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Blog image Custom Website vs. WordPress Templates: Part II
Once you’ve decided to move forward with creating a website, it’s time to make the choice between a custom or template site. We previously wrote about the differences between the...
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Blog image Tips for Vetting & Hiring a Good Florida Web Design Company
2021 is upon us and a new year often brings about the idea that it's time for a fresh start. And given the emphasis that has been placed on virtual...
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Blog image Overcoming Website Fears
In the spirit of Halloween, this month I want to tackle some of the spookiest subjects that clients encounter when looking to build a new website. Starting a new website...
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Blog image Choosing the Right WordPress Template
WordPress has an overwhelming number of themes to choose from. You can spend a couple of weeks just looking though thousands of themes, only to select one and later figure...
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Blog image How to Know When it’s Time for a Website Redesign
Websites are a lot like vehicles. They are created and then often require ongoing updates, maintenance, and care. Eventually, a vehicle runs its course and it’s time for a new...
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Blog image Mobile 101 – How to Make Your Website User-Friendly for Mobile Users
Since 2016, mobile internet usage has surpassed computer usage. Ever since the rise of smartphones over the past decade, mobile devices have become an essential part of everyday life. From...
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Blog image What Does a Website Cost? Web Development Costs for 2019
The web design and development industry has been around for quite some time now, but we’ve found that pricing in this industry continues to be scattered across the board. When...
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Blog image Commonly Used Web Terms: A Glossary for Speaking Web
When talking about your company's website, your web company might bring up some terms your not familiar with! Even if you know a little bit about web design and development,...
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Blog image Google Search Console Emails & Error Codes
You’ve ever gotten a mysterious email from “Google Search Console” that looks something like this You’re probably wondering, what is this email? How do I fix these errors? Does this...
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Blog image When and Why to Use a Staging Environment
If you’ve worked with a web development company before, you’ve likely experienced working with a “local” or “staging” environment first. What is a Staging Website? A local or staging website...
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Blog image Common Pitfalls in Web Design Projects and How to Avoid Them
Atilus began as a web design shop in 2005. We’ve been in business nearly 14 years and during that time, I’d say that we’ve seen many different scenarios arise during...
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Blog image What is the Browser Cache and Why Do I Need to Know?
When you run into issues with a website, often the first response you receive from support staff is “have you cleared your browser cache?” Perhaps you’re already familiar with the...
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Blog image How to Review Your Website: a Guide
So, you’ve just gotten your development link from your web development company. Now what? There are so many things to look at, test, & review. Our guide will help you...
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Blog image Are You Bungling Your Blog Homepage Design?
Written by Rachel Leist When you're first starting a blog for your business, it's easy to forget about its homepage design. You're focused on getting posts up on the blog...
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Blog image How to Provide Feedback to Your Web Designer
You’ve made the decision to build a new website. Kudos to you! But once the excitement dust settles, the real work has begun. You’ve given your web designer or web...
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Blog image The Future of WordPress
This past weekend, I attended WordCamp 2019 in Miami. WordCamp is a conference covering everything related to WordPress and is a 3-day conference. There are multiple events like this one...
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Blog image The Top 5 Things You Need to Know about ADA Compliance
If you’ve been keeping up with current web trends (or reading our blog in the past few months), you’ve probably been reading a lot about ADA compliance lately. This can...
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Blog image What to Expect for 2019 Web Development Trends
2019 is here and already feels like it's flying! Every year there seem to be new trends in the industry and it can be overwhelming to keep up with what's...
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Blog image 3 Tips for Taking Photos for Your Website Using an iPhone
Photography is essential to your website. Imagery on your website is what helps depict your brand, service, and product to your potential clients or consumers. The design of your website...
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Blog image Why WordPress? 5 Reasons to Choose WordPress as your Website’s Content Management System
Whether you're starting a new website project, or just working on revamping your existing one, chances are you've heard of WordPress at some point in the process. As one of...
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Blog image What Does Google Really Know About You?
A few weeks ago, the CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai, was questioned by Congress about political bias in Google search and other Google products. We’re not here to get political,...
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Blog image Early Spring Cleaning: Refreshing Your Website for 2019 & General Website Tips
The holidays are usually a time of reflection. For Atilus, it’s often also a time to button things up for the New Year; making sure all big projects are finished,...
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Blog image 2018 Year-End Digital Marketing Roundup
Harry, our CEO, recently came into our conference room as we all ate our lunches. Out of nowhere, he says “I can’t believe we’re in December 2018.” And just like...
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Blog image Why It’s Important to have an ADA Compliant Site
Let's talk about ADA compliance and your website. 49.8 million Americans have been diagnosed with a disability - that's almost 20% of the population! If you owned a store & 1...
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Blog image Happy Thanksgiving!
