concept. Great design can compel someone to action. Being an ethical designer (and a good human being) means considering the people who…

Experimenting with Ghost

For the past couple of days, I’ve been experimenting with the Ghost publishing software. I tried Ghost before out of curiosity, but did not do much other than install it and poke around. I wanted to revisit the software, and see how it compared to WordPress. Overall, I’m impressed with the minimal interface, the content…

FreshBooks Review: From Classic To The All-New

I’ve been using FreshBooks for over 10 years. In the early days, the company would travel around to different cities and take its customers out to dinner! I got a chance to meet the founder, Mike McDerment, at one of those dinners. Like me, Mike started out as a web designer  and he needed a…

Pantheon Hosting Overview and FAQs

Pantheon WordPress Hosting Pantheon is a unique hosting platform built for both WordPress and Drupal. I’m most familiar with the WordPress side of things, but the underlying platform is the same whether you use WordPress or Drupal. Pantheon is built for website developers, and its advanced tools will appeal to those with some technical know-how.…

Kinsta Managed WordPress Hosting Review

Note, some of the following links are affiliate links. This means I may receive a commission (at no cost to you) if you click through and make a purchase. This helps me create useful articles like this one. Thanks for your support! What is Kinsta? Kinsta is modern, managed WordPress hosting built on the Google…

Follow-up on the Social Warfare vulnerability

The WordPress plugin zero-day exploits continue. The same individual that published the Social Warfare vulnerability continues to release proof-of-concept code for exploiting unpatched vulnerabilities in other WordPress plugins. Warfare Plugins also published details about the Social Warfare plugin security hole, the timeline of the issue, and the steps they took to fix it. I’m glad…