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Is Your Website ADA Compliant? Why You Need to Know

Please note: We are digital marketers, not attorneys. Therefore, this article is not legal advice. If you need legal advice, you should speak with a lawyer. More and more, we’ve been hearing about businesses that have been threatened with a lawsuit for having a website that was allegedly not ADA compliant. In some cases, these lawsuits are nothing more than a shakedown for cash. They allege that the website is not fully accessible to disabled users and that they’d be willing to settl...




There Is No Free Lunch (The Real Cost of Open Source Software)

If you have WordPress, you better keep reading… Equifax Inc. just had their second massive security breach in four years, and according to the Apache Foundation it all stems from one main issue… …Open source software. Well, to be exact, it was the consumer credit reporting agency’s failure to install patches to Apache Struts – an open source framework used to build Java web applications. In a statement released Thursday Sept. 14 , the foundation said a vulnerability...




Google is Requiring Websites to Switch to HTTPS or Show Up as Non-Secure - Part 2

We had quite a few folks asking about last Tuesday's article on Google’s SSL threat, and they want to know what to do about it. For those who missed the article, here is a link to it... https://www.smtusa.com/blog/posts/google-is-requiring-websites-to-switch-to-https-or-show-up-as-non-secure.html Here are a few FAQs on what it takes to secure your website... 1. Does it affect me? If you have a website, yes. 2. What does SSL do? In short, it encrypts the pages on your website. 3. Why would ...




Google is Requiring Websites to Switch to HTTPS or Show Up as Non-Secure - Part 1

If your website collects sensitive visitor information such as passwords, credit card information, or other personal data – be warned. Earlier this year, Google made changes that started to mark websites without HTTPS as non-secure on Google Chrome, Google’s own web browser that has 59.38% of the browser market share . That’s way above the second highest used browser, Safari, with only 14.88% market share. If you haven’t already made the switch to HTTPS and purchased an S...




Escape from WordPress

WordPress is one of the most popular Content Management Systems CMS for building websites out there today. But this doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. For that reason, we wanted to share some of the best alternatives for building your website. Keep in mind that each of these alternatives comes with its own set of pros and cons, and some may suit a particular type of website more than others. Wix Similar to SquareSpace, Wix is advertised as a simple solution to creating a website, and it...




Launching Something New in 2017? Tips for SEO-Friendly URL Structure

A lot of companies will be launching new initiatives in 2017. Those initiatives may require a new website , or new additions to an existing website. If so, here are some things you should consider when picking a new web address URL or when adding new pages to your website. 1. Keep things simple This is Google’s number one most important advice – a site’s URL structure should be as simple as possible. For your main website URL that means it should be short, memorable and as unam...




Do You Have a Strong Web Development Team?

In today’s competitive web market, all companies strive to get a leg-up on the others to win over potential clients. There are many types of web clients; some wanting to be hands-off and allowing the web development professionals to do the work, while other businesses need to manage their sites completely and are simply seeking marketing strategies along the way. One thing is for sure; time has proven that if you want to keep your clients happy or obtain new web development clients, you mu...




Webmasters, Don’t Punish Your Users

There are many ways webmasters unintentionally punish visitors on their websites; through poor navigation, pop-ups, no clear calls-to-action, cumbersome checkout processes and bombarding users’ email inboxes with promotions. A website is meant to inform, entertain , and provide a product or service. Why neglect basic user experience UX issues? This causes visitors to bounce directly off your website, which negatively impacts your search engine results. In addition, you can forget return vi...




How to Plan Your Website Architecture

Planning your website architecture is like laying the foundation of a house. Taking the time to plan it properly will save you time and money in the long run. A well-planned site is not only beautiful and functional, but will also convert better and allow your visitors to interact with your content in the most intuitive way. What is Site Architecture? Website architecture is the approach to the design and planning of websites that require particular attention to the business plan, ...




3 Things to Consider When Developing Your First Website

What is the objective of your website? Before you start building your website, it’s advisable to sit down and write out a business plan. How does your website fit into the plan? Is it going to be used as a resource to inform a buyer before contacting you? Is it going to be used as a point of transaction? If so, it may make sense to incorporate a software solution designed for e-commerce. Your business plan should dictate the type of website you are planning to create based on the functiona...




