Optimizing Websites for Mobile

By the end of 2016, mobile (tablets and phones) overtook desktop as the primary way to access websites globally. In selected industries, over 80% of all web traffic comes from mobile devices. Today, more people search on mobile phones than computers. Half of the world’s population now has a mobile subscription. An additional one billion … Continued

How to Improve Website Accessibility by Adding ALT-Tags to Images in WordPress

Many people with disabilities use assistive technology that enables them to use computers. These might be external devices or programs such as screen readers, refreshable Braille displays, text enlargement software, and voice control software. Poorly designed websites can create unnecessary barriers for people with disabilities. ADA accessible website design recognizes these differences and does not … Continued

Website Requirements for People with Disabilities

Does your website meet ADA regulations? Could you be at risk of a fine? Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that businesses and nonprofit services providers make accessibility accommodations to enable the individuals with disabilities to access the same services as clients who are not disabled. While websites, apps, and electronic … Continued

Introducing “Share the Good” – Our Referral Program that Gives Back

Since our founding in 1905, Thomson Printing has experienced tremendous growth through word-of-mouth referrals, resulting in the company’s expansion to Giant Hat web development and Hey There digital marketing. Continuing on that tradition, we set out to find a way for these referrals to make an even bigger impact not only on our company, but … Continued

How to Add Email Greeting/Salutation to WooCommerce New Account Email

Let’s face it. Most default email templates for WooCommerce are hideous. Yes, indeed, you can customize them in the settings. We needed a simple change to add a proper salutation to the email because we’re proper like that. Dear Reid, Thank you for creating an account on … … and so on Turns out, it’s … Continued

How to Handle a Paternity Leave in a Startup

Introduction Do you own a startup or small business? Do you have kids or are you preparing to have a baby? As men, it’s tempting to tell ourselves that it’s OK to only take a few days off following the birth of a child. You’re not running a Fortune 500 company with paid paternity leave, … Continued

The Development Behind Invisible Girlfriend

In the first version of Invisible Girlfriend, you could have multiple girlfriends. I had actual methods in the code named “elope,” and “divorce” to manage the intricacies of your desired relationship(s), but even at this point I called them “Partners” because I knew there were plans for the Invisible Boyfriend side (which I was also … Continued

A Software Development Decision Matrix

I think a lot about how early-stage businesses and startups should decide to either develop website and applications in-house, contract a programmer, or contract a software developer. Frankly, as the owner of a software consultancy, this is practically all I think about. I’ve recently been trying to formulate a simple matrix to help people make … Continued

Using the Whenever Gem in Your Rails App

There comes a point in every young Rails developer’s career when she has to schedule a task to run periodically in her app. You can do this by hand in the crontab in the server, but the syntax is a little complicated. The Whenever gem is a wonderful gem that allows you to schedule your … Continued

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