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Cheetah Cub Design & Development

23 May, 2012

How we made really freaking fast

By Ian Lurie

Update! Learn the ins and outs of a faster site in our Ultimate Guide to Site Speed Please note: I am not a server expert. This is stuff I figured out by bumbling around, crashing our server and generally wreaking havoc. Be careful, unless you want to see steam coming out of your IT team’s… Read More

Foodzy Design & Development

24 Apr, 2012

Good Design Roundup

By Portent Team

Good Design Roundup Good design doesn’t just mean pretty, it means functional too. Sometimes a website is born that combines those two things seamlessly. It’s like a miracle. Or more likely, people worked hard and communicated with one another, allowing design, functionality, and content to come together and deliver a clear and helpful message. A… Read More

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Design & Development

20 Apr, 2012

Introducing the Facebook Custom Tab Generator

By Portent Staff

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

Design & Development

11 Apr, 2012

GIFs, JPGs and PNGs, Oh My!

By Portent Staff

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

Portent Placeholder Design & Development

2 Mar, 2012

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

By Portent Staff

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

1 Mar, 2012

Basic Guide to Email Design

By Portent Staff

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

Design & Development

17 Feb, 2012

Six Basic Web Design Mistakes

By Portent Staff

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

The pain of a 302 response Design & Development

23 Nov, 2011

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

By Ian Lurie

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

16 Nov, 2011

10 tips for minimal-mayhem agency site redesign

By Ian Lurie

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

Design & Development

22 Aug, 2011

New SEO tool: Server response code tester

By Ian Lurie

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

Browser Cookie Solution Screenshot Design & Development

1 Jun, 2011

UK & European Cookie Law Solution (Free Script)

By Andy Schaff

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

Portent Placeholder Design & Development

9 May, 2011

The Worst of Google Logos

By Portent Staff

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

Portent Placeholder Design & Development

27 Apr, 2011

Why all web developers should learn SEO

By Ian Lurie

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

Portent Placeholder Design & Development

25 Apr, 2011

Visualizing Data with Infographics

By Portent Team

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

Portent Placeholder Design & Development

31 Mar, 2011

Easy CSS Columns: to Float or not to Float?

By Portent Staff

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