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Andy Killen has been working exclusively with the web since 1994 when he was Intel's internet engineer for Europe. Today he runs his own company as well as is the CTO of Speckyboy and was also part of the Adobe Fireworks CS6 beta test team. When Andy is not busy making websites, themes and plugins or giving training on website performance, wordpress or node.js, he can be found enjoying life in Amsterdam.

A Case for Adobe Fireworks against Photoshop and Illustrator

I’ve been a full-on Fireworks user now since the first release way back when it was owned by Macromedia. What Fireworks offered then is still as true today. A true…


Using WordPress as a REST API for a Mobile App

Often when making mobile apps you will need your app to get the latest content from your website, or if there is not a website already with content some way…


The 20+ Best Banner Mockup Templates for Photoshop for 2021

These photo-realistic banner mockup PSD templates for Photoshop are all easy to use and will help turn your artistic vision into reality.


So, Your Post Went Viral, What Now?

Every now and then you might find that pot of gold, that magic moment when one of your pages goes viral. That amazing moment when you are the top of…


Where should I really be sharing?

Social networking is constantly evolving. In many cases, what was cool two years ago is now next to worthless. For example ‘the Digg effect‘ used to be massive and could…


Website Speed Part 4 : PHP Programming for Speed

Programming for speed is not what most coders think of. What they tend to consider first, and usually only, is getting it working. Sometimes people will talk of refactoring to…


These aren’t the fonts you’re looking for…

The other day I was on location with a customer, and as they are a secure site I was not allowed to bring my laptop any further than the security…


Website Speed Part 3 – Caching WordPress

As so many people have it installed, I thought I would share with you a key techniques integral to caching WordPress that will help your website speed. W3 Total Cache…


Website Speed Part 2: Working With and Optimizing Images for the Web

This is the second part the website speed series where we closely look at the techniques employed to make a website run as fast as possible while still maintaining it’s…


How to Write More Efficient CSS to Speed up Your Site

As part of my new position as CTO of Speckyboy, I’ve decided to write a series of articles that will help you understand what it takes to make a truly…


IE6 is Finally Being Laid to Rest!!!

WOOHOO! IE6 is officially being put out of it’s misery by it’s makers Microsoft and you can help in their efforts by adding the countdown banner for IE6 clients. This…


How to Remove the Admin Bar from WordPress 3.1