SEO For Non-Profits: 7 Tips To Help Your Organization Get Found (Search Engine Journal)

Search Engine Journal: SEO For Non-Profits: 7 Tips To Help Your Organization Get Found. “I have had the opportunity to work with many spanning focuses and missions aimed at healthcare, education, performing arts, adoption, orphanages, and more. Within each non-profit, I have found tips that help regardless of most focuses and circumstances. From solid funding to grassroots organizations, there’s a lot to be gained by focusing on seven SEO tips to help your organization get found.” As I have said before, I hate SEO. But I realize it’s important, and I will share articles that have a high useful-to-garbage ratio. SEJ is always quality.

TechRadar: Microsoft takes on Wix, Squarespace with new website builder filled with goodies

TechRadar: Microsoft takes on Wix, Squarespace with new website builder filled with goodies. “Previously, Power Pages existed as a feature within the Power Apps platform, which enables users to create mobile apps that run on Android, iOS, and Windows. However, Microsoft has now relaunched Power Pages as a standalone offering to help make it easier for developers to design, manage and publish sites for desktop and mobile.”

JD Supra: DOJ Issues Website Accessibility Guidance – Key Questions Remain Unanswered

JD Supra: DOJ Issues Website Accessibility Guidance – Key Questions Remain Unanswered. “Almost twelve years after it first proposed to issue website accessibility regulations, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on March 18, 2022, published ‘Guidance on Web Accessibility and the ADA.’ The new nonregulatory guidance offers little assistance to the business community on the two undecided questions that have fueled the ever-rising volume of litigation: whether and under what circumstances commercial websites need to be made accessible and what it means to be accessible.”

TechCrunch: The Web Foundation is taking on deceptive design

TechCrunch: The Web Foundation is taking on deceptive design. “The Web Foundation‘s Tech Policy Design Lab is working on an interesting-looking project to counter deceptive design — aka dark patterns* — with the goal of producing a portfolio of UX and UI prototypes which it hopes to persuade tech companies to adopt and policymakers to be inspired by as they fashion rules to make the online experience less exploitative of web users.”

Ars Technica: Google.com tests a busier homepage with a row of info cards

Ars Technica: Google.com tests a busier homepage with a row of info cards. “Check out this totally wild Google homepage experiment spotted by 9to5Google: the search page suddenly has a row of cards at the bottom. If this design is widely adopted, it would easily be the biggest google.com design change ever.” Reminds me of the circa-1999 portal pages that Google’s original clean design was a rebuke against. Everything old is new again.

Chrome Unboxed: More Improvements That Google Play Books Should Make To Its Web App This Year

Chrome Unboxed: More Improvements That Google Play Books Should Make To Its Web App This Year. “I can no longer use my Duet with the Google Play Books app, and instead, I’ve been forced into using the web app in its place. In doing so, I’ve realized just how truly awful the PWA experience is. With all of the advancements and hype around progressive web apps, you’d think that the company would throw some paint on something as important as Books, and maybe even do a few things under the hood. Today, I’d like to take a moment to look at how the service has done over the last 365 days and offer five more major thoughts about how the company can bring Play Books out of the Stone Age.”

MakeUseOf: 6 Font Size Calculators for Better Messages

MakeUseOf: 6 Font Size Calculators for Better Messages. “When the message of your next presentation is clear, the one thing that shouldn’t be holding you back from sending across your message is typography, or font size. The difference between designs that stand out on the web and the ones that don’t is simple. The ones that stand out have the right font size, font style, and line height. But, how do you know what works and what doesn’t?”

TechRadar: Half of top websites fail to meet Google usability standards

TechRadar: Half of top websites fail to meet Google usability standards. “Many of the world’s top websites do not provide the ideal user experience (UX), both on desktop and mobile platforms, at least not by Google’s standards, a new report from Searchmetrics has found The company recently analyzed the top 100 most visible websites on Google.com and found that by Google’s benchmarks, 50% don’t deliver a good desktop page experience, while 44% fail to do the same on the mobile platform.”

Website Accessibility & the Law: Why Your Website Must Be Compliant (Search Engine Journal)

Search Engine Journal: Website Accessibility & the Law: Why Your Website Must Be Compliant. “Compliance is a scary term used for intimidation and deflects from the most basic incentives to include persons with disabilities wanting unhindered access to the web. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, also known as WCAG, are provided online for free and are globally available to any web designer or developer.” Extensive; the usual good work from Search Engine Journal.

The Conversation: The rise of dark web design: how sites manipulate you into clicking

The Conversation: The rise of dark web design: how sites manipulate you into clicking. “Dark design has proven to be an incredibly effective way of encouraging web users to part with their time, money and privacy. This in turn has established ‘dark patterns’, or sets of practices designers know they can use to manipulate web users. They’re difficult to spot, but they’re increasingly prevalent in the websites and apps we use every day, creating products that are manipulative by design, much like the persistent, ever-present pop-ups we’re forced to close when we visit a new website.”

AV Club: We condemn you to Websites From Hell, an archive of the internet’s ugliest websites

New-to-me, from AV Club: We condemn you to Websites From Hell, an archive of the internet’s ugliest websites. “When we think of heinous websites, it’s usually the words and images displayed on them that come to mind and not the visual design, which templates and decades of wisdom have typically managed to keep at a certain quality bar that only the rare examples fail to reach. The internet is vast, though, and keen explorers can still venture out into the wilderness to find garish artifacts from the past or businesses that have continued to update the digital equivalents of an old house’s never-replaced green shag carpet. To ‘honor’ ​these ugliest of online destinations, we have Websites From Hell.”

The Verge: Twitter is changing the contrast of buttons again after complaints of eye strain

The Verge: Twitter is changing the contrast of buttons again after complaints of eye strain. “Twitter is readjusting the contrast on its buttons following feedback about its design updates from earlier this week. Some people have reported eye strain, headaches, and migraines due to the higher visual contrast in the colors of buttons and links, as well as the new font, Chirp.”