I set up my own URL shortener last night powered by YOURLS. I know I could use bit.ly or any range of other services, but I like the ability to have my own self-hosted shortener with as much customization as I please. I can nab neat analytics and integrate it with my blogs fairly easily.
Setup wasn’t too tricky and if I hadn’t run into errors, it wouldn’t have taken more than ten minutes.
- Purchase and map the domain.
- Create a SQL database.
- Download YOURLS.
- Edit the config.php file with database details, username, password, and domain.
- Run the install.*
- Log in and enjoy.
*On installation I ran into an error creating tables every single time. I spent far too much time troubleshooting/reinstalling. Eventually, I tried logging in after the install error. For some reason everything is working swimmingly despite the errors.
m5l.co is now my personalized awesome short url domain.
I’m happy to answer any questions you have on any part of the setup.
2013 was indeed a year. 2014 is also going to be a year. Hopefully eighty thousand times better than 2013. The highlight for me was getting a kick-ass job at Automattic in October. Now let’s look at some numbers of things that I did the way 2013 would have liked best: Buzzfeed style. Continue reading “Top this, 2014!”
My teacher, David Bieloh, asked me to put together some advice and it I ended up writing this behemoth. Below is a bit of useful information I’ve picked up along the way. You’ve probably heard some or much of it before.
But before you start reading through my rambling, stop reading this right now. Go purchase and read Design is a Job. Don’t come back until you finish.
Continue reading “What I wish I’d known when I started web design”
I have my own SCSS file to handle vendor prefixes. It’s painful to keep updated and requires some serious hunting to get all the nitty-gritty details for each property. I have to dig through caniuse, css3please, MDN, webplatform.org, and a few others. Yes, I could use Autoprefixer, -prefix-free, Compass, or any number of other solutions. I would rather not because I like knowing all the nitty-gritty little things going on with my code and which browsers I’m supporting.
Continue reading “Let’s build a vendor prefix quick reference”
If you follow me on twitter, you’ve seen me post a myriad of links to various CodePen Pens. It might even paint the picture that I’m a bit obsessed with CodePen. To date I have created 35 public and 31 private pens and counting.
CodePen.io is a front-end code playground and I love it. Here’s why. Continue reading “Why I love CodePen”
I’ve gone through several various blogs in the last few years. Some were more successful than others and I tried about every blogging platform I could get my hands on, but all had a fatal flaw. This blog is here to stay. The articles will vary from excellent to cat gif. As always, I welcome any feedback or suggestions.