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So You’re Selling a WordPress Theme: Best Practices for Demos

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 19:55

When you’re selling a theme, its demo is your sales pitch. If the demo falls short in some way, it’s doing a disservice to the theme and will lead to a loss of sales. If your theme includes hundreds of features, but buyers can’t see them in action, you may as well have no features at all.

This guide will cover nine best practices to help you demo your theme as well as possible.

Here’s what we’ll be looking at:

  1. Pages to Include in Your Demo
  2. Menu and Navigation
  3. Layouts
  4. Highlight Hidden Features
  5. Use Authentic Content
  6. Include a Front-end Option Switcher
  7. Communicate With Potential Buyers
  8. Optimize Your Demos
  9. Finalization and Testing
1. Pages to Include in Your Demo

None of these pages are required as such, but highly recommended.

Home pages: Create at least three unique home pages. The more home pages you create, the more layouts you can demonstrate.

Inner pages: Include inner pages (or “sub pages”), like “About us”, “Services”, “Pricing”, “Team”, “FAQ” etc. It is highly recommended to have at least two versions of the each inner page. This gives the client choices and lets you show off a range of page elements without stuffing too much into a single layout.

Elements: Moving on from the last point, it’s a generally accepted best practice to demonstrate theme elements on separate pages. You don’t need to make super complex pages to present your elements, just design a simple reusable page template and use it for each of your elements.

If you have a small list of elements with simple options you could present them on a single page, or group them into suitable collections. Just make sure you use logical organization and grouping. You’ll notice the globax theme elements menu for example. The elements are grouped into Typography elements, UI elements, social etc. 

UI elements from the Globax theme

Features: One of the most visited pages in any given demo is the features page. Be sure to present as many features as possible in a clean, simple and eye-catching way.

Your buyers will find it helpful if you group your features in some kind of hierarchy. For example: key features, main features, and additional features. For example:

  • Key features
    • Visual composer included
    • Revolution slider included
    • Advanced theme options panel
    • WooCommerce compatibility
  • Main features
    • Multilingual support
    • One click demo import
    • RTL support
    • 10+ header demos
    • 100+ custom elements
    • Multi layout blog
  • Additional features
    • Single page and multipage variants
    • Responsive and retina ready
    • Advanced typography
    • Fontawesome icons included
    • Widgets in megamenu

Present these features as visually as possible. Too much descriptive text can overwhelm buyers.

2. Menu and Navigation

Your demo navigation should be as intuitive as possible. First think I want to highlight is: make sure your navigation is 100% functional on all screen sizes. Complex navigation can often “break” on smaller viewports.

Try not to overload your main navigation, and make sure the combination of navigational elements are aesthetically pleasing. An unbalanced navigation won’t do your demo justice.

3. Layouts

If you want to increase your theme’s chances of selling, consider making it multi-layout. This refers to all the pages, including posts and custom post types. Clients love being able to choose between layouts. For example, for a blog archive you might consider a grid, a list, and a full layout. If your theme offers a sidebar, demonstrate these things with the sidebar turned on and off. 

Make sure you can demonstrate all these various layouts in a single WordPress installation. If that’s not possible you should reconsider your theme’s logic.

4. Highlight Hidden Features

Build your demo using all your theme’s features! Yes! If your theme features beautiful on-page scroll animations, use them in your presentation. If your theme includes a megamenu with widgets in the navigation, create and organize your navigation with these features. If you have icon support in your header menu items, add some icons!

5. Use Authentic Content

One of the most difficult tasks when presenting a theme is making it like a “real” website. There are plenty of dummy text generators like lorem ipsum, but I highly recommend using authentic text as much as possible. And for the images, audio, video, and other assets, I recommend using high quality assets. The web might comprise mainly of text, but a single bad image on the page will seriously harm your efforts. The same applies to typography. Use quality fonts to show things in the best light possible.

6. Include a Front-end Option Switcher

I don’t remember when it became standard to use a front-end option switcher for theme demos, but it is very much expected nowadays,. Unsurprising really, because users want to experiment and visualize their future website as well as possible before buying a theme.

Some authors offer a back-end login with a temporary username for complete testing (with plugins like temporary-login-without-password) others highlight the main options in the front-end option switcher without admin access. Both options are perfectly useful, but I prefer the latter. For that purpose I created a WordPress plugin which helps highlight the main options. Take a look at the demo.

