21 Responses

  1. Tannis
    Tannis July 4, 2011 at 3:03 pm |

    Oooooo you gonna get it …. 🙂

  2. Gary
    Gary July 4, 2011 at 3:04 pm |

    Wow! Pull no punches! I have to admin.. I like my site since it was moved to Content Management.

  3. Meg
    Meg July 4, 2011 at 3:05 pm |

    Ouch! Thank goodness I’m a designer with an eye toward CMS! (actually I also totally agree)

  4. Carrey
    Carrey July 4, 2011 at 3:06 pm |

    Goodness, thanks for the brutal wakening. I’m glad someone finally laid it out nice and simple.

  5. Frank L
    Frank L July 4, 2011 at 3:07 pm |

    Yikes! I’ve been htmling my site for years, guess it’s time to catch up. I guess it does look a bit 90’s.

  6. Candice
    Candice July 5, 2011 at 12:27 pm |

    BRUTAL but oh so true. As a site designer I actually appreciate you pointing this out. I too am tired of the snow job of html purity. If you go back to the first version of MS WORD, you will find a “reveal codes” button which showed you all the same kinds of codes word processing uses. We got rid of that ages ago in favor of just getting the job done and now have word processors that format far more advanced stuff than that first version. It’s time to move forward I agree.

  7. Peter
    Peter July 5, 2011 at 12:28 pm |

    Yes, I got caught in this trap and am glad to now be out of it and using Drupal. Many thanks for the frank talk.

  8. Annabelle K
    Annabelle K July 5, 2011 at 12:29 pm |

    Bravo! Very sick of Dreamweaver slaves making up stories to suit their inability to learn and change with the times.

  9. Max Power
    Max Power July 5, 2011 at 12:30 pm |

    Thumbs up!

  10. DaintyCakes
    DaintyCakes July 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm |

    I have been using Dreamweaver for years and it works just fine. I’m not sure why you feel the need to trash using pure html, but in my view it’s still the best.

  11. Roderick
    Roderick July 8, 2011 at 12:38 pm |

    I got held back by a webmaster for years who carried on about “clean code” and meanwhile all my competitors were making money on their apparently dirty code websites. I’ll take dirty code and ROI any day thanks. Good advice Jocool.

  12. Chris A.
    Chris A. July 8, 2011 at 12:39 pm |

    Agreed, without something to do or accomplish a site is just a postcard.

  13. Jaysfan
    Jaysfan July 8, 2011 at 12:40 pm |

    Yah I had one of those webmasters. I think they are more graphics artists playing with page layout.. but when it comes to serious sites.. that’s got to be left behind for true interactivity.

  14. webgrl
    webgrl July 8, 2011 at 12:41 pm |

    Oh please! My sites could out do yours.

  15. Rebecca
    Rebecca July 8, 2011 at 12:42 pm |

    As a person who has had many an argument with “webmasters” on what they tell me “can’t” be done.. I have learned to fire and move on to those who just say “yes!” as it turns out anything CAN be done… what you are asking the WM is “do you know how”

  16. webgrl
    webgrl July 8, 2011 at 12:45 pm |

    Beatch! My sites can do just as well as yours.

  17. Phil
    Phil July 8, 2011 at 12:46 pm |

    I totally agree. When I need something done I always talk to software people first to find out what there is out there.. and then web people to see if they can handle exactly what I want done. I never let a “designer” advise me, I’d still have a boring site that can’t charge fees if I did that.

  18. Cristobal Baus
    Cristobal Baus July 18, 2011 at 4:28 pm |

    As a website owner I think the material here is magnificent. I appreciate it.

  19. Uri
    Uri July 19, 2011 at 10:07 pm |


  20. Nancy
    Nancy September 30, 2011 at 3:32 pm |

    Thanks for the advice. Bit of a kick in the pants but a good one.

  21. Nancy Ruth
    Nancy Ruth October 8, 2011 at 5:41 am |


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