Posts contained in the “Being A Webmaster” category:

Owning a website involves much more than just buying some hosting and installing a CMS. It requires a unique set of skills and attributes. These posts will take you behind the scenes of being a webmaster, helping you to develop the attitude and tools necessary for hosting a successful website.

Introduction to the Command Line

I recently migrated all of my sites to a new web host, which meant downloading all my files and databases from my old web host and uploading them to my new host. It’s not exactly that simple, because my new host does some things radically different than my old host, but it’s close to that simple. …read more…

Subversion on Windows: A TortoiseSVN Workflow

Although I like Macs and I love Ubuntu, I spend most of my time in a Windows environment, because most of the people I work with use Windows. I need to see what they see and see it how they see it. So, Windows it is. Windows is not a bad place to do web …read more…

How Many WordPress Plugin Combinations are Possible?

I answered a question on the Graphene Neo Mobile theme about WordPress plugins, which then made me think about math, which then made me do math. Here’s the silly thing: I tweeted about it, forgetting that the forum is a private one. So it’s not very useful. But here’s the original query: Does anyone know …read more…

Using WinMerge

In an earlier post on creating child themes for WordPress, I said that if you had already made changes to your theme, you could use a program like WinMerge to find the differences between a clean copy of your theme and the copy you’ve been editing. The time has come to show just how that …read more…

Web Development and the End of Internet Explorer

Once you begin developing web content, it doesn’t take you long to figure out that how your web site appears to people is, to a lesser or greater degree, a matter of which browser they are using. It’s to a lesser degree if your readers are using a browser that supports current web standards, such …read more…

Guidelines for Good Website Design

I have the RSS feeds of several hundred blogs and websites bookmarked*. These are everything from the personal blogs of friends and strangers to the BBC. I don’t read every article on every site (although there are a handful that I do), but I check the feeds on a regular basis and when I spot …read more…

The Best SEO Advice You’ll Ever Get

A few years ago, my parents told me about an episode of ABC’s The View which featured a man who had published a book on how to make money on the internet. They couldn’t remember his name or the name of his book, but thirty seconds on the internet was all it took for me …read more…

Using Firebug to Tweak Your Blog

I am constantly recommending that people who are trying to tweak various elements on their WordPress blog use Firebug,* which will allow them to easily see the exactly the element in the code they are trying to change. Because I see a lot of questions about how to use it (as well as reluctance to …read more…

Some Useful Background Generators

When designing a website or blog, you sometimes need a background. You can try to come up with your own, and there is some merit to that, or you can try one of the many online background generators that are available. The following are a few of my favorites. ZenBG includes a large variety of …read more…

How I Created the Background You See Here

If you look at this blog, you’ll notice that the main background is a picture of stones under blue water, but that the background of the central content area has a white overcast to it. It sets off the content without being too distracting, because it’s the same picture. First, I downloaded the picture from …read more…