What is Whitespace and Why Do I Need It?

Usability

Whitespace is the area between visual elements of your website. Some of you may know the term negative space. This is a similar concept. In other words, it’s the space between sentences, the space between paragraphs, the space between the … Continue reading

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Part 2 of WordPress Plugins: 14 Awesome WordPress Plugins

Blogging

Long overdue, as promised: my favorite WordPress plugins! (Suddenly, I hear Julie Andrews singing My Favorite Things.) If you haven’t seen it yet, you’ll also want to read Part 1 of WordPress Plugins: Do’s and Don’ts for WordPress Plugins. But … Continue reading

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Part 1 of WordPress Plugins: Do’s and Don’ts for WordPress Plugins

Blogging

This post is for the DIY website owners and for web designers and developers out there. Ok, so I was going to give a list of my favorite plugins. And I started writing it. And realized I have 3 posts … Continue reading

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Four Useful Websites and Posts for Website Owners and Creators

Useful Stuff

I know I’m overdue to write. I still plan to actually give you a list of my favorite WordPress plugins. That’s the very next thing I’m going to write. But the past month has been a series of illnesses and … Continue reading

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Book Review: WordPress 3 Search Engine Optimization

Blogging

Recently, thanks to an excellent web design and development email list I’m on, Wise-Women, I was offered a chance to review a book for Packt Publishing. It’s been a while since I’ve written about a book here, and we seem … Continue reading

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Better Blogging With WordPress: 12 Tips to Improve Your Visitor’s Experience

Blogging

While the focus is on WordPress blogs, this can apply to other types of blogs too like Moveable Type and Blogspot. There are a number of mistakes I see bloggers make. I’ve made them too. I’ve got 12 tips to … Continue reading

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Google’s Panda Update

e-Business

Google has been making some changes. They tend to periodically tweak their algorithm (math that determines how their software delivers their search engine results). The biggest one lately has been named “Panda” (or some people call it the farmer update). … Continue reading

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What is WordPress?

Blogging

WordPress is open source (free) software used to run websites. Most people think of it as blogging software, but it does so much more. We can set up shopping carts, special members-only areas, image galleries, contact forms, or just use … Continue reading

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Welcome, Tim!

GeekArtist News

We’ve got another subcontractor! Yay! I’d like to welcome Tim Covington to the team. Tim has 11 years of web design experience. He’s giving us a hand with website updates. So for those of you that use our ticketing system … Continue reading

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What is a Cross-Platform Website and Why Does It Matter to Me?

Accessibility

I bet you figured that since you have a website, it probably works fine on all devices. But have you checked? And where and how would you? A knowledgeable web developer will try and create sites that are cross-platform. In … Continue reading

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B2B Email Newsletter Marketing Don’ts and the CAN-SPAM Act

Email

I wrote an article not long ago about the CAN-SPAM Act and email newsletter marketing. It primarily touched on the most common mistakes in email marketing legal compliance. Also, much of what was addressed had more to do with business-to-consumer … Continue reading

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Upgrading Browsers

Usability

This post is written in honor of Internet Explorer 9 being released yesterday. Something web designers have great hope for. Granted, we always have those hopes. And they are always dashed. Each version of IE, we’re promised something that is … Continue reading

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Your Role As a Website Owner

e-Business

Many people tend to feel a little lost when it comes to being a website owner. They don’t know what to do. They may feel overwhelmed. They may feel completely out of their element. So what do you do as … Continue reading

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To The Top of Google in a Day/Week/Month

Marketing

In today’s world of instant news, messages, and other communication, many people think that getting to the top of Google in a day, week, or month is a given. And thanks to TV and movies, most people think anything they … Continue reading

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Responsible Email Newsletter Marketing: Common Mistakes and The CAN-SPAM Act

Email

I periodically see confusion as to what is legal when it comes to email newsletters. Even when people are reading the actual CAN-SPAM Act. I’m not going to cover every part of it. I’m going to address the most common … Continue reading

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What are Inbound Links or Backlinks?

Marketing

Backlinks and inbound links are two words meaning the same thing. Both of these are links from other websites to yours. This is one of many factors that impact where you show up in search engine results, and probably the … Continue reading

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