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Brilliant Design

The 12 Core Elements of a Brilliant Site Design

By | User Interface | 3 Comments

Average bloggers tend to fail on this one…a lot. Most people get into blogging because they have a passion to write about something. The majority of bloggers assume that as long as they write about what they love then they will be successful. Instead of ever beautifying their site they just plug away creating articles. According to Technorati, a new blog is created every second. There are literally millions and millions of blogs competing for traffic…

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My Journey Into the Art of Photography

By | Design Inspiration | 5 Comments

For years now, I’ve been a firm believer that vivid imagery drastically improves the readability of blog articles. In the past, I’ve always searched the creative commons galleries on Flickr. These galleries are filled with vivid, exciting photos and the images are free to use with appropriate attribution to the photographer. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been exploring the hobby of photography. Each day, I grab my Canon EOS Rebel, jump in the car,…

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The 15 Best WordPress Plugins to Use in 2019

By | WordPress Tips & Tricks | 28 Comments

One of the reasons that I fell in love with WordPress over a decade ago is the thousands of plugins available. It doesn’t matter what you want to accomplish with your website or blog, there is probably a WordPress plugin that will allow you to do it. This list will provide you with 15 of the best WordPress plugins available today. Only the 15 best WordPress plugins have made it while anything less than amazing…

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Visual Communication on the Modern Web

By | User Interface | 3 Comments

Visual Communication is the art of transforming your visitor’s experience by combining words, visuals, and colors to convey one common message. This marriage of elements triggers responses from multiple facets of the human psyche. By combining the basic principles of design directly into and around stimulating content, one can connect with an online visitor on multiple levels. Marty Neumeier asserts that there are seven such levels including perception, sensation, emotion, intellect, identification, reverberation, and spirituality [zotpressInText item=”GM6IMVF4″]. Perception is…

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An Introductory History of the World Wide Web

By | Web Design & Development | 2 Comments

In the beginning, mankind wasn’t graced with computers. Instead, people used soup cans and string to communicate on a global scale. If you were wealthy, you’d buy a Campbell’s brand soup can and be the envy of your neighborhood. If not, it was nice if your can had a label on it at all. The shiny unlabeled silver was a common staple of those early years of mass communication. It wasn’t until the end of…

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HTML Tutorial #1: What are HTML Tags?

By | Web Design & Development | 7 Comments

Welcome to your first class on understanding the HyperText Markup Language (HTML). HTML is the language used to build websites. When a web page is delivered from a server to you, your browser doesn’t see what you see. Instead, it sees a series HTML tags, interprets them according to specific standards, and then displays a graphical representation of that code on your screen. In this HTML tutorial, I’m going to focus on answering one simple question…

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The 15 Best WordPress Plugins to Use in 2012

By | Web Design & Development, WordPress Tips & Tricks | 827 Comments

Updated for 2012: One of the reasons that I’m so madly in love with WordPress is the thousands of plugins available. It doesn’t matter what you want to accomplish on your blog, there is probably a WordPress plugin that will allow you to do it. This list will provide you with 15 of the best WordPress plugins available today. Only the 15 best WordPress plugins have made it while anything less than amazing has been…

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Introducing the Basic Elements of Design

By | Web Design & Development | 11 Comments

The goal of this article is to introduce you to the most basic elements of design. Whether you’re styling your blog, selecting a graphic illustration for an article, working on an advertisement, or simply just expressing your artistic side, these building blocks provide a foundation on which you can build an amazing understanding of the vast world of design. Allow me to introduce you to the line, shape, space, volume, value, color, and texture. These…

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I Hate Internet Explorer and You Should Too!

By | Web Design & Development | 86 Comments

As a web developer, I despise Internet Explorer in all of its forms. I hate version 6. I hate version 7. I hate version 8. And I even hate version 9. In fact, if you are reading this article right now using any form of Internet Explorer, you’re missing out on parts of this very website. There are aspects of this site that simply do not work in your browser and as a result, you’re…

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10 Powerful SEO Tips for WordPress Users

By | Search Engine Optimization, WordPress Tips & Tricks | 34 Comments

Bloggers and webmasters are constantly wondering why Google is such a bully to some websites and why they are so positive toward others. What are the keys to building a successful presence on the search engine results pages? What are the most important SEO tips for WordPress users to get their sites discovered by Google’s search bot and how can we get in on that action? In the paragraphs below, I’ll answer these questions and provide…

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