30 Bad Practices of Web Designers



Every once in a while you will come across a page that just doesn’t seem ‘right’. There are three elements of a website that can be harmed by bad practice:

  • The website lacks something in its design.
  • The content is written badly.
  • The search engines don’t like something about the site.

Considering the three points above, this article will explains the do’s and dont’s of certain design habits.

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How to Make a Killer Screencast for Your Blog


Photo by artm

From Michael: Corey used to run Blog by Design, a site which made great screencast reviews of blog designs (Including Pro Blog Design!). I’ve asked her to step in and share how she makes her videos.

First, let me explain a little about my setup. Even if the videos seemed “extremely professional,” the equipment was actually extremely lowtech. Here’s a look at the gear I used to create Blog by Design videos:

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How to Pick and Optimize VPS for Your Website



Server infrastructure is closely integrated to web presence. Although the last few years we have seen quite an evolution in the web hosting space, getting your web site or blog online still requires a bit of technical skills.

It’s true that nowadays you don’t have to purchase or maintain your own server. Most web owners never see the server they host their sites in. But right now, the ability to get involved at least at the setup level is normally required if you don’t want to depend on technical staff just to modify certain settings on the server.

Blog software really makes it easy to publish online. With it, gone are the days where you should wait for hours, if not days, just to fix a typo on your web page.

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Virtual Private Server – Advantages for Bloggers / Web Designers (Plus a Business Idea)



If you’re just getting started or your web site doesn’t take up too much traffic just yet, then a shared webhost may be all you need.

The only problem is, not all shared hosting is created the same.

The Problems With Shared Hosting

You may think about a shared hosting server like a big house. Every customer who purchases an account gets access to some space inside the house but everyone has to share the dining room, kitchen and even washroom.

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Make the Move from FeedBurner to Google



If you’re a blogger, you probably use FeedBurner to monitor your feed stats. It’s a great free service that gives you a lot of details about who’s subscribed to your feed and some tools to promote it.

Google bought over FeedBurner in the Summer of 2007, and are now moving all of the FeedBurner accounts into their Google accounts.

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Quick Feedback for Pro Blog Design’s Future


future1 Image by Nattu.

I want to know a little more about you the readers here on Pro Blog Design. Are the posts here exactly what you want to be reading? Could I be doing things better?

If you could take a minute to answer the short polls below, and leave a comment if you’re up for it, then hopefully together we’ll find a way to make things even better!

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Should You Use a Photo as your Twitter Picture?



Everyone seems to be on Twitter these days. Or on Plurk. Or Gravatar. Or MyBlogLog. Or Digg. Or Votetime. Or one of the million other social sites out there.

And all of those sites use an image on your profile. But what sort of image works best?

A photo of yourself? Or your logo? Or just a cool design?

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