As the holiday season approaches, it's time for us all to reflect on the past year and be thankful for the good things that it's brought. For us at Atilus,...
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Blog image 3 Things You Can Do Right Now to Get More from Your Website
A website is a huge commitment, from the time & resources put forth to create a beautiful site to the ongoing maintenance to keep your website up to date. But...
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Blog image The 3 People Who Should Run Your Website Project
Each client comes to us with a different reason for needing a new website. Sometimes the Director of Marketing comes to us looking to supplement a full rebrand or it...
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Blog image Browser Trends 101: Autoplay Policies
Over the course of the past year, several major browsers have worked on rolling out updates to change the way autoplay video and audio works on websites. Beginning with Chrome...
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Blog image Confessions of a Full-Service Digital Agency
We are Atilus Web Design... but we do much more than our name implies.  As a full-service digital agency, the array of offerings that we provide may even surprise some...
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Blog image Florida’s Top Web Design Agency, Atilus, Integrates Nationwide Boat Listing API For Boat Dealers
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. – July 11, 2018 – Atilus, a full-service web design and digital marketing firm, has developed a web application connecting boat dealers to Boat Trader’s listing API...
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Blog image 3 Common Website Security Vulnerabilities
Wordpress is one of the biggest blogging platforms right now it's important to keep your website safe. Here at Atilus, we take the security of your sites very seriously and make...
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Blog image Stock Photos vs. Photography in Web Design
You’re probably here because you’ve decided on creating a new website. Congratulations! One of the next steps in creating your website involves choosing photos to display on your site. People...
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Blog image What is the GDPR and how does it affect you?
Over the past few months, there have been countless news stories about how our data is being used online. Between Facebook, Google, and our devices – data is constantly being...
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Blog image 2018 PBExpo – Aviation Technology Innovations
PBExpo 2018 - Aviation Technology Innovations Join us on May 16th and 17th for the 2018 PBExpo at the Greater Broward Convention Center in beautiful Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The PBExpo is an annual...
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Blog image Website RFP (Request for Proposal) Template
Awhile back I wrote a detailed post on Website RFPs. I lambasted and vilified RFPs. In hindsight, it was a little… ahem… emotional. I was jaded, we had just lost...
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Blog image Responsive vs. Adaptive Web Design
With technology at our fingertips nowadays it is extremely important to translate your website to be mobile friendly. With that being said, I will dive into the differences of and...
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Blog image Templates vs. Custom Built Websites
Have you decided to move forward with investing in a new website for your business? Once you have made the decision to move on, one question remains… Do I go...
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Blog image What makes a good website?
When it comes to building a website, it seems like almost anyone can make their own these days with online website building tools like WIX. But what some people don’t...
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Blog image How to Protect Your Business from Ransomware Attacks
The following post is courtesy of TeamLogic IT, and IT services provider in Fort Myers, FL. President of TeamLogic IT. Bob Roloff, shares his thoughts on ransomware and what you need...
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Blog image What Does a Web Designer Need to Get Started?
Getting started on a web design can prove to be challenging if you don’t have the necessary ingredients. The most difficult part about website design is grabbing the idea from...
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Blog image Successful Use of Popups
TOP COMPONENTS TO SUCCESSFUL POPUP DESIGN Marketing copy - Show personality, spur action, and create need/urgency Imagery - Visually grab attention, showcase products or services Branding - Match the pop...
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Blog image DIY Nightmares of Web Design
Many people have heard of do it yourself (DIY) nightmares concerning homes, but many people don’t realize that websites often suffer the same nightmares. Below are some of the issues...
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Blog image Atilus: We’ve Upgraded Your Domain
At Atilus we’re always trying to make things simpler for our clients, improve our own services, and of course help you grow your business online. In a quest for this...
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Blog image The Benefits of Using Web Design Templates
When looking to get your own website, there are many factors to consider. How you will host your site, which CMS to use, and who (if anyone) you will hire...
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Blog image PHP 7: A WordPress Upgrade
Very soon Atilus will be upgrading one of its hosting environments to PHP 7! PHP 7 has been released for quite some time, however, we decided to hold off on...
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Blog image Communicating to End Users on a Website: Less is More?
Building a website is a very creative process and it’s one we’re constantly refining to help our clients best communicate their products/services and key differentiators to their clients. After all,...
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Blog image Creative Focus: The Zone
Distractions. They can be quite a nuisance when trying to focus on your design work. Any designer knows that there is a certain special place where they must go in...
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Blog image What Makes a Good Password?
In the online world, everything is protected by a password. Email, Amazon login, your online bank account, and the list goes on. Your password is how you keep your accounts...
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Blog image Designing an Email Newsletter
A great way of marketing is email newsletters.  Though this method may seem a bit outdated, but there are still followers who do not like to use social media in...