Enovathemes options panel on Github

As you can see the default demo highlights several options, and you can add or remove as many options as you need using simple settings. 

Be aware that this isn’t a premium plugin, nor is it built for anyone other than WordPress developers. With that said, feel free to use it for your theme presentation.

7. Communicate With Potential Buyers

It is common practice nowadays to use “pre-sales chats”. Some authors use plugins for that, I prefer using Facebook messenger (for this reason I also included the messenger button in the helper plugin).

Chatting with a theme author will often give potential buyers that extra sense of trust they need to make a purchase.

8. Optimize Your Demos

Theme demo optimization is a separate (and large) topic, but let’s look at what I feel are the main points:

  • Make sure your hosting/server has PHP version at least 7.0
  • Make sure you have HTTPS enabled.
  • Make sure you dequeue all the js/css libraries and files that are used both in your theme and installed plugins. For example, many plugins that you install with your theme can use Masonry or Fontawesome, and if you don’t dequeue them, these files will be loaded multiple times, increasing the load time and size of your demo.
  • Also make sure you don’t include the js/css files in your theme if they are present in WordPress by default.
  • Make sure you optimize your images, using the Smushit Image Compression and Optimization plugin.
  • And make sure you optimize your website using feedback from the Pingdom Website Speed Test.
  • And, once you are happy with your results, don’t forget to enable a caching plugin. I prefer WP Super Cache.
9. Finalize and Test

This is a very important part. After you’ve designed, developed, and optimized your demo, you’ll find you no longer have any strength left and just want to relax, but now’s the time for  testing! Crucially: test all your pages, on all possible screen sizes, with an active debugger

You may never know exactly why a client chose not to buy your item. It may be because on a mobile view one of your pages displayed a poorly-aligned icon, or on tablet landscape you forgot to reduce a heading’s font-size. Users tend not to think as developers do, most users treat your product as they find it, so these small things act as big warning signs.

After thorough testing don’t forget to disable the debugger and clear the cache.

Conclusion

In this guide I tried to describe as many demo best practices as I’ve learned during my years of premium theme development. If you have any additional thoughts or ideas, please share them with all of us in comments section. Thanks for reading!

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Parabola

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 19:55
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Exquisite Paintings by Soey Milk

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 19:39
Exquisite Paintings by Soey Milk GisMullr Aug 30, 2018

Paintings have a very special place in my heart. Maybe it is because I remember my mom painting her canvases when I was a kid. She loved when she had time to paint. Maybe it is because with so many different mediums out there, I'm a sucker for the good ole oils and canvas combo. I still get amazed with the talent and creativity artists have to create such exquisite artwork using traditional methods. Yes, I do love technology and all the possibilities it brings. But traditional mediums still make my heart race. I was totally blown away when I saw Soey Milk's work. Her paintings depict strong characters, beautiful colors and shapes and lots of details. It is a mix of delicate and mysterious, bold and right in your face. Striking pale faces against a sea of colors and details deliver artworks that will get your attention and imagination. There is no way you won't get carried away by the amazing women Soey portrays on her paintings. These women seem strong and fragile, unstoppable and and beautiful.  

Soey Milk was born in Seoul in 1989 and moved to California in 2000. She is a recent graduate of Art Center in Pasadena, CA. Soey lives and works in Los Angeles with a human, eleven chickens and a shiba inu. The artist has a upcoming solo exhibition, “Inflorescence,” opening at Corey Helford Gallery in LA on September 8th. So if you are in the Los Angeles area do yourself a favor and visit her exhibition. ;)

Remember to visit her website to know more about each piece. Soey has a upcoming solo exhibition, “Inflorescence,” opening at Corey Helford Gallery in LA on September 8th. So if you are in the Los Angeles area do yourself a favor and visit her exhibition. ;)

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Daily Design Inspiration

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 19:39
Daily Design Inspiration AoiroStudio Aug 29, 2018

Part of the Daily Design Inspiration series that started it all on Abduzeedo. This is where you'll find the most interesting things/finds/work curated by one of us to simply inspire your day. Furthermore, it's an opportunity to feature work from more designers, photographers, and artists in general that we haven't had the chance to write or feature about in the past.

For this Daily we are selecting in editorial design, cartoon, branding and more. Our goal is to diversify the types of work and in the future we can perhaps categorize them in different sections. For now we are going to stick to the simple format of images and links. I hope you enjoy and share with use via Twitter or our Tumblr.

