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Killersites Web Designer Directory

April 25, 2006

As you may know, one of the hardest things about getting your websites to appear in the search engines, is actually getting noticed by the search engines in the first place! If they don’t know you even exist …

To solve this problem, the best thing to do, is to get your site listed on a website that already is visited by Google or Yahoo etc …

A COUPLE OF OPTIONS

One way to do this is with link exchanges. Another is by submitting your website to a directory. The problem is that good directories (that get visited a lot,) usually take their time to list new websites, or you have to pay.

For example: Yahoo! cost about $295 just for them to consider your site – there is no guarantee they will even accept you!

To make a long story short, killersites.com has a brand (spanking) new web designers directory. If you have a website and you are looking for web design contracts and exposure to the search engines, now is the time to get your website listed since it is FREE … for now.

Web Design Firms Directory

I will at some point, stop accepting free listings because each entry has to be validated by human eyes … that takes time! To be clear, if you list your site now, it’s free. It will also always be free, for that level, for you guys and gals.

I have an article comparing AJAX (the hot new name for a type of JavaScript programming,) and FLASH. There is some collision between the two, and it is an interesting read to see how these technologies compare.

This will be out within the next few days.

Thanks,

Stefan Mischook

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Blogs, CMS and website templates: Major Changes in the world of web design.

September 20, 2005

The web design world is going through major changes, changes I think many web designers are just not aware of.

It comes down to 3 things:

  1. Blogs/CMS software: these are turn-key template driven web sites. This is not just a visual component – Blogs/CMS systems have built-in functionality (‘engines’) that makes maintaining a website trivial.
  2. Web site templates: purely a design template, whereas Blogs and CMS offer both visual and functional aspects.
  3. Pod Casting: the emergence of audio and soon video content on the web at levels never seen before.

These three developments I believe are changing the face of web design, in a way that we have not seen since the first web design software came out years ago.

The days of building websites from scratch will soon fade, and become something very specialized – there are just too many advantages in using a CMS/Blog or a website template.

THE POINT:

As a web designer, you should jump at this opportunity – begin to learn about how you can use web templates and Blogs/CMS to build your own killer websites faster than ever before.

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Do you need to use XML is your web pages?

September 19, 2005

XML is another one of the big buzzword these days, it is an important technology that is widely used, but that doesn’t mean you should look for ways to use it.

Technology is there to solve problems, so if the problem warrants the use of a particular piece, then by all means use it, but not just for the sake of using it!

HOW KILLERSITES USES XML

I use XML daily for application server (web servers on steroids) configurations and for simple data storage.

Typically you wouldn’t use XML directly in a web page unless for example, you wanted to create an RSS feed – RSS is not really meant for human eyes, though it is human readable.

You can check out the killersites forum’s RSS feed if you’re curious about XML.

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The web designer’s Pre-flight Checklist.

September 19, 2005

When you think your website is done and ready to launch, it’s time to go over this checklist.

I always look for these elements in web sites:

  1. Clean easy to update design/structure.
  2. Good usability in the design – and all that implies.
  3. Fast loading ‘light’ pages.
  4. Intelligent use of technology – using Flash when it makes sense not because you want a ‘cool’ intro!
  5. The website’s ability to convey the meaning/message of the website quickly if not instantly.

THE DETAILS

1. Clean easy to update design/structure:

Just a few short years ago the web was full of dancing mice, spinning globes and animated construction workers, things have now changed where design principles are now actually put to good use … amazing!

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A problem with many websites, is that the design is not flexible. Websites constantly change; if you find that putting in a new navigation button is going to take a lot of work, you have to reconsider your design.

You should be able to freely and add and remove elements from your pages with little to no trouble – that only makes sense.

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Getting your first web design job.

September 14, 2005

GETTING YOUR FIRST WEB DESIGN JOB

People have been asking for this one, for a long time – I’ve been a total scatterbrain lately with heaps of half-written articles and tutorials!

I must have about 60-70 pages worth of material on everything from web design tips, PHP programming, how to create a database in MySQL, negotiating a web contract – all of them about half finished!

Before I go on with the article on the web design business, I have to say that I have relearned one thing in the last 3 months: do one thing and finish it! I think this is so important, that I’ve even come up with an expression:

‘If you’re half way there, you’re nowhere!’

Wow, I’ve coined my first expression! Keep it in mind when you’re doing your thing – whatever it may be.

GETTING YOUR FIRST WEB DESIGN JOB

One of the first question people ask, is how do you actually get a web design job? This has all to do with your presentation – how the client perceives you is more important than reality!

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