Author Archive

Business of Web Design – Introduction

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

The ‘Business of Web Design’ is an audio book/podcast series that teaches you how to start and build a home based web design business.

I am still currently in the process of fleshing out all the details, but I do have a lot down on paper. I am very close to being ready to record the first (of many) sessions and I expect to have something out this week.

read more

Dreamweaver CS4 video tutorial – first look.

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Dreamweaver CS4 has a whole new interface that basically give Dreamweaver the Adobe OWL user interface.

In the following video tutorial, I give a guided tour of the new Dreamweaver UI.

read more

Dreamweaver CS4 video tutorial – new features

Monday, July 21st, 2008

I just released the first of a few video tutorials on the soon to be released Dreamweaver CS4.

CS4 has a few great new features that I have found to be real time savers and are really worth another look:

– Workspaces
– Code Navigator
– Related Files

read more

Firefox Add-on Colorzilla Video Tutorial

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

Firefox has become much more than a great browser that puts pressure on Microsoft to do a better job with Internet Explorer. Firefox has become a treasure chest of tools that web designers can use in their everyday web design work. A lot of this power comes into Firefox via their plug-in architecture that they call ‘add-ons’.

read more

Dreamweaver CS4 Review

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

The boys and girls at Adobe recently released a public beta of Dreamweaver CS4 – and so now, I can freely talk about it! I’ve been beta testing Dreamweaver CS4 for a little while now and I’ve been looking forward to spewing my nerd impressions. I had to hold my tongue until Adobe released DW […]

read more

Is Social Networking a viable business?

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

This article is targeted at web designers and business owners who are considering an investment in social networking.

Let me just first say, that I have invested in it personally, where I created a video sharing system to help distribute my own content.

… I had other ideas beyond that, but I soon discovered that:

1. It would require a huge investment (millions) in capitol to just get it off the ground.
2. That most user contributed videos are just terrible. I deleted most of them.

read more

Beware of new technology

Monday, July 7th, 2008

In the following podcast, I outline my reasons why it is dangerous to jump into any new technologies whether it be a new programming language a piece of software or hardware.

For those of you that are impatient – it comes down to two things:

  1. New technology typically is full of bugs.
  2. New technology may not last, leading you to a dead end.

read more

The three critical aspects of a website.

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

What are the three most important aspects of a web site? Let’s start with the bullet points:

  1. Content
  2. Ease of use
  3. Design aesthetics

read more

Internet Explorer 8 WebSlices

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

What are WebSlices? In a nutshell, webslices are an IE8 specific feature that allows the web designer to tag part of a webpage as a ‘webslice’. By tagging sections of a web page, users of IE8 can then subscribe to it, much in the same way that they can subscribe to an RSS feed

read more

Microsoft Expression Web 2 – a quick review

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Microsoft recently released version 2 of their web design software Expression Web.

For those of you who don’t know much about it, Expression Web replaces Frontpage and as such you won’t be seeing any new versions of Frontpage.

read more

What are gravatars and why you need them?

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

What is a gravatar?

Let’s take it from the source:

A gravatar, or globally recognized avatar, is quite simply an avatar image that follows you from weblog to weblog appearing beside your name when you comment on gravatar enabled sites. Avatars help identify your posts on web forums, so why not on weblogs?

read more