When it comes to web design, the actual design is only one aspect of the project. After all what is the point in having a web site if nobody ever sees it? This is where Search Engine Optimisation, or SEO, comes in. SEO covers a series of things that can, and should, be taken under consideration when publishing a site. A lot of things covered are pretty common sense or are easy to implement in a site.
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For quite some time now there’s been this whole spiel going on about how it’s HTML5 vs Flash in a battle to the death. About how HTML5 is going to kill Flash, that Flash is on the way out. That there’s no reason to rely on Flash for X, Y and Z. I’m going to post my own thoughts on the topic, so bear in mind that what I’m saying here is my own opinion and is, by and large, completely unsupported by anything even remotely close to facts.
Well this article has been a while in coming. One of the side effects of freelancing is that, sometimes, you have to set aside some of your other projects to let yourself meet client deadlines. Fortunately I have been making progress with this article throughout this time, and I’m finally in a position to dedicate some time to getting this article live.
CSS is an important part of any web design. Without it the content of you site would be a very plain looking black and white design, with blue links. It’s not that it isn’t usable but that it’s not very visually appealing, which is why CSS is so important. It affords people the ability to provide a unique and visually moving site design.
Why yes, yes it is. Earlier today (technically yesterday when this post goes live) I added a new section to my site. For a while now I’ve been maintaining my 365 Design Blog over on Tumblr. It’s a fantastic system for me to manage that much content both quickly and easily. Unfortunately it’s not so fantastic, in my experience, is the ability to find posts at a later date.
This particular piece of experimentation came about as a result of needing to get reacquainted with PHP’s ability to generate images. Why? I was working on an image related piece of script and, at the time, couldn’t find anything suitable. It also gave me a chance to reacquaint myself with PHP scripting for something other than handling Database Content.
I’ve decided to start revisiting some of my old 365 Design Blog pieces. I’ll be doing this for a couple of reasons. The most notable of these is to provide me with a space in which I can cover the details of the material I have been producing in a bit more detail that I have afforded elsewhere. It will also allow me to revisit some old pieces and address flaws in them, if any exist, and to update my code.
HTML5 introduces, changes and, in some cases, removes things. It streamlines some old elements and expands into new, more semantic areas. As I mentioned in the last article, there are new elements to help you set up basic areas of the site, such as the header, navigation, sidebars, content articles and footers. But there is a great deal more available. Let’s take a look, shall we?
This past week has been quite the experience for me. I’ve been sorting out a few things that I’ll be doing this summer, primarily visiting people, but I’ve been dealing with clients, and both attending events as well as signing up for a few more that I’d like to attend over the coming months. Which is really what is responsible for this post today.
This article is one of a series that I plan on covering, regarding HTML5. Over the series I plan to take a look at various aspects of HTML5, be it browser support, how you can start working with it now or how to get HTML5 Video working across browsers, with support for those who don’t yet support these tags.