Humans.txt – A great idea dies quietly?

Web Design, Web Marketing
I'm not sure how I recently found my way to the Humans.txt website. But what I found there was a well thought out initiative to give credit to the human beings responsible for creating the content we enjoy every day on the web. Originating in Spain, presented in 10 languages, with much effort going into the web design and add-ons to make the initiative work more easily with WordPress and Drupal, the Humans.txt concept seems to have suffered from little adoption and active promotion came to a halt in July 2016 - at least according to their Twitter feed (@humanstxt) and Facebook page. But not before getting the attention of the folks at Google: "Google is built by a large team of engineers, designers, researchers, robots, and others in many…
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Jennifer Swisher: Creating Websites for Everyone

Video, Web Design, WordCamp
1 in 5 people in the US, report having some kind of disability. For some, these disabilities make it difficult to access the internet. That’s where web accessibility comes in. According to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), web accessibility means that “people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web, and that they can contribute to the Web.” Not only does web accessibility help people with disabilities, it helps others experience the Web, including individuals whose abilities have changed as they’ve gotten older. Web accessibility is so much more than standards and checking off items on a list. It’s about having empathy for someone else. To be frank, web accessibility makes it possible for everyone to google the burning question that we all have at 2a.m.:…
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Key #1 – You MUST Have a Website or Blog

Blogging, Marketing, Web Design
You're website or blog is your home It's still #1 - It still doesn't suck! I'm not kidding when I say this. You still NEED a website. In fact, I'll go one step further. If you are a local business, you need a blog. A blog is a website that is easily updated and can vastly improve your search engine ranking for multiple keywords. At the very least you should have a one page website that tells who you are, what you do and how people can find you. A blog can be added to your regular website if you have one, or an entire website/blog combination can be built for you if you don't have a website. For the rest of this discussion, when I say "website", I mean…
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Website, Social Media or complete Online Marketing Solution?

Website, Social Media or complete Online Marketing Solution?

Online Marketing, Social Networking, Web Design
Which is more important to your online marketing success - a great website or social media? Many businesspersons today feel that once they have a Facebook page, Twitter account or LinkedIn business page, the business will come to them. Just keep posting to the social media page and you'll have it made. Realistically, social media is a great tool for promoting your business. But it suffers from a few drawbacks. Items placed on social media have a short lifespan. Once it scrolls off of your friend's or follower's wall or page, it is usually out of their sight forever. Your need to keep repeating tips or instructions. It would be better to place the information on your website and link to it whenever needed. If you are using Twitter to…
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5 Signs That Your Website May Be Obsolete

5 Signs That Your Website May Be Obsolete

Web Design
Here are 5 signs that your website may be obsolete. If your website suffers from one or more of these shortcomings, it may be time to consider an update. 1. Your web site hasn't been updated in years. If you haven't updated the “look and feel” of your website for several years, it probably starting to look very dated. Design standards have changed over the years and whether or not you keep up with those changes detemines how visitors perceive your website and your company. Your content is another item that needs to be looked at. If it hasn't been updated in a few years, you probably need to review it for accuracy and make whatever changes are necessary to align it with the current products, services and standards of…
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