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Configure FileZilla for Synchronized Browsing on a Subdomain

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In this session we show how to configure FileZilla for synchronized browsing on a subdomain. We After identifying where in the directory structure of the server the other site is, we add find the local server and the remote server and have them synchronized. Member: You know, I followed the instructions. All this is really

Troubleshooting Filezilla Synchronized Browsing with Multiple Domains

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In this session we troubleshoot Filezilla synchronized browsing with multiple domains. We discuss the creation of a file structure in the computer that mirrors the file structure in the website. It is important to understand the root of the website and make sure that you have the right starting place for a given website. Rick: 

Analyze a Site Using YSlow

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In this session, we discuss how you can speed up your website by analyzing it using the Firefox Addon YSlow and what information you can get using this tool. Good morning. Rick: Good morning. How are you doing? I'm doing great. And you? Rick: I'm doing terrific. Wonderful. Rick: Okay. So you want to speed

Background Images Disappear When Using Web Developer

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In this session, we discuss why the background images disappear when using the Web Developer Addon for Firefox. Web Developer cannot interpret relative URLs for background images. Member: Now one other question while I have on here, if I may. Rick: Sure, absolutely. Member: When I go to the site that I’m building right now

Why Do I Teach How to use Filezilla Rather than Using the WordPress Upload System for Installing Plugins and Themes?

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In this session, we discuss why it is essential to learn how to use an FTP when you are developing a website and installing plugins and themes. Although a WordPress site can be created without using FTP you will eventually need to use an FTP and it’s best to learn it at the beginning. Our

An Overview of How to Use Netbeans, FileZilla, Firefox and Web Developer to Edit CSS

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In this session we give an overview and show examples of how to use Netbeans, FileZilla, Firefox and Web Developer to edit CSS. Rick: Good evening Sean. Sean: Hi Rick, good evening. Rick: How are you doing, man? Sean: Oh not too bad. I’ve been working on the header plugin and that’s another thing but

A Conversation About Y Slow Scores, What They Mean and What to Do About Them

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A member wants to understand her YSlow score and suggestions. We discuss the concepts of external CSS files, external java script files, http requests and other elements of the YSlow test. Then we discuss various ways to address these issues in order to speed up her site. Rick: Okay and so next, we have a

How to Identify the Selector in Firebug that You Want to Change

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This member is having difficulty identifying the specific selector she wants to change using Firebug. We discuss the visual tools Firebug provides for identifying selectors and then talk about strategies for identifying a selector in a complex HTML structure. No, that’s why I always real cautious. You don’t find out and I’m still a little

Why Don’t we Use NetBeans Projects?

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Why don’t we teach how to use NetBeans projects? While the project system is very powerful it is also very complex to set up. It requires you to configure a local web server (using Apache, MySQL and PHP). Services like Bitnami have made the process quite a bit easier nevertheless, the process of setting the

Is there an alternative text-editor besides Netbeans for the Mac?

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A member is having a problem installing NetBeans on her MAC. She made several tries but she still gets an error message. We discuss potential solutions to her installation problem, we talk about a couple of other Mac based code editors (Taco & Coda) and we discuss the importance of error checking and syntax highlighting.

How do I avoid plugins overloading the server and plugin conflicts?

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Some plugins can slow down your page load, especially ones that call up photos or videos randomly.  You can check your site out with the YSlow feature; it’s an addon to Firefox.  We demo Yslow on our site and show you what slows the page down could be fixed or optimized.  Also, there is no