I recently came across this awesome video called “Full Stack Anxiety” by Joel Califa with this related article by @FirstMark and it got me thinking about my current situation as this hybrid UI/UX designer and front-web developer.

First, a little background on my web career for context

I have been building digital deliverables for the web since 2005 and in the beginning, I struggled with HTML and CSS and was more of the Adobe Creative Suite guy using Photoshop and InDesign to design print materials. Later on, continued to traverse the Adobe Creative Suite with Flash and Dreamweaver (actually when I started using Flash and Dreamweaver they were still…


Truly, what is the purpose of a good design? A good design can be like a logo. It stands for what the company is for. In getting a design, one should consider how it will be of use. It can be made of more than one type, depending on the preference of a company, as long as the concept is still the same.

The simpler the design, the better. With the evolution of graphic designs came the use of more complex designs to create and to choose from. …


We have all heard about the blockchain, and most of us will associate with Bitcoin or cryptocurrency. But the blockchain is a piece of technology separate from Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. The Blockchain could be considered a web-based application and or database. But it’s best described as online, uncontrolled public ledger in non-technical terms.

According to Investopedia.com, “A blockchain is a digitized, decentralized, public ledger of all cryptocurrency transactions. Constantly growing as ‘completed’ blocks (the most recent transactions) are recorded and added to it in chronological order, it allows market participants to keep track of digital currency transactions without central…


The scenario

You just finished building your company’s website. You have tested it yourself and had other company employees test it. The site now goes live. A few weeks later you start getting emails from irate customers who complain that they are unable to place their orders because specific steps in the Buy Now process give errors. You quickly fix the problem. A few days later you get complaints about some other issue, and you again react rapidly to set the website. This continues for a few months till the charges finally halt, and things stabilize. At this point, you make some…


The default WordPress

There has been talking about using WordPress beyond the typical blog set-up, into the realms of a full-fledged content management system or CMS or even an application development framework. Yet, most people have no idea how this is even possible. I have to stress that the default WordPress software was intended to be a blogging tool, so if you’re trying to make it work like a different type of content management tool you’ll have to use the correct plugins (enhancements) and have a clear idea of what you want to achieve.

While the exact step-by-step method is out of the…


Huge range of WordPress plugins

The function of WordPress has opened up endless possibilities recently, taking it to a new level no longer limited to a blog site. With a huge range of WordPress plugins already available, and many more being added constantly, website owners can put up custom designed pages in a few minutes with a little help.

WordPress plugins are scripts developed by various programmers to give users more options for their blog pages. For example, a WordPress plugin can be used to display recent comments, or as a spam prevention tool. …


Valid HTML

Like most web developers I’ve heard a lot about the importance of valid HTML recently. I’ve read about how it makes it easier for people with disabilities to access your site, how it’s more stable for browsers, and how it will make your site easier to be indexed by the search engines.

So when I set out to design my most recent site, I made sure that I validated each and every page of the site. But then I got to thinking while it may make my site easier to index, does that mean that it will improve my search…


WordPress Templates and Themes

One of the things that seem to put people off using the WordPress software on their own site (as opposed to the hosted WordPress blog site) is the technical side of the process involving WordPress templates and themes. There’s a lot of talk about code, PHP, CSS, and plenty of other confusing abbreviations that don’t mean a lot to many people! This is unfortunate, as a WordPress blog can make such a big impact on web pages, and can even be used as a standalone website once you get your domain name and hosting sorted out.

Understanding the way WordPress…


When I started writing “code” there was not a plethora of text editors that there are today. It started with Adobe Dreamweaver for me. Back then Dreamweaver was owned by Macromedia for those that remember, and I was even part of Macromedia User Group, learning to use Flash too. Later on it was Coda and Text Wrangler for me.

Then I wanted to use what all the cool kids were using Sublime Text, Brackets and or Atom. Loved the look of Sublime Text but was too frugal to want to pay for a code editor. At first I was big…


When I started blogging, I looked free hosting, free domain and everything free. Many free hosting and domain have done a pretty good job for me, like blogger, Ning, and WordPress.com. They all are good enough for simple blogging for personal and small organizations. But after I used WordPress.org I never turn back to free hosting and domains. Let’s me List the reason that I stick on WordPress:

1. Easy to Install

Most web-hosting know well about WordPress, so they try their hosting to integrated with WordPress. For my hosting I use Powweb. In its Control panel, there is WordPress button, you just click…

Jay Caetano

design + technology

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