Video game customer service: How to cater to your players

Designing, developing and publishing your own game is a lot of work. You invest time into the game’s story, mechanics, gameplay, artwork, marketing and so much more. But publishing your game is not the end of the game production cycle. In order to effectively cater to and interact with your players during …

6 back-to-school email campaign success stories

School supplies, fresh outfits and the perfect backpack are just a few of the must-have components driving big back-to-school sales results every year. In fact, 2017 predicted $27 billion in sales for this consumer category, reinforcing the truth that no good business can afford to sit this season out. While mass-merchant …

4 ways to show employee appreciation this Labor Day

Labor Day is a public holiday honoring the U.S. and Canadian workforce — which naturally, we celebrate by taking the day off work. Companies will recognize Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. While most employees will spend this three-day weekend relaxing with their family and friends, organizations should welcome this …

11 steps to get your online store ready for 2018 holiday sales

Holiday sales can be the most lucrative for many business owners, especially if you run an online store. In fact, according to a variety of statistics, in 2018, holiday shopping via eCommerce is projected to increase 15.3 percent compared to the previous year. But, if you want to make sure …

7 elements of a persuasive pet care supplies product page

You’ve been able to attract traffic to your pet care supplies site, probably through marketing and advertising. But your job isn’t done yet. Once a visitor gets to your pet care supplies product page, you still have to convince them that your product is worth buying. Fortunately, as a pet …

14 project estimate mistakes that freelancers make (and how to fix them)

Whether it’s by email, by phone or through your website, it’s exciting when someone new reaches out to inquire about working with you on a new project — even more so when the project sounds interesting. Often, designers and developers get overly ambitious at this stage and rush into creating …

Google Chrome 68 introduces HTTPS as the new security must-have

UPDATE — JULY 24, 2018: Today Google began rolling out Chrome 68. Now, Google’s browser will display a “Not Secure” warning next to the website in the address bar if the site is not secured with HTTPS. Attention all website owners, from businesses to blogs! This is a last call to …

Speed Up Your WordPress Website with YOOtheme Pro

This article was created in partnership with YOOtheme. Thank you for supporting the partners who make SitePoint possible. Starting July 2018, Google started ranking their mobile search results according to mobile page speed. This makes PageSpeed optimization even more important than before. Fortunately, there are tools that can help you …

8 great productivity tools for web designers and developers

Why are productivity tools so important to a web professional? The daily grind of working as a web pro comes with many responsibilities that can cause burnout if not managed properly. Sure, while we get to escape from an office desk and work from home or a coffee shop any time …

20 features to look for in an eCommerce website builder

You’ve discovered or created a great product. You know there’s market interest. You’re stocked up and ready to sell. There’s only one problem — you don’t know how to find the right eCommerce website builder to bring your business online. Selling products online can be extremely lucrative as you can …

A Practical Guide to CSS Variables (Custom Properties)

Preprocessors like Sass and Less certainly help to keep your CSS codebase organized and maintainable. Features like variables, mixins, loops, etc. — by adding dynamic capabilities to CSS coding — contribute to minimize repetition and speed up your development time. In recent years, a few dynamic features have started to …

How to coordinate your remote workforce using webinar technology

In this day and age, even a smaller business can have a workforce spread out over various parts of the world. While there are plenty of ways to coordinate your efforts in that situation, nothing beats webinar technology. A key factor in the popularity of webinar technology is it provides …

Working with a graphic designer: How to effectively communicate your ideas

So, you have a project with a looming due date hanging over your head and you know you can’t do it alone. Working with a graphic designer will take care of all the custom design work you need to complete your project. Finding the right graphic designer is the tricky …

How to Create Printer-friendly Pages with CSS

In this article, we review the art of creating printer-friendly web pages with CSS. “Who prints web pages?” I hear you cry! Relatively few pages will ever be reproduced on paper. But consider: printing travel or concert tickets reproducing route directions or timetables saving a PDF for offline reading accessing …

How to create back-to-school guides to drive traffic to your blog or website

What’s the key to making more sales with an online business or blog? Getting more traffic to your website so you have the opportunity to make the sale, of course. But, how do you get more traffic to your site to make that money? Give the people content they want — …

Bookkeeping, Why The Mystery?

While essential to a company’s financial health, bookkeeping can be a responsibility shrouded in mystery. So what goes on the accounting and bookkeeping departments? What do these people do on a daily basis? Well, one thing they do that’s terribly important to everyone working there is Payroll. All the salaries …

How to Get Started with CSS Animation

The following is a short extract from Tiffany’s upcoming book, CSS Master, 2nd Edition, which will be available shortly. Think of CSS animation as the more sophisticated sister to CSS transitions. Animations differ from transforms in a few key ways: Animations don’t degrade gracefully. If there’s no support from the …

What to include in a purchase order form for your eCommerce business

Purchase orders play a vital role in money management and bookkeeping, and they should be incorporated into any small business’s company procedures. But, if you have never dealt directly with purchase order forms, you might not understand what their true value is or what should be included when designing an …

Avoid one big problem with technology product pages

From a marketing perspective, many technology companies have a problem. You can see it when you look at their product pages. These companies have everything going for them, so why are tech companies missing the boat when it comes to communicating on technology product pages? It’s the jargon. This article …

24 JavaScript Libraries for Creating Beautiful Charts

It’s practically impossible to imagine any dashboard without graphs and charts. They present complex statistics quickly and effectively. Additionally, a good graph also enhances the overall design of your website. In this article, I’ll show you some of the best JavaScript libraries for graphs / charts. These libraries will help …

How to package intangible services and why you should

It’s pretty difficult to get someone to buy something they can’t see or try on in advance. And yet more and more small businesses find themselves selling intangible services. By intangible services we typically mean business consulting, but these services can also include personal coaching, insurance, public relations or even …