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Before Building Your Website

December 3, 2014

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Before Building Your Website

Recently, a friend asked me if there was any advice I could give on how she can create a website for her small business. I told her there are a few important things to consider and decide before taking action, and here are the first four: What is your budget and how involved do you want… Continue Reading

Stopping Spam for Good or How to Spam-proof Your Website Forms

October 21, 2014

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Stopping Spam for Good or How to Spam-proof Your Website Forms

Creating a contact form on your business website can be a great thing. It can help you generate leads and answer questions from current clients, but it can also generate quite a bit of spam. Preventing spam may even seem like a full time job; as a small business owner you don’t have time for… Continue Reading

Computer Science Education Week

December 13, 2013

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Computer Science Education Week

Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual program focused on inspiring students to take an interest in computer science. During its run this year (December 9-15), students all over the world were invited to try computer science through an Hour of Code. This event reached 10 million students in 170 countries, exposing them to programming… Continue Reading

History of Web Design [Infographic]

November 13, 2013

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History of Web Design [Infographic]

Web design has been in a state of constant evolution since 1996. New technologies have encouraged changes in web standards, and the way developers design and code websites. Here’s a graphical representation of the major trends over the past 17 years. Beginning of 1996 People used dial-up Internet access with speeds of 28.8Kbps to 33.6Kbps… Continue Reading

Mobile Website vs. Mobile Apps – What’s the Difference?

October 9, 2013

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Mobile Website vs. Mobile Apps – What’s the Difference?

Earlier this year, Emily discussed the Benefits of Choosing a Mobile Website over an App. To recap, a mobile website is viewed in a browser, requires an internet connection, and has been optimized for handheld devices and tablets. An application, on the other hand, is downloaded to the device and may work offline depending on… Continue Reading

Blogging and Battlestar Galactica

September 16, 2013

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Blogging and Battlestar Galactica

“Blogging” is a well known term these days, and continues to grow in popularity. A recent stat shows WordPress now runs 18.9% of the web, which is up 2.2% from last year (2012). Blogging has come a long way since the initial days of its conception. In February, at Dallas ComicCon in Dallas, Texas, three… Continue Reading

What is Web Accessibility and How Does it Affect Your Website?

September 10, 2013

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What is Web Accessibility and How Does it Affect Your Website?

Web. The final frontier. These are the voyages of a caffeine-infused web developer. My continuing mission: To explore everything social media related. To seek out new ways to make the web better, and accessible by all. To boldly go where everyone has gone before! WCAG 2.0, 508 Compliance, and Web Accessibility In the web development… Continue Reading

Get Great Feedback with User Testing

August 27, 2013

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Get Great Feedback with User Testing

User testing can be performed on any budget, and is beneficial for discovering bugs or user experience issues with your website. User testing is important for the survival of your website on the web. If a website is difficult to use people will leave the site. Forcing people try to figure out how to use… Continue Reading

Display Customer Reviews on Your Website with SP Reviews

August 13, 2013

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Display Customer Reviews on Your Website with SP Reviews

An Easy Way to Display Reviews and Ratings on Your Website Customer reviews and ratings carry a lot of weight with consumers, and may ultimately help them to decide whether or not to trust a local business. This free new SP Reviews plugin pulls the customer feedback from your Superpages.com directory listing and lets you… Continue Reading

Responsive Web Design

August 13, 2013

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Responsive Web Design

These days, having a basic website is no longer enough to increase customer retention, increase lead conversions, or gain new clients. There are different options out there to fulfill the mass demand for desktop, tablet, and smartphone compatible websites. A few years ago a new way of thinking popped up about website design, called Responsive Web… Continue Reading

Showcase Your Twitter Profile

June 25, 2013

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Showcase Your Twitter Profile

Twitter profiles can be a creative way to gain more followers and advertise your business more effectively. This is the entry point for the world to see who you are, and what you are about. The @username, photo, and bio is the voice and personality of your business. Think about who your audience is and… Continue Reading

Worried about Website Hackers? DON’T PANIC!

June 13, 2013

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Worried about Website Hackers? DON’T PANIC!

You hear stories about large company websites being infiltrated by hackers and cyber criminals who steal customer information. It’s not just large companies that need to be wary of hackers. Anyone who owns a website is vulnerable to attack if passwords are weak, and software is old and outdated. There are easy-to-follow general guidelines that can… Continue Reading

Honeypot Technique of Blocking Spam

May 29, 2013

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Honeypot Technique of Blocking Spam

In an earlier post I discussed the mystery of forms. Preventing spam on your blog or website can be difficult for anyone as bots and spammers are relentless. However, with the right techniques the battle can be won! One of my favorite techniques to use against bots trying to spam a form is the honeypot… Continue Reading

Mystery of Website Forms

May 9, 2013

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Mystery of Website Forms

Mad Libs A few years ago, a new style of form hit the streets that emulated Mad Libs. Instead of stacking input fields like boxes on top of one another, the Mad Libs form provided sentences and invited users to fill in the blanks. Many folks found this new setup more friendly and engaging, which… Continue Reading

Learn the Lingo – What Is CSS?

March 19, 2013

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Learn the Lingo – What Is CSS?

In the first Learn the Lingo series, we discussed HTML, which is the basic structure of a website with content and special tags. Next, we discussed JavaScript, which adds basic or complex functionality to a website. This time, we’ll be concluding the series (and completing the website building experience) by discussing CSS. What Is CSS?… Continue Reading

Website Load Time and The Need for Speed [Infographic]

March 5, 2013

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Website Load Time and The Need for Speed [Infographic]

The world wide web is vast and made up of millions of websites. If you have ever bought anything online, you have seen it, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Lets not forget the slow. As a business owner you wouldn’t want to keep your customers waiting for a service or product because that’s… Continue Reading

Learn the Lingo – What Is HTML?

February 19, 2013

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Learn the Lingo – What Is HTML?

As a business owner, it is important to understand the basics of marketing your business online. This series gives a brief overview of web design to show what’s under the hood of your website. Let’s continue the series on learning the lingo. This post will discuss what HTML is and how it’s used. What Is… Continue Reading

Learn the Lingo – What is JavaScript?

February 6, 2013

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Learn the Lingo – What is JavaScript?

Learning more about how the web works, and how it can benefit your business can help push your business further. This post will briefly discuss what JavaScript is and how it’s used. What is JavaScript JavaScript is a lightweight scripting language that can be inserted into HTML pages. It is used to make websites more… Continue Reading

Website Wireframing – What It Is and Why It’s Important

December 7, 2012

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Website Wireframing – What It Is and Why It’s Important

What is wireframing? Wireframing is one of the first steps in designing a website. It’s simply a hand-drawn or onscreen blueprint that represents the skeletal framework of a website. It is used to arrange page layout and content, including navigation, logos, and other functional elements on the page, such as videos. Wireframing helps to organize… Continue Reading

Website Design 101

November 29, 2012

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Website Design 101

Every waking moment our senses are overloaded with visual and auditory stimuli. Some of the things vying for our attention are understandable and worth our time, while others are jumbled and confusing. You can make your website more effective by observing three easy rules: create less noise, make clickable elements obvious, and create a visual… Continue Reading

Tips on Managing Users in WordPress

November 14, 2012

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Tips on Managing Users in WordPress

WordPress is now one of the most popular PHP and MySQL-based content management systems available. From the themes to the plugins, WordPress is easy to manage and use. One of the main administrative tasks is to manage users and the permissions they have regarding content. Roles Roles give the owner of a blog the ability… Continue Reading