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Rules of Smart and Successful Web Development and Web Design

20 Rules of Smart and Successful Web Development and Web Design is getting a lot at attention. It is also deserving of that attention. It’s worth a read, if just for the references and resources listed. Here are some highlights I really enjoyed. Respect your visitors. Don’t try to force your visitors to read the […]

CSS Tabs – The Ultimate Tab Menus

Part of designing a WordPress Theme is the decision on how to structure the tab menus. There are two core tab menus in a traditional WordPress Theme: Categories and Pages. The Page menu lists the pseudo-static Pages such as About, Contact, Events, Schedule, Site Map, and other non-chronological web pages. The category lists are the […]

Putting Some Thought Into Blog Categories and Tags

There has been a lot of talk about the differences and similarities between categories and tags, and how to implement their use. I’d like to talk about the process of choosing categories for your posts. But first, let’s take a moment to examine what categories and tags are. What are Categories and Tags? In the […]

Usability Isn’t Expensive. It’s Practical. Usability is Useful.

456 Berea Street tackles “Usability Testing Without a Budget” is a prime example and explanation defending usability. It doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, it’s practical. It’s the difference between a successful, and potentially money making website, and a dud. The truth is, Usability is useful. And worth it. Even larger projects can often […]

Beauty is Only Skin Deep: Designing Blogs For Feeds, Search Engines and Audience

Crabby Night Owl’s post, “Substance Not Style is King”, caught my attention: About 20% of the hits CNO gets come via the newsfeeds, and I wanted to see what those feeds looked like when they’re read. What I saw was plain, unformatted text, devoid of any style that I may have imparted to it on […]

Look Into the Future of Web Design: CSS 3 Explained

As usual, 456 Berea Street is keeping us informed and up-to-date on what is happening in the world of web page design. CSS 3 Selectors Explained is a look at the new features in Cascading Style Sheets for CSS 3 arriving in a browser near you soon. In September and October of 2005 I published […]

Testing Search Engine Page Ranking Techniques

I’ve talked a lot about how Google ranks websites with their patented Page Rank program, analyzing the process from a variety of sources, with some hearsay evidence as well as facts. There is still a lot that we don’t know about how Google ranks web pages and how search engines read your web pages, but […]

Accessibility: For Everyone, Including the Colorblind

I know that you all may think that it’s my mantra, but accessibility is a critical factor to take into consideration when designing a web page. With more than 25% of Internet users disabled in some way, you need to know that 1 in 4 visitors may be viewing your website or blog with limited […]

The Movement Towards Collective Intelligence on the Web

Dion Hinchcliffe’s Web 2.0 Workgroup writes about “Five Great Ways to Harness Collective Intelligence”, and makes a good point about the concept of collective intelligence. One of the things Ellyssa discusses is some practical examples of harnessing collective intelligence, one of the linchpin techniques of successful Web 2.0 software. The article describes this as when […]

Search Engine Friendly: Helping Googlebot Crawl Your Blog

I’ve talked about Google, how search engines search your site, and how people use search engines to find your site, so check out Scribbling.net’s “Help the Googlebot Understand Your Website, a step-by-step look at how Google’s spider crawls through your blog or site gathering information and storing it in its database for the world to […]

Robin’s Blog – Blogging Tips to Help You Learn about Web Page Design and Development

I’m a big fan of Robin’s Blog aka Take My Advice – I’m Not Using It!. Based upon a series of classes at the Regional Occupational Program’s Web Page Design Program in Pleasant Hill, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area, Robin Wood offers students excellent information on web design, web development, and web technologies, […]

A Study on the Art of a Well-Designed Weblog

Lars Holst offers a Well-Designed Weblogs Introduction as: A subjective and non-scientific selection of usable and readable weblogs that are defined as having an aesthetically pleasing design that has been accomplished through the use of stylesheets rather than layout tables, font tags, and inline images. Well, for a subjective and non-scientific approach, I have to […]

Do-It-Yourself Search Engine Optimization Guide

Search engine optimization doesn’t cost, but not paying attention to search engine optimization costs you plenty. The following are tips, techniques, and the tools you need to create a search engine friendly website or blog. SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is the technique of fixing code, writing keywords, and making your site an open door to […]

Blogs That Look Like Blogs But Ain’t – Splogs

Pam Blackstone’s post on the “Blogging Phenomenon” brings up a very good point. …it seems like at least half the results are likely to come from blogs or from pages that look like blogs. Blogs have become such a serious phenomenon that a new genre of search tools has evolved just to search and/or aggregate […]

Posts and Articles I’m Proud of Writing

I know it’s blatant bragging, but I have never gotten blase about reading an article I wrote and finding it not only good but awesome. How can I explain this better? See, I really don’t think that what I write is very important or even very interesting, though people tell me that it is all […]

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