Until further notice, we'll display the images and the titles added to them. Because of little issues we had in the past, the images are still linked to their authors, we just won't mentioned who shared them like we used to.

Daily Design Inspiration daily inspiration
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Introducing the Tink cryptographic software library

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 18:42
Posted by Thai Duong, Information Security Engineer, on behalf of Tink team

At Google, many product teams use cryptographic techniques to protect user data. In cryptography, subtle mistakes can have serious consequences, and understanding how to implement cryptography correctly requires digesting decades' worth of academic literature. Needless to say, many developers don’t have time for that.

To help our developers ship secure cryptographic code we’ve developed Tink—a multi-language, cross-platform cryptographic library. We believe in open source and want Tink to become a community project—thus Tink has been available on GitHub since the early days of the project, and it has already attracted several external contributors. At Google, Tink is already being used to secure data of many products such as AdMob, Google Pay, Google Assistant, Firebase, the Android Search App, etc. After nearly two years of development, today we’re excited to announce Tink 1.2.0, the first version that supports cloud, Android, iOS, and more!

Tink aims to provide cryptographic APIs that are secure, easy to use correctly, and hard(er) to misuse. Tink is built on top of existing libraries such as BoringSSL and Java Cryptography Architecture, but includes countermeasures to many weaknesses in these libraries, which were discovered by Project Wycheproof, another project from our team.

With Tink, many common cryptographic operations such as data encryption, digital signatures, etc. can be done with only a few lines of code. Here is an example of encrypting and decrypting with our AEAD interface in Java:

import com.google.crypto.tink.Aead;    import com.google.crypto.tink.KeysetHandle;    import com.google.crypto.tink.aead.AeadFactory;    import com.google.crypto.tink.aead.AeadKeyTemplates;
   // 1. Generate the key material.    KeysetHandle keysetHandle = KeysetHandle.generateNew(        AeadKeyTemplates.AES256_EAX);
   // 2. Get the primitive.    Aead aead = AeadFactory.getPrimitive(keysetHandle);
   // 3. Use the primitive.    byte[] plaintext = ...;    byte[] additionalData = ...;    byte[] ciphertext = aead.encrypt(plaintext, additionalData);

Tink aims to eliminate as many potential misuses as possible. For example, if the underlying encryption mode requires nonces and nonce reuse makes it insecure, then Tink does not allow the user to pass nonces. Interfaces have security guarantees that must be satisfied by each primitive implementing the interface. This may exclude some encryption modes. Rather than adding them to existing interfaces and weakening the guarantees of the interface, it is possible to add new interfaces and describe the security guarantees appropriately.

We’re cryptographers and security engineers working to improve Google’s product security, so we built Tink to make our job easier. Tink shows the claimed security properties (e.g., safe against chosen-ciphertext attacks) right in the interfaces, allowing security auditors and automated tools to quickly discover usages where the security guarantees don’t match the security requirements. Tink also isolates APIs for potentially dangerous operations (e.g., loading cleartext keys from disk), which allows discovering, restricting, monitoring and logging their usage.

Tink provides support for key management, including key rotation and phasing out deprecated ciphers. For example, if a cryptographic primitive is found to be broken, you can switch to a different primitive by rotating keys, without changing or recompiling code.

Tink is also extensible by design: it is easy to add a custom cryptographic scheme or an in-house key management system so that it works seamlessly with other parts of Tink. No part of Tink is hard to replace or remove. All components are composable, and can be selected and assembled in various combinations. For example, if you need only digital signatures, you can exclude symmetric key encryption components to minimize code size in your application.

To get started, please check out our HOW-TO for Java, C++ and Obj-C. If you'd like to talk to the developers or get notified about project updates, you may want to subscribe to our mailing list. To join, simply send an empty email to tink-users+subscribe@googlegroups.com. You can also post your questions to StackOverflow, just remember to tag them with tink.
We’re excited to share this with the community, and welcome your feedback!
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How one man could have pwned all your PHP programs

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 18:26
Popular PHP package repository front end Packagist turned out to have an embarrassing command injection hole - now closed!
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5 films that could break into the awards race this winter - Mashable

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 18:17
Welcome to our 2018 fall movie preview. We'll be coming at you all week with the movies you need to know over the next few months – including the emotional, the offbeat, the family-friendly, and, today, the awards-worthy. We can't really talk about ...

and more »
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KDE Connect - AMA

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 18:01

/u/albertvaka, /u/aleixpol, /u/sompom01 and /u/nicofeee from the KDE Connect team are here. Ask us anything!

