Web Design Leeds My Daily Musings
What does a Leeds web developer think about and get up to on a daily basis? Find out in this Journal which is part of a #100blog posts in 100 days challenge.
Posted by Mike Nuttall on Jun 30, 2014 |
One mantra in the business world is:
Fail often, fail fast, fail cheap.
The idea being that you don't spend your valuable time and money on a project that is going to fail eventually, the sooner you find out it's going to fail, the better.
How do you do that with a website?
Posted by Mike Nuttall on Jun 29, 2014 |
Everyone else seems to be doing something in a particular way. Does that mean it's the best way to do it?
No, it just means everybody else is doing it that way.
For example, most websites seem to have image sliders at the top of their front pages. It's the fashion.
I hate them so I have removed them from my site. Now your eyes won't get distracted when you are trying to read any part of the page.
Does it mean I will get less clients?
Posted by Mike Nuttall on Jun 28, 2014 |
Who will be using your website?
What functionality will it need?
Will it be better to optimize it for iPad or Mobile or Desktop?
What features will it need?
What articles on your site will attract the most attention?
How many blog posts will you be writing a month?
What are you going to blog about?
How much do you need to spend on social media?
Dont worry just remember.....
Posted by Mike Nuttall on Jun 27, 2014 | |
More and more web searches are being done from mobile devices, so your website needs to be adaptive and function on all different screen sizes.
And it needs to work well. Many websites designed for desktop viewing have become bloated with code that perform actions such as photo sliders, though this might look good on a desktop, it might not work so well on a mobile device.
One tool that can help you ascertain how your site performs is Google's PageSpeed Insights.
In this post we look at how some of Onsitenow's pages fared.
Posted by Mike Nuttall on Jun 26, 2014 | |
Day 56: Google is rich.
Google is huge.
Google knows what we search for in life.
Is Google too powerful?
Posted by Mike Nuttall on Jun 25, 2014 | |
Day 55: A blogging addiction can damage your website's reputation with the search engines.
Is there anything you can do about that?
Posted by Mike Nuttall on Jun 24, 2014 | |
Day 54: Yesterday I talked about one good reason why I shouldn't be posting a blog post every day.
Today, I find another good reason to abandon the #100blogs in 100 days challenge.
But will I....
Posted by Mike Nuttall on Jun 23, 2014 | |
Day 53: It seemed like a good idea for my business to start with, writing a blog post every day.
But is it?
This post looks at one very good argument against doing so.
Posted by Mike Nuttall on Jun 22, 2014 | |
Day 52: Articles is a great plugin for MODX that allows you to have multiple seperate blogs on your website, but there is one circumstance where you might get some broken links. This article discusses how to overcome that problem.c
Posted by Mike Nuttall on Jun 21, 2014 | |
Day 51: Don't give all your thoughts and ideas to the Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, put them on your own site and let other people contribute to your content.
Posted by Mike Nuttall on Jun 20, 2014 | |
Day 50: You may have lots of useful information on your website but do the search engines know what it is about?
The chances are that they are using their algorithms to guess.
But there is a way to tell them explicitly what your content is, and what it is about.
Find out how in this post...
Posted by Mike Nuttall on Jun 19, 2014 | |
Day 49: In part 4 I looked at what Google's Webmaster guidelines said about images and how my website stood up against those guidelines.
Today I'll look at what they say about video, though at present I have no video on the site, that was until today....
Posted by Mike Nuttall on Jun 18, 2014 | |
Day 48: Are you struggling along with your business, meeting all the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, and fending them off with your bare hands?
Sounds like you could do with a bit of support!
Posted by Mike Nuttall on Jun 17, 2014 | |
Day 47: Keeping a blog gives you the opportunity to help other people, and if you help other people, you are also directly helping yourself.
Posted by Mike Nuttall on Jun 16, 2014 | |
Day 46: Companies get website for their business. They get the site built and then just leave them to stagnate.
Websites need attention, they need signs of life....
Posted by Mike Nuttall on Jun 15, 2014 | |
Day 45: It's worth blogging even if you have no readers, find out why..
Posted by Mike Nuttall on Jun 14, 2014 | |
Day 44: When you are forced to write every day, you write about what you do and it makes you realise what skills you have.
You might think that that is obvious: what you can do, but it's not. Because you do it every day, or a lot, it's like second nature, so you don't notice it...
Posted by Mike Nuttall on Jun 13, 2014 | |
Day 43: There are different types of blogs. Long ones and short ones...
Posted by Mike Nuttall on Jun 12, 2014 | |
Day 42: Blogging can give you insights into yourself. When you write stuff down how does it make you feel?
Posted by Mike Nuttall on Jun 11, 2014 | |
You can have an idea for a blog post at any time, so always have something available to note it down