Journal

Building a Subscription WordPress Website

Or Why Not to Use a Countdown Timer One of my more challenging recent projects involved setting up a website that included a members-only area. Now, normally building a subscription WordPress website is not such a complicated thing of itself. But there’s nothing like compounding the pressure by using a live count-down timer for the new site’s launch. Part of the beauty of WordPress is…

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What is the New WordPress Block Editor: A WordPress Gutenberg Guide

If you manage a WordPress website, you probably noticed the warnings and additional editor plugins that were being promoted over the last year. For a while, there was a Gutenberg editor plugin that would help you to “test” your website. But as of December 6, 2018, WordPress 5.0 and later will use Gutenberg as the default content writer for WordPress. And as a “block editor”,…

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How to Make Sure Your Website is Accessible

No matter what platform you’re using (WordPress, Shopify, Wix, or something else) there’s really no excuse for not making your website accessible. There are, however, all kinds of reasons to start thinking about web accessibility (or #a11y, if you’re into numeryms). In the US, having a Shopify website that isn’t accessible actually opens you up to legal risk. Read this article about Shopify website owners…

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Internationalization and your Website

What is Internationalization? The word “Internationalization” is often abbreviated to “i18n”, which is a numerym. “i18n” is used because there are 18 letters between the ‘i’ and the ‘n’. Accessibility, by the way, uses the numerym “a11y”. Following some research and webinars on this subject (thanks @elibelly and the Smashing Magazine crew), this is really a fascinating topic. It’s not new – there are web standards to…

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UX Design & Accessibility

Accessibility should equal Usability for all. A design is only useful if it’s accessible to the user: any user, anywhere, anytime. We often mistake the concept of accessibility as involving people with disabilities. But accessibility is simply a function of access. If UX is your user’s experience, then an accessible UX just means that more users can have a positive digital experience on your website. And that means a more positive…

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