Articles on Creating Web Pages

The articles listed below cover different aspects of creating web pages and how they work. Click the headline to read the full article.

What is Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) and Should I Use It?

Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) is a Google project that is designed to make web pages load more quickly for visitors on mobile devices. Sounds like a good idea, right? Fast loading pages (especially on mobile) is definitely a good idea! But do you have to use AMP to create them? No. (More on that later)… Read more

5 Useful Websites Where you can Learn HTML

This is a guest post by Ashlee McCullen, a staff writer on Apron Addicts. I’m sometimes surprised at the sheer number of people I meet who blog or write for the web and yet don’t know HTML. While you don’t need to know web technologies in-depth to make money online, you’ll find that knowing at… Read more

Firebug: A Must-Have Web Design Tool

Editing the stylesheet of a website or theme designed by someone else can be a seriously frustrating exercise, because finding the correct element to edit is like looking for a needle in a haystack If you’re lucky, the original designer will have used sensible element names and commented their code in detail – which should… Read more

Opportunities All Around, If You Just Look

A while ago I wrote an article in which I said that you almost certainly know more than you think you do about working online. And that once you realise that, you’ll suddenly find a whole bunch of business opportunities opening up. I described one in the article. So this week I saw another example… Read more

1 Easy Way to Improve Cross-Browser Compatibility

For those who build websites by hand (rather than on a platform like WordPress or Joomla) one of the hassles is making sure your sites render consistently in different browsers. Internet Explorer is notorious for screwing things up, mostly because in the past they’ve never adhered to the W3C standards. That said, IE8 is better… Read more

Mistakes to Avoid When Launching a Website

A couple of incidents recently reminded me of two important principles when it comes to launching websites: Firstly: KISS Secondly: GIOT KISS stands for Keep It Short and Simple GIOT stands for Get It Out There. Despite my best efforts, the project I’m currently leading here in HK is in danger of failing because of… Read more

Variable Width Websites: An Update

A while ago I wrote about converting some of my websites to variable width. My thinking at the time was that, for someone using a wide-screen monitor, the appearance would be better if the content expanded to fill a larger portion of the screen. Having got a couple of them successfully converted I had second… Read more

How to Create a Search Engine Effective Web Page

I’m often amazed when I look at the source code of web pages, because creating a page that’s optimised for the search engines is so straightforward – yet so seldom done. I’ve said repeatedly: Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is not a black art, so don’t let anyone tell you it is. All you need to… Read more

Do I Need to Learn HTML?

Do I need to learn HTML and SEO?  This was a question I saw in a forum today. For people new to working on-line learning these new skills with strange acronyms can be daunting. In another post I talked about how I tried to start my Internet business without a website because I didn’t want… Read more

What is CSS?

In this post I said that CSS is one of the codes or languages that have been developed to work with HTML, to improve the efficiency with which the fonts and styling of a website are defined. So what is CSS? CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets and it’s the way the themeing or styling… Read more