web design

Google Chrome Frame should make the developers life a lot easier

Google announced on tuesday 22nd of September 2009 the test release of Google Chrome Frame which is a plugin for IE that will make it HTML5 compliant.  The need came out of their effort to build the next communication tools (google wave) and they wanted to make life easier for their developers to accommodate IE that still has the lion share of the internet users. 

Free Web Consultation

I have had numerous requests for review of sites in order to give suggestions for improvement. Thus I decided to create a page specific for it.

If you have a specific question about your blog or site involving the design and/or traffic/ranking of it, please don't hesitate to leave a comment here and I will try to do my best to answer it, time permitted that is.

Only requirement is that I get to publicize the comments here for everyone to see and benefit from later on.

9 free webmaster tools I can't live without

Webmasters and developers don't need a whole lot of money to spend on tools in order to work efficiently and be productive. Here is a list of free tools that help me run my everyday webmaster chores.

Notepad++

Notepad++Dreamweaver and such designing tools might have become very advanced in the recent years but I am still far from satisfied with them. I prefer to do the coding with a simple text editor and be in total control of the code and not end up with unnecessarily long code. Recently I discovered Notepad++ which has the few bells and whistles that are desired by hard core programmers such as code highlighting, Regular Expression Search/Replace support, capability to extend functionality with plugins and nice depository of contributed ones. Worth your attention.

CSS post it notes

css post it notesYellow post it notes are cool and a really good way to get someone's attention, don't you think ? I had in my disposal the transparent png solution for IE using CSS so all I needed was a cool graphic and a way to position it anywhere on a page using just CSS.

The advantages of this implementation are:

  • you don't need javascipt
  • you can position it anywhere on a page by changing a few css parameters
  • any PNG-24 graphic will do, no need to think about what colors will be behind it on the page

You can take a look at the complete css post it note example and come back for the details:

Photoshop for Webmasters

Everybody's heard of Photoshop; it's the world's gold standard when it comes to image editing software. Part of this is due to its age, and part to its capability. The web is a graphical medium, so it makes sense for people who run web sites to have a basic understanding of Photoshop.

There are two "standard" complaints about the application: it has a steep learning curve ( in part because it's so powerful - there are simply "too many" options for new users, who tend to feel overwhelmed ) and its price. In US Dollars, Photoshop CS 3 is $650, while the extended version goes for $1,000. This is mainly of use to people who need to manipulate images in 3D space, or movies on a frame-by-frame basis.

Photoshop Without Photoshop

Because of the high cost, we should start by looking at some alternatives to Photoshop. These run the gamut from open source freeware to closed source commercial applications - the competition - and, ironically, trimmed down versions of Photoshop itself. For the web designer on a budget, some other software to consider is:

Subscribe to RSS - web design