In this week’s roundup of web design and development resources, you’ll find out how 15 user experience (UX) professionals describe UX designs, learn about a free webinar for testing website accessibility, discover what to look for in a payment gateway, and more.
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This week’s photo is from the annual Ignite UX Michigan event, held earlier this week in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I joined over 100 user experience professionals, college students, project managers, and content strategists to hear 12 speakers give lightning talks on user experience. Great time!
Lead with compassion, follow with patience, optimize with care.
— Jonathon Colman votes Nov 6 🗳 (@jcolman) September 18, 2015
- What is UX Design? 15 User Experience Experts Weigh In: How do you explain user experience design to someone learning about it for the first time? There’s no one definition. Spencer Lanoue from UserTesting.com asked 15 user experience professionals and shares their responses.
— Deborah Edwards-Onoro (@redcrew) September 16, 2015
- Slider Design: Rules of Thumb: Sliders can be challenging to use. Consider these tips and alternative user interface elements
- Why visitors only read 20% of your web page: People who visit your web page are scanning for answers, quickly. Tell your main point as soon as possible or risk web visitors abandoning your page.
— Parul Ghosh (@parulghosh) September 18, 2015
- 11 ½ Free Tools for Testing Website Accessibility: Attend the October 1, 2015 free webinar from 3PlayMedia to learn why you need to test your website for accessibility and what free testing tools you can use.
- Online Video and the ADA: How a Landmark Case Changed the Legal Landscape of Closed Captioning: Arlene B. Mayerson, attorney for the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF) discusses the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), et al. v. Netflix legal case, the legal decision, and impact on online video.
- This device lets my child speak with her eyes: Four-year-old Elena Walke is non-verbal and uses her eyes to communicate. With plans to attend kindergarden next year, Elena is using a Tobii Eye Gaze computer that tracks her eye movement and allows her select icons to communicate.
- WordPress 4.3.1 Security and Maintenance Release: The 4.3.1 version released earlier this week fixes three issues: two cross-site scripting vulnerabilities and a potential privilege escalation.
- 13 Security Tips For WooCommerce Stores: Keeping your WooCommerce site secure is a top priority. Improve the security of your site with these 13 tips.
- How to Use WordPress Permalinks Like an SEO Pro: Find out how to configure permalinks on your WordPress site to improve search engine optimization.
- PayPal vs Stripe vs Authorize.net vs Amazon Payments–Which Is Best for a WordPress Site: Shaun Quarton takes a closer look at payment gateways, describing what they are, what you need to know, benefits of each, plugins, and how to choose which one is best for your site.
CSS and HTML
- Building an Enterprise CSS Framework: Do you think building an enterprise framework is easy? It’s not, says Stephanie Sullivan Rewis, as she describes the work behind building the recently released Salesforce Lightning Design System.
- Avoiding Redundancy with WAI-ARIA in HTML Pages: You don’t need to use ARIA if your HTML element has accessibility support.
…if the semantics are included in the HTML element by default then do not use ARIA. Integrating ARIA where it isn’t necessary makes for redundant code.
- How to Use Chrome DevTools Like a Pro: I’ve seen lots of how-to use Chrome DevTools articles on the web. What makes this one different? It shows the task visually and describes the task in words. Nicely done!
What I Found Interesting
- 6 Of The Best–The Content Marketing Academy 2015: My online colleague Claire Brotherton shares her notes from this month’s Content Marketing Academy conference, with tips for content marketing, social media, and ads.
- iOS 9, Safari and the Web: 3D Touch, new Responsive Web Design, Native integration and HTML5 APIs: Maximiliano Firtman explains the changes iOS9 brings, and highlights the new 6S series, iPad Pro, and Apple Watch devices. In addition, he discusses the new operating systems from Apple, watch OS 2 and tvOS 9. If you want a quick rundown, check out his “In a Nutshell” section.
- Feeling Stressed? 5 Tips to Beat Stress as a Freelancer: Not just for freelancers, these tips will help you manage stress from our work projects.
- The Web-Tracking Tipping Point: With Apple’s content-blocker announcement, our legacy (and broken) web tracking methodology will need to change. Justin Krause of TechCrunch explains the impact and shift in web analytics. Long read, worthwhile.