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Implement Consulting Group

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 17:24
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Build

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 17:24
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20+ Best Real Estate Flyer Templates

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 17:24

Passing flyers is one of the best marketing strategies real estate agencies use to market their properties. We handpicked a collection of attractive real estate flyer templates to help you design unique flyers to promote your real estate listings like a pro.

Real estate is a booming industry. With many agencies popping up around every corner, you need to think outside the box to get more attention to the houses, flats, and apartments you’re trying to market. This involves crafting flyers and brochures that get potential buyers attention and stand out from the crowd.

With the help of these easy to use templates, you’ll be able to design such amazing-looking flyers to promote your property listings without even having to spend extra money on hiring graphic designers. You can easily edit these templates all by yourself.

Browse the collection, download a real estate flyer template, and start customizing to design a unique flyer for your business.

Real Estate Flyer Template

This elegant real estate flyer template comes with a modern design that effectively highlights your property on sale. The design features sections for describing the houses in detail and it can be easily customized to your preference.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription
Vintage Real Estate Flyer Template

This real estate flyer template features a design with a mix of both vintage and modern elements. It’s perfect for promoting luxury homes and apartments. The template comes in 2 different designs and in both Photoshop and Illustrator file formats.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription
Minimal Real Estate Flyer Template

Another creative real estate flyer template with a minimalist design. This flyer has been designed for promoting apartments. It comes with sections for including multiple images of an apartment. The template is available in the A4 size and you can edit it using InDesign CS4 or better.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription
Modern Real Estate Flyer Template

A multipurpose real estate flyer for promoting all kinds of real estate, including property, lands, apartments, and more. This template features an organized design for including a lot of detail about your on-sale property.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription
Slidewerk – Real Estate Flyer 01

A professionally designed real estate flyer featuring a layout that’s suitable for both real estate agents and agencies. The template comes in both A4 and US Letter sizes as well as PSD and AI file formats.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription
Living Real Estate Flyer Template

This is a bundle of real estate flyer templates that comes with 3 different templates. It includes 3 designs that are suitable for promoting both properties on sale and to spread the word about your real estate agency.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription
Urban Real Estate Flyer Template

A creatively designed flyer template for promoting different types of real estate property. This template comes in A4 size and in both AI and PSD formats. The templates feature easily editable text, colors, and images as well.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription
Real Estate Flyer Template PSD

This attractive real estate flyer template can be edited using Photoshop and Illustrator. It comes with organized layers to let you easily customize the design to change colors, text, and replace the images.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription
Minimal Real Estate Flyer 2

A minimalist real estate flyer template featuring an attractive design. This template comes with easily editable smart layers to let you change the images with just a few clicks. It’s also available in PSD and AI file formats.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription
3-In-1 Real Estate Flyer Templates

This bundle of real estate flyers comes with 3 different templates, each with unique designs for promoting apartments and property. The templates are available in US Letter and A4 sizes and in PSD file formats.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription
Slidewerk – Real Estate Flyer 06

This creative real estate flyer is best for promoting multiple properties in one flyer. The template features a properly organized design that allows you to showcase several listings without cluttering the design. It also has space to showcase a photo of your real estate agent in charge.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription
Elegant Real Estate Flyer Template

An elegant flyer template featuring a modern design. This real estate flyer is ideal for promoting your modern property and apartments. The template comes in A4 size and in a print-ready format.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription
Property Real Estate Flyer Template

This creative real estate flyer allows you to showcase your property and listings with much detail. The template is available in 3 different color variations and you can also change the colors and text however you like.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription
3 Color Real Estate Flyer Templates

This is a bundle of 3 real estate flyers featuring 3 color designs. The templates feature 3 unique designs with attractive layouts for showcasing your listings. All template are available as fully layered PSD files.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription
Slidewerk – Real Estate Flyer 09

A minimalist real estate flyer template with a clean design. This template is perfect for promoting luxury houses and apartments. The template is available in A4 and US Letter size. You can edit it using Photoshop as well.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription
Real Estate Sale Flyer Template

This beautiful real estate flyer template can be used to promote all kinds of real estate property. It comes in a well-organized and easily customizable InDesign file.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription
Real Estate Open House Flyer Template

This real estate flyer template doubles as both a flyer to promote the property and open house promotions. The template comes in 3 different flyer designs for promoting different types of property.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription
Simple Real Estate Flyer Template
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No Linux Knowledge to RHCE

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 16:44

Linux Academy student Jorge Aburto, Bilingual Linux Technical Analyst at cPanel, started his IT career with no Linux experience, and today he holds the RHCE certification! Check out his interview below to find out how he’s come so far in his career.

