On April 14 we added a land acknowledgment to our Clarity Web Design Studio website. This has been on our minds for several reasons, and after we’d written our own we wanted to share it publicly. We also want to share with you a bit of our own journey in learning about Canada’s relationship with …
Who is your website FOR? (Hint: It’s not for you.) Your website should be for your CUSTOMERS, not for YOU.
Read that again. When your website is for your customers, it’s designed to provide a better experience For. Your. Customers. Sounds logical, right? But it’s not the way many websites are actually designed. In fact, most websites look good at first glance, but aren’t particularly usable.
Having a multilingual website means your website is available in more than one language. This is another aspect of Web Accessibility we love talking about here. There are two considerations: do you want your website back end to be in a language other than English? Or do you want to have your website served to your viewer in their preferred language?
Sometimes as a web designer, you set up a website based on certain specs and needs and then whoa! Within a very short time, you realize the business has already evolved way beyond what your initial vision imagined and your specs are suddenly much, much different. And the website that was all shiny and new and fun just a short time ago is laggy, getting laggier, and (as its designer) downright embarrassing.
Designing for website accessibility for users with little to no vision, and using Screen Readers. As a user who doesn’t experience any real vision or textile considerations, I find discussions about accessibility within the internet space fascinating.A few months ago I attended a webinar presented by a near-blind web developer. She offered a chance to experience what surfing the internet is like for someone who uses a screen reader. It was an absolutely mind blowing experience.
Or Why Not to Use a Countdown Timer! One of my more challenging recent projects involved setting up a website that included a members-only area. Now, normally building a subscription Wordpress website is not such a complicated thing of itself. But there’s nothing like compounding the pressure by using a live count-down timer for the new site’s launch.