Web Design & Development

Andrew, How Fast Does My Page Load Now?

By | User Interface, Web Design & Development | 16 Comments

One of the many factors that can attract both people and search engines to your website is the speed at which it loads. If a site takes more than just a few seconds to load on a standard Broadband connection then most people aren’t going to stick around very long and most SEO experts generally agree that Google factors the speed of a page load into it’s ranking of sites. The bottom line is simple…get…

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Reliable Blog & Website Customizations

By | Web Design & Development

If you have a blog or website and you’re looking to add a new feature, adjust a design element or customize it in any other way then you’ve come to the right place. I can help you make whatever change you might need to enhance the effectiveness of your online presence. My services are the best way to tune-up an existing template or to add brand new functionality. With my services, you can change your…

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Exceptional Blog Design & Quick Start Services

By | Web Design & Development

I remember what a depressing feeling it was when I was just getting started and I was having so much difficulty finding tools that I could use to create websites that actually looked appealing to potential visitors. I know first hand how difficult it can be to set up a site when you are just starting out in this line of work. Are you tired of wallowing in the agony of trying to get people…

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The 9 Best WordPress Plugins Coming in 2011

By | Web Design & Development | 73 Comments

I love WordPress in large part because of the large number of plugins that are currently available. It seems that all you have to do is a simple search on the plugins page and you can accomplish nearly anything on your blog. And yet, somehow, the tremendous community of developers that keep WordPress moving forward never seem to run out of ideas. In fact, just take a look at some of the hottest plugins that…

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Steve Jobs vs. The Adobe Flash Player

By | Web Design & Development | 28 Comments

It seems that lately there has been a war raging between Apple and Adobe and now Steve Jobs has finally thrown down the gloves and taken it to the next level. When Apple recently launched the iPad, they launched it with no support for Adobe’s flash player. In fact, you can’t even install it on the iPad if you wanted. What could this mean for online media? This one single product not supporting flash won’t…

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How to Start a Blog #2: Names & Domains

By | Web Design & Development | 29 Comments

Domain Registration Start Building Your Brand Today When it comes to branding your website or blog, there’s no better way to get started then to get yourself setup with a fresh, easy-sounding domain name.  Having your own domain is the first step to establishing yourself as a credible, online authority. In case you’re having trouble finding a place to register your domain and get started, here’s a couple good ones to get you on your…

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Is Your Website W3C Validated? If not, Why?

By | Web Design & Development | 60 Comments

I’m proud today to announce to the world that Site Sketch 101 has been validated by the World Wide Web Consortium as valid XHTML 1.0 Strict. When I first stopped by W3C’s validator, I was faced with over 180 major errors on home page. Yet after about 3 hours of carefully digging through the suggestions that it provided, I was able to receive the hearty approval of W3C. I actually started out to earn the…

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The Ballad of My Kidnapped Website

By | Web Design & Development | 99 Comments

I’m sure many of you have noticed the crazy site behavior that’s been taking place on here over the past couple of days. On Monday, my server which was hosted with JustHost went offline. After about 8 hours of downtime, the site finally rolled back to life. They were doing some work at their end to try to get it back up and running again. They kidnapped my files and demanded a ransom About 6…

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Struggling Today to Keep My Site Alive

By | Web Design & Development | 72 Comments

I’m sure that many of you have probably noticed that I’ve been struggling with my server today.  The site has been on the fritz, but I’m pleased to say that everything should be fine now. When I woke up this morning at 5:10, I checked the site and read the recent comments.  Then I headed out the door for work.  Some time after 7:00, my server account was suspended.  The message being flashed to the…

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