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By Chris Nodder | Saturday, March 14, 2015

Do Your Own Usability Testing — in 5 Smart (Cheap!) Steps

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You’ve heard about usability testing: It’s a way to get immediate feedback about what works and doesn’t work with your product or site.

But you haven’t tried it yet, have you?

Maybe you think it costs a ton of money and involves hiring experts to help you out.

In fact, any team can do its own basic usability test cheaply—and can learn a bunch from it to make its product better—by following these five steps.

By Chris Nodder | Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Make Sure Your Small Business Website Does These 5 Things

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Even if your small business does most of its selling in the physical world, a smart, trustable, and information-rich website is essential to help new customers find you and to tell existing customers more about your products or services.

You don’t need a fancy site; just a couple of pages will do. But you do need to provide certain types of information.

Here’s what a basic small business website must include:

By Scott Fegette | Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Learn How to Build a Website with Dreamweaver — Start to Finish

Learn How to Build a Website with Dreamweaver

Having a website is now table stakes for today’s working professionals (and darn near a requirement for anyone doing business in this day and age), and Dreamweaver’s always been a great choice for building and maintaining websites.

However, Dreamweaver is also a professional application with tons of functionality packed inside, and can prove difficult to learn. Here’s a roadmap showing you how to build a website with Dreamweaver — as well as a strong foundational skill set for building websites in general.

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen | Thursday, December 18, 2014

WordPress 4.1: A Crucial Update to End the Year

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What better way to cap off the year than with a new version of everyone’s favourite web publishing application? WordPress 4.1, code-named “Dinah” (after the legendary jazz vocalist Dinah Washington), is now live and ready for your WordPress-powered sites. WordPress 4.1 ships complete with both feature updates and a sparkling new theme—and I’ve got the skinny on what you’ll get when you click the Update Now button.

By Scott Fegette | Sunday, November 30, 2014

It’s Blue Beanie Day! Celebrate Web Standards with Us

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As you surf across your social networks today you may notice a number of them are now sporting blue beanies, or toques, or skull-caps. What’s the deal?

Are we being invaded by dopplegangers from an alternate, slightly colder dimension?

Nope. It’s just Blue Beanie Day.

By Carrie Dils | Tuesday, November 18, 2014

What's So Great About the Genesis Framework?

Here's what's great about the Genesis framework

I’m a big fan of the Genesis Framework for WordPress. I talk about it when I’m at a WordCamp or local WordPress meetup, and I always get some version of this question:

What is Genesis—and why is it so great?

Whether you’re new to WordPress or you’re a long-time developer looking for a new framework, let me tell you why Genesis is more than just a theme framework.

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen | Saturday, October 25, 2014

Morten goes to WordCamp San Francisco: A Daily Review

Morten Goes to WordCamp San Francisco 2014

LAST UPDATED: Monday, October 26th

For one weekend each year the California Bay Area is host to the flagship WordPress conference WordCamp San Francisco, bringing WordPress users, designers, developers, and business people across the world together. WordCamp isn’t just one event, however- it’s actually a distributed series of conferences with branches all over the world. No matter where you find yourself there is more than likely a WordCamp hosted near you each year.

In theory, WordCamp San Francisco is just another one of these distributed WordPress conferences. In reality, WordCamp San Francisco is the WordPress conference to attend, where the future of WordPress is unveiled each year to the WordPress community.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, October 05, 2014

Barriers? Ha! Web Design Expert Champions Accessibility

UX accessibility expert Derek Featherstone

Derek Featherstone has spent his life leaping over barriers—and helping others do the same.

“I was born with a club foot,” says the accessibility expert, “but I never let it get in my way. I’ve been in sports all my life and try never to make excuses.”

Though his left leg has always been weaker, and occasionally in casts, he teaches fitness classes and played competitive rugby for many years.

Oh, yeah—and he completed the Ironman Triathlon (a 2.4-mile swim and 112-mile bike ride followed by a marathon run) three times.

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