Web Design

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Button Design

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: For Small Business owners and Website Developers, one of the most important elements on a Website is assigning a Call to Action in order to generate new business. In order to accomplish this as best as possible it is important...

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Website Analytics

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: So you have a Small Business Website, or possibly you're looking at putting one together? It's important to remember that one of the most commonly overlooked aspects is that having a development is never "One and Done"! As your...

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Market Exposure

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: For a Small Business owner, your efforts for success fall into two avenues: Attracting new clients/customers to your products/services Maintaining existing clients/customers So how do I do this? The answer to this question will...

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Hiring A Developer

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: For your Small Business Website Design, you may have reached a point where you want to hire a Web Designer/Developer instead of venturing it on your own. If this is the case, here a few things you can do to make sure you're...

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Table HTML & CSS

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: Utilizing a table in your Small Business Web Design is a great way to organize and show items such as: Services Pricing Table Menus Etc... Below is a quick and easy rundown of the HTML involved in creating a table, as well as...

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Blogging Basics

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: For your Small Business Website one of the most powerful tools you can utilize for SEO (search engine optimization) is to have a blog that is updated frequently with useful information. Not only is this great for your SEO, but...

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E-Commerce Considerations

Web Design in Blackfalds & Red Deer Writes: If you're thinking about taking the jump into turning your small business into an online e-commerce web development, there are a few things you may want to consider! With the direction of current markets, more and more...

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But I’ve Always Done It This Way…

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: As a Small Business Owner, you are likely faced with a multitude of questions/concerns about how you can best advertise your product/services! It's important to try and remain objective when going over your budget and deciding...

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CSS Cursor Property

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: Utilizing different Cursor Hover Properties is a small but effective way to maximize your Small Business Website Design. For different areas on your Web Development it is an interesting way to maximize the UX (user experience)...

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Frequently Asked Questions

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: Getting your online presence to the point that it is functional and manageable for your business can be a daunting task! Having a professional website has become an absolute MUST for all business owners, big and small; however,...

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Save For Web

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: In the field of Small Business Web Design one of the most beneficial things you can do for your Website as well as your potential customers is to ensure that your load time is as efficient as possible. One of the number one...

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Getting Ranked

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: As the New Year starts, most (all) entrepreneurs are looking for new ways to advertise their Small Business! A lot of this comes down to your online presence, and even more pressure falls on how well your website is ranking....

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Your Website Resume

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: You may or may not realize it, but your Small Business Website acts almost exactly like a Resume to your potential consumers/clients. When an individual is scouring the internet looking to hire/purchase something for their...

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Above The Fold

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: First things first! When building your Small Business Website make sure you pay attention to the user-experience (UX), and how your website may present itself to potential clients/customers. Rule of thumb (for new individuals...

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Do It Yourself?

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: Chances are if you're reading this (aside from other Website Developers) you're a small business owner and you're discovering the possibilities for your new or existing website? At some point we're all faced with the...

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Color & Image Backgrounds

Web Design in Red Deer writes: When putting together your Small Business Web Design, you want to include some simple, cool elements into your design that will WOW your new potential clients/customers. One way to do that is to put in subtle and powerful backgrounds for...

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CSS Preset Colours

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: When utilizing CSS on your Small Business Website it can be helpful to know some preset CSS colours so that you can avoid constantly looking up HEX-codes in doing some of your design work. Below is a comprehensive list of all...

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Secure Test Developments

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: When developing a Small Business Website, in a number of instances there will be an existing website already on the server that needs to be revamped. During the development process it is common practice to develop on a...

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What You See Is What You Get

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: "To use, or not to use...?", isn't that really the question? What You See Is What You Get editors that are pre-programmed into the majority of Content Management Systems as a part of Small Business Website Design are seemingly...

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Responsive Vs. Mobile

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: So, what is the difference between a Mobile Website and a Responsive Website? A website that is considered just "mobile" is essentially a duplicate copy of your existing website that has been programmed/developed to fit a...

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Five UX Killers

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: You may not know it, and honestly even your prospective clients may not know it, but there are certain things that are considered common in Web Design & Development for Small Business that need to be eradicated. These small...

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Bad Website Decisions

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: In the field of Web Design and Development, especially as it pertains to Small Businesses, there are a lot of abstract ideas that seem good on paper but don't necessarily translate well when publishing it as part of your online...

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WordPress Statistics

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: With more than 75 million Web Developments for Small Business online built with WordPress, it's no wonder why more and more designers, developers and business owners and gravitating towards this amazing open-source software. At...

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SEO Killers

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: Chances are if you're reading this you already have a Website. Or better yet, you are looking into what it takes to have a proper Web Design done for your Small Business! Either way, whether you're a rookie or a veteran to the...

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Photoshop Timesavers

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: When working in the field of Web Design & Development, or even if you are just a small business owner who has taken on the task of building your own website, it is imperative that you possess basic Photoshop Skills in order to...