Hey Jorge! Thank you for taking the time to talk with me and share your journey to the RHCE. Let’s start by talking a little bit about your background and how you got into the Linux world! 
I didn’t actually tinker, or mess with my first computer until I was in college. I got a rough start to that one LOL. It was a hand-me-down computer, so it required a lot of love and attention to keep it working for my school needs. That got me into realizing that this is what I actually like, I like figuring out issues and solving issues on systems. At that time it was a Windows system, so I got into that, and I did that for about 8-10 years, went from tinkering on my own computers, building my own computers, to helping other people, and then I started freelancing as an IT consultant. Then I hit a plateau where a lot of the issues that I would run into at small businesses with their Windows servers or things like that, it was me identifying the problem and then having to go to the vendor of that software… so like Windows or if they were using some other proprietary software. I didn’t really like that – that I wasn’t the one that could have the end resolution

I would keep hearing about Linux, but every time I would look into it, it would just like hieroglyphics to me. Then I started going to a few meet and greets and Linux groups around town, and they told me to install Ubuntu or CentOS and said they could give me a guide on it and I could just do whatever I want, and if it breaks to just take off that mount and then reflash it and start all over again. That’s kind of how I got started in Linux, and I saw that it was a lot more open in the sense of there’s less restrictions than Windows. I like having the option of being able to fix issues myself. In a span of like 3 years, I have learned quite a bit thanks to the courses that y’all have!

That’s really cool! So once you started familiarizing yourself with Linux, how did you hear about Linux Academy?
It was just research on my own really. I was trying to see after the first 6 months of getting good at a web hosting position, I went into trying to find resources at how to learn more advanced topics on Linux, with the end result of me wanting to be a Systems Administrator at some point. I went through Youtube, there’s a great guy that teaches on there – his videos are a bit dated, so I don’t know if they’re still applicable – it’s a channel called Urban Penguin – that was my first intro into an actual outline on learning segments for the LPIC, but it wasn’t really holding my attention. I didn’t feel like it was for me. Then I went into Udemy, got a few courses there. That was a bit better, then I also tried EDX courses. But the biggest thing I found in the other ones that I kept using was that there was nothing to really keep me motived to keep coming back. With Linux Academy, whenever I found out about it, it was through a random comment on somebody’s Udemy course that they were like, “This is almost exactly like the course in Linux Academy, except they give you all these resources to practice like they will give you cloud servers to test and everything”, and I was like, “Ok let me go look at that”. I saw the course schedule, the outlines, the guides, the downloads, the labs, the servers…I thought, “Oh, I could definitely make use of this”.

What was it like during your studies? What course did you start with on LA and how much time did you dedicate to studying?
The first one was the first test for the LPIC-1 – I was thinking of taking the Linux Essentials, but I had already been using Linux for almost 8 months at that point in the job I was in, so I thought if my financial impediments are going to be a bit of an issue, I might as well go for the ones that are going to look better on a resume than to start at the very beginning, so I went straight into the LPIC-1. I redid both of the courses twice, the first course for the LPIC and the second course for the second test of the LPIC-1, and mainly that’s how I like to make sure I’m retaining what I think I’m learning. I go through the whole course and then do the labs, quizzes, and practice on my own and have my own notes, and then once I feel ready, just go through the course again and see if I get stuck on anything. If I breeze through it because I know the content, then I know I’m ready to take the test. I want to say it was a span of about 5 or 6 months to take both tests and get certified.

After the exams, I took a breather for a few weeks. After I got those certs, at the web hosting company I worked for, I got on certain people’s radar. They wanted to test me to see if I was ready to be promoted, then I got that position and had to get good at that position and catch up. Then I jumped into the RHCSA course.


