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Category Archives: Web Design

Designing and Launching the New HBDesign.com From a Design Standpoint

This is the second post about the launch of our new website. This one comes from my perspective, the right-brained designer experience. Like Bob mentioned in his post, I also found the task daunting (but exhilarating at the same time).  It’s always a challenge … Read more…

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WordPress as a CMS

By now, almost everyone who wants or has a web site has heard about WordPress. Originally a blogging platform, it has evolved into one of the most popular content management systems (CMS). It is relatively easy to install, easy to … Read more…

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Web Page Load Times and Image Optimization

One of the most important aspects of an effective web site is site performance—specifically how fast a page loads. Slow-loading pages lead to high bounce rates. (Bounce rates are people leaving your site.) While there are a lot of factors … Read more…

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Content is King

In January 1996, Bill Gates wrote an essay titled “Content is King” (http://www.craigbailey.net/content-is-king-by-bill-gates/), which over time has become a mantra for the web. Like many sacred utterances some believe it and others challenge it. And I suspect most people haven’t … Read more…

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Requests for Proposals

We get a lot of requests for proposals (RFP) for web sites here at HB Design. This post looks at two common requirements that are often stated in web RFPs: The site should be easy to find in common search … Read more…

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Managing fonts with the Google Web Font Loader

What is the Google Web Font Loader? To understand what the font loader is, you first need to understand using web fonts. With the @font-face CSS rule, you can specify fonts to download for your web page. This CSS rule was first … Read more…

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Creating a New Web Site: Goals and Audience

There are two key things you need to think about when creating or redesigning a web site. Those are What are your goals? Who is your audience? Start with identifying your goal. Answer the question, “why do I want a … Read more…

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Comparison of Browser Web Development Tools

As a web page developer, I rely on web browser-based development tools like Firebug. Over the years each browser as improved their built-in tools, so I thought I would write a series of posts looking at features I find useful … Read more…

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HTML Table Generator: An Update

In March 2014, I wrote a post describing a tool I wrote for building and editing HTML tables with an HTML table generator. Since then I have made some updates to the tool that I want to describe. For those … Read more…

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Why Do New Web Sites Look the Same?

Try Googling that question! When I Googled it I got 361 million results, so it seems to be a question that a fair number of people are asking. I also think that the answer is somewhat complex. Part of the … Read more…

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