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Everything looks great! The site and the food :)

You're probably not the one to blame, but those facebook buttons —especially the one in the nav— kill some of the charm...

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@diogo : I'm the one to blame ;) I'm experimenting different conversion models because the Philippines market is quite a difficult one for this segment. Thanks for your appreciation!

@Joss : A review would be wonderful! For food writing, why not ;) We should discuss about it!

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Love the feel of everything. Well, almost everything: support dialog boxes bother me, but that's more a me thing than anything else. And where's the balut on the menu? J/K  :) Good job on the site, when I vacate next January, I'll order something and give you some feedback. Will the deliveries make it out to Olongapo?

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could you kindly share your secrets with us? have you been working 24 hours/day?

Hi totoff,

I guess it's not really a secret. I used to run a webagency and I'm used to crazy deadlines.

So, no i was not working 24/24 at all. I dont know if this method would work for everybody, but here is how I work :

- Give yourself a deadline

- Spend 1/8 of the time allocated to plan ahead the project, the data structure, the features.

- Use tools, libraries, frameworks you know by heart, and learn one new tool ( no more no less ) at each project. Small tool for a small project, bigger tool for bigger project.

- If you run into a bug, give yourself 10min and/or 5 tries max to find the reason of the bug (the reason, not the solution). If not found, don't get stuck, wait the next day.

- Don't optimize before going to prod. Wait 24h after going to prod to see bottlenecks, then add one day to fix performance issues ( same thing : only tools you know, learn one new every time )

- Use a good css/js library / framework.

- Rely carefully on third party plugins : try to stay the master of your markup.

- Work with repeatable design so your css will be repeatable and modularized.

- Be the one who design the site : so you can balance difficulty

- To do list, to do list. Plan the next day at the end of the day.

- If you have the budget, use QA services ( like http://crowdsourcedtesting.com/ )

- Know the market you're coding for. Don't kill yourself for under represented browsers.

- Use a laptop, so you can code anywhere ( when you have an idea, etc... ).

- Practice, practice, practice

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Having been a creative for around 35 years, I have always worked on the two stage process.

1. Think of an idea

2. Get on with it.

If I do get stuck it is on number one as delaying on number two would get me fired.

One trick for not getting stuck on number one - when your client briefs you down the phone tell them immediately what your first thoughts are to get a reaction. 9/10 they will like your gut reaction and the one time they don't you have at least eliminated one route.

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