In this week’s roundup of web design and development resources, you’ll learn three things your app needs to keep new users, find out about the new Teaching Accessibility initiative, discover five things you might not know about Jetpack, and more.
If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post with my favorite resources for user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, and HTML I’ve read in the past week.
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This week’s photo is the Lois B. Small and Gladys B. Hamilton Labyrinth at Chadwick Arboretum, which I visited while I was at last week’s WordCamp Columbus. The labyrith is modeled after the Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth in France. My walk on the labryinth took about 20 minutes; it was a peaceful break from the conference.
— Stavros Papagianneas (@StPapagianneas) July 21, 2015
- 3 Things Your App Needs to Do to Retain New Users: In this week’s User Testing Tuesday, Spencer Lanoue explores how you can turn new users into loyal fans and advocates for your app. One tip: run experiments and learn from tests to find what works for your product and your audience.
- Supposing is fine, but finding out is better.: As we approach user experience design issues, we make assumptions about user behavior or how the system will work. When we do, we run into the possibility of treating the assumption as fact.
"Users don’t hate change. Users hate change that doesn't make their life better, but makes them have to relearn everything they knew" #ux
— Juliana Fernandes (@julianafrost) July 24, 2015
- 4 Reasons You’re Experiencing Shopping Cart Abandonment: Not surprisingly, security is one of the four reasons users are leaving your site without completing a purchase.
- The UX of Alcohol Abuse: Reflections on a Year of Sobriety : Victor Yocco shares his personal story as he reflects on a year without alcohol. He offers several ways firms (in my opinion, many of his suggestions apply to meetup groups) can support sobriety and reduce alcohol abuse.
Digital design and tech in general has a culture of promoting alcohol use, and we all stand to benefit from proactively addressing the issue of alcohol abuse.
- This small change could make a big difference for accessible technology: On Thursday, a consortium of technology companies, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Adobe, and Yahoo, along with higher ed schools and organizations and accessibility announced the Teaching Accessibility program. Their goal: develop models for teaching and training higher ed technology students to create accessible experiences.
— Daryll Jann (@darylljann) July 22, 2015
- Inclusion by Design: Design and accessibility should go hand in hand. Accessible design should be part of our DNA.
- Interactive WCAG 2.0: I don’t know how I’ve missed this in the past, but Viget has created an interactive site for the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. Rather than trying to find your way through the WCAG documentation, use this site to easily filter by A, AA, or AAA level and by responsibility level (content, design, development, user experience).
- WordPress 4.2.3 Security and Maintenance Release: The WordPress 4.2.3 security release fixes a cross-site scripting vulnerability, 20 bugs in WordPress 4.2, and a security fix that affects the Shortcode API.
- It’s Official: Philadelphia Will Host the First WordCamp US: Save the date! WordCamp US 2015 will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 4-5, 2015.
- Increasing The Maximum Upload Size In WordPress – Tutorial: Restrictions for uploading large files to your WordPress site is often due to server limits, not WordPress itself. Daniel Pataki explains the options you have for solving the issue.
- 5 Things You May Not Know about Jetpack for WordPress: With over 30 modules, Jetpack has a boatload of functionality and tools for your site. Doyin Faith Kasumu shares five of the modules, explaining how they work, how to enable them, and configure settings.
- WordCamp Columbus 2015: Speakers’ Slideshows and Resources: Looking for slideshows from last week’s WordCamp Columbus 2015? Here you go.
CSS and HTML
- Typographic patterns in email: In their analysis of 50 responsive emails, Style Campaign looked for patterns in fonts, font size, leading, measure, headings and performance.
- Creating Better CSS: A useful overview of the principles and tools to help you create better CSS.
- Use our code for free enrollment in the Udemy “Web Design from the Ground Up” Online Course (50 only): Limited to 50 readers, Web Teacher is offering a discount code for Udemy’s ten-hour Web Design From the Ground Up beginner class.
- Say Goodbye to Vendor Prefixes: In the second post of his flexbox series, Landon Schropp explains how to use AutoPrefixer to automatically add vendor prefixes to your CSS (nice that it also removes unnecessary prefixes).
- Use Sass Within Minutes: When Sass was first released, you needed to use the command line and install Ruby. Which kept a lot of web professionals from using Sass. With Prepos (supports Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux), you can be up and using Sass in minutes.
What I Found Interesting
- 3 Principles of Pairing Fonts: Concordance, contrast, and conflict are important factors to consider when pairing fonts.
- You are your priorities: How to say “no” and better manage your professional life: How do you decide what takes priority in your life? Do you use a list of filters?
- 7 free design tools for freelancers on the go: You’re probably using a few of these tools in your work already (Dropbox, Adobe Kuler, anyone?), but have you used By People, an amazing collection of over 9,00 resources for web professionals?