In November of 2018, I wrote in my newsletter about the Contract For the Web, an initiative started by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and the World Wide Web Foundation. This project is intended to “bring governments, companies and citizens together around a shared set of commitments to build a better web.”With our collective online experience being degraded every day, there is precious little opportunity for ordinary people to speak up for a World Wide Web that meets their needs. This is an opportunity … [Read more...] about What will you commit to?
As I write this, I've just released the 190th consecutive weekly edition of the Webdancers Newsletter. I don’t think I’ve skipped a week since May of 2015, although I’ll admit that I didn’t check the archives closely enough to verify this. Let’s just say that I’ve been doing this for a while now and it seems like a good time to review. Who is this newsletter for? Primarily, people who own and operate websites. Most website owners are occupied by running their business or organization, not … [Read more...] about What in the world is the Webdancers Newsletter?
I don't know why it took a year and a half for WordPress.tv to post this video of Chris Lema's keynote at WordCamp Sacramento 2017. I'm just glad they did, because he provides some great insight into communicating with different types of people you'll encounter through your marketing materials, on your website, in proposals, even in person. Without adapting your message to these people, you may unintentionally be causing them stress. And stressed people rarely click the "buy" button.Chris' … [Read more...] about Communicate without creating stress
The Domain Name System (DNS) is like the ancient boiler in the building basement. Everyone knows it does something important but only the building Super ought to mess with it.Still, there are things that every website owner should know about DNS. The first is the difference between DNS and domain registration. Domain registration is the process by which you reserve a domain name (like webdancers.com) for your own use. DNS is the system for directing requests for that domain name to the … [Read more...] about What little you need to know about DNS
No website is an island (with apologies to John Donne). Even the most basic informational site may have good reason to share data with other applications. When a visitor adds their address to your mailing list or pays for a purchase in your online store, the “inter” part of the internet allows it to happen.You don’t need to know how to program these connections but it’s worth understanding the basics of how your site communicates with outside services.Computer programs communicate with … [Read more...] about How your website shares data
For the past several years, I’ve been following Chris Brogan’s practice of coming up with three guiding words for the coming year. Chris wrote a post about his 3 words for 2018 but here’s the basic idea: Pick any three words that will guide you in the choices you intend to make for the new year. They should be words that let you challenge yourself as to motives and decisions. They should be words that help you guide your actions.The idea behind there being three words (and not five or seven … [Read more...] about Three Words for 2019