Be Like Water

Effective, custom web design and development for nonprofits.


Entries about design


Meet Your Host - Mike Mella

On a recent episode of the Website 101 Podcast, Sean interviews me about how I got started in web design and development.

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The Website 101 Podcast: Minimal Viable Product

Did you know that I co-host a podcast for website owners with Sean Smith of Caffeine Creations called the Website 101 Podcast? Episode 7 of season 2 has just been released!

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20 Years on the Web!

This year marks an amazing milestone for me: I started building websites 20 years ago!

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Is your website secure?

Is there a padlock icon to the left of your website URL? No? That's a problem. Find out how I can help protect your website, protect your visitors' information, and even make Google like you more with SSL.

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Am I human? None of your business.

Are you using any kind of Captcha verification on your forms? Captcha is that test that checks if the submitter is “human.” Whatever your method you’re using to make your visitors prove they're human, stop it.

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Interview with Nonprofit Website Review

Nonprofit Website Review is a free monthly multimedia publication in magazine format that provides website design and development information from leading website designers and developers in the nonprofit field. Paul Harvey and John Quinn were kind enough to invite me to be interviewed for the publication. Check it out!

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Screencast: How to use the Templates button in Wygwam for ExpressionEngine

Here's a video tutorial on how to use the Content Templates feature in ExpressionEngine's Wygwam add-on.

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Content Audit Resources: Sitemap Generators and Link Checkers

There are many online services that will scan your website and list all your broken links, and some also map your website's pages so you can get an overview of your information architecture. Here are some online resources that can help with this.

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5 reasons you should stop fighting over your nonprofit’s home page

In my latest post on the Nonprofit MarCommunity, I provide 5 reasons you should stop fighting over your nonprofit's home page.

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How to brief a web designer/developer

I wrote this post for the Nonprofit MarCommunity about how to brief a web designer or developer.

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How to decide between rebuilding, redesigning or refreshing your nonprofit’s website

The Web changes fast. Every day there are new tools released that can help with your nonprofit’s Web presence. Here are some questions to ask yourself to determine the best approach to giving your website an overhaul.

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Why you shouldn’t say “click here”

Is your website riddled with the phrase “click here”? I’m amazed at how often I still see this phrase used as a link label. Using “click here” to identify links is a very bad idea. Here's why...