Stu Swineford carrying his skis in the wind. Photo by Johnny Copp.

Stay in Your Zone of Genius

Recently, I was on a call with Clark Vautier, and we were supposed to be talking about business stuff. As often occurs in talking with Clark, however, our conversation devolved into our mutual love of climbing mountains, outdoor adventures, and, well… LIFE. We are aligned on the idea that one’s business should fuel living and … Continued

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WordPress Security Basics to Keep Your Site Safe

“Companies spend millions of dollars on firewalls, encryption, and secure access devices and it’s money wasted because none of these measures address the weakest link in the security chain: the people who use, administer, operate and account for computer systems that contain protected information. ” Kevin Mitnick, Security researcher, notable hacker Security is a myth, … Continued

Outdated websites need upgrades for mobile friendly and SEO.

Ask a Web Developer: Do I Need to Invest in My Local Business Website?

If you run a business that needs no customers, you can stop reading (and email me what that wonderful, magical business is). Or if your local business already has a highly tuned online presence and is killing it for local search, you can stop reading (and email me your URL – if you’re that good at … Continued

How Google Search Works

Last week, Google shared that it’s employing an artificial intelligence system, nicknamed RankBrain, in a very large fraction of the search queries people use to find things on the web. You can read about that announcement in this Bloomberg article. What we found even more intriguing was this Search Engine Land article that discusses the announcement and provides a great, high-level overview of the many software systems in place that influence how Google’s search works.

Ask a Web Developer: Get a Quick Snapshot of Your Website Traffic

Google Analytics is an awesome reporting tool to track website traffic performance and it offers a lot of data one needs to analyze almost every aspect of one’s traffic and website visitor information. The only cost of entry is setting up a free Analytics account and adding the JavaScript tracking code to your website. But unless you’ve spent a lot … Continued

Flashy Things

Creating a Business Website: “Can You Make It More Flashy and Animated?”

There are over a billion websites — that’s a lot of freaking websites. If you visited one website every second, it’d take you around 32 years to see them all (1 billion seconds is 31.71 years). With that many websites, it’s no wonder why many people and businesses want to make their website stand out in … Continued

Ask a Web Developer: Do I Need a Content Management System?

When speaking with potential clients looking for website design and web development, I often get the question, “Do I really need a content management system?” And 99% of the time, the answer is “Yes. Yes you do.” Before I break down the benefits of a content management system (CMS) such as WordPress, let’s establish a definition.

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Mobile Websites: Difference Between Friendly and Responsive

In this day and age, the chance that your website’s mobile traffic is zero is zero. At least someone is viewing your website on a smartphone. Even if mobile traffic accounts for only 1% of your total website traffic, part of that 1% could be a busy executive with a huge budget ready to spend … Continued

SMART Goals for Web Development

Note: This Post is About Learning From Failure This post gets a lot of traffic and has a high bounce rate. It obviously isn’t addressing what a lot of people are looking for, so I’m here to help with some related topics to SMART goals for web development: Quora search for ‘SMART Goals’ A nice, … Continued

Working with a digital agency: Get the best project estimate

Helpful tips on how to help digital agencies help YOU get the best project estimate. So you’re out shopping for a digital agency to help with your website design and development project and you’re getting estimates that are all over the board. Maybe it’s for a new website and you need the full package: branding, website design … Continued

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