I know rattling off websites in blog posts are a dime a dozen these days and may not be your cup of tea. But you might want to read and bookmark these sites—you’ll definitely keep coming back to them.
It’s a very short list, so you won’t tire easily reading this, and the sites are more like Position is Everything than Smashing Magazine. (No offense intended; I know that SM does a wide variety of blog posts, not just lists and freebies. I just mean they’re more references than resources, okay?)
Web Design+ contains the solutions to common web standards problems. From choosing a DOCTYPE to implementing CSS hacks, this is a great one-stop-shop for the best practices in web design out there. There are a ton of HTML and CSS cheatsheets out there, but reading them shouldn’t stop there. Refine your markup and stylesheets with the help of this site, free!
When Can I Use…
When can I use… compares support for several web design features according to browser version, from HTML to CSS to SVG to other technologies.
For example: thinking of using CSS3’s rounded corners (
border-radius)? It’s not even available on IE8 and Opera 10 yet. Of course, you don’t have to avoid using them just because the conclusion says “not ready”. It’s still a very useful page for recalling which browser version can support what.
On Having Layout
On having layout demystifies the concept of Internet Explorer’s
hasLayout property. A lot of the IE-related CSS problems that web designers run into are related to
hasLayout, so understanding how it works is essential.
The Ultimate Website Launch Checklist
The Ultimate Website Launch Checklist helps one go over key aspects of a website once it goes live. It’s more for the designer-webmaster hybrid, but regardless of your role in the process it’s a good view of what needs to be done.