Jake Price

Just a web developer

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Over the past year I have been working on creating a workflow that I can get on with when creating designs for clients and personal use. This post talks about my needs when quickly prototyping, what tools I use when designing and creating interfaces and challenges I have had!

I'll also share my personal Gulp setup I use when doing this - hopefully giving you ideas of how you can automate areas to make your time more efficent!

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The newest version of Laravel now needs PHP 7.2, which unfortuately is not what we get when we use a one-click LAMP droplet from the Digitalocean service. But luckily, its super easy to upgrade your server to this version.

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I use DigitalOcean as the host for my servers due to the ease of getting a servers up and running and the great prices they offer. For even more ease of use, they also offer One-Click Apps which I use to get a LAMP server on Ubuntu 16.04 without worrying about installation and configuration of all the software needed. The only issue I have at the moment (not due to DigitalOcean!) is that Ubuntu 16.04 only has access to PHP 7.0 in default apt-get repos.

The install path for PHP 7.0 to PHP 7.1 on Ubuntu 16.04 can be fiddly. Here is how I do it.

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For the first time ever, I've managed to hit the 3 million requests a day mark for one of my side projects. This project is a set of 3 Android Applications, all communincating to an API that is based on the fantastic Laravel framework.

High Traffic

A lot of people I've spoken to online over at Laracasts tell me that is near impossible to get decent speeds with a Laravel system and that many requests (about 2,000 a minute, 33 a second) but my little system is ticking on well!

I'll be constructing a better wrtite up of the system in the coming weeks, so make sure you return soon 🙂


For the past 6 months, I've been slowly reducing the amount of clients I've been working with, and slowly ramping up the amount of stuff I produce for myself. If there is one tip I could give people in my position - that is, people who want to become self-sufficent, and truely be there own boss - and thats JUST SHIP IT.

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