Pondering Websites and other Speculations

webdesignThere are lots of great websites and web design resources out there. But here’s a nice selection of cool web information for you to ponder.

If you like to learn tricks or get inspiration about design or learn the basics of what to do when designing a website Smashing Magazine’s one is a pretty cool place to check out. They have a nice site with tons of helpful resources both free and the paid variety. You can learn stuff about Photoshop, mobile web development, coding for css, html and other valuable resources are available too. They have a pretty nice and affordable “elibrary” which is a great way to improve your web skills, and to remain current in rapidly changing technology realm of content delivery and marketing. They even have a jobs board which can be good for freelancers. Having a good web development company is critical though, no matter how much insight you have into the creative realm.

Another site that’s fun to look at is Cool Homepages. This site has been around for years and years and is always fun to look at what’s going on in the world of new designs. Some of the website design concepts are not all that great but there are a lot of good things to see and get some inspiration from. I’ve noticed that some web designers miss the point placing function first when designing a website. They get lost in their design. Sort of a .. hey, look what I can do. Somethings the amazing things a clever web developer can do are so clever they outsmart the user. Leaving the user with a very confusing interface that might be fancy to build but hard to deal with. This means the client loses money. I think the basics should come first. Make the site useable and easy to find information etc. Then the design should be attractive. If you can put in a few bells and whistles that’s fine as long as they don’t detract from the purpose and utility of the website. Because if you think your design matters more than your client’s success…you’ve got it wrong.

It might worth mentioning a few quick tips when you’re ready to build a website.

  • Hire a web design firm that has years of experience and understands a lot about marketing. They can help you more than you realize. If you try to get a cheap website from Godaddy or any of those other web hosting companies you are making a huge mistake. On the web and in life – you usually get what you pay for. If your website costs you nothing you’ll get nothing or much worse. Just don’t waste your time with junk like that.
  • Put some real time into your messaging. Figure out how to concisely tell your website visitors what you are offering and how you can help them. The most effective sites feature clear, concise, text messages using just a few words. Do not put long paragraphs on your homepage. No one will read that. Your homepage is a gateway into your site. Use short messaging that gets to the point.
  • Try to keep your website updated. Tell the world about new stuff you’re up to. Don’t have your news page show the last news item dated 3 years ago. I’ve seen that too many times. It’s lame.
  • Yes, social media like Facebook can be good. Even though much of social media is just people wasting their times playing games like Farmville. For some companies social media is very valuable.
  • As I mentioned earlier, keep your website navigation simple and easy to understand.
  • Make sure your website is using new responsive technology that adapts to mobile phones. There are still tons of older sites that look terrible on mobile phones.
  • Get a backup of your site. If you’re changing content a lot then get frequent backups.
  • Try to keep your website safe from the bad guys out there. Use more complex passwords and even change those from time to time.
  • Do search engine optimization. If you’re not an expert than hire someone who knows SEO. If you want to spend years and tons of time learning about it good luck. But your time and money is probably better spent hiring a professional SEO talent.

That’s enough for now. Have a great day and remember to ponder all this over a cup of coffee.


Eye Doctors Know How Vision Works

Benefits VisionHow does an eye have the ability to see? How can something so small be something so intensely complex? These questions have fascinated scientists and eye doctors for years. Not only is the human eye extremely intricate, delicate and strikingly beautiful, but is one of the most complex organs in our body.

In order for the eye as a whole to work properly, there are many tiny working parts of the eye that must perform in a perfectly synchronized manner in order to accomplish the ability to see properly. The parts of the human eye are all essential to achieving vision and maintaining healthy eyes.

