As we strive to stay true to our promise of creating High Performance Websites, we’ve been running optimization test on the layouts and content of various pages of our client’s websites including jacuzzihottubs.com. One such test (outlined below) involved Jacuzzi’s request a quote page, in which we tested the page’s content and design in an effort to increase conversions (and revenue & ROI along the way).
From fashion to plumbing, a few of our client’s Facebook pages (along with our own) got a fresh new look in the form of custom welcome pages, which make a great first impression on non-fans & are vital tools for boosting Likes & supporting organizational goals.
I got to go on a lovely vacation at the start of this month. So of course that meant it was time for WordPress to release their new v3.2, and 3.2.1 after that, while I was away. The new v3.2 actually brought with it a nice back-end UI cleanup, courtesy of @darylkoop (I think) – check a preview of that after the jump – but it also brought an update to the Minimum System Requirements for running the latest version: PHP version 5.2.4 or higher and MySQL version 5.0 or higher. Be sure to check this first before upgrading, or else you will repeat my mistake, and find yourself greeted by a “Your server is running PHP version [not 5.2.4] but WordPress 3.2.1 requires at least 5.2.4.” white screen of death. READ MORE
Mozilla, the company behind the popular (and my personal favorite) web browser Firefox recently announced the launch of a new tool aimed at replacing all of your usernames and passwords online. As a user of the streamlined sign up technology BrowserID, you confirm your email address once and are free to sign into any website that uses BrowserID in just 2 clicks. It’s hoped this decentralized identity system will replace the current authentication process based on site specific usernames and passwords. Even if you use the same U/P for most of the sites you visit, BrowserID will benefit you by eliminating the need to go through the annoying registration process for any new sites you join.
Over the past few days I’ve been getting more and more Google+ notifications in my inbox from friends adding me into their circles, so it was no surprise when I read this morning that there may be 20 million Google+ users by the weekend, which according to some estimates, comes close to equaling Facebook’s rapid expansion at it’s peak in 2009 when they were adding nearly 1 million new users a day. For the record, Google+ launched on June 28th. READ MORE
The true art of a letter was not as easy as opening up a computer program and typing on a keyboard. This documentary promises to be a great reminder of the origin of type in design. More about Typeface the movie here.
Google plus is currently in beta launch, but I have not stepped on any bugs yet. It very much resembles this social network you might have heard about called Facebook. Thanks to my buddies Bret & Scott Crosby for inviting me into the launch of Google Plus. Bret & Scott created another thing you might of heard about call Google Analytics. The cool thing plus has to offer are their Circles, not only do you have friends now but you can set up circles and post and share info to only those exclusive circles. So I hope Google Plus launches live soon because it has a lot of nice features that Facebook is lacking.