For those who remember the frustration of search in the early days of the Internet, times have greatly improved. In the arms race between deceptive websites and blatant attempts to game the search engines, the search engines have done an appreciably good job of keeping ahead of the curve. There is much talk of Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and many people have made a living on helping organizations improve their search. Most of these folks are well-intentioned and provide useful information, but be wary of those who would make SEO sound like magic.
Most if not all of our clients are concerned about making sure their sites are usable by as many people as possible. If you receive federal grant dollars, you are often required to make your site accessible. We work to make sure all sites we build are compliant with the US Department of Health and Human Services guidelines for website accessibility (Section 508).
Simple steps you can take to make your site accessible now are:
Donations provide essential financial support to most of our clients' organizations. Here are seven key tips for optimizing the stream of donations that come through your website.
DNS Registration? DNS Hosting, Web Hosting? What does it all mean? Find out here.
Lessons from the 2016 Nonprofit Technology & Communications Conference
We often hear from our clients that they have to fundraise to cover the costs of a new website or a website upgrade. At the recent Technology Conference organized by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, there was a panel speaking on this very topic. Here are the lessons we gleaned.
At Triangle Park, we are committed to a collaborative process in which your organization is clearly represented in your product. Over the years, we’ve found that the most successful projects are based in a good professional relationship, and a specific set of factors guarantees that type of relationship. This tip discusses good ways to interact with a designer to help get the most out of your investment.
Images for web and print have some overlapping requirements and some conflicting requirements. This primer covers some important basics that can help you during your work with us and with maintaining your website into the future.
Your website needs to look good, but it also needs to be accessible. For that reason, we are firm believers in the use of Web Standards such as CSS and xHTML when designing and developing websites.
When I first heard that writing for the web was different from other types of writing, I was skeptical. I assumed it meant dumbing down text and making it shorter.
Since then, I have discovered the work of Jakob Nielsen and have become a believer in thinking about writing with a new set of reading glasses.
accessibility: making Web content and services available and usable for people of all abilities and disabilities. Section 508 lists federal standards for accessibility.
aggregation, aggregated: when content from pages on a website is excerpted on a higher level page, leading the reader to the full article. Blogs often do this: the main blog page contains a short summary of many posts, each of which links to the full version of that post.
analytics: a tool for measuring the visitor traffic and effectiveness of a website.