The cornea is the dome-shaped layer that covers the outside of the eye, protecting the eye from elements that could be harmful to it. The cornea consists of many tough layers that regenerate quickly. Did you know that there are coatings of mucus that help keep the eye moist and smooth? Well, there is. The cover of mucus is created by glands which are called the conjunctiva glands. If you look at an eyeball, the black dot that you will see in the middle of the eye is called the pupil. That dot is a hole in which light travels through. You may have observed yourself that your pupils expand in the dark and shrink in bright lighting. This is to adjust to the amount of light necessary to observe your surroundings. I’m sure you know the color of the iris you have. The iris is the circle of pigment which defines the color of your eyes. This is the area around the pupil and uses the dilator papillae muscles to widen or shrink the pupil.

The process of how these features come together to produce vision as we know it is one of the most fascinating procedures. Once light has traveled through the pupil, something called the lens directs the light onto the back of the eye. The lens is positioned behind the pupil and is secured by the ciliary muscles, which help it change shape, much like the pupil, depending on the intensity of the light. All of the light that is focused by the lens is transmitted onto the retina, which is the back of the eye. The retina is made up of layers of rods and cones. The rods and cones transfer light into chemicals and electrical pulses and signals. Finally, the optic nerve delivers these signals to the visual cortex, which is the section of the brain that controls our sense of sight.

Not only are there physical elements, but there are chemical elements that make up an eye as well. The nervous system allows the brain to gather information from the eyeball in order for us to make suitable decisions regarding our situation in our environment. If the nerves are not perfectly healthy, it can affect our vision, sending the brain inaccurate images. If this happens we will not be able to receive accurate information about our surroundings which could heavily impact our lifestyle.

Eyesight not only allows us to take in light and distinguish colors and objects around us in detail and depth, but eyesight drastically changes our lives. Because of the human eye, we are able to become more aware of our surroundings which can affect our mood, knowledge, decisions, relationships and wellbeing. Sometimes we can become so dependent on our eyesight that our lives would change drastically without it. This is why having good eye doctors is vital. Healthy eyes make for a healthy lifestyle.

The first step to retaining bright, healthy eyes is to find a good Optometrist, or eye doctor. Finding a good eye doctor to give eye exams, tests and surgery can not only change your vision but change your life. Once you find a local Optometrist, make sure you have regular eye exams. Regular eye exams detect vision problems, diseases and other health problems. Routine exams also can show warning signs of irreversible loss of vision. Unhealthy eyes can show more signs of premature aging, like yellow tinted eyes, red veins, clogged tear ducts, bags and fine lines. Seeing an Optometrist could add years of healthy vision to your life. Your eyes can become an essential part of your life. For optometrists, maintaining clear, healthy, bright eyes is priority!

Eye Doctors can help you as your Eyes get Older

low_vision_rehabSo is it getting hard to read those newspapers?

You may not be over the hill yet but it’s very common for people in their late 30s and early 40s to start having a harder time to focus on things or reading smaller text. It’s very common for your eyes to age like this and you’ll find yourself holding books or magazines further away from your face so you can read. What happens is  something called “presbyopia” (farsightedness) which is due to muscle weakness and loss of elasticity in the eye’s lens. Reading glasses usually solve the problem; however,  it is important to visit an Eye Doctor to determine exactly what’s going on with your eyes. Most likely it’s just the natural aging process but changes your eyes are should be monitored by an expert so you can have the best vision as you get older.

It’s frustrating to get older and deal with things like wrinkles, more aches and pains and often gaining weight but having your eyes get worse is something most people deal with once they hit 40 or so. We don’t get younger. And when your eyes get older you have to figure out if you want to go with contact lenses or eye glasses. Some people can get by for a a decade or so with varying versions of reading glasses. But the anatomical fact remains that 40-year-old eyes are changing and drying up and getting worse. That is not fun. Middle age is often the time when many people start noticing these changes in all kinds of things including their vision.

Early Detection Of Other Health Problems

If you suffer from any kinds of more serious health problems, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, it is especially important to be aware of how these health conditions can potentially lead to vision loss. That is a very big deal. So if you have these more serious health issues make sure you go to your eye doctor on an annual bases and get  regular eye exam visits  to help monitor your eyes and detect and changes to your eye health.

