Aug 19

As a webmaster, one of your top priorities is to make sure that websites you are building for your business (or your clients) are as professional as they can be. Having a website that comes off as unprofessional, annoying, or something that looks like it was made by a child can cause a potential customer to look elsewhere.

Here I will outlined (in no particular order) 5 ways to make your website more professional.

1. Ditch the hit counter

Remember back in the 90’s when websites would compare their popularity with a chunky hit counter? Those went out of style along with Pogs and overalls. If your website still has a hit counter on it, consider removing it and replacing it with an invisible tracker such as Statcounter.com or Google Analytics.

2. Remove your splash page

Brick and mortar stores need to have doors. Your website does not. When a customer visits your website, don’t make them click a link to ‘enter’ your site. They are already on your site and should not require an extra click to get to the important part of your website. If you have a cool graphic that you don’t want to go to waste, you can always find a different place on your site to put it.

3. Speed up your site!

Does your site load slowly? Check your page’s speed by running your site through this test. If you get a very low score, consider speeding up your site by removing large images and fixing any errors that may be present.

Slow loading websites can cause impatient visitors to hit the back button. In addition, the speed of your site may have an effect on your website’s rankings in search engines.

4. Auto-load Audio

Many websites still have music (or videos) that play automatically when a user visits the page. This can be annoying to many users. Consider making your music not play automatically, but instead give the user the option of clicking on the play button themselves.

5. Mobile Friendly Website

A large number of users will be visiting your website on their mobile devices. Make sure that you have created a version of your website that is mobile friendly. This will create a much better user experience and will result in less users exiting your website from their mobile devices. EverWeb users should check out this video tutorial that will show you how to easily setup your mobile website in EverWeb.

Jun 11

RAGE Software released EverWeb 1.4 yesterday which includes many updates, one of which being the much anticipated image gallery captions feature. Since the launch of EverWeb, users – especially iWeb users – were eager to see an option for captions in the image gallery. The folks at EverWeb even got users excited by a popular Facebook post which gained a lot of “Likes” very quickly. Captions can now be added to each individual image in a gallery (Image Gallery widget).
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Image Gallery Caption Feature in EverWeb

Image Gallery Caption Feature in EverWeb

Also included in the image gallery update is the ability to specify the number of images per page that you want. This is a big feature for users who have a large number of images in their galleries. Instead of having a really long page with say, 100 images, you can split that up into 5 ‘image pages’ of 20 images. You can easily navigate from one ‘image page’ to the next by clicking on the links that automatically appear right above the gallery (see image above).

Other items worth noting is that the captions are used as alternative text, so for those focusing on search engine optimization (SEO), you will definitely find this feature to be very useful. You can also now drag and drop multiple images into the image gallery’s assets list. Likewise, you can also delete multiple images at one time. You also have the option to show, or hide the social buttons in the image gallery’s slideshow.

Other enhancements put into EverWeb 1.4 is the ability to add multiple images at one time for the Image Slider widget. You can also deleted multiple images from this widget as well.

It is very exciting to see these improvements in EverWeb and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store. EverWeb really does appear to be a fantastic iWeb replacement, and it just keeps getting better and better.

Nov 03

Here’s quick MicroTip on making shiny buttons. We’ve all seen it on other sites, buttons with that reflective shine to it.   Well this microtip will show you how to get a shiny button without using any fancy graphic program like photoshop or illustrator.  Just watch this and you’ll be making shiny buttons in no time. Enjoy!

(By the way there is no audio, just watch :-) )

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Apr 15

Turn Non Web-Safe fonts into Images in iWeb. You can easily turn non web-safe fonts into image by putting a shadow on it then drop the opacity to 5% so the shadow is not seen. Unless you want the shadow of course then leave its percentage up. This will turn your text into an image. Great if you want to use a non-websafe font like papyrus or something.

Apr 15

Unfortunatley Apple hasnt added grouping of objects in iWeb yet, but its pretty easy to use a cousin app like Keynote to group objects then copy and paste back into iWeb.

Apr 15

Ever try to move a text box into the footer or out of the header of your page and find that you cant? The little tip is to hold the command key down as you drag and you can move the text box over those borders. Yay!

Apr 15

You can quickly rotate graphics and text boxes by holding down the command key and drag on a corner of a selected object.