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Creating Background Videos For Web

Have you ever wanted to use a background video for part of your webpage? Videos are great at adding visual interest but can have drawbacks as well. In this video we'll show you how to create a loopable video, and then export that video to a format that will load quickly on the web. We'll…

Creating a Black Friday Promotion

In this video, we're going to go over how to set up a Black Friday promotion for your WordPress store using WooCommerce.  We will set up sales on individual products and we will set up coupon codes, which can be used to build your email list as well as boost your sales.

Logo Animation Tutorial

In this video tutorial, I'll be showing you a simple procedure for creating a rotating logo animation using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. The resulting animation can be exported as a gif file and can be used on web pages for a cool effect.  

Anatomy of a Web Address

So you’re surfing the web.  Perhaps you start out at a site like Amazon.  After browsing a while you find a product that you like.  You share that product with someone via text message, and man does that seem like a complicated address.  Perhaps you could care less about what all that stuff means, or…

DNS Explained

As a web designer, one very technical concept that I have had to try to communicate with my clients is DNS. What is DNS? What are DNS records, what is DNS propagation? These are some of the questions I am going to try to answer in as non-technical a way as possible. What is DNS?…

What Is Website Hosting

One area where I see a lot of confusion is web hosting. It may not always be obvious about what hosting is, or what the difference is between hosting that costs $5 per month, and hosting that costs $500 per month. in this video, I give a quick overview.

Optimizing Images for Web

I have often seen websites that run very slowly because of images that are far too large for the web. Full-Size stock images can be several megabytes in size, and even a large image on a web page needs to be much, much smaller. In this video, I will run through a process that can…

The Anatomy of A Button

In this post we're going to look at using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to create a button out of a simple text link, rather than using a button image. This is a great alternative for things like PayPal buttons.

Update Your Copyright!

It's that time of year again; time to update the copyright in the footer of your website. While the legality of a simple copyright notice may be far from iron clad, it sends a signal that you're keeping on top of your website.

Help! My Google Maps is broken.

] What's the Plan In this post, I will walk you through setting up a Google developer account, including billing, and getting a Google Maps API Key for your website.  Once you have this setup, you can plug the key into your website and get Google maps up and running again, if it is not…

Fun Facts: Intro to Google Analytics

In this post we'll take a look at a fantastic (and free) tool provided by Google to track the metrics of how your website is performing. How much traffic are you seeing? How long do visitors stay, what pages are they viewing?

A Few Simple Steps To Improve Website Security

As a website owner, one of the things that you dread hearing are the words, “Your site’s been hacked”.  We all know that we should make cybersecurity a priority, but most small business websites feel that they’re not much of a target, since they don’t have high traffic, and don’t store sensitive financial information on…