Digital Web Magazine

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Thanksgiving Giveaway: Free hosting and domain for a year

Nick Finck

November 27, 2008 at 10:31 AM

We at Digital Web Magazine want to say thanks to our readers and authors for their dedicated patronage. As some of you may know, today in the U.S. is Thanksgiving day. To celebrate and say thank you to our readers and contributors we are going to be giving away a gift certificate for free hosting and domain name (you pick it if its available) for one year at Media Temple.

All you have to do is comment on this blog post, tell us how you first found out about our publication and why you feel its different than the other sites out there. We’ll hand select the best answer. This doesn’t need to be a book in length, a simple paragraph or two will do. Make sure you include your name, email address, and URL otherwise we won’t know how to contact you to send you the gift card.

Comments

Justin Thomas

November 27, 2008 at 11:56 AM

I can’t really remember how I found out about Digital Web. I’ve been following the site for several years. I probably found out about it from some designers website.

I think digital web is differnt from other sites out there because thief authors can be highly trusted and seem to be highly knowledgable when it comes to best practices and standards. Some sites veer off on innovation at the sacrfice of best practices. While innovation good, if it sacrifices standards, it doesn’t help here and now in the real world. Digital Web doest go off on that road, making it a more of a reliable source for current real world problems.

Steve Robillard

November 27, 2008 at 4:31 PM

I don’t remember how I came across digital-web. I am pretty sure it was a link from another site, probably digg. But, what made me stay and become a reader was not only the sheer breadth of topics covered, but that you go into more detail, than many blogs. You also go beyond the simple how to and look at the why. Knowing why you should or shouldn’t do something allows you to intelligently break those rules. In a field where constant learning and change are part of daily life, that is HUGE.

thanks
Steve

Jose Espinal

November 27, 2008 at 7:01 PM

I remember I first came to read Digital Web Magazine from a Google “searching session” about web development/design. I was trying to find some techniques that would change the ones I was been using (Tables, tables and more tables) so I was searching about what was being used and I found Digital Web and so I found standards, which I’ve been using and preaching ever since.

I really thank DWM for this, because your articles really changed the way I do things.

brandon sheats

November 27, 2008 at 11:59 PM

I really got into reading Digital Web after a session on usability with Nick Finck at the Webmaster Jam Session this year. I’d seen it here and there, and figured it was worth a second look after seeing what I thought was the most organized and clearly communicated presentation, and I’ve been reading the magazine as one of my first sources ever since. The UI and IA are intuitive and straightforward, unlike any other source, the articles thoughtful and transcendent of any skill level, giving everyone something to walk away with. I don’t feel like I had to be in the know about something before reading an article. The magazine is open and inviting, something that the others have yet to replicate.

At the end of his presentation, Nick mentioned the need for those that know in the community to convey that knowledge to the others that are willing to learn. This magazine does just that, and makes me want to give what I know to others.

brandon sheats

November 27, 2008 at 11:59 PM

I really got into reading Digital Web after a session on usability with Nick Finck at the Webmaster Jam Session this year. I’d seen it here and there, and figured it was worth a second look after seeing what I thought was the most organized and clearly communicated presentation, and I’ve been reading the magazine as one of my first sources ever since. The UI and IA are intuitive and straightforward, unlike any other source, the articles thoughtful and transcendent of any skill level, giving everyone something to walk away with. I don’t feel like I had to be in the know about something before reading an article. The magazine is open and inviting, something that the others have yet to replicate.

At the end of his presentation, Nick mentioned the need for those that know in the community to convey that knowledge to the others that are willing to learn. This magazine does just that, and makes me want to give what I know to others.

Stan

November 28, 2008 at 12:19 AM

I discoverd Digital web yesterday. I have nothing to say except that I like to hear about standard and new pattern & solutions. I just hope to still learn from here.

Stan

November 28, 2008 at 12:20 AM

brandon sheats you cheat! 2 posts :)

Have a nice day!

brandon sheats

November 28, 2008 at 12:27 AM

@stan – it was in error, Safari just posted the form twice. :)

Andrew Nelson

November 28, 2008 at 2:23 AM

I cannot remember the ‘how’ much further then a Google search. However, I’m more then sure of the reason I return to read and re-read the articles here: it’s a perfect mixture of quality and readability.

Rob Mason

November 28, 2008 at 4:29 AM

Like others I can’t remember where I found Digital Web, but I’m very glad I did!

The mix of authors and topics is what sets the site apart form others. Rather than just link to other’s stories, you take the time to craft your own take (or the author’s take) on an issue and produce a detailed and quality article. You’re also not producing the “Top ten cat related widgets” or “5 excellent way to crochet” articles…which is a good thing.

