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What’s on the menu?

I recently helped two people makeover their WordPress websites. Both were excellent professionals in their respective careers but had no web design experience. Although I was able to help them both in multiple ways, the most effective way that I helped them was to reduce the number of items in their menu. Why are an […]

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Paint By Numbers Website

I made a house painting website for my friend who owns his own business. Initially, I was going to do something original but then I saw a template that I really liked. It combined two recent trends that I do like – large photo backgrounds and one page responsive sites. It was a free template […]

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Poster Post

My wife is a musician and I often find myself learning new stuff in an effort to support her career.  She recently had a concert and was asked for a poster for the event, if she had one.  So, I had a new project.  I needed to create a poster.  I had already splurged for […]

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Knowledge of Font – Part 2

Why not use an image?  If you put the text into an image and make the image background the same as your site background, you can use any font on your system and not have to worry whether the user has it on their system or not.  There are several reasons why this is usually […]

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Knowledge of Font – Part 1

A font refers to the typeface that is used to display text.  For CSS, there are 5 major groupings of these: serif (letters have brackets on their ends), sans-serif (no brackets), monospace (each letter takes up the same amount of space, programming code is often displayed this way), script (like cursive handwriting), and fantasy (usually […]

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Alert The Media

Responsive web design is quite popular now.  It is nice for your users to have your site optimized for their device.  This user satisfaction can pay off in terms of sales or conversions (registrations, newsletter sign-ups, etc).  The key to this process is the media query.  Using CSS, you can present your site differently to […]

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Content with Content Management Systems?

A Content Management System (CMS) is a framework that can allow for the rapid development of a website.  These are frequently built using a server-side language like PHP and may use a database to store and serve the posts and pages.  It basically takes templates to the next level.  A Theme provides a consistent background similar to […]

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Photos for Your Website

The web is a visual place. You are going to need photos, drawings, icons, infographics – something to catch the reader’s eye. It would be nice to be able to go to someone’s else website or to Google images and just right-click/save as someone else’s images but this is someone else’s property. You do not want […]

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Graphics Programs

The internet is a very visual place. Images are critical to creating a website. Even if you do not consider yourself a full-blown photographer or graphic designer, you will still need basic skills to make it work. You will need to crop, rotate, and resize. Before you know it, you will be touching up and […]

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Web 2.0

This was my first website in about 2006 on left.  I was able to find it using the Wayback Machine which lets you see what sites used to look like.  It was based on a free website template which I found on the web.  I was a table-based layout which I converted to CSS (more on […]

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