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This Is Not My Forte - website building edition.

About 7 years ago, I created a website for my small business using Current Webhosting Company's WYSIWYG editor. Current Company has not really kept up with advances in website technology (i.e., no responsive design options, difficult to create a mobile site, clumsy blogging, etc). But I've worked hard on my site and I'm generally proud of it. Should I cut my losses and start all over again? Or can this website be saved... and how??? [more inside]
posted by JubileeRubaloo on Aug 29, 2014 - 5 answers

Help me outta my wump (web design slump)

I've designed web sites for years, but lately I'm finding it has become increasingly difficult. I think this has much to do with prevailing design and technology trends -- which apparently don't agree with me. [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Aug 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Good, relatively-cheap CMS options?

I'm looking for a CMS that is highly-customizable and relatively cheap. [more inside]
posted by omar.a on May 27, 2014 - 6 answers

Information-Dense Web Design Example - Parts Site

I'm trying to remember a site I once saw offered up as an example of good high information density web design. I think I originally saw it on AskMe but can't find it now - it was a parts catalog (lots of screws and other stuff), white background, green trim, I think the name of the company was a surname starting with M. The primary method of using the site was searching for parts by category, and it had lots of small black and white photos. Any idea what I'm thinking of?
posted by 23 on May 22, 2014 - 4 answers

Random webpage loaded from a list every 10 mins?

Clever web coding ninjas: I require an html webpage to be loaded from a list / directory at random every ten minutes. This cycle repeats indefinitely, with the next random page being pulled up automatically for as long as the browser is open. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on May 8, 2014 - 21 answers

What's the website where you can choose how much to pay for something?

I came across this website a few weeks ago that was selling a web design/dev tutorial package, among other things. Depending on how much you paid (above or below the average price), you'd get a certain number of lessons from the total package. I also remember part of your payment went to the charity of your choice. There was a basic intro to HTML/CSS lesson, one on turning a Photoshop design into a web site, and 7-8 more for a total of ~$11. Does anyone know what I'm talking about?
posted by sociology on Apr 11, 2014 - 5 answers

Anonymous JavaScript advice

Hello, Could someone please tell me where I can get advice on the design of code on a particular website? [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Apr 8, 2014 - 5 answers

Simple but scalable CMS platforms?

What should I be looking at in addition to Wordpress? [more inside]
posted by Eddie Mars on Mar 14, 2014 - 14 answers

Web platform suggestions

What's a good small-scale web platform for sharing documents? [more inside]
posted by molybdenum on Feb 21, 2014 - 6 answers

What's the division of labour in web development?

I want to start doing freelance web work, but I'm not sure what I'd like to specialise in. I'm competent with python, PHP, html, css, javascript and angular as well as doing designy things like UX and photoshop. Previously I've always built whole websites from start to finish and now I'd like to pick a particular element and develop my skills to professional level in that role, but I'm not sure how it breaks down and how the size of the company/project increases the numbers of roles.
posted by awesomathon on Jan 3, 2014 - 5 answers

Help me learn how to collaborate with programmers!

Hi everyone, I will soon be working on a project that involves the development of a web platform and will be hiring part-time engineers. I would like to know enough about programming and web development to be able to collaborate with them and understand the language, and have realistic expectations of when things get built. So I am not looking to learn how to program (I wish I had time for that), but rather have a basic understanding of how the system works and fits together (front-end, back-end, etc.) Anyone know of any good online resources- online courses, websites, etc. for this type of knowledge? I've checked out Code Academy and Khan Academy, but both seem heavily focused on helping you learn how to write code vs. understanding the system abstractly and holistically. But I may have missed something. Thanks in advance for your help!
posted by tessalations999 on Dec 21, 2013 - 19 answers

What's the best way for a nonprofit to hire a web developer/coder?

Our nonprofit has a ~$20,000 budget to spend on a web coder for our new website. We're developing our wireframes/design in-house. Where/how should we hire a web developer/coder? [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Nov 27, 2013 - 10 answers

Website file uploader - no PHP

A friend has asked me to fix a broken file uploading function on her website. The website is coded entirely in HTML, and the server it runs on does not support PHP scripts. [more inside]
posted by robot-hugs on Nov 7, 2013 - 9 answers

Basic, easily updatable photo-heavy web site?

It's time to create a better website for our store. What are the best options for a non-techy site that are free/cheap? [more inside]
posted by Atom12 on Sep 12, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me learn graphic / visual design fundamentals.

I’m a fine artist who wants to move into design (for web) and I want to get up to speed on graphic / visual / communication design fundamentals. [more inside]
posted by halcorp on Sep 2, 2013 - 5 answers

Examples of websites that display pairs of items side-by-side?

