My Social Media Top 5 Essential Guidelines

Five quick things that I believe to be essential to good social media. 1. Treat everyone online as you would offline. If you wouldn’t say something to their face, don’t write it. If you wouldn’t want your Mum to read it, don’t write it. 2. Stay away from anything remotely controversial. And preferably, political. 3. Don’t ever use Social Media to sell. People will turn off. Instead think of it as a branch of PR… your best foot forward. Bring...
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Awesome Web Design Books

Forgive me for the late entry – I confess I have been away from the laptop for a little over a week but I have not kept my nose out of a book! Here is a portion of my reading list so far, 5 great additions for anyone (starting out) in the web industry. A Practical Guide to Designing for the Web – Mark Boulton This has been my favourite so far. There is something so effortless yet personal about...
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Adding an image to a:hover

For the last half hour I’ve been working on adding little stars to the hover on my menu links (About/Portfolio/CV/Contact). It’s now working in Firefox. Here’s how I’ve done it. Created the star in Photoshop (very simply brush use!). Uploaded the star to Media file in WP. Used the following CSS code: li#menu-item-26 a:hover { color: #a3030f; background: url(http://www.ellenpickett.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/star-test-1.png) no-repeat 0 0; } (This being for menu-item-26 i.e. “About.”) NB [Sept 2011] – this was a post written for my...
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Great Starting Tools for Web Developers

I’ve spent a small amount of time this week adjusting my MacBook in order to be the ultimate web design weapon. Of course until my new memory arrives, it might as well be an unloaded gun. However, here are some great tools I’ve included in the meantime: Browsers – I’ve made a conscious change from Chrome to Firefox. There’s always going to be something about Chrome that I prefer and I still can’t put my finger down on what it...
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