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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

Before I started building websites FTP was one of those terms that I heard but never understood. In fact, I initially hoped I could run an on-line business without ever needing to build a website just so I didn’t have to deal with things like FTP  :) Well, I found out the hard way I… . . . Read more

A friend told me the other day that although he read all my articles he didn’t understand any of them.  Not one. Which gave me an idea … Why not set up a new category and write a bunch of articles for people who are absolutely, completely new to the web (and possibly a bit… . . . Read more

I’m just on the point of launching my web site services business, so this post from Eric at Web Services and Tools caught my eye. Given that one of the services I’ll be offering is website design I figured it would be a good move to make sure my own sites were properly designed, and… . . . Read more

Why would you want to build a variable-width website? Because the range of screen widths on which people browse the internet now ranges from around 12 inches to twice that size. And if you choose to view your computer through your TV you could be viewing web pages on screens many times bigger than people… . . . Read more