The mother of all CSS menu lists, tutorials and generators

Below is a semi-definitive list of CSS menu lists, CSS menu tutorials, and CSS menu generator web sites. This mother-of-all CSS navigation menu bookmarks post is here in part for your consumption, but also so I have a single convenient place of reference for myself … while I put the finishing touches on my travelblog ( & wiki (  … in somewhat of an order of preference:

CSS menu example lists:

Stu Nicholl’s – CSSplay – CSS only menus
A comprehensive list of cutting edge cascading style sheet menu experiments and more, all in CSS
CSS-Based Navigation Menus: Modern Solutions
This page provides a listing of navigation menus that are intuitive, precise and easy-to-use; all employing CSS.
Top 71 CSS Menus Navigation Tabs
eConsultant’s list of the top 71 CSS menus navigation tabs for web developer’s.
Top 71 CSS Menus
WebmasterTalk: Articles / Tutorials on lists, menus, navigations and tabs.
8 web menus you just can’t miss
8 CSS and Ajax web menus you just can’t miss
Free Menu Designs –
CSS menus free for all
14 Free Vertical CSS Menus at ExplodingBoy
ExplodingBoy – a weblog about web design, CSS, and life.
30 Free CSS Based Navigation Menus
a list CSS based navigation menus collection, it includes 30 various styles of navigation menus, vertical menus, Javascript powered menus and tab menus.
Free CSS Navigation Menu Designs at ExplodingBoy
ExplodingBoy – a weblog about web design, CSS, and life.
More Free CSS Navigation Menu Designs at ExplodingBoy
ExplodingBoy – a weblog about web design, CSS, and life.
CSS Tabs and CSS Navigation Menus Showcase
CSS Showcase is a gallery of over 70 css-based navigation menus, tabs and css navigation techniques. Compiled and updated by Vitaly Friedman.
Collection of Web 2.0 Navigation Menus (in German)
A list of ‘modern menu navigation’ using CSS that deals efficiently with images (sliding windows?).

CSS menu how-to & tutorial pages:

Listamatic: one list, many options
Perhaps the ultimate list of examples in using CSS and a simple list to create radically different list options.
Listamatic2: nested list options
same as Listmatic … only in nested list option flavors.
CSS and round corners: Making accessible menu tabs
Find out how to lose the box layout of your CSS pages and make great menu tabs.
A List Apart: Articles: Suckerfish Dropdowns
a standards-compliant, accessible, cross-browser compatible method of coding dropdown menus
A List Apart: Articles: CSS Design: Taming Lists
CSS Design: taming (X)HTML lists, creating great-looking navigational menus and other visual effects.
CSS Menu Tutorial
A tutorial from SEOConsultants on how to do horizontal and vertical CSS menus.
Pure CSS Popups
Like the title says CSS popup menus in CSS.
Making a menu using image replacement
make a menu made of images, using a popular CSS image replacement solution.
How to center a tabbed horizontal CSS menu | Strictly CSS
This article shows and explains a different method for centering a horizontal aligned tabbed CSS menu without using any width at all on the menu. The menus demonstrated are using unordered lists and background images.
Dynamic Drive CSS Library- Horizontal CSS Menus
original, practical CSS codes and examples such as CSS menus to give your site a visual boast.
CSS Entry : CSS Step Menus
Cody Lindley, a web developer living in Boise Idaho, shows how to create step-wise menus for wizards all in CSS.
Free Menu Designs –
CSS menus free for all
Rollover CSS Image Menu
Roll-over image menu with only lovely CSS.
Tabbed Navigation Using CSS
how to create low-bandwidth tab navigation on a web page using CSS.
Fast Rollovers Without Preload
css rollovers using fast image switching, with no preload.
Free CSS Navigation Menu Designs at
Free CSS Navigation Menu Designs at
Free CSS Navigation Menu Designs 2 at
Free CSS Navigation Menu Designs 2 at
Hoverbox Menu
create a large rollover image for each menu item, overlapping the neighbouring menu items and other elements on the page.
Pure Horizontal CSS Drop Down Menu
This a pure CSS solution which is keyboard and browsers friendly.
Inline Mini Tabs
Use inline boxes to create nice, simple, easy to read and navigate mini-tabs
Mini-Tab Shapes
Underscore your navigation with graphical clues, excellent for ‘you are here’ type wizard navigation
Drop-Down Marker
yet another pure CSS drop down menu. But instead of the menu being triggered by placing your mouse of the menu label, it is trigger by moving your cursor over the down arrow on the right side of the menu label
Navigation Matrix Reloaded
Dan Rubin from SuperfluousBanter clues us in on CSS menus.
Alsacreations, examples and menus galleries in CSS and XHTML
Courses and tutorials in CSS, XHTML compliant menus – in French.

