Before the world can see your Web site, you have to publish it on the world wide web. Although you can run your own web server, most people sign up with a web hosting service. Essentially, you rent server space from a web host for a monthly or annual fee, ranging from as little as […]
Discover the many ways to create a website
Before you start building a website or blog consider your options
When I first started designing web pages, it was relatively easy — and vanilla boring.
More than ten years and a dozen books later, web design is much more complex today, and a lot more exciting. (Learn how to create a website)
SEO: 13 Tips to Make Your Website More Search Engine Friendly
Improve your results in Google
The best way to make your site search engine friendly is to design your site so that it’s easy for search engines to ‘read’ your pages.
That means doing things like adding alternative text behind your images and using the Meta description tag. In this tutorial, you’ll find a few Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tips and discover the features in Dreamweaver that will best serve your SEO efforts. (Learn more about SEO.)
Review: What’s the Best Way to Add a Shopping Cart to a Website?
Compare Ecommerce Options
At the low end, you can add a simple shopping cart to your website quickly — and with no upfront costs — if you use Google Checkout or PayPal.
At the high end, you can spend tens of thousands of dollars to set up an ecommerce program like Magento with a fully integrated inventory and sophisticated tracking systems and analytics. (Learn more about ecommerce options.)
I’ve had several people ask me this question — “How do you redesign a WordPress site (or any other site) without messing up the “live” site while you work on the new site design?” It’s such a great question, I’m creating an entire course on redesigning and moving websites for creativeLIVE. (You can find links […]
A clear goal: If you’re not clear on your top goal(s), you’re sure to confuse your audience. Visitors to your site should be able to tell what your site is about in 3 seconds or less. A clear call to action: What is the thing you most want visitors to your site to do? Buy […]
Janine, If I wanted to get started in web design and if things go well enough, do it for a living, is it necessary to get some kind of certification…whether it be in html or the program you use for the webpage, like Dreamweaver? What did you do, did you just start making pages and […]
Hi Janine: I’ve been watching your creativeLIVE program and you may have mentioned it but somehow I missed whether High Resolution would be useful (or not) for photography websites– especially seeing as this seems to be the trend for devices. Are there pros and cons? Thanks, Teresa Hi Teresa, I have also been asking the […]
Dear Janine, I really learned a lot during your WordPress workshop on creativeLIVE and now I’m attempting to put all the pieces together & would appreciate any guidance on how to transfer my domain name. I have a Smugmug Photo website that I am going to stop using & cancel so I can make my […]
Ever notice how many websites and blogs have a copyright message at the bottom of the page that is still set to last year — or worse, several years ago? Here’s a quick easy trick to make sure that never happens to you. In the copyright field, instead of entering a date, like 2013, enter […]
Many web designers are calling 2013 The Year of Responsive Design. Responsive web design is increasingly popular because the biggest challenge of web design today is that your pages are as likely to be projected on a giant computer monitor as on a tiny cell phone screen. With responsive design, you create one web page […]
So you’ve decided to design your website or blog using WordPress, the super popular open-source content management system (CMS), but now you have to answer the next question. Should you set up your site at WordPress.com, which makes everything super easy, but with some limitations and advertising (unless you pay to avoid their ads). Or, […]