Website design is the process of planning and creating websites that can be read/viewed by web browsers

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Why aren't we supposed to use <table> in a design?

What are some clear and logical reasons for why we shouldn't be designing websites with tables? Where are the benefits, what has been driving this idea in the industry? When is it okay to use a table? ...
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How important is responsive web design?

I've heard a variety of opinions regarding the pros and cons of using responsive web design recently and was wondering whether it was necessary for small businesses that target small geographical ...
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How do I set up a cookie-less domain?

I've read that it's best to serve static content (css, javascript, etc.) from a cookie-less domain or subdomain for better performance. I assume a domain is not cookie-less by default. How do I ...
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How can I figure out what technologies a site is built on?

I'm researching building a site by looking at what other people have done but I don't know how to determine what technologies or platforms are being used. How can I tell what any given site is ...
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Music on a web page?

When is it suitable to use background music on a web site? Do users like this?
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Make your site anti-bot?

I remember a site closed due to misuse and i wonder if bots have a part of it. If the bot is POSTing something to my site what are ways i can combat it? I was thinking of setting some cookies and ...
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Fixed width vs dynamic width

I've noticed more and more sites have gone to a fixed-width layout, where resizing the browser window just causes scrollbars to appear, as opposed to a flexible layout, where resizing the browser ...
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How to evaluate a web developer? [closed]

I want to hire someone to set up a website. What do I ask to determine competence and integrity of the individual? Is there a chart of reasonable charges/costs? How do I know if I am being ...
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What deliverables should a web developer expect from a web designer?

Are there a standard set of deliverables a web developer should expect from a web designer? If I was to hire a designer to create what a website should look and feel like, what deliverables do ...
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What is the typical example of old school website design?

I want to build a website for a retro thing that was popular in the mid 90s (beginning of the commercial internet). So I want use old designs that was very popular at that time. The first thing that ...
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Updating/Redesign website…how to retain/transfer ranking?

What steps do I have to take in order to make sure that I keep my search engine rankings after I redesign or update my site?
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How do you save/export changes made in Firebug?

Using Firebug to edit CSS, how do I save/export changes made to the CSS? TOOLS: Firefox, Firebug MAJOR UPDATE: If you know of a way to lock the forward/back/refresh on a FireFox tab, please let me ...
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User Registration forms— Do we need a user name?

Lets say we are designing a new website's registration form. Would I need to provide a space for a username, or should I simply require an email address? Are there any serious issues with either of ...
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As a non-designer what are some good sites/books/tutorials for learning web design?

My graphics skills are seriously lacking. I can see when something looks nice and when it doesn't but have a hard time coming up with anything myself given a blank slate. What should I do?
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Reponsive Web Design : Does it download the same amount of data on every device?

I want to redesign my blog and website on wordpress to accommodate ever increasing mobile users and tablet users. I am also hearing about responsive design. I want to know does a responsive web ...
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Design -> Crowdsourcing or hire a pro?

I'm a web dev since a decade now, but my design skills are... well, are the designs skills of a programmer! Anyway, I've been working on a personal project for some time now and I would like some ...
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How to ensure a web designer is selling you an original design

If I get the web-design done by someone else, how can I ensure he is not simply passing me some recycled work or blatantly copying/pasting somebody's (or his own) work? There really is no way to ...
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What font technique is being used here?

While I was attending this event (http://worldtour.fogcreek.com/) I noticed this page had custom fonts for the Address part in the top left corner (i.e "Fog Creek Software 55 Broadway Fl 55....") When ...
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How can I make fonts render the same way across different web browsers?

I am building a website for a client, and we had hoped to use plain text, not images in the navigation bar. The font we are using is Century Gothic (I believe that this font is available on the ...
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What is the 'most common' width and height that websites are being designed for these days?

I'm working on a group project and trying to get my colleagues to submit a drawing regarding their vision for an online application; this application will be viewed through a PC. Although I suspect ...
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How do I know what image type to use?

I'm working on a website which will use images in several different applications, from action buttons to avatars to larger detail images. What factors should I take into consideration to decide ...
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Poor Man's Clean URLs vs. Mod_Rewrite

At the company where I work, we're getting ready to design a new web site, and there's some disagreement about how to do clean URLs. Over the past year we've been making small improvements to our ...
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How to create great interfaces in PhotoShop, etc

Being a developer wanting to be a designer, I'm really interested in learning how to create top notch UI for websites, mobile apps, etc. However, I know nothing about PhotoShop or anything related to ...
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Is the debate about em VS px VS % in typography still valid

I have been reading a few articles about why em's are better than px in typography. And the base has to be in %, best is even to have body{ font-size:62.5%; }. One of the better articles I could ...
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Any tool to sketch layout?

Is there any kind of tool to sketch the layout of website roughly? For example just to draw a basic sketch of the design to show others? Thanks
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How do I get my users to love the intranet?

