Raena Jackson Armitage is an Australian web developer with a background in content management, public speaking, and training. When she is not thinking about the Web, she loves knitting, gaming, all-day breakfasts, and cycling.
Play Your Cards Right: Run Your First Card Sort
Let’s say you’re building a new intranet for a company. You could have a go at rearranging and categorizing it yourself, but that may be tricky — especially if you’re unfamiliar with the subject matter. Card sorting to the rescue!
Joe Clark’s Cranky About Copyright
As creative types, we should all be concerned with copyright. As Raena explains, Joe Clark’s new project promises to shake up the debate—and in an interesting twist, it will be funded by micropatronage.
FullCodePress: Inside the Judging
Here at FullCodePress, the 24 hours have passed—each of the sites are finished, and the Aussie and NZ teams are taking a well-earned rest. Now, it’s time for the judges to cast their careful eyes over each site. Let’s take a sneak peek inside the judging …
FullCodePress Update: Challenges for Team Australia
We’re eleven hours into the FullCodePress competition, and early evidence suggests that the New Zealanders are pulling ahead of the Aussies. Raena caught up with the Australians to see what was happening.
Build Your Own WordPress Themes the Easy Way
A custom WordPress theme is a great service to sell to a client, and creating your own theme for your blog is a fantastic way to let your personality and skill shine through — much more so than some run-of-the-mill theme you downloaded that five hundred other blogs are using. WordPress’ parent and child theme feature makes creating a new theme as easy as writing some CSS.
Beef Up Your Resume: Essential Skills for Coders
The most attractive job candidates are the ones with a wide range of skills, and that’s all the more true when jobs are scarce. You probably already keep on top of the latest web development techniques, but savvier geeks are looking to enhance and complement their existing technical strengths. Let’s look at some skills that can help build on a code-heavy career.
Free: 10 Tasty Twitter Backgrounds
The top ten entries in SitePoint’s recent Twitter background competition are available—free, for you to download and use. Check ‘em out!
Roll Your Own Twitter Clone
So, you want to build your own Twitter-style microblog? Raena looks at three tools that can help you do just that.
Make a Mega Drop-Down Menu with jQuery
Mega drop-down menus are cropping up all over the place, and now that Jakob Nielsen’s given them a thumbs up, you can expect to see even more of these very soon. In this tutorial, we explore how to create one using a spot of jQuery.