So you’ve just launched your website. The only thing left now is to start creating content and arranging for some promotion, right? Well, not so fast. You first have to do several things to ensure that your site is set up properly and ready for the public.
Here are a few things you should do right after launching a website (and if you can, do them prior to launching your website publicly).
Create a Sitemap.xml File and a Robots.txt File
What are these files? These files are essential for search engines and other web services. They are two out of the five web files that will improve your site.
The Sitemap.xml file is a standard protocol for listing all the URLs that are contained within your website. It gives web spiders like Googlebot a better understanding of your website’s structure.
If you’re using WordPress, you’re in luck: The only thing you need to do is to install a plugin called Google XML Sitemaps, and it will do all the work for you. This is a valuable WordPress plugin, and is one of six plugins that Six Revisions uses on the site.
If you’re not using WordPress, you can have a look at XML-Sitemaps.com, a simple tool for generating a Sitemap.xml file just by providing your website’s URL.
Read the full article @ SIXREVISIONS.
Even though CSS3 has brought a lot to the table in regards to drop shadow effects, there are still plenty of reasons to use image alternatives. The drop shadows generated by CSS3 are relatively uniform, and don’t deviate much past size and transparency. In some cases, you might want to give a page some extra depth.
I ran into a similar situation in a recent client project, and decided to use a recent trend of warping drop shadows to help add some extra excitement to the page. You might have seen similar effects in other tutorials involving deleting a circular section, but this method will keep the edges from being too sharp. It also allows you to work with non-rectangular shapes because all points are editable in the warp tool’s grid.
Read the full tutorial @ BuildInternet.com
“Font selection for headlines on websites can be critical to achieving the right look and drawing the proper attention with the headlines. Here is a look at more than 50 fonts that will give you some options for creating strong headlines that communicate a message. Some of these fonts you probably already have, some of them can be downloaded for free, and others can be purchased. Each font is linked to a page where it can be downloaded or purchased.”
Written by DesignMag.
“Alongside my primary income stream, which is my web design freelance business, I’ve also been selling themes and templates for content management systems and publishing platforms like WordPress for close to two years now.
Although theme design can seem like the promised land for web designers and web developers — with some theme authors making tens of thousands of dollars from a single theme alone — it’s actually more like a gold rush: a chosen few hit it big, but only after putting in a lot of hard work.
Here is a short guide to help you decide if getting into professional theme designing is for you.”
Read the full article @ SIXREVISIONS.
There’s a lot of buzz going around about HTML5. Big companies such as Apple are predicting that it’s the technology that will sign the death warrant of the popular Flash platform that powers a lot of rich internet apps and complex dynamic web components.
But what is HTML5, really? How will it change the jobs of web developers and web designers? Here are 15 web resources to help you on your quest in getting current about the impending technology that’s already being adopted by major web browsers and leveraged in large sites such as Google.
Read the full article @SIXREVISIONS.
“I have really been on a minimalistic kick lately. As you may already know, I designed the first two sites in this roundup and I made an attempt to keep them as simple as possible. I found that “simple design” doesn’t always translate into “easier to make”. Oftentimes I think the simpler a design is, the harder it is to make and the more thought that must be put into making it work well. Here are some other sites I found that also have great minimal designs. Some emphasize typography, others emphasize photos and still others emphasize space and colors. What’s your favorite? Chime in and let us know!
Psst! Have you heard about our new design news site called Design News Source? It’s got all the best design content all in one place, kind of like your own personal preview channel for the wired design world so you can save time and read better. Nice.”
Read the full article @FREELANCEREVIEW.