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WCAG 2.0 Checklist

An accessible website is important for any website, but especially for higher education driven websites. 508 is equally important, but this article covers WCAG 2.0 specifically. The WCAG 2.0 checklist is a great place to start. There are three levels: A (beginner), AA (Intermediate) most colleges abide by this level, and AAA (Advanced) At [...]

By | December 13th, 2017|Categories: Web Development|Tags: , |0 Comments

Managing a Website Redesign: Overcoming 3 Common Problems

The moment has arrived. Your website needs an overhaul. There’s a great deal at stake and if you’ve never gone through the process, it can be overwhelming. However, if you take the right approach, it isn’t that painful. Done right, it can even be exhilarating. Either way, there are sure to be surprises. Nobody likes [...]

By | December 6th, 2017|Categories: Web Development|Tags: , |0 Comments

Sean Connery’s 5 Design Elements That Make Sites Look Outdated

How do you know when your website looks outdated and needs a refresh? When your engagement metrics slide, that’s a pretty good indicator. Sometimes, it’s even more obvious than that. Such is the case with the website of a well-known celebrity. It’s the perfect example of a digital public face in dire need of cosmetic [...]

By | November 29th, 2017|Categories: Creative Design|Tags: |Comments Off on Sean Connery’s 5 Design Elements That Make Sites Look Outdated

How To Remove Aria-Described By if Dots are Disabled in Slick Slider

Need to remove the aria-described by tag if no control dots are needed? Try this: This allows Slick Slider to pass accessibility testing. Change “.slide-title” to your respective class name. $('.slide-title').each(function () {    var $slide = $(this).parent();        if ($slide.attr('aria-describedby') != undefined) { // ignore extra/cloned slides        $(this).attr('id', $slide.attr('aria-describedby'));    }}); Sources: https://github.com/kenwheeler/slick/issues/2020

By | November 16th, 2017|Categories: Web Development|Tags: , , |Comments Off on How To Remove Aria-Described By if Dots are Disabled in Slick Slider

These Digital Marketing Tips Can Jump-Start your School’s Enrollment

In a recent survey, 51% of those between the ages of 18 and 29 said they could not imagine living without a smartphone. In a separate survey, 78% or high school students said that websites influence their perception of a school. This accentuates the changing landscape and hints toward the future of marketing in the [...]

By | November 15th, 2017|Categories: Digital Marketing, Higher Education|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on These Digital Marketing Tips Can Jump-Start your School’s Enrollment

Surveys: Get the Right Input for your Redesign

The success of your redesign depends upon how thoroughly you understand your audience.  Your results are only as good as your preliminary research. Before you begin, ask the experts – the end users. Getting the right input may be the most important part of the redesign process. Know Your User(s) Many organizations have several audiences. [...]

By | November 9th, 2017|Categories: Higher Education, Web Development|Tags: , |Comments Off on Surveys: Get the Right Input for your Redesign
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