How to Purchase a Domain on domains.google.com and Set the NameServers

In the past I have recommended purchasing domains from hover.com. Hover has a great purchasing experience and a helpful chat service. However, since the prices have moved up at Hover, I recently started recommending that students purchase from domains.google.com instead. Google being Google, there is no service provided. Moreover, they make an effort to upsell,…

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Programmer Portfolio Websites

In the Web Fundamentals course I teach at Saint Paul College, I require students to create a final project website. The final website project gives students an opportunity to develop and publish a website demonstrating the skills that they learned in class. Most students choose to make a portfolio website for their final project website.…

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Ten Simple Design Rules for Web Design

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In my Web Fundamentals course (CSCI1450 at Saint Paul College), I primarily teach college students how to use HTML, CSS, and some common frameworks to make websites. The focus is less on design and more on learning how to code. Even so, I created this list of simple design rules for web design so they…

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What Can You Do With Bootstrap?

Developers know that they can use Bootstrap to make stackable columns on responsive websites. But Bootstrap has prebuilt classes that allow you do so much more. Here is a short list of what you can do with Bootstrap. So when you want to try something new on your website, check first to see if Bootstrap…

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How to Center Web Page Elements Horizontally

Centering HTML elements on a web page is a bit tricky. How you center elements depends on the type of element on the web page. There are three different ways to horizontally center elements on the web page, depending on what you want to center. Is the element you want to center: A text element;…

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How to Add Additional CSS in the WordPress Customizer

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WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS) that is open source and highly customizable with a knowledge of CSS and how to add it in Customize -> Additional CSS. Many of my clients know WordPress well. A few of my clients know more about WordPress than I know! Since I know how to code and…

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How To Start a Website Blog on a Budget

Interested in blogging? You really can make a website on a budget, and this article shows you how to do it. Website blogging is a way to have a voice on the Internet and can be a way to make money. It takes a lot of content to make money from advertising, but if you…

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How to Make Money Making Websites

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While learning web development skills you can make money making websites. In fact, as a student of web development, you have the added benefit that any time you spend making websites not only provides you with monetization opportunities but also adds websites to your portfolio. My Path To Monetizing My Work When I first changed…

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The Bootstrap Grid System

Modern websites are made with rows and columns for good reason…we need the columns in a desktop layout to stack on mobile devices. You want your website to look great on a large screen, and that requires that you build a wide design. But, you also need your website to look great on very narrow…

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Pixel Art

One class exercise is to create a sprite on piskelapp.com. Animated PNGs and GIFs can be displayed on websites in the <img> tag, like any other image. Here are some examples.

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