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With this article I wish to simply educate the public on what it means to be a web designer. These are just my opinions, so please feel free to disagree and add more points in the comments section of this page.
You are not a web designer if...
- you don't know what GIF, PNG or JPEG is
- you don't know where to apply GIFs, PNGs or JPEGs
- you don't know the difference between HTML and XHTML
- you don't know what a pixel is
- you don't keep screen sizes in mind when designing
- you never code
- you use Dreamweaver for coding
- you don't know what a mockup is or wireframes are
- you only use Photoshop
- you know no alternative to Photoshop
- you don't know the difference between RGB and CMYK
- you don't know what DPI stands for
- you don't know the optimum DPI for web images
- you don’t know the difference between vector and raster
- you don’t know what image formats are
- you don't test your websites on at least Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari
- you don't know what SEO is
- you don't know what a CMS is
- you don't know what CSS is
- you only use inline CSS
- you don’t know anything about typography
- you don't know the difference between serif and sans-serif
- you don't know what web safe fonts are
- you don't know what web safe colors are
- you’ve never heard about W3C
- you don't know that website colors play a big role in conversion rates
- you don't use Google Analytics
We at Namhost make sure we have the skills and knowledge to create websites using the latest technology and techniques. This ensures that websites we create for clients are not only an asset instead of an expense, but also something they can be proud of! For more information on our web designing services, please visit www.webdesign.na.
I remember internet access at varsity costing R 1.00 ZAR per Megabyte, with a minimum top-up of R 100.00. That was a lot of money to a student back then, especially if you had to cough up the cash when you'd rather be spending it on socialising or something else. It's for this reason, that I won't deny that I got a little green with envy, when I read the Bandwidth Blog's today.
Yes, Stellenbosch gets free wifi. And not when... tomorrow!
It's capped at 500 Mb a day, which is actually surprisingly much for a free service. This will, without a doubt, lead the way to what might become something seen more frequently in South Africa. It would only be beneficial to South Africa if Universities could offer free internet to students. Not to mention if they can provide internet access to rural areas and the rest of the country.
The other main benefit of course is that instantly makes Stellenbosch a potential information hub. This will definitely attract entrepeneurs, IT geeks and more. Namhost will definitely be keeping an eye on this to see what new business wil come from this, and more importantly, what selling potential this new market will provide. [Stay tuned for a follow up.]
Kaaskrul.com has been around for several years. It's probably because I first saw the cartoons when I started studying at the University of Pretoria (the best university in the world) but regardless, these are some seriously funny cartoons. Here's one taken from the website:
Check out almost 500 comics like this at: www.KaasKrul.com
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