Fergus Webber's Observation Banquit (fwob)

Friday, July 01, 2005

Some sad news


My name is William W. Webber, I am the brother of Fergus. It was only yesterday that Fergus and I got together and he told me excitedly of his knew found love and how in the last few days he was experiencing extraordinary amounts of traffic. He was showing me around the content system he said he had built and showing me his design, I am not much of a web person but it all looked pretty good to me.

I am hoping this letter to you will go okay because I am on his computer now which is open on his content system.

Fergus was found dead in his wardrobe at 10.30am UK time. He was tied up with computer wires and he had two iPod shuffles up each nose and a copy of a book called Taking your Talent to the World by Jeffery Zoidberg stuffed in his mouth. The content police have described the killing as sadistic, perverted but thoroughly understandable, they do not believe Jeffrey Zoidberg is in anyway connected to the crime.

Fergus said you were a lovely crowd of people and he was looking forward to helping take the industry forward, sadly that will no longer be the case. We, the family, have decided to leave his site in place until such time as it expires or whatever happens to websites in honour of his popularity.

Finally, the police have issued the following photofit of a man seen running down the street at around the time of the killing, if you know him, please contact the content police using fergus's email address.

On SmileGala now

I am a celebrity blogger now, thanks for Mark Kley for putting me on there new section, no doubt my design will also be on there soon two. Just one question why Does Mark Klay call himself Andy there and on his site Mark Kley?

How to handle a web deisgner

Earlier we talked about not needing a web designer but you might be two busy to bother with your website so you may have to have one after all. Here is my guide for handling them properly...............

Web designers are like dogs, you have to show them whose boss or soon enough they will be chewing your furniture and pissing on your carpets. here are a few basic rules if you are ever have the unfortunate experience of havign two deal with a web designer.

Be unhelpful

when you first meet your new possible web designer, he will ask you lots of questions about what you want, how much you might want to pay, just shrug your shoulders and say as little as possible. a web designer can smell trust and if you show him you are trusting he is sure to take advantage of you.

Say you can get it cheaper

when he does give you a price for building your website say you can get it cheaper even if he offers to do it for twetny pounds say you can get it for five pounds. he might start going on about standards proffesionalism and stuff but don't be fooled treat a web designer as a profesional and he will soon he will be sniffing your crotch (or worse your husbands/wifes crotch). oh and if he mentions ROI, tell him that he should take regular breaks away from his mouse and keyboard. if you can't get it cheaper you may have to pay but you might get lucky he might do it for three pounds if he is hungry or needs a new iPod.

Alter the design

if your web designer is still sniffing around after all your attempts to get rid of him let him have a go at making you a design for yor website. You need to be quite subtle about this bit, don't sya you don't like the design at all can we do another one, say you like it a lot, but... the thing to do then is to spend a few days requesting little changes, these will build up over time and ruin the design. this is a good one web designers hate this and by now they will have relinqushed themselves to your control. Do a little test at this point, say something really daft like, can we have the site upside dow, ha ha! if you web designer is where you want him he should sigh and say sumthing like -- whatever you want it will be done and then he will do it, ha!

from Now on you really can get the website you deserve!!! ha!

Things to do the day before you launch your website

This is sooo much fun you will love it before the day you launch you're website email lots of changes and add some new content, do this in a word document and maybe an excel one and put lot's of colours, put it in tables and stuff.. juts make it really messy web designers hate that. Also put lot's of smelling mistakes in the text and then phone up the web designer and tell him the site is full of speliing mistakes --- they think that is funny! :)

Things to do the day after your website launch

Most importantly make good comments to begin with, build your web designer up, make him feel good but have your special friend at the ready. Your special freind should have something to do with computers, it doesn't matter what, hardware bloke or if he just works in a shop where they use computers a lot, have your special friend do a site criqtique (or observation as I like to call it) especially for the web deigner. remeber you're web designer will be stressed and tierd from you hauling his ass over the rocks of this projects but your nice comments will have lifted his spirits a little, so this final observations will put him firmly in his place. Be sure to tell yor special friend to say things like we have no meta keywords, why can't i find it on the search enignes and It doesn't really work on Netscrape 4.


