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Web Design and your Online Business

Welcome to Everyone's blog where you'll find me musing about anything related to online business and web design. One of my favorite pastimes is interviewing other people in the industry about how they deal with the challenges of designing pages for their clients. You will hear about everything from how to attract people to your site to making the page behave for any browser, new or old. If you've got an idea for a blog, or for a radio show on Blog Talk Radio, please drop me a line at blogtalk@everyones.com or just leave a comment here!

Free as a business model

Myra Rhodes - Thursday, November 04, 2010

So, I’ve heard that “Free” is a business model worth pursuing, however, until now I’ve been scratching my head, trying to figure out how ‘free” can apply to my business and still keep the rent paid.
You see, the courses offered by Everyone’s E-Learning are interactive and asynchronous, meaning that you purchase the course and you do it whenever you want, without the aid of a facilitator, either in person or virtually. So how on earth can free fit into this scenario?
It occurred to me the other day that many courses out there on the internet are not interactive, and the audience simply watches as the instructor goes through the motions of that day’s lessons. Finally, the light went on and I realized that I have much more than that to offer and I can give it away for free without giving away the entire farm!
In the live webinar that I host, the audience participates in the hands-on simulations of the Dreamweaver software and already that is more fun for everyone than just passively sitting by while the demonstration unfolds. In addition they get the benefit of a little more of an introduction to the topics being covered before we dive into the exercises. There is interaction between the participants via the live chat and other tools, such as pointers, text and drawing tools.
So while the audience does not have access to the full extent of Day 1 materials at their own leisure as they do with the purchased version and they do not have the benefit of the printed step by step review of each lesson, they can still participate in the lesson and get their feet wet until they decide whether they want to purchase the full series.
So I’ve run this idea up the flagpole and guess what, as of the moment of this writing I have 74 registrations.  Boy, oh boy, do people like free!
Join us, why don’t you, at http://everyones.com/bookings/dreamweaver-getting-started-booking ..

Second Interview with John Gallant Part Three – Font Sizing

Myra Rhodes - Sunday, September 19, 2010

In John Gallant’s opinion, font sizing is the most intense subject in web design. The focus of this portion of my Blog Talk Radio interview with John is to discover how you can set up font sizing on a site that you can maintain later on without going crazy. The reason for this ‘crazy making’, according to John is because sometimes too many people have their hands on the design of a page and they are changing font sizes for their particular portion of the page instead of having a more organized approach. ..

Second Interview with John Gallant Part One – PNG Images

Myra Rhodes - Wednesday, August 25, 2010

In my first interview with John Gallant, we received some insight to the baffling problems encountered by web designers when web pages are viewed in different browsers. In this, the second interview on Blog Talk Radio, John begins with a discussion on how to handle PNG (Portable Network Graphics) files. PNG images, John explains, allow you to ‘see through’ parts of the image that are transparent. They also work well for smooth gradients. Graphics Interchange Format (GIFS) also offer transparency. However, GIFs come with their inherent ‘jagiess’ that make it difficult to fade out to transparency around a curve. With PNGs there is no such thing as jaggies, because rather than going from opaque to transparent, the edges of an irregular image can fade out to transparency. You can then lay the PNG on top of any background and it will show up beautifully. John still recommends JPGs (Joint Photographic Experts Group) for the display of photos. ..

First Interview with CSS Junkie John Gallant Part 3 of 3 parts

Myra Rhodes - Monday, April 26, 2010

This is the third blog in a series from my first interview on Blog Talk Radio with “CSS Junkie”, John Gallant.
The next problem that John addresses, takes us back to the early days of the internet where you may have an image on the page and text above or below it. That was not very pretty looking, so they said, “Why can’t the text flow up into this empty space next to the images?” So the ‘align’ attribute was invented and applied to elements to allow aligning left or right or center and to allow the text to flow around them.  ..

First Interview with CSS Junkie John Gallant Part 2 of 3 parts

Myra Rhodes - Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Continuing my discussion with “css junkie”, John Gallant, another major problem with Internet Explorer version 6 is called ‘hasLayout’. The IE browser decides if the hasLayout property is applied to a box or not. It is triggered when the author applies certain properties to a box such as width or height or floating or absolute positioning. Once a box hasLayout it behaves quite differently than when it doesn’t have layout.
You might think that a simple solution would be to apply hasLayout universally, but there are certain situations where you do not want the hasLayout property to be applied. John cites http://www.satzansatz.de/cssd/onhavinglayout.html for anyone who would like to have a better understanding of hasLayout. ..

First Interview with CSS Junkie John Gallant Part 1 of 3 parts

Myra Rhodes - Saturday, April 17, 2010

John Gallant, also known as CSS Junkie or Big John, has devoted a large part of his career to finding and documenting bugs that occur with CSS (cascading style sheets) and also with jquery and java script in combination with CSS. John was my guest on Blog Talk Radio. His site, www.positioniseverything.net, affectionately referred to as PIE, is where you will find pretty much everything that can go wrong with your CSS when your web page is viewed in Internet Explorer (IE). Before we get into some of the more common bug issues that plague web designers, I asked John why IE is such a problem. It seems that when Microsoft first implemented IE, they had some ideas about how things should be done. It resulted in pages looking ‘a little different’ in IE than they did in other browsers. Some people, according to John, say that Microsoft did it on purpose so that their pages would look better in IE than they did in other browsers and that it was more of a political thing. ..



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