As promised, here are step-by-step instructions for setting up your computer as a Web server so that you can run — and edit — WordPress themes on your local computer. Note: Only Dreamweaver CS5 and later versions support the multiple levels of include files needed to display WordPress themes. These instructions can also be used to set […]
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.)
If you haven’t done it already—Google yourself. But before you race off to the nearest search engine, here a few suggestions. First, don’t stop at Google’s home page. It’s not a bad idea to begin at the front door of the world’s most popular search engine, but if you’re like most Internet users, you’ve already […]
You have to have the legal rights to publish fonts on a server and there are a number of complexities to hosting fonts in all of the formats you’ll need for them to work in all of the different web browsers out there. For all those reasons, most web designers turn to a hosted font […]
At least 4 out of 5 mobile design ‘experts’ agree that HTML5 is the future of Web design (okay, I made that up), but we’re all pretty sure we’re moving in that direction. Although many web designers are not using HTML5 yet– it is clearly the next step in markup languages for the Web, and […]
Native apps, Web apps, iTunes apps, Android apps, what does it all mean? And where does a web site fit into the brave new world of the mobile web and app stores? This comparison table will help you better understand your options and why some sompanies are creating both. A Native App vs. A Web App […]
What are the advantages (and challenges) of using a blog, content managment system (CMS), or other dynamic database-driven site?
The advantages (and challenges) of a content managment system, dynamic site, or blog with a database When you store all of your goodies (the photos, posts, and such) that you display on your web pages in a database, you gain the ability to create web pages dynamically — as they are served to the visitor […]
Here’s a quick look at a few of the most popular blogging programs and open source Content Management Systems (CMSs) and why you might choose one over another. A good CMS or blogging program can be used for something as simple as a blog or as complex as a newspaper or magazine Web site. (Not […]
Why am I getting the error message: “To help protect your security, Internet Explorer has restricted this webpage from running scripts or ActiveX controls that could access your computer.” I created a tabbed panel on one of my pages. When I preview it in a browser, the page has this restriction message about scripts and […]
Setting up a basic WordPress blog these days is easy, but as you add more posts, how do you back it all up so you don’t lose everything you’ve created? Like most things on the Web, there are multiple options, and they come with varying levels of complexity and cost. Backup Buddy: According to a […]