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Importance of Responsiveness

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: As of April 2015, Google has announced that any existing/future Web Design & Developments that are not considered "Responsive" will no longer be listed on Google search engines when searched on a phone or tablet. This is...

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Common CSS Mistakes

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: First and foremost, some of the items addressed in this article may seem redundant to Web Developers; however, it's important to keep in mind as professionals we are usually more susceptible to making minor mistakes than big...

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Why WordPress?

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: So! I've been fielding a lot of questions from clients lately in regards to Web Design & Development as to what type of CMS and/or language they should be building their website with. Truthfully, the possibilities are endless....

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Custom WordPress Sidebar List Items

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: When developing a website using Wordpress as your given CMS, it is important to make sure you are taking measures to make your websites that much more custom for your users. This is important as in the ever growing industry of...

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CSS Pulse

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: Well! Here is an obscure bit of CSS that you may find interesting for one of your future Web Developments! It is called a "Pulsing CSS" and it will take a section of your website (or rather an image, as is the example below)...

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Using Custom Fonts

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: Here's a quick and easy article on how to Use Custom Fonts on your Wordpress Website. Granted, a lot of new themes have built in functionality to produce a plethora of fonts that can be used on your Wordpress site; however, if...

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Using Icons in Navigation

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: As Web Design and Development progresses, both junior and senior developers are trying to find efficient ways to add increased functionality to a website without adding hours and hours of additional work. As well, for...

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Easy WordPress Transfer

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: Transferring a Wordpress website can be a bit difficult. For most Web Developers, we will build a test-site on an arbitrary domain, and then upon confirmation from a client transfer it to the active domain. Or perhaps you're a...

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Gold Doesn’t Exist

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: As Web Design capabilities are enhanced, new programming languages become available, and greater softwares/content-management-systems are offered, there is still one glaringly obvious thing wrong with websites and logos these...

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Sway CSS

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: Here's a funny bit of CSS that maybe you can use on your next/current website! The following is the HTML and CSS necessary to make objects on your website sway back and forth: Example: .sway { -webkit-animation: sway 4s...

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Trying New Plugins

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: Every once in a while (both as a Web Developer and even as a Small Business Owner) you are faced with the task of adding a new Element (or rather a new piece of functionality) to your website. The great thing about Developing...

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Basic Proper A-Links

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: When writing the proper HTML Markup for your website (or possibly your clients website) it is necessary to make the necessary minor adjustments to allow for optimal output. This article will focus primarily on building proper...

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Top WordPress Plugins (#2)

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: A while back I wrote an article about the Top Wordpress Plugins (which you can link to by clicking on this article), and I highlighted 5 of my all-time favourite Wordpress Plugins to help maximize your website! As the world of...

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Easy Text Shadow

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: One of the most underutilized and easy pieces of CSS is the text-shadow property! Such an easy and fun way to make bits of font on your website stand out and become instantly more legible. CSS3 has allowed the use of not only...

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Custom UL Icons

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: Building websites for a small business allows for tons of creativity! Generally speaking, you are working with a small amount of total content and looking more to add personality with design skill to show a professional and...

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Super & Subscript

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: I know what you're thinking before you even say it ... "What a basic article?!?" ... but the fact of the matter is that a lot of websites do not contain the proper HTML Markup to properly display certain units of measurement,...

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Developer Tools

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: For developers who are looking to be more efficient when writing script, it is important to have reliable Developer Tools that you can utilize to write some basic code to implement into your websites. As I've written about...

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Dynamic Year In WordPress

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: Here's a quick and easy article for all you Wordpress Developers who need a refresher on how to add a Dynamic Year into the footer (or possibly into an arbitrary page) of your website! If you want to include a dynamic year on a...

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Custom Search Bar Addition

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: Using a Search Bar on a website is fairly common practice these days, and knowing how to insert a functional search bar into a custom location on your Wordpress Website is a great way to increase your user experience and add a...

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CSS Black & White Transitions

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: Once again, trying to push the envelope for the possibilities of working with CSS on your website is what we as Web Developers wake up and think about (right after coffee...). In some instances you get the opportunity to work...

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Rotate & Scale CSS

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: As Web Development progresses it's all about trying to come up with cool and interactive elements to include in a website, that doesn't hinder UX (User Experience), and that can help to increase its professional appeal. The...

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WordPress Posting Fix

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: After the most recent Wordpress update it became evident that there instances (in some cases) that when posting to a variety of Social Medias that they were no longer pulling the Excerpt or Featured Image from your blog post to...

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WordPress Paragraph Tag Fix

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: For Developers who have chosen to utilize a CMS (Content Management System) for their websites, it can be frustrating when sub-par programming may have gone into template files that have been created. More specifically, when...

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On Page Speed Tips

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: It can be hard in Web Development sometimes for Small Business to ensure that your site is running as fast as possible. The following is a short article and presents three tips for making sure that your On Page Speed is running...

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Choosing A Domain Name

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: When choosing a Domain Name there are a couple things you need to keep in mind. Before going into the things you should be looking for when purchasing a Domain, let's look at a few Common Mistakes that are made: Buying Your...

