The Sterner Stuff team is growing! We’re in need of a part-time web developer at roughly 20 hours/week. Who Are We Sterner Stuff is a web development shop based in Eugene, Oregon. We focus on three lines of business: Simple, fully-managed WordPress hosting and maintenance for brochure-ware sites Custom, enterprise, at-scale WordPress development services Custom…

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Every year, WordPress users from across the country gather for WordCamp US. While regional WordCamps happen across the country, WordCamp US is by far the biggest, attracting attendees, speakers and sponsors from across the country. This year, Sterner Stuff made the trip to St. Louis for the event. We take every advantage of opportunities for…

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Recently a video hit my inbox. It’s a presentation from Scott Hanselman at GOTO conf talking about how to scale your own productivity. Yet another productivity video. I’m a notorious multitasker and my email is always open, responding to the latest thing to hit my inbox, potentially dropping everything to work on something new. He…

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Sterner Stuff recently inherited a pretty massive site. With over 100,000 posts, 200,000 attachments, and site loads reaching 4000+ visitors and anywhere from 5-9 logged-in authors at any one time, it’s been one of the largest projects we’ve tackled. While a proper reverse-proxy solution can mitigate the majority of the front-end load on a project…

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To maintain the deep portfolio that large web design firms often have, the staff will ultimately end up with some “9-5ers”. Folks like these probably don’t have the passion shared by their coworkers and, likely, the company owner. And that’s a bummer for you. Nothing against these folks–they get work done just like the next…

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What’s in a name? that which we call a roseBy any other name would smell as sweet; While the context here has little to do with Sterner Stuff, let’s get a quick recap: Scene: Romeo approaches yonder window through which Juliet appears. The two lovers, from warring families, mourn that the feud keeps them from…

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Hey, I’m Ethan I’ve been doing web development for a while now and there’s never been a dull moment. I’ve seen the best and worst of every aspect – design, content strategy, clients – and I’ve certainly come a long way since I marked up a page for my Neopet. This experience together¬†with a hunger…

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