CSS menu generator pages:

From Accessify’s Developer Tools – generate CSS-styled navigation menus based on list items
CSS Menu Generator
Webmaster Toolkit’s simple but effective CSS menu generator (many based on listmatic).
CSS Creator Light Weight Multi Level Menu
CSS Creator Light Weight Multi Level Menu.
Colly’s CSS rollover generator
create two distinct styles of rollover button, using CSS and just one image.
List-u-Like CSS Generator
Create cross-browser list-based navigation bars with ease
InkNoise: The Amazing Rolloverer
Use a series of images to create nice CSS rollover menus w/out a lot of preloading and cruft
CSS Menu Generator
Like the title says, yet another CSS menu generator.

And that folks wraps-up the mother of all CSS menu lists, tutorials and generators. You’ll note I tried to steer clear of those that relied heavily on JavaScript, though there are a couple in the bunch.

Did I forget any of your favorites? Do a duplicate? Got an über favorite from the list above? If so, leave a comment so the rest of us can enjoy!

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5 Things WordPress 2.3 Brings to your Church Web Site Design

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a new WordPress in town and his name is “Dexter!A.k.a. version 2.3, this major release comes with five features every church and/or charity web master can’t do without. Here they are in no particular order other than who, what, where, how and why:

  1. Pending review – this to me is the BIG KAHUNA of features as many blog-driven church websites are also multi-author church websites.Who benefits? How about a youth minister who wants to enable students, but would like the final okay before publishing member-submitted content. Same goes for the main website, where a designated editor can help make sure what goes out the public doesn’t wind up on some “signs and blunders ” website.
  2. Advanced WYSIWYG functionality – a “kitchen sink button” that allows content contributors to access some features of TinyMCE editor that were previously hidden.What‘s the big deal here? More word-processing like control from the free and easy-to-access confines of any web-standards compliant browser on any computer anywhere there’s Internet connectivity.
  3. Canonical URLs – okay, this is a bit geeky, but basically this normalization of your URLs helps your users bookmark, and search engines optimize the URLs on your site.Where‘s the benefit in this? Well aside from the aforementioned seekers, it also helps the guy/gal supporting the sign out front, as they no longer have to prefix the main domain name with ‘www.
  4. Native tagging support – since most church/charity websites leverage categories to define major navigation paths, the addition of native-tag support is a BIG help in … well categorizing your content across one or more topics. For example, I can see how tags will be a huge help to online sermons and Bible studies, as well as weekly events that impact and/or support more than one interest group.How? Simple, you users either search by and/or tag-cloud click on their taggy-topic that interests them.
  5. Update notification – this feature lets your church/charity website administrator know when a new release of WordPress and/or a plug-in is available.Why is this a big deal? Two words “security update.”

If that’s not an enough for you to stop using FrontPage and start blogging your church and/or charity’s web presence than I don’t know what is.

Heck, I’d  even say this all applies even if you’re WordPress-driven endeavor isn’t a church or charity web site!

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5 Reasons You Need to Add to Your Aggregator – NOW!

