Articles by Brenda Stokes Barron

Brenda Barron is a writer from southern California specializing in business and technology. Read more about what she’s up to on her site Digital Inkwell.

8 tips for user-friendly site design

Creating a successful website encompasses much more than beautiful design. While attractive design helps, as a designer or a developer, you should also bear in mind the user experience. There is nothing more frustrating than landing on a website that is hard to navigate and makes finding the information you want difficult. I’m sure you’ve experienced this yourself as the end-user. But as a developer, are you keeping the end-user in mind? In this article, we’ll share our best tips for creating...

How to optimize for voice search, and why you should

Search engine optimization is a pretty big concern for website owners these days. As you add more browsers, more devices, and more user tech-savviness into the mix, it’s becoming harder to stay on top of optimization trends. And whenever you do feel as though you’ve got a decent handle on everything, the search algorithms change, or something else sends everything out of whack. The current SEO disruptor? Voice search. The Key to optimizing your site for voice search ... Chances are good you already...

10 CSS grids for streamlined web design

One of the greatest things about being a web developer today has got to be the abundant amount of resources available to help you code better, faster, and easier than ever before. CSS frameworks, commonly referred to as the building blocks of web development, are one of those such resources. As you aim to reduce the time spent establishing a base to lay your website down upon, CSS frameworks are an excellent place to start. Sometimes, however, you just want something a little more lightweight and flexible....

6 Creative Ways to Integrate Social Media Into WordPress

Social media is an effective way of driving more traffic to a website and reaching a new audience for published content. If you or your clients use WordPress, you probably know there is a myriad of plugins that allow anyone to quickly share every published article across a variety of social media networks. But, sharing is not the only way to integrate social media into WordPress. In fact, there are a few other ways of making a website more social and helping your clients get more eyes on their content. 1....

9 Frameworks to Watch in 2017

One of the biggest problems with new year’s resolutions is that they’re often arbitrary goals based on how we feel in the moment; “I need to lose 15 pounds…I should volunteer more…I have to sign ten more clients by year’s end.” When it comes to web development, who’s to say that looking back is such a bad thing? Success in web development depends on one’s ability to learn new skills, practice, and then learn some more. Why not tap into the lessons learned from last year and use them to build...

15 Chrome Extensions That Simplify Web Development

Working as a web developer, you probably spend a lot of  time using your browser of choice. While almost every browser has its own developer tools that allow you to see what’s going on behind the scenes, some of them have plenty of extensions that help you streamline the development process. In this post, we have rounded up our favorite Chrome extensions for web developers. 1. Web Developer ... Web Developer Tools is one of the most useful extensions for any developer. It adds a toolbar to Chrome with...
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