Showing posts from February, 2011

Tip - Discover Inkscape

You have proudly developed a freeware arsenal for web design.  Your using Google Sites, GIMP , but you want to create finished graphic products.  I have experimented for the past couple weeks with Inkscape - free vector image editor. What's a vector image?  See below and you'll get a grasp of what I'm talking about. Now, I know you have a lot on your table: You've learned Google Sites, you tackled the learning curve of a photo-editing program, and now vector imaging is another big task. I would encourage you to dive right in and play around, view tutorials which are essential to building skills. I would like all Google Sites designers to be enabled to do more and do it well.  Reverse a stereo-type that we take the easy way out, remind our customers that we strive to be more creative artistically. My business, Kirksville Web Design , is getting better, because either you are growing or your deteriorating. Keep honing those skills! Check out what I made with this tu

Tip - Creating a Footer

Now, we can take a closer look around the footer of Google sites. I need a custom footer like this, So I created an image like this. Now I need to upload this image into Google sites. Somebody asked me about the difference between uploading as 'background image' and 'wrapper background image'. I'll show you the difference. This is the Original image: When I upload the image as 'background image, the result is: See the top. So, look at the same image uploaded as 'wrapper background image': OK. Now it clarified, right? Come to the point. We need a custom footer image like the first original image. I did upload in as a 'wrapper background image'. The result is good. Look: But, when the content is too long, or in the announcement page, it looks odd. See, This is not we want, right? So, I did two images like this: One, Another one is, Then, I upload the first image as 'wrapper background image', and the second one as '

Tip - Using Social Media Buttons

Hey, I'm Web Princess aka Beckystar and welcome to my first blog, thank you Kyle for having me! Using social media buttons to share your site or content is easy and expected by your visitors. Social buttons or icons facilitate the sharing of your site, content or blog and are now a linchpin of social media. It’s not enough to simply produce content these days. Your fans (hooray for them!) want a gizmo (I prefer gizmo to gadget) in place to allow them to share what they have read or seen with their family, friends and colleagues on Facebook, Twitter etc. Lucky for us there are some great tools out there. Next I have featured my top 3. 1. AddThis is my favourite. All you have to do is join, and it's free! However it does not work on google sites. All is not lost as good news! The amazing guys at AddThis have provided us with a google sites gadget. Go to your site, hit edit page and place your cursor where you want your social media buttons. Click on insert then more gadgets, in

Tutorial - Creating A Mobile Site with Google Sites

In a world of mobile devices, there is an easy (you can call it that) way to get your Google site to become a mobile web site. You'll have to re-design your site to fit a mobile device, which means your site will be shaved down a lot, but not so much as to steer customers away. Ok, I use Photoshop CS5 to design, so we need to start by creating a new image. Use the size of W400 H480. These sizes are your typical smart phone dimensions. The screen resolution will make your site fit correctly in the screen of the phone. Now, using your layers, create a folder or set of folders to help organize your layers. You can start to design a site the way you typically start. For this site, I am using a No header site. This way, your links will be at the very top and it will help viewers see your main pages at first glance. Your site width for the actually viewing needs to be 320px. The left over will help create the border around your site. The height doesn't matter. Here is a vie