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February 6, 2013
What makes a good website in 2013?

Many of you will want the very best web solution for your business, but what is it that actually makes a website ‘good’? From my experience as a freelance web designer I would say that a strong web build comes down to a number of important factors. Firstly, your website should tackle a problem that… View Article

January 1, 2013
20% off January discount now available

I am delighted to announce that I am offering 20% off all my services if you confirm in January. A quick summary of what I can do: Web design, web builds, CSS + HTML coding, HTML E-mails and more… To take advantage of this money saving offer, just quote ‘JANSAVE’ when you e-mail me for… View Article

December 29, 2012
Getting myself ready for the new year

Its been a fantastic festive period so far for me, meeting up with old friends and enjoying a few drinks, but now its time to start thinking about the new year and how 2013 will pan out for me as a freelance website designer. In terms of organising myself, I’ve already begun to compile a… View Article

December 13, 2012
How to access MAMP on your iPhone, iPad and other Devices

Web design has become much more than just designing for desktop computers over the last few years. There are so many internet-ready devices and screen sizes out there that you have to work to try and cover all the bases. One way of achieving a smart looking website on a variety of screen sizes is… View Article

December 13, 2012
New wordpress theme currently under development

I’m pleased to confirm that I have started work on a brand new theme for my website (Yes the one you are currently looking at!) which I hope to be releasing at the start of the new year. I’ve decided to change the theme for a number of reasons, the main being that I’ve progressed… View Article

December 12, 2012
Wordpress 3.5 has now been released

Attention web designers, its that time again where we have to tediously go around our client’s websites updating their WordPress installs, as version 3.5 has been released this week. I’m sure there are probably a few elegant solutions out there where you can do all the updating in one place, but for now I’m still… View Article

December 2, 2012
A super quick way to add a "back to top" link to your website

Over the last few years internet speeds have increased dramatically, which for freelance website designers means that having a lot of content on a single page is no longer a problem! One annoying thing though, is that when people reach the the bottom of the page they don’t really want to scroll all the way… View Article

December 2, 2012
Turn off captions by default on Youtube

I find it really annoying when you start watching a video on Youtube and all of a sudden, hundreds of captions start appearing saying, “watch my new video” or something similar. This on top of closing the in-line ads every time you watch something really effects the user experience of the site in my opinion…. View Article

November 30, 2012
A simple more time-effective way to use Lorem Ipsum

I use Lorem Ipsum constantly in my design and framework building, but started finding it really annoying having to fill out the little form EVERY time I wanted a sample of text. The solution to this was simple. I filled out the form and when the result came up I bookmarked that page instead of… View Article

November 28, 2012
How to use an external monitor with your Macbook closed

When I’m inĀ  my office working I like to hook up my Macbook up to an external Dell Monitor which I bought a few months ago. The advantage being that I now have a much larger screen size, which is useful when designing websites and brochures etc. Its a bit fiddly getting your Macbook to… View Article

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