The website critique service moved from AbleStable after its founder and developer, Mike de Sousa, defined the site as a wholy non-commercial destination.
Mike now concentrates his efforts on his creative and artistic work, however in addition to hosting and maintaining AbleStable, he continues to offer advice and help to website owners and authors which he started in 2003.
Articles at AbleStable for Website Owners
Mike has written extensively on web design and many of his articles are available at AbleStable:
Well designed computer icons are visual aids that
assist in the usability of a software product or website.
Discover their history and how to create icons of
Every time you visit a website your every move is
being recorded. Although no personally identifiable
information is gathered during this process, your
entry point, the paths you travel, the pages you browse,
the duration of your stay, and your exit point are
all saved in a web log file for later analysis. Discover
how this benefits you and how logs can help make websites
a whole lot better...
PHP: Part1 | Part 2
Join Paul Oldham as he introduces the world of Internet
PHP in this extended article. PHP is an open source
server-side scripting language which can be embedded
inside HTML as a clever means of providing dynamic
web pages that C and Perl developers will find it
particularly intuitive to learn.
Cloaking, A Blessing
or a Curse?
Cloaking can be used for many reasons, some legitimate,
some not so. Uncover the benefits and pitfalls of
this 'dark practice' of web design and you might find
cloaking is the perfect solution to enhance your website.
Servers: Enabling CGI: Part
1 | Part
Read our comprehensive guide to ensure
you've covered all the aspects of migrating CGI scripts
from one host to another.
Your Site Easily Transferable
This article investigates the issues relating to the
transfer of websites from one host to another.
Design For Accessibility: Part 1 | Part 2
Designing websites to suit as many visitors as possible
is a great challenge. Differences in hardware, browser
software, and visitor needs all have to be taken into
account when trying to find that 'best compromise'.
In this extended two part guide, Andrew Ward guides
the web designer through the main issues surrounding
web design accessibility.
Rosemarie Wise guides the website owner through a
minefield of scripting and security issues that help
ensure a site is less likely to suffer the unwelcome
attention of a malicious intruder.
Discover how to improve the targeting of content on
your website by learning to act upon your website
The True Language of Web Design: Part 1
Molly E. Holzschlag, renown web designer and Communications
Director of the World Organization of Webmasters,
provides a comprehensive introduction to the world
of Cascading Style Sheets by providing an explanation
of the separation of presentation from document structure.
CSS: The True Language of Web Design: Part 2
Continuing her introduction to the world of Cascading
Style Sheets, Molly E. Holzschlag investigates the
primary concepts and methods found in CSS.
and the Web
Although good web site usability is an aim to constantly
strive for, building a web sites is all about compromise.
of the META Tag
META tags are present (or should be) in most web pages
and help search engines identify and index web sites.
This article explores the world of the META tag and
explains their purpose.
and Directories: Submission Guide
You've spent a lot of time and energy in making your
web site a great Internet destination, and paid particular
attention to usability issues and ensured your site
works in your target browsers. The next big lesson
is that it doesn't matter how great your site is,
if nobody knows about it all your efforts are for
Why You Shouldn't
After working hard on a design, image or article you
disables right-click while optionally warning a visitor
that the content is copyrighted. It might sound ok,
but this is not generally a good idea. Why not? Read
Sites: An Introduction
You've a great product or service but your only hope
of making your product or service a success is to
make it available on-line. We provide some common
sense guideline and principles in ensuring your site
doesn't let you down.
Using Pixel Fonts
Uncover the secrets of presenting small type words
on a computer monitor. Join Joe Gillespie as he provides
a rare guide through the world of pixel fonts. Learn
about the pitfalls of standard fonts, how different
screens display fonts, and the special considerations
you should make when using Flash.
Mining For Gold
In Your Web Traffic Logs
Understanding your Web sites traffic patterns
is a crucial component of your marketing mix. Get
some invaluable advice about understanding your web
Why Pop-Ups are
Lauri Harpf explores the effectiveness of pop-up windows
and advises against their long term use as a web site
Pop-Ups - and Your Audience
Although pop-up windows are disliked by most Internet
users, many businesses continue to use them as part
of their advertising strategy. Lauri Harpf's sister
article provides valuable advice for those who feel
the pop-up window must be present on their site.
An introduction into the world of the Common Gateway
Interface (CGI or CGIs), an immensely useful computer
protocol that provides the opportunity to introduce
interactivity and increased functionality into web
sites without programming or coding knowledge.
Lauri Harpf shows how the notorious 404 error page
can be used to the advantage of web site owners. Special
instructions for creating custom 404 error pages are
also provided for site owners whose site is run under
the 'Apache' hosting solution, among the most widely
used hosting system on the Internet.
There are a number of essential elements that make
up every quality web site. This extended article sets
out the main features that go to produce an unmissable
Independent Analysis and Advice'
Improve and Optimize Your Website's:
• Search Ratings
• Audience Relevance
• Look and Feel
• Editorial Content
Who Needs a Website Critique?
and designers creating websites requiring
an unbiased 'fresh eye' to input new ideas.
who want to address weaknesses
in their website design, and to improve
their website's overall performance.
owners requiring an impartial, expert opinion
about a website currently in development.