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How to Maintain a Website

December 13, 2011 in Web Development

Owning a website or blog has it’s responsibilities. You can’t just upload it and forget it. Regular website maintenance is a must if you want your site to be successful.

 

 

 

 

Why is Website Maintenance Important?

With regular website maintenance your site will run smoothly. No disgruntled visitors because something on the site didn’t work or a link you provided is broken.

Regular visitors are looking for what is new, so provide them with new and exciting information, products or features.

Website are subject to being hacked. Using a proper website maintenance program you can try and avoid being hacked by keeping everything up to date.

There are all kinds of things that need to be done when maintaining a website. Whether you decide to do these yourself or hire out the work, it still needs to be done.

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Custom Web Design vs Website Templates

December 13, 2011 in Web Design

As a business owner you are always looking how to save money and make your business profitable. When it comes to creating an online presence for your business, just like your marketing materials and office’s appearance, your website needs to project a professional image. The more professional looking your business appears, the more creditable it looks.

Many business owners don’t really understand the difference between having a custom web design done and using website templates. In this article we’ll look at both ways of having your website built and the costs involved.

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The great world of Web-Fonts

December 5, 2011 in Web Design, Web Development

Commercial fonts or free fonts?, when saving money is a factor, webfonts make it easy to decide between beautiful but expensive fonts such as Helvetica or Futura and free fonts like the ones featured on Google Web Fonts, which also have a really nice design but will never be like the originals. Also, check out Font Squirrel for more webfonts.   The @font-face feature from CSS3 allows us to use custom typefaces on the web in an accessible, manipulable, and scalable way. But, you might say, “Why would we use @font-face if we have Cufon, sIFR, and using text in images?” A few benefits of leveraging @font-face for custom fonts:
  • Full searchability by Find (ctrl-F)
  • Accessibility to assistive technologies like screen readers
  • Text is translatable, through in-browser translation or translation services
  • CSS has full ability to tweak the typographical display: line-heightletter-spacing,text-shadowtext-align, and selectors like ::first-letter and ::first-line
Webfonts deliver quite a bit of freedom to designers and giving us a lot more flexibility. For now, you can feel confident implementing this part of CSS3 as it covers 98% of deployed browsers. Enjoy!