I am designing a website for a set of museum exhibits. The curator designed the museum panels so two items are displayed on each panel and the viewer experiences them in each other's context. If we were making a book instead of a website, we would place these items on facing pages. What is the equivalent of facing pages in web layout? Can you think of websites that pair items so they are experienced together (i.e. without scrolling down)? [more inside]
posted by heatherann on Aug 31, 2013 - 11 answers

Can you learn to beautify websites?

I have been through a few HTML and CSS online courses and am able to build basic websites, but how do I learn to decide what I want them to look like? I am currently learning JavaScript online and from books but are there any online tutorials that can help me become more confident from a design point of view? [more inside]
posted by joboe on Aug 2, 2013 - 10 answers

Web design: What are my options for adding a password system to a site?

Hi, I've recently completed web design courses in HTML and JavaScript with O'Reilly School of Technology. The courses were good but the main feature I'd like to add to my website is a password system. . [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Jul 26, 2013 - 6 answers

What are the best-designed news sites?

Looking for examples of a newspaper and tv news sites that have a well-designed approach to integrating high volumes of content and nav. At any location, in any language, etc.
posted by boombot on Jul 11, 2013 - 7 answers

Making custom templates for dummies?

I'd like to start editing wordpress themes and I'm finding that while there's loads of individual tutorials, getting a handle on everything I need to learn is proving more of a challenge. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by Phalene on Jun 17, 2013 - 12 answers

Best website for purchasing website/wordpress templates?

Helping friends set up their small business website. I am not a web designer/developer, just fine with tweaking, dependable and honest--unlike their last web person. They don't need a lot of fancy stuff, but I would like to move them off of google sites and get them something 1)more professional 2) still easily updatable. They are hosted on godaddy with redirects now, which is wasteful. The godaddy webbuilder software does not impress so far. [more inside]
posted by pywacket on Jun 7, 2013 - 15 answers

Scrolling past the most recent 20 articles at io9 and deadspin?

I get that Nick Denton has some sort of fixation on breaking the simple functionality of scrolling backward through a blog's archives, but the last time Gawker sites redesigned, you could work around the breakage by going to "blog.[gawkersite].com" to get it back. Is there currently any way to scroll back past the most recent 20 articles at the front pages of io9 and deadspin? Note: I've tried, but don't care about the Kinja comment system at all; I just want to read the posts on occasional visits. Is Gawker Media just writing visitors like me off or is there a workaround to the elimination of easy access to older stories?
posted by mediareport on Mar 26, 2013 - 14 answers

You're doing it wrong.

I make websites. I have an old client whose new vendor is, to be blunt, not a competent web designer and not a developer at all. She has been coming to me for help, and it's putting me in quite an awkward situation. How can I remove myself at all gracefully? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2013 - 16 answers

A website to extract prominent colours in images/webpages?

I seem to recall at one point finding a website where you could type in the URL of a webpage or image and it would give you the prominent colours, with hex codes, etc. Does this actually exist or was I dreaming?
posted by kansakwens on Mar 17, 2013 - 2 answers

How do I build a component library?

How can I build a component library so our designers and developers keep things synchronized and don't end up doing a lot of double and triple work? [more inside]
posted by eleyna on Mar 6, 2013 - 3 answers

Design Filter: Do I need to use these colors in a layout?

Posting for my wife, a graphic designer who is tasked with doing a website layout job for a client. Here's the rub: The company has an existing logo that's red and blue, but she doesn't necessarily want to use red and blue as the dominant colors in this particular layout, but someone from the company is convinced that they MUST use red and blue as the primary colors throughout the site. I've had no luck coming up with any kind of evidence to support my wife's point, and so now I'm here to query the hive. Do any of you design-minded folks know of any articles or collections of layouts that might help my wife make her case? Sorry if the question is very vague.
posted by doogan nash on Feb 18, 2013 - 14 answers

Crash course in freelancing please

Some freelance programming/design work (javascript data visualization) is about to drop into my lap through a friend who has heard me talking about how much I enjoy this stuff. I'm a student and have never done this professionally, but would love to in the future. Help me not look like a rookie and make this go smoothly and professionally. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Jan 31, 2013 - 10 answers

Looking for an Externally Hosted Image Slideshow for the Web

I need an image slideshow script for a website. Unfortunately, I'm extremely constrained by our dinosaur CMS. [more inside]
posted by toastedcheese on Nov 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Separating the wheat from the chaff when hiring a Web Designer

What would be a good FizzBuzz question for a web designer? [more inside]
posted by furtive on Nov 27, 2012 - 13 answers

Are global but think local

Are there differences between Eastern style websites as opposed to Western style sites? [more inside]
posted by heavyp08 on Sep 13, 2012 - 5 answers

Good design goes to heaven

How to get started in graphic design? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Jun 27, 2012 - 5 answers

What is the Folk Web?

