Category: Work

  • Is Your Site Ready for Facebook Shares?

    If you aren’t familiar with Open Graph, this is for you. Following are the tags to use. <meta property=”og:image” content=”https://yourname.com/images/logo.jpg” /> “Content” is the full url to the image you created that you specifically want Facebook to show as a thumbnail when your page is shared. That means no relative urls, be sure to include…

  • SEO Cornerstones

    Some dos and don’ts to follow in SEO techniques. Remember the cardinal rule: Content is king. CONTENT – Do Don’t use thin / shallow content that lacks substance. STRUCTURE – Do Don’t use cloaking – trying to trick search engines by serving them hidden text or different content than visitors see. No clickbait. KEYWORDS and…

  • iPhone Apps Larger Than 50MB Require WiFi

    I’m currently working from an office that only has DSL for internet. It’s a frustration to have my work internet be ten times slower than home, but there’s nothing I can do about it for now, so C’est La Vie. What prompted this post is another frustration thanks to Apple… On the iPhone, they will…

  • Facebook Inline Ads

    I don’t mind the sidebar ads on Facebook because they don’t interrupt what I’m reading in my friend feed. The ads randomly forced in between my friends’ posts are more intrusive than I would like, particularly when so many of them are irrelevant to my interests. I wish they would get smarter and at least…

  • RIP Appmakr

    Appmakr.com was an easy way to make an iPhone app. I only used it for a couple of simple apps, as it was not a professional solution for high-end apps. But if your app only needed the features it offered, a savvy operator could knock the whole thing out and submit it to the store…

  • Source Code / Text Editors

    Textmate has been the big favorite for Mac programmers. What about Windows? I’ve been using Notepad++ but recently ran across Brackets which looks veeeerry interesting. Time to take another look and evaluate what’s out there. Dreamweaver is a big name, but I’ve always liked the idea of a lightweight (not to mention free) editor for…

  • Dive into Flexbox

    Dive into Flexbox. New CSS3 layout mode. Get to know it now, as browser support will be growing.

  • Parallax

    The first scrolling parallax web site concept I worked on was back when the idea was new: peppermilllasvegas.com While this type of design is best suited to a special niche of sites, it’s a fun design when appropriate. My last experiment is posted in my portfolio on 4nets.com under the “Aquarium” title. So what do…

  • 100,000 Stars

    A cool Chrome Experiment (best viewed with the Google Chrome browser) that really shows what can be done with modern web languages – no Flash! Check it out here:https://stars.chromeexperiments.com/

  • What new iPhone feature do you hope for most?

    We should be seeing a new iPhone this September. There is an overload of speculation from bloggers and tech writers about what it’s going to look like. I’m not going to participate in that, but I do have hopes for a couple of things. One of my top wishlist items is: Larger screen. The part…

  • Google web site optimizer moves

    Website Optimizer has been integrated with Google Analytics as Content Experiments. To use Content Experiments, log in to Analytics, open Standard Reporting, and in the Content section, click Experiments. On August 1, 2012, Website Optimizer will no longer be available as a standalone product. From that date forward, you can use Content Experiments to test…

  • Building Websites Optimized for all Platforms

    This “Bing” article backs my way of thinking for the most part: http://www.bing.com/community/site_blogs/b/webmaster/archive/2012/03/07/building-websites-optimized-for-all-platforms-desktop-mobile-etc.aspx

  • Is your website mobile-friendly?

    How does your web site look on an iPhone or other mobile device? If your site requires Flash or isn’t usable on a mobile device, you need to do something about that. Mobile is too important, and its usage is only growing exponentially. Does your site look ok on mobile, but is really just a…

  • Don’t wait to use HTML5/CSS3

    If you have any doubts about HTML5 and CSS3 because of the fear of things not working on all browsers… It’s time to lose them and get with the times. I can’t wait until all browsers support the latest standards and features. The good news is it is happening faster than previous standards adoptions. (Remember…

  • Resources for keeping up with web technology

    As an eCommerce Director, it’s critical that I stay educated on the latest trends and best practices in several areas of internet technology including ecommerce, web development, design, email, social, advertising, mobile, search, etc. In this post I am documenting some of the resources that have proven invaluable. Scouring the web for this information is…

  • Mobile App Development Made Easy…er

    …for web developers. I am a web developer. I know the tools and languages to build about any kind of web site application, but I don’t have the time to learn Objective C, Cocoa, Java, or other languages needed for native mobile app development. The thing is, mobile is huge, likely the most important development…

  • Overlaying an image or content on top of Flash

    Whether it’s a popdown submenu that drops over the top of your Flash slideshow, or some graphic element you want to put over Flash content (such as a design element like an ornament or rounded corner as part of your page design that encroaches the boarder of your Flash presentation so it’s not forced to…

  • Facebook Wall Post Notification

    If you run a Facebook “page” for business purposes, hopefully you are concerned with “online reputation management” and wish you could get an instant email notification whenever someone posts a comment on your wall. While FB isn’t quite as urgent a space as Twitter, it is still important to be aware of a post that…

  • Form Validation

    Where do you handle form validation? 1. The most foolproof place is checking it server side after submission. The form delivers the data to a form handler written in a server-side language such as asp or php. If anything is missing or malformed, the script displays an error and sends the user back to the…

  • Google phone?

    Mobile phones are sooooooo much more than phones these days. I love being able to have all the info I need at my fingertips, or the means to look it up on the spot. Or cooler yet, being on a road trip and pulling up a live GPS-powered map that shows your location and being…