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A new way to look at color: HSL versus Hex

Have you heard of HSL? HSL stands for “hue-saturation-lightness” and it is a another fantastic way of conceptualizing and implementing color in your web design. Take a look at this quick tutorial at The system is quite elegant & it may come in handy as you tweak your theme! It may just make you want to throw away anything you ever knew about Hex values!


Microdata and

This morning I partook in a webinar on metadata for publishing through Digital Book World. One of the websites mentioned at the end of the webinar was

Here is an excerpt from their homepage:

Many applications, especially search engines, can benefit greatly from direct access to this structured data. On-page markup enables search engines to understand the information on web pages and provide richer search results in order to make it easier for users to find relevant information on the web. […] A shared markup vocabulary makes it easier for webmasters to decide on a markup schema and get the maximum benefit for their efforts. So, in the spirit of, search engines have come together to provide a shared collection of schemas that webmasters can use.

I am posting this here in the hopes that maybe Kathy can help explain it to the class, but also as Continue reading

10 Web Design Trends

The team at Elegant Themes has created an article that summarizes the ten most popular web design themes to look out for in 2015 (which is not very far away now!).

While the article is written as a plug for their Devi theme, they include terminology that is new to me, such as “card design” (as you see in Pinterest) or “flat design” (Windows 8). Now that I know what the industry is calling these design styles, I can be better equipped to keep my eye out for them when I am theme hunting.

A few of the ideas in this article are less appealing, such as suggesting that cookies track user data. My site is not going to be Netflix and I’d rather not pry on my readers’ and customers’ privacy.

I hope you find this article useful as you consider how you want to design your project sites!

How to Create a Quick and Dirty Landing Page

This mini-tutorial will teach you how to create a simple landing page for your site while you are tweaking your theme.

Many of us would rather not publicize every tweak and twist of our themes as we work out the kinks of our sites. This tutorial will show you how to create a landing page to capture leads to your mailing list while you perfect your site for the public. SeedProd has created a plug-in called “Coming Soon Page & Maintenance Mode” that allows you to add a professional landing page to your site while you continue to tweak it.

First, we will be installing this plug-in to our self-hosted WordPress sites: Continue reading