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This is an audio online podcast thing for the beginner coder. HTML, CSS, WordPress and other topics will be discussed as well as video tutorials and live feeds. Maybe even some interviews.

Talking HTML Tom Norman

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This is an audio online podcast thing for the beginner coder. HTML, CSS, WordPress and other topics will be discussed as well as video tutorials and live feeds. Maybe even some interviews.

    Session 10 – Captain Butterskull Himself

    Session 10 – Captain Butterskull Himself

    In this session Aronan, Elli and Alphonse defend Butterskull Ranch from several Orcs and a White Dragon.

    Character creation tool: https://dndbeyond.comAronan: Character SheetTwitter: https://twitter.com/2nerds1questWebsite: SchaffenCreative.com/2-nerds-1-quest/

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Eps 36: Document Object Model (DOM)

    Eps 36: Document Object Model (DOM)

    Document Object Model (DOM)

    Taken from w3schools.com – The W3C Document Object Model (DOM) is a platform and language-neutral interface that allows programs and scripts to dynamically access and update the content, structure, and style of a document.”

    The W3C DOM standard is separated into 3 different parts:

    Core DOM – standard model for all document types

    XML DOM – standard model for XML documents

    HTML DOM – standard model for HTML documents

    The HTML DOM is a standard object model and programming interface for HTML. It defines:

    The HTML elements as objects

    The properties of all HTML elements

    The methods to access all HTML elements

    The events for all HTML elements

    In other words: The HTML DOM is a standard for how to get, change, add, or delete HTML elements.

    Viewed as a hierarchical tree – image is in the w3schools link attached above







    • 6 min
    Eps 35: Fixed Position Footer

    Eps 35: Fixed Position Footer

    What is a fixed position footer?

    The concept of taking a footer that more than likely doesn’t sit at the bottom of a screen comfortably and forcing it to stay put at the bottom of the screen.

    This is ideal if you have information there that you would like people to have a constant view on. Ie, social links, navigation links, contact information

    Content goes here.

    #footer {







    Flexbox – via CSS Tricks by Chris Coyier




    Website: https://www.schaffencreative.com


    • 7 min
    Eps 34: Website SEO in 2018

    Eps 34: Website SEO in 2018

    Website SEO

    Write your code correctly

    H1, h2, h3, p, table, use alt tag on images – 2 for 1 also impacts adaptability standards (screen readers and assistance devices

    Mobile first

    Biggest push and newest standards are trending towards (or in most cases already implemented) creating a mobile friendly and responsive website

    Tougher to do using wordpress vs frameworks like Bootstrap, but always test your mobile views before clicking publish

    DO NOT USE m. for your mobile site, make your site responsive (scalable)

    Link building

    Find ways to get other websites to link to your site. If you are building websites for others the easiest way would be to add a “Designed and developed by” statement in the bottom corner of the site with a link back to you

    Write guest blog posts for other sites

    Have good content

    Put enough on your page to get your point across.

    A few sentences isn’t going to cut it

    Make sure the content is worthwhile

    Images, videos, graphs etc

    Use a security certificate

    Google emphasizing that now

    Get one from your hosting service

    Could be free like dreamhost or 30$ like ipage for a basic certificate.

    If you do any type of money collection on your page ie taking credit card numbers etc then splurge on the appropriate version. More expensive but gives peace of mind

    Not necessary if you are being a portal to services like PayPal

    Bounce Rate

    Make people want to stay on your site

    The faster someone clicks off your site the more it will affect your SEO


    The Definitive Guide To SEO in 2018

    Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Starter Guide

    SEO ranking factors in 2018







    • 11 min
    Eps 33: Testing Sites

    Eps 33: Testing Sites

    Importance of a testing site

    You never want to put your code out on an active website if it hasn’t been tested first.

    Most importantly – Can break any or all aspects of what is already out

    May not show up

    Content may not be ready to go live, but you still want to see what it’s going to look like or stage it for release

    A couple different ways

    Use a subdomain as your testing site ideal for hand-coded websites as well as wordpress sites (hand-coded sites is easier to transfer via ftp vs redoing the work for wordpress sites)

    Schaffencreative.com would have a subdomain of testing.schaffencreative.com

    Do everything on the testing site while using a “coming soon” page or plugin on the real domain

    Use GitHub to manage hand-coded work (useful links below)

    Using GIT to Manage a Live Website

    What is GITHub And Why Should Your Digital Team Use It.

    Use a WordPress Plugin

    I’ve never explored this option

    Use your local machine (computer) to create and test your site

    Should be for more experienced developers only

    Labor intensive to set up and get running


    Set up a local server

    How to create a local WordPress site using XAMPP

    Other excellent resource: How to Create a WordPress Staging Site for All Your WordPress Testing Needs








    • 7 min
    Eps 32: Custom WordPress Homepage

    Eps 32: Custom WordPress Homepage


    1.)    Login via FTP

    2.)    Find the main index page of your theme

    3.)    Download via FTP


    4.)    Edit page accordingly. For example:

    *       Remove sidebar code

    *      Remove main page code

    *       Add new sections using html – basic HTML, Bootstrap or any other framework compatible with WordPress

    *      Test your changes, experiment with removing different sections

    *      Search online for tutorials on how to utilize WordPress code to its fullest extent

    5.)    Save document as front-page.php

    *       Wordpress looks for front-page.php if it exists and uses that as home

    6.)    Upload new front-page document to the root of your wordpress site where index.php lives

    7.)    Login to wordpress

    8.)    Go to pages

    * Create a new page

    * Call it whatever you want

    9.)    Go to your settings section.

    *       In settings there is an option to select a specific home page and a specific blog page.

    10.) Select whatever page you created as your specific  home page


    12.) You are now ready to go to your created page and add content.

    Next week I’ll discuss how to add multiple editable sections to your page editor so you can work around custom content, or simply just have separate chunks of content/code.






    • 6 min

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