Jesse


  • Sunday Digest

    Sunday Digest

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    A little bit of everything this week. Some posts that could have gone with the design series last week. I sat down to write a bit about the history of web design on since the late 90s and ended up writing an 1800-word autobiography! Anyway, here’s this week’s digest. Enjoy!

  • Graynoise: Music to Web Design

    Graynoise: Music to Web Design

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    I previously wrote about the history of self-publishing and how it shaped what we see on the web today. I’ve written a bit about how layout on the web is influenced by print and how interactivity and responsive design has become the rule in how to create a website. Today, I want to explore a…

  • A Landing Page that Converts

    A Landing Page that Converts

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    Today I want to go over some information I wish I would have known earlier. Designing a good landing page seems like it shouldn’t be that difficult, but it does have some nuance that I didn’t quite grasp when I first started out. As I have learned over the years, everything about sales is psychology.…

  • Visual Hierarchy in UI Design

    Visual Hierarchy in UI Design

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    This should have a part of my series on the basics of design, but alas, here it stands a week late. I have a few things to say about visual hierarchy and, as usual, another few words on responsive design. After all, this wouldn’t be a design blog without the obligatory post about visual hierarchy.…

  • A Few Words about Webflow

    A Few Words about Webflow

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    Over the last few years, Webflow has emerged as quite the challenger, to the dominance of established platforms like WordPress, Wix, and Squarespace. Its popularity is no accident. Webflow’s strengths lie in its blend of design freedom, user-friendliness, and robust functionality. Since I have focused on other no-code website builders and neglected to speak much,…

  • What to Ask and What to Expect in a Web Design Consultation

    What to Ask and What to Expect in a Web Design Consultation

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    Creating or revamping a website can be a daunting task. If you’ve ever met for a web design consultation, you might have an idea of how things should go. It’s always possible that after previous interactions with a designer or digital marketer, you’ve come away with expectations that never came to fruition or were disappointed…

  • No Code Builders vs Self-hosted WordPress

    No Code Builders vs Self-hosted WordPress

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    First of all, when it comes to building for the web, I am primarily a WordPress developer, so the premise of this article is a bit biased against no code builders. That said, there’s definitely an allure to building with products like Wix or Squarespace. I’ve used them. What they offer isn’t necessarily bad. I…

  • Sunday Digest

    Sunday Digest

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    This past week I went over the basics and sometimes more advanced aspects of design. This was my first attempt at a recurring series. From now on, I’ll post a collection of the weeks posts each Sunday.

  • Layout: Magazine Spreads and Website Design

    Layout: Magazine Spreads and Website Design

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    Layout is the simple act of arranging elements on a page. In magazines, well-designed layouts entice us to read more deeply into an article, while the layout of a website can determine how quickly information is found. Understanding the principles behind layout, whether for print or web, unlocks a powerful tool for visual communication. The…

  • Typography Trends and Shaping Your Designs Through Text

    Typography Trends and Shaping Your Designs Through Text

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    Typography—the art of arranging type—plays a pivotal role in design. Of course, this is a web design blog, so, we’ll focus on how much of a pivotal role typography plays on the web. It’s not just about choosing fonts; it’s about creating an immersive user experience. This is the fourth article in the design series…

  • Responsive Design: Beyond Mobile

    Responsive Design: Beyond Mobile

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    The third article in this week’s series on design (Color, UX). It honestly seemed less complicated than I thought it would be when coming up with the concept for this article. As I outlined what I was going to cover, I realized that the steps are more intricate and require more care than I initially…

  • Enhancing User Experience (UX) Design for WordPress

    Enhancing User Experience (UX) Design for WordPress

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    When designing a site using WordPress, you have a unique opportunity to create exceptional user experiences. As a theme this week, I’m going to continue discussing the ideas behind design, and how it affects perception/feelings of the users of any given interface. I started yesterday with color theory, today we’ll look over UX principles and…

  • Color Psychology in Design

    Color Psychology in Design

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    The world of color psychology is a fascinating and foundational part of design in general. As a graphic designer and web designer, or as a student in the field, you should understand that color isn’t just about aesthetics—it profoundly influences user experiences, emotions, and behaviors. I’m sure we’ve all seen a website or ad that…

