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Beautifully crafted timelines that are easy, and intuitive to use.

Looking for a way to add a timeline to your site?

Timeline JS provides a robust solution to presenting time-based information.

It works best with a story arc, a narrative that leads the viewer through a connected plot. Adding small events that lead up to the main events help keep the flow of the story feeling natural and readable.

Timeline JS – Beautifully crafted timelines that are easy, and intuitive to use..

Welcome to Griswold Textile Print, Inc.

Griswold Textile Print, Inc. is a hand screened textile mill in Rhode Island. We are working with them on search optimization for their site to attract new clients. Many textile designers are unaware that the production facilities of an actual printed fabric mill are available to them. Griswold produces fabric for high end decorator showrooms and for artisans with their own shops and fabric lines.

We have updated their site, a cost-effective way to target new traffic. We have also added a blog to increase visibility and showcase textile designers working with Griswold Textile Print, Inc.

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Converting an Ancient Map for Use as Background

Istockphoto has more than just typical stock photos of business people at work. This ancient map was the perfect backdrop for a site but it needed a little polishing to work.

 

First, we needed to reduce the contrast and saturation to let the map fade into the background. A couple of the seafaring sirens needed to be photoshopped out and the colors were matched to a hue of the actual site.

Images load very slowly and site speed is important for Google approval so we created skinn strips of the map to run along the side, by viewing in every possible window size we could make sure we had a dimension that covered the white background on any size device.

10 Crucial Elements for Any Website Design | Design Shack

White Space

Modern design is becoming cleaner and simpler all the time.  Leaving empty space around elements is an important aspect of design for a clean, clear site.
Navigation – The user always needs to have clear indications of how to travel around your site.  The main navigation should look the same on every page and be in the same location for easy access.

About Us

Google analytics confirms that the About Us page receives a lot of attention from visitors.  Don’t leave out this critical information for visitors who really want to know who they are dealing with.

Contact

Curious people want to know where you are, these pages provide a consistent place for visitors to get directions and other contact info. Nobody likes searching for your contact info so hand it over on a platter – the contact page.

Call to Action

The latest buzzword for sites but what does it mean? In simple terms, it just means making sure that you define what it is you want the user to do and then help them achieve that action. If you are hoping they will call your business then ask them to do so and provide the phone number or an auto-call function. Many companies with online services have clear content leading to a big, bold “SIGNUP” or “TRY FOR FREE” type of Call to Action. Sophisticated businesses may have a less obvious action to encourage but still benefit from thinking out the process.

Read more…Design Shack Detailed Article

Posts are not like art but they do take time!

Writers Block – the curse of blogging! Sometimes sitting down to log into your WordPress Site to create a blog post can feel like an overwhelming task.  The pressure to create a masterpiece and then the realization that this one is a doodle at best feels unmotivating.  Storing great ideas for later can help overcome the problems of poor content ideas and writer’s block.

Shortcut to Creating Great Posts – The “Press This”

Often, while surfing the internet, you may come across information you would like to represent in your blog, but don’t want to focus on blogging at the moment. The Press This bookmarklet, a tiny bookmark button for your browser tab, is an easy way to add content to your blog. For WordPress users, this handy shortcut helps you create posts immediately. Go to the Admin Dashboard/Settings/Writing and locate the small, gray Press This button”.  By dragging the little Press This button onto your browser’s bookmark, or tab area, you can use it whenever you see material you’d like to post. It will automatically sign into your blog and open the “New Post” window. But it does a lot more than that!

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Grab Some Text from a Site

Just highlight the text that interests you and then click Press This from your browser bookmark or favorites tab.  The post will appear in a new window ready for editing with the highlighted text and a nice link to the original site.  (You may need to sign in to your WordPress Admin )[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][message type=”info”]This is a great way to store interesting posts for later.  Just Press This the info you want and then rather than PUBLISH just save as DRAFT.  Edit it later when you are ready to complete.[/message]

Grab an Image from a Site

Having already hit Press This you are looking at a fresh blog post.  Select the picture frame from above the editing box and all the image options from the article will be available for adding to your post.  If you are not sure about image use and copyrights then Google “Fair Use and Copyright Issues” or other appropriate search terms for guidance on when it is acceptable to duplicate material. Tin Eye is a great resource for tracking images online including your own.  IStockPhoto (paid) and Unsplash (free) are good sources for high-level stock photos should you need them to illustrate your post.

Grab a Link

While on the site of interest just click Press This and you’ll get a post with a link only.  Publish in simple form or save as a draft for later.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

Good User Interface for Internet Marketing

Good user interface is an art.  Creating an effective and rich message that is also clear and concise will enhance your visitors experience and facilitate completion of Calls-to-Action.  This interactive and visual site gives beautiful examples of how to arrange and deliver your message for optimal conversion and minimal frustration.

Here is the site GoodUI.

We would be happy to implement any of these ideas for your site. When I am thinking about a new page I often visit this site to help simplify exactly what it is I want to accomplish and what are some ways to do so.

By the way this large screen, scrollable content is becoming very popular for sites like this one that delivers a whopping amount of information that is very focused.  It provides a great format for holding attention and minimizing distractions.  While first-time visitors may find the experience unique and informative multi-time visitors can get frustrated by a long forced scroll. Anchoring each segment with an easy way to navigate makes it work very well.

This format can also be used for complex sites but the effect of a “one page” site on search visibility is probably pretty negative.