Does Mobile Matter?

Mobile will soon be the primary connection for most people in the developed world. Consider the staggering numbers from this internet guru’s latest report: during early 2012, mobile device shipments surpassed desktop computers for the first time and, by the end of 2012, there will be one billion smartphone users and five billion mobile phone [...]

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Social Media Mistake #8: Relying Too Much on Third Party Platforms.

  Facebook is one example of a platform that is good for engaging with your customers. But Facebook owns their platform and can do whatever they want with it. The latest example is Facebook’s almost overnight elimination of tabs – for some businesses this change has created real challenges. Google owns their platform and they [...]

CreateAthon 2012: Not Just Montgomery Anymore

CreateAthon™ 2012 marks LWT’s eleventh year of hosting the event. CreateAthon™   is a 24-hour, work-around the clock creative blitz during which marketing firms provide nonprofits marketing services on a pro bono basis. LWT has provided CreateAthon™ since 2002 and in that time has helped over 90 Central Alabama nonprofit organizations by creating over 180 projects. [...]

Is “Want” the New “Like”?

I can think of many reasons why marketers, advertisers, product developers, etc. should hope it is! I’ve seen a few social services emerge lately revolving around people sharing things they want. Business Insider published an article describing a mobile app called “Want!” where you take pictures of things you want, label them, and can either [...]

New to Google Search: Less Content Farms, More Food

Google has made a few changes lately!   Lower rankings for Content Farms – Content Farms are those websites full of low quality, mostly useless text filled with keywords built to attract traffic from search engines. This will improve rankings for sites and information you’re actually trying to find. For more information, read Google Declares [...]

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Minimalism is the New Black

Brand minimalism, especially when it comes to logo design, is popping up everywhere lately. First there was news of Starbucks stripping coffee from its logo and re-touching the mermaid. Now, Target has followed suit and remains only a bullseye. Refreshing the brand image is a true test, however. People go to get “Starbucks”…they don’t go [...]

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A Trophy from Brantwood Children’s Home

LWT recently launched a revamped website for Brantwood Children’s Home as part of CreateAthon 2010. The site was given a look and feel to reflect the true nature of Brantwood- warmth and happiness. Brantwood is home to children ages 10-21 who are “at-risk.” The stories from the children who have lived here are truly incredible. [...]

Ways To Build A Loyal Audience To Your Website Part 2

While evaluating website analytics, the key indicators to examine are website visits, page views and the length of time spent on each page of your website. Why? The goal of any website should not only be to attract new visitors to your site, but also to retain previous visitors. But, how? Below is Part 2 [...]

The Best Browser Testing Environment

How we handle the tedious task of browser testing. From IE6 to IE9, all other major browsers on one machine, with developer tools to boot!

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Setting up ExpressionEngine

The “build order” of a good ExpressionEngine site (steps 1 & 2).

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ExpressionEngine Member Lists

ExpressionEngine publicizes your member list by default. Here’s how to hide it!

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Content Management Solutions

Choosing a CMS for your website is like shopping for an automobile. There is not a single car that can fit the needs of every driver. Similarly, there is not a single CMS that can fit the needs of every website…

Flash vs HTML5

There seems to be a bandwagon going around which would have you believe that Flash is a bad thing for the web, and that HTML5 should replace it yesterday…

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What the framework is this?

If you’ve been coding (and not under a rock), you’ve heard the word “framework” tossed around quite a bit, but what is a framework and why use it? From Wikipedia: “A software framework, in computer programming, is an abstraction in which common code providing generic functionality can be selectively overridden or specialized by user code [...]

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Text to Twitter

On Friday, principle of LWT, David Allred and I (Laura), met with Brent Krause, Master Professional golf instructor at Wynlakes Country Club who will host Text 2 Twitter, the Extended Version next week. It was very exciting for me to meet with Brent. Upon arrival, he had in hand the most recent book Trust Agents [...]

Always a Chat Window Away

This week, one of our programmers is out of town, training on the latest version of a CMS we frequently set up for clients. On top of that, our other programmer works remotely three days a week from his home. We rely on these guys to carry the brunt of on our programming demands during [...]

Static FBML Checklist

Unfortunately, going from an HTML template to Static FBML is not always a simple one-step procedure…

A Dash of Flash

Why an all-Flash site is a bad idea, and best practices for when you do use Flash…

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A Better CSS Reset

A “CSS Reset” is a tiny bit of Cascading Style Sheet code that is typically loaded before the rest of the web-site code. It’s purpose is to reset all the style settings to a standard default with the purpose of giving your browser a clean canvas on which to “paint” the web-site. CSS resets are unfortunately the [...]

CSS Gradients for Dummies

Recently, I have started experimenting with CSS gradients. It is flexible, fast, requires fewer server requests, and on and on. The bad is that it’s not supported by everyone yet, think of it as progressive enhancement, so it’s not really that bad. The problem I had when trying to use CSS gradients is that the [...]

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When Shadows Attack

Dear aspiring designer, there will, invariably, come a time when you decide a drop shadow is just the right element to add some depth to a project. When you do, please exercise constraint. Anyone who has used Photoshop will know there is a drop shadow layer style. But knowing when to use a subtle shadow [...]

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Internet Explorer is not “The Internet”

There appears to be a wide demographic that still believes that Internet Explorer actually IS The Internet…

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Say What? Character Pronunciation

I came across an article that described the proper way to pronounce special characters and the reasons for knowing how to. This seemingly pointless topic seems less mundane if you have ever listened to a programmer trying to tell another what to type: “After line 120, put an open bracket,… no the squiggly bracket ({), [...]

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From Around the Web

This a quick post to showcase some sites that I ran across in the last few days that I though were worth mentioning. A post from Mark Pilgrim showing readers that it’s time to start using HTML5 form features now, they degrade nicely but allow modern browsers to rock the cat box. A Form of [...]

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