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WPDFD is read by thousands of Web Designers, Developers and other people that create Websites every day. Getting published on WPDFD will put your article in front of thousands of like minded web professionals.

We are always looking for fresh topics of interest our readers. We like crisp, engaging writing with solid examples and enhancing references. A personal tone is always best so if you write like you speak you probably have the right style. We favor quick paced, straight to the point articles so our readers can get the meat of the matter without all the fluff.

Grab them, get your message across, and let them go.

If you are interested in contributing to WPDFD make sure your article meets our guidelines and send it to us. We try to review all submissions within 3 business days, but sometimes it can take longer. Thumb-twiddling is encouraged.

Article Guidelines

Rule number one: We don't recycle content. If your article has been published anywhere else online, it will not be accepted for publication on WPDFD. Your article must be the original work of the author (you), and give full credit for any passages quoted from other sources.

Articles that have been previously published offline must be marked as such, and appropriate copyright permissions must be included with your submission.

Content is King:

We love articles that have been thoroughly checked for spelling and grammar. We may correct a few minor offenses in an otherwise great article; however, there is probably a spell checker on your computer, it's shameful to let dust collect on it.

There is room for 1000 words in each article, please use it all. If you need more space, take it; but be judicious. Too much text can bog you down. Keep paragraphs concise, euphemisms minimal, and metaphors simple. A tangled web of thoughts is no way to help the reader learn something new.

Generously link to references and examples that reinforce your message. Appropriate inline examples, quotes and references are encouraged as well. Verify your references and double check your examples. Neither of us came here to be embarrassed.

Presentation counts too:

All articles submitted to WPDFD must be in either valid XHTML (preferred) or plain text format.

For XHTML: please limit yourself to simple, semantically accurate valid markup. The h1 element is reserved for use as a page header, so please use h2 through h4 as needed in your article. DO NOT use your own styles unless it is within the context of your examples.

For Plain Text: please put link text in square brackets, with the URL in parentheses following your link text

Formatting Guide

Code

  • Make sure your code validates or is free from syntax errors - TEST TEST TEST
  • Use the code tag with the attribute lang="[the_language]" where the_language is the name of the language in the example (php,javascript,etc). Our system will make use of that to apply appropriate syntax highlighting.
  • Lines of code must be no longer than 72 characters (including spaces).

Images

  • Images associated with your article should be submitted as separate .png files
  • Images should be no wider than 500 pixels. Anything wider will be returned to you
  • Screenshots should clear and free of unrelated elements
    (ie: don't leave your IM client in the background, hide your bookmarks bar, etc.)

Downloadable Files

  • You are encouraged to include files for download by readers of your article.
  • Files should exemplify the technique you have described, and should be fully functional so the reader can re-use them.
  • Downloadable files must be submitted in a separate .zip archive. Include in the archive all the data that is required to make the example fully functional.

Consistent Spellings
The following words are commonly used in articles, and have several possible variations of spelling and/or capitalization. This list reflects the spellings we require in articles submitted for publication:

  • WPDFD, Web Page Design for Designers, wpdfd.com
  • the Web, the Internet, Website, Web page, Webmaster
  • username, ecommerce, email

HTML Entities
Most good writers (hopefully the reader included) use a variety of proper punctuation symbols that don't always agree with the standards used on the web. When writing your articles please use the following UTF-8 compliant entities in place of these symbols.

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