Running Your Website Should Be Easier

I recently posted about how setting up and managing a web-site doesn't have to feel like you're buying a used car from a traveling salesman. There is another way.

It's the 21st century, and managing your web site does not have to be a task for the super-geek elite.

You can do this, and you can maintain good design and practical, powerful, easy to use tools.

On the web separating design, functionality, and content has emerged as an important idea. This makes all parties in the chain much happier. Content creators and site managers ...

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Twitter me this

Today on Twitter I had an exchange with a guy who I have yet to meet in real life (but we're at least from the same town, thanks @genuinechris. His name as far as I know is just ikeif. He was a bit annoyed at all of the twitter apps that have yet to inevitably pop up (tweet these shoelaces or some-such). It did get me thinking however, and the idea was developed, in about 4 exchanges between he and I.

Here it is (ikeif...I developed it further in my own head). You're ...

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Image Processing with free tools.

I'm not a signals guy, so digital image processing isn't something I normally do. I'm just going to make some notes. Free Image processors (Looking at you GD tools) Don't take good care of PNGs.

Exhibit A: Uploaded via FTP

Beautiful. Thank you Kasey. What a nice avatar to post to places like Twitter and Disqus.

But Wait! Exhibit B:

What happens!? When you run it through GD tools to do a simple shrink, the filesize gets bigger, the colors are distorted, and it adds all that black shit to the background ...

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The Internet is not a used-car lot

Gutenberg invented the printing press 6 centuries ago. By today's standards, using a printing press is a very grueling process. The problem is that business on the internet grew up around the same processes that were used to print the King James Bible in 1611.

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When you set up your website, from my experience, chances are that you:

1) Found somebody you knew who makes websites, or knows how to use dreamweaver.

2) Went to craigslist.

3) Hired an ad agency or a or a designer to make you a website.

What happens next? You go back ...

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Issac Kelly