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What You Need to Know About Using Fonts on Your Website

What You Need to Know About Using Fonts on Your Website

Often designers will hand me a website design that uses custom fonts (i.e., not the free ones available online). And just as often, they and the client are unaware of the costs and implications of using these fonts on the web. Web Font Licensing Unfortunately, just...

How to Set Up Your Domain Name, Custom Email, and Web Hosting

How to Set Up Your Domain Name, Custom Email, and Web Hosting

Sometimes I get a client who is starting from scratch and needs to get a domain name, branded email accounts, and web hosting (or sometimes they have the domain name already). Here's my process to get that all set up, along with some tips and tricks. Note, the order...

Why I Use the WordPress Divi Theme

Why I Use the WordPress Divi Theme

If you ask a WordPress developer what their favorite builder theme is, you'll get a very opinionated answer, kind of like asking a photographer what brand of camera is best, or a gamer what console is best. The truth is, there are a lot of great themes out there. Many...

My Website Accessibility Checklist

My Website Accessibility Checklist

Today, complying with accessibility regulations is not optional; it is a "must"! That means, your website needs to be designed so that folks with various types of physical or cognitive disabilities will be able to access the information or perform the functions...

Why You Should Own Your Own Domain Name and Web Hosting Accounts

Why You Should Own Your Own Domain Name and Web Hosting Accounts

I always tell my clients to set up their own domain name and web hosting accounts and pay for with their own credit card. I do not provide hosting. Here's why I think you should not let your web developer (or any third party) own your web and domain name accounts. 1....

My Website Project Kickoff Questionnaire

My Website Project Kickoff Questionnaire

These are some questions I think about before starting a new website project. It's a great checklist to go through before starting to help you scope out your project. A. Audience and Purpose Who is the target audience of the website?What is the site tagline, in...

How to Clear Your Browser Cache to See the Latest Version of a Website

How to Clear Your Browser Cache to See the Latest Version of a Website

When your web developer makes changes to a website, you might not see those changes in your browser because of something called "browser caching". Basically, that means that the browser keeps old copies of parts of the website locally so it doesn't have to re-load...

Three Basic Questions You Should Answer Before Building Your New Website

Three Basic Questions You Should Answer Before Building Your New Website

Knowing the answers to these three questions will help your site's messaging stay focused and clear. Before thinking about your site's colors, fonts, images, and content, you should answer these three basic questions about your website's messaging and goals. The...

Which Web Hosting Company Should You Use?

Which Web Hosting Company Should You Use?

If you want to put your content on the Internet, you'll have to choose a web hosting provider. This is the company that will store your website on a computer which is connected to the Internet and can serve it up to visitors. If research hosting companies on the...

How to Set Up Your Domain Name, Custom Email, and Web Hosting

WordPress vs. Wix, Weebly, and Squarespace

One question I sometimes get from clients is whether they should use WordPress or one of the online website builder services like Wix, Weebly, and Squarespace. Unlike some web developers (and designers), I believe those services can be the right choice in some...

What Is WordPress? A Guide For Absolute Beginners

What Is WordPress? A Guide For Absolute Beginners

WordPress is free software that lets you create a website using pre-made templates and plugins, and it allows you to update content by logging into the site and typing in a text editor. This allows you to create professional-looking sites and update the content...

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