Have you heard the one about the new mob-blog for church leaders and webmasters? No, it’s no joke – rather is an extension of the Leadership Network dedicated to ‘using technology to multiply the church’s impact.’

And if that description alone isn’t enough of an argument to get you to add their RSS feed to your aggregator, then here are five compelling features of this team effort to consider:

  1. DJ Chuang – ringmaster of this circus who has been tireless in producing this be mob-blog for real-live church leaders in the virtual world. While not herding the cool cats at, he serves as the Director of Digital Initiatives and Asian American Church Research for Leadership Network.
  2. Tim Bednar – the brains behind Turtle Interactive. Once I saw his name on the list of contributors I knew we were in trouble. Kidding aside, tim’s seminal work “why we know …” is an example of the type of heat he’ll be adding to the brew.
  3. Cynthia Ware – whose Digital Sanctuary continually exemplifies the the aphorism “she’s all that and a bag of chips” … meaning you get all the beefy insights from her postings that you’d get from mine … only with half the indigestion!
  4. Dean Peters – already dubbed as ‘infamous’ by the group, I will be contributing drive-by content that will surely uphold my dubious reputation.

What’s that you say? The group sounds interesting but you don’t have an aggregator? Then if suggest you quit rocking like it’s 1999 and get skippy with something free and online like bloglines or Google reader.

It’s either that or you are commanded to visit the blog every day for the rest of your life.

And don’t worry folks, I’ll still be posting here – just figured I’d lend my hand over there as well. I just figured with such a high caliber cast over there, they needed someone a bit controversial to keep eveyone on their toes.

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5 outside the box uses for Google Presentations out of the box

Five outside-the-box things you can do with the new Google Presentation application fresh out of the box, including breaking down physical, geographic and even denominational barriers.

Last April at the SIIA and Web 2.0 conferences, several Microsoft pundits made fun of Google reps who were boasting their use of Google Aps via Microsoft PowerPoint slides. I turned to the VP of my company and said: ‘I personally would let such an agile sleeping dog lie …‘ myself having already caught wind that Google was already working on a slide-show presentation application to add to their ever growing online office suite.

what my eyes saw, but didn't I didn't believe until this morning

No lie, I thought I was seeing things yesterday when I noticed a ‘presentations’ icon under the ‘new document’ menu in my Google Aps. Then I convinced myself that I should look at it later as it probably got all the press it needed while I was on 30 hours of flights headed back from Malaysia. I was wrong – as yesterday morning was indeed the official release of Google Presentation.

Anyway, I should have dropped what I was doing and posted as soon as I saw the menu option. My mistake. That said, I did take a few minutes to mess around with it – and along the way thought of 5 outside the box uses for Google Presentation out of the box:

  1. Work on slide show presentations – across multiple computer barriers
  2. Share slide show presentations – across operating system barriers
  3. Collaborate on Sunday school lessons – across classroom barriers
  4. Collaborate on Bible Studies – across church/congregational barriers
  5. Use the slideshow with web conference tools like ReadyTalk – across geographic barriers

Nifty huh? Probably niftier than my little presentation experiment I put together in no time flat.

Anyway, here are some other online articles the topic you might find useful:

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5 love notes from the mailbag

I’m usually very responsive to comments and emails – as such interaction often results in long-term, online friendships with other developers. That said, sometimes I get ‘love notes’ that either request assistance when I’m mega-busy, or whose purpose is to tear me apart for ‘bashing the Body.’ Here are 5 examples of such – followed by some witty snarkasm on my part.

  1. A Misraelite responds to my article entitled ‘Why Christians Should Have Nothing To Do With Snowmobiles:’

    I was doing research on why people are turned off by Christianity. I could not believe what I read! Riding a snowmobile is a sin? There is no scripture that backs that up! These are the types of things that would make people wonder away or make them not even consider becoming a Christian! In fact, I challenge you to make this a ministry that could be used to bring souls either to christ or closer!

    My Response: Personally, I think alot of people are turned-off by the great cloud of witlessness who don’t know a joke when they see it.

