DarrenM

I'm Darren ,A teenager living in Ireland.I run a few different sites around the web, zomghow.com being my newest addition Connect with me on twitter. Look forward to hearing form you!

30 Brilliant examples of JavaScript and HTML5 Uses

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JavaScript is something I have been planning to start learning properly for the last few months.To really motivate me, I thought it would be a good idea to look into some interesting uses of the language. I thought I’d share these interesting uses with you in this post. Though none of these examples are really JavaScript only, most put HTML and CSS, to be more exact HTML5, and possibly a few different languages and APIs.

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Improving the Performance of your WordPress Site: Part 1

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Throughout this guide I’ll be showing you how to improve the overall performance of your WordPress site. This main elements of your site we’ll be looking at are your theme’s code, and your database, site performance is something you can spend countless hours working on. Though a few smart decisions and half an hour can make a massive difference. I’ll also point out none of this is WordPress specific, though it is written with WordPress in mind all these changes can be used on nearly any CMS.

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How to use BuddyPress as a Private Collaboration System

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For sites with multiple writers, it’s nice to have a place for them all to interact privately. Though there are solutions like Yammer and Teambox, they require your writers to register and log into another site.  I  can only guess as to how busy some people are! With this post I’ll show you how to make your own Private Social network for your writers using BuddyPress.

WordPress 3.0 is required for this guide, as we’ll be putting WordPress 3.0’s new multi-site feature to good use, along with BuddyPress.

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OS Talk: Why Web Developers should use Linux

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There are many reasons why working on Linux has advantages, but for web developers, it should be a no-brainer, but just in case you really need reasons here are just a few of the main ones.
The main feature Linux boasts that makes it better suited for web development over any other Operating System is the fact your local apache server has the same setup as your live hosting. Even without this, the benefits of using Linux over Windows or Mac OS are massive. I’ll go through the main advantages with you in this article.

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How to Create your own BuddyPress theme (Part-2)

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After completing the 1st part of this guide you should have a theme which looks just as you want it, or is not far off what you aimed for. In this part I’ll show you how to add even more changes to your child theme.

If you haven’t read the previous parts yet I recommend you do so to gain an insight into how to best go about the required steps.

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How to Create your own BuddyPress theme (Part-1)

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After installing BuddyPress you may want to change from the default theme. Yes it looks great, but to stand out from other sites using BuddyPress you’ll want to use a different theme. Finding a good-looking BuddyPress theme you like is hard too,  compared to WordPress there isn’t near as good a selection. So why not make your own?

In this 2nd guide of the series we’ll be making a bp-default child theme, which will only contain 2 files, this is to ensure your theme is as future proofed for BuddyPress as possible. Although we will be limited to the amount that can be done with these two files, you’d be surprised how much they can do.

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The Beginner’s Guide to BuddyPress (Open Source Social Networking)

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BuddyPress is plugin that adds social network like abilities to the acclaimed CMS WordPress. Adding features like a better profile for your blogs writers which combined turn it into a fully fledged social networking site.  Most of the possibly for this great plugin aren’t even existent yet!  As more and more sites start to use BuddyPress its true power, and that of WordPress is astonishing.

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