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Getting closer on my own website design

↑ A little sneak peek of my new web design “You need to finish your web site“ My website has been in a transitional state for almost a year. Thankfully, in spite of that, Katz Web Design has been thriving. I’ve been so busy that I’ve not had reasonable time to focus on my business’ […]

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Blogging SEO

Encouraging clients to write often…or using a blogging service?

I’ve been working with the WordPress platform for a little while now, and I’ve been a regular blogger since January (though I had been promoting blogging for years earlier, and had my first blog in 2000 [yes, I’m a bit insecure about my blogging creds]).  I’ve created many sites with blogging capabilities, some of them […]

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Code

Load time improvements

Load time matters Imagine waiting 18 seconds for a page to load (on a high-speed connection) — not just the home page, but any inside page of a website.  Pretty frustrating, right?  Having bad load times makes a huge difference to your customers.  I helped a new client reduce page load time from 19 seconds […]

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SEO

What is a web designer, and who are these people?

I just finished meeting with a client who told me that she had met with multiple other designers, and that I was the only one who provided any ideas for marketing her website. It’s pretty unbelievable. She has a new product that is not yet launched — very under wraps — and wants to spread […]

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Personal

Back at the office

My wife and I are now back from our 1 week vacation.  We stayed at home, and were able to: Paint! The living room My office The kitchen Buy! A corner TV stand A SolaTube (which has made our living room 300% more pleasant) A new desk for my office Gallons of paint (see “Paint!” above […]

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KWS

Oy! Vat I need is a vacation!

Sometimes my thoughts have a yiddish accent… And sometimes, I do something about my thoughts — like go on vacation until May 5th. So, the Webs, I’ll be not online.  Hope the Internet’s there when I get back 🙂

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Code

Setting Far Futures Expires in ASP, Using ASP as CSS

I normally don’t work with ASP; I use PHP for my coding. Recently, I had to create a style.css.asp file, and I needed to find how to set a far-futures header in ASP.  Here’s what I found in 5 minutes 🙂 :

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A web design testimonial from Todd Colchin

Today at the Westside Business Builders meeting, Todd Colchin of Colchin Automotive & Diesel gave Katz Web Design a testimonial: Our website is just barely up — and we’ve not done anything with it yet — and yesterday, we got two new customers who came into our shop who found us by our website! They […]

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Code Design

Building a Real Estate Website in WordPress – Part 1

I am designing and creating a real estate website with WordPress, and I’m going to be writing a few articles that detail how it’s done.  This article will get you started — please leave feedback with any questions or topic requests for the next installment. Real estate using WordPress Part 2 is now available! A little background — […]

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KWS

Review: career day at Lakewood High School

It was my first career day at a high school (since being in high school), and it was fine.  I remembered that high schoolers are just kids and nowhere near adults yet. There were some kids that had already started designing their own websites, one knew Ruby on Rails, one was very interested in design. […]

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Personal

Making technology that is more human

There’s a problem with technology: it’s not human.  Technology often can’t express when there are problems, especially when it doesn’t know problems exist. There’s a gap between the consumer and the product that can often only be bridged by a middle-man repair shop. Creating products that communicate their problems effectively is one of the next […]

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SEO

Warning: SEO companies charge too much and take too long

A man called yesterday wanting to have his Denver IT Services website optimized.  He had called multiple search engine optimization specialists in Denver, and each one had given him the same proposal: spend thousands of dollars per month, and take a long time. Check out what the SEO companies said He had been told the following by […]

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Protected: Listening, clients, and websites…the low-down

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Code

Use .htaccess to make all your HTML files PHP

Note: the following will not work on all server configurations, which may be why you’re using SSI in the first place. Call your server administrator/tech support and see if the following techniques are supported. Escape static HTML If you want the power and flexibility of PHP but don’t want to (or can’t) shift away from […]

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Blogging

How to increase online exposure through social bookmarking

Are you having the exposure blues? Do you write articles that few people read? It may be because they aren’t finding your article! Writing on your blog is not enough when you’re starting out. It’s important to spread the word. Doing a little legwork after you write an article makes a large difference in the […]

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Design Politics

Found: Hillary Clinton's web designer

We know who Barack Obama’s web designer is.  Let’s find out who Hillary’s web designer is! I’ve looked through the CSS and there’s no trace of the designer. Anyone know? Hillary Clinton’s web designer has been found! Thanks to krs who left a comment below, Hillary’s web designer has been found. Design by Mayfield Strategy Group […]

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Politics

Bill Clinton talks about Hillary – and actually makes great points

I’ve been not too happy with Bill Clinton recently — it seems every chance he gets, he makes an ass of himself and hurts Hillary’s reputation.  He probably needs therapy to cope with being First Gentleman.  Anyway, there’s a video on Hillary’s website  that is really well done.  It shows Bill talking about Hillary’s lifetime of […]

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Blogging

How to get more comments on your blog

I was asked a question by a potential client about blog comments.  She was concerned that some of the blog designs I’ve created have little user interaction.  She wrote (emphasis added by me): I have been looking at the blogs you have created.  I am wondering why there aren’t many comments.  I want to use […]

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CSS Design Politics

Found: Barack Obama's Web Designer

Update: The New WhiteHouse.gov Website Update: Who will be the White House web designer? A lot of people have wanted to know who designed Barack Obama’s website. With good reason: Obama’s website is beautiful. It even conveys Obama’s message of hope in it’s wistful design. Well, here it is: Barack Obama’s web designer is: SimpleScott. […]

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Katz Web Design is now on Facebook

You’ve heard a lot about social networking, bookmarking, and media. Facebook is the biggest social networking site out there.  Katz Web Design now has a page on Facebook. My clients have been interested in how to use Facebook and other social sites (like MySpace) to promote their business. I will write articles shortly about advertising […]