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Category Archives: Web Design

News, tips, and techniques on web design.

Rant Over Excuses for Not Being a Web Professional

I’ve long wanted to rant about how anyone today seems to be able to pass themselves off as an expert, especially when it comes to web design and development. Oh, I could easily build up some steam. Today, I don’t have to rant. Roger Johansson of 456 Berea Street lets go in “Lame Excuses for […]

Bloggers Share Step-by-Step Tips for Increasing Blog Usability

Twenty Usability Tips for Your Blog — Condensed from Dozens of Bloggers’ Experiences is a great step-by-step guide on how to improve the usability of your blog, and improve your visitor’s experience. I’m particularly fond of the About Page point. ;-) But I also have long been a fan of “Archive by Topic Not Date” […]

Validating Multiple Pages on Your Blog

Validating one web page full of code on your WordPress blog doesn’t help you find all the errors that may be hiding out among all the various pages and page views on your blog. The W3C Canada Validator validates multiple pages on your blog, tracking down errors across the different pages and page views. You […]

Blog Design: How Many Columns?

Mark from Weblog Tools Collection offers Two or Three Columns?, his perspective on how many columns a blog should have. I personally prefer one column themes with a minimal second column. Most information that is put on my sidebar(s) is extraneous and could be placed elsewhere. I have also found that some of that information […]

Lorelle is Naked

Oh, no. Don’t look, Ethel! Yes, Lorelle is naked. Well, at least Lorelle on WordPress is naked. Today, April 5th, is CSS Naked Day, a day bloggers and website owners can honor web page design and designers around the world by turning off your stylesheet for the day. UPDATE: Over 1600 sites are listed as […]

Blog Building: Who Controls Your Blog? You? Your Host?

Do You Own Your Website? by Healthy Web Design takes a good look at the hidden pain and suffering and control that comes from choosing a cheap web host for your blog compared to making a conscious business decision on how to host your blog. It’s true, companies such as Yahoo!, SiteBuilder, and Homestead offer […]

Don’t Get Rid of Your Home Link: How to Add a Home Link

I’m finding a new trend in web page design which removes the “home” link or button. Here is an example of how frustrating it is. I’ve found a delightful blog post. I’m thrilled with the content and want to learn more about what else is on the blog and who is blogging this prize example […]

Join the Conversation on Why Web Typography Sucks

Clagnut again tackles “Web Typography Sucks”, a favorite subject, but this time it is also in reference to the presentation given recently at the SxSW conference in Texas. The post continues the conversation about the issues that confronts web designers today dealing with web fonts, and also includes reference to the slides and references from […]

The Battle Over Centering on the Longest Line in CSS

There are a lot of things easy to do in print that web designers struggle to emulate when they take print designs to the web. One of those challenges is centering text on the longest line. Clagnut takes on “centering text on the longest line” to show you how to make this almost impossible task […]

Blog, Online Magazine, and Ezine: What’s the Difference?

In the Blog Squad’s article, Recipe for an Ezine, the core elements that make a blog or website into a successful ezine, an online magazine, are: We have found ezines that work well for attracting new clients usually have these eight key ingredients: 1. A great name that defines the topic 2. A defined audience […]

Accomplished: WPDesigners One Month Challenge on WordPress Themes

Small Potatoes of WPDesigner has completed the task of a WordPress Theme a day for the past month, as of tomorrow. Amazing. And what makes this Ridiculously Mind-Numbing WordPress Self-Challenge even more of an accomplishment is the release of WordPress 2.1 in the middle of the challenge, bringing with it new WordPress template tags and […]

Building a Web 2.0 Library Website

Karen Coombs of Information Today offers “Building a Library Website on the Pillars of Web 2.0, a great look at how to create a very user friendly, content management system with social software, blogs, link logs, tagging, wikis, podcasts, feeds, and other web services. “Web 2.0″ is transforming the Web into a space that allows […]

Are Web Page Link Previews Here to Stay?

According to Read/Write Web’s article, “Browster is Gone, But Are Web Previews Here to Stay”, the first company to produce programming to preview web pages is now gone, but there are many others battling for popularity on the web. I recently made my opinion very clear that I find Snap Preview Anywhere exceptionally annoying on […]

The Debate Over Comments and Trackbacks

Which came first? The comment or the trackback? Or should I be more clear in my question? Which should come first? The comments or the trackbacks? I have long been a fan of separating trackbacks from comments. Comments are the dialog and trackbacks are the outside discussions, incoming links from sites discussing the topic on […]

2007 Year of the Widget

Newsweek saluted 2007 as the Year of the Widget (print version): …thanks to widgets, taking multiple steps to track down headlines in one place and then check your e-mail in another may seem woefully outdated this time next year. These mini-applications—also called “gadgets”—are simple bits of code, easily dragged onto a desktop or pasted into […]

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