Random Musings Archives

Cool Finds in My Bookmarks

I always like to start the New Year with a little cleaning and organizing of my browser bookmarks. The fresh clean New Year seems like the perfect time to go in and review all those handy links I just knew I needed, but didn’t take the time to properly categorize or describe. I’ve spent several […]

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I Wish PHP Could Read My Mind

I’ve been working on a fairly large project, doing some ‘renovations’ on a php-based site.  So far the project has been a great deal of fun.  I enjoy working in php, and the original developer clearly followed the golden rule of starting with a plan and building from there. He also had the courtesy to […]

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Happy Mid-Year!

Ok, ok, I know there isn’t really such a thing as Happy Mid-Year. But one of my New Year’s Resolutions for this year was to post regularly to my blog. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that didn’t exactly happen. So I figured rather than beat myself up over it, I’d declare a […]

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How "catchy" are your headlines?

The passive voice has taken a beating (and then some!) over the last several years for its lack of ownership, passion and drive. Lately, however, usability guru Jakob Nielsen has encouraged passive voice to rise from the ashes and take its proper place in web site copy. Ok, maybe that’s an overstatement — nevertheless, Mr. […]

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New year, new website?

What a busy year it was for Tiny Queen Designs! December saw the launching of several projects, including PBDN Motorsports. There are still thousands (gulp!) of products to add, but the online Miva Merchant store is fully functional and open for business! If you don’t find what you’re looking for, a quick email to the […]

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Catching my breath!

Wow! October was an incredibly busy month at Tiny Queen Designs, and I’m looking forward to things slowing down a wee bit as we get ready for the busy holiday season. One of several projects that kept things hopping around here was the conversion of the DrapeStyle.com website from Miva Merchant 4 to Miva Merchant […]

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Nifty Stuff for Free!

I am a big fan of open source software, and there is an amazing variety of tools available now for free on the web. I recently came across this great list of free open source software that I thought I’d share. Enjoy!

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The Internet May Be More Public Than You Think

We (hopefully!) all know by now to be careful what we post on the internet — after all, depending on the location and the nature of the post, your words may be extremely permanent. Nevertheless, many people also use the internet to share pictures of friends and family, fun vacations, or…even the local church car […]

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So How Much of Your Own Website Do You "Own?"

I always caution my clients to carefully read the fine print of their web hosting account, and highly recommend that all new clients sign up for a hosting account through Hostasaurus, because I trust them to treat people right. Unfortunately, not all hosts are as respectful of client ownership of their own data. This week, […]

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A Great Read for Geeks R Us!

I am often contacted asking for recommendations of resources for learning to build websites, and the first place I usually send people is htmldog.com There are tutorials on the site for the beginner and the advanced user alike, all of which are carefully thought out and based on best practices in web design. I occasionally […]

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