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Blog image The Process of Designing a Website
I don’t want to give away all my secrets. But today, I will be sharing with you the process in my point of view on a normal basis with clients...
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Blog image Taking the Spooky Out of Web Development
To be a web developer in 2016, you need to have a very specific set of skills. Among these, and the most important one: the skill of learning new skills....
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Blog image Learn All About SSL & If You Should Be Using SSL
What is SSL? Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is a security protocol used for transmitting information securely over a network. SSL encrypts the data being sent over the network that uses...
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Blog image What Is An SSL Certificate And How Does It Relate To SEO?
SSL and SEO While browsing the web, it is likely that you’ve come across a site with a little green lock in the URL at the top of your browser....
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Blog image Tips for Working With Your Web Designer: The Circle of Revision
What I call The Circle of Revision can be "one of the most dangerous places for a client to enter.” From what you are about to read, you may think...
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Blog image 5 Essential Elements Your Homepage Is Missing
Your homepage is unquestionably the most important page of your website. One thing to remember is that you never get a second chance to make a first impression so it’s...
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Blog image Are You Struggling with Newsletter Conversions?
So you want to send your clients a message do ya? And you want them to see the message? And lastly, do you want them to do something after reading...
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Blog image Tips for Choosing the Right Web Development Company
I'll let you in on a little secret about me, I'm addicted to old, historic homes. If I could I'd purchase every condemned home and restore that home back to...
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Blog image Tips for Building a Membership Driven Website
You might be surprised by how many businesses we work with that are sustained solely by their members. Over time, they've built a following, and a correspondingly great website - in order...
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Blog image What do you need for a great website design?
A layout that tells a story When a visitor goes to a website, they don’t want to have to wonder if they are in the right place. A good design...
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Blog image Builder Website Design
Everything Builders & Development Companies Should Know about Web Design and Internet Marketing In 10 years a LOT has changed in our business. Smart phones are now the #1 way...
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Blog image Top Elements for Real Estate Websites 2016
Early 2016 seems like the perfect time to talk about the top elements for the real estate websites. Real estate throughout the country is exploding, particularly here in Southwest Florida...
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Blog image Google Font Pairings Made in Heaven
With this past year of 2015, Google has added tons of fonts to their web font gallery. I have scoured the web and experimented with many of the different kinds...
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Blog image What is Google Knowledge Graph?
In the world of Web Development, creating a beautiful site is only the first step to growing a business online. In order for a site to be successful, you must...
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Blog image Firefox Developer Edition – A Browser Designed for Web Developers
Mozilla Firefox released a new browser this time last year. For the last year we've been using Firefox Developer Edition and if you're a web designer - or just someone passionate about...
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Blog image Orchard Constant Contact Module
Fresh off the heels of our other Orchard Module release, the Orchard MailChimp Module, we're releasing  another module centered on email newsletter management - the Atilus Orchard Constant Contact Module....
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Blog image Web Design Approval & Change-Order Process
Over the last couple months, we've written blog posts about our wireframe and sitemap processes to further educate our audience about web design and more specifically how we operate. Today,...
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Blog image Mailchimp Orchard Module
A while back we were tasked with a combination of things: Develop a new large-scale site complete with CMS Transitioning an existing client with a major online presence to something that...
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Blog image How to Optimize Orchard CMS for Microsoft Azure
At Atilus we realize that great web design and development is a balance of many disciplines and the web is a unique place where – what I do as a...
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Blog image Introducing Free Web Design Resources!
Have you ever done a 1,000 or more piece jigsaw puzzle? How do you start? Have you ever wondered if you were missing pieces? I have always looked at projects...
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Blog image What is a Sitemap?
If you have ever worked with a digital agency, or been a part of the web design process, you have probably heard the term ‘sitemap’. Similar to a geographical map...
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Blog image How Much Does a Domain Name Cost?
One of the more surprising looks we get is when we explain the cost of a domain name to a new or potential client. It's still, one of the most often...
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Blog image Mobile Optimized vs. Responsive Websites
What is the difference between a dedicated mobile site (or mobile optimized site) vs. responsive mobile site? Before we jump into the technical difference between mobile and responsive sites: If you haven’t...
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Blog image Business Reviews the Future of Digital Marketing
Every month we do training. This last month we learned about some Responsive Design trends, and the world's profound shift to digital. Some shocking statistics include: On average people check their phone...
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Blog image Top 10 Signs Your Marketing Agency Doesn’t Know Digital
A lot of companies say they do web design and Internet marketing. There are some tell-tale signs that they might not be as good as their (own) marketing implies. How can...
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Blog image Why Website Cost Estimates Are Always Off
About once or twice a month I get asked to give a ballpark estimation for a project cost and timeframe, typically for a general business website or a web application...
