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Welcome to Webvamp

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Hello and welcome to the new Webvamp site. Over the coming weeks and months we hope to use this site to help others learn how to better plan, design, produce and optimize websites. Over the past eight years we have developed 100’s of websites, and this site aims to share with others all our successes and failures. To share with you the common sense approach to developing great websites.

With this site we hope to share with anybody who will listen a set of best practices for planning, designing, producing, maintaining and optimizing websites learnt from past experience – both good and bad.

There are already many other sets of guidelines and standards within the web industry, but these tend to just be lists of do’s and don’ts and rarely going into the how’s and why’s. We hope that through our experience and knowledge that we can help better explain to designers and developers the practical aspects of these rules and what to really take from them – after all aren’t rules meant to be broken!

We will focus our efforts on four main areas that we feel all web designers and developers should pay attention to:

Design

Under this topic we will go past basic design decisions such as two columns or three and what colour palette to use. We will delve more into the design behind the design and look at how and why certain designs work and others don’t. This will then also touch on information architecture (IA) and how to design your menus, link structure, navigation, link wording etc.

Accessibility

This will deal with making your site and content accessible to a multitude of people and devices. 11 million adults in the UK are considered to have a disability that effects everyday life, it is therefore very important to think about these people when creating websites and also to realise that most changes made for accessibility also benefit regular users and SEO.

Coding

Most of the tips and advice we have picked up over the years boils down to the actual coding of the website. We will therefore look heavily into the practices used to write XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP etc.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

There is little point in building a website if nobody is ever going to see it. By looking at SEO we will learn how to best create a website to be found in search engines and to increase traffic to your site/business. Many designers/developers feel that this part of web design is not their job and send it off to specialized SEO companies, we will show you why it should be everybody’s job and considered at the initial stages of a web project and not as an after thought upon launch.

If your interested in what we have to say then please make sure to check back soon for more content or subscribe to our RSS feed.


About The Author

Jacob Wyke is a web developer from the UK who makes complex things simple on the internet. He develops a batch image resizer for Mac OS X called ImageXY which you should try if you ever need to resize anything for the web.

You should also follow him on twitter.