In addition, regular appointments with an optometrist, a top eye doctor can help you identify some health  problems early. Early detection of thineyeservicesgs like high blood pressure, glaucoma or diabetes can help you live longer. With our unique view into your eyes, we can spot changes characteristic of problems like diabetes and hypertension.

Most eye doctors are members of the American Optometric Association

The American Optometric Association represents approximately 39,000 doctors of optometry, optometry students and paraoptometric assistants and technicians. Optometrists serve patients in nearly 6,500 communities across the country, and in 3,500 of those communities are the only eye doctors. Doctors of optometry provide two-thirds of all primary eye care in the United States.

Cool Equipment for your Eyes

Eye doctors today have all kinds of high-tech equipment that can quickly help them diagnose your eye health. It’s pretty amazing stuff. When you go in for an eye exam make sure you have them explain some of the machines they are using. It’s very interesting.

Take Care of your Eyes!

Bottom line about your eyes is they are one of your most important senses to the world around you. We need to take the best care of them that we can. That means make sure you get an eye exam every year or so and expect to purchase some eyeglasses or contact lenses when you get into your 40’s or 50’s!

The Best Way to Get a Good Denver Web Design

ingDenver is an area booming with commerce. In fact, it is probably one of the most vibrant economies in the entire United States – next to California, of course. The area is beautiful with blue sky, fresh air, unusual cloud formations and best of all, the western slopes towering behind the urbanized city. Here is a buzzing location filled with entrepreneurs and hard working individuals. Those who live there count themselves fortunate that they can be a part of such an amazing network of opportunity. Businesses are as diverse as the people who run them, ranging from diners and fast food restaurants to furniture stores and garden centers. One thing they all have in common, though, is they are all trying hard to reach the same goal: success.

If you are fortunate enough to live in Denver, you have opportunities that many people do not have that live outside of the urban area. The country is beautiful the farther away you get (I wonder if that is a coincidence) and there are generally more agricultural districts, but they do not have the same privileges that city dwellers have when it comes to doors to doing commerce. The air is certainly fresher, though. But if you want to be very successful at doing business, it helps to be in the thick of it so you can be where the action is at. Meeting people and forming helpful connections is always a plus, and requires little marketing endeavor. However, the circle of your connections is only so large and there is only so much time in the day to chit chat and participate in idle talk; when it comes down to it, you have to run your business, whatever it may be.

How does a company reach new customers and spread the word about the things that they offer? This is a difficult task when it comes to trying to run your business, oversee your employees, and ensure customer satisfaction (which is very important to maintain the quality and reputation of your name). Sure, you could put up some fliers and run around taping brochures on stop signs, but is that really enough to tell people about yourself?

Many businesses invest money into marketing their business so they can get more money when their business sells out of what they are offering. One of the best ways you can market is by hiring a Denver web design company to build an amazing website for you. What are the benefits of this? Well, if they know a thing or two about getting you found on the search engines where people are looking for your company, they can basically get you the best advertising available. Everyone (or nearly everyone) has a mobile phone, and nearly everyone is searching for local services (95% of people, in fact!). By putting you in a slot where you can be found, amazing things can begin to occur! People will start coming to your door that you would not or did not reach before, and they will tell you, “Hey, I saw you on Google,” or something to that effect. Most people don’t say, “Hey, I saw Bob’s yogurt bar on TV.” Television marketing is simply way too expensive for ordinary companies to afford, and besides – if someone does not watch the commercials, you are wasting your time and money. Internet marketing is the way to go if you have a Denver business website and actually want people to come to your location.

So, you may ask, what is the best way to get a good Denver web design? Well, that depends on what you mean by good. Good is a word that means different things to different people. Good can mean satisfactory. If you want satisfactory or also known as mediocre, try using a free web design company. That way you won’t have to pay anything but at least you can say you have a website (even if you don’t even have a domain name). Or if you want something that would really work, don’t waste your time because free websites are for the birds. Go to a reputable Denver website designer and have your dreams come true. That way, you can get found and make your money back twice over!