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Fullscreen Background Videos in Web Pages

September 7, 2014



Using video as the background for a webpage was once only a nerds dream – no more! Check out our new standalone video lesson on how to do this:

In this video, you learn about HTML5 and cutting edge CSS techniques. As long as you know basic HTML and CSS, you should be good to watch this video lesson. And yes, all the modern web browsers support this.

… At the same time, check out our new training site:


Stefan Mischook

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New Beginners Web Design Course

December 20, 2012


I just wanted to announced that I released my new beginners web design course. The course targets total beginners … you will learn:

– Basic page layout with CSS

… and much more!

You can learn more about it, and check out the free sample videos here:

Beginners Web Design


Stefan Mischook

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Mini Video Tutorial Courses are on the Way!

December 14, 2012

As some of you may know, buried deep in the KillerSites Video Library, are dozens of videos and mini courses that teach all kinds of cool things like:

– Creating a Tag Cloud with PHP
– Form Validation with PHP & JavaScript
– Build a PHP Login with OOP and MVC
– CSS List & Navigation

… And there are more.

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Learning Web Design with Projects

August 8, 2011

learn web design by doing

What is the best way to learn web design?

Well, I’ve learned over the years that the best way to learn anything is to just do it. I would say that the theory-to-practical mix, should be say 20% theory and 80% practical.

Yep, academic shills (regardless of profession) are not only useless, they’re down right dangerous!! To avoid becoming an evil useless shill, you need to step it up and actually build websites, write code, make mistakes and learn from it.

We build our courses with that in mind.

If you check out our growing collection of web design training courses, you will notice a few things:

  1. They are very tasks oriented – you learn by doing.
  2. They are very practical – you learn stuff that people actually use in the field!
  3. The teachers are ALL experienced web designers and programmers – no academic shills here!!


Yep, I’m shilling for our courses, but why not?


Besides, people like our stuff, check out just a small sampling of the emails we get:


Stefan Mischook

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New Video: Build A Content Management System with PHP

June 1, 2011

I am happy to announce yet another screencast tutorial for all you nerds out there: Build A Content Management System.

OK, not the most exciting title, but still an exciting course for those PHP nerds who want to go from PHP basics and get into building a full-fledged PHP application from scratch.

Learn how to build a content management system that provides a website all the tools needed to allow basic web users to manage the website content with ease. Over 6.5 hours of tutorials over 41 videos!

Here are some details about the video tutorial:

This course is aimed at intermediate level web developers, demonstrating how to build a basic PHP based content management system that uses object oriented programming techniques and implements the MVC pattern.

Along the way, I cover a wide range of technologies, including HTML and CSS, a bit of javascript/jQuery/AJAX and PHP/MySQLi. I also show how to integrate Colorbox (a jquery plugin) and TinyMCE (for the WYSIWYG functionality.)

Read more: Building a PHP based CMS

Check out the CMS course sample videos


Stefan Mischook

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Video Blog: The Best Way to Learn Web Design

February 15, 2011


The basic point of this video blog is:

1. Don’t get caught up in nerd-theory rabbit holes, that take up all your time on things that will have little to no impact on your day-to-day web programming or designing work.

2. Learn your nerd craft by creating things that people commonly want … things like shopping carts, customizing a blog etc …

Just in case you don’t know, a video blog is just a video of my yapping about stuff. A little different than one of my video tutorials where I am showing you how to do things.

… Don’t worry though, you will never see video of me talking about what my dog did today.



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New WordPress 3.x Videos out and on the Way.

December 4, 2010

We have the following WordPress videos coming out, which are based on the current version – WordPress 3.0.2:

– Custom Taxonomies in WordPress
– Working With Custom Post Types in WordPress

… Both can be found on the Killersites video tutorial subscription service.

WordPress and Dreamweaver CS5

We should have a the first free sample videos out this coming week from a new series that teaches people how to work with WordPress via Dreamweaver CS5.

… This latest version of Dreamweaver, has a bunch of tools specifically for use with WordPress. Our video course will not only teach you Dreamweaver’s WordPress tools, you will also learn a lot about WordPress theme creation along the way.


Stefan Mischook

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Killersites videos around the world!

November 14, 2010

I just wanted to announce that several video tutorials will now be included (on a DVD) in the French edition of Web Design Magazine … published out of France.


Our videos now appear in a total of 4 different print magazines monthly. You can find our growing collection of videos (the complete video courses) and premium podcasts here:


Stefan Mischook

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PCI Compliance Security Scam – Podcast

November 1, 2010

The following article and podcast is based on my personal experience and opinion, as web application developer and web entrepreneur.

Let’s start with the basics, what is PCI compliance?

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a set of requirements designed to ensure that ALL companies that process, store or transmit credit card information maintain a secure environment. Essentially any merchant that has a Merchant ID (MID).

… So if you are processing credit cards and you take credit card information on your site, you are then subject to the edicts of PCI compliance.

Now on the surface this may sound like a good idea, but in practice, I am seeing something akin to the Y2K scam of the year 2000, where many companies paid big money ($$) to protect against the non-existent threat of Y2K. Again, my opinion as a programmatic nerd.


… Ahh Y2K, many of fraudulent fortunes were made in those days!

PCI Security Server Scan/Scam

So being a proud holder of a merchant ID (so I can process credit cards directly) I fell under the oppressive thumb of the PCI compliance industry. Besides answering yes to a whole slew of questions that had ZERO relevance to my company because of how we do things, I had to subject my server to the PCI compliance scan.

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