Breaking into professional Web design: Internships


It’s my experience that when it comes to breaking in to the world of professional Web design, there’s nothing more valuable than a quality internship. But what is a quality internship? What should you look for? And… how do you get one?

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What’s the Easiest Way to Manage Form Data?


In my books, courses, online classes, blogging… etc etc etc, I focus on promoting the need for, and techniques for creating inviting, accessible forms that work great in every environment. But once you have the form, then what do you do with the data you collect? Ah, yes, that is the essential question. Let’s work from simple to complex: If you’re just collecting input from a few people, a mailto form action might do the trick. Downsides: Mailto form actions expose your own email address; some users – especially users with the Microsoft Windows operating system* – might have issues launching their email client (Outlook) which is required to send form data created with a mailto: action. If your needs are…

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What’s More Valuable? 10 Humans Who Sign Up At Your Site … or 10,000 Fake Followers?


I’m provoked by a major piece in yesterday’s New York Times to pose a question. The story is “The Follower Factory” and it  exposes how widely fake followers — sometimes in the tens of hundreds of thousands – are purchased to lend credibility to politicians (of all stripes), gurus, entertainers and others. The question is: What’s More Valuable? 10 Humans Who Sign Up At Your Site … or 10,000 Fake Followers? I’ve been an advocate of the value of actual signup forms at your site, where real people can make a conscious decision to hear from you. To get advice, special offers, information and opinion. If you’re getting this rant by email, you did that at my site. Let’s get concrete: You can purchase access…

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Free Hosting Options & Alternatives


I’ve been encouraging students to use 000webhost.com for free hosting because it is full featured, including support for PHP back-end scripts and WordPress. But the quality of the hosting server has declined rapidly and overtly over the past months. 000webhost now puts sites to “sleep” for hours each day, and even when the sites are “awake” connection time is maddening. So… here are some alternatives I’ve begun to check out for the budget-conscious of us (as in free) sites:

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