As I make my second post in this series, we find ourselves deep into the hot, Arizona summer. The weekly posts suggested by Bob faded quickly into bi-monthly posts. So let’s get caught up, shall we?

Over the past month there has been a lot of action around here. We’re closing up several smaller projects and getting a move on a few new, larger-scaled ones. I’ve been able to contribute to six different websites doing various design and development tasks. I’ve created WordPress and Magento templates, worked on WordPress and Magento administration and installation tasks, written custom PHP for a few websites and worked a lot with CSS and simple designs.

I’ve posted about Magento before and how great of a program it is. Well, I’ve also come to see the hard side of Magento now as well. The side that Brandon is always telling me about. Magento’s learning curve is very high, and it is very difficult to do some things that would seem easy. However, if you stick to default functionality, Magento will do wonderful things. For now, I think I’ll save my Magento talk for a different post.

I’ve been able to learn new things and fine-tune my skills. I’ve also been working on learning mod_rewrite. This Apache module is extremely useful for creating SEO friendly URLs and just making URLs look the way you want them to. You can turn http://www.example.com/index.php?state=arizona&city=mesa&id=12 into http://www.example.com/arizona/mesa/location/12/. Pretty slick! Expect a tutorial on this. However, it is quite confusing and frustrating to use. Just reading the intro from the Apache website gives that away.

I do a lot of CSS work around here. Anyone who works a lot with CSS knows how frustrating it can be when things don’t cascade the way you are expecting, especially when trying to be cross-browser compatible. IE6 has become my personal tormentor. If you haven’t read Chris’s post on phasing out IE6, you should take a look at that. And if you’re still running IE6, do us all a favor and upgrade to IE7 or get Firefox. The Latest versions of Safari and Opera are also very acceptable. There are many options. Let’s change that 25% IE6 user base to 0%.

Well, until the next installment, adieu.

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