Web and Social

Visitors Don't Want to Click, Scroll and Tap. It doesn't matter your opinion on the subject. Anytime a user has to do an extra click, scroll or zoom on your website to obtain the information they came for, it is a bad User Experience. You think it's OK because it just takes a second, or because you can do it just fine? Re-read my first statement. Users are not coming to your website to tap and scroll. They come to get, or provide, information. So LET THEM! Stop getting in their way, cramming your website with needless sidebars, extra navigation, filler content and most importantly non-responsive design. People are always telling me things like 'Well it's just one extra click' or 'It's easy to scroll' like this will be the ONLY website a user visits in a day and that a hundred extra clicks or scrolls per day doesn't translate into seriously wasted time and energy. Start with a...
You're a Professional? Your Email Says Otherwise When you're in business, regardless of what area of business you are in, presenting yourself as a professional is key. People don't want to give their hard earned money to any crackerjack with a business card. If you want people to take you seriously as a business then you need to stop plastering your business cards and advertisements with Hotmail or Gmail (Or any other free email provider) addresses.  I see this all the time. Way too often in fact, and in really makes me shake my head. If you have a website (If you don't... that's another post), there is no reason not to have an email address that matches your domain. But don't worry, I'm here to save you from this embarrassment. I'm here to tell you that you can have your cake and eat it too. You can keep your Hotmail or Gmail account AND have a professional looking...
Secure Your WordPress or Joomla! Website With SSL If you have a WordPress, Joomla!, Drupal or other CMS based website that offers any kind of login (Even if it's only for yourself), you should have an SSL certificate. If you don't have one, every time you login your credentials are being transmitted in plain text (IE the text you're reading now) and could be intercepted by anybody listening on the line. Wha???? If you install any CMS that has an 'admin' interface you need to login to, this feature is insecure by default. When you type your password in and you see ••••••••• you are seeing a masking feature that keeps people over your shoulder from reading your password, but that's as much security as you're getting. While you think you're credentials are secure, they are most definitely not. If you are offering services to clients that include building a CMS website, you should be educating them on SSL...
Congratulations. You Don't Own Your Domain There is a disturbing trend in the world of web design. Companies are hiring designers to do everything for them, from registering the domain to securing hosting. That's all well and good until you have a falling out and realize that they registered everything to THEMSELVES.So what does this mean for you? It means that unless you can get them to turn over all the login details so you can update the information to your own... you're screwed (Or in a very tight spot).Unless it was specifically stated in a contract that they are doing these registrations on your behalf and they have no claim to either, then for all intents and purposes they are the owner and you're in for a legal battle to prove otherwise.No it doesn't matter that your corporate name is being used in the domain. Registering a domain is first come, first served. If somebody beat...

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It's Time To Kill The WWW The time has come. We need gather our strength to rise up, stand together and fight. We need to make a change. A change that will be seen, heard and felt throughout the internet. The time has come for the WWW to disappear into the night like a shadow.   Of course there are people who believe the WWW prefix should still be used in URLs, but let's get real. It's 2014 and it's no longer required for anything but nostalgia. We need to stop saying it when telling people our URL, we need to stop including it in our advertising and we need to ensure users that type it in are redirected to the non-www URL.  Despite sites like Yes-WWW.org fighting for the continued use of the prefix, I have yet to hear a convincing argument against it. It's a waste of time, a GIANT waste of time if you look...
       
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