The Best Way to Start Programming for Free

We all have good ideas, right? But sometimes these good ideas take more skill than we have at our disposal to bring to life. Maybe you’ve thought of the perfect “app for that,” but haven’t ever programmed a line of code in your life — …continue reading

Three Social Network Startup Suggestions

I want to make a social network. Where do I begin? I’m asked this question often, probably because I am an experienced community builder. At the time I’m writing this, Wikipedia will tell you that LockerGnome, Inc. …continue reading

Learn to Code Bootcamp Bundle

Knowing how to program a computer may seem like a far-fetched dream for “ordinary” people. After all, don’t you have to be some kind of genius to manipulate the will of a machine and have it do your bidding?

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How to Improve Your Website’s Reputation

On, Harold asks:

How do I improve my website’s reputation? What tools are available to do this?

Reputation management has changed a lot in the past 10 years. Previously, your website’s reputation was built largely on your advertising and less so on …continue reading

Learn to Design Website Landing Pages

Knowing how to build websites is sort of like gardening. Some people enjoy taking it up as a casual hobby, while others commit themselves to it as a full-time career. And just as with hobbies and full-time jobs, some people are naturally …continue reading

Hello, World! How to Get Started Writing Apps

One of the questions I am asked all the time is how I learned to write software. That question is always followed by “will you teach me?” Creating applications is a complicated process, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn. You may already have some …continue reading

What is the Best Platform for a New Developer?

Steve writes:

I am a control engineering student about to finish my studies and I’m preparing my thesis, which I decided would be a project including Web programming. I decided I want to get my hands on this because I want to figure …continue reading

Mobile Apps Vs. HTML5

There are many different ways to make an app for a platform like iOS and Android. You could build an application out of native parts with little to no functionality requiring an active Internet connection. You could also build one that is little more than …continue reading

Humble Beginnings in Web Development – Advice for Newbies

Gnomie Tom “Mousey” Lovelady writes:

Hey there Chris,

I’m attempting to delve into the world of coding and Web development in order to successfully begin creating applications for mobile devices as well as for Web sites; I hope at some point to be able …continue reading

Page Speed Online: Google is Making You an SEO Expert

Guest blogger Lance Seidman writes:

Creating content for the Web can be sort of a difficult thing to do and, as more people try, it seems a lot of people aren’t having success trying to be content creators. You may notice, however, …continue reading

Only Spiders and Jerks Don’t Adhere to Web Standards

Reese Matthews writes:

I’ve only seen a few of your videos, so I don’t know if you’ve touched on it, but there is a bigger problem than “Does __________ browser suck?” or “Is __________ secure?” If you haven’t, perhaps you could talk about it.

Back …continue reading Vs. Google: a Web Analytics Showdown (Of Sorts)

For the longest time, I’ve used Google Analytics for tracking visits and pageviews to my websites. Google has done a great job at accumulating tons of information about my sites and the visitors that stumble upon them. Lately though, I’ve gotten the feeling that it …continue reading

Five Web Technologies You Should Be Using

I’ve been developing Web applications for a few years now, and the pace at which things are evolving recently is mindblowing. All these new technologies, like HTML5 and WebGL, completely rewrite the book in how and what we can use the Web for.

Developers …continue reading

How to Use GitHub to Contribute to Open Source Projects

I have been a fan of open source software for many years now. Not only do I use open source software, but I also develop a bit myself. A few years ago, a version control system by the name of Git wandered out …continue reading

Open Source TumbleDeck Project Looking for VB and Tumblr API Help

Gnomie Rafal Chmiel is a 13-year-old fellow going to high school in England, but don’t let his youth fool you. He’s ambitiously dedicated to programming Web applications and working on open source projects. (Kids, these days!) Rafal writes:

Hi, Chris!

I’ve been a big …continue reading

Hand Coding Vs. Pre-Built CMS

AshleyCox432, a member of the LockerGnome community, asks via YouTube:

“What are your views on Web-based CMS (content management systems) compared to hand-coding a Web site? Do you feel that a smaller (lesser known) CMS is as good or better than the more popular …continue reading

Chrome Vs. Chromium

Scott Carpency asks: We all know Google Chrome and how stable it is and how well it runs. Chromium is the developer app. What can we as a community do with Chromium? Do we just test out the new beta updates or can …continue reading

How to Generate a Vanity QR Code for Free

QR codes are all the rage. Even if you don’t know what they are, you’ve probably seen them in magazines, books, mailers, flyers, photos, and videos. You can create your own QR code for any given URL (or string of text) imaginable. Did you …continue reading

Why LockerGnome Doesn’t Rely On WordPress Plugins

The Register is reporting about a new “Zero Day” vulnerability in WordPress installs that run TimThumb. LockerGnome wasn’t at risk, because we hate WordPress Plugins. That isn’t to say we are completely plugin free; it is hard to have a WordPress install without …continue reading

Make the Google +1 Button Load Faster

Google+ makes it obvious that offering readers the ability to click a Google +1 button on your site is a must. While Google has indicated that it may use the Google +1 button statistics as a factor in search results, more important will be having …continue reading

Using the YouTube Video Editor

I’ve been suggesting that, over time, more and more applications will be moving into a cloud space, thus making the need for local software less important. Perhaps there are some applications that are a ways away from this, but for the most part I think …continue reading

How to FTP to Your Web Site from a Command Line

Over the years, I’ve listened to many individuals out there claim there is simply no practical application to using FTP over a command line. I happen to beg to differ and would even go so far as to point out that it can actually be …continue reading

Must Have WordPress Plugins

If you rely on WordPress, part of the magic for you comes from how simple it is to extend the basic CMS functions that come from this great tool. Unfortunately, not all of the available plugins that are available are really that great. This can …continue reading

Web Site Builders or DIY Web Design

This might come as a surprise to many of you, but I happen to think that most people hate Web design. After all, this is why you ended up on this article trying to determine whether or not it’s worth trying one of those brain-dead …continue reading

WPAds For WordPress

Let’s face it. Running only one type of ad on your WordPress blog might not be all that it’s cracked up to be. With the possible exception of AdSense, simply embedding a single set of fixed ads inside of your site is going to prove …continue reading

Could Google Penalize Outdated WordPress Installs?

Google announced it was planning to start notifying site owners about outdated CMS software back in November 2009. Until today, I hadn’t actually seen one of these notifications. For several sites running versions of WordPress 3.1.x this morning, I received an email telling me that …continue reading

Webmaster Add-ons for Firefox

Being a webmaster while living under Google’s shadow sucks. No really, it’s not just about providing great content or even using proper Web site code to make things work anymore. Now we’re faced with adding ugly little +1 buttons, begging Google for forgiveness when something …continue reading

How Do You Start a Group on Facebook?

It has been said that Facebook is fast becoming the portal that could render traditional search a thing of the past. I happen to think these people are thinking like geeks and not like regular folks who find Facebook to be more of a social destination, but that’s another …continue reading

Surviving Google Algorithm Changes

Whether you’re reading this the year this was published or a few years later on, the fact is that living exclusively on SEO is a deadly game to be played. I know of many folks who’ve been hit hard when Google makes a change to …continue reading

YouTube Cuts Content Creators out of the Value Chain with Move to Creative Commons Licensing

YouTube is adopting a Creative Commons License and encouraging users to opt-in to the most liberal CC License so that their content can be used in mashups.

Why does YouTube want mashups? Is it out of the goodness of its heart? Is it because it …continue reading