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SEO: Search engine optimization: checklist

A quick checklist of “low hanging fruit” that I use as a guide for helping my clients promote their websites and grow their businesses.

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WordPress: adding extra line breaks, vertical space and more

Updated 4/2013 There are issues with all the wysiwyg editors out there. It’s a problem with Drupal too. It’s hard to make a browser-based tool that just works right. What WordPress is trying to do is “clean” the code. This is useful in many situations but not always.

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CSS: How to vertically center content on a page

Do you have a  page where you want to simply center it both vertically and horizontally? Looking for a pure CSS solution?

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Do-it-yourself website options – photography

I am often asked how to make a website on low/no budget… Tim Peter’s”Thinks” Blog: Here’s a great overview of current blog/cms options. it compares these 5 services: Weebly, SiteKreator, SynthaSite, WordPress.com (the free version) & Webnode Most of these sites offer free versions with paid upgrades for ad-free, custom domain names and other add-ons.

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Web designers toolkit: QA browser and email client testing

BROWSER TESTING SERVICES updated 10/2013 browserstack.com Screenshots + virtual environment live testing: My current primary QA tool. This is for VNC and also for screenshots and includes a separate responsive test tool. They’ll give you an hour of free testing for signing up so try it. I found it to be very very fast. You need a separate […]

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Web 2.0 expo 2009 notes

1) For screen sharing http://www.oneeko.com/ Free for one-to-one. Allows sharing of only part of a screen – interesting interface. Guests don’t have to download anything – it runs in flash. Paid version has support for 8 guests, whiteboard But users can’t control each others cursor.  So skype screen sharing is tough competition for them since […]

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Listings of fine art photography awards and submission deadlines

Here’s a start of a list of lists—all about finding the right competitions, grants and awards. There are so many available but I find most of them are not worth the time and expense of applying. Mary Virginia Swanson: List of approaching deadlines Swanson is well known in the photo world. I had a chance […]

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Mission Armory

Each of these articles I found online adds another small facet to the strange history of this building. I’d heard of this idea of converting the Armory to creative uses a long time ago when I moved to the Mission in 1993. A couple years later I visited PS1 in New York and it occurred […]

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Advice for emerging artists

Dawoud Bey has a wonderfully written and inspiring article at ChicagoArtistsResource. Here’s my summary: Make good work and soak in the culture you want to engage with. Poke your head outside your work and take time to educate yourself. Keep at it and your opportunities will emerge. You will too.

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Resources for marketing your art event in the San Francisco Bay Area

REMINDER: marketing is attention you pay for, PR is attention you pray for. ARI’S A-LIST OF FREE-TO-LIST-YOUR EVENT SITES Fecalface Squid List UpComing Happenstand FaceBook Their ad system is great for getting the word out inexpensively and very geo-targeted. ArtSpan sends out a nice monthly newsletter. I think they will list events by anyone who […]

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