Website Tip Friday

  • Elements of a Website
    Elements of a Website

    Elements of a Website

    What are the elements of a website? No, I’m not talking about anything related to the code. Let’s not worry about the HTML or CSS or PHP or JavaScript for right now. Instead, let’s discuss things like the header, footer, call to action buttons and the like. The things that truly make up a website and are important in getting people to convert into customers. So today let’s take a journey through the different elements of a website while looking at some of the best examples that you can learn from.

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  • How to Select the Perfect Domain Name
    How to Select the Perfect Domain Name

    How to Select the Perfect Domain Name

    One of the first actionable items you need to do when creating a website is to purchase a domain name. But why does the domain matter so much? Is the domain similar to web hosting? How do you select the perfect name that will help your business? And should you buy a .com name, a .org name or go with one of those new ones like .info or .io? So today let’s walk through what a domain is, what the different top-level domains are and discuss how to select the perfect domain name.

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  • Website Trends for 2021
    Website Trends for 2021

    Website Trends for 2021

    It’s 2021 and of course everyone’s looking ahead to trends for the upcoming new year, from cars to houses to fashion. So let’s hop on that trend and discuss 10 website trends you can expect this year to help guide your website decisions. These will range from ecommerce to web design to content and more.

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  • How to Speed Up Your Website
    How to Speed Up Your Website

    How to Speed Up Your Website

    How fast does your website load? Most likely it’s not loading as quickly as you would like it to. But the good news is that there are relatively easy ways for you speed up your website to give your visitors a much better experience. So today let’s take a look at some of the things you can do today to speed up your site.

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  • Accessibility Testing Tools
    Accessibility Testing Tools

    Accessibility Testing Tools

    Your website needs to be accessible. Everyone should be able to use it no matter what technology they use to browse the web. It’s both good morally and can help cover you on the legal side as well. But how do you know if your website is accessible? Are there any tools that can help you figure that out? Fortunately, the answer to that is yes.

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  • How to Properly Show Videos on Your Website
    How to Properly Show Videos on Your Website

    How to Properly Show Videos on Your Website

    People love videos. And they are a great way to show off who you are, what your business does and more. But videos are a drain on website resources. So here’s how to properly show videos on your site.

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  • Staying within your website's design
    Staying within your website's design

    Staying within your website's design

    If there’s one thing that annoys me as a web developer, it’s seeing website owners, editors and authors who think they are web designers and create pages that, well, let’s just say they don’t look good. Don’t do that. Your website is designed the way it is for a reason. So use it as intended. And leave the designing to the professionals. Your users will thank you.

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  • Web Accessibility: Skip Links
    Web Accessibility: Skip Links

    Web Accessibility: Skip Links

    Another fix you can make to your website is using skip links. This is a small section that is usually hidden on the screen, but is available when it’s tabbed on to or to screen readers. And it allows people who use the keyboard, screen readers and other assistive technology to skip having to move through the header and navigation each time they visit a page. So let’s learn about how you can add skip links to your website.

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  • Website Accessibility: Color Contrast
    Website Accessibility: Color Contrast

    Website Accessibility: Color Contrast

    Another fix you can make to your website is using the correct color contrast. This is something that’s geared more to web designers and developers that control the colors on the website more. But if you run a website, there’s a lesson in here for you. You should always make sure your text is readable. So let’s learn about how you can make sure your color contrast is correct.

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  • Website Accessibility: Headings
    Website Accessibility: Headings

    Website Accessibility: Headings

    Another one of the most prevalent, but easiest accessibility fix is using the correct heading structure. Screen readers and other accessibility technologies use the heading structure to help their users find their way around the page. And using incorrect headings hinders them. So let’s learn about how you can make sure your heading structure is correct. Because everyone — everyone — should be able to access your website.

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  • Website Accessibility: Alternative Text
    Website Accessibility: Alternative Text

    Website Accessibility: Alternative Text

    One of the most prevalent, but easiest accessibility fix is the use of alternative text for your images on the website. This HTML attribute helps screen readers describe the image to the viewer if they need it, and is a key part of website accessibility. So let’s learn about how you can add alternative text to your images.

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  • Why Website Accessibility Matters
    Why Website Accessibility Matters

    Why Website Accessibility Matters

    Website accessibility isn’t something nice to have with your website. It’s absolutely a requirement these days. If people who use the keyboard or screen reader or something similar can’t use your website, then you have a bad website. So let’s talk accessibility. Because everyone — everyone — should be able to access your website.

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