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The Website Hamburger Menu

Posted by Corey Smith on Sep 1, 2016 4:03:00 PM

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Oh, this is fun. Two of my favorite things in one awesome title.

Okay, we, lamentably, aren't talking about food (the most perfect food) but we are actually talking about navigation on a website. You've seen it around… usually you'll see this menu structure in mobile views of your website but we are starting to see this more and more often in desktop views as well.

The real question is, "Do people know what these really are?"

Be Wary of Low-Cost Web Providers

Posted by Corey Smith on Jun 29, 2016 12:00:29 PM

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I know, I know. That title makes it seem like I'm telling you that the only marketing agency you should hire are those where your budget will explode. But, that's not the case at all.

When shopping for web services (web design, web development, digital marketing, search engine optimization -- you get the idea), you might find it nearly impossible to compare providers. You'll have one provider that will build a website at $700, another at $7,000, and yet another at $17,000. You'll have an SEO provider suggest that they can get you all the business in the world for $100 per month but someone else might say that $1,000 is the minimum.

Over the years, I have thought a lot about the right way to offer web services to our clients. How should we make sure that we charge the right amount for the services that we offer?

5 Things That Make Your Web Designer Sad

Posted by Don Elliott on Jan 11, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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I hope you won’t be surprised when I tell you that, as a web designer, I like it when things look really, really good. What was that cheesy ‘80s commercial quote?

“If you don’t look good, we don’t look good.”

And since I have been a designer specializing in web design for more than a decade, I also really, really care that your site works well and makes sense for the end user. So when I say these things make me sad, I don’t mean I’m personally offended; I’m just bummed I don’t get to give you the best design to meet your objectives.

Here are a few things that will stand between you and the best possible web design, or at least prolong the process:

What is a Hero Banner?

Posted by Corey Smith on Aug 29, 2015 8:17:33 PM

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Over the last couple of years, a new term has arrived in website design. That is "hero banner" or "hero image". Although the term has gained popularity this year, it has been around for a couple of years.

I have noticed a few different ways that a hero banner has been defined. Some have defined it as a home page or a main call-to-action, but that's really not what it is. It is part of a home page (or other important landing pages) and should contain a phenomenal call-to-action. So, why should you be concerned with this aspect of design?

What's Trending in Website Design?

Posted by Hannah Lacy on Aug 25, 2015 6:00:00 AM

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I am speaking not as an expert, but as an observer, like you, and from interviewing our web designer, Don. (He does some great stuff). At any rate, website design seems a lot like clothing style; it changes with each new season. The question is, what's trending now? Here's an overview of some of the amazing things that are out there.

The Fold, a Web Designer’s F-Word

Posted by Don Elliott on Jun 29, 2015 9:00:00 AM

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The fold. If you're a web developer, you've heard it mentioned plenty of times. Often, a client will throw the word out, having heard it somewhere in a designy context and wanting to see if it makes them sound informed. What does it mean and does it apply to web design here in 2015?

You would think the response is quick and simple, but this is a very complicated, very debated topic. Go ahead and Google it!  If you do, you'll see there is a pretty even split of people who are for and against designing with the fold in mind.

Why We Chose Pantheon as Our Partner

Posted by Steve Kenley on Jun 26, 2015 9:15:14 AM

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All our sites are built with best-practice workflows on Pantheon. Here’s why you should keep it there.

Pantheon ensures your website will continue to perform at high speeds, with minimal need for support. The platform automatically does much of the work required to keep professional-grade Drupal sites fast, secure, and scalable.

Squeeze More ROI from Your Investment

Every dollar you spend on web development should contribute to the growth of your business. Using open-source CMS like Drupal brings you closer to that goal, as developers don't need to start from scratch. However, they must still spend many hours on system administration. Pantheon allows you to funnel 100% of your investment in web development directly to the high-value features and strategy that grow your business. And not just while your website is in development, but for its entire lifetime. 

What is a CMS?

Posted by David Miller on Jun 18, 2015 9:00:00 AM

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Building a website is a complicated affair, there’s no way around it. It just is. Have you ever tried to jump into your company’s site to make some changes, only to presented with walls of intimidating code?

The smallest error in code is potentially detrimental to an entire site. The prospect of ruining a website can cause even the most intelligent people to shy away from the task of website updates, leaving them to the IT guy handle the updates when he can “get around to it.”

That’s no good.