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Personal

How I got my domain name back from cyber squatters

I was given the domain zackkatz.com for my 17th birthday by my mom. It turns out, it was a good gift 🙂 I used it as a blog, music promotional area, and art gallery. I owned the domain (and let it stagnate) until around 2006, when I wanted to switch hosts. I waited for my domain […]

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Politics

Democratic Convention – losing focus and message through technology

I listen to NPR (KFCR in Colorado), and I’ve heard a few bits about the Democratic National Convention here in Denver. One of the main topics in these bits is how technologically advanced the DNC ’08 convention is going to be.  There will be blogging, there will be YouTube, there will be Twittering, and so […]

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Blogging

WordPress.com finally updates to 2.5 — A review

A picture [of my cat] is worth a thousand words. I’ve been waiting for WordPress.com to update the administration panel so that I can have galleries.  That is the main feature that I’ve been waiting for.  Now it’s here, I can finally upload pictures of my cat (and my wife 🙂 )   This will […]

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WordPress

Admin Drop Down Menu plugin does not break WordPress 2.5 Image Uploader [updated]

The plugin has been updated. The multitudes may celebrate fewer clicks! As sad as it is to admit (since the plugin has saved me thousands of clicks), Admin Drop Down Menu by Ozh breaks the WordPress image uploader. If you’ve tried everything WordPress tells you to do in order to fix that Image Gallery feature […]

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Blogging For Clients

Is Blogging Really Worth the Time?

Today, a business associate asked me “I know about blogging, and it seems like a waste of time. Why is blogging worth the time?” I was able to reply with some very convincing arguments — and in a way, I reminded myself about the value of blogging. Blogging establishes you as an expert in your […]

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Personal

Google is crazy and amazing: Completed Street View of Denver

I went to Google Maps today, and I found that Google has updated its Street View functionality to include almost ALL of Denver and the suburbs, including Boulder. This is a CRAZY amount of information.  It’s a truly boggling accomplishment.  I’m kind of shocked.Check out Street View yourself.

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SEO

Optimizing a website for search: Google vs. Yahoo! and MSN

When I think SEO, I think of Google. Why? Is it because Google’s PageRank system determines better websites? Is it because Google’s advertising options are superior? It’s as simple as this: Google gets better results than any other search engine. The major search engines often don’t agree Optimizing websites for search is frustrating sometimes. The […]

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Blogging

Tumblr is a great website if you find blogging intimidating

I was reading an article on A List Apart the other day and found a link to a website called Tumblr. It makes blogging really easy by making it less intimidating. You choose what type of content you’d like to post, and then you do it!It’s one of the most simple signup forms around, and […]

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SEO

Denver SEO: Achieving Goals – a slow trek toward good search engine ranking

I am a Denver web designer, and lots of what I do is advise my clients on how to improve their ranking. I do what I can to optimize the code using tried and true SEO techniques. But in the end, it comes down to this: are you willing to work for search engine placement? […]

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Design KWS

How does a 30% conversion rate sound?

I like to brag every now and then. When we set out to design a landing page for my Denver client, we had our eyes set on a minimum 2% conversion rate for their pay-per-click campaign. Currently, we’re achieving a 15.94% overall conversion rate. I made some tweaks to the form design last week, and […]

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Personal

Finally, a music website that knows how people think

I was browsing using StumbleUpon, and I came across a brilliant website: it lets you play music according to a grid : energetic/calm and positive/dark and so many different ways.  It’s really hard to explain, but you just need to check it out yourself!Musicovery.com

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Politics

When will Hillary & women have their turn?

Ok, I get it. Obama delivered a brilliant, vital, on-the-mark speech discussion about race relations in America. Everyone applauds, some people cry. Pundits unanimously agree it’s the most important speech…like…ever. That’s cool, good for him. Race is a-ok. What about gender?

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Design

Warning: Create your website at your own risk!

We know better now. My wife and I have just bought our first house. It has been updated, it looks great, and we’re slowly making it our own. When we bought it, we planned on installing our own laminate flooring. We bought a circular saw, read a few how-to articles, and felt generally pretty confident. […]

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Uncategorized

Landing page design — Activating emotions generates leads

Adding value to your landing page Landing page design is focused on having a user perform an action. Every piece of content should revolve around why and how a user should perform that action. Landing pages don’t need to be dull or static, however. I’m going to talk about a simple way I spruced up […]

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Design

How to Define Your Website Audience – includes a PDF sample!

This two-page PDF file is an example of how to define your website audience. When you create a website, it’s important to have in mind for whom you’re designing. When designing landing pages, it is especially important to focus on an audience and craft every piece of content to fit that profile. Feel free to […]

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KWS Web Design Portfolio

Landing page design – Dish Network

Katz Web Design has just completed a landing page for Dish Network (a Fortune 300 company) to help them streamline their hiring process. (By the way, if you’re looking for a sales job near Denver, Colorado [in Littleton], check out Dish. They’ve got great packages for sales representatives.) The purpose of a landing page (or […]

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Mac

Speed up your Mac – only thing that worked for me!

I’ve tried repairing the permissions. Limiting desktop icons. Removing Safari’s support for ICO icons.  Clearing more hard drive space.  Nothing. Frickin’. Worked. I have been so frustrated by how slow my Mac Pro has been.  I have 2 2.66GHz dual-core processors, 2 GB of memory, and still I was getting spinning beach balls, crunching hard drives […]

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Design KWS

Content is king…when can I get it?

As a web designer / developer, my job is pretty straight forward: I design a website, code it, and add the content. But that’s not all. I’ve also got to be a pest, hounding clients for content. At the beginning of each project, it’s always a good idea to get a firm grasp on exactly […]

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KWS

Katz Web Design is moving!

Katz Web Design moved to Lakewood, Colorado in May, 2005 and set up shop at 71451/2 W. Vassar Ave. Katz Web Design has grown over 600% in three years at this location, but will soon move to a new location; Zack Katz and his wife have purchased a new home.