New Home for this Blog

I’ve redesigned my website, and I am now hosting this blog myself. Past posts will remain at this address. Future posts can be found at its new address: www.dennisdeacon.com/blog/.

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Great WordPress Designer Resource

WordPress screencasts on css-tricks.com

WordPress screencasts on css-tricks.com

I’ve been blogging on WordPress for well over a year, and recently, I’ve had the opportunity to start designing WordPress websites. I have to be honest. I sort of went into it like a typical male’s introduction to an electric appliance. Forget the manual, I’ll figure it out. Well, I can tell you, I’ve learned quite a lot since first starting, and I’ve made mistsakes that I’ll never make again (hopefully).
 
Of all the resources I’ve found to help me, a series of screencasts on the site css-tricks.com run by now Chicagoan Chris Coyier have been most helpful and motivational. The recent series, released over a three-week period, covers the creation of a WordPress-based website, from design in Photoshop through coding the HTML & CSS and incorporating the code onto the WordPress platform. Continue reading

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Microsoft Encourages Upgrading from IE6 With Charity Donations

Did you know…

Microsoft will support IE6 until 2014.

Microsoft is donating 8 meals to Feeding America, a US hunger-relief charity, for every download of IE8 from their Browser For The Better web site. If you’re upgrading from IE6, Microsoft will double that donation.

Feeding America provides food assistance to more than 25 million low-income people facing hunger in the United States, including more than 9 million children and almost 3 million seniors. Microsoft is donating up to $1 million and each IE8 download will contribute at least $1.15 toward the charity.

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Why Internet Explorer 6 MUST be Supported

Internet ExplorerPardon me as I step upon my soapbox, yet again. While I’ve been preparing several other posts, this topic has reared its ugly head.

Internet Explorer version 6.0 is, has been, and will continue to be the bane of all web designers and web developers for some time to come. Why you ask? Because it’s support for many (not all, read on…) websites is crucial to business. Therefore, it is necessary to continue to design for it. Dropping support for IE6 altogether is not only a disservice to that audience, but a disservice to that business owner, who’s business will be negatively impacted by the decision not to support this browser version. Continue reading

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Designing Web Sites for Your Target Audience

I recently was told about a discussion at a local web design meetup on designing for Internet Explorer 6, the browser designers love to bash (…and so do I). During this discussion, the majority of vocal participants stated that they refuse to design for IE6.

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend, for if I had, I would have stood up and pronounced each defamer foolish.

First, you don’t design for a browser. You design for your target audience, humans, however broad or niche. Based on your audience, you can gather some idea of the browsers you might need to support. Corporate America, then your designing for Internet Explorer, including version 6. If your targeting middle age or seniors who just use the computer for email, web surfing, etc., then you’ll need to target Internet Explorer, including version 6, Firefox, and possibly Safari. How about targeting educational institutions or creative folks. Then there might be an influx of Safari folks. The point is that based on your audience (that you are designing for), you should target those devices. Continue reading

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Redesign Project: Second City Scooters

I recently had the opportunity to work on a fun project; the redesign of a small business site that sells motor scooters. The most rewarding part is hearing of customers praising the website. That’s way kool.

Former site

To understand the old website, you had to understand the history, short as it was, of the business.

Two brothers, while visiting Italy on vacation, fell in love with motor scooters and the lifestyle. When they returned, looking for scooters, they were shocked at the prices. So they started Second City Scooters, selling motor scooters for around half the price of more well-known brands, like Vespa. They opened a storefront business and created a website. Continue reading

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Life Evolving with the Web: Facebook vs. Classmates.com & Reunions

The Web & Internet in general has changed the way we do things; the way we live. We don’t send letters, especially holiday cards, we just send emails. We don’t make quick phone calls, we tweet instead.

Recently, I gave into my lack of longing to start using Facebook. I had been using LinkedIn for professional reasons, and Twitter for both professional and personal reasons. Even then, Facebook seemed like a more professional “MySpace,” which I had absolutely no interest.

So about a month ago, I created my Facebook profile, and started looking for “friends.” Over a period of several weeks, I found several current and recent acquaintances, as well as a few long lost buddies (we’re talking grammar & high school chums). Continue reading

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