ABC: Always Be Creating

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I'll be the first to tell you. I'm not creative. But going along with the "above the fold is dead" theme, one of the big website design fads right now is having a site with a moving video as the background. I seem to get calls every week. "Can you build me a site like Sotheby's or AirBnB?" The answer is Yes I can. IF you can supply … [Read more...]

“Above The Fold” and Sliders are DEAD

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I recently read two posts, somewhat related, somewhat in contrast, but both thought provoking. The first was about our actions when we come to a site these days. We used to wait till the page loaded, then start at the top left, skim across making an "F" pattern. That meant that all of your important calls to action need to be above the fold. … [Read more...]

What Google is looking for in “Mobile Friendly”

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Now that Google's Mobile Friendly Deadline has past I thought I'd write a little about what they are looking for. The big news you might see today is that this update could effect over 40% of the top Fortune 500 websites.  You and I are not in with that crowd but the same rules apply to us little guys.   If you head over to the … [Read more...]

How To: Writing your first blog post

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Hey, if you've been around WordPress for more than a day or two you could safely skip this post. Now, that doesn't mean you should  - just pass this post up, ok? The truth is that I have a few clients that are brand new to WordPress, blogging and being able to modify most anything on your site all by yourself. They are ready to take their … [Read more...]

Does Google really care about Mobile Responsive Websites?

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So your website is not Mobile Responsive but you think it doesn't really matter, eh?  You can pinch and pull and zoom and it works just fine, right? Here's an email I got from Google for a website I built for a client quite a few years ago. Remember: It's not this site, it's an old client of mine. Google crawled the site and sent the … [Read more...]

Stop building pointless websites!

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Stop building pointless websites!  There, I said it. Do you know where your clients are coming from? I just finished a phone interview. It was with a writer, a real estate agent, and me.  The finished article will show up in a large magazine in a month or so.  The idea was to have a conversation about the agent's present and future web … [Read more...]

UPDATE: Spammy emails in MailChimp

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Just wanted to follow up with my recent post where I noticed I was getting a bunch of spammy emails subscribing to my newsletter.   I reached out for professional help but here's how I ended up fixing it myself. To recap, most of the emails were coming from @nokiamail.com - a well known site for allowing spammers to create thousands of bogus … [Read more...]