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Usability for Websites: An Overview and Cheatsheet

Laura Bracken, May 16th, 2018

Usability refers to the quality of a user's experience when interacting with products or systems, including websites, software, devices, or applications. Usability is about effectiveness, efficiency, and the overall satisfaction of the user. Read More

Search Engines – Can you see me now?

Jazmin Ely, November 15th, 2017

It seems that everyone in the digital industry does a duck and cover when any major platform announces an algorithm update. Which has led many to “gaming the system” through keyword stuffing websites, content, and links that search engines deem as spammy, manipulative, or overdone. Ultimately, it backfires with decreased organic rank and search traffic on most search engines and social platforms. Fear not my friends, if you weren’t gaming the system before, you shouldn’t worry on if your site will get knocked from its regular organic rank. But if you are utilizing outdated techniques, your site may still be penalized. Search engines are relying more and more on key phrases, regular engagement on your site, and relevant content. Keep your site updated with these three tried and tested techniques. Read More

ADA Compliance: Stay within the Law

Laura Bracken, June 13th, 2017

ADA website compliance is real.  If you haven't heard of ADA website compliance before, your small business could be facing big trouble in the very near future.  The Americans with Disabilities Act, known as ADA for short, requires businesses to ensure that all their customers have access to the same services, regardless of their physical limitations. Read More

Advanced search forms with Bolt CMS

Will Hall, November 9th, 2016

While developing a site with Bolt, it's possible you'll run into a situation where Bolt's built-in search functions don't go far enough. For example: product search or other multi-faceted searches. Read More

Adding a customizable shopping cart to Bolt CMS

Will Hall, October 28th, 2016

One of the best things about the Bolt CMS for PHP is that it enables you to use MVC patterns to add custom functionality to your sites. In this guide, I'll show you how to use Bolt's "local extension" system to create your own customized cart. Read More