How to Approach Mobile Content

How to Approach Mobile Content

With the mobile web still on the rise, and with many sites seeing a large share of mobile users, we must start to think about how to gear our content on our pages to the mobile visitors. It is still pretty common to see a desktop-first approach to content on…
Configuring Amazon S3 for File Uploads

Configuring Amazon S3 for File Uploads

One of the projects that I am currently working on involves audio files. Since those can get rather large in size, I was concerned about storing them on the web server. I spoke with my boss about the situation, and we agreed that we would upload the files to our…
Bad Web Design Experiences

Bad Web Design Experiences

We recently had a discussion with a client about what makes for a good or bad web design or development project. The recurring theme seemed to be communications. Our good or bad web design experiences seem to be related to communications and how that can affect project flow and expectations.…
New Outbound Link Penalty Warnings from Google

New Outbound Link Penalty Warnings from Google

It appears that Google has sent out a mass of outbound link warnings to websites that are doing “unnatural and irrelevant linking” to other websites. From what I’ve read, many of the websites getting the notice are involved with affiliate marketing or product reviews, or linking between other bloggers. And…
Are Static Site Generators the Future?

Are Static Site Generators the Future?

There has been a lot of talk recently about the rise of static websites. People, and companies, seem to ditching their CMS’ for a faster, leaner static site. Static sites deliver content exactly as it is stored, without requiring users to interact with the website. The content on the site…
Deploying a Laravel Application

Deploying a Laravel Application

A few months ago, I explained how to set up a new Laravel application. Since that time, I have completed the development of a content management system (or CMS) that utilizes Laravel. This CMS contains administrative interfaces for managing page content, menus, widgets, users, and user permissions. I have also…
Super Bowl Ads Drive Mobile Search

Super Bowl Ads Drive Mobile Search

The go-to second screen this year during the Super Bowl appeared to be smartphones, and 82% of ad-driven searches happened on mobile, according to Google. This is up from 70% last year. This means that people are increasingly, and overwhelmingly, using their smartphones as their go-to for ad-driven curiosity. It…
Clarity and Simplicity in Web Design

Clarity and Simplicity in Web Design

One word that does come up a lot in website project discussions is the word “simple”. I hadn’t thought too much about the specifics of using this word until reading about simplicity being overrated at Wired. The article makes some good points, which I wanted to share here. The biggest…