Retina-Ready Website Design in Colorado Springs

Lately this is a term being thrown around a lot: Retina-ready websites. It gained in popularity once Apple announced its retina-ready screens on mobile devices and laptops. From the Apple website "When you pack so many pixels into a display — over 4 million on the 13‑inch model and over 5 million on the 15‑inch model — the results are positively stunning. The pixel density is so high, your eyes can’t discern individual pixels. Images take on a new level of realism. A spectacular 2560-by-1600 resolution on the 13‑inch MacBook Pro and an equally impressive 2880-by-1800 resolution on the 15‑inch MacBook Pro

What Are Responsive Designs?

Responsive design means designing websites that work well on mobile devices, including phones, tablets, and all smaller screens. We used to design primarily for mobile devices, creating one website with a desktop version, and one for a mobile device. But with the explosion of tablets like the iPad, mobile devices come in many sizes now, so responsive design is taking the place of a "phone version" of  your website. Sometimes clients tell me that their customers don't usually find them via a phone, but the reason might be that their website did not render well on a mobile device, so phone

How WordPress helps your search engine ranking

Wordpress has excellent search engine optimization tactics automatically built into its platform. It creates search engine-friendly URLs and headlines, allows you to easily manipulate image tags and descriptions, and provides great content organization so your site can be indexed quickly and efficiently. That's just a few things that Wordpress does well when it comes to search engines. Wordpress creates keyword-rich URL strings A URL string is the address at which that particular page resides. For instance, the URL string for this page is: http://blueskydesigns.blueskycolorado.net/2010/09/17/how-wordpress-helps-your-search-engine-ranking. You want your individual page URLS to be very keyword-rich. The search engines love that! You might have

How email works: the basics

Most people know how to use email but don't really understand how it works, so sometimes emails mysteriously disappear from the server and you're left scratching your head. Here's the basics of how emails work. Your email is hosted on an email server, which is separate from the server that hosts your website, in most cases. Your email server has a name for incoming mail and outgoing mail. For instance, it might look like this: Incoming: mail.yourdomainname.com Outgoing: mail.yourdomainname.com These are the settings you need to set up an email account in your email program, such as Outlook. You can have a POP account

Who should host my website?

I can't tell you how many times I've received phone calls from people who had a website but could no longer access it because they could not get a response out of their web designer. The top three problems usually are: The web company registered the domain name using their account and the business owner's name is no where on the domain registration. This is a real problem. Many web designers register a client's domain name on the client's behalf, but never put the client's name anywhere on the registration. This means the client has absolutely no control over the domain

Why do I need a content management system?

In the old days, most websites were static or straight HTML, meaning they were not dynamically driven. You had HTML pages all ending in .htm or .html and the content was mixed in with the programming code on every page, which left a lot of room for error when updating the page. Every time you had a change to a page, you had to make the change and upload that page to the server. And if someone else in your office needed to edit that same page, they needed to download the most recent copy of the page from the

5 ways to know your site needs a makeover

Your website may be outdated if: You can't update the content yourself These days, most everyone wants to be able to update their own website. I have heard so many horror stories from clients who could not get their webmaster to return their calls, much less update their site. Or when they did, it took three months before the update was made -- even simple text changes. A content management system (CMS) alleviates all those concerns. You're in charge of your own website. Another great thing about a CMS is that it keeps your content and your programming separated. The pages on your