Location and Hyperlink Analytics

Location Analytics is the practice of mining the location of people and their data, and visualizing the results with mapping. GPS embedded in our phones provide location-based services to consumers and provide data to location miners. Location analytics can be helpful in understanding cultural behaviors, aiding in localized weather alerts, and many other safety hazards.…

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Coding: Template Web Pages

I’m new to the world of coding, but I was able to achieve a new skill! I downloaded a web page template from W3 Schools and edited the code to make it my own. Here’s how it went. CMS Systems & Coding As you may or may not know, the website that you are reading…

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5 Fool-Proof Methods to Drive Traffic to Your Website

Do you need an increase in web traffic? Or perhaps you don’t have much traffic at all. Of course there are many new systemic ways to drive traffic, such as SEO, image optimization, and the like; but we can’t forget about the older, fool-proof methods. Let’s take a look at five strategies to help bring…

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Why Responsive Design Matters

The way we access and interact with the web has vastly changed over the last decade. With the advancement of smartphones, designers had to change their websites to be accessible on smaller screens. Web designers had to find a way to adapt their websites for various desktop resolutions, tablets, and mobile devices. Creating separate versions…

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HTML5 Semantic Elements: Explained

HTML was originally created as a language to describe documents on the internet. As the internet has evolved, HTML has also changed. Very quickly, people wanted the web to start looking nicer. The web wasn’t initially built to be designed, it was built to share documents. Programmers started using hacks to get elements laid out…

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WordPress vs. Hand-Coding

When building a website, there are three approaches to choose from: A Content Management System(CMS), HTML Editors, and Hand-Coding. Which option should you choose? Well, it all depends on your experience with web development and your desired outcome. Let’s look at the options. 1. Content Management Systems (CMS) A Content Management System is a web…

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What Goes Into Web Design?

Does your website need a renovation? Do you need to make a website from scratch? Web designers follow a 6 step process to ensure their designs are successful. As I re-design The Marina Restaurant website, I’ll inform you on the “how to’s” of web design. From project goals to delivery, here’s what you need to…

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5 Ways to Improve Your Website

It’s easy to get hung up on aesthetics when making a website, or any design. You might ask yourself, “What colors should I use? Where should I put my logo?” But good web design is more than that. Whats the key to a good website then? The short answer is UX. User Experience According to…

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Is Blogging Dead?

Is Blogging Dead? “Blogs are so 2001!”, replied my boss when I told her that I’ve been writing them. “Yeah, she’s right”, I thought. But the more I’ve read and written them, I realized, they’re far from dead! Got a wilting houseplant? What do you do? I’ll bet you’d Google “how to save my plant”…

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Usability Testing

In recent posts I’ve talked about user research methods. Today’s method is about usability testing. Usability testing is an observation of users attempting to complete a set of tasks with your product based on scenarios. Participants interact with the product as they think aloud, and user performance is evaluated. This evaluation is based on task…

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