Can you get me ranked #1 on Google?

This is a common question. Here’s Matt Cutts, the head of Google’s Webspam team, with part of the answer… What I can do for you: 1. Make sure your site is technically structured in such a way that helps Google and … Continue reading

How much will it cost to build a website for my vacation rental home or cottage?

The quick answer? Maybe you don’t really need one. Why is a web designer telling you that? Shouldn’t I be trolling for your business? Not at the expense of selling you something you may not need. I love building vacation … Continue reading

Spam and E-mail encoding

Any time you publish your e-mail address online, you risk getting spam as a result. You can’t prevent people from manually copying down your e-mail address.  But that’s not how you usually end up on spammers’ lists. Spammers acquire huge … Continue reading

What fonts can I use on my website or WordPress blog?

The fonts that people see on a website (or blog) – or in an e-mail, for that matter, are the ones they have on their computer. It matters not which ones you have on yours. “Browser-safe” fonts are very few … Continue reading

Register your domain and host your website with two different companies.

Suppose you register your domain with one company and host your site with the same business.  What happens if the company disappears? Even the big ones can fail. It actually happened with one of the larger registrars a few years … Continue reading

Flashy isn’t always best. Keep it simple.

(UPDATED IN 2017) In 2010, I redesigned two websites for companies selling office furniture and supplies. The previous versions of the websites made extensive use of Flash and JavaScript. Some of their biggest customers (e.g. government offices) operated behind a … Continue reading