Category: Rants

20 Reasons Why Vapid BuzzFeed-Style List Posts Make You Look Like An Idiot

2nd of September, 2013

A lot of people say “there’s no such thing as bad publicity.” Actually, that’s a load of bullshit, and I’m not going to go into too much detail explaining why.

There are plenty of outrageous and outlandish things anybody can do to get attention, that ultimately end up damaging your reputation in the long run.

I thought this sort of behavior was limited to “celebrities” trying to desperately extend their 15 minutes of fame, but no. It has begun to spillover in my beloved web design community.

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Category: My sites

New Responsive Design for Leland.me

25th of August, 2013

So, I decided if I’m going to be talking about responsive web design related topics, my own personal site probably shouldn’t be using a three-year old, unresponsive design. I just finished coding it last night.

I also have a brand spanking new newsletter where I’ll pretty much just update you on new blog posts. See the subscription form to the right or below (depending on your device width).

Like any redesign project, this is very much a work in progress, and I’d love to hear any of your feedback. Especially bug reports, if you notice any.

Category: Internet

How To Move WordPress To A New Domain

17th of August, 2013

So late last night, I moved leland.info over to leland.me. I bought the leland.me name a while ago with the intention of “rebranding” leland.info with it, and haven’t gotten around to it until now.

This will be a quick post on how to properly migrate a WordPress site to a new URL, including the crucial task of redirecting old URLs to the new domain.

Step-By-Step WordPress Migration Process

I have a pretty simple process for moving WordPress sites. It’s not 100% ideal compared to a service like ManageWP or plugin like BackupBuddy, but it’s free and it works in most cases.

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Category: Internet

The SEO Strategy Spectrum, Finding a Middle Ground

8th of August, 2012

I see a lot of misinformation out there about SEO, and it’s never going to end. When ignorant SEO-clueless people see an ad for “get #1 for any keyword!” they’re going to pay attention, and they’ll probably pay up for some fraudulent ranking service. (Hint: the only people who can actually “guarantee” you a top spot in a search engine would be the search engine, not some random dude advertising on Google Ads).

The SEO Strategy Spectrum

There seem to be two sides of the spectrum when it comes to SEO strategy. On one side are the “content purists” and the “over-optimizers.” I just thought of these two terms off the top of my head, so I’ll explain what I mean.

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Category: Rants

Hourly rates, legal threats, and how not to hire a freelancer

6th of August, 2012

A few days ago, I received an email from a potential client for what would have been a pretty small, straightforward coding project. He informed me he found me through a tutorial I wrote about adding a widgetized footer to your WordPress theme. (Yes, I know it’s over three years old, but it’s still a very popular practice to include content in the footer of your site.) He wanted me to code something similar for his own site.

I responded saying that I could do it (I wrote a tutorial about it after all), told him about my hourly rate, and that it probably wouldn’t take more than a couple hours. A pretty reasonable estimate.

What he responded with

He came back saying that he doesn’t use a per hour fee for any graphic work. Okay, whatever, I’ll just multiply my hourly rate by the number of hours I estimate it will take and use that as a fixed rate. Simple.

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Hey, my name is Leland Fiegel. I'm a web developer. I love WordPress. I write stuff on my blog that you might find useful. That's about it.