Category: Website Design

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A Look at the History of Web Design – Setting the Table

Caveman Internet

Ever since the first web server came online in 1991, clever people have been inventing techniques and software, and pushing limits to make web pages and web sites more useful and engaging. Almost from the start, there has been a tension between designer’s vision and practical implementation that has driven web design down a number of paths during its short history.

In the earliest days, the web was not considered a serious design medium. Early browsers were mostly text based with limited support for images…

Categories E-Commerce / Marketing / Support & Client Relations / Website Design

Website Usability: Don’t Try to Make Every Customer Happy

When it comes to designing websites, I often work with retailers who come to the table wanting every feature possible and all the bells and whistles they can imagine! While it may sound ideal, think again.

I believe you need to design a website that 90% of your customers will absolutely love. If you can get another 5% to like your site, then you’re doing even better. Unfortunately, 5% of your visitors won’t like your website and modifying your design or changing the functionality of the site to accommodate this group is often a mistake. In fact, this remaining 5% is where I see retailers make most of their mistakes…

Categories Just for fun / Support & Client Relations / Website Design

Dead End. . . ? Not so fast.

Dead end

Dead End! I love those spooky little words! Much has been written using them over the years. Those words have been used in novels, movies, poems, signs, etc. In your mind, it’s usually raining and dark and foggy on a cold and lonely road when your car lights illuminate the black and yellow sign and it’s right then that you know something terrible is about to happen. There’s always a dark shadowy figure lurking in the mist as a raven flies overhead. The music in your head is eerie and creepy. Dead end.

Take the word “dead” for instance. It literally means – no longer living – but there are at least thirty-five different variations to this word where it refers to something other than life ending. “Dead End” really has more than one meaning. It’s also slang for “the end”, where you’ve run out of options. Dead end is very similar to reaching the end of your rope…

Categories E-Commerce / Magento / Modern Retail / Website Design

Magento Worldwide Conference: imagine eCommerce 2012

Magento Worldwide Conference: imagine eCommerce 2012

From the moment I arrived at this year’s Magento conference, I immediately sensed this conference was different. Maybe it was the buzz of Vegas or maybe it was the feeling of kinsmanship among the speakers, attendees and staff. I knew it wasn’t going to be the typical session after session of “look what we can do”,”how great are we”,”blah, blah, blah.” It was more about me than Magento, Roy Rubin, Bob Schwartz or any of the partners or vendors at the show. The strength of Magento’s strong community and giving people the sense they belong to a tight-knit, passionate group of leaders was evident everywhere …