Posts Tagged ‘mobile websites’

Weekly Tech Roundup for October 14, 2011

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Weekly Tech Roundup

This week’s Tech Roundup includes speeding up your DNS, mobile development charts, and a sneak peek at WordPress 3.3.

Speed Up Your Web Browsing in a Few Clicks: A Brief Introduction to DNS – This is a handy little tool. My results showed the fastest DNS servers for me are the Google servers, which I already use. Good to know I’m already set!

Stripe – This is very interesting to me. It’s a payment system that does not require a merchant account or gateway. As far as I know, it’s the only one that allows direct credit card processing on your website without them. For those that don’t know, merchant accounts are expensive, particularly if you don’t process a lot of transactions (which is why a lot of businesses go with PayPal and Google Checkout for online purchasing). If you’re a developer, especially dealing with ecommerce, you need to check this out!

Mobile HTML5 comparison chart and Mobile Frameworks Comparison Chart – Developing mobile websites? Unless you have this stuff memorized, you need these charts to keep up with what is supported where when it comes to mobile.

A Look Inside WordPress 3.3 – A sneak peek at the upcoming version of WordPress. I think I’m most excited for the new media uploader and the admin tool tips.

The developer’s guide to browser adoption rates – This article has some cool charts illustrating the rate of new browser adoption (within a browser brand – so Firefox users upgrading to the newest version of Firefox, for example). What is most interesting (but not that surprising to me) is that Chrome and Opera seem to have the fastest adoption rate, with Safari and Internet Explorer having the slowest. If you make websites this is very important information to keep track of – of course, in addition to what your site’s users are actually browsing with.

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Weekly Small Business Roundup – September 30, 2011

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Weekly Small Business Roundup

Can you believe it’s the end of September already? Enjoy the first days of autumn with this week’s Small Business Roundup including Google Analytics tips, getting paid on time, QR codes, and writer’s block.

The Stupid Things You Do at Work (and How to Fix Them) – Five very true things we all do, including procrastination, excessive pride, and psyching yourself out. I know I’ve done all of these at one time or another.

7 Ways Google Analytics Will Improve Your Small Business Website – A great article if you’re still on the fence about using Google Analytics to monitor your website traffic or if you have it set up and don’t know what to do with it.

How Can I Protect Against Late Payers and Get Paid Faster? – Quick video (1:42) with excellent ideas and policy tips to make sure you get paid – and on time.

Few Consumers Are Cracking The QR Code – It does seem like we’re seeing more and more QR codes in ads and around town – but apparently not many are using them. If you are looking to incorporate QR codes into your marketing, consider your audience. Are they likely to use them or even know what they are?

How People Learn About Local Communities: 5 Takeaways – If you needed more proof for why you need a website. This is it! These are impressive numbers, showing just how much of the population is using the Internet. Particularly if you have a local business and want that competitive edge, a website and a mobile app or website are a must!

Talker’s block – Or, how to get over writer’s block. Funny and true: no one gets talker’s block. Really great suggestions on how to get started or keep writing. All the small business folks out there that think they can’t write or don’t have time, this is for you.

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Tech news is up later. Have a great weekend!

Weekly Small Business Roundup – May 6, 2011

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Weekly Small Business Roundup

I read a lot of blogs. I subscribe to a lot more blogs than I have time to read. Sound familiar? If you're like me, you don't have time to read everything you want (if you do, please tell me your secret). In an effort to reduce the chaos of life, I do two weekly article roundups: one for small business things and one for technical things.

Here's a roundup of the most interesting small business articles I found this week. Enjoy!

How To Clean Up Your Business – Eight great tips on Spring cleaning your business. Interesting approaches including 3-day planning instead of a daily to-do list. This is hugely telling:

When she mapped out how she was spending her time, she found she was devoting about 10 hours each week to administrative tasks. At her hourly rate of $100, she estimates she lost approximately $10,000 by trying to do everything herself. After that realization, Marquet hired a bookkeeper, writer and website designer, who cost one-forth of the revenue she would have lost if she had handled the tasks herself.

