A roundup: Where I’ve been, where I’m going

November 12, 2012 Daily Stuff

I’ve been rather silent on the internet lately, and it’s time to blow the dust off this site and do some updating. In about February (which is when I last updates), I won a series of enjoyable but fairly intense projects that had to be completed back-to-back. There was a lot to do, and I […]

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Why are they so successful when their website looks like crap?

February 1, 2012 Blog

You’ve thought it. I’ve thought it. Websites that capture the spirit of 1994. Hideous graphics. Hellish stock photos of women yelling at laptops. And yet…the customers don’t seem to care! They’re pouring in! What’s wrong with the world? Indeed, I met someone the other day who was asking, well really, what’s the point of paying […]

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Website as glass window: Ideas for compelling content

January 30, 2012 Blog

Much of our best work is private. One of my guilty pleasures is to stroll around the local terraced streets at dusk, around the time that people put a light on, but haven’t yet closed their curtains. Each lighted window is like a diorama, a box briefly displaying the inhabitants living their lives – watching […]

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How to choose a WordPress theme: 7 questions

January 19, 2012 Blog

I do love WordPress. I see many businesses, especially small ones, constructing their sites with WordPress.* I also see people who can spend hours of their life getting tangled in the back end, when they thought they were using some simple DIY blogging tool. Well, it can be. Until blind ambition takes over, and you […]

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To you and your voice. (Happy New Year)

December 31, 2011 Web Design

My dad’s New Year (ok, Hogmanay) tradition was to clean the house from top to bottom, and then make lentil soup. I think the theory was that if you enter the New Year with your house in order and your soup on the stove, you have as good a beginning as you can have. (The […]

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Website to Wonderful, 6: Embrace Diversity

December 16, 2011 Uncategorized

I recently bought my first Mac. There are many things to love (OMG, the screen). And there are some decidedly different things to get your head around. In an average day, I’ll work on the iMac with its massive screen, and then look at stuff on the desktop PC or laptop PC with widescreen monitor […]

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Website to Wonderful, 5: Are you losing your customer at the checkout?

December 5, 2011 How To

My son’s worst shopping moment with me took place last Christmas. We were out shopping in the January sales, and I went into WH Smith (a newsagent) to buy a few things. They had some brand new self-service checkouts. I ignored them (hate them with a passion) and queued up to pay a real live […]

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Interlude: Get Over Yourself. Get Out There.

November 30, 2011 Uncategorized

One of the most common website issues I see is, well, utter lack of personality. The site owner has bags of personality. Trouble is, she (it’s usually a she) doesn’t let one tiny bit of it creep onto the website. Instead the web content is stuffy, over-formal or just somehow lacking anything that would really […]

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Web Design Secrets of the (Internet) Rich and Famous

November 28, 2011 Blog

What do you need to have in place in order to attract thousands of readers? Today I’m going to look at five blog-heavy websites, most of which are pretty much Internet Famous.  All of the site owners run businesses which depend on the blogs, and together they demonstrate the power of five different elements: desire, […]

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Website to Wonderful, 4: Creating easy paths for prospects

November 22, 2011 How To

Fasten up, this is a long post on the subject of emotional landscaping. First: how exactly do you turn a prospective customer into a paying one? And down below, my take on how it works for all you good people selling coaching and counselling as opposed to widgets. You can find previous posts in the […]

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