Websites: where words, pixels and code come together

words, pixels and code

This website invites you to contemplate the merits of designing websites well. It provides examples of sites built well that perform well, that get indexed consistently well by search engines - yet are built economically.

If you want a website squeezed out of a template tube, this isn’t the place for you. What goes on here is all about caring. It’s also hard-nosed: in these pages you’ll find opinions based upon an experience of what works. In my experience, it works because care has been taken to get it right.

Carefully-designed websites

words, pixels and code

A finished website occupies an intersection of converging interests: the client, the content or product, the designer, the rules of the code, the demographics of the likely users, the algorithms of the search engines, the limits of bandwidth and the possibilities and restrictions of the users’ screens. Getting this convergence right is a multi-disciplinary process, requiring care!

Latest resources

March 24, 2017
a Backdrop CMS | original design & coding | W3C standards-compliant | gloriously mobile-responsive | tip-top SEO goodness baked-in
February 27, 2017

A web page usually has a menu link that gets you there, as does this blog post with its menu link in the vertical menu of blog posts, listed chronologically, newest at the top. When you are reading this post, that...

January 18, 2017

A snappy introduction to pricing web projects, especially valuable for beginner freelancers. Replete with insight and specific about different industry pricing models. Take-away nugget: the price you charge for a website is based on the value you...

January 17, 2017

This won’t be new but the detail might be sufficiently interesting to make you do something about it.

There’s no need to re-explain the context in detail. In brief: the passwords we use for...

January 2, 2017

I usually build websites that my clients can work with themselves, enabling them to add, edit and delete content without their needing to come back to me for all of this sort of micro-management. Some of my clients...

December 10, 2016

Web standards is a topic that recently seems to have been eclipsed in importance by more fashionable - or pressing - aspects of web design such as UX and responsiveness, so I was interested in seeing what take an Apress book published in 2014 had...

December 1, 2016

This post is not just about a place. It is about an event. The event and where it took place are inseparable so to that extent this event can be located on a map although, if you went there today, there...

October 29, 2016

Software evolves, updates are released and we all tread the moving pavement. So it is even with open-source software projects, such as Drupal and Wordpress. There are few exemptions. To...

September 26, 2016

A detailed book that will be of value to those who are not familiar with Drupal. This caters for site-builders who want to install Backdrop and go and for those who want to roll their own code on top of a vanilla Backdrop installation. Just note...

September 24, 2016

This slim volume explains the basics of taking a Drupal 7 site and converting it into a Backdrop CMS site. It covers the fundamental architectural changes required to make D7 themes and modules function within the newer, lighter-weight Backdrop...