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Site Builder or Web Designer

We live in a time where it’s easier than ever to get your brand online. Pre-built website builders are commonplace, and you don’t need to be a master coder to get your message in front of millions of eyes. With options like Squarespace and Wix available, why should you still consider a professional website designer?
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JPG vs PNG – Which to use?

In terms of content, images are king. Don’t get me wrong, text is great. Well written copy has the ability to engage readers and provoke meaningful discussions. However, for the more visual among us, a picture is truly worth a thousand words. This adds some unique problems for web content. Images are often the first impression that a potential viewer has to your content; it can be the difference between a conversion and a bounce. This can be especially important for mobile content where connections are generally slower and users are loathe to waste precious data.

Beyond style and composition, correct use of format in images is critical to reducing page load times and promoting site engagement. But with all of the file formats available, how do you choose which one to use in a given context? The goal here will be to give the best possible image quality in the least possible space. But how do you decide which format to use? Here are 2 of some of the most common image formats used in web and the best cases for each:
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Our 1and1 Nightmare, A Bad Registrar Can Ruin Your Day

I had to write a post about this.  We do our best to protect our clients and make sure their sites remain online at all times.  As web designers we work with many different domain registrars.  These are the companies you use to register a domain name.  Most also provide web hosting services but it’s by no means required to use them (in many cases we don’t suggest it).  GoDaddy has become the largest and most recognizable name in this industry.  We personally like to use Namecheap internally, but there are many other decent providers.

Some are good, some are bad, and some just get the job done.  Then there is 1and1.  We cringe when we hear that a client uses 1and1’s registrar because we know it’s going to be an uphill battle to push servers live, do migrations, set up a CDN, or change even simple DNS A records.
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Why Did We Start Using Bitcoin?

The short answer? It’s useful and we believe in its future.
Additionally, I feel we can help other businesses realize its potential and help them use and accept it. Read on and I’ll expound:

I’ve gotten a mix of reactions from the bitcoin slider and page on the website. The majority of the public has at least heard or read about it in the media and the questions I receive usually reflect this level of familiarity. So the first questions I get are usually “What is it?” and “How does it work?”. Unfortunately, we’ve left the details sparse up until recently.
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Google Font Combinations for Your Website

It’s no secret that a great font combination can go a long way to make your website stand out from the crowd. Since 2010, Google Fonts has teamed up with Adobe Typekit to create the next generation of web fonts. Gone are the days when Arial and Times ruled the world. Now there’s hundreds of fine fonts to choose from that will work in almost every browser!

But, with this kind of selection, where should you start? Through a lot of trial and error, we’ve come up with some killer combinations that have worked great with some of our projects.

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