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More Than Two Smartphones Shipped for Every PC

About 33 million smartphones were shipped in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2014. To appreciate what an awesome number this is, consider that only 14.3 million PCs were shipped in the same period. That's more than two smartphones for every PC.

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Improving Site Content: A 5-Minute Example

One of the keys to making your web site content more effective is understanding the job that each page on the site does. Does a page need help users find information easily? Does it need to persuade them? Does it need to allow them to place an order or download information easily?

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Tracking the source of your website leads

Since maximizing the number of quality leads you capture is a key goal for most sites, it's important to understand where those leads are coming from. By doing so, you can assess the success of marketing campaigns and better understand the network of sites that refer to you.

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Using Bootstrap to Build Responsive Websites with Ease

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.

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5 Keys to Successful Website Projects

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.

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The Nature Conservancy Salmon Site Leverages Webvanta Platform

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.

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