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Creating CSS Buttons

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: There is really no shortage to the limits of creating buttons with CSS. It sounds pretty minimal, but ultimately how a person moves through your website is based on how attractive your navigation is and the series of buttons...

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Exercise Your Website

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: Whether you are a Small Business or a major corporation, how you take care of your website says a lot about your business! As society itself moves on we are left in sort of a Limbo Era where you bounce across the internet and...

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CSS Selectors Master List

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: For anyone who has taken the plunge to learn more about Front-End Web Development we know how powerful of a language CSS has grown into. With the introduction of CSS3 came a wider range of Selectors by which we can manipulate...

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Installing Analytics

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: Do you have a Blog? Are you running a Small Business Website? One of the most important parts of running any type of website is knowing what type of traffic you are generating! When working with Wordpress there are two Plugins...

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Notepad++ Tips

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: Finding a good Text Editor for writing code can be a challenge depending on what type of purpose you need it for. My personal preference is to keep thing simple and go with Notepad++ given its simple layout and broad range of...

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Child Themes Part 2

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: Okay! So here's the nitty-gritty of utilizing a proper Child Theme in Wordpress. Below are the steps: Access FTP - inside your server you should first locate your "WP Content" folder and then find your "Themes" folder. From...

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Child Themes Part 1

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: In the world of Wordpress Web Development there are various ways to find yourself with the same outcome. However, thinking long term (as you should with any Small Business ) you want to consider the fact that along the lines...

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Using Google Fonts

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: A huge part of having a creative and custom webpage is being able to utilize CSS in an effective manner. As discussed previously, CSS (Cascading Stylesheets) are utilized to give your site colours, fonts, layouts,...

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Using Media Querie

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: As a Web Developer (or frankly anyone who wants to build a Website nowadays) you cannot underestimate the effect of using proper Media Querie for site responsiveness when putting together your CSS. Essentially what a Media...

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HTML Characters and Symbols

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: This article may prove to be a bit Techy for some individuals less concerned with writing any type of code; however, for anyone managing a blog, writing websites, or producing content for a digital platform, it is important to...

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Don’t Run With Weights

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: Physical fitness is important! And nowadays it is all too common for individuals to try and find more efficient methods of getting in shape. All too often I will be outside and I see people running with small weights in their...

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Your First Textbook

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: Less of an article, more of a review I suppose! When I first got into Web Development I knew very little about "Coding" or "Programming" as they were more commonly referred to; however, I knew that as in any language it was...

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Using CSS

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: If you are already a Web Developer then you know the power of CSS! Cascading Style Sheets, as they are referred to, are used to create the Artistic side of a webpage or website. Currently on it's third version (ie, referred to...

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What is HTML?

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: Okay here's the scoop, whether or not you have any ambition to be a Web Developer, it's important to understand just basic coding practice if you ever plan on operating a website. Why is this? Because as someone who would...

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Investing Your Time

Red Deer Web Design writes: How much should you really know about your website? Well ... Let's be honest! You are a professional and you have a business to run. That means that customers and clients are paying you for your service/skill and thus you need to weigh...

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Should You Blog?

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: I'm pretty biased, given my choice of career, but I believe in the power of blogging! I suppose given its definition you could consider what goes on on Social Media as a blogging of sorts; however, I am talking more...

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Top WordPress Plugins

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: Okay! I may get in some trouble from some of my Developer friends for writing this article and giving away some secrets ... but here is a rundown of my favorite 5 Wordpress Plugins that you can use with your website to maximize...

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A Website For My Wedding???

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: Recently I had the chance to sit down with two really good friends of mine who are getting married, and they proposed the idea of doing a Wedding Website to help organize all of the information for their big day! I've seen it...

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Responsive Framework?

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: I know what you're thinking ... What in the world is a responsive framework? Do I need one? Do I have one? A Responsive Website is one that is built to scale its content based on the size of the browser you are using. Still not...

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So You Wanna Impress Google…

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: So you meet someone. You like them. You decide you want take your relationship a little more seriously, but you don't know how? So what next?! Sounds like some odd-ball questions to be asking on a Design Blog ... But! It's...

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Domain/Hosting Basics

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: A huge part of Web Design is knowing what proper Hosting/Domain should cost you. Honestly? Everyone is going to give you a different opinion; however, for most Small Businesses it is no necessary to pay corporate level pricing...

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Choosing Your Site Colours

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: Choosing the correct colours for your new Web Design is an important part of your online presence. Chances are if your small business is at a point where you are ready for a website you may already have decided on colours;...

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SEO Basics

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: "I have this great new Web Design, but why am I not showing up on my search engines!?!" Pretty popular question, and under my development years it's one I hear all too often. The problem isn't necessarily what you're doing...

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Your User Experience

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes: Whether you're new or old to Web Design, one of the most important factors you NEED to be taking into account is the User Experience (UX) of your website. Broken down into layman's terms this essentially refers to the amount of...

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