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When a search engine spider reads the text of your webpage, it sees a lot of words. How does it figure out whether the topic of your page is the word "the", the most common word on the page, or "Thneeds", the product you're selling? It's partly a matter of the search engine ignoring common...
While working on the predecessor site to The Professional Network, my brother with whom I was collaborating quoted some wise person saying that "perfect is the worst enemy of good enough." In other words, once something is good enough to do the job it's designed for, the worst thing you can do is to keep...
With the vast majority of web surfers using browsers that support at least a reasonable level of CSS and other modern standards (albeit not without bugs), is it time to stop making extra efforts to accomodate older browsers? Should designs be built so that, while they might not appear in all their glory on old...
Today, let's talk a little about how to create a color scheme for your website. In the old days, web designers had a palette of 256 "web safe" colors to choose from. These were the colors that wouldn't get dithered on a computer whose display supported only 256 colors at a time. It was important,...
The nature of a weblog--a site whose primary content is the periodic postings of (usually) textual material by one or more people, arranged sequentially with the most recent entries appearing first--dictates many of the basic design decisions for such a site. Thus the details are where a blog designer's efforts will be expended. Or not....
I'll be talking specifically today about adding a blogroll to your Blogger powered site, but even if you're not interested in doing that, this might be worth a read for some other principles that will be illustrated. To start off with, let me point out the WRONG way to add a blogroll to your blog....
You're website design is feeling a little stale. You need to find some fresh ideas. Where do you go? Here are some ideas: Visit the sites of well known designers. If you happen to know the names of some well known designers and web-techniques masters, you can find their homepages with a Google search. A...
No design blog would be complete without a reference to Dave Shea's css Zen Garden. The CSS Zen Garden is an experiment in just how much the design of a website can be controlled with CSS. Shea created a webpage, and invited designers to submit stylesheets to alter its appearance. As of today, the site...
My favorite web design that I have been involved in is the homepage of LDS Singles Network. The site is owned by my brother and I, and the process that has lead to the current design has often gone something like this: My brother gets dissatisfied with the existing design He comes up with an...