Congratulations on the promotion! So, what was it like going into the RHCSA after taking the LPIC-1? Was the material harder to grasp, was there a bit of a learning curve?
I wouldn’t say it was harder, more so in the sense that I wouldn’t say I’m a glutton for punishment, but I just hadn’t been exposed to it. But once you look into it, you realize it’s written in a technical format and uses common sense – once you learn the basics of how these commands work, you can pretty much understand it. When I first saw the commands it was like another language, but now that I know what they actually mean, it’s just learning a whole new language I’d say. But yea, that test, in particular, took me about 6 or 7 months, because of time constraints and because I knew that one would be a live test environment. Any objective that came up, any content that was covered in the Linux Academy course, and I was also using the Red Hat book from Michael Yang, anything that would come up in either the book or course, I would take the steps it said to take and then I would intentionally break or perform the wrong step every step of the way, like continuously go back over and over to then see what that error looks like. So if I were to skip that step during the test, I’d know what that error is pointing me to. It was a whole lot of trial and error, just forcibly making errors that I knew I was making, so then whenever I saw the error I knew to connect the dots.

That’s a really smart approach to take. So you passed the RHCSA, and then last month you passed the RHCE, congrats! You mentioned in your community accomplishment post that the number of things to be completed in the 3.5-hour exam is daunting. How did that exam go?That one was uh.. LOL… I went in the first time, I actually had to to do a retake, but that is the happiest feeling I’ve ever had for failing a test. I forgot one thing that is mentioned in the test description – that there’s a possibility that there will be objectives from the RHCSA in the RHCE during the test – I overlooked that bullet point, so I still got to see the whole test, and I saw all the questions that actually mattered for the RHCE, and I looked through all of them thinking I was gonna pass it, then I started the test and I couldn’t actually start because I got to a certain point (I can’t go into much detail) and there was something that came up where since that didn’t work, I couldn’t do 2/3 of the test. Then I just kept poking at it to try to figure out what I overlooked, and I figured it out with like 45 minutes left, and I just left. Told them I’d be back in about a week! I took it again and reviewed what would make sense to show up in the RHCE from the RHCSA, and that time I went in knowing I was gonna pass! Once I got the RHCSA, the same that thing happened that happened after the LPIC, the company I worked for wanted to see if I was ready to be promoted again.

You also mentioned in your post that the LA courses gave you a structured path to learn everything, practice labs, videos to view the outcome and process – were there any other features that you found especially beneficial during your studies?
The course scheduling and the material being broken down into sections was nice. I could finish a section and then go back and review my notes while looking at the videos again to see if maybe I missed something. I used the study guides as well, but sometimes there’s a little bit more information that gets added into the videos themselves, but I cling onto it and make my own notes to research that and see what they meant, and just keep going from there to make sure I’m exposed to everything and not leaving anything behind. Oh, and the cloud servers! The only way I really learn is by practicing. I can read something multiple times, but until I actually see it and do it myself, it doesn’t really register long term.

I like the course schedule because I would get the emails to remind me like “Hey, you have all these videos you have to go through”. It was like I actually had somebody there telling me like “Dude, remember you’re trying to get these certs so you can expand your career”.

Is there anything that you wish you would have known when starting out?
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to get into Linux. You could start with zero experience with anything terminal related and it’s very forgiving, to say the least. You can learn at your own pace, or have a set goal in mind like I do, where you get the certifications. Initially, it was to be a Systems Admin, but now I want to get into DevOps!

Is that what’s next for you – digging into DevOps?
Yeah, because the same thing happened at this company, once I got the RHCE they said, “We don’t have any System Admin positions open, but we are looking for a Site Reliability Engineer, so go ahead and apply for that one and these are the things you need to know for that position”. One of the things is Puppet, so I’m almost done with that course now too!

That’s so exciting! What advice would you give to a new Linux Academy student?
Use everything that’s available. There’s a lot that’s available at this point – there’s been a lot more content rolled out than when I first started. The community, the study groups, flashcards, study guides, the course schedule if you need to have some sort of structured learning. For me, I can’t keep track of it myself. If I don’t get a reminder, I’ll put it off a little bit later and realize I lost a whole day and didn’t study what I needed to study. The big thing for me was the course scheduling, but there’s a lot of tools available to learn. You also have the servers, so access to a sandbox environment to practice with, that’s already taken care of for you. I mean you have 6 servers you can play around with and if something really goes wrong, you just destroy it and then remake it, and within 15 minutes you’re back to being online with whatever you’re practicing. Which I did a few times, so I know it’s about 15 minutes LOL.

