Archive for August, 2009

Arley McBlain writes for Six Revisions in HD

August 26th, 2009 | Comment | Debut

Yesterday an article I wrote called How to Design the Web in a Hi-Def World was published on the Six Revisions site. Six Revisions is a popular weblog for web designers + developers that Technorati recently listed in the top 100 blogs. It’s been exciting to get this kind of exposure, as well as to get some great feedback and optimized code from a very cool community. (more…)

Keep your Domains Forever!

August 26th, 2009 | 1 Comment | Industry

I’ve seen this happen too many times.

It all starts with a simple Company name-change. This rebranding results in a new domain name, and the old one is allowed to expire. Sometime after the new site is live complaints start coming in. The old domain is now a porno site.

These problems can be so easily avoided with the price of domains what they are. The domains should have been retained, and made to forward without gripping to the new site, or to a page on the new site explaining the transition. (more…)

Introducing; My own URL shortener

August 20th, 2009 | 356 Comments | Recent Work

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…)

New Location, Same Service

August 18th, 2009 | Comment | Debut

It’s official, the McBlains and Debut Creative are moving from Kincardine to Burlington! Kristi and I have loved our time here in Kincardine and will cherish many memories here. Our first house, the friendly people, the sunsets and our friends. With a recent technical consultancy opportunity for my wife Kristi came the chance to be much closer to our family. Add to this the fact that we’d no longer be at the mercy of Bruce County winters, and it comes down to an offer to good to refuse!

What does this mean for me, the client of Debut Creative!?

Understandably this might worry some of my local Debut clients; but let me assure you that 95% of all the great work we do is for clients hundreds of kilometers away. With the exception of some understandable moving-related scatterbrainedness, it will be business-as-usual for DEBUT.

3 Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Site

August 12th, 2009 | 1 Comment | Tutorials

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…)

Migrating data from ASP to WordPress

August 5th, 2009 | 12 Comments | Tutorials

My personal site has been an ASP site for about six years now, but the time has finally come to port over to WordPress and PHP. A lot of the heavy lifting was done over a year ago when I experimented with using Blogger as an RSS powering blog engine, but there was still some content fueled by a Microsoft Access Database.

In early 2004 I started a database of my Top5 high rotation songs of the week. This was a very simple database table with eight fields. It’s been very rewarding to see this progress kept, so naturally I want to bring it into the new site. On the former version of the site ASP calls the database, and repeats each row of data in a table. I could just copy and paste the HTML tables after they’ve been rendered, but where’s the fun in that? I’d prefer to have each table fall into my blog on the appropriate date for the last five years. (more…)