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Blog image What’s a Wireframe?
Is your web design company talking to you about wireframes? Want to better understand what's a wireframe and why it's important? This simple breakdown will help you better understand what's...
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Blog image What Makes a Great Website
I was thinking here this evening about a post that would lay-it-all-on-the-table, that would speak to both devs, and non-devs, both creators of websites, and those about to possibly go...
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Blog image Orchard Microsoft .NET Content Management System
Orchard a Microsoft .NET CMS (content management system) is our go-to framework and content management system here at Atilus. Today I thought I'd work with Bryan our lead-developer, and Harry to...
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Blog image What is Responsive Design? And what your business needs to know.
The topic of responsive design is coming up more and more. Clients are asking for a "responsive" website after reading about the topic on websites, in magazines, and learning about it...
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Blog image Real Estate Agent Web Design Tips (10)
Being an agent is hard work. As busy as we are at Atilus, and as hard as all of us think our jobs are at times - in talking with...
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Blog image nopCommerce – Ecommerce Shopping Cart Breakdown
As a technology firm, much of our time is spent learning, re-learning, and researching. Actually designing and developing things is great, but if it's on an outdated platform, or is not...
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Blog image Website 101 Introduction to the Web
We've recently started performing seminars locally to small businesses that are just starting out - or those curious about the web and how it can be used to help them...
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Blog image Why Web Design Matters
Why is design needed? What purpose does it serve? Why does it matter? I will be answering these questions as I go along but they are a bit more complicated...
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Blog image Understanding Website Hosting
What type of website do you have? A personal website for blog writing and photo sharing or a business website to help grow your company or sell products? If you have...
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Blog image Why Your Website Doesn’t Bring You Business
Your website is a potential lead-generating machine. Whether you realize it or not, your website can hold the power to unlocking unfathomable business for your company. However, chances are, you...
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Blog image Construction Marketing How to Turn Your Blog into Leads
 Construction Marketing Ideas for your Business Atilus started our firm amid the boom of construction that happened in South Florida. Between construction, financial planners, real estate and attorneys - we...
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Blog image WordPress Vs. Custom Content Management System (CMS)
As the lead developer at Atilus I get asked to use all kinds of tools, and have built and used an array of tools to build a site, provide functionality,...
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Blog image The Most Popular Free Design Resources
Design Resources can be expensive, especially if a client does not have imagery, icons, and/or patterns to support their brand. Below is a list of free resource websites that we...
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Blog image ASP.NET MVC 4.5 Benefits
We need speed. Speed's what we need. Greasy, fast speed! And we don't need to go chasing chickens to get it either. In this post I highlight some of my...
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Blog image What is a Pixel?
What is a pixel? How were they created? To what extent do we use them in our everyday lives? How would things be without them? These are just a fraction of some...
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Blog image Internet Use Among Seniors
This post has been updated for 2016.  It's now been many years since my grandfather died. He suffered from pancreatic cancer, and it finally won. He had already beat colon cancer, but...
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Blog image Website RFP (Request for Proposals)
Website RFPs (Requests for Proposals) We just lost a bid for a website through the Southwest Florida economic development alliance. I'm not going to gloss this post over and pretend...
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Blog image How to Create a Great Website
Today we received an inquiry from a potential client in San Francisco who has been struggling with a dilemma. It's perfectly related to what I've been wanting to talk about...
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Blog image Complicated Construction: The Stages of Web Development
So, I’ve been sitting at my desk for the last few minutes contemplating the professionalism of an old blog article I wrote back in 2010 regarding the correlation between websites...
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Blog image How to Deal With Troublesome Software Projects
I have debated the title for sometime. You can swap out "troublesome" for "bad," "crappy," "complicated." And I'd say most developers would swap out "software projects" for clients. But I...
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Blog image The Web Design Process
At Atilus, we're always trying to get better. I've mentioned "process" so many times over the years that now when the "P" word comes out of my mouth, people roll...
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Blog image Choosing Colors and Fonts for Your Company’s Brand
Color is one of the most important decisions a company makes when determining its identity. There is a sort of psychology behind logo design. Choosing the right color is not...
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Blog image Website Speed & Its Effect on Your Business
Your website's loading speed is one of the most critical (and often overlooked) factors in determining the success of your website (and business!). To understand the importance of something as...
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Blog image 5 Chrome Extensions for Web Designers
If you are involved with web development or web design, you might be surprised at how browser extensions or add-ons can increase your productivity. As a web designer, I have...
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Blog image Psychology, Marketing, & Web Design
Psychology is the study of the mind. Marketing is the study/practice of selling to consumers. Web design is creating an aesthetically pleasing website online. How can these things intertwine? It...
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