HB Blogside

Bob Wallace: blog archive

A study in usability

How do you learn about usability?  Learning about usability can be accomplished by reading textbooks on the subject, or by reading internet articles.  But it can also be learned by looking at and examining examples of bad usability.  A good … Read more…

Posted in Technology, Usability | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Search engine position checking

One of the tasks you often want to do is to check which page your site shows on for a particular search engine with a particular query.  If you do this entirely by hand it becomes quite tedious. You go … Read more…

Posted in Technology | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

What to do after launching a WordPress site

You are a small business that hired someone to build your web site using WordPress.  It just launched so what should you do now? Well, you should start by checking “under the hood.” There are several key areas to consider.

Posted in Uncategorized, Wordpress | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Development tools for responsive web design

Development tools for responsive web design are getting better all the time. Unfortunately they are not always obvious. Recently one of my co-workers showed me how Google Chrome has a great tool for showing how a web page responds to … Read more…

Posted in Technology, Web Design | Leave a comment

List pages by templates – WordPress plugin

If you are a WordPress developer, or are maintaining a site where you have to update page templates, one thing you would like to be able to have is a WordPress plugin to list all of the pages that a … Read more…

Posted in Technology, Wordpress | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Drupal to WordPress Migration

Years ago I set up a personal website using the content management system (CMS) Drupal, in part to evaluate Drupal.  While I was happy in general with Drupal, it had some issues.  I also have set up many WordPress sites … Read more…

Posted in Web Design, Wordpress | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Photoshop tips for web developers

At HB Design, web developers are given Photoshop PSD files that were created by Web Designers to code. This blog includes some Photoshop tips to make working with those PSD files easier.

Posted in Web Design | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Batch optimization of photos

Just recently we had a client ask how to optimize photos for the web.  I have a post describing the steps which you can read (Web Page Load Times and Image Optimization).  That post describes the steps: copy, crop, resize, and … Read more…

Posted in Technology, Web Design | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

British Typography

I own a couple of classic British cars and spent a Saturday recently at the All British Field Meet in Portland. Below are some examples of British typography from the meet. (click on the thumbnails to view larger images)
Posted in Design | Leave a comment

Contacts from SugarCRM CE by email address

SurgarCRM CE (Community Edition) is an open source client relation management software. Recently I had the… I am searching for the right word… is it pleasure, no; opportunity; no that isn’t it either. I was looking for information on how … Read more…
Posted in Technology | Leave a comment