Category Archives: Web Design

How to Build a Website in Under 60 Minutes

Building a website used to be extremely difficult. You had to know HTML, cascading style sheets, possibly javascript and graphic design. Things have changed, now it is possible to build a website in under 60 minutes. Don’t believe me? Here are the steps you need to create your own website in 60 minutes.

Step 1: Register a domain. Using GoDaddy or your other favourite domain registrar get your own domain name registered. Time required 5 minutes.

Step 2: Get hosting. You can spend hours and days researching web hosts. To do this as fast as possible look at a decent WordPress host. I recomend Hostgator, but there are several good WordPress hosts. If you already have a hosting account somewhere you can probably skip this step and simply use an addon domain on your current hosting account. Time required 25 minutes.

Step 3: Change nameservers. This step only takes a few minutes. You need to login to your registrar and set your new domain name nameservers to point to your web hosting account. Time required 5 minutes.

Step 4: Login to your web hosting control panel and use their script installer to install WordPress. Most cPanel hosts have Fantastico to quickly install WordPress. Time required 10 minutes.

Step 5: Login to your new WordPress install and start writing! You have 15 mins left to spare to write your first post.

Now of course this only gets you the bare bones of a website. There is still a great deal more work to do like finding a new theme for your website and customizing it. Adding some plugins to help with different website tasks. Creating a Twitter account to help promote your new website. Creating a Facebook page. Taking the time to update your website regularly with new content. Well, you get the idea, but setting up the core of a website can be done in less than an hour.

Landing Page Design

I have been doing more research on best practices for landing pages recently and came across this great video on YouTube. I have watched and listened to this video several times now and thought I would share it. It has given me some great ideas to improve some landing pages for some of the payContinue Reading

Color Scheme Designer

I have talked about my problems picking colours in the past. Fortunately I have found several tools that can help me, and today I found another one. Color Scheme Designer is a Javascript, browser based application that you can use to create colour schemes based on the various colour rules (are they rules?), such asContinue Reading

Add a Google Website Search

One of the things I have had on my to do list was to replace the WordPress search with the Google Custom search. The WordPress search gives decent search results, but it is hard to compete with the accuracy of Google website search. I was reminded about that today when I was searching for aContinue Reading

Smush It!

Optimizing images for the Internet can be a pain staking task to make the image as small as possible while still making it look as good as it can. Back in the day when everyone was on dialup web developers used to spend lots of time to make sure those images were as small asContinue Reading

51 RSS Buttons For Your Blog

It has been a very crazy week trying to get things done, so I have not had a chance to post as often as I wanted to this week. One of the many challanges of running a business and being a work from home Dad. I wanted to quickly point you to these 51 RSSContinue Reading

Colour Lovers

If you have been visiting for a little while, or have browsed through some of the older posts (Color Combinations & Color Combinations Update) you know that one of the areas I struggle with is colour for websites. Because of this I am always on the look out for new colour ideas and tools toContinue Reading

Internet Explorer – How I Loath Thee!

I have been back for just over a week now from a great week off up at Waskesui, in Prince Albert National Park. In the week I have been back I have been busy doing a redesign of a website for a client. The redesign is going well but there have been some problems withContinue Reading

Lorem Ipsum

I was working on a new website today, and as is often the case, I did not have the copy for any of the pages yet. I needed to fill a few pages with some text so I could simply get the pages to the point that they were ready for the clients copy. ToContinue Reading

Web 2.0 Bringing Back Mystery Meat Navigation

I first heard the term “Mystery Meat Navigation” several years ago, and I have to admit, I have been guilty of creating the odd site with mystery meat navigation. Things seemed to be getting better, but recently I have been coming a cross a lot of Web 2.0 websites that are brining back mystery meatContinue Reading