With this done your web designer is pretty much crushed and serves him bloody write for bothreing you in the first place, all that is left to do is hold out on payment for as long as possible so that you are sure he will never darken you're door again.

flowers ha ha ha

Tonight I had a email from someone saying i was someone else and it had a link to a site called Joshuank I think it is prononuced Joshua Wank! ha ha!

anyway i went over for a look at the site and remember it now from SmileGala and it needed to be observed in some detail.

Fisrtly the guy behind it Josh Oxen says he is a web developer but his site wasnt designed by him it was done by a girl called Denise Radencovich which would explain why he has girly flowers all over it.

Really this is the most stupid site I have seen, he has even forgot to take of the lines you get with graphics design software, he left it on, look top right ha ha!

Also I see his site is not valid and the best bit of all is if you do a LiveSearch but just press the space bar in the live search form, the site will break for you ha ha!

I also only read one of his blogs about sumthing and left because it is the most boring, self-indulgent rubbish I have ever red. He has a link for me on his site and i think that is why someone thought he was me but i am not him, he is a twat and i am not.

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Two big for there boots

Ten minutes ago i sent out a email to Molly Holesome, Dougal Bowamn, John Hick, Mark Kley,Dan Ciderhouse and Graham Bumfluff and I am still waiting for a reply. It's unbelivable how these people are so great that they can't reply to me strate away. Well there loss because i could send them some muhc needed traffic.

anyway, here for you is the email that I sent:

If you can answer these three questions in the next ten minutes I will put them on my site for you (http://fwob.blogspot.com/) and you will get some extra traffic. Also, I don't think your site validates, you should fix that before I post your answers.

1: When you are making your website do you like to use Abode PageMilk or do you prefer to let Macromedia Firewherks create the HTML and tables for you?

2: If you are so great how come my Mum has never heard of you?

3: How many pizzas do yuo eat in one day?


// Fergus Webber
// Web industry observer
// http://fwob.blogspot.com/
// gmail: ferguswebber@gmail.com

// If yuo wuld like to contract me to observe something for you
please email with details of the observation and anticipated observation timeline.

Ciao, Fergus.


Dougal Bowman has now replied but it is rubbish, look:

Hi. This is the send program at stopdesign.com.
I'm afraid I wasn't able to deliver your message to the following addresses.
This is a permanent error; I've given up. Sorry it didn't work out.

Mark Kley has replied now two:

Thank-you for your email. I am sorry but I am very busy at the moment,
but luckily my chimp Scooter has had time to answer your questions.

> 1: When you are making your website do you like to use Abode PageMilk
> or do you prefer to let Macromedia Firewherks create the HTML and
> tables for you?


> 2: If you are so great how come my Mum has never heard of you?


> 3: How many pizzas do yuo eat in one day?

Eeeek eeeek

Kind regards


And now graham Bunfluff too:

I'll join in but I don't want any traffic as it's not deserved.
Perhaps send it to Oxfam or something.

1: When you are making your website do you like to use Abode PageMilk
or do you prefer to let Macromedia Firewherks create the HTML and
tables for you?

I always try to shop in Tescoes casuse I find its cheaper than
Sailsberrys but if I had to, I'd use PageMilk corrs it's what I use at
the weekends aneway.

> 2: If you are so great how come my Mum has never heard of you?

Mrs Webber knows me I think, I used to deliver the Sunday papers back in 86'.

> 3: How many pizzas do yuo eat in one day?

Sorry can you be more speciffic.

John Hick now too:

Wheeeeree's myyyyy teeeaaa

Whooooaahhhh, ann eeemailll. Cooollll


Behold, the Penis migther than the sword

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Noteable Words

I have submitted my site to http://www.notablewords.com/submit/ I should be on there in a day or two if Garet Dayman isn't on holiday at least.

You don't actually need a web designer

Do you, as a business, actually need to hire a web designer? Possibly not. Web designers are nothing but pain in the arse glory boys at the end of the day, you're logo doesn't look write, your photos aren't any good, what about blind people, what about the content, blah blah blah -- you as a small business doesn't need the hassle quite frankly, so what are you're options?

Weekend web designers

If you ask around you're town, someone somewhere will be doing websites as a hobby. Know, you're average full time web designer will tell you part time hobbyists are a bad idea fro your business because they might just give up and leave you in the lurch but at the end of the day that is just them jealous because you can get your website done for a few pounds. Look around, there are plenty of weekend web designers out there.