When designing an intranet for corporate use, what design practices should I follow that are different from those targeted to the internet/customer world? What kind of questions should I be asking ...
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Cheaper alternatives to 99Designs.com (outsource CSS design) [closed]

I'm designing my own website as a side project and I want the site to look professional. (Read, not designed by a programmer.) I don't mind spending a little money to have a professional do it, but ...
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How to deal with a client who redesigned their own site badly?

I am a freelance designer/developer. I am starting a registered business and will be offering other services soon and I am in the process of expanding the portfolio section of my existing website but ...
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Royalty free templates for website [closed]

Which is the best source to get the free website template, royalty free?
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Can you recommend a CSS Framework (or UI Framework) for enterprise web apps? [closed]

Is there a CSS Framework that tries to provide for business applications, specifically? I've looked at the Mocha UI which is based on MooTools. Honestly, though, I'd like to avoid dealing with ...
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How should I deal with a 'Contact Us' Form?

Often you'll see websites with a "For any questions, please contact us..." followed by a box for your name, email, subject, maybe some invoice data... When should these be implemented on a website? ...
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How much should a newbie charge a client for web design work?

I was asked to design a website for a client. Personally, I'd work for free since I'm just in it for the experience of working with a client but they insist on paying me so I will get an idea as to ...
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Do span elements in the middle of a word affect a crawler's ability to detect content?

I have a site with a heading tag like this: <h1><span class="initial">H</span>andyman <span class="initial">S</span>ervices</h1> I've done this so that I can ...
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Where do you draw the line with the new html5 elements

I have read this article http://diveintohtml5.org/semantics.html#new-elements on the different new elements in html5. Now I want to create my new portfolio with the this new markup. It is quite ...
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Building a restaurant site… How should I implement online ordering?

I have been looking into different 3rd party solutions for this for some time now, and have been disappointed in that I cannot find a decent comparison of features, or really any recommendations at ...
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Why don't websites have contact emails? [duplicate]

I find websites having a contact form which you must put in your own email address. It is frustrating because I would rather send an email my self. What is the rationale for doing this and not ...
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Purpose of hidden text in website

While observing the source of the Swiss airlines website, I noticed the use of hidden text. I first looked it up on Google and found many SEO-related benefits but also the risk of negative scoring in ...
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Website restyle, SEO migration plan?

I am currently in a project for one of my biggest clients. We have built a website that will -replace- the old website. When it comes to actual content its is largely the same. However, the ...
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Green Website Design

This is kindove a strange question, but... There was a site called Blackle ( http://www.blackle.com/) which "claimed" to save energy by using a black background (it doesn't: see here: ...
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Image as a background for a website - good or bad?

Blogger has some quite awful templates to offer, but one way to make it look less terrible to the eye of a layman (me) is with this background picture: Yet, I haven't seen many popular blogs that ...
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What should I keep in mind when looking for a designer?

I know there's not a cut-and-dried answer to questions like these, but there might be some guidelines I should be thinking of and it may help others as well. The case is as following: I run a wiki ...
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Whatchamacallit: You know how there are breadcrumbs and sliders and whatnot

What do you call it when a web site (especially corporate/retail) has a series of rows with thumbnails, each with a little caption/description beneath explaining some benefit or feature of a product ...
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Background noise generator

I want to make a noise background. Do you have any recommendation for texture generators? I want to input color, noise density and the tile size and get a png image. This is an example of such ...
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When creating a website, what permissions and directory structure?

I'm posing this question because I still haven't found a uniform method that I'm particularly fond of. Ideally, this combination of directory structure and permissions should suit any web server ...
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Responsive website VS mobile website

I am creating a new blog. Nowadays, especially for a blog, it's important that the websites are accessible for all devices. Now I have to make a choice on what to do. I have seen 2 options. Option 1 ...
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Managing accounts on a private website for a real-life community

I'm looking at setting-up a walled-in (i.e. mostly private, with a small public-facing login page) website for a real-life community of people, and I was wondering if anyone has any experience with ...
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Do user names used for login need to be unique?

Assuming a non-commercial site where users login with a user name and pw, do I need to enforce unicity of usernames? Note: The db will use a separate unique index to identify the users. The site is ...
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Why are image sprites usually only created for “.png” files and not “.jpg”?

I was wondering why when people talk about sprites they only mention .png files. Is there any problem in creating sprites for .jpg files?
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Why do user registration process not end with the user logged in?

Often I see websites when at the end of the registration process the user is not logged in. What is the rational for that? It seems redundant to ask a user to reenter their credentials just after ...
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Counter on website (visitors)

I got a feeling a client is going to ask me to implement a counter to show how many visitors visited the site. To me it looks very unprofessional but the next question the client is going to ask will ...