From Good Design to Great Design

Design on the web can seem to be changing at warp speed. Thankfully, we’ve moved beyond the worst of the worst of the beginning days of website design. But now that we’ve mostly filtered out the lowest common denominator, where do we go from here? What does stepping from good design to great design in your Wordpress site look like?

My business has a Facebook page, do I really need a website?

If you are one of the 80 million small businesses that have a Facebook page, you may question whether it is worth creating your own WordPress site. After all, Facebook is the third most visited website in the world with over 2 billion active users and doesn’t require any technical knowledge whatsoever to use. Why would someone bother with the expense and effort to create a standalone website? There are many reasons to do so, and relying on Facebook alone is a losing proposition.

How Gestures are Changing User Experience Design

It wasn’t all that long ago that a WordPress site experience was ruled by the clicks of a mouse, but as time moves on, so does technology. Now a user’s experience of a site is highly shaped by the gestures of the swipe, pinch, and spread. Who would’ve thought? It’s easy to use these gestures everyday without thinking too much about it, so let’s take a quick look at what some of them are.

How to Prevent Your Site’s Emails from Going to Spam

Virtually every website these days sends automated emails.  Whether it be for newsletter signups, Magento order confirmations, or forum posts on WordPress, your site will send out emails on a regular basis to your visitors. On occasion you may hear reports from your users that they are not receiving your site’s emails, or they are landing in their spam folders. Keep in mind that this info is coming from users who take the time to notify you directly; in reality a great number of users may be affected. Here are several techniques to eliminate your site’s emails from being marked as spam.

APIs: Modern Power and Potential for your WordPress or Magento Site

APIs are everywhere. Their growth since their inception in software development decades ago has now become exponential. They are an essential tool for modern web developers to build powerful web applications. They are so prevalent that now usage has bled into other non-development business scenarios like marketing and data analytics. A popular aggregator for API services is Programmable Web, where currently there are over 20,000 unique API tools, and that number is growing faster and faster every day.

Designing for a Mobile Environment

Increasingly people are spending more and more of their time on their mobile devices and less time on their desktops. While the Wordpress desktop design is still important, mobile has become more of a priority than ever. So, let us take a dive into some of mobile design’s best practices.

Getting Rid Of Gutenberg: How to Revert to the Old WordPress Editor

How to Revert to the Old Wordpress Editor

WordPress 5 is the latest major update to the internet’s most popular content management system. It is perhaps the largest change WordPress users have ever had to deal with for one reason: the new block editor, Gutenberg.Gutenberg is WordPress’s attempt to compete with up-and-coming drag-and-drop website builders like Wix and SquareSpace. These tools let everyday users build websites from the front end, where you can immediately see each and every edit exactly as it appears to your visitors.

Common Website Development Roadbloacks

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Creating a new website is a thrilling process. A website can go from back of envelope concept to launch in a short period of time if done correctly, especially if a user-friendly content management system like WordPress is used. However, more often than not a web development project will hit a sizeable roadblock or two along the way, turning that thrill into frustration. Here are some common pitfalls to progress that we have observed over the years.

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