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Top 3 Image Editors – alternatives to Photoshop


Photoshop is powerful, but it’s overkill for 99% of web developers/designer needs. It’s not expensive at $9.99/month for individuals, and $19.99/month for business use. But over a few years, this could add up!

The key point is that most web professionals need maybe 10% of Photoshop’s power – if that much. There are easier to learn, very capable cheaper alternatives. A few free ones too!

The short list:

  1. – Windows only. But free!
  2. The Gimp – Strange name but powerful and free! Runs on Mac and Windows.
  3. Xara Photo and Graphic Designer – Not free, but you can buy it for $89.99. I use this all the time. It’s bloody fast!

… And there are others. The point is, there is more to Photoshop in the image editing world.

Stefan Mischook

Money Back Guarantee!


I’ve decided to now back all my courses you buy from, with a 30 day money back guarantee. If for any reason the course doesn’t work for you, just shoot me an email and I will refund you.

Hmmm …. that means you have nothing left to loose! Start learning today!

Stefan Mischook

New Video Store Skin is Live!


Finally, after a few years of complacency, we’ve updated the video store! I hope you like the new look! There might be a few bugs here and there, given how big a change we made, but it should all be resolved and tip-top in a few days.

New courses coming out soon too.


Changes to the KillerSites Training Courses


I’ve been teaching web development for over tens years now, and things have changed a lot in that time. Besides web development itself, the WAY people want to learn has also changed.

The first thing that I’ve done to respond to these changes, is to provide a far more advanced subscription based training service: Those of you familiar with the old Killersites Library, will appreciate the upgrade you find on

The KillerVideoStore in the Future

Subscription based services is common these days, but there are still people who want to own the courses. For you, I will keep offering my courses right here on … and now in three formats you can choose from:

  1. Digital download
  2. DVD’s mailed to you
  3. On USB thumbdrive

Whichever format you choose, you will have LIFETIME DOWNLOAD ACCESS to the courses you buy. So if (for example,) you loose them a year from now, you will be free to come back and download them all again.


Stefan Mischook

How to Become a Web Developer – the Video!


Based on my previous post, here is my video blog on how to become a web developer:


Stefan Mischook

How to Become a Web Developer

web developer

The following details the steps you need to take to become a web developer – this is a question I get all the time by the way … you are not alone!

#1. Learn to code. You need the skills before you can sell them! Today (2014-2015) you need to learn the following technologies in this order:

  1. HTML
  2. CSS
  3. JavaScript
  4. HTML5 & CSS3
  5. JQuery
  6. Twitter Bootstrap
  7. PHP
  8. SQL & MySQL
  9. Object Oriented PHP (OOP in PHP)

To be clear, you don’t need to master all these before you get to step #2, #3 and so on … But you do need to see these as the ultimate goal.

… In fact, you could quickly move into step #2 once you have a good understanding of CSS and HTML under your belt. As you learn more though, you will be able to take on more jobs (simply because of the greater variety of skills you will have) and raise your pay/salary as you become more valuable and more experienced.

If you want to read the rest, it’s in this PDF.

I hope you find this useful.

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Stefan’s 4 Rules of Programming – podcast.


If you are learning how to program in PHP, Ruby, Python, JavaScript … or any other programming language, you may find my 4 rules useful.

Download the MP3: Stef’s Rules of Programming.

Now the written version:

Stefan’s #1 Rule of Programming:

You will not remember everything you learn.

All the methods, functions, design patterns and other constructs found in PHP are far too many to for any human to remember. That’s why god invented Google and

… A good book can help too!

The most important thing to remember when learning PHP, are the basic concepts and practices. So I am talking about things like, function, arrays, classes, recursion, MVC et cetera. Again, it is not important that you remember the specific syntax – that you will forget in time. No, it is only important you understand what these things are and WHY you would use them.

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Is a web design degree needed in web design?



A very common question I get is: do you need a degree to become a professional web designer or programmer?

Short answer: no.

.. But there are a few things to consider.

Big Companies will want a diploma – for now.

If you plan on working for a big company or government, you will probably need some sort of degree to get in. The exception is if you have a lot of experience in the field. I am guessing since you are reading this, that you don’t.

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New DVD Design for DVD Video Courses.


After years of the same old design for our DVD’s, I’ve finally decided that we needed a fresh new look. I felt inspired, so instead of getting our designer (Ben) to take care it … I broke out my old designers cap and did it myself!

Yes, it’s a minimal style but that’s what’s in today and besides, all that really matters is what is on the DISC.

Note: We haven’t shipped video courses on CD for years, since they don’t have nearly the capacity (as a DVD) to hold all the videos in a course.

All of our videos play on Windows, Mac and even many modern flat panel TVs.

Hope you like!

Stefan Mischook

USB Thumb Drives Now Optional for DVD Courses


Digital download is not for everyone, so we offer DVD copies of all our courses and course packages. A lot of people demand it!

USB Thumb Drives – now optional.

We’ve been slowly fading out the DVD’s for the last year and had some people complain about it. I was surprised, since USB thumb drives are cool and reusable.

But, that was the problem that I did not consider – people like DVDs because you can’t accidentally delete files on them.

… I should have known better, since I use DVDs to backup my precious data for the long term. Disk drives are great but they can crash and you’ve lost your data. With DVDs, you are good for 10-20yrs.

So now, DVDs are what we send … unless you ask for the USB thumb drives.


Stefan Mischook

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