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Listen To Your Web Developer and Be Flexible for a Better Product

Looking back at my most successful projects, one of the secrets to success in development is the client being flexible to the consulting of the

Don’t Under Estimate The Value of Design

When I’m compiling budgets and estimates for some clients, I always cringe at having to include the design line item(s). It’s not that I don’t value or respect that part

Watch Out for the ‘Do It All’ Web Guy

Design, development, SEO, etc. my challenge is understanding how any one person can do all those things well when some make entire careers from just

Want to Be Your Own Webmaster, Learn CSS

In the business of Web support and maintenance I regularly talk with people that just need a little help. They aren’t looking to develop a new app, launch a new

Service Level Agreements and Web Hosting

You may be better off finding a Web hosting provider with a great reputation rather than a great SLA. Here I describe how a typical hosting SLA

You Can’t Automate Design (Sorry)

I think one of the hardest concepts for folks who have never been through a Website build project before, is understanding where development ends and design starts (and vice versa).

Auto Start Videos and Audio – Bad Idea

… and suddenly from the office down the hall, at a very high volume: Hey everybody I’m watching porn in here! A slightly hilarious prank that went around the office

The Point and Click Web ‘Developer’

When hiring a Web developer you to want to make sure they are actually a developer. They understand code, understand databases and infrastructure

How Not to Refer a Web Designer or Developer

Are you referring a great designer, developer or a fast food burger... 'Cheap and fast' should not be part of a referral for professional

10 Client Responsibilities for Any Web Agreement

Web projects tend to run much smoother if at the onset of the project that an agreement is made that includes both party's

How To NOT Choose a CMS

Choosing a Content Management System or CMS is a job no one should envy. I often have clients or perspective clients who are VPs of marketing or have some such

Fail with Style

To pretend errors don't happen is naive, to assume that users will report such incidences is hopeful. Though many us of remember getting frustrated and joking about how often the

New Site? Order a Code Review (Maybe)

What is a Code Review? A code review is just that… a review of the code that runs your Web site. Traditionally focused on security best practices a code review

‘Above the Fold’ May Show Your Age not Your Web Savvy

Ever use the term ‘Above the Fold’ to describe the placement of content in a Web browser? I don’t mean to insult you and I get what you are saying.

Know When to Accept Feedback and When to Not

I know developers and designers know what I’m talking about when I mention the client who calls or emails (marked urgent) every time they hear a not so glowing review

Web Hosting – You Get What You Pay For (some times that’s s***)

What Did Your Last Trip to Starbucks Cost? What did your last month hosting bill come to? If they are comparable, I would argue that you have no right to

Timelines Are Subject to Reality

Web development and design is no different than any other industry in that the bulk of client satisfaction hinges on meeting deadlines. However that doesn’t mean that deadlines aren’t missed

You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know – And Either Does Your Web Developer

The Web is ever changing and learning on the job is something your Web developer should be doing. However there is a limit to how much should be

Before You Ask for a Website Bid, Develop a Project Scope

Start your web development project off right by developing a scope of work before you ask for your first

Everything Works in Photoshop

I think one of the hardest parts of Web development is to go from a finalized and approved Photoshop file to the Web browser. It doesn’t matter if you are

How to Install Google Analytics into a WordPress Website

A tutorial covering several easy methods of getting your WordPress site setup with Google

How to Install and Manage Themes within WordPress

In this tutorial I cover how to install, try, search for and manage themes within WordPress.

Getting Started with WordPress SEO

In this tutorial I go over what it will take to get your SEO campaign started and recommend a great plugin to help you get

Not all Commercial Themes are Created Equal

WordPress themes are inexpensive and typically great ways to provide a look and feel to a Website. However a sloppy developer equals a sloppy

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