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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

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 you missed it, that’s a jab at those […]



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.