Web Design in 2020

Web Design in 2020

There are some very static principles when it comes to web design and we adhere to all of them. We did an entire series earlier this year regarding web design and not a whole lot has changed since then. So when we look ahead to strategies for web design in 2020 there are some nuances that come into play. ADA Compliance ADA compliance from an SEO perspective is becoming much more of an important component of web design. Since the search engines are going to start viewing ADA compliant guidelines as best practices you will need a partner who can stay in front of the changes and updates to these guidelines. Coming into ADA compliance can sometimes seem impossible and while yes, it is a lot of work, there are experts ready to speak with you about how to do it, and it isn’t as expensive as you may think. Some of the things we're seeing more of include plugins...
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3 Reasons Your Website Needs ADA Compliance; Not Just SEO

3 Reasons Your Website Needs ADA Compliance; Not Just SEO

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was developed in 1990 and is meant to ensure that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as anyone else. This means that your website needs to be accessible to people who have disabilities that affect their hearing, vision or in any physical capacity. The Federal Government has mandated that anything considered a “place of public accommodation” are required to be accessible to anyone with disabilities from accessing the business’ goods or services. There are 3 main reasons we wanted to look at in this blog as to why you need to make sure your site is ADA compliant. 1) ADA Compliance Improves Your SEO One topic that we have talked about at length in our blog is that ADA compliance helps your SEO. There are many reasons for this, but the easiest thing to remember is that search engines review the same type of code that makes your site ADA compliant when making their search engine rankings. 2)...
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SEO and ADA Part II

SEO and ADA Part II

As we mentioned on our page about our SEO services ADA compliance is something that has been a growing issue and something that web developers and owners of websites have to come to terms with. A couple of quick refreshers if you haven’t seen our other blog posts about ADACompliance. What is ADA Compliance for Websites This refers to the process of making your website accessible for people with certain disabilities covered under federal law. The rules laid out to be considered compliant have to do with some of the following things: Making sure the text is readable compared to the background color. Making sure images have been tagged so visually impaired people can have image descriptions read to them Making sure the site is navigable by other methods besides a mouse So What Does This Mean?If any of these things sound familiar to you it’s because some of these have been the cornerstone of on-site SEO for years. So there are...
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Website Design in 2019: Part 2 – SEO and ADA Compliance

Website Design in 2019: Part 2 – SEO and ADA Compliance

What is ada compliance Recently you might have heard about "ADA Compliance" within the digital space. What is that, you have probably asked. For starters ADA refers to the American's with Disabilities Act. It was enacted in 1990 to prevent people with disabilities from being discriminated in all aspects of public life.  This includes ramps at entrances of buildings, accessibility for the hearing impaired, etc. Lately this has started to cause a stir in regards to people's websites. The landmark legal case was GIl vs Winn-Dixie Stores when a man sued Winn-Dixie Stores because he was not able to navigate their website as a blind man. He argued, and won, that they needed to make their site accessible to him under the ADA. The courts found that Winn-Dixie is a "public accommodation"  and needed to be compliant with ADA guidelines. Since this time over 61 guidelines have been released and updated to make websites ADA compliant. So what? What does this mean for you, dear reader?...
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Website Design in 2019; Part 1 – Platform

Website Design in 2019; Part 1 – Platform

In 2019 there are almost an unlimited number of website design platforms. In this post when we say "platforms" we refer to the engine that allows you to build and design a new website. We also refer to them as content management systems (CMS). We get asked a lot what platform do we use or what is the best platform to use if you are going to start a new business or if you need a new website. WordPress Far and away the most popular and most common CMS is WordPress. WordPress accounts for about 33% of all websites on the open internet. Full disclosure - our site is a WordPress site and about 83% or our client's sites are WP when we design them. What makes WP such an attractive CMS is the fact that it can be something for anyone. You can design a massive 250+ page site with eCommerce and highly secured databases, or you can have a...
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