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Blogging Tips Book: Best Blog Design Elements

The following excerpt is from Blogging Tips, What Bloggers Won’t Tell You About Blogging by Lorelle on WordPress. The ideal blog design is one that: Downloads in less than 10 seconds. Never requires scrolling left or right or resizing the window. Limits up and down scrolling. Contains easy to find navigation. Features design elements in […]

Some Basic Tips for Web Design Graphic Elements

Garticles’ “Elements of Graphic Design for Your Website offers some good basic tips to consider regarding the graphic design elements of your website or blog. It all comes down to the K.I.S.S. principle; keep it simple stupid. And you’re probably asking well what does this really mean for web design. Here are some basic graphic […]

Blog Exercises: Ingredients of a Well-Designed Site

I was asked by a student in my WordPress class recently what defined a “professional blog,” one that met all the criteria for a well-designed, well-formed site that met web standards. What a marvelous question! We brainstormed all the elements that make up a web standard site, and mixed in personal preferences of the students […]

Research on the WordPress, Web Development, and Web Design Job Market

In 2012 and 2013, I did extensive research for the grant program to develop and rewrite the Web Developer degree program at Clark College. This research included an analysis of current and future job opportunities for students graduating with that degree with a solid understanding of WordPress. Now that the program has completed its first […]

Blog Exercises: When Your Site Design Owns You

Yesterday a long-time client called me up in tears saying, “I can’t do this any more. My site design owns me, I don’t own it. It’s too confusing. It’s too much work!” Several years ago, she’d chosen a Magazine-style WordPress Theme. The structure was based upon the standard magazine-style, sticky posts for the slider/carousel at […]

Designing WordPress Themes For the Slowing Web

Jonathan Bailey of the Blog Herald wrote about Surfing the Slow Web, a summary of his recent experience trying to connect to the Internet as an evacuee from Hurricane Gustav. While most web designers are pushing the limits of heavy handed design towards high bandwidth, the world still doesn’t work that fast or wide. According […]

Should You Design Your Own Blog?

A while ago, a popular blogger, asked me to review his blog design for improvements. Just so you know, I do this for a living, and my review isn’t cheap. 😉 I gave him my review, pointing out the flaws, misalignments between identity and design, and improvements that would not just help his page ranking […]

WordPress Plugins for Blog Layout, Formating, and CSS Designs

If you want to change the look of your WordPress Theme, you can edit the Theme’s stylesheet. There are a variety of tools to help you. I’ve featured a lot of them in this Month of WordPress Plugins series, including: WordPress Plugins for Images, Photographs, and Graphics WordPress Plugins That Play With Paper and Documents […]

One Year Anniversary Review: Web Design

I’ve reviewed my writings over the past year for WordPress Tips, Tricks and Techniques, Designing WordPress Themes, Accessibility and Usability, and the basics of Web Development, which brings me to the more generalized category of web page design. As I explained in Designing WordPress Themes, designing a blog or website using WordPress is more complex […]

One Year Anniversary Review: Designing WordPress Themes for the Public

An article I wrote during the past year that got a lot of attention, and criticism, was “WordPress Theme Designers: Slapping You Upside the Head”. It was a rant, but also a guide to help those who design WordPress Themes for public release, and to WordPress.com and those who choose and prepare WordPress Themes for […]

One Year Anniversary Review: Designing WordPress Themes

WordPress Theme design is fairly unique in web design techniques as a WordPress Theme isn’t just about the design of the website, it is about web design based upon generated and controllable content. Programming code helps to create each page on a WordPress blog, influencing the look and feel of every element of a WordPress […]

Web Page Design: Talking Only to Internet Explorer

The more I work with Firefox as my main web browser, the more I want to kick Microsoft Internet Explorer off the planet. When it comes to web page design, working with and displaying web pages, Firefox is so incredible. I want to bash my head against the web design wall when it comes to […]

Designing a Theme to Include WordPress Widgets?

If you are a WordPress Theme designer, with WordPress Themes already released or on the way, and you would like to add the new WordPress Widgets to your Theme, read Widgetizing Themes from Automattic – WordPress Widgets. This page contains technical instructions on updating a theme for use with widgets. Many themes can be updated […]

A Very Cool Valentine’s Present from Mandarin Design

I’ve been a fan of Mandarin Design for…oh, let’s just say since they popped up on the web a few years ago. Alright, a long time. Their innovative design offerings, tips, and tricks are brilliant. They are bright, fun, and way ahead of their time. Among their recent innovative posts is a recent Valentine’s Day […]

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 […]