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Jim706 last won the day on November 23 2020

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  1. You're not going to be deleting them though are you Stef? The Wordpress theme building one in particular I was intending to do as that was a direction I thinking about going in. The paypal shipping cart also seemed like a useful string to add to your bow. Are they being superseded by newer courses? Cheers Jim.
  2. Hi Stephen if you go to "Profile" then far left on the header if the circle with your initial with an image icon that opens a pop-up to let you add an image/photo though you might need to crop it to fit.
  3. I will do thanks for the recommendation.
  4. I haven't used the ones Stephen has mentioned but I've found disable-HTML, available from the Chrome store, really easy to use as it is just a simple on-off button choice, and does a few more things on-off too.
  5. That's true re the constant practice, and I like the monastic analogy. The master level of knowledge may be a stretch, or may not, but reaching a level of competence that gives confidence enough to make a living from these skills would be an achievement in itself. I need to pay less attention to external uncertainties too such as Covid, Brexit, and in Scotland the threat of a hostile UK government. This isn't really the place for politics so i'll stop there. One thing I'd like is to get to the end of 2021 and think, well that was a bit too beige.
  6. Hi Drew thanks for your help, I wasn't aware of diffchecker it'll be useful when I get to the CRUD basics again, and all sorts of other places too I'm sure. I've gone back to year zero course wise, to Beginners HTML and intend to repeat it all. I wasn't racing at top speed but I think there was an element of wanting to get through things rather than actually properly studying. Too busy thinking about arriving to appreciate the journey. Working in corporate travel I've been expecting the flush go anytime this year, which it did this month. A focus on escape was never the best mindset for exploring something new and the course content's something I can enjoy with the right approach. I guess 2021 will be a personal "Great Reset" in more ways than one. The last unit I was doing before restarting was the Wordpress theme one, but with no history of using any image manipulation programs/apps it was tough going learning Gimp before I could get fully stuck into it. I've had a much underused Wordpress site of my own for several years so Wordpress seems a natural direction (the Basic Wordpress unit felt weird being on the same geek level as the tutor). So being honest the frustration has more than one root. Thanks Drew for the time you took as much as the advice itself, it's appreciated. Jim.
  7. How can this be corrected then? I've started everything from the very beginning again right back at HTML because the resolve evaporated along with the daily routine and whilst I hadn't given up I'd stopped. And continued being stopped. So when I hopefully pass this way again in a bit how is this problem to be solved, if it can be on my end? Also while I'm grateful for the response, it's almost 2 months between question and response (not answer but response). I like your courses even if some videos are a decade old, the structure and the thought that went into them initially was well done. The forums however let things down badly. Taking a few days to answer is one thing, though if it's a critical question it can hold up/disrupt someone's entire study regime, but this length of time is poor. This is a crucial issue you need to address with some urgency Stef because I know it's not only me that's frustrated by this element of things.
  8. It's good you asked as there had been something I couldn't quite put my finger on. I like the overall style and the footer is fine, but after a bright clear start with "Hi there, I'm Ryan Van Dyke" it's black all the way to the footer. It's too much darkness. I think keeping an eye on the times we live in is a good idea, and there's a lot of darkness and uncertainty in the air right now, and a lighter tone without being in your face might help to lift the mood. And you've almost got that. Context is important. I remember the old wild west days of the internet when black websites were in vogue and in hindsight they didn't really work, their message was lost in the gloom and they were unpleasant to read. Perhaps after "About me" in black you can alternate back to the colour scheme you use in the "Hi there..." introduction page for "Services" and "Projects". "About me" in black works well enough because you do want to highlight yourself to sell yourself, but "Services" and "Projects" feel a bit lost in the black. I'd switch back to the lighter introduction colour scheme to make what you're offering stand out more, oddly having the continuous black feels like you're only whispering about them. Not that you want to be shouting at people either. So after "About me" move to the light coloured background until the footer but keep your subject boxes in "Services" dark and maybe fill in the "Project" boxes and have a lighter shade of what you want the mouseover to reveal to avoid the anonymous empty boxes. Hope it helps, Jim. Edit: On reflection why not be kind to yourself and make the projects one row of 3 instead of 2 rows of 3, you won't feel under so much pressure to fill them all in and you can add more as they come.
  9. I wouldn't change anything, you're well on the way, just set it up to link to your email the way you want it to. What I wouldn't do is put "email me." "Me" is such an overused word, it makes me think of a youtuber desperate for subscriptions, but maybe that's just me. "Get in touch" is open and friendly and works well enough, stick with it. And your email and phone number is good and prominent in the footer too. Edit: I forgot to say watch your spelling/typing, it's probably a typo but in the projects section writing only has one "t", first impression and all that.
  10. I like it. It's clean and sharp and the nav bar is ever present, which isn't always the case. Is the contact button unfinished? If not maybe reconsider the pop up asking how you'd like to open this. Personally how easily accessible a website makes it to contact them can be a deal breaker for me. If you go with a contact form to fill in with enquiries/comments I'd also leave your contact email easily visible too. Again it's a personal preference but I prefer to copy an email address and send from my own email account as forms usually leave no trace of when a message was sent leaving you to guess how you worded things and what you asked. For me the sentence: "I am fundamentally tech agnostic--I do not believe in a "superior tech" or coding language, but will pair each project to it's optimal framework." is the best part of the whole website. Right away you're making it clear that you're open minded to using what ever is required to do the best job possible for the client. And if I was a client who had never used a developer before it would make me feel a little bit more at ease that I wasn't going to be over whelmed in jargon (with this in mind I might rethink "optimal framework" for something less opaque) and that my opinions might be listened to. Hope this helps. Jim.
  11. PS. Hi Stef, a final note on this project. I wasn't able to get the "Add record" function to work even if I did a clean download of the project files and loaded them instead of the ones I'd done working along to the videos. Do we have a bug somewhere in the works?
  12. Not the first and I'm sure not the last time I'll be reminded of that and I'm grateful for all these reminders, they help to maintain some perspective. I'm beginning to think that bloody minded stubbornness might be the most important character trait for anyone trying to get into this field. Is the Buddha's "Life is suffering" paraphrased for nerds.
  13. Hi fra168nk, Thanks, it did indeed help. I've been over that line 27 numerous times but you're asking that question made me look at it differently. It was a typo alright, though not in the sublime text doc, it was in the column name in phpmyadmin. I had it headed "second name"! I never thought to look at that. That'll be another part of the mental map of how things work hammered into place. This has caused no end of doubt and anguish so thanks again
  14. I'm using Sublime text 3 but I forgot about this little feature. It might take some time to train the left eye to pick them out.
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