A Freelance Web Designers Blog

November 10, 2017
Show hidden files and folders in your Mac Finder windows

By default, there are a lot of files that are hidden on a machine running macOS, the idea being that it makes the experience cleaner for the average user, however, most of us developers and freelancers need visibility of certain things like .git files for example. Luckily its pretty easy to get these to show… View Article

September 21, 2017
How I get my Wordpress Database information into my git workflow

Anyone who is anyone uses git to manage their projects these days. Its a no-brainer when working in teams and even working alone its useful for version control and completing updates. One problem I’ve faced over the years is getting WordPress database information into my workflow so that its safe in the event something goes… View Article

August 27, 2017
Turn voicmail on and off with Vodafone

Recently I have been finding voicemail incredibly annoying, especially with the rise of spam/cold callers etc. Luckily with Vodafone its really easy to turn this service off and on. To turn off dial 1210 it will greet you with a message to say the service has been turned off. To reactivate it dial 1211. …and… View Article

March 13, 2017
Low cost web design in Chester

Small businesses across small-scale cities like Chester can benefit hugely from modern, functional website design and website development. Websites have been the new ‘shop window’ for many years now and that doesn’t look like changing any time soon. The web is without question, the number one way to promote business/products and reach out to new… View Article

January 14, 2017
Issues with compiling partials with Koala

I started using Koala on a local version of this very website earlier this week and quickly ran into a compiling issue. Koala would only compile if I saved the ‘main’ SASS file. i.e – it was only watching one SASS file. After a few failed Goole searches I started getting a bit frustrated. I… View Article

December 19, 2016
How to fix MYSQL when it won't start with MAMP

Ever gone to boot up MAMP, apache starts fine but then MYSQL refuses to? I’ve run into this problem on many occasions and in most cases the following method works: 1. Shut down MAMP. 2. Open Terminal or iTerm and type ‘killall -9 mysqld‘ (Note you may need to type ‘sudo‘ at the beginning if… View Article

October 10, 2016
Stop iPhone automatically opening iTunes

When I’m freelancing on the moveĀ I often need/want my phone next to me while I’m working, and if it needs charging I will do so via a USB port on my mac. This has one annoying issue that comes with it though…Each time I plug in my iPhone, iTunes automatically tries to open. Luckily the… View Article

September 13, 2016
How I write my blog posts

Writing can be very difficult, and its different for everyone. Over the years of writing for several successful blogs, I have found a method that works for me and I thought it would be interesting to share with you. Sadly, I’m not as organised as I would like to be and that’s my biggest bug-bear… View Article

September 12, 2016
How to stay motivated

Motivation is a key thing when you are working on your own, and its also difficult to maintain at times. When work gets slow it can be really hard to push on and stay positive as well as focused. Finding what motivates you is really a personal journey but there are definitely methods that I… View Article

September 9, 2016
3 tips to improve your coding overnight

Coding is a precise art, and as passionate coders, we all want to get it right. We want everything to work smoothly for our clients so learning and improvement is of vast importance. From my experience as a a freelance web designer and coder, I have put together 3 tips to help you improve your… View Article

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