Weebly & Wix vs. Drupal & Joomla (Website builders vs. CMS)

Drupal & Joomla are two popular CMS systems that offer powerful Web design and development features, and both have recently been overtaken in popularity (in the United States) by Wix & Weebly.

Free eBook: Create a website

Grab a copy of this 30 page PDF eBook (click the download link below) that shows you how to create a website for your small business.

Create a Website for your Small Business is packed with practical, cutting edge information about Web development.

This eBook is targeted at owners, bloggers, and entrepreneurs who aren't necessarily well versed in Web technologies like PHP, HTML5, CSS3, or server configurations.

How to create a blog in one day using Drupal 7

"Want to know how to create a blog with awesome responsive Web design, powerful features, and an attractive design in under a day, using the excellent Drupal 7 CMS (Content Management System)?"

Drupal 7 is a powerful framework for building a range of websites, but it is particularly well suited to creating high quality blog sites. Drupal 7 can also leverage the power of the Zen theme, which comes with built in responsive Web design support for mobile browsers (something that is of vital importance to new websites).

This article will give you a step by step account of how I created Guys-Night-Out from scratch, and published the first blog post all in one day.

Optimized Web design with CSS3

CSS3 provides fantastic opportunities for Web designers and webmasters to improve their Web page design as well as SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

The beauty of CSS3 is that it doesn't require anything in order to work. Just start using it in your webpages.

All modern, good quality browsers support CSS3 by default.

What's more, it can be generated using online tools like CSS Gradient Generator and CSS3 Generator.

How to start a blog with WordPress

Looking for the ultimate guide on how to start a blog or website with WordPress? Follow the steps in this guide to build a blog or small business website (including themes, hosting, design, & more) quickly and easily.

From a business perspective, it is important to keep blog or website design and development times short so that you can focus on getting traffic and making money.

5 website optimization tips to increase page speed

Website optimization is an important part of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) because page load time and speed are factors in how well pages rank in Google search results.

Reducing page size and decreasing load times help to minimize load on your servers, improve the browsing experience (because visitors don't have to wait long for pages to load), and increase PageRank (because Google monitors page speed).

The net result of a fast page load time is a lower bounce rate, higher engagement, more conversions and more revenue.

While you might be aware that there are plenty of great online SEO and page speed tools to help improve SEO and page speed, including the excellent PageSpeed Insights tool from Google, it takes more than software tools to optimize a website.

How CSS3 can improve rankings and conversions

"Did you know that CSS3 offers powerful, lightweight features that anyone can use to improve their SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and maximize conversions?"

How to Change Domain Names (Without Losing Google Traffic)

Learn how to change your blog or website domain name without losing precious Google traffic, PageRank or SEO juice.

This article will provide a domain change checklist and show you the best way to transfer PageRank to a new URL without losing much (if any) Google search traffic in the process.

Creating links in Drupal

Creating internal hyperlinks in Drupal, from one page to another, can be slightly tricky - node IDs, path aliases, the Drupal url() function, all play a role.

Fully qualified links, those that contain the entire address including http, are easy enough to use, but it's not good practice to enter a static, fully qualified URL when linking from one page or blog post to another.

Fully qualified links, by definition, include the domain name. If that changes all these links break, and, if the site is substantial, it would require a lot of work to fix everything.

Luckily there is a better way...

Must have Drupal modules for an SEO friendly website

Drupal has a number of contributed modules available to enhance its built in SEO features.

By adding and combining the features mentioned below, you can be assured that your web presence will compete well for attention from Google and other search engines.

It's important to get some of these modules installed and running early on as not all of them work retrospectively on existing content.