How To

  • How to set up Facebook Instant Articles with WordPress

    October 16, 2018 by Alexa Ward

    Launched in 2015, Facebook Instant Articles offers users a new way of viewing mobile articles. The articles are hosted on Facebook’s servers, so instead of sending the user to an external site when they click on an Instant Article, it loads a lighter version within Facebook that doesn’t contain JavaScript or slow-loading media files. Instant…

  • 7 tips to make your website load in two seconds or less

    October 12, 2018 by Will Ellis

    More than a decade ago, Amazon noticed an intriguing trend. For every 100 milliseconds that they speeded up the load time on their website, their revenue increased by one percent. Then, Google let it be known that website load time was a key metric for ranking higher in search engine results pages. How important is…

  • Why (and how) you should send your newsletter using WordPress

    October 9, 2018 by Will Morris

    It’s important to communicate with your online audience, and a fantastic way of doing so is with an email newsletter. It can be challenging to figure out the best method for creating and sending that newsletter, however, with so many possible options. As is so often the case, the answer is WordPress. While it might…

  • How to speed up your WordPress site using GZIP compression

    October 5, 2018 by Will Morris

    When it comes to providing a strong user experience on your website, performance is key. If your site takes a long time to load, you’re likely to see a rise in ‘bounced’ users before they’ve even had a chance to experience it properly. This is why optimizing your site for speed is so important. While…

  • 5 tips for planning successful user testing

    September 26, 2018 by Abbey Fitzgerald

    In a perfect world, the first design would be the perfect design. Users would love it, easily interact with it, and there would be no need for changes. Unfortunately, that rarely happens, if ever. That’s why user testing is important. Figuring out the pain points of your users and making improvements before you get too…

  • How to add a mega menu to your WordPress site

    September 21, 2018 by Ananda Projapati

    If you have a website with a large amount of content and want to show more items in the menu, consider using a mega menu. Mega menus are especially effective for eCommerce sites with lots of product categories, as you can show a product image alongside different categories, like eBay does. By default, you can…

  • How to design for the web using design patterns

    September 17, 2018 by Abbey Fitzgerald

    Design patterns are the foundation of good website usability, and they’re the pieces websites are built upon. They’re a strategic design decision a web designer makes to ensure a good user experience. A designer’s job is to solve common usability issues and to create the most user-intuitive solution, and patterns create a predictable, intuitive, and…

  • How to design a one-page business website on WordPress

    September 11, 2018 by Will Morris

    There are many ways you can design a website for your business, depending on your goals and the amount of content you need to include. While it can sometimes make sense to create intricate sites with multiple pages and huge swaths of content, that can also get expensive and complicated. Instead, you might want to…

  • How to add CSS variables to customize WordPress child themes

    September 5, 2018 by Abbey Fitzgerald

    CSS variables, also referred to as CSS custom properties, allow for easy reuse in your CSS stylesheets. If you’ve done work with WordPress child themes, you probably find yourself doing a lot of styling and overriding on things like color, padding, etc. If you’re new to web design, it’s worth mentioning that there’s nothing wrong…

  • Fix your Chrome “connection is not secure” warning with SSL

    August 24, 2018 by Britt Pollock

    Have you seen “Not Secure” warnings popping up in the URL bar? Have you heard about security changes with internet browsers?  What’s the deal? As an everyday internet user, these warnings can be helpful. It is a great way to know whether or not you can trust the site you’re on or feel comfortable submitting…

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