BBC Web Site

July 5, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Web Design 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ is one of the best web sites on the internet, in my opinion, as far as execution.

It’s visually appealing and makes just about the best use of a content management system (CMS) that I’ve ever seen.  There is a massively huge amount of content on that site, and it is obsessively well-organized.

It almost looks like it is using WordPress, but I read somewhere that it uses something different.  At any rate, it’s impressive and remarkable – as such, I thought I would remark upon it!


(I’m Not Your) Freak-On-A-Leash

February 27, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Rants, Web Design, Word Press 

A lot of the web design business I get is from people seeking web design on Craig’s List.  And a lot of them say something similar, but that drives me completely bat-shit.  And that is this:

“I’ve already thought this all out, and I know what I want it to look like, so most of the work is done – thus it shouldn’t take too long to put together.”

aye-gudda-aye-gudda-WHAT?????

Did you really think it all out?  You know what you want and how you want it to look?  How unusual.  And thus that solves all of the puzzle about how to make it do/look the way you want?

You’ve thought about how PHP and MySQL work together?  And how they fit into html and xhtml?  And CSS?  And how CSS demands STRICT xhtml?  And how the javascript and Flash and dHTML you want in there affects the CSS, xhtml, html, PHP and MySQL, not to mention your SEO endeavors and the layout?

No?  You didn’t think all of that through and solve for that?  I DIDN’T THINK SO!  That is the HARD part.  Duh.  Web designers/developers are not simply TYPING MONKEYS.

We do the architecture and construction, we are the one’s who make it work – who make it happen.  And that requires a tremendous amount of thought, skill, research, coding, design work, and (at times) trial and error.

It most definitely takes TIME.  And it is most definitely NOT EASY.  (And that is why we get the big bucks…)

Knowing how you want it to look and what you want it to do is not the hard part.

MAKING it look how you want it to look and DO what you want it to do – that is the hard part.

I might be a freak.  But I’m not your typing-monkey-freak-on-a-leash.  Get a clue.

By the way, I won’t touch jobs like this with a ten-foot-pole.  It’s only a Pandora’s box of conflict and heartache and probably very little compensation.

Oy, what we freelancers go through…..


Workaholic and Insomniac is Not a Good Combination

February 11, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Art, Bizarre, blogging, just life, Web Design, Word Press 

Waiting to hear back from fellow bloggers – and it’s after 1o p.m. central.  Any NORMAL person would realize that work has stopped for the day and no answer will be forthcoming until TOMORROW.  But not me….

 I don’t stop.  Someday, sometime, maybe I’ll take a vacation.  But not now… there is too much going on!  Some of my sites:

 High-Fructrose High.com

Criminal Justice Society

Sherry Dedman Design Services

Fluffy Net

Firenze of Tuscany

Sherryness.com

and many more

See SherryDedman.com for my portfolio of designed sites for other people.

 Or see my Content Producer’s Page on Associated Content for copy writing, articles, research papers, commentary, etc.

No, as a matter of fact, I don’t sleep……


Inserting A Photo Into A Word Press Blog

January 15, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: blogging, just life, Web Design, Word Press 

Alignment=BaselineDon’t mind me.  I’m just testing how to insert a photo into a word press blog.  I’m going to experiment with alignment with the text and things.  Not much to see here beyond a few photos!  This is “baseline” alignment.

Stop removing my line breaks!


Stop removing my line breaks!

alignment=topDon’t mind me.  I’m just testing how to insert a photo into a word press blog.  I’m going to experiment with alignment with the text and things.  Not much to see here beyond a few photos!  This is “top” alignment.

Stop removing my line breaks!


Stop removing my line breaks!

alignment=middleDon’t mind me.  I’m just testing how to insert a photo into a word press blog.  I’m going to experiment with alignment with the text and things.  Not much to see here beyond a few photos!  This is “middle” alignment.

Stop removing my line breaks!


Stop removing my line breaks!

alignment-bottomDon’t mind me.  I’m just testing how to insert a photo into a word press blog.  I’m going to experiment with alignment with the text and things.  Not much to see here beyond a few photos!  This is “bottom” alignment.

Stop removing my line breaks!


Stop removing my line breaks!

alignment=TextTopDon’t mind me.  I’m just testing how to insert a photo into a word press blog.  I’m going to experiment with alignment with the text and things.  Not much to see here beyond a few photos!  This is “TextTop” alignment.

Stop removing my line breaks!


Stop removing my line breaks!

alignment=Absolute MiddleDon’t mind me.  I’m just testing how to insert a photo into a word press blog.  I’m going to experiment with alignment with the text and things.  Not much to see here beyond a few photos!  This is “Absolute Middle” alignment.

Stop removing my line breaks!


Stop removing my line breaks!

alignment=Absolute BottomDon’t mind me.  I’m just testing how to insert a photo into a word press blog.  I’m going to experiment with alignment with the text and things.  Not much to see here beyond a few photos!  This is “Absolute Bottom” alignment.

Stop removing my line breaks!


Stop removing my line breaks!

alignment=leftDon’t mind me.  I’m just testing how to insert a photo into a word press blog.  I’m going to experiment with alignment with the text and things.  Not much to see here beyond a few photos!  This is “Left” alignment. Stop removing my line breaks!

Stop removing my line breaks!

Stop removing my line breaks!

Stop removing my line breaks!



3-Column Layout

January 14, 2008 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: just life, Web Design 

Only took me a YEAR and nearly 3 hours just last night to finally do.

 A 3-column layout of a website is not hard.

 A 3-column layout of a BLOG on WORDPRESS is kind of HARD!  Especially if you’ve had no college, nor formal training in .php, CSS, XHTML, etc…….

But I did it.  Simple as it may be, it was the damned Holy Grail to me!!!!

 Hope you all like it.  I did it by myself!!!!