In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn why it’s best to avoid infinite scroll, find a helpful WooCommerce guide, discover how to encourage stakeholders to understand the importance of accessibility, and more.
If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, and HTML posts I’ve read in the past week.
Hope you find the resources helpful in your work or projects!
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Tweet of the Week
Somedays are such a difficult balance of knowing when to push harder with teams, and knowing when to be kind, recognising when people have put everything into the work they’re doing #leadership
— Ben Holliday (@BenHolliday) September 12, 2019
- What can Google search teach us about the future of product design? Users expect transparency, discoverability, and that the product will always work.
One of the most advanced search engines on the internet doesn’t need to be configured.
- Our design decisions can have terrible outcomes. A teenager had a fatal reaction after he unknowingly ate a grilled chicken sandwich containing buttermilk, something he’s allergic to. The menu included the notice
…at the very bottom, in a really very small font, in black print, on a royal blue background, making it difficult to read.
- When users ask for a combination of features, it’s time to step back.
Just because the users ask for it and it can be done doesn’t mean that it’s a good idea to make it – spicy Cheetos, macaroni, and nacho cheese bundt cake not withstanding. #ux #design pic.twitter.com/IJt8FEpwto
— Doug Collins (@DougCollinsUX) September 7, 2019
- What are the reasons to avoid infinite scrolling on your websites? For one, it adds stress to users who find themselves in an endless scrolling exercise. Like me. Not a good user experience when you’re trying to get to the bottom of the page.
- Accessibility is an ongoing process. These six questions about accessibility help developers define what it is and what they need to be concerned about.
- Free webinar on September 19, 2019 hosted by the Great Lakes ADA, Evaluating & Managing Accessibility in 3rd Party Web Content, will help you assess your risk and devise strategies for solving third-party content problems.
- Font size and color of your text can mean the difference between someone easily reading content on your website, or struggling to read it.
My absolute favorite trend of 2019 webdev is people discovering that #a11y and contrast matter.
— Umang Galaiya (@umanghome) September 13, 2019
- Need stakeholders and clients to understand the importance of creating accessible products and services? The disabled community is the world’s third-largest economic power.
- This helpful WordPress guide on SSL (Secure Socket Layer), TLS (Transport Layer Security), and HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) for website administrators offers an excellent overview of how to set up your WordPress site to work on HTTPS.
- Auditing and cleaning up WordPress plugins and themes is key to keeping your site updated and running smoothly.
Both plugins and themes can be used as a backdoor by hackers seeking to gain access to your website.
- It’s a week of helpful guides, with WP Beginner updating their WooCommerce made simple: a step-by-step guide with resources for non-techy WordPress users setting up their first ecommerce site.
- Years ago, I remember using something similar to CMS2CMS to migrate from one CMS (content management system) to another CMS. I like that this CMS2CMS review includes a walkthrough of a Joomla to WordPress conversion.
CSS and HTML
- This week, Google announced two new link attributes that provide additional ways to identify to Google Search the nature of particular links.
- I’m a longtime user of the caniuse website; it will be so much easier to learn about browser support with MDN’s compatibility data integrated into the caniuse website.
- Whoa, this is useful! Available now in Beta, DevEdition, and Nightly.
🌅 Now in Beta: Inactive CSS!
We show you which CSS properties aren’t affecting the selected element and why.
— Firefox DevTools (@FirefoxDevTools) September 11, 2019
- With code snippets, demos, and explanations, this collection of advanced CSS tips offers a range of styling techniques for your projects. Note: not all tips are supported in all browsers.
- It’s that time! Take the annual An Event Apart survey for web & UX professionals 2019. (It’s a short survey, took me less than five minutes to complete.)
What I Found Interesting
- About time! Google is changing their news search algorithm to emphasize original reporting.
- Tonight’s full moon is a rare occurrence, the first full moon on Friday the 13th since 2000. The next full moon on Friday the 13th won’t happen for another 30 years.
- In his continuing series on how some SEO (search engine optimization) companies use spam to trick unsuspecting website owners, my friend James Cooper details Hexagen Technology’s SEO mail and their process for selling their services.
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