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Figure Shortcode for WordPress

I use the featured image feature of WordPress to display the hero image on blog posts and use a figure element to encase it with an optional caption.

However creating the same syntax in the editor proved problematic, mainly due to the WordPress parser adding in unwanted <p> elements when rendered.

I knocked up a quick Shortcode to see if I could get round the issue and it seems to work pretty well. After I figured (no pun intended) how to pass in HTML I was pretty happy to deploy to this site. — Read full Article »

The Back To Front Show #026: Conferences — In this weeks episode of The Back to Front Show Kieran and I chat about all things "web conference". Which one do you pick? Where's the value? What are the costs? We also try to answer the question "who has been to more conferences? Is it me or Doc Parsons?"

How to Choose a Web Conference that’s Right For You

I've been to a few conferences over the years!
I've been to a few conferences over the years!

(Editors Note: If this post is of interest you might like to listen to Episode #026 of The Back to Front Show in which we discuss these topics and more)

I attended my first web conference, @media London, in 2005. I am not 100% sure if this was “the” first web focused conference in the UK but it was certainly close. It’s fair to say I have been to my fair share since.

Attending your first web conference can be a daunting experience — especially if you are travelling alone or don’t know anyone else heading there. However with a bit of forethought and planning it’s possible to really reap the benefits of attending a web conference.

Over the course of three posts here on this blog I would like to share some of my conference going experiences as well as some thoughts on how you can get the best from your time out of the office.

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Auphonic — An intelligent "Desktop Batch Audio File Processor" which analyses audio and corrects level differences between speakers, between music and speech and between multiple audio files to achieve a balanced overall loudness. The online version also integrates with external services, such as S3, to allow for easy publishing.

Thoughts on Specialising

If you have a spare hour today may I recommend you download and listen to episode 105 of the Sean Wes Podcast titled “What if I’m Jack of All Trades and Master of None?”

Now read this extract from a recent inbound request I received via LinkedIn. The subject line read “6 Month Contract – Start Tomorrow?”:

My client is looking for a Front-End Developer consultant for a 6 month contract.

Suitable contractors will need 5+ years experience working as a Front-End Developer. Strong hand coding skills with technologies such as HTML, CSS and JQuery (sic) are a must.

You will have a portfolio you are proud of – mobile would be good, but especially rich transactional websites, with examples you can point to that delivered value to the business.

You will have solid experience of web application interface design. Core skills include design production, hand-coded HTML & CSS, rapid prototyping and wireframing.

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The Back To Front Show #025: Around the Web — Hot on the heels of episode #024 comes episode #025. In this weeks show we chat about the latest news on the Editorially team, have some friendly banter about startup culture and Kieran delves into the world of devices.

Everything Dies. Sometimes they Die Well.Mule Radio is shutting down (kind of)! There's one quote in Mike Monteiro's article on Medium that struck home:

And therein lies the problem of side projects. They will either muddle along as a fun side project and provide a necessary distraction from your main work, or they will grow and demand your attention. They want to be fed. The answer to “what if this fails” is easy. You shut it down. The answer to “what if this succeeds” is much harder. Especially when you’re not willing to walk away from your main job. And I wasn’t.

Podcast Networks Are The Wrong Model — Marco Arment recently penned a few very interesting posts about the demise of podcast networks comparing them to blog networks from the mid 00's.

Podcast networks are like record labels: they promise exposure, tools, distribution, and money. But as the medium and infrastructure mature, their services are often unnecessary, outdated, and a bad deal for publishers.

Also worth a read is Marco's follow up piece on 5by5.

Podcast networks don’t guarantee success or profit. The best networks can sometimes give you a head start and help you get found sooner, but the quality and relevance of your show is what sustains it, not the brand name on the artwork.5by5 certainly played a significant role in growing my audience, but it was far from the only factor.

Finally if you haven't tried his iOS podcast app Overcast I thoroughly recommend trying it.

Peering through the offices of MonocleYCN take a walk around Midori House with Monocle's editor Andrew Tuck

Ecommerce Platforms — A recently new site by Catalin Zorzini focusing on hosted ecommerce platforms. As well as reviews and commentary on all the latest ecommerce developments the news section features a weekly roundup of relevant posts and articles from around the web.