featured-image Design & Development

R.J. LaCount 20 Apr, 2012

Introducing the Facebook Custom Tab Generator

Custom tabs on Facebook Pages allow us to display our own HTML content inside Facebook Pages by embedding code in iframes. This is done by creating a Facebook app and providing a few parameters (like the URL where our custom HTML page is located). Here’s an example of a custom tab: Add a Custom Tab… Read More

featured Design & Development

R.J. LaCount 11 Apr, 2012

GIFs, JPGs and PNGs, Oh My!

Every time I receive a logo in JPG format, a little part of me dies inside. Actually, it’s a big part of me, because choosing the right file type for images is an essential part of good web design. Did you know that JPG images lose quality every time you re-save them? PNG and GIF… Read More

Design & Development

R.J. LaCount 2 Mar, 2012

Facebook’s Timeline “Like Gate” Bug Solution (For Now)

UPDATE: Facebook has fixed the bug! Here’s the deal – Facebook released their new Timeline for business pages along with a bug that broke our ability to redirect users to a hidden page after clicking “like.” They’ve fixed the bug now, but in the meantime we put together a template that uses an in-frame like… Read More

email-design Design & Development

Jarrod Medrano 1 Mar, 2012

Basic Guide to Email Design

Though not as popular as it used to be, email remains a viable component of a good marketing strategy. When designing email templates, it’s important to consider the wide array of devices and email clients available. Follow these simple tips to make sure your message is coming across clearly on every platform and not making… Read More

web-design-basic-design-mistakes Design & Development

Jarrod Medrano 17 Feb, 2012

Six Basic Web Design Mistakes

Whether you are designing a website, a banner, or a flyer for a magician, you’ve probably thought this to yourself at some point: “Why isn’t this design working? Is it because nobody likes magicians?” The answer to that question is yes, but chances are, you are also making one of these six common design mistakes.… Read More

302-pepper-spray Design & Development

Ian Lurie 23 Nov, 2011

Server response survey results: Now, with more pepper spray!

Over the last three months, a bunch of folks have used my server response code tester to check whether their web sites correctly respond to broken links, correct links, etc. Per my first post about the tool, I’ve been storing the results—don’t worry, no personal data, just web site, response codes, and a grade—for a… Read More

brandingchat1 Design & Development

Ian Lurie 16 Nov, 2011

10 tips for minimal-mayhem agency site redesign

If you run an internet marketing agency, you have one client you dread more than any other: Yourself. We launched a revamped Portent site several months back, then rebuilt this site a bit later. In 16 years, I think we’ve rebuilt our company site 8 or 9 times. Some lessons I’ve learned: You’re a frakking… Read More

tools small Design & Development

Ian Lurie 22 Aug, 2011

New SEO tool: Server response code tester

AKA: The Responsinator Lee Odden, Todd Malicoat, Jonathan Allen and I did a site clinic/lab at SES San Francisco last week. Of 5 sites we reviewed, 4 delivered the wrong response codes if I: Visited a broken link on the site. A server should respond with a ‘404’ error code. Most of these servers instead… Read More

cookielaw-ss1 Design & Development

Andy Schaff 1 Jun, 2011

UK & European Cookie Law Solution (Free Script)

A European cookie law that regulates the use of web browser cookies is now in effect in the UK. That cookie law is based on guidelines set by the European Union. In a nutshell, the law states that websites must get a user’s consent before storing cookies on their device (computer, mobile phone, iPad, etc).… Read More

Design & Development

Jarrod Medrano 9 May, 2011

The Worst of Google Logos

Over the past couple of years the extremely bored artists at Google have taken to celebrating random holidays around the world, by creating a new Google Logo EVERY DAY. Obviously there is not much work for an artist at Google; all of their art is generated by algorithms. The very few artists there are forced… Read More

Design & Development

Ian Lurie 27 Apr, 2011

Why all web developers should learn SEO

When I wrote Why all SEOs should learn to program lots of people sent me compliments and praise. That was fun. Now time for the hate, I suspect. If SEOs need to learn to program, then web developers need to learn SEO. Scream if you want. You can reach me on Twitter at @portentint. Who… Read More

Design & Development

Doug Antkowiak 25 Apr, 2011

Visualizing Data with Infographics

Need to explain the evolution of the internet in less than five minutes? Or maybe demonstrate an R analysis of the length of baseball games over the last 30 years? Try using an infographic. Infographics (informational graphics) are one of the best ways to display complex data or conceptual information in a quick and easy-to-read… Read More

Design & Development

Jarrod Medrano 31 Mar, 2011

Easy CSS Columns: to Float or not to Float?

This method is based upon Float-less Layout. But I have made it simpler to fit my needs. I also don’t like how they make their entire site a list, while it seems to make sense, I find that putting a whole bunch of stuff inside a list becomes annoying fast, just like using tables. Since… Read More

Design & Development

Ian Lurie 27 Dec, 2010

I’m not crazy: 10 great, content-friendly web designs

A marketer walks into a meeting, ready to see the newest designs for their client’s site. The new design is beautiful. It makes everyone weep with joy. It’s also totally devoid of text. The marketer (or SEO, or copywriter, or strategist) walks back out of the meeting, punches a wall until their hand flattens, and… Read More

Design & Development

Ian Lurie 19 Nov, 2010

5 response codes you gotta know: Learn to speak server

Whether you’re an internet marketing wonk, a top IT geek or an SEO pro, you need to know how to speak web server. Not fluently, of course. If you can do the equivalent of asking where the bathroom is, you’ll be in good shape. That’s what I’m going to go over now. When you visit… Read More