Domain Domains are the first key to having a place on the internet. If we didn’t have domain names we’d have to go around the internet by typing in IP addresses like 220.127.116.11. Instead we have Domain Names which allow you to point any URLs that belong to them to a place on the internet. […]
Welcome to our blog, where we hope to provide you with an entertaining introduction to web design, and useful tools on the web. Whether you're just starting out building your first blog or are diving into the rabbit hole of web development, we'll give you some useful ideas about things we are learning along the way.
These blogs are written from the perspective of a radical, grassroots activist, but we hope they'll be useful for everyone, because if you can't blog about whatever you want then its not our revolution.
Why on earth would I work for free, and when does my time equal your money?
Dear comrades and clients, I started this little gig as a web designer to step in and lend a hand building websites for a very grassroots, bootstrapped, under-resourced regional solidarity campaign. Five years later, I’ve learned a lot and made it into a little business, still working for some grassroots environment and social justice groups […]
Team up using Trello
how I use Trello in order to collaborate with teams on projects, making decision making easier and more transparent, and keeping myself well organised and on track.
Think Google, Act Local: A guide to SEO for activists & micro-businesses
SEO can be a lot of work for an activist or solo business person to undertake. This post focuses on simple improvements that can help you online as well as IRL
Mysupersecretpassword: How to be human AND remember strong passwords
This post is for everyone. Because everyone has passwords. Everyone has at some point had stupidly easy to break passwords. And everyone has at some point forgotten their password.
Using your own brain to remember strong, unique and encrypted passwords isn’t easy. That’s why we can get our computer to do it for us!
Give Me Free or Give Me Freedom: WordPress.com Vs WordPress(.org)
Hang on. 2 things. One name. Completely confused already?
I don’t blame you – you haven’t even started building your website and already you’re trying to choose between two things that seem exactly the same.
Even if you kind of get the idea, its worth your while to read through this post to start off making the best choice for your website’s needs.
Don’t become a Fashion Victim – A no-nonsense guide to shopping for themes
A theme is basically a set of templates that your content will sit inside, and be visible to users on the ‘front end’ – when they visit your website.
One of the best features of Wordpress is the myriad of themes available to use, and the infinite ways they can be customised to suit your style.
However the huge array of choices can leave you bewildered – especially because choosing a theme is probably one of the first things you’ll want to do with your website.
This post will take you step by step through some of the questions to ask to arrive at finding the perfect theme for your site.
The Beautiful (Type)Face of Google
This post reveals one of Google’s little known projects, which although you’ve probably never heard of, you’re looking at it right now.
Fonts are ubiqitous, we see them every where, and when they are good we don’t pay too much attention to them, but when they go wrong they give you a worse aversion to reading that you got from your high school English class.
No Fixed Adress: Website Domains and Hosting
Setting up shop online doesn’t require you to have a fixed adress for your organisation, to live anywhere, to sign anything, or even to be a real entity. It doesn’t cost much and anyone can do it. But there are two basic things you’ll need to buy for people to be able to find and access your website online.
Property is Theft: Open Source and Proprietary Software
Why are we passionate about choosing, and using Open Source Software wherever possible? What’s the problem with copywritten software? How does Open Source software create and awesome environment of innovation and help us in more ways than we know?
Putting Things in a box: Categories, Tags and Taxonomies.
Working with grassroots groups, and being an anarchistic myself, I often have trouble putting a label on things. Why should I assign an idea, a person or a thing to a box, and define what he/she is or could potentially be? Is this a manifesto, an article, a tutorial or a rant? For now I’ll just call it a blog.
But in learning about web publishing, I’ve realised the importance of organising information in clear, well defined ways, so that what we have to say is not lost forever in the ethernet, or at the bottom of your post archive.
All Talk & No Action: A Blogger’s Mission Statement
Welcome to Back to Front Design’s blog.
I’m Ruben and I’m writing this blog to help my friends, clients and anyone out their on the internet understand some of the base concepts involved in establishing an online presence.
Here is my first to-do list of subjects this blog will cover. Please request any other topics which might save your eyes from glazing over the next time you talk to one of those ‘computer people’ in the comments section.