I’ve been using Web Design from Scratch by web designer Ben Hunt a lot recently, a fantastic little resource that doesn’t just focus on the technicalities but also on design. It analyses great designs and explains in clear detail why theyre great. I’d recommend it to anyone.
Victoria Page is a personal tutor working in London. She teaches English and Maths to children in the Hammersmith area but also travels widely. She’s taught royalty in the middle east, millionaires in America and is generally principled, kind and lovely.
Her new website is a Wordpress install configured as a CMS rather than a blog. The theme is Mastersuite, an off the shelf Wordpress theme with a few modifications. The site took one day to set up, including content authoring and various issues with the server with a further day of SEO and tinkering to follow.
The site is available at victoriapage.net. Check it out to read some wonderful stories from her travels and to get in touch.
I’m now engaged in Search Engine optimisation for Legs On Footstools, a lovely company making footstools, barstools and other pieces of furniture. Everything is handmade in Gloucester and the lady who owns the company, Carole Farmar is just great.
In this campaign I’ll be predominantly doing off-page optimisation and link building. I’ll also be making some changes to the Apache configuration to standardise around the www domain and prevent duplicate content errors.
The Community Exchange is now re-christened Streetbank.com. We like it better and its also now a dot com which gives us broader appeal. You can still do all the location based lending, borrowing, giving away and skills and there is now a community wall and messaging system.
I think it’s a great way to bring communities together.
The Community Exchange is a very simple idea. You sign up for an account with your name and email and also give your postal address. You then get to add 3 or more things you would be prepared to lend, give away or help with. It then shows you all the people within 500 yards and all the things they have added. You can message them and ask to borrow their stuff.
It’s beautifully simple and I think it could be a big success. Check it out and sign up for an account!
Heavenly Media is changeing it’s name to Wild Invention! There are a number of reasons for this. I’ve been thinking about the name for a while and it seemed like a good time to move on. The impetus came when I got a letter from lawyers acting on behalf of Heavenly Marketing (far from heavenly behaviour) demanding money with menaces, but that’s all in the past now and I’m sure they’re very nice people.
Wild Invention build Wildliy Creative little bits of stuff such as: Games, Microsites, Innovative Social Media apps, Flash, Actionscript and various other lovely and fun things.
Dear Celebrity, a CMS microsite for a forthcoming Capstone book by the same name went live on Friday. It’s built in Rails using Heavenly Media’s CheeseMouse platform. The build took 3 days with a total cost to the client of £900+VAT. There’s a video, a competition and a Facebook game coming soon.
Compliance with Web Standards can make your site more accessible to a wider range of users. It’s also a legal requirement. This article contains a brief overview of everything you need to know, the questions you should be asking how Heavenly Media can help you.
The latest new tool I’m playing with today is dust me selectors from Sitepoint.com. This tool lets me find all the unused CSS selectors on my page in one click, but more than that, it can also spider an entire site keeping track of user selectors so it can tell you which are not being used anywhere. This has always been an arduous manual job in the past, keeping track of a CSS file which gets edited by multiple users is hard. Using Dust Me I was able to shave 20% off one CSS file and make the whole thing much neater, cleaner and more legible.