  2. A gutsy steward asks:

    Dean – So we’re an old school Presbyterian Church … We’ve gone from no website, to a simple wordpress template.The initial idea was to have something functional online while we develop the real thing.

    Would you be interested in using this as a test case / makeover show for creating a website that does work? For recommending how to take something basic like this and making it a functional web residence for us?

    My Response: Yes. I love a teachable spirit, as exemplified by your courageous offer. Expect an article next week w/at least 5 pointers that encourages others to do likewise (in love).

  3. A quick email with a quicker response:

    How can I create a Sermon page with all the sermons so that viewers can select the sermon or sermons they wish to view?

    My Response: A sermons blog. WordPress on your own server, or Blogger on Google’s – both are great places to start. You can even use Google Docs to post to either once you get things established.

  4. From the flanks in response to ‘Too cool for Old School – Sonrise Baptist Church Newnan, GA:’

    How did you find this church in Newnan, GA? Out of genuine concern for this church, did you contact them and encourage them with your criticism?

    My Response: Out of genuine concern for the Body online, I have spies everywhere. Seriously, I would think such a genuinely concerned person would have contacted those involved in said website – which is why said question has me a bit suspicious over such ‘genuine concern.’

  5. From the ranks, also in response to ‘Too cool for Old School – Sonrise Baptist Church Newnan, GA:’

    Why, everywhere you go, do they insist on hiding the service times. Even on the directions and service times page, they are hidden. And they are hidden under sideways text, which is even worse.

    My Response: Out of genuine concern for everyone concerned, to keep me off the streets at night.

So there you have it folks! Five reasons to keep them comments and love notes coming!

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Pastors, programmers & graphic artists listen up: your user isn’t you

Unless you’re writing a church website for a bunch of blogging pastors, frustrated graphic artists and/or “… burned out computer geeks, your user isn’t you. … This is very hard to get through somebody’s head; it’s very hard to get rid of this notion that what you like your user is going to like… Again, your user is not you.”

Please pardon my blatant rip-off of Deborah Hartmann’s quote of David S. Platt’s recent keynote entitled “Why Software Sucks.”

Perhaps it is 30 hours of planes and airports traveling back from Kuala Lumpur that’s made me a bit grumpy. Perhaps it is the head-cold inflicted on me by the sick six year old who kicked my right side most of the way home. Or perhaps it’s just the continual parade of church websites that suck that has me annoyed at the great cloud of witlessness that is the Church online.

Probably a bit of all three. None-the-less, there’s a simple truth that I think to many of us are missing when it comes to designing and maintaining our church and charity websites which I’m hoping gets quoted and discussed web-wide:

For the most part, people aren’t seeking the church experience online – rather they are shopping online for a real-world church experience.” – Dean Peters,, 16Sep07.

Agree or disagree, I’d like this meme mulled-over in as many places as possible – and along with it, the following 5 suggestions to make your church website work, based on David Platt’s 5 suggestions to ” Just Make It Work:”

  1. Add a novice to the design team: I’m thinking a silver-haired seasoned citizen as they are often overlooked, yet comprise a significant population of any church body.
  2. Break convention when needed: Quit thinking brochureware (print marketing) and/or writing like Spurgeon – the web is different.
  3. Avoid feature “silliness”: Your website isn’t a stinkin’ art project, so cool it with the cheap tricks.
  4. Instrument your application very carefully: again I’m thinking silver-haired seasoned citizen and other members of the “silent majority” who may not be geeky cool, but are the ones who need an effective church website the most.
  5. Consider whether design decisions are taking you closer or farther away from the software *just* working: this implies you have a clear understanding of what it is your church and/or charity website is trying to accomplish. Meaning, I’d document some use cases.

In the meantime, I’m going to work on some articles this coming week to detail some simple procedures that will take your church website from cool and unused, to effective and often implemented.

As always, your comments, questions and concerns are always welcome.

