20 Questions to Know for Avoiding Website Project Disasters

Sep 16 2010 by Jason Schubring | 31 Comments

20 Questions to Know for Avoiding Website Project Disasters

When working on a new web design project with a client, especially a new site launch, it is vital to have a clear definition of the project’s scope and the expectations of the future website owner. It’s far too easy for corporate politics and personal preferences to drive the features and processes of a website unless you consciously force the client — and yourself, at times — to focus on the needs of the users and the purpose of the site. Outlining the basic requirements and goals also helps to limit scope creep later on in the project.

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10 Usability Tips Based on Research Studies

Sep 15 2010 by Cameron Chapman | 95 Comments

10 Usability Tips Based on Research Studies

We hear plenty usability tips and techniques from an incalculable number of sources. Many of the ones we take seriously have sound logic, but it’s even more validating when we find actual data and reports to back up their theories and conjectures.

This article discusses usability findings of research results such as eye-tracking studies, reports, analytics, and usability surveys pertaining to website usability and improvements. You’ll discover that many of these usability tips will be common sense but are further supported with numbers; however, some might surprise you and change your outlook on your current design processes.

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A Comprehensive Guide Inside Your <head>

Sep 14 2010 by Alexander Dawson | 28 Comments

A Comprehensive Guide Inside Your <head>

As web designers and developers, we pay so much attention to what’s directly on the screen (or in our code) that the <head> of a document and what’s inside is often considered as an afterthought.

While in many cases it’s true that what appears on the screen is the most important part of a website (the content is what people visit a site for), the "thinking code" inside the <head> of our documents plays an important role.

This article will examine exactly what can fit inside a website’s head.

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Using Power Structure and Gestalt for Visual Hierarchy

Sep 13 2010 by Shawn Borsky | 24 Comments

The Power Structure

A core place to begin a website discovery process is to learn the goals and objectives of your client. It is imperative to understand what the website needs to do and which things are the most important. In order to do that, we need to establish a hierarchy.

A hierarchy is essentially an order of items, goals, ideas, and/or needs. Hierarchy in web design is centrally about influencing a user to understand and embrace the principal goals of a website and interact with the material in the ideal order to facilitate a smooth and pleasant experience with the website.

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Learning PHP: Get Started Using PHP

Sep 12 2010 by Elias Zerrouq | 49 Comments

Learning PHP: Get Started Using PHP

This PHP tutorial will guide you through the process of learning and using PHP, preparing you with some fundamental knowledge to get you started in the right path. We will talk about the history of PHP, create a local development environment (so that you won’t need a web server) and create a basic PHP script while discussing common beginner PHP gotchas along the way.

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Bouncing a Ball Around with HTML5 and JavaScript

Sep 11 2010 by Vinci Rufus | 38 Comments

Bouncing a Ball Around with HTML5 and JavaScript

As many of you right now, the <canvas> element is one of the most popular additions to the HTML5 standards. It is widely supported by popular browsers like Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera (Internet Explorer supports it in their IE9 beta version). This guide will explore the use of HTML5′s <canvas> element through a fun example: bouncing a blue ball around.

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Top 5 Excellent E-Commerce Plugins for WordPress

Sep 10 2010 by Kyle Prior | 138 Comments

Top 5 Excellent E-Commerce Plugins for WordPress

With the internet being used more and more by your average consumer, you may be wanting to start your own online shop so you can unleash your products to all those potential customers. I’m sure you know that there are countless ways to do just this, but here I’m going to talk specifically about e-commerce plugins for WordPress.

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