  • Custom Domain Email: Privacy, Security, and Capabilities

    Custom Domain Email: Privacy, Security, and Capabilities

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    I’m looking for a new custom domain email host with my eye on ProtonMail and a couple others. After a decade of using a grandfathered service with a defunct Microsoft (Windows Live Admin Center), and with Google now blocking reception of emails without DKIM, along with several other issues arising from using an unsupported system,…

  • BuddyPress: Build an Online Community

    BuddyPress: Build an Online Community

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    BuddyPress stands out as a my a great solution for creating social networks within a WordPress site. It has piqued my interest since for several years. I ended up building a site for my own community, but Discord disrupted that project. I’m still eager to build using this unique plugin. I’m sure I’ll find a…

  • WooCommerce vs. Shopify: E-Commerce Comparison

    WooCommerce vs. Shopify: E-Commerce Comparison

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    Let’s dig into the world of e-commerce platforms and explore the differences, benefits, and core concepts of both these widely used products/services. WooCommerce and Shopify are two popular e-commerce platforms. To an expert, each platform ships with what seem like obvious strengths and use cases. However, it kind of goes without saying, these might not…

  • The Psychology of Engagement: Crafting Viral Social Media Posts for Creatives

    The Psychology of Engagement: Crafting Viral Social Media Posts for Creatives

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    Promoting yourself online is, by now, a decades old pursuit. AI tools have provided an easy way to generate content and many uses can be unethical. An important part of the whole exercise is to first provide a thoughtful prompt to the systems you are using but to also read the content, evaluate the veracity…

  • AI Assistants for Web Designers: Gemini vs. Copilot – Unleashing Creativity and Boosting Productivity

    AI Assistants for Web Designers: Gemini vs. Copilot – Unleashing Creativity and Boosting Productivity

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    I’ve encountered and used AI assistants like Gemini and Copilot on a regular basis. Both offer unique features, but which one suits your workflow and what you may need in your everyday life? In this article, we’ll look into their strengths, weaknesses, underlying tech, and pricing to guide your decision in mainly web design but,…

  • Gutenberg vs. Elementor: WordPress Page Builders

    Gutenberg vs. Elementor: WordPress Page Builders

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    I’ve mentioned before that I’ve seen the development and evolution of WordPress from its inception. The introduction of the Gutenberg block editor in 2018 marked a significant shift from the classic editor. Since then, Elementor, a popular page builder plugin, has continued to be a favorite for many designers. But which tool is right for…

  • Is SEO Dead?

    Is SEO Dead?

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    I saw a post on LinkedIn earlier joking about the death of SEO. It got me thinking, is it ailing on its deathbed? I wondered if AI had brought the downfall of the promises and graphs that I’ve become accustomed to seeing on sites like LinkedIn. The shameless self-promotion of a competitive and over saturated…

  • Leveraging LinkedIn for Freelance Web Development

    Leveraging LinkedIn for Freelance Web Development

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    LinkedIn isn’t a new tool for web development success. It has definitely grown to become a huge marketplace for job seekers and content creators. In the past there were classified ads and places like Craigslist. Digging through gig work boards was a daily task when I started. I like to focus on my experience as…

  • From GeoCities to TikTok: The Evolution of Online Self-Publishing and Social Media

    From GeoCities to TikTok: The Evolution of Online Self-Publishing and Social Media

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    I have lived through several big moments in internet history. With many of them fresh in my mind, I want to briefly cover where some of this technology came from, and where the companies behind the technology went wrong. Obviously, many of the biggest moments are tied together with the innovations and creations of social…

  • Generative AI and Web Development: Efficiency Generator

    Generative AI and Web Development: Efficiency Generator

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    Continuing with the previous article covering the history, benefits, and problems with generative AI, I want to cover how it is being used as a tool for web development and what that means for the future of this field. Will there always be a need to have a driver behind the wheel? What can generative…

  • AI, Innovation: From the ’90s to the Future

    AI, Innovation: From the ’90s to the Future

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    I began my journey in the twilight of the 20th century. I’ve had a front-row seat to the relentless march of technological progress throughout the last 20-30 years. The story of artificial intelligence (AI) is particularly fascinating—a narrative that stretches from the rudimentary algorithms of the 1990s to the sophisticated generative AI systems of today.…

