IBM has published a detailed report on Black Friday online sales that provides an intriguing snapshot of growing mobile web usage.
When we first connected with Jon MacBeath at MacBeath Hardwood, he was facing a series of technology challenges he wasn't sure how to address. His email service had become unreliable, he wasn't getting acceptable support from the provider, and the company's website was in dire need of an overhaul.
Building a responsive site adds new challenges for web designers and developers. You need to consider how columns shrink and shift as the screen size changes, as well as how images are scaled. User interface components such as navigation bars, tabs, and carousels must also adapt to varying screen sizes. Fortunately, you don't need to figure all this out from scratch. Two years ago, Twitter open-sourced a framework that the company created for its website redesign, and named it Bootstrap.
The healthcare.gov debacle marks a new high, of sorts, for the web: for the first time, the president of the United States has had to publicly apologize for failed website project. Your website challenges are no doubt much more modest, but it is still all too common for website projects to fail. Here's the keys to making sure yours isn't one of them.
Perhaps the most common place website designs go wrong is in their navigation. Often, some simple changes will dramatically increase the number of visitors who find what they're looking for.
The Nature Conservancy, in partnership with the Department of Fish and Game, has been leading the effort to collect and publish data about the plight of Salmon in California. We were delighted to be chosen as their web development partner to create the first ever public repository of detailed information on salmon populations: California Salmon Snapshots.
If you're like many of the clients who come to us for help with their websites, it is often hard to get your arms around just what is involved. We've found that some analogies to things everyone is familiar with—building a house, and planting a gardent‐are often helpful.
Most university department websites are, to be blunt, unattractive and underwhelming. It's a blunt assessment, but it doesn't take a lot of browsing around to see that it is true. For the University of California, Berkeley History of Art Department, it was time to break out of the "ugly and hard to update" model that is the curse of utilitarian websites.
Microsoft's recent purchase of Nokia's phone business drives home how central mobile devices have become to the future of computing, the Internet, and consumer electronics in general.
Webvanta recently completed a new website for ATrain Education, one of the premiere suppliers of continuing education training for nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and related professions. The new site replaces a custom-built, PHP-based site that required many business processes to be performed manually, was hard to update, and had some weak spots in user experience.