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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.

2 minutes to read CommunicationsDesignUsability

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.

10 minutes to read DesignUsability

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.

3 minutes to read Usability

Should external links open in a new tab or not?

I am often asked by clients whether the external links in their websites should open in a new tab (or window) by default, so I'll set the record straight here.

5 minutes to read DesignUsability

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.

4 minutes to read CommunicationsDesignUsability

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...