Monthly Archives: April 2010

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SEO for Beginners Part 1

SEO, or Search Engine Optimization is a technique used by web designers and developers to help users find their websites.   Part art, part mad science, and part sheer persistence – optimizing your website can be a daunting task.   The …
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Why Choose a Freelancer?

I experienced an awesome feeling this morning.  I woke up early without an alarm clock, brewed a cup of coffee,  inhaled deeply, and felt alive.  In the past I would have then driven to work.  That fire would gradually dwindle …
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User Pathways in Website Planning

A good website is a tool that performs functions and accomplishes designated goals.  Does your website really need an “About Us” page?  What about a contact form or a links section?  What doesn’t your website have that your users want? …
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Don’t Do It! The Web’s Worst Practices.

Previously, I asked if your website fails and suggested some ways to assess the state of your online presence.  You may have convinced yourself that your website is up to muster, but not so fast – the assessment process isn’t …
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Case Study: Computerized Assistant Accounting

C.A. Accounting provides financial services to small and medium sized business including bookkeeping, accounts payable/receivable, bill payment, taxes and more.  Although they had begun to establish a web presence, they were in need of an upgrade.  Their goals included creating …
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A Sample Website Development Contract

Any significant investment should be accompanied with a clear understanding of what product or services are being delivered, and what exceptions both the buyer and seller may have.  When you buy a television from your local best buy this agreement …
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Purchasing a Website Domain

To purchases a domain you will need to do business with a Domain Name Registrar, an accredited business who can reserve a domain name for you. These companies will allow you to buy any available domain and will give you options to host that domain with the web host provider of your choice.
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Website Hosting

Choosing a web host provider for your business or personal website can be a daunting task. The novice will certainly be confronted with an onslaught of prices, fees, features, subscriptions plans and incentives. The advertising methods currently practiced by many …
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Creating a Mood Board

A mood board is a tool for gathering creative inspiration, color palettes, feature requests and other ideas into a single document that can then be used to guide the initial rough mock up process. Creating a mood board is one of the first steps I take in the design process after meeting with the client and conducting the initial assessment interview.
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Does Your Website Fail?

You only hear from the people that do solicit your business. Those that steer clear because your website is unusable, clunky or just plain unsightly will never contact you at all. The following are some factors to keep in mind when you consider if it’s time for a redesign or update.
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Planning Your Website Project

Before your design gets coded, before initial mockups and moodboards, and even before you start the search for a designer, you need a plan. A good development plan will save you both time and money and will improve the overall quality of your next web development project.
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Getting Inspiration for Your Website

Show your designer what you want! Show him or what you like, or even dislike, by sending them samples of existing websites that a) you find attractive, b) accomplish goals similar to yours and/or c) capture a particular element or style that you want to embrace. Doing so gives the designer an immediate and clear window to your head.
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