Is there anything that you’d do differently looking back?
Yeah, I wouldn’t have waited so long between the RHCSA and the RHCE. Outside of that, every tool that is available through Linux Academy is actually beneficial. There are other learning platforms that I’ve used in the past where they will give you like practice tests or things like that, not for any certification just to see if you know the material, but I’m not a fan of that because at what point are you actually learning and at what point are you just memorizing answers to questions.

Were there any hurdles or challenges you faced or overcame when you were studying?
Just the burnout. That is a real thing. If you’re constantly learning, like every time I started studying one of the courses for the certifications, all of my free available time outside of work was to practice and to study. So, at work, I was doing like 10, sometimes even 12 hours, of dealing with web hosting servers, issues and things like that. It was nonstop except for my lunch break, and then I’d get home and go to sleep and then go right back to work because after that long of a shift you really don’t want to do anything but eat and sleep. But, yeah, the burnout comes because I didn’t actually destress at any point. I still just push through it, but I know eventually I’ll hit a hurdle with burnout during one of the courses and I’ll just pause the course schedule when I notice that I’m not actually learning at this point, I’m just going through the motions to get to the next point of the course. But yeah, step away from things every now and then to de-stress.

That’s some great advice. So what are your future goals, future plans?
Well, right now I really love the company where I’m working at. I’ve worked at quite a few companies, and with all of them, it has always felt like you could be let go for any reason.. like you’re in a position where it would cost less to replace you than to correct anything you’re falling short on. This is the first time I’ve been in a company where you actually feel like an individual and not a number. It wasn’t until I got that very last position I was promoted to, where I felt like they’re really motivating you and asking how you learned something and want you to share what you’re learning, and help your colleagues. They told me if I get the Puppet certification to apply for the SRE position (the Site Reliability Engineer position) and see what happens from there. That is a difficult position and a lot of responsibility. The position I’m in, I like it, it’s nice and all, but I didn’t get all these certs to not make use of them. And, so eventually I have to make the decision of there’s a lot of money I’m leaving on the table that I’m not attempting to get at this point – like I need to make use of this. Being happy is one thing, but financial stability is a far greater thing. All of these certs are investments, really because they all cost money, so you can’t just take them and let them expire because they do have time frames on them.

Right, and you invest all that time learning and taking exams, and that’s a lot of time you’ve spent.
Yeah, at this point it’s been a year and a half of studying strictly for certs to extend my knowledge to try to get one of those positions.

You definitely don’t want to feel like you’ve wasted all of that time. Do you have any last pieces of advice or anything else you want to share with us?
Don’t get hung up on making mistakes. Mistakes are the best way I’ve learned thus far. Whether it be I intentionally broke something just to see how it would break, or if I thought I did something correctly and then it didn’t work, yeah that will stick with you, because then you see the error and you know exactly what it is. Really, that was my whole approach, to intentionally make mistakes during the courses through the exercises, because it’s better if you make the mistake in a test environment than to make that mistake in a production environment.. then there are real consequences. I was like let me learn all the ways to mess things up so I know not to do any of these in the future.

But, yeah just keep posting in the community – that was one of my biggest motivations over any other learning services that are out there, is seeing those posts of people getting their certifications or in the study groups asking for help, or seeing that somebody else has the exact same problem that you ran into and seeing how they worked through it, it is actually motivating in the sense that it does feel like you’re not alone. Any of the other learning services I’ve used, it’s like there’s the course material and that’s it. You Google for help on things, Google is great for many things, but trying to learn in a structured course, you don’t really get that kind of result. The community has been one of my biggest motivations, and I got like 5 people into Linux Academy!

That’s awesome, Jorge! Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us, and best of luck on the Puppet certs and that SRE position you’re applying for!

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How do I have separate H1 and page titles in WP?

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How would I have both yet only show the H1 in the body text? For example:

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£90 a year for a photography portfolio page?

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I am making a website for my friend, trying to build a programming and web dev portfolio. I am using goDaddy for the domain and hosting and it was ~£70 for the first year but looks like it will be ~£90 for each following year. I am using the cheapest hosting option.

is this reasonable? should I go with someone else? and also tips on the money and billing side of web dev would be appreciated!

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