Web Development

Explained In 60 Seconds: Web Development Issue Types

February 01, 2016

If it’s your first time going through a website redesign process or if you’re new to website management, there is a lot of new terminology to get a handle on. Learning a little bit of “web developer speak” will go a long way toward making sure your entire team is on the same page, and the outcomes of your website project match your expectations.

Knowing the difference between these four basic development issues is a great start toward making you a web developer’s best friend, so let’s dive right in.

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Explained in 60 Seconds: Metadata

December 01, 2015

In general terms, metadata is basic information that describes other types of data. Even though it’s significance in the search engine optimization space has changed over the years, metadata still proves to be useful as a way of learning more about a particular webpage, image, or other piece of content. When it comes to files, some of the common metadata categories are author, file size, date created, and date modified. Here, we’ll briefly describe the four main website meta tags and their impact on search engine rankings.

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The State of Drupal 8: Notes From Our Drupal Developers

July 27, 2015

Since DrupalCon, we’ve been having a lot of conversations around the office about the coming release of Drupal 8 and what it means not only for the Drupal community, but for our clients as well. Based on what we heard at DrupalCon LA, the goal is to have Drupal 8 released around DrupalCon Barcelona. But even though it has yet to have an official release, we hear many organizations have already taken the leap and switched their production sites to Drupal 8.

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What Are You Doing Today To Make Your Website Accessible?

May 21, 2015

Imagine going to your favorite blog and seeing they’ve just posted a video entry instead of the usual text-based one. A lot of users might think it’s pretty cool, but other users, particularly those with a hearing impairment, might not think so. That’s because most videos on the web aren’t captioned, making them disappointing experiences for people who can’t hear.

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Explained in 60 Seconds: Taxonomy

March 03, 2015

When we embark on a web project and begin to discuss content planning and organization, one of the terms we often throw around is “taxonomy.” What does that mean, exactly?

My first introduction to the concept of taxonomy came in middle school, when we learned the following mnemonic device for the taxonomic order for biological classification:

      King Philip’s Class Ordered Five Green Sandwiches

      Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus Species

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13 UX Mistakes Explained in GIFs

February 05, 2015

Making your website look pretty is an important part of web design, but even a nice looking website can fail if it is not user-friendly. If you are looking to improve the user experience of your website, we’re here to help. Below are 13 common UX mistakes and how users may react to them.

1. Centered Running Text

Just say no to this - almost always impossible to read.

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Explained In 60 Seconds: URL Structure

February 03, 2015

Some of the most important components of our website don’t show up in its visible, designed area. One of those is the uniform resource locator, commonly known as the URL. Simply put, a URL is the “location of a file on the web.” The two components of a URL with which we are typically most concerned are the domain name (e.g. oho.com) and the path (e.g. /work/).

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7 Must-Use Tools for Web Development Pros

January 22, 2015

Previously, we shared some of the best web tools that we thought practically everybody could use. This time, we thought we would step it up a notch and show you some of the coding, web development, and performance applications that make our lives a whole lot easier at OHO Interactive. Whether you’re an experienced developer or coding noob, one of these tools could surely help you in the future.

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#makeitawesome: Tufts Health Plan Medicare Preferred Launches New Website

November 06, 2014

Understanding Medicare can be challenging, even for healthcare professionals. It’s an extremely complex system with lots of moving pieces, obscure nomenclature, and overly complicated parts, options, and payment structures. Finding answers to questions, even on the medicare.gov website, is quite challenging and leaves users frustrated and perplexed. But, the Tufts Health Plan Medicare Preferred site is changing the way insurer websites educate their visitors.

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Explained in 60 Seconds: Hash Symbols in URLs and SEO

November 04, 2014

When helping clients optimize their websites, we’re often asked about hash symbols in URLs and how they affect SEO. Are they ignored by Google? How should they be used? The answer is…well, it depends. Here’s a quick explanation:

A hash sign (#) in a URL is referred to as a fragment. Historically, URL fragments have been used to automatically set the browser’s scroll position to a predefined location in the web page. In that sense, if a URL refers to a document, then the fragment refers to a specific subsection of that document.

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