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Fix Mobile Usability  - Google Webmaster ToolsGoogle Webmaster Tools is starting to send notices to website owners  –  “Fix Mobile Usability Issue Found”.  This notice is letting you know that your website has some or all of your pages out of compliance for mobile usage.  These notice’s are coming at the heels of an announced algorithm change that will happen on April 21st.  Zinib from Google say’s that 50% of all searches are done on mobile devices.  They also said that these new updates will effect websites more that both Panda and Penguin.  The bottom line is, you site will not rank on the new algorithms when searched on mobile devices and you will see a drop in traffic to your website!

If you have received this letter and you are serious about maintaining a productive website, you should consider talking to your web developer or finding a new one that is capable of designing a mobile friendly website.  Even if your web site has been built in the last 2 years and your web designer was still using old school methods,  your website may not be in compliance.  You can check this by going to you Google webmaster tools – Search Traffic – Mobile Usability and they will give a list of pages that are not mobile friendly.  Your web developer can also help you with this as well.

With HTML 5 and CSS3, the consortium introduced a complete new set of parameters targeting mobile usage.  We can now set different design views for different screen sizes.  Designer must now be more diligent on whether they choose size parameters in pixels or percents.

 

Trusting ReviewsI’ve always questioned what I read when it came to trusting review.  There is always someone with a chip on their shoulder about a product. On the other hand,  there are those who place false review on the behalf of the product, but I’ve never questioned those from 3rd party reviews. Continue reading

What are 5 things I can do make your website better.

5 Ways to Make Your Website BetterWith the introduction of HTML 5 and CSS3 in October of 2014 and the focus of content by the search engines such as Google and Bing,  it has never been more important than it is in today’s internet environment to have your website error free and for each page to meet search engine criteria.

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Table Tags HTMLI’m amazed how many websites are still styled with table tags. Table tags are easy to recognize, just take a peek under the hood at the HTML coding for the site. You will see an abundant usage of <tr> and <td> tags throughout the website. From the front side, the design of the site may look outdated and the body is  narrower, around 600 pixels, whereas 1000 pixels on most sites you see today.

Table tags where first introduced in 1993 by Dave Raggett as a proposed mark-up for layout design consisting of rows and columns, much like an Excel spreadsheet, and with that HTML 3.0 was born.

The style is easy to learn and many novice designers still use this technique today. However, table tags still have its place in the modern websites, but not as a design factor. Anytime you need a spreadsheet to display a list or need to display anything in a form, tables are your answer but should be avoided as your base for designing your website.

CSS stylesheets were introduced at the same time as a means to style the tables. They could be internal – meaning that the coding is place in the page itself or externally – meaning the code had its own page such as style.css and could be shared by many different HTML pages that needed similar design features. External stylesheets created a faster a more efficient website.

In 1997 HTML 4.0 and CSS2 was launched and the W3C recommended that table should no longer be used as a primary source of design. Table design should be replaced with a block element design that can be ‘floated’ on the page using a <div> element which we still use today.

In 2013 HTML 5.0 and CSS3 was launched to meet the need of mobile usage and the need to simplify many commonly used CSS attributes as well as introduce some new attributes.