There are hundreds and hundreds of free templates around and sum you can buy, all for really cheap too! So why pay thousands of pounds to design yourself something when you can get a template for £40 - £50 or even for free!

Do it yourself

If you have a copy of Microsaft Word or FrontPage or even Muckromedia Contribute, you can use them to make a free template for your site nicely. You will need to do FTP but that is easy if you do a search on the internet you can proably find some free hosting too.

Take someone elses design

If you go to any website and look at the FILE button on the top right of your browser, there you will see a SAVE PAGE AS or a SAVE button. Click that and the webpage will be saved onto you're computer and you will have there design, how easy is that!!?? Don't worry becasue the internet is so big noone will notice, probably.

So there you have it, you don't need so sucky, la di da webdesigner after all!

My feed

Wowza! What a lot of people who have come to my blog, how did you find me? It is amazing. I know you will want my feed now then, so here it is:


More observations to come soon! :0) ;)

Time and price

I will look at a three websites and tell you how long I think they would take to make and how much in British pounds that would add up to. I think this will be useful for clients who aren't sure how much they should be paying for a website.


Well, there isn't a lot to this website design so I would say to make it from scratch would be about about a day. There is no logo really (see my good logo design post for more info Mark!) so cost wise I am guessing maybe £400 - £500 with a years hosting and a content managment system (unless he uses blogger of course) in which case he might trim it down to £300.


This one has just got a pad of A4 note paper from Woolworths and scanned it in so it wouldn't take long with that done. It might take a bit longer than mark's site though because of the photo's so maybe two days for this one and perhaps £600 - £800 with all of the above - maybe £500 if they use blogger for content management.


Mark and Malarkey would do well to look at 2Advanced, it is very complex with nice graphics and some music on the site. This I would imagine took at least four days to make and to find the music loops from somewhere as well. I would say around £2,000 - £3,000 for this one and I don't think you could do this with Blogger so no price reduction there I am afraid!

Well I hope this is useful to you and you can use it in your meetings with clients to help make them understand the true value of websites.

Good logo desgin

Before we go on to explain how to make a good logo I'll look at some bad ones shall we?

The stopdesign logo is fraught with many problems, Dougal would do well to look at the negativity his logo effuses, from the word stop, a negative in itself to the icon on the left which looks like a punching fist with a knuckle duster attached, would you hire this designer for your website? I think not, not know you see how agressive he is.

The hicksdesign log and band is also frizzilingy with brand identity gone astray. British designer John Hick shouldn't use leaves, espeically not with his logo on the side as it is, it suggests to the client subconscious that he is either using marijuana and so can't stand up straight, or, being British that he is sat on his backside all day drinking the leaf tea brew, which is the favourite amongst us Brits. Would you want to hire a tea drinker who can't stand up because he smokes marijuana all day? I thought not.

So how do we design a logo for a website design company that shows us for what we want the customer to believe we are, well I'll show you:

Step 1: The boundaries

We have to remember that client will be coming with boundaries and so we address those percieved boundaries in the first step of our design as follows:

Step 2: Stretch the boundaries

Then we want to show the client that we, as a company can stretch those boundaries, not in all directions of course but just in the right ones, so let's do that, let's stretch the boundaries of web design:

Step 3: Intelligent, Inventive, Innovative

With the client no subconciously believing we can stretch the boundaries it is time to show them that we are all of the above I's and that we have a sense of humor about our work as well, a good font is what's needed, and so:

So there we have it, I hope Dougal and John will find it useful when they consider their redesigning and I hope you have found it useful. Please don't steal my logo design here though, it is copyrighted for my future business.

A new dawn

Hello and welcome, my name is Fergus Webber and I am an web industry observer. What is one of those you might ask, well let me explain, i don't actually build website's, I observe them it is my self-appointed task to look at (i.e observe) websites and leave valuble critiques for the designers of those webstites, up until know I have done that in the comments of there weblogs or on the showcase sites such as SmileGala or CSSBolt and I will continue to do so (look out for my name), but more and more I will be keeping my observations here, not just abotu websites but the industry as a hole. So I welcome you to my little corner of the web and look forward to enlightening you further in to the future and beyond.

Your Fergus Webber.