10 Warning Signs That You Should Turn Down That Project

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Have you ever had a consulting, freelance or contract project that went sour?

I considered myself lucky to never have… That is, until recently.

Over these past few weeks I’ve been involved in a not-so-happy freelancing story. And I would like to share it with you.

Frequent readers of Learn to Code With Me know that I like to keep content on my site motivating, helpful and constructive.

Sure, I’ve taken online courses or purchased code-related software in the past I didn’t enjoy.

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How to Get Your Site Online For Free With Github Pages

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“I’ve been doing Codecademy and other tutorials for some time now. But how do I get my site online?”

This is a question I have been asked multiple times these past few months.

I know how tough “getting a site online” can be for beginners. Especially for those who just finished a basic HTML/CSS course and are dying to get their work online.

That’s why I created a quick step-by-step guide showing how to get your site online using Github Pages.

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Become a Web Development Ninja with Code School

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I’ve dabbled in a lot of online coding platforms, but never Code School until recently. My first impression of Code School? It’s a lot like Team Treehouse.

In this article I’ll talk about some of my thoughts on Code School’s classes and interface. Then, at the end, I’ll compare it to the learning experience at Treehouse.

Topics Taught on Code School

About 95% of Code School’s offerings relate to web development directly.

Topics taught include:

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5 Ways to Get Your First Web Design Client

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What are two things basically every person in the world wants more of?

Money and flexibility.

It’s painfully obvious. But not until peering over my recent survey results (which you can still take, by the way) did it become loud and clear. Everyone wants these two things.

Well, I am happy to say that I am listening.

And as a result have a guest post by Ray DelVecchio on getting your first client as a web designer / developer.

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3 Simple Ways to Improve User Experience On Your Site

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If you mange your own website (or create ones for clients) and ignore user experience (UX), you’re making a huge mistake.

When I first built this very site, that’s what I did: I ignored UX. I didn’t take any consideration of the people that would be using my site. I only thought about what I wanted.

Fortunately, as I rebuild Learn to Code With Me, this is no longer the case.

When it comes to design,

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