When you hear of SEO a couple things come to mind and none of them are very good. I mostly think of shady and dishonest practices, gimmicks and other cheap methods to game the search engines. The very nature of SEO is to artificially inflate search results higher than where they should be. And right about this time some white hat SEO'ers jump in and…Read More »
I've decided to reduce the number of posts I'm going to write to three a week. It isn't because I don't have the time or I am already out of ideas.
I just feel that the posts I write in one day don’t live up the to quality level I am trying to maintain. Many times, I end up coming up with additional ideas and thing I wish I had included after the post is published. So I am going to write my posts over two-three days now and really push the quality level of them. I also have been spending zero time editing, so the amount of typos should go down, and the overall flow of the posts should improve dramatically. In addition, I can also spend more time on research and including additional resources in the posts I’m writing.
My only concern is that I am covering so many different topics. If I post less I will be spending less time on each of them. Hopefully the addition of more quick tips will fill the void.
So really the amount of time spent on this blog isn’t going down, just being redistributed. Or at least I am telling myself that.
On Twitter today I noticed a tweet by @tkenny (Tom Kenny), the guy behind Inspect Element. He is redesigning his blog and tweeted these about the use of sidebars, which I didn't agree with but wanted to share:Read More »
As a designer you must posses this skill, and yes, it is a skill. It can be one of the hardest things to do if you are not a very assertive person. Yet it is a vital part of becoming a successful design who does great work.Read More »
Making your brand stand out can be hard. If you are using the same free resources that every other designer is using, perhaps paying for quality resources might be a good option to differentiate yourself. Especially, if you are trying to create a lasting and distinctive brand.Read More »
I’ve been asked this question a couple of times so I figured I’d share my answer to it. Unlike hiring a contractor to build a house, where there is a large materials cost, web design fees are almost exclusively based on hours required to complete the task. So you would think the estimates would all be the same.Read More »
The holidays can be very busy and stressful time. But for designers, the season can actually be quite slow. Mainly because a lot of clients are in their busy sales season or are preoccupied with other things. Don’t let your clients forget about you. Do something nice for them this holiday season.Read More »
After this recent group of site hacks to some of the popular design blogs, it is time to think about our own website's security. Most of the sites that were targeted were pretty popular but it is still important to take what precautions we can.Read More »
So I finally got around to adding two new content types to the site: News and Tips.
News will be quick posts or blurbs about the various topics I cover here on this blog, interesting resources or posts I’ve found elsewhere that I feel you would want to read, or news about this site. Tips are quick, little, useful bits of information that might not need an entire post to themselves.
Both Tips and News will appear on the main page but some will be Category specific. Like say I create an ExpressionEngine Tip, it might not be relevant to the entire audience of this blog so it will be on EE pages only. It really just depends on if I feel it is relevant to everyone or a specific audience but they can all be found on the individual Tips or News pages.
If you don't believe content is king, than you haven't been around the internet much. There are tons of websites that are very popular with designs that make you want to tear your eyes out. As a web designer it can be hard to swallow, but the fact is that beautiful design comes in second to great content. Having a engaging design and a usable…Read More »