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Why I Will Never Use or Recommend Network Solutions

Jan 30th, 2010 | By | Category: Recommendations

I’m not bitter, but I do hope the “let me make a purchase and I’ll let you know if I need anything else” idea catches on. There aren’t enough hours in the day to keep clicking no to other special offers.

Gary M. Collins

Dec 7th, 2009 | By | Category: Portfolio

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Tweet This is another political site that was done using WordPress.  Gary manages the campaign of the last political site I did.  The background employs very wide (1400 px) jpgs that have a fabric texture, and a little CSS3 for those of you that use a real browser like Firefox 3.5 or Safari (in case […]

Lawless For Maryland

Nov 20th, 2009 | By | Category: Portfolio

This site is yet another WordPress implementation making heavy use of template files and custom scripts per page. WordPress seems ideally suited for political campaigns and political websites for it’s simplicity and ease of maintenance. The idea with this site was to make it look professional and make use of social technologies which politicians are starting to realize are necessary and smart.

The High Cost of Bargain Design

Oct 29th, 2009 | By | Category: Case Studies

I recently had a conversation with a future client who fell victim to this all-to-common issue. She went with a guy who talked the talk, but when challenged played the non-disclosure card. He kept telling her that he couldn’t show her examples of artistic work and SEO results because of competition issues. This is absolute hooey, but sounds good when you’re on the receiving end. She has recently decided that the bargain route was too expensive.

An E Button That likely Won’t be Used

Oct 27th, 2009 | By | Category: Portfolio

It’s a glassy button using a font that is made to resemble an eye. If you can think of a purpose for it, let me know.

The Tao of Search Engine Optimization

Oct 26th, 2009 | By | Category: Recommendations

Optimizing your website for search engines sounds like a good idea, as most people still find what they’re looking for using a search engine. SEO is as much an art as it is a science, and the experts are usually not that far above the folks who do common sense things as far as results. This makes it confusing, and more than a little intimidating to new folks in the web realm. Let’s talk about how to make sense of it, shall we?

Local Stalker

Oct 16th, 2009 | By | Category: Portfolio

As per the way business has gone lately, it’s a WordPress blog theme. I love working with WordPress, and so do my clients. They get up and running fast with an elegant looking design, and they can put whatever they want on it with a very shallow learning curve. If you are paying someone for updates, you owe it to yourself to look into WordPress.

8 Tips for Adding a Compelling Page or Blog Post

Oct 16th, 2009 | By | Category: How-To

I’ve developed a lot of websites over the years, for a lot of people. I’ve developed them for people who were serious about making them work, and I’ve done them for people who were just dipping their toe in the Internet pool. What I’ve learned is, people with no goals when it comes to the on-line experience won’t last long. I’ve done some spectacular work for people who lost interest after the fact, not because I wasn’t there to help them along the way, but because they didn’t know what they were doing there in the first place.

Optimal Layouts: Why I Like the 960 Grid

Oct 7th, 2009 | By | Category: Recommendations

The 960 grid system works well for most applications. Do I use it exclusively? No. Some do, but there are reasons not to. Mostly they revolve around target audience, but for most applications, the 960 grid works for web design. This will likely be the case until 1024 pixel wide screens go away and are replaced by 1280 (or something else). Talk to me about what would be right for your site.

Using Template Files In WordPress

Oct 3rd, 2009 | By | Category: How-To

For some reason my clients always have weird requirements for pages. Thankfully, Wordpress has a way. I remember reading a post on a forum recently where a user asked the question, “I created a Page and on that Page I want to list all posts in a specified category. How do I do this?” Naturally, one user decided to tell the guy it was impossible and that he should just stick to the status quo. This post is more for that doofus than it is for the guy who asked.