Do you have any tasks you can use ar web person for instead of doing it yourself? Check out my Spring Clean Special!

Should You Advertise on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? – A quick overview of each social site’s advertising options. This article is a good place to start if you’re thinking about placing ads on any of these sites. Another article specific to Twitter ads: Twitter: A Marketing Has-Been That Never Was.

Parts of your brain could be sleeping right now – Your body is smart, you should listen to it. I know many people think “sleep is for the weak” but it’s really important. I work my brain hard all day and I get to a point (usually based on how much sleep I got the night before) where my brain just stops. It won’t “go” anymore. Sometimes I try to push past it but quality suffers and I don’t want my health to suffer too.

How To Set Up A Foursquare Special – Excellent step-by-step tutorial on creating a Foursquare special. If you’re not familiar with Foursquare, it’s a fun way to interact with your customers and give loyalty discounts. Learn more about Foursquare.

Google Research Shows How People Use Smartphones to Help Them Buy Stuff – The research shows more people use mobile websites than mobile apps. There are very interesting stats in this article, indicating you’re missing out big time if you don’t have a mobile-friendly website. Some key figures:

  • “89% of smartphone owners use them on a daily basis”
  • “more people (81%) said they browse the Web on their device than said they use native applications (68%)”
  • “nearly 80% said they use their phones for shopping and shopping-related activities and 70% use their phones in stores”

Contact me if you want to discuss mobile website possibilities.

Tech Roundup coming next. Have a great weekend!

Weekly Tech Roundup – April 15, 2011

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Weekly Tech Roundup

I read a lot of blogs. I subscribe to a lot more blogs than I have time to read. Sound familiar? If you're like me, you don't have time to read everything you want (if you do, please tell me your secret). In an effort to reduce the chaos of life, I do two weekly article roundups: one for technical things and one for small business things.

Here's a roundup of the most interesting tech articles I found this week. Enjoy!

Net neutrality: End of the Web as we know it? – What is net neutrality and what does it mean for your small business? Don’t think it won’t affect you. This article explains it all in Geek -> English terms. I’ve always been a strong supporter of net neutrality. It allows the little guys to compete with the big guys (and sometimes even win). The point is, it gives everyone a fair shot.

How (and Why) to Set Up a Secondary Browser Optimized for Slow Internet Connections – This article got me to install Opera on my laptop. (I usually use Chrome for slow connections.) It will be an interesting experiment. I think we all have times when we are on a slow internet connection – whether it’s at a coffee shop or a hotel. What tips do you have for staying productive with slow Internet access?

Lessons from mobile web design – Some great ideas and tips for mobile web design (not apps). A good mobile site is simple while still being useful, has less content than its traditional version, and is task oriented. For example, if you go to your airline’s website on your mobile, do you want to wade through all the specials and ads for the best deal to Hawaii or do you just want to check flight status or check in for your flight? Mobile sites are best when stripped down to just what you need, but that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice good looks. Clean and simple can still look amazing.

Freelancers Face-off: Designer vs Developer – A fascinating Q&A with several designers & developers about their roles in website creation, how they are each perceived, who has the harder job, etc. Really long, but you can easily skim and read the parts of interest to you.

Is Your Business Prepared for Online Growth? – A huge traffic spike to our website: a problem we’d all like to have, right? But will your system hold up if it does happen? According to the report referenced in the article, most (73%) SMBs would be unable to handle a doubling of their website traffic. There are several fascinating statistics that seem to indicate cost, rather than performance, is the greater factor for most companies when setting up their hosting. Some providers, like Gandi and Amazon, offer the ability to increase your performance on demand. Something to think about – what’s your plan if you had this happen?

I’ll be at WordCamp Seattle tomorrow. I’ll have a report next week if I learn anything interesting.

Have a great weekend!