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Getting real-time shipping cost for your shopping cart
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Getting real-time U.S. and international shipping rates from UPS®, USPS®, and FedEx® is very important to any eCommerce websites charging shipping. There are different ways to do it: Integrate individually with each of the big shipping companies, Integrate with a 3rd party business which specialize in shipment, or use a platform that does it all for you. There are pros and cos to each option. The easiest way is via a comprehensive platform like BigCommerce. They handle important tasks such...

Is your website neglected during the Summer?
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Websites tend to be neglected during the Summer. Content is not updated as it should be because staff are on vacation. Perhaps business slows down during that time. Whatever the reason is, make it a goal this Summer to not neglect your website and/or your online marketing efforts. In our industry, we see 2 seasons: The busy times September through April and the slow season  May through August. Keeping your website relevant during the Summer time shows to your clients that you are in business...

Can a website have too many colors?
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The answer is a big YES! We all love rainbows but this does not mean it is a good option for your website. Having too many colors in the design of your website is simply overwhelming to the senses. It can also make the site look busy, disorganized, unfocused, and childish. If this is not the feeling you hope to give your visitors, stay away from having too many colors. Our recommendations is simple. If you are going to use lots of photos, we suggest you keep the site white or have a light col...

Serif fonts is back in popularity
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For the past few years, the tendency has been to use sans serif fonts on websites (sans serif are straight line font styles). The reasons were simple and valid: They were easier to read on a computer monitor and most were web safe (meaning compatible with most computers or devices). Because of those points, designers have been avoiding the use of serif fonts when adding text to web pages until now. Serif fonts are fancier style lettering often classified into one of four subgroups: old style,...

My contact form no longer works. What should I do?
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Yes, it happens from time to time which is why we recommend to our clients that they check their contact forms once a month. Here is a quick tip: Set-up a reminder every 1st of every calendar month to send yourself a message from your website contact form. It takes less than one minute. Why a contact form may stop working: - The code of the form is several years old and now deprecated by Internet standards. Think of your website as a home; it will need maintenance at some point. - Your ...

Is paying for a copy writer worth the money?
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The one thing that ALWAYS delays the launch of a new website is the textual content also known as copy writing. In most cases, a business owner will pay a web development company like ours to design their website but he or she will take care of writing the textual content for each page. This sounds like a great plan but most people do not realize how time consuming creating optimized marketing content for a website can be. This is...

Cannabis eCommerce Websites
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Today is 04-20-18 and the 420 festival is happening this weekend. This is an annual event celebrating cannabis at the San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. For those who are in the industry of the sale of legal marijuana, it is an opportunity to assess the  market and the positioning of their business. We, at Business Website Center, are a well established professional website development company working with clients in all sorts of industries from banks to manufacturers and, ...

What is Section 508?
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Yes, today we write another article about ADA compliance for websites as new regulations recently came up that will most likely affect your website and its compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (also known as ADA). Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d) is a federal law that requires federal agencies to provide those with disabilities equal access to electronic data and information to those with no disabilities. This of course includes websites of such agencies ...

Timed response on web pages and what it means for ADA compliance
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Online ADA compliance is going to become more and more complex as time passes. This year, we have seen the most changes in terms of coding and visual requirements and the legal aspect for websites belonging to government agencies. Under Section 508 Standards (which governs the technical requirements to be ADA compliant online), there are the Web-based Intranet and Internet Information and Applications (1194.22). It reads "When a timed response is required, the user shall be alerted and given suf...

Alternative Text for Images and Website ADA Compliance
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website design

Images coded for the web have four standard elements: The actual image file name, the styling (example borders created with CSS coding), the title tag (which is the mouse over text you see when hovering over an image), and the alt tag. Alt stands for alternative. In the "old days", it was used to show text when an image was not able to display. This happened a lot during the dial up Internet phase when connections were very slow. Now, this tag is often used for search engine optimization. It is ...

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