I'm looking for 'Folk' Web Cultures. I am thinking of the recent take-down of Geocities, which seemed to refresh people's love of the naff, kitsch aesthetic it was famous for, as a prime example. What are some other folk cultures still lingering in the dark corners of the web? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Apr 4, 2012 - 11 answers

Personal website

Thanks to a lead from a question I posted on this mefi thread, I finally found the contraption I was looking for to help disabled people go hiking. [more inside]
posted by dthm42 on Apr 2, 2012 - 5 answers

Since you guys have been amazingly helpful with all my web design questions, please explain to me the "Z Index" as if I were less intelligent than a box of thumbtacks.

Since you guys have been amazingly helpful with all my web design questions, please explain to me the "Z Index" as if I were less intelligent than a box of thumbtacks. [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Apr 1, 2012 - 13 answers

OK I give up. Someone please explain absolute and relative positioning to me in a way that an oak nightstand could easily understand.

OK I give up. Someone please explain absolute and relative positioning to me in a way that an oak nightstand could easily understand. [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Mar 3, 2012 - 6 answers

Wordpress getting hacked, need more security

I love wordpress but I am finding that it seems to be very unsecure when it comes to viruses and hacking. What do other Wordpress users do to keep their sites secure and safe? [more inside]
posted by hellodonna on Mar 2, 2012 - 14 answers

Career anxiety and finding a decent job

How do I get a new job? What kind of jobs do I even qualify for? How do I get over the fact that I didn't graduate from college and present a more confident self to potential employers? [more inside]
posted by krakenattack on Feb 27, 2012 - 11 answers

Non-Popup Notifications

What are some well-designed web apps that dynamically add/remove content (notifications) to pages without using lightboxes/overlays?
posted by phrontist on Feb 22, 2012 - 4 answers

Now that I am finally getting the hang of web desingering and CSS, is HTML 5 and CSS3 going to come along and make my knowledge irrelevant?

Now that I am finally getting the hang of web desingering and CSS, is HTML 5 and CSS3 going to come along and make my knowledge irrelevant? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Jan 11, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me learn the name of this web thing I like!

Is there a name for this sort of website design/template? [more inside]
posted by gakiko on Jan 6, 2012 - 13 answers

Best method for embedding video & audio files into a website?

Please tell me the best current method for embedding/displaying audio and video files into a website using simple HTML &/or CSS. [more inside]
posted by jammy on Dec 8, 2011 - 18 answers

Multi-site cms for web design shop

Multi-site cms: I'm thinking of starting a website design /hosting business targeted at a few small business verticals I work with. What is the best cms to use to control many mostly standardized sites centrally but also allow for limited customization for the client? [more inside]
posted by mtstover on Nov 27, 2011 - 5 answers

To pop up, or not to pop up?

I'm building a blog-like site that will have lots of old stories about a particular rural area. I'll be adding lots of supplemental information about some of the places, people and things the author talks about, and I'm trying to decide how to display it. [more inside]
posted by nosila on Nov 21, 2011 - 2 answers

Looking for an online resource which will make me into an instant Archivist/Librarian...

Looking for an online resource which will make me into an instant Archivist/Librarian... Ha ha... not really but close. I am setting up an online archive of old records, photos, and other documents. I would like to do this right so that the average Joe can use it but also so that librarians and archivists won't look down their noses at me. Are there any sites out there which have basic information on this sort of thing? [more inside]
posted by brownrd on Sep 30, 2011 - 3 answers

Kind of like Proust.com only better (because it's homemade).

I want to make a really nice "family history" book (not necessarily genealogy, however) [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Sep 29, 2011 - 2 answers

Innovative websites as template/model for MFA research community

I'm looking for examples of websites that have successfully enhanced a research community (academic or artistic) with a dynamic online/social/mutual-portfolio presence. Blog and social media based hubs, perhaps, that showcase the possibilities of web portfolio/research integration for academic and creative purposes. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Sep 16, 2011 - 3 answers

Let's assume that I am the stupidest person that ever lived. Explain to me what JavaScript is, what it does, and how a moron would go about learning it...

Let's assume that I am the stupidest person that ever lived. Explain to me what JavaScript is, what it does, and how a moron would go about learning it... [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Sep 7, 2011 - 36 answers

Help inspire me to design great website UI's!

I'm a solo UI designer for an ad agency & I'm looking for good website or blogs that'll inspire me to make cool & effective user interfaces. Individual websites are cool & all ,but what I'm really looking for are sites like TheFWA or SmashingMagazine that curate cool designs. Bonus points for sites that look at e-commerce websites. Fellow web designers: Where do you get inspiration?
posted by cuando on Jul 20, 2011 - 6 answers

What online archives have the best design and UI?

Have you ever seen an online archive with an unbelievable design for users? A large archival online collection that's easy to navigate, tells you exactly what you want to know, and loads easily? Can you tell me what it is? [more inside]
posted by melodykramer on Jun 28, 2011 - 6 answers

How do I get my pages to grab a different header with the PHP and such?

How to get my pages to grab a different header with the PHP and such? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Jun 21, 2011 - 15 answers

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