Topic: Websites

It’s okay to break things

July 19, 2017
Part of learning, growing, and understanding tools/technologies is being in the muck before we have clarity around how something works, where something should go, and how something should be built. There’s something to be said for having the courage to try things even if it means they won’t necessarily work out.
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How I learned to code (and you should too)

July 3, 2017
Way back in the late 1990s, I learned HTML on a whim. I had no idea the effect it would have on my career, and how it would eventually change my life.
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Technical SEO Glossary

June 8, 2017
How do you drive more people to your website and get them engaging with your nonprofit's programs and content? There are many factors in search engine optimization (SEO), and understanding the technical side is crucial to get the impact you need. Here is a technical SEO glossary of 7 high-priority factors so you can make important changes, even if you don't have technical knowledge.
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What the New Internet Land Rush Means for Organizations

November 18, 2016
New top-level domains are fertile ground for marketing innovation. For starters, you’ve got a shot at campaign URLs you’ve always dreamt of but whose .org and .com versions were taken long ago.
A photograph by Michael Matti of the Fremont Troll sculpture in Seattle.

How To Beat the Trolls: Advice from the Front Lines of Comment Moderation

October 12, 2016
Given the challenges of moderating comments, it’s no surprise so many sites consider turning them off. But there are some tools you can use to create a respectful, thriving comment section.

The Building Blocks of a Successful Fundraising Landing Page

July 7, 2016
None of your online channels will be effective if the landing page they link to fails to communicate clearly or move respondents efficiently through the donation process. How do you build a landing page that converts?

Be a Revolutionary! Stamp Out the Disability Information Famine

April 11, 2016
The explosion of accessible mobile devices and smart phones of the last decade has literally changed what it means to be blind.

Don’t Just Hand Over the Plans

January 25, 2016
The days of building a website as merely a static, informational thing are long past. We’re no longer build websites; we’re building a software product, and it’s extremely important for the values and mission of that product to be understood by those who are actually making it.

Horse Before Cart: Don’t start with the solution

November 23, 2015
Understanding an organization’s needs is one of the most exciting parts of technology consulting. Unfortunately, it’s also be one of the most challenging parts of technology consulting! The lessons I’ve learned the hard way can help your organization avoid the mistakes I’ve made and make technology decisions that support your mission.

10 Things to Consider When Planning a Website Design (or Re-design)

November 19, 2015
I’ve been developing websites for just over 17 years, mostly for nonprofit organizations. Frequently, nonprofits ask me, “What should we consider when planning a new website (or a re-designed website)?” Here’s is a list of the answers I give most often.