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Information about designing web sites and making them perform well in both technical and business terms.

Why I took a break from Web Design posts…

Why I took a break from Web Design posts…

A couple weeks back, I started posting content in 2 new areas — Things to Do In Utah, and Web Design. I quickly stopped doing the web design posts because I noticed myself starting to want to twist what I had to say into something competitive. I found myself thinking about what other folks were doing wrong, and what I could do better. And I realized that is not who I am, so it was not a good trend for…

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Trendy Web Design – Why I Don’t Do It

Trendy Web Design – Why I Don’t Do It

Trendy Web Design — I’m not a fan. This shouldn’t surprise anyone who has looked at this site. Plain text designs. Usually blue. Few images. Pretty basic stuff. Sometimes I’ll change the font. But I’m a professional web guy, can’t I do better? So why don’t I do a better job with my site? If I am capable of knowing what is trendy, and making a trendy web design, why do I not do it? Because trendiness is fleeting. And…

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KISS Web Design

KISS Web Design

KISS Web Design KISS is an acronym that means “Keep it simple, stupid.” Simplicity works, in technology.  KISS Web Design is applying that principle to the practice of building your web site. While I’m the first person to pontificate about web design being more about communication than technology, it still comes down to technology when you really do the work. So keeping it simple still matters. If you go out and search for “KISS Web Design”, you find people talking…

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You Own Your Website

You Own Your Website

You own your web site. That doesn’t seem like it should need to be explained, but there are ways in which a business owner gives up control of their own web site, until they don’t control it at all. These are some things NOT to do, as they give up control: Taking advice from a consultant like me just because it makes technical sense, UNLESS is also makes business sense. My advice usually is solid from the technical perspective. But…

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How To Fix a WordPress Plugin that Produces Invalid HTML

How To Fix a WordPress Plugin that Produces Invalid HTML

If you have a WordPress plugin that produces invalid HTML, it can harm your web site. Your site will end up lower in search results. It may fail to display on mobile devices. It could read improperly on screen readers In short, it just might not work correctly. Many WordPress plugins are not written with standards-compliant HTML as their top priority. This is a bigger problem than many people realize. So How Do I Fix this? I first recommend the…

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Fixing a Web Site Doesn’t Mean a Complete Rewrite

Fixing a Web Site Doesn’t Mean a Complete Rewrite

Fixing a web site sounds like a big project. But it doesn’t have to be. At some point, every business owner may realize that their web site needs help. Maybe their business has evolved. Or perhaps  their marketing. Could be, some web consultant like me has shown you all the things you could be doing better. Or you have simply grown your business, and need your web site to catch up. Whatever the reason, the time has come to revamp…

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Site Designs – What has NOT changed since the 90s, and so what?

Site Designs – What has NOT changed since the 90s, and so what?

The web, and how we create site designs, has gone through a vast evolution in the past 25 years, but at its core, many things are still the same, so lets take a minute to think about what has not changed on the web since the 1990s. Web site visitors still do not read full web pages. They skim. They read bulleted lists, not full paragraphs. Busy, cluttered web site designs still do not work. Visitor do not accept slow…

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Test Your Web Site for Valid HTML – How and Why

Test Your Web Site for Valid HTML – How and Why

To test your web site for valid HTML, you simply need to run it through the W3C’s validation tool, which can be found at: https://validator.w3.org/ Enter your site URL. It will give you a list of errors on your site, which you can then correct. What is Valid HTML? HTML is the a structured language used to create web pages. All web pages are made of it. All brosers read it. But mostly only web developers and designers worry about it. And…

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Your Web Site Audience

Your Web Site Audience

Defining your web site audience helps you craft the content of your site to match the audience, to make sure sure that your site is a fully functional business tool, not just an ineffective brochure. What is a Web Site Audience A Web Site Audience is the collection of people who visit your site. They can be broken down into groups. Not everyone visits your site for the same reason. For a business site, there are often two main group…

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