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Web design is a combination of skills so quality resources on the subject are few and far between. Design includes skilled page layout, graphic design, use of white space, rhythm, and nuance. See also our HTML Style section and Production Graphics for more info.

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Installing the Elgg Social Networking CMS
One Open Source CMS that stands out above the rest for small businesses and personal networks is the Elgg open source "social engine," which can be used to create social applications. Scott Clark shows you how to install and get started with this social networking CMS.
Drupal 6.14, Introduction and Installation
Drupal provides developers with a database-driven CMS that comes "out-of-the-box" with many often-requested features. This article walks you through the installation process and showcase some of the out-of-the-box features that make Drupal so popular.
Drupal 6.14, Introduction and Installation
Drupal provides developers with a database-driven CMS that comes "out-of-the-box" with many often-requested features. This article walks you through the installation process and showcase some of the out-of-the-box features that make Drupal so popular.
How to Build a Web Design Business: Part 2
This week we discuss the skills and knowledge needed to succeed as a Web designer, such as knowledge of HTML, CSS, browser issues, programming knowledge, e-commerce shopping carts and more. By Peggie Brown. 0109
How to Build a Web Design Business
With all the HTML editors available, you too can build Web sites for profit. Time to start a small business? No! While it's easy to publish Web pages, a lot of planning is necessary to create a viable business. In this article you'll learn how. By Peggie Brown. 1212
Partial Page Rendering Using Hidden IFrame
Partial page rendering removes the need for the entire Web page to be refreshed as the result of a postback. Instead, only regions that have changed are updated, speeding up user interaction with the Web site. By Madhusudan Pagadala. 0720
Customizing a MySpace Page for a Band
Most musicians today have a Web site which they use to market their CD's, band schedules and merchandise. Among the many marketing options, one approach is to customize a Web page on MySpace to use for your band. This week you'll learn how. By Lee Underwood. 0604
E-Commerce - 10 Steps to Success
The promise of e-commerce is of great success online. If your business model is solid, there's a good chance that you'll prosper. This week you'll learn how to retain your business integrity on the Web. By Josh Greenfield. 0416
How to Redesign Your Web Site
Occasionally, a Web Site can benefit from a facelift or a completely new design. In this article, we look at methods you should consider before you begin. By Rajesh Tavakari. 0409
How to Choose Web Software
A Web site is a patchwork of computer files of various types, such as HTML, image files, multimedia, JavaScript, Flash movies, etc. This week we look at the different types of software necessary to create a coherent, consistent Web site. By O'Reilly Media Inc. 0612
How to Create User Friendly Web Sites
Today's multimedia Web sites are becoming more prevalent. Done well, video, animation, and sound can enrich the user experience. Done poorly, multimedia reduces your site's value. This week you'll learn how to avoid common pitfalls and use multimedia to your advantage. By Pearson Education, Inc. and New Riders. 0529
Book Excerpt: The Non-Designer's Web Book, Third Edition
Typography on the Web can be a terrible mess, due in part to the different browsers and limitations on what can be done. In this installment you'll learn about the basics of good typography, how to adjust traditional typographic rules to work on the Web and how to use Cascading Style Sheets for better typographic control. December 6, 2005
Excerpt: Don't Make Me Think, Second Edition: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
In today's world of Web design the sites that offer the best, easiest, most intuitive experience are the ones people visit again and again. Join usability guru Steve Krug who distills his years of experience into a practical primer on the do's and don'ts of good Web design. November 22, 2005
Book Review: Access by Design: A Guide to Universal Usability for Web Designers
For some Web designers, accessibility and usability are dirty words, creating the idea that many hours of intensive work are involved. In reality, it's not hard to make a Web site accessible. To prove it, Sarah Horton has written a book about the subject, and when it comes to accessibility and usability, she seems to know her stuff. By Lee Underwood, November 4, 2005
A Web Development Primer
In this article, Ahmad Permessur examines a wide variety of Web technologies, beginning with HTML, it's limitations and how to go beyond it. Other topics covered are client- and server-side technologies, networks, JavaScript, DHTML, CGI. and more. July 29, 2005
The Art & Science of Web Design
Learn Web design the object-oriented way with Jeffrey Veen from HotWired.com.
Dmitry's Design Lab
Dmitry Kirsanov, author of Top Ten Web Design Tips and HTML Unleashed, shows how you can use Style Sheets, graphics, and layout to make your pages stand out from the crowd.
Communicate With Color
Maura Yost points out that effective use of color is one of the most direct ways to communicate on your pages - and not nearly as straightforward as you may have thought.
HotWired Style: A Summary
HotWired Style codifies the ideas that worked at hotwired.com, and it's a must read. User-centered design, speed with style, clarity and simplicity (banish drop shadows and bevels), thinking above the fold, all these guidelines can help any site you design.
Interview with Molly Holzschlag
An interview with Molly Holzschlag, a prolific Web author, instructor, and designer. In this interview, she discusses technology and the sometimes overlooked human side of the Web.
Software Developers Have Something To Teach You
Jon Dillon emphasizes the importance of focus in Web site planning.
Taking Your Talent to the Web
Read this exclusive prerelease written by the founder of A List Apart, Jeffrey Zeldman Presents and The Web Standards Project.
WebTV Design Guide For Webmasters
Learn how to design your web pages for display on WebTV, including the new Plus model. Colors, fonts, HTML tips, and WebTV-specific HTML tags are covered, including a screen shot of WebReference on WebTV. By Kathy Casper.
What Makes a Great Site?
The essential traits of great web sites. Timely original content, interactivity, good organization, and easy navigation are some characteristics of great web sites. By Andrew King.

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