Archive by Author | Jake Stout

A Comparison of The Seattle Times, New York Times and BBC News sites

Group: Ian and Jake

Genre: News Media

The Seattle Times

The New York Times

BBC News

Similarities in Design

  • All three news sites have a top search bar (although two are on the right side, and NY Times is on the left)
  • All three have white backgrounds and black logos.
  • Both the Seattle Times and the New York Times have the same font.
  • They all use a basic three-column layout to organize content
  • All sites included a combination of blue and black text.


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Stout Roofing Initial Website Design, Audience and Competitive Analysis

Stout Roofing has been roofing in the Seattle area for 30 years and has installed over 10,000 roofs. We have an established client base, repeat customers, a referral network of real estate agents, and the highest ratings on Angie’s List and the BBB.

We are currently re-developing our static website in an effort to update information and incorporate new technologies to improve our image and generate more business. Read More…

Stout Roofing Boosts Web Presence with WordPress/IO Plugin

The Stout Roofing website’s main objective is to quickly establish credibility so customers will request an estimate for re-roofing. The following plugins help accomplish that task and enable measurements of success for both marketing efforts as well as the website itself. In addition, clients can also share any page with their friends.

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PHP – Personal Home Page to Hypertext Preprocessor

PHP – The P in the LAMP stack
(Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP or Python/Perl) an open-source solution for web development.

What is PHP?
PHP is a server-based scripting language which can be embedded into an HTML document to interface with databases, manage form information and create dynamic web pages on the fly. It can be employed on many operating systems and platforms and can be used with over 25 database products including MySQL and Oracle.

Designed by Rasmus Lerdorf using a combination of Perl and CGI scripts to maintain his personal homepage in 1995, PHP initially stood for “Personal Home Page Tools” and enabled simple tasks such as logging visitor information and displaying the count of visitors on a web page. He used it to see how many people were viewing his resume.

Lerdorf gave the script away for free and its popularity encouraged him to continue development. Using C code rather than Perl, in 1997 Lerdorf released PHP-FI (Personal Home Page/Forms Interpreter) also known as PHP2 which included the ability to integrate web forms with databases. More than 50,000 developers were using PHP to improve their web pages when version PHP 3 was released in June 1998. It was renamed “Hypertext PreProcessor”. PHP 3 was built by a team of developers who rewrote the parsing engine.

By February 1999 there were 1,000,000 users making it one of the most popular scripting languages in the world. Since users intended to power far larger applications than what was originally intended, the developers had to rethink the way PHP operated. The result was PHP 4 which introduced the Zend scripting engine, object-oriented support, native-session handling support, encryption, ISAPI support, native COM/DCOM support, native Java support, a Perl Compatible library and hundreds of other features.

By May22, 2000 PHP4 was installed on 3.6 million domains. Today, PHP5 is currently in use by over 20 million users.

Why is PHP so popular? First, it’s open-source and free. There are no licensing restrictions to contend with. Second, it is constantly being improved through crown-sourcing which helps minimize bugs and improves security. Finally, the script language is intuitive and predictive making it easy to learn – especially if a developer is familiar with C.

Powerful, fast and free is hard to beat.