Building Effective Landing Pages – An Example

Going live today are thousands of landing pages. You know those pages when you click on a link from an email that you receive, or a "sponsored list"/ad from a website or search engine. Many of these landing pages will be well done, but others will not. Today we will look at one example of a landing page that is going live today, to give you an idea of what to look for in a good landing page. This page loads fast! In fact, in our testing it displays under a half a second, and is finished … [Read more...]

Dayspring Community Church

I took over this site in 2005 and maintained the site through 2011 to improve the timeliness of the content. I added several features to make the administration easier, and capable by the church staff. These included: Adding an online gallery. Converting the layout to CSS to reduce download time, improve search engine ranking, and improve readability for those with visual impairments. Developing dynamic pages for each of the ministries so that church staff can make updates on their … [Read more...]

Privacy vs. Employment – Required Access?

Could you imagine being required to turn over a copy of your house keys as a condition of employment? "Just to make sure you're the right type of employee..." Maybe a detailed list of your personal phone log? "To make sure you're not talking to the 'wrong people'"... Probably not, but some companies, and colleges, are asking the equivalent of their employee's (student's) facebook account, especially if the privacy is set to private. While I can understand an employer's desire to make sure … [Read more...]

Lessons from Jose Baez’s Website

Almost everyone has had the TV on, or been to an Internet news site has heard about the Casey Anthony case. Instead of weighing in on the case like everyone else, finding where legal arguments were done right and wrong, I instead want to look at a glaring business error that should be viewed, so that we may learn from Jose Baez's website. Right now, Jose Baez's name is popular. People are searching for him, and in many ways, he could "write is own ticket". This is the time when you need a … [Read more...]

Any Occasion Photography Blog

I recently put the finishing touches on another client's blog. Any Occasion Photography, a wedding photography company in Central Florida, has been a client of mine since 2004 when it opened. Over the years I've done a redesign on their website and numerous gallery updates. However they were wanting something different a few weeks ago. They wanted a quick and easy way to post updates about their clients, the work they do, and tips and hints for brides (and grooms) when choosing a wedding … [Read more...]

“Why should we change this page?”

This is a new section I'm adding, called, "Questions from clients". I hope that in answering some of the pressing questions from my clients, that I might answer some of your questions as well. "Should we remove this image and it's link?" Earlier this week, I had a client ask me about a updating their homepage, and if we should remove a link to another page. The link (a large image) was certainly noticeable, however, it detracted from the look of the page. I started a discussion about removing … [Read more...]

designeRodriguez

As a lost coder and developer, Walter was my go to person. Several times I contacted Walter instead of contacting Google! He always had great answers to all my questions and consulted with me on any issue I had with development. After contacting Walter, on several occasions I had "AHA" moments, "Now I get it!". I always come back to WaltDesign to learn more. Consulting with Walter is always on my to do list on any project I'm working on. He is definitely a guru. Thank you, WaltDesign, for easing … [Read more...]

Improving Website Speed

No one likes a slow website. Everyone knows this, and I've even written about speeding up your website before. In the past, users would be willing to wait approximately seven seconds for a web page to load before they leave. Now, as users are getting used to faster sites, and higher bandwidth from their cable or DSL provider, they are even less willing to wait.  Some recent reports are stating that after two seconds (the holy grail of web speed), users are starting to leave the site to find a … [Read more...]

A Cautionary Tale

In years past there were companies who would contact website owners about the need to renew their domain name. There were generally several "problems" with this. The accounts were not nearing the renewal period, The said companies did not register the site, and The said companies wanted to charge exorbitant fees for the renewal. The tone of the sales letters (or reminder letters if you wanted to be kind), tended to be forceful in nature, pressuring you to immediately sign up with … [Read more...]

“World Backup Day”

A bunch of Reddit users have decided to declare March 31 as World Backup Day, using the clever tagline “Don’t be an April Fool.” I know if I lost my work, it would be bad. How bad, like I don't even want to think about it... of course I don't want to think about it, because I have lost work before. However, I work to not repeat that mistake, and to help others not have to learn like I did. There are numerous ways to back up data. I do periodic backups over time to external drives, which I … [Read more...]