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5 things about Google Aps that concern me

I’m a Google aps kinda guy. Even so, there are some aspects of this powerful little office ‘sweet’ that concern me. Here are 5 things I’d recommend any church, charity or other community organization consider and be on guard about when moving your operations to any such online office suite:

  1. Organization-wide publish and sharing policies

    Simply put, just about every church, charity and/or community organization has some form of policies about who speaks on behalf of their organization and how.

    This leads to the question, how do you enforce various levels of document visibility across an enterprise?

    Yes, the account administrator can check “Users cannot share documents outside this domain” … but what about the ability to email, and worse, publish documents?

    Especially in cases where I want a good number of pastors and/or lay ministers to blog their notes – but might not want that one well meaning church secretary to pop the publish button by accident.

    This worries me a bit.

  2. Version Control

    I like the fact that Google documents in Google Aps has the ability to recall previous versions.

    I’d like it more if I had the ability to check-in/out documents. Yes, the collaboration features rock, and I do get a bright orange “Also editing now: …” prompt at the bottom left corner of a collaborative document.

    Still, sometimes I just want to lock’r down to make some critical edits. And as admin, I’d want the ability to override other locks.

    Such features aren’t yet available in Google aps documents – and perhaps they’re overkill for a small organization. Still, losing work to multiple, concurrent edits gnaws at me a bit.

    Even more so for start pages, web pages and calendars.

  3. Bulk download and backup

    I need an easy button. One that says “backup all documents, calendars, web and start pages for all users on this domain.”

    It might be nice to do the same at a user-by-user level as well.

    There’s been alot of blog-ink on this issue, often under the title of ‘whose data is it?’

  4. Notifications and/or Content Approval

    Okay, now I’m asking for the moon, but it would be REALLY nice if:

    1. I could get email notifications when stuff is published to the blog
    2. I could identify users who need authorization from an in-organization editor before a document set for publish is made public.
  5. Content ownership at the domain level …

    … rather than content ownership at the the user level.

    Anyone who has been around a church and/or charity know that people come and go.

    So when the leave, I need to lock down their account. When I do, what happens to their content – which is property of the organization?

    Do I have to go in an share it? Can I ‘give it’ or ‘assign it’ to another user?

    Moreover, it might not hurt to be able to brand and/or disclaim any/all such content as/per the needs of the organization.

Keep in mind, this is a pretty fine-toothed comb I’m running through Google Aps – the free version – and something I wouldn’t be thinking about if the functionality stuff didn’t work so great.a cornucopia of offic sweets

Meaning, while I may not lie awake at night worrying about this stuff – it does concern me during dull moments. Like say when someone is trying to sell me on thick client applications at the Microsoft Tech*Ed SEA ’07 conference.

Point is Google Apps, Zoho, ThinkFree, Zimbra and/or even Microsoft Office Live offer online office solutions can really boost the collaborative and budgetary needs of any church, charity and/or civic organization.

Just so long as they consider and acknowledge some of the privacy and policy concerns I’ve enumerated above and have made arrangements to deal with those pesky worse case scenarios.

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Observing 9-11 at the ‘Other’ Twin Towers

Perhaps it is the experience of working in the shadows of the World Trade Center buildings that I continue too ascribe the term ‘Twin Towers’ with the two-plus buildings destroyed 6 years ago in cowardly act of senseless terrorism.Dean in front of the Patronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I certainly do not use ‘other’ to slight the buildings you see me pictured with to the right – as I freely admit – I find them far more attractive to the ‘boxy lady’ images that loomed over downtown for a couple of decades.

Still, I feel kinda awkward being half a planet away in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the 7th anniversary of the murder of thousands of innocent non-combatants were senselessly murdered in a fervor of religious zealotry.

Part of my awkwardness comes out of my recent experiences traveling abroad these past couple of years – where I’ve more than once either been the recipient or witness to anti-American sentiment. The most recent incident being the tepid, almost non-existent, applause that greeted the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet Band at the Kuala Lumpur International Tattoo 2007.

