Website Design

Web page Technology Examples

We use Macromedia Dreamweaver and Fireworks for our website design software. Dreamweaver is an almost WYSISYG webpage design program that doesn't mutilate hand coded pages and doesn't insert a ton of garbage (produces clean HTML code). Fireworks is an image editing program (somewhat like Photoshop) with features for integration into Dreamweaver. Fireworks has built in features to make building buttons easily.

LINKS to information and resources on the web:

Introduction to HTML
HTML Goodies
CoolText.com: Online Graphics Generator
Bravenet Web Services
reallybig.com - "The Complete Resource for All Web Builders"
MyComputer.com - Web tool resources for webmasters
Internet Traffic Report
register.com - Domain Name Registration Services

HTML 5 Compatibility - This website: http://html5test.com/results/desktop.html - has an excellent "score" for the compatibility of various browsers with HTML 5.

Dreamweaver CS3

Installing Dreamweaver CS3 installs a service ("Bonjour") that typically is not essential. This service is used by "Version Cue" which is not used by Dreamweaver (nor Fireworks).

Knowledge base article kb400982 explains how to remove this service:

  1. Run "C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe -remove"
  2. Rename the mdnsNSP.dll (in the \Program Files\Bonjour folder)
  3. Restart your PC

http://www.adobetutorialz.com/ - Useful tutorials on how to do basic operations with software like Photoshop.

An Add-on for Firefox called "Firebug" is an excellent tool. One of it's features is to be able to observe how much time each component of a webpage took, thus allowing you to identify the aspects of your webpage that cause it to be slow.

Flash has several settings that many people may not be aware of. Some companies are using Flash to create cookies for tracking purposes. The Flash settings can be managed via:

http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager.html

"Starfire Research Blue" was 33CCFF (51,204,255) switching to DCF0FF (220,240,255).

A great resource for seeing a lot of approaches for making navigation lists: http://css.maxdesign.com.au/listamatic/

OWASP - Open Web Application Security Project - development guide - a guide to building secure web applications.