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Free Video Tutorials

October 18, 2010


I’ve been slow to update my personal blog lately, because of all the work we’ve been doing on killersites. But, that hasn’t stopped us from releasing a bunch of new videos!

You can find our latest free video video tutorials on Dreamweaver CS5, basic web design, Photoshop, PHP and much more in the killersites web design magazine.

Thanks for stopping by the site.

Stefan Mischook

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Learning Web Design using Free Software Tools.

September 22, 2010

question about web design

This is a question I often get from people:

I would like to know if your tutorials are specifically designed to be compatible with only adobe software suites or are they also compatible with other free software alternatives for example gimp.

My Answer:

All of our videos are 100% compatible with the free alternatives out there because these programs all work in the same way.

… It’s like learning to drive a car, once you know how to drive a Ford, you can also drive a BMW.

So we teach with the industry mainstays like Dreamweaver and Photoshop (where you can practice with the free 30 day trials) … but the principles are the same on the Gimp (in the case of Photoshop) or with any other web design software, in the case of Dreamweaver.

Our main course for teaching web design though, does not use anything more than notepad (on PC) or TextEdit on Mac for many of the modules in the package. Off the top of my head, the following modules are some that use a simple text editor to teach:

– Beginners Web Design – HTML and CSS.
– Beginners PHP
– Beginners Javascript
– CSS Layouts and Lists

BTW, if you really want to learn web design, this is the package for you:

I hope that helps,


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Killersites Affiliate Program Launched!

September 21, 2010


I am happy to announce that we are finally launching our brand spanking new affiliate program that allows you to start selling our growing collection of video tutorials.

Some details:

  • Earn 20% on sales.
  • Take advantage of world wide promotion: our videos appear in web related print magazines every month … published around the world.
  • 6 months cookie tracking to ensure you get the credit.
  • Payments sent monthly for earnings at $100 and over.
  • Super easy to use system that will get you up and running in minutes.
  • Real time tracking of sales and Clickthroughs.

I will be releasing more details and a few videos over the next few days. In the meantime, you are welcome to join up now:


Stefan Mischook Inc.

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Who is

September 6, 2010


In this short video, I give a little background about … my roots and philosophy are explained and how they impact the videos and articles that we produce.

The video:


Stefan Mischook

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Closed Captioned Video Tutorials

June 25, 2010


I am happy to announce that we are well on our way to closed captioning all of our web design and web programming related video training courses.

We’ve managed in the last couple of months to provide captioning for hundreds of our video screencasts. So far we’ve covered topics like:

– php basics
– advanced php
– Javascript basics
– JQuery
– Dreamweaver
– Basic web design concepts

… And much more.

You can expect to see dozens of free closed captioned videos over the next several months – just check out our blogs. In the meantime, you can view many of our video tutorials in Killersites University. They will be made available on for download or on DVD in the next few weeks.


Stefan Mischook

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WordPress Privacy Settings and the Search Engines.

June 16, 2010

Over time, as you learn more and more, you’ll soon find that knowledge that you once had, will slowly seep out of your brain (through the ears I think …) and soon stupid mistakes will be made.

Being an old time nerd, much has slipped away over the years – too much. Recently I relearned a basic setting in WordPress that controls whether or not the search engines will read and index your site – an important thing for most websites out there!

Anyway, watch the video and learn to not make the same stupid mistake I made with WordPress:

As some of you may know, I am a big advocate of WordPress (or some other blog or CMS) in day-to-day web design work. You can learn more about WordPress on


Stefan Mischook

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When can you use HTML5 and CSS3?

May 25, 2010


I wrote an article about this recently but I figured that since a picture is worth a thousand words, a video must be worth 30 million words!

When can web designers use HTML 5 and CSS3 in your average web site?


Stefan Mischook

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New Screencast on PHP CRUD!

May 11, 2010


In our ongoing effort to provide top quality screencasts authored by working web designers and web programmers (that means practical training) … we just released a new set of videos on PHP CRUD.

The official summary:

This is a six part series that covers how to create a basic application that creates, reads, updates and deletes records (often called CRUD) from a MySQL database using MySQLi. MySQLi helps prevent SQL injection, a common security issue. Understanding how to use a MySQL database and work with database records is an essential skill for beginning web developers.

You can find these videos in our growing collection of video training tutorials at Killersites University. I will be releasing several free samples from this (and other series) as soon as I can find the time – busy these days watching TV.


Stefan Mischook

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Photoshop for the Web – video tutorial course.

March 31, 2010


I am now starting to release a bunch of free videos from our soon to be released Photoshop for the Web course. The complete video course (with source files) will be soon available on our video tutorial subscription service and soon thereafter as a download or DVD purchase.

In the meantime, you will be able to find many videos in a forum dedicated to the Photoshop for the Web course.

About the Video Course

The main goal is to teach you how to take a Photoshop CS4 based web page layout and to turn it into a website with the help of Dreamweaver CS4. Along the way, you will put to practice lessons learned from our series of articles on proper design.

Note: Even though we are using Photoshop and Dreamweaver, the lessons learned are pretty much usable with any Photo editing (The Gimp, Photopaint etc …) and web design software (Web Expression, Net Objects etc …) – these days, all these programs work in much the same way.


Stefan Mischook (Top nerd)

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Firefox Plugins for Web Designers

March 13, 2010


These days Firefox is a key tool for web designers and web developers because of all the great plug-ins that you can install (for free!) that add all kinds of useful functionality.

In the following video I introduce you to three of my favorites:

  1. Colorzilla
  2. Firebug
  3. Measure it

Check out the video:

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