Practical Web Design

The Future Publishing Web design magazine presenting advice

Archives March 2022

New era dawns

New editor promises stability and continuity

Comrades, this is your glorious leader speaking. No, your *new* glorious leader. The old one, he who was known as Dan the Editor, has taken A Great Leap Sideways and installed himself as editor of our friendly neighbour state, .net. It’s bigger, and he now has a greater number of subjects to lead (gloriously). He has taken his trusty comrade-in-arms, our former Art Editor, Chris, with him. (Tina, meanwhile, has infiltrated the bureaucracy on a top secret mission. Officially she is now co-editor of Future Publishing’s internal magazine, so naturally I cannot reveal the true nature of her mission…) We salute their many magnificent accomplishments during their reign here in PWD (which of course stands for… er, People’s Wepublic of Dan?). And now, after this Great Handover, we shall build on all that Dan and Chris and Tina have left us. We shall face the future together, united as one. We shall produce another issue, and another after that! And we shall keep producing issues, and you will keep buying them, and we shall rule over all as the best-selling magazine for web designers in the history of magazines for web designers!

At least, that’s the plan…

Do send me your comments, suggestions and ideas for stuff we should cover in the mag! You can e-mail me at pwdeditor (at)


Issue 30 on sale now!

– The Seven Deadly Sins of Web Design (and how to beat them!)
– Design site templates with CSS
– Add drop-shadows to photos with Dreamweaver
– Create a custom MP3 player in Flash
– Style accessible forms in CSS
– Get visitor feedback with PHP
– Embed YouTube video in your site
– See how our four experts tackle designing a site for a pub
– And much, much more…

PLUS: Fantastic video tutorials on the CD – learn all about optimising images and creating web backgrounds. Also, two superb complete programs (both for Windows):
– TwistedBrush 3.8: Edit and refine your web imagery – full program, as sold for 69 pounds (excludes packaging)
– PagePlus 8: Serif’s legendary DTP application comes with a raft of web-ready wizards and templates – full program, as sold for 99 pounds (excludes packaging)
Also on the CD: all the files and resources you need to follow the tutorials in the mag, links for our Designer’s Bookmarks section, and more…

Practical Web Design magazine is published by Future Publishing in the UK

About the magazine

“Practical Web Design is the UK’s best magazine for web building tutorials and advice (covering the likes of HTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL, Dreamweaver, Flash, fireworks, an Photoshop).
In the new-look Practical Web Design we’ve set out to create a magazine full of community and personality, which mirrors our readers’ passion for web building. To achieve this we’ve introduced a number of new features; added even more tutorials; partnered with, the leading online producer of video lessons; and commissioned Paul Boag, a top UK designer, to create an exclusive podcast for the magazine every month.
PWD issue 23
With an unrivalled team of web design experts, new community-driven features, and exclusive CD content, we’re confident that we’ve developed Practical Web Design into the number one magazine for web builders.” – Dan Oliver, editor.

Editor: Dan Oliver [email protected]
Art editor: Chris Bates [email protected]
Production editor: Tina Pluchino [email protected]
CD editor: Sam Cavender [email protected]

Advertising manager: Rosa Smith [email protected]
Senior Sales Executive: Nejla Unal [email protected]
Sales executive: Helen Crossman [email protected]

Practical Web Design magazine is published by Future Publishing in the UK.

Podcast: Managing your CSS

Each podcast looks at one area of web design, and lasts around 45 minutes.
Your host is Paul Boag. Paul is a founding partner of Headscape; publishes, a blog for people who run web sites; and is the author of many articles on web design. He has has worked with clients including BP, The National Trust, and SITA.

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Issue 28 (1 of 2) (released 25/04/06)

Attracting people back to your site after their first visit is key to its success. In this podcast episode Paul looks at different techniques for encouraging users back on a regular basis.

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In the news segment of the podcast, Paul covers:

  • Windows on the mac thanks to Boot camp
  • The latest guide to good accessibility
  • The CSS Get Naked Day!

Paul also introduces a great little tool for selecting colours as well as two superb new online web design resources:

  • Vitamin
  • Bite Size Standards

Finally Paul answers some user submitted questions relating to the use of frames and fixed position screen elements. For more information on fixed positioning elements read this great tutorial at


Issue 27 (2 of 2)
Paul introduces a new format to the Practical web design podcast. Not only will the show now air every other week but it will also be packed with news, reviews and answer to all your questions.

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In this show, Paul covers:

1. Microsoft’s new live clipboard functionality – link to demo, link to review
2. The top 10 web tips from web professionals
3. A review of the web developers extension for firefox
4. How to run multiple version of IE on a single windows machine – link to positionIsEverything article

We need you!
In order for the new style podcast to work, we need you to get involved. Let us have your recommendations for cool freeware, examples of outstanding web design and your questions for Paul. Send all your comments to [email protected]

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