8 Questions To Ask Before The First Website Design

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It's an enormous privilege to create a client's first website. They have chosen you from millions of other web designers/developers and companies out there – and they could have tried to do it themselves. But now you have secured a new bit of business, it's not the time to congratulate yourself. This is the time to be ultra-cautious because, if you make communication … [Read more...]

Comparing Photoshop and GIMP for Web Design

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The financial barriers to entry to most online pursuits are extremely low. It should never cost more than a few dollars to set up and maintain a website. Web design is the same – you can edit code, HTML and CSS using free text editors. However, there is one expense that stands head and shoulders above the rest, and that's image editors. Photoshop has been the market … [Read more...]

My Biggest Web Design Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

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I first designed websites back in 2005. I think I've made every possible mistake along the way. "If I could do it all again I wouldn't change a thing." Scratch that! That's rubbish! If I could do it all again I would cut out the bit when I was banging my head against a brick wall because I couldn't figure out what was wrong with a website. So here are all the mistakes … [Read more...]

Using Developer Tools To Change Your Website Design

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There is a simple tool that exists on most computers that will help you understand web design. It's called Developer Tools. What I am about to explain will give you important insight into how your website works. Knowledge is power! What are Developer Tools? Every browser comes with Developer Tools. They allow you to see the nuts and bolts that make up a web page and … [Read more...]

Free Web Design Questionnaire (Online Form and Document Download)

Free Web Design Questionnaire (Online Form and Document Download)

The secret of running a successful web design business is communication. You could be the best web designer in the world but, if you can't easily find out what your clients want, then you won't go very far in this business. Above is a web form that you are free to use. It contains most of the questions I ask potential clients when they need a website. Of course, not … [Read more...]

Ideas into Pixels: Designing Websites For Clients

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As web designers, we are regularly engaged in one of the most challenging practices: transforming ideas into pixels. The process starts with a conversation and ends up with a website but, how do we get there? Is it always via the same route? How can we avoid some of the pitfalls? The initial conversation with the client Communication with clients is huge. … [Read more...]

My 8 Most Memorable Moments In Front Of A Computer

My 8 Most Memorable Moments In Front Of A Computer

So much has changed in the last decade or so that it's good to look back at the turning points in hopes of being at the cusp of the next one. I'd be interested to hear what you think of my 8 moments. Any of them the same as yours? What are some your most memorable moments? 1992: Discovering Photoshop I was working for a newspaper in London and I remember someone … [Read more...]

Growing and Selling Websites with Jon Phillips

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The next guest in my series of interviews for the Design and Marketing Podcast (please subscribe and/or leave a review) is Jon Phillips. http://youtu.be/ksXa6_IINv8 These interviews are mainly of designers who run their own businesses. While Jon may not spend all his time running a business now (and we'll get onto that later) he certainly fits into this group very … [Read more...]

How To Build A Website For A Client

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I have been designing and developing websites for my graphic design clients for over 7 years. It's not always been easy and every client is different. But I have learned some "best practices" which I would like to share here. Anyone can create a website... It's never been easier to create a website. Anyone can go to WordPress.com and set one up in seconds. There are also … [Read more...]

Call Me Stupid, but I Pay Attention to Google PageRank and Alexa Rank

Call Me Stupid, but I Pay Attention to Google PageRank and Alexa Rank

As website owners we have many ways to "measure" our sites. We can measure visitor numbers, sales, subscriptions, etc. We can measure engagement: time on site and pages per view, etc. Some of us attach great importance in the comments we receive or how many contacts we get through the website. But it's easy with our sites. We have all the stats. How do we "measure" … [Read more...]

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