URL shorteners have gotten a lot more use in the last couple years with the increasing popularity of Twitter. I’ve even been seeing them in print publications like .net magazine. Who wouldn’t want a shorter and more memorable URL? Shorteners are a great way of saving space and characters. As great as they are, every silver lining must have a cloud. (more…)
Posts Tagged ‘Website’
There is a harsh reality that a website owner must face once their site is up: It’s not simply enough to have the website. The Internet isn’t a Field of Dreams; just because you built it doesn’t mean they will come.
So your site is built – now what? The truth is building the site is the easy part. Now you have to work on it. Don’t dismay! This is the fun and engaging part. (more…)
It’s been nearly three years since I conceived the name Debut Creative, a lot has happened in that time.
Since 2006 I moved away from the city I lived in for twenty years, I left my comfortable job as the New Media Developer of a marketing agency, I married, bought a house, and I estimate that I have worked on up to forty websites – but I never worked on my own website. (more…)
The second of two very large sites I recently worked on just went live this week. Nipissing Universities Prospective Students site is geared towards high school students that are Post-Secondary-Shopping. The site is built using the institutes standing ASP framework, which I have to say is quite optimized in terms of how many includes and variable calls are used. I definitely learned a lot of tricks on this one. I also brushed up quite a bit on some CSS techniques like rollover sprites. (more…)
About a year and a half ago I started doing weekly updates for a local Kincardine newspaper. Their site was a static HTML site with the purpose of delivering the news to a couple thousand viewers a week. The Kincardine Independent is the only locally owned and independent news organization in the area, so they are regarded as straight shooting, and not under the thumb of nationally owned syndicates. (more…)
Yesterday I finished work on the Piel Construction logo for friend and client Dave Piel. Dave is well known in the area, and we wanted a non-cliché logo (without hammers or houses etc.) We ended up with this. There is some nice flowing texture we liked since it can be representative of a saw blade, or something more elemental (we neighbours of Lake Huron might identify with) (more…)
Today was the launch of the site for North Bay and area rockers Jake and the Fundamentals. I got this project through my old friend, and bassist Danny Colomby. Though I have known him for five years, today (on the music page) was my first time hearing him play, and it makes me itchy to see this band. Check out their Upcoming Shows page; these guys are playing everywhere. (more…)
I recently read an article about freelance philosophies that really opened my eyes. For the last year I have busier than ever without ever taking the time to work on my own web presence. I always brushed it off; I’m too busy making client sites to worry about my own. The author went on to explain that as a developer I need to establish a solid web-presence, and not just my own website.
It has inspired me to start a Recent Work section of my site. It’s the perfect compromise; updating my website while highlighting a few client projects. (more…)