PageSpeed Website Optimization: Minimize HTTP Requests

One of the factors that makes a website load slow is the number of files and data the page has to download from a server. The easiest way to make a webpage load faster is to eliminate as many of those items as possible. Some techniques for doing this are:

Image Sprites: Utilizing Image Sprites is the process of setting up smaller images in one bigger image file. Some instances this is very useful for icon sets that appear on a page, smaller images groups of similar images, images that make up a hover, active, and down-state sequence.

Merge Common Like Code –

Cache Your Files –

June 12th, 2012   |    Posted in Websites   |       Comments Off on PageSpeed Website Optimization: Minimize HTTP Requests    |   

Congratulations to Roadify, Winner of the NYC BigApps Award

Congratulations to Roadify, Winner of the NYC BigApps Award. Northstar helped Roadify with website design. Read the rest of this entry »

June 7th, 2011   |    Posted in Mobile Development, Websites   |       2 Comments »    |   

Enterprise Distribution Website for iOS and Android Apps

Enterprise Distribution Website for iOS and Android Apps

We are happy to announce the launch of our Enterprise Distribution Website for iOS and Android Apps for OliverMcMillan. This is a great system designed and programmed to sharing internal Apps amongst OM employees, saving time and energy and opening up the possibility of OM utilizing and managing a plethora of Apps on multitudes of devices.

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May 26th, 2011   |    Posted in Mobile Development   |       Comments Off on Enterprise Distribution Website for iOS and Android Apps    |   

Free Photographer’s Portfolio Website Layout Setup!

Free Photographer's Portfolio Website Layout Setup!

If you are going to build your portfolio website for your photography business, please contact me if you wish to use this layout for free! In order for you to use this for free you will have to sign up for 1 year of website hosting. Thanks! Read the rest of this entry »

May 25th, 2011   |    Posted in Layout Design, User Interface Design, Websites   |       Comments Off on Free Photographer’s Portfolio Website Layout Setup!    |   

Free Business Website Layout!

Free Business Website Layout

If you are going to build your website for your business, please contact me if you wish to use this layout for free! In order for you to use this for free you will have to sign up for 1 year of website hosting. Thanks! Read the rest of this entry »

May 24th, 2011   |    Posted in Layout Design, User Interface Design, Websites   |       Comments Off on Free Business Website Layout!    |   

Graphic Designer’s Best Friend: GuideGuide

Photoshop Plugin: A Graphic Designer's Best Friend

This is one of the coolest photoshop plugins that I have used, GuideGuide. Every graphic designer can benefit form this plugin.
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May 10th, 2011   |    Posted in Layout Design, Photoshop, User Interface Design   |       Comments Off on Graphic Designer’s Best Friend: GuideGuide    |   

Useful Javascript: Detect and Indicate Credit Card Type

JavaScript: Credit Card Type Detection

I added this useful bit of JavaScript code to an ecommerce project (www.vintagecellars.com) to detect the type of Credit Card someone is entering on a website. enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »

February 2nd, 2011   |   Tags: , ,
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Website Optimization + Server Optimization = Profits Soar!

Oscommerce Sales Graph Profits go Ballistic

Oscommerce Sales Graph of client profits going through the roof.

One of my clients was on television. They did not bother to tell me this. Before being on TV, they were receiving an average of 3000 visitors per month and they were doing fine on a shared hosting account with about several other clients. A few more details on this client are that they were running on 6 year old code and they had not invested in any upgrades since the website was originally designed. That being the case, the code and the server was not optimized to handle the tsunami of traffic (100 times) that they had coming down the pipe. This was made evident by the website going offline as soon as they went on air. They called me and I dropped everything to jump on the problem right away. Read the rest of this entry »

October 26th, 2010   |   Tags: , , , ,
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Launched:KSK Breast Cancer Center of Irvine

KSK Breast Cancer Center of Irvine

KSK Breast Cancer Center of Irvine

KSK¬†Medical, a growing Cancer Center, based in Irvine, California, needed an over haul to their existing website.¬† Read the rest of this entry »

May 20th, 2010   |   Tags: , , , ,
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Northstar Welcome Video


Check out our Welcome Video we produced to show of our Video Production and Post Production capabilities. Enjoy!

March 12th, 2010   |   Tags: , , , , , ,
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