I say tepid in relevance to the warm welcome offered the military bands of other countries.

I’ll also say I was never prouder than when I heard the roar of approval from the crowd after the Pacific Fleet Band delivered a flawless, thoughtful and moving performance. Remember folks, I was a professional opera singer – I know about audiences and music – and I know these young men and women did a fantastic job despite a chilly welcome.

Which begs the oft asked question: why do they hate us?

As I said, I’ve had a lot of chances to speak to a lot of people from a lot of places lately. Here’s the best I can figure:

  • Some hate us because the BBC and other news outlets present the U.S. in a poor light at every opportunity. At least that’s how I perceive the news when I watch it from various international airports and hotels.
  • Some hate us because they do not like our president. Of that number, a large majority are just soooo rabid and soooo seeking a distraction from their own problems, that they will continue to hate us long after G.W.Bush leaves office.
  • Some hate us because they are raised from a very young age to hate us – often in institutes of religious education.
  • Most of the above hate us because if they didn’t – then they’d have to face their own causes for their own economic and political problems. And you don’t need Dr.Phil to remind you that no co-dependent ever wants to realize themselves as the major cause of the majority of their own problems.

What can we do despite such dysfunctions?

  • Engage, listen to and debate open and honestly with those who strongly disagree with U.S. Policy – but do not hate the U.S. Such are usually reasonable people whose passion is to be appreciated.
  • Do what the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet Band did – perform despite such ill will. That includes continuing our outrageous acts of charity when calamity strikes other nations. Continue to feed their poor, educate their children, send medical aid to their sick. Mostly continue to do this through the private sector so as to divorce any politics from said performances.
  • Know what we believe and why – and be willing to describe it, debate it and teach it calmly and rationally – even when loud, hateful voices spew invective from both sides of the argument.

Anyway, I’ll be back on a technical track tomorrow – much stuff seen and learned here at the Microsoft Tech*Ed SEA 2007 – much to discuss here with regards to your church website.

Now if you don’t mind me, I have some prayers to attend to.

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Selamat Datang from Malaysia, again – this time mostly Microsoft flavored

Just a quick note of Selamat Datang from the crisp and clean accommodations here at the Impiana KLCC Hotel here overlooked by the Petrona Towers in downtown Kuala Lumpur – the site of this year’s Tech*Ed Asia 2007.

Yes, I know – what a betrayal of all my loyal LAMP readers out there. But the day job is what pays the rent and since they’re paying me to manage Software as a Service products provisioned mostly on the Microsoft platform – I get to go to Malaysia again.

That said, I’ll be attending many of the break-out sessions that are less to do with specific Microsoft technologies and more about emerging trends and product management. All good stuff that easily carries-over to managing your church website.

Hopefully, I’ll also be able to catch up with some of my more wonderful Malaysian friends whom were so gracious in their hospitality towards me this past June. Amazing how much one grows to miss such new friends so quickly.

But now I need to allow the co-worker roomie some time online, so until then, here is some additional reading you can consume to create questions to “stump the Deano” in the form of comments, emails and other love notes.

