Category archives: Web Design

My HTML/CSS templating system

When creating pages with HTML/CSS I like to make it as speedy as possible for both production and future maintenance. I make this possible with a very simple PHP template system.

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How to explain what a web designer does to your clients

There seems to a minor misconception amongst clients who hire web designers as to what a web designer does and in particular what all the different disciplines in web design/development are. Your success as web designer depends on your ability to communicate to those people what you will do for their money.

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How to convince your friends, family & clients to start blogging

I recently sat in a pub and tried to convince a good friend of mine why they could/should blog. Their point of view was that they couldn’t fathom why anyone would want to read what they had to say. My point is that everyone has something interesting to say but, they don’t necessarily know what

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How to be an eco-friendly web designer

Global warming is a very real issue and changing your attitude and activities to reduce your carbon footprint is easily done at home (i.e. turning off your TV instead of pressing standby) but is it possible to be an environmentally-friendly web designer?

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How to explain RSS to your friends, family & clients

RSS is something I use everyday for my own personal use that speeds up my use of the internet tenfold. Sadly, most people outside the industry still haven’t cottoned on to it yet. So I’m going to try help you to explain it to them.

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My XHTML/CSS creation process

Front-end development i.e. creating the XHTML/CSS for websites is my speciality. Yes, I also do PHP, MySQL and JavaScript but my heart lies with XHTML/CSS so much so that I’ve gotten to be quite good at it. Therefore, I thought it would be helpful to document how I typically go about creating the XHTML/CSS for

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mezzoblue website redesigns

Dave Shea, creator or CSS Zen Garden, has redesigned his personal website, mezzoblue.

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visitmanchester.com – great idea, poor website

I live in Manchester, and I absolutely love it. I think it’s so great that loads of people should come and visit to see the city’s sights. So why does Manchester’s new tourism website visitmanchester.com not impress me in the slightest?

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YouTube is brilliant

I can easily imagine myself becoming addicted to YouTube, quitting my job and spending the rest of my life watching fake amateur video blogs or kids robot dancing. In fact I’ve just spent that last 5 minutes watching a guy who took a picture of himself everyday for the past 6 years then spliced it

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Getting people to click the ‘Zoom Image’ link

This week I embarked on an experiment to try and see if I could improve the number of people clicking on the ‘Zoom Image’ link that features underneath all product images on the product details page on the JJB Sports website. The Zoom link is a very common feature on ecommerce sites therefore, you’d expect

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Proof that little design changes can make a big difference to conversion

A month ago I wrote that little design changes can make a big difference to conversion and now here’s the conclusive proof.

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John Lewis – great fluid design pity about the tables

This week I discovered the John Lewis website and I must say it has mightily impressed me. The only thing that troubles me is the HTML/Javascript code lying beneath. Admittedly, isn’t as awful as some (we’ve all seen worse) it isn’t as forward thinking as the website would suggest. A quick View Source reveals the

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Why I drive 35 miles every day to make websites

Whenever I tell somebody in Manchester that I work in Wigan, they can’t fathom it. They think it’s such a long way to go to work everyday (despite the fact that many people make the reverse trip). For me, the task of designing websites and building them is really enjoyable so being given the opportunity

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Little design changes can make a big difference to conversion

In his article Good Designers Redesign, Great Designers Re-align Cameron Moll talked about not redesigning a site completely and certainly not just for aesthetically reasons but mroe a redesign (or realignment) should be done purely for the purpose of improving the goals of a website. Really small, some might say insignificant design changes can have

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Understanding CSS floats

In my designs, I tend to use floats, as opposed to relative/absolute positioning, as I find it gives a design more power and a greater ability to scale vertically. When I first approached CSS I couldn’t for the life of me understand how floats worked. My main struggle was trying to comprehend why floating something

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