Website Consulting Blog

May 25, 2008

Free online tools that simplify my life

After my friend had his hard drive crash, and he lost a lot of important data, I realized I've been protecting myself from something like this without even noticing. If my computer crashed right now and I lost everything on my hard drive, I wouldn't lose anything important. Not because I'm paranoid and have a tape-system backup in my basement, but because I take advantage of free & portable web technologies that simplify my life. If you don't use them now, check them out. Who knows, you might find something useful.
May 21, 2008

Most ideal size for your Web Site?

It's one of the oldest questions in the book: what browser size should I design my website for? Do I cater to people running lower resolutions such as 800x600, do I think my visitors want a wider layout like 1024x768, or do I think my visitors surf on a movie screen? Well, they probably aren't going to be surfing on a movie screen, and chances are that they're running something higher than 800x600. How about I stop with these generalizations and give you some useful info? How about a pretty chart?
May 15, 2008

I love Socialmarker

So you've got a site, and you've got articles! Now what? You need traffic! You know - those people out there in the world who are willing to take time to read what you have to say. Thankfully, we have social bookmarking sites that allow users to post their favorites stories in hopes that other people will read them. There are a lot of sites though. How in the world do you figure out which sites to submit your stories to? This is where Socialmarker comes in handy.
May 14, 2008

The Website Design Contract

In the last few months I’ve been seeing a common occurrence. It’s either a freelancer complaining about a client or a client complaining about a freelancer. I suppose a little friction isn’t all that uncommon, especially if the people involved don’t have a good understanding with each other. Most of the time, the problem can be traced to a simple fact: The client and the freelancer do not have a contract, or have an incomplete one.