Improving Website Functionality

When building a website , many people do not take the time to stop and take a step back to check its functionality. However, website functionality can be a make or break feature when it comes to users interacting with your site. When considering how your website functions, you should look at it from the user’s perspective. Think about how your users interact with the site, in other words, how they navigate it, how they fill out forms, view pictures, and more. Navigation One of the biggest ...




Reduce SPAM without CAPTCHA using a CustomValidator

There are plenty of resources and methods out there you can use to reduce the amount of submissions to a form on your website by non-humans. Some website administrators get hundreds or thousands of submissions from bogus people. They are often automated bots searching for open holes your website to infuse content for whatever their purpose is. Many times it is to promote their own website, content, or services. Sometimes they are attempts to cause the website or webserver to crash, inject viruse...




How To Create An iPhone Favicon For Your Website

Favicons are very important for branding your website and your services. As you might already know, the favicon.ico shows up in several places. The greater exposure to of your brand, the better effect it will have on your visitors. Does your site have an iPhone favicon? If not, don’t worry. I’ll tell you exactly how to get one. But first, let’s look at what I mean. Load up your website in your iPhone or iPod Touch. Once it has been completely loaded, click on the ‘+’...




How To Make a CSS Sprite Rollover List Part 2

I know there have been many people anxiously waiting for Part 2 of How To Make a CSS Sprite Rollover List . Didn't read part 1 yet? Well before you learn how to make a CSS Sprite, why don't you head over to part 1 and learn Why Use CSS Sprites . View the working DEMO Now let's get to work. Follow these easy three instructions on producing a cross browser compatible list with a CSS sprite and rollover functionality! 1 Create your image First thing is first. Go ahead and create your CSS sprite ima...




Why Use CSS Sprites Part 1

You’ve heard the term bouncing around the Internet, but still not sure what, why, or how to use CSS Sprites. I’m here to enlighten you on this neat little feature that is sure to help speed up your site. This is part 1 of a 2 part series blog. Part 2 will entail How To Use CSS Sprites. Why would I want to use a CSS sprite? CSS sprites reduce the total number of http requests, can reduce the total size of the images, and increase your pages load time. For example, if you build an unor...




Nested GridViews in C#.NET: How to display relational data together

First, you must understand the purpose of a GridView in the .NET framework. A GridView control displays rows of data in a table like structure. It displays one record from the table per grid row. This article explains how you can extend the functionality of this powerful control so that relational tables can be displayed together. This article shows you how to accomplish such a task. One reason to nest GridViews in .NET would be to display data in a one-to-many relationship. In some cases there ...




Parsing data in C#

Parsing data in C# is a simple process, and can be done using some basic language syntax. Sub Strings provide this functionality, and when used properly can make data collection, or simple parsing operations a much easier task. First when parsing data from sources such as a web page, it is important to first remove all data at the beginning of the document which is unnecessary, in order to prevent the parsing utility from finding the wrong information. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>...




Automated Spanish Translation System for Websites

Miami Children’s Hospital MCH recently requested the assistance of Sales & Marketing Technologies to provide an effective solution to dynamically translate their English content from their web site to Spanish using the third party vendor, Translations.com. SMT’s in-house Programming team worked closely with Translations.com to perform the initial Spanish translation by building the necessary XML file needed for input into their system. Once the translation was complete, the initi...




Protect your website from SQL Injection Attacks

Is your website vulnerable? Very possible. You could do a few quick checks, but explaining how to write SQL Injection code is out of the scope of this blog. Websites written using Classic ASP language, PHP, AJAX, and other website languages are vulnerable, but that doesn't leave .NET websites in the clear. Any website that gives full access to the SQL database is vulnerable. That gives the hacker full range at manipulating the information in your database. So, what are some ways to protect again...




What’s the hype about SQL Injection?

You may have heard of the term SQL Injection often or never before. So, what the heck is it? And, why should I worry about it? Below I try to put in lamen's terms what it is and why it is a bad thing. In basic terms, it is a way to hack into a database and a website. First, I will explain a little bit about what SQL means. What is SQL? Is it an acronym for something? Yes. It stands for Structure Query Language. It is not only an abbreviation and a programming language, is also a database. SQL Se...




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