The many hats of the web designer

Most of us are not part of a large firm, we are freelancers are small companies. Many of us are not working in departments on projects, we rarely work with other companies in greater collaboration. Because of this we take on roles, that we often don’t see ourselves as. These are roles we should consider, […]

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5 WordPress Plugins that will turn WordPress into a CMS

Most web developers/designers are extremely familiar with the WordPress blogging platform. It is a highly supported, open source, plugin diverse piece of software, and it would be a shame if we couldn’t easily turn it into a viable CMS for non blogging sites. Luckily we can! 1. Home Page Obviously in most cases we don’t […]

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Writing Lean CSS/XHTML Code

One of the large benefits of using XHTML/CSS over table based or inline page styling is the semantic and download time values that it brings. However, many people still have plenty of unnecessary mark-up in their code with extra div elements and unneeded classes, etc. Start from the Top – Common Header mistakes I am […]

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Interviewed Paul Boag of Boagworld.com

Dennis Lembree and I had the pleasure of interviewing Paul Boag of Boagworld.com early this morning for the Web Axe Podcast. To say I was excited before, and after the interview is a huge understatement. Even though we have interviewed some great people in the world of the web before, I feel like I really […]

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2nd hand dig effect

By now we all know Digg.com’s massive potential for traffic to a given site if it makes it to the first page, but I have never considered the possible effect of simply being linked on a page that has made it to the front page. Last night I noticed my daily traffic had jumped a […]

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Yes, I use AdSense… get over it

I see a lot of discussion concerning the use of AdSense on blogs, most complain that it is obtrusive, obnoxious, and has no place cluttering up any informative blog. Are we so vane that we can no longer be bothered with advertisements we actually have to waste the massive amount of brain power it takes […]

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October 12, the day it snowed

Sitting at work, with my cup of coffee to my right and my blog open on my laptop instead of work, I am mostly trying to think of a way to describe what happened this morning. Upon leaving my condo, I was confronted with a bully that seems to only come around once a year. […]

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SEO and Local Search, ie optimizing Google local

Google local lists three companies BEFORE the number one organic list. That kind of search engine real estate is very valuable. How often the local results are used is questionable – as some people probably don’t even notice it is there (much like the mass amount of people who don’t realize Google has paid advertisements). […]

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In defense of SEO – it is not sleazy, and it is in fact ethical

Following a post on Mezzoblue, a question I submitted to Boagworld, I have stumbled across a few blog postings responding to this idea of SEO ethics. Being a White Hat SEO, I decided to respond to the negative connotations. The Problem – Those who do not understand, mislabel It is easy to identify those who […]

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What will be our Internet? Google knows…

It has been a while since I posted, so I felt I should throw what has been on my mind lately (even though it is more hypothetical, rather than an informative article). Over the weekend I spent some time with Nicole’s grandfather and aunt – and the almost unanswerable question came up “What does your […]

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