In the last few months I’ve been doing a lot of research on how blind users use webpages using screenreaders, including spending a lot of time blindfolded and using these for myself. I discovered a few things, and found that a lot of what I thought was true, were actually myths. Continue reading Don’t do “skip to content” links wrong
I bet you’re bored to death of hearing about the alt tag, and how important and magical it is. Continue reading Are you supplying unnecessary alt text?
EDIT – March 21 2015 – This article is really old now, so please take what it says with a pinch of salt!
One of the questions I’ve often been asked about SEO is this:
“Does the wording we put in image Alt text get used in Google’s rankings?”
The answer to this question seems to have changed over the years, where first it seemed to be a really popular place for web developers to sneak in a few additional SEO keywords into their page. Continue reading Does image Alt text get used in Google’s rankings?
Or should you? In my last article I highlighted the dangers of using stock photography when I saw a photo I’d uploaded to a client’s website on TV. I’ve had to search stock photography websites many times for clients, and I’ve seen the same faces popping up time and time again all over the place (and all over the world in some cases!): on websites, billboards, posters, leaflets and packaging designs. Continue reading Stock images that have been done to death
I’m a frontend web developer. My job is to turn a web designer’s creative layouts and mockups into working HTML & CSS webpages to the best of my ability.
This is the story of how I ended up uploading a fictional criminal to the homepage of a client website without even knowing! Continue reading That time I uploaded a fictional criminal to a client’s website
As pay per click has become a more and more competitive marketplace and companies have cottoned on to the fact that it’s worth investing in SEO as a longer-term marketing strategy, a lot of companies have been making a lot of money out of SEO. Continue reading 8 lies your SEO company is telling you
Edit – This article was written a long time ago now, and best-practice has actually now changed. The investigation in this article finds that hyphens in a domain name have a negative effect, wheras Google has since recommended their use to help identify spaces between words.
You might have seen Silktide’s SEO challenge, where three intrepid developers battled to get their website the highest in Google’s rankings for the obscure term: ‘frictionless owls’
Here’s the order they came when we finished the challenge:
- frictionlessowls.com – My site had content rich with relevant keywords.
- www.frictionlessowls.co.uk – Ali’s site had a few pages of unique content.
- frictionless-owls.com – Oliver’s site with machine-generated nonsensical content.
Have you ever wondered where certain internet-related words come from and why we use them? Like why is spam called spam? And what’s with the term ‘radio’ button – where did that name come from? We’ve put together a list of 10 words and explained their origins, so you can be the ultimate web geek in your office. Continue reading Trivia for geeks: where internet-related words come from
I’m ashamed to say that when I first started creating websites, I used HTML tables for layout. But that was a long time ago before I realised how bad they are for accessibility, and the problems they cause for disabled users. Continue reading Why you shouldn’t use tables for layout. Ever.