Tech•Ed SEA 2007
Tech•Ed SEA 2007, Microsoft’s premier & largest annual conference in the South East Asia region, focuses on newly released products such as of Microsoft Office along with content about upcoming releases such as Windows Server code name “Longhorn”.For four days in September, you can get technical training, information and resources to help you build, deploy, secure, mobilize, and manage solutions.
Sivin Kit’s Garden
Pastor of the Bangsar Lutheran Church, made my long journey a couple of months ago too short with his warmth, kindness and Christian love. His blog, at least to me, serves as an excellent example of how a pastor can have a personal blog that both builds the Body without emperiling his local church. I would hope any of you pastors online would take his cue of how wonderfully personal he is able to get without getting into trouble.
Bob Jots: Redux
Bob was another wonderful personality I met here in Malaysia last June whose blog is an example of how a lay person can leverage the internet for socially activism without going over to the deep end. Some good solid stuff here – and again a great blog to read.
A.K.A. the notorious Mz.Wacky – one of my absolute favorite personalities here in KL whose blog is a good example of a personal faith journal. I do wish she’d post more – as having met her now gives me an idea of the constant smile and laughter she brings to any and every conversation.
Impiana KLCC Hotel
This is where I’m staying. Other than the twin beds being positioned next to each other, the accomodations are splendid. And with a little ‘furniture refactoring’ the aforementioned situaiton was easily remedied to insure a good night’s sleep without getting ‘too close’ to a co-worker.
Petronas Twin Towers
The Petronas Towers were the tallest buildings in the world until the Taipei 101 building, as measured to the top of their structural components (spires, but not antennas). Spires are considered integral parts of the architectural design of buildings, to which changes would substantially change the appearance and design of the building, whereas antennas may be added or removed without such consequences. The Petronas Towers remain the tallest twin buildings in the world.
LAMP development platform
The acronym LAMP refers to a solution stack of software programs, commonly open source programs, used together to run dynamic Web sites or servers. The original expansion is as follows:

  • Linux, referring to the operating system;
  • Apache, the Web server;
  • MySQL, the database management system (or database server);
  • PHP, the programming language.

The combination of these technologies is used primarily to define a web server infrastructure, define a programming paradigm of developing software, and establish a software distribution package. More recently, the P has come to refer frequently to Perl or Python as alternate programming languages.

Microsoft Visual Studio
Microsoft’s flagship software development product for computer programmers. It centers on an integrated development environment which lets programmers create standalone applications, web sites, web applications, and web services that run on any platforms supported by Microsoft’s .NET Framework (for all versions after Visual Studio 6). Supported platforms include Microsoft Windows servers and workstations, PocketPC, Smartphones, and World Wide Web browsers.

Oh and for those who’d like to Skype, Google Talk and/or whatever, drop me a line via the contact form and we’ll work something out.

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Baptist Church Web Sites – Ye Shall See Witlessness

Baptist Church Web Sites provides a valuable directory service, but does so at great expense in terms of user interface, navigation and visual quality. Here are five things I would do to heal ‘the Web’s most comprehensive directory of Independent Baptist Church Web Sites.’

  1. Domain Name

    First thing I’d change is the domain name from “” to something like ‘’ (since .com is already taken).This not only makes the Internet location a bit more memorable, but also lends a bit of legitimacy and/or professionalism to the site.

  2. Fix the description meta tag

    image of 'chruchy' description meta tag for baptist church web site directory

    I know I’ve joked more than once that “religion is a ‘chruch’” – but only to point out faulty title tags, descriptions and what-not.In this case, it is the ‘description meta tag’ which is important for two reasons:

    • search engines often include descriptions as part of their indexing formula
    • search engines often display the descriptions as part of their return results
  3. Eliminate the broken images

    I noted in a couple of spots, broken images – conveying a sense of neglect the same way associates broken windows on a house with a ghetto.

    montage of some broken images for baptist church web site directory

  4. Lose the “Heaven’s Gate” outer-space theme on subpages

    While the main page refrains from camouflaging the text with a plain, solid, contrasting background – the sub pages listing the various sites are a bit tougher to read, as the small white text gets lost on the starry background.A background which in terms of themes is also a bit reminiscent of the out-of-this-world theme offered by the now departed Heaven’s Gate cult.Meaning, it’s probably not a good idea to offer a theme that reminds people of Koolaide drinking kooks.

  5. Use a real directory application

    There are a number of site directory applications available for low or no cost. And considering the extent of the existing site’s data – could recoup said costs, along with the cost of purchasing a domain, a better server, etc… through some effective but unobtrusive ad placement.Here are some places to start looking:

That’s it. Your mileage may vary. If so, drop a comment – in love – on how this para-church listing of independent baptist church websites can improve.

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