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If you work in web development long enough, odds are you’re going to discover that your strength lies within writing code or designing a site. It’s possible to be good at both – I’ve seen it in rare cases – but it’s more common for someone to be strong in one area or the other.

As easy as frameworks like Bootstrap, Foundation, 960gs, and so on have made it for us to build layouts against a grid, it has not – thankfully – removed the need for designers (of course, that was never their intent, anyway).

The reason I bring this up is because years ago, a good friend of a mine – a designer, to be clear – would jokingly say that I was pixel approximate.

And he wasn’t wrong.

For a few years now, I’ve been using SearchWP on this and on a few other sites I’ve either built or had a hand in improving.

Most people who are active in the WordPress development space are aware of this plugin (at least, I think they are), but if you’re someone who’s not involved with WordPress at that level and are looking for a way to improve the search functionality of your site, then I can’t recommend the plugin enough.

Then again, even if you are a developer and you’ve never used it, the same sentiment rings true.

One of the problems that I seem to have (among many some may say ;) is that I can’t seem to find a consistent way to manage bookmarks.

I don’t mean I have a problem using the “Favorites” or the “Star” feature in my web browser. I mean I might as well toss the page into a black hole if I use those features. They are a pain to organize, search, and – for whatever reason – feel like an after thought in terms of features of a browser.

And I’ve tried a number of different ways to go about managing this – if you name it, I’ve probably tried it – and it’s not from lack of knowledge of applications that are available for things like this either.

But it wasn’t until I found Stache that I felt like I finally found a utility that made it easy for me to save resources as I was browsing the web, categorize them as needed, and then be able to search them later using any of my devices.

Every developer with his or her weight will say writing quality code is key to making sure a project is maintainable over time.

What constitutes quality code may be subjective and this is not the post to debate that; however, if you’re working with PHP – especially alongside MAMP and WordPress – then I think using the PHP CodeSniffer is a tool we should all be using.

For those who’s written both PHP applications and WordPress-specific applications, you know there are different standards used for writing code. Since this blog is primarily focused on the latter, then I’m obviously going to be focusing on that, but the steps provided aren’t altogether different for working strictly with PHP.

So here’s how you can setup PHP CodeSniffer, the rules for the WordPress Coding Standards, and have them run alongside MAMP, as well.

I try to keep the focus of this blog limited to writing about code, WordPress, software, and business.

Every now and then I’ll come across a resource I find so useful, I end up reusing or re-reading several times to try to figure out how to incorporate it into my day-to-day work. Usually, this has to do with some type of app of programming technique (and this likely similar to something you do, too).

In this case, I’m talking about writing.