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Killersites will be 20 years old on March 28th!!

January 2, 2016

Creating Killer Web Sites Cover Photo


In the 1996 the book ‘Creating Killer Web Sites’ was released and soon became a bestseller. In fact, it was arguably the most important web design book in its’ time.

Much has changed about the Web and web design since then, but nearly 20 years later, Killersites is still teaching modern web design, with always an eye on what’s coming, and how to best build websites today.

I should do something special on March 28th 2016 … it would only be right!


Stefan Mischook

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Immersive Web Developer Training

December 30, 2015



So, I am about to release my new series of courses designed to teach total beginners web development. I’ve been coding since 1994, and teaching code since 2003 – these new courses are the best work I’ve ever done!

I decided that I had to do something different with these new courses; no point in doing the same old thing I’ve been doing for over ten years … basically what everyone else is doing now.

So, what I came up with is a new style of course, something that incorporates what I call Immersive Quizzing. Basically, with the Immersive Quizzing, you will learn to code much more easily, and much more quickly than you thought possible. My beta testers are all loving it, and they tell me they would not want to do video courses without the Immersive Quizzing component.

Update: available now!

Stef Mischook

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Killersites gets a new skin!

November 8, 2015

It had been 4-5 years since’s site design was updated – it was time. There are still a few tweaks to be done, but it is live.

More to come.


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Web Design – Start Here!

October 7, 2015


About 2 months ago, my new beginners web design book hit the stores in North America and the UK. It’s been selling really well … beyond my expectations.

If you are interested in learning web design (HTML5, CSS3, Mobile design and more …) from scratch, with an easy going conversational style, buy my book!


Right now, you can buy it for $16.26 on Amazon. It’s some of the best writing I’ve ever done.

You can download the project files for the book on the book’s website.

If you have any questions, you know how to reach here, or through the books website.



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Careers in Web Design – Part 1

June 10, 2013

I’ll start with the conclusion: there will be plenty of web design and web programming jobs in the future. In fact, if you know the right stuff, there will be more work than you can handle!

You may have heard that big tech companies like Microsoft have been lobbying the US Congress on letting high tech trained foreign students stay in the US to work. The reason they want these people to stay, is not take jobs away from Americans, no …. it’s because there aren’t nearly enough Americans to take those jobs!

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A Million more Computer Jobs than Students by 2020

March 6, 2013


The trend is your friend if you are into web design or web programming … going forward, there will be a lot more jobs than web professionals.

This trend means two things for web designers and programmers:

  1. There will be more new jobs created, than new web professionals with each passing year.
  2. Those who are smart enough to become web designers and web programmers, will see their pay go up as demand goes up.

 Why is the demand increasing so much?


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Web Design Trends for 2013 – the Video!

February 17, 2013

web design trends 2013


This is a video blog of me yapping about what will be hot in web design and web programming in 2013.

In a nutshell:

  • HTML5 and CSS3 are hot.
  • JQuery is also hot.
  • Flash is not!
  • PHP rocks!
  • JavaScript is worth a shot.

Or, you can watch the video:

Thanks for stopping by!

Stefan Mischook

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New coming soon!

October 14, 2012

I just wanted to mention that we are close to launching our brand new web site. After much work on both the front end and the back end, we are finally close to having something ready for primetime.

The new video store is different in a few ways:

  • Whole new layout.
  • The KillerVideoStore becomes an information hub … soon with hundreds of free videos.
  • The store will have its’ own blog where I will be talking about the latest web trends and putting the spotlight on various videos in our courses.
  • The store will now be offering much more comprehensive training packages that will include our streaming video library and our interactive training at

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Web Design Trends of 2011

December 30, 2010

web design trends 2011

One of the early lessons in my business life was that to make money, you had to figure out the trends going forward.

… You can’t be looking at what was popular last year and you shouldn’t pay too much attention to what might happen 5 years from now – you need to figure out what will be the in thing within the next 12-18 months.

Web Design Trends of 2011

My predictions are as follows:

  1. Android development – this means HTML5 and CSS3
  2. iOS development – this means HTML5 , CSS3 and for programmers: objective C.
  3. Small business website development – this means PHP or Ruby, Javascript/Jquery and learn a blog program like WordPress or a CMS like Drupal. Of course these days, WordPress is pretty much a CMS too.

So there you have it. Concentrate on learning one of these and you should do well this coming year.

Stefan Mischook

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Net Neutrality = Orwellian Speech

December 21, 2010

Today the US government (the FCC branch) once again demonstrated that the will of corporations is more important than the needs of the people.

What is Net Neutrality?

It is a set of rules that in a nutshell, takes away the freedoms of the Web and places those freedoms into the hands of corporations like Comcast.

… Now Comcast is free decide which websites are worthy and which ones are not. For a fee though, you will probably be able to buy a more ‘free’ Web for your site – you better have a lot of cash though!

From Wired:

After five years of contentious debate that polarized the tech-policy world, FCC chief Julius Genachowski made good on President Barack Obama’s campaign pledge to strengthen rules governing the nation’s ISPs. The measure, which passed 3-2 along party lines, did not go as far as supporters would have liked, but the FCC faced steep resistance from Republicans and the powerful telecom lobbying machine.

… Isn’t it cool that corporate lobbying machines have such a strong hold on the agencies of government that are supposed to regulate these same businesses. I wish my mother ‘consulted’ with me when I was forced to eat my vegetables when I was a kid.


It Takes a Comedian!

The best summary of these regulations and their impact can be found in this brilliant speech by senator Al Franken:

Check out his web site while you can!!


A final note: as far as I can tell, the mobile Web is the one being hit … ground lines are safe for now. But as we all know, the mobile Web is the future.

Good luck to the Web.

Stefan Mischook

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