Google ‘Demands’ Responsive Website Design

Following the search company’s design recommendation…Your website must be mobile-ready by April 21, 2015!  Google announced recently announced that it is expanding on mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. As the rescuer of websites, I always remind organization leaders that we live in a Google environment…

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Does Your Website Create Legal or Search Engines Problems?

Tech-savvy Northern Virginians will not tolerate a website that is incompatible with their phones and tablets. Neither will Google. The search giant repeatedly warns website owners that websites need to be visible on Internet-ready devices or potentially risk their hard-earned place in Google’s search results….

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What is a Content Management System (CMS)?

My last post introduced the idea of a “Content Management System” (or “CMS” in its geeky abbreviated form) for your website along with responsive design. Understanding how a website works is important for you to understand how a CMS can help your organization save time,…

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Should I build a mobile-ready version of my website?

A reader sent in this scenario:My original website has been up for a few years now. When I asked my webmaster about creating a mobile website (after being told time and time again by my customers that my website looked terrible on their smartphones), she…

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How do I get my website to look great on any web-enabled device?

The past few years have been a very unusual time for the PC market – PC sales are declining in volume, year over year. So which devices are consumers buying? Tablets, for one thing. Tablet sales are expected to exceed 100 million this year. Their…

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Popups, Unders and Overs

In a word – please stop using them. They’re visual spam, and only serve to distract and annoy your visitors. Imagine if you walked into a store, and the clerks handed you flyers as you walked in the door, out the door, and up and…

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Textured Backgrounds

This tip is so easy to implement (and avoid) that it’s almost frightening how often I encounter it. I’m talking about those textured or graphic backgrounds on websites that make the content virtually impossible to read. Usually, it’s a field of stars, or a cloudy/blue…

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Non-optimized photos

Speaking of long download times, how many of you optimize your photos and images before you put them on your website? What’s optimization, you say? It’s the process of making the image as small in filesize as possible (smaller filesize = faster download) while still…

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Music that cannot be turned off

Ever get stuck on a website that blared music at you, with no warning? And then, you look for a volume control or off switch, and there is none – you’re reduced to scrambling for the volume control on your speakers while your co-workers are…

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Animated GIFS, scrolling text, blinking text

Too many times, beginner website developers feel that the more blinking lights and spinning logos they can pack on the page, the better it will be. Actually, the opposite is true – keep it clean and simple. Does your web page blink, scroll or spin…

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