  • The Evolution of WordPress: Shaping the Web’s Identity

    The Evolution of WordPress: Shaping the Web’s Identity

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    In the vast tapestry of the internet, WordPress has emerged as a defining thread, weaving together millions of websites with its user-friendly content management system (CMS). But to appreciate WordPress’s impact, we must first explore the web’s metamorphosis since WordPress’s inception and the challenges that preceded its rise. The Dawn of the Web The World…

  • SEO: The Key to Unlocking Business Success Online

    SEO: The Key to Unlocking Business Success Online

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    Welcome to the world of SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, the secret sauce that can make your business’s website stand out in the vast ocean of the internet. Imagine you’re playing the biggest game of hide and seek, and SEO is your guide to being found. It’s not just about having a website; it’s about…

  • The Bedrock of Online Presence: WordPress Hosting Explained

    The Bedrock of Online Presence: WordPress Hosting Explained

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    As a web developer, I’ve witnessed the evolution of WordPress hosting from its nascent stages to the dynamic ecosystem it is today. In this brief article, I’ll guide you through the intricacies of WordPress website hosting, contrasting two venerable, established hosts with a couple modern, trendsetting providers. WordPress hosting is the foundation upon which a…

  • VPS Management: Mitigating Challenges and Enhancing Performance

    VPS Management: Mitigating Challenges and Enhancing Performance

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    In the sophisticated landscape of web hosting, Virtual Private Servers (VPS) stand out as a versatile and powerful solution for WordPress hosting. However, the journey from acquiring a VPS to achieving a seamlessly running WordPress site can be fraught with challenges. The Intricacies of VPS Configuration The initial setup of a VPS is a critical…

  • New Site New Life

    New Site New Life

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    After many long years of not really publishing anything here, I’ve decided to write more and keep up with my thoughts by using this area to provide updates on what’s on my mind. The past decade+ has brought a lot my way. Becoming a father to two beautiful young ladies has consumed my time and…

  • Introduction To Linux Commands

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    Smashing Mag continually publishes great work. This tutorial/Beginner’s Guide is no exception. Introduction To Linux Commands | Smashing Coding.

  • Some Good Advice About the viewport meta tag

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    Stop using the viewport meta tag until you know how to use it – htmlboy.

  • Mobile’s Influence On Startup Design

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    Interesting article talking about how the relatively new world of mobile technology has influenced new businesses. The Clean Web Movement: Mobile’s Influence On Startup Design | TechCrunch.

  • Rendering a Web Page

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    Here is a brief overview of the steps taken when you go to a webpage. Very interesting if you ever wanted to know more about your browsing. Rendering a web page – step by step – Friendly Bit.

  • Fullscreen Video Slideshow

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    Awesome! I will be trying this out very soon with a few ideas for new designs. Fullscreen Video Slideshow with BigVideo.js | Codrops.

  • Guidelines For Designing With Audio

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    This was a good read. It contains some basic concepts and techniques to work with while using audio in design. Guidelines For Designing With Audio | Smashing UX Design.

  • Black Mesa

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    I just got to the end of Black Mesa and I have to say, that it was awesome. The chapter order was changed for the better. One disappointment: no Xen 🙁 I WANT MORE! The conversion is fantastic. And another thing. Seeing that Gordon Freeman is a 27 year old man made me feel old.…

  • Google Drive Integration For Its Video Editing Tool

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    Seems like a really useful tool. Magisto Reveals Google Drive Integration For Its Automatic Video Editing Tool | TechCrunch.

  • Sticky Menus Are Quicker To Navigate

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    Remember everyone, the navigation of a website is probably its most important piece of its design. Sticky Menus Are Quicker To Navigate | Smashing UX Design.

  • New Google SEO Rules for WordPress Users

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    It’s good to stay up on this type of thing. Google is continually attempting to subvert the cause of the ranking scammers. I also think that with the explosion of the social media scene, things had already been changing with rapid Google algorithm updates. As the social media platform evolves, I imagine we will see…