Keep up the excellent work.

David Mead

November 28, 2008 at 7:55 AM

I’ve been continually reading Digital Web for around 7 years. I used to print articles off and keep in a handy binder on my desk (I still have them).

When I moved to the USA (from the UK) and became a full-time web developer, this site’s articles were my back-up (along with ALA) in promoting standards based design, CSS and web development techniques.

Your articles always have a diverse spread of topics & interesting writers and that’s why digital-web.com has followed me from paper, to bookmarks, to rss feed.

It was great finally meeting some of the team, including Nick, at this years SWSX. Keep up the fantastic work!

Brian Perry

November 28, 2008 at 10:07 AM

I found DW after attending one of Nick’s sessions in a standards seminar.

Digital Web has been a balanced source of opinion and commentary, practical tips, as well as long-term strategy and guidance that’s relevant to any web professional. It’s different because it doesn’t focus on being different or definitive – just valuable, wherever that takes them.

I guess it’s my blogatorial beacon.

Daisy Morgan

November 28, 2008 at 11:46 AM

Again, I can’t remember how I came across Digital Web all those years ago (probably a google search) but I do know that it’s one of the first places I come to for articles and news – for example, I jumped on the extract from Rachel Andrew’s Everything You Know about CSS is Wrong when it appeared in my feed because like many I suspect, the title was a little um… intriguing and I knew I’d find some answers from the commentators here!

Serendepity at work: I had an absolute corker of an idea for a website early this morning while walking the dogs so the gift of a domain name plus hosting at Media Temple would be just about perfect :-)

John Stamm

November 28, 2008 at 1:45 PM

I think I found Digital Web on a blogroll at some Web 2.0-ey site… maybe one of the 37signals people’s?

I find your RSS feed the best source of new sites to check out, without the editorializing and business-side gossiping of, say, TechCrunch.

Maybe it was my fault, or iGoogle’s, but for the longest time I couldn’t get the one sentence blurbs to appear with headlines on my homepage. THAT was frustrating, going on just site names to decide whether to read more. That has been fixed and I am wicked grateful.

degentd

November 28, 2008 at 11:57 PM

I found this site via Google in searching for some CSS help. I found my answer on this site and i subscribed imediatelly to the RSS.

I have to say that I like the articles on this site ‘coz they are meaty, well documented and subject oriented. The digital-web.com is like an online helpfile for me.

Regards, zoli

Ben Vaughan

November 29, 2008 at 9:24 AM

Been subscribed to Digital-Web for quite a while. I first found the site while researching coding techniques, but have stayed for the well written, timely articles.

Maribel Figueroa

December 1, 2008 at 7:22 PM

I found this publication while searching for information on Nick Finck for my computer literacy class. I chose to make my first power point presentation on Nick Finck because Im majoring in Web design and I really admired his work.

Once I found this site I became a regular. The web site is very detailed and informative. Its great for a dreamer like me to be able to come here and get inspired by some of the best in the business. Thanks for your great work!

Maribel

Pam Ricks

December 2, 2008 at 7:39 AM

I first learned of digital-web.com in 2000, I found it while doing some research on web authoring tools and an article came up from this site in the search. It was extremely helpful and I made it my home page. I will admit I had strayed away from the site for a while the computer I had crashed, and then I moved away, had some children and a little memory loss. One day I remembered there was a site that served as a great resource for me once before so I began to search again typing in all possible names, and I knew when I found the right page because of the colors scheme, the site has a very Identifiable identity and branding, that is still the same and I love that, memory was not so good with names, but I remember a lot of things visually. I am glad to see how it has evolved over the years and is living up to its name. Thanks

Raj

December 2, 2008 at 7:58 PM

I came to web when css based websites started popping out from everywhere and google became one of the best search engine (well if it wasn’t first then). After reading a book “CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions” i instantaneously become fan of CSS so i googled every single site with css on it (few!!! there were lot of) there i found this great site.

Being a freelance designer i have to pitch CSS to clients several times cause they don’t know what the heck is CSS and HTML, and let’s be honest they don’t want to believe every word their designers says. One day i did an experiment when i was explaining site design process (you know the usual “discovery to test”) i remember an article i read a few days ago here so i put the link on the messenger and typed “please read this to better understand why we are going with iterative design process…”. Later i found the client not only read it but liked it as well. In next meeting i could sense his confidence on me – he was sure he found the right guy.

So this is it DigitalWeb articles for me not only guidance and updates but also inseparable part of my freelance business. :)

Thanks for everything you guys.

Nick Finck

December 3, 2008 at 9:55 AM

And the winner is….. David Mead! Congratulations David, you will be sent a free year’s worth of hosting and domain name of your choice at Media Temple!

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