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Simple Website Forms

Make Your Website Calls-To-Action More Effective With 3 Quick Questions

No one wants to make their website visitors jump through unnecessary hoops, but when your end-users are motivated to interact with you, you can usually add value to that interaction–for both you and your users–by asking just a few quick questions. Website content generation can be difficult and time-consuming. For that reason, many website owners […]

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Online Ticketing & Registration

Add Event Ticketing & Registration to your WordPress Website

WordPress is a great platform for any business that wants the quality and professionalism of custom design, a robust set of add-on features, and a comprehensive, easy-to-use content management system. And if your website requires special features or functionality, odds are that someone has already created a plugin that will help you add that feature […]

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Streamlining Your Organization's Calendars

Streamlining Your Organization’s Event Calendars

When working with non-profits and event management companies, one of the most common challenges we see is in managing the organization’s event calendars. Many times, fast-growing organizations have evolved around separate solutions for their internal calendars (e.g. Outlook), attendee calendar subscriptions (e.g. iCal or Google Calendar), and their website’s calendar (managed independently, through their CMS). […]

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Non-Profit Web Design

Website Launch: Chicago Area Breastfeeding Coalition

Chicago Area Breastfeeding Coalition (CABC) is a non-profit organization that promotes awareness and acceptance of breastfeeding through educational events and services, helping to improve infant and family health throughout the Chicago area. PixelPeople worked with CABC to re-design and re-build the site to provide easier access to information, help promote the organization’s events, and help […]

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Microinteractions to improve website design and UX

Microinteractions: Better Design for Better UX

Have you ever clicked a button to submit a form and wondered…is anything happening? Did that work, or did I just lose all my info? That’s a classic example of inadequate design, and a scenario where a “microinteractions” can drastically improve the user experience. A microinteraction is a website element that gives instant, helpful feedback […]

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WordPress web development

6 Key WordPress Benefits

If your business hasn’t yet switched to WordPress, you might still think that managing a website is difficult and time-consuming. But today, WordPress is bigger and better than ever, and in the hands of an experienced designer/developer, a custom WordPress website can be a natural extension of your brand, while making it easy to manage […]

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Internet Privacy Rules

What the “New” Internet Privacy Ruling Means to You

The more things change, the more they stay the same… You’ve probably been hearing a lot about internet privacy laws lately. The topic has been a matter of debate for awhile now, with the legislative pendulum swinging back and forth–but with no real change as the result. During the Obama era, laws were passed that would […]

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Mega Menus for ecommerce

Mega Menus for Small Business

Mega menus go beyond simple dropdowns, to provide more options and more advanced visual cues that help guide users through your site. They help to clearly differentiate navigation options with visual grouping–section titles, borders, colors, and images–like a mini-page within a page. Most people associate mega menus with mega sites like Amazon or eBay, but there are […]

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Event Registration with WordPress and WooCommerce

Using WordPress for Event Registration

WordPress is widely known as the most popular, flexible, and robust content management system (CMS) on the web. It currently accounts for 39% of the CMS market (more than 4x the share of its nearest competitor) and more than 25% of ALL websites. Maybe lesser-known among everyday users is that WordPress is also hugely popular […]

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Web Development Checklist

5 New Year’s Resolutions for your Website

The new year is the perfect time to resolve to finish up the “little things” you’ve been putting off–the finishing touches that will help your business, help your site visitors, and protect the investment you’ve made in your website. If any of these to-dos are still unchecked after 2016, it’s time for action. Secure and […]

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Website SSL Security

2017 Is Your Deadline For Adding SSL

SSL is the secure protocol used to protect sensitive information on the web. You know you’re protected when you see the green-colored lock in the address bar, followed by HTTPS (instead of simply HTTP). In the past, SSL was seen as a requirement only for ecommerce transactions and forms that handle sensitive information. But more […]

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Black Friday Ecommerce Trends

Is Your Ecommerce Site On-Trend for Holiday Sales?

As we head into the busiest shopping days of the year, here’s a quick look at online sales trends, and some of the biggest drivers of holiday shopping decisions. Despite having names still rooted in one-day sales events, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are now weeks-long promotions that might as well apply to the entire […]

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How much does a website cost?

How Much Does A Website Cost?

This is naturally one of the first questions people have when they’re looking to build a website for the first time, or looking to upgrade from an entry-level solution to a custom-built website made just for their business. And it’s difficult to find answers, because there are so many variables involved–from the website size, to […]

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Website Redesign for Crisis Center for South Suburbia

Website Launch: Crisis Center for South Suburbia

Crisis Center for South Suburbia (CCSS) provides support services for victims of domestic abuse and helps raise awareness of domestic abuse issues through education and community events. PixelPeople joined forces with a team of professional project managers, marketers, and copy writers who donated their time through the Taproot Foundation to create a new website for […]

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Custom WordPress Plugins

Add Advanced Features with Custom WordPress Plugins and Shortcodes

Despite the robust editing capabilities built in to WordPress’ native editor, there may be times when you want to add special styling or functionality to your page, beyond what the editor offers. Fortunately, WordPress also has a massive library of free (or at least inexpensive) plugins available–odds are, someone else has already faced the same […]

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SSL Security for Ecommerce Web Development

Free SSL Security – Too Good To Be True?

SSL security is what provides the “s” in HTTPS, and the little green padlock in your address bar, signaling that you’re on an encrypted connection and it’s safe to provide sensitive information. Many services now offer free or “flexible” SSL services for your website. Is it too good to be true? Well, yes and no…it […]

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Multilingual Web Development

Multilingual Websites Made Easy

If your website needs to support users across multiple languages, there are plenty of solutions out there. But not all solutions are equal. Services like Google Translate are quick, easy and free to add to your site – but the translation quality is far from perfect. Misinterpreted information can be confusing to end users, and can […]

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Web Development Standards

Does Your “Simple” Website Stack Up To These Modern Standards?

I’ve spent much of my career working with small businesses and startups, and I’ve lost many bids to the “fast,” “cheap,” and “simple” website solutions that are offered online–projects that don’t even require human interaction from the vendor side, because there’s no real thought or customization to them. They’re geared more towards keeping you on a […]

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WordPress Web Development

Essential WordPress Plugins

One of the biggest advantages of a website powered by WordPress is the massive amount of plugins available to optimize it, extend its features, and keep it secure–and many of the best plugins are free, like WordPress itself. Last week we listed some essential security plugins that can help protect your site. Now for the bells and […]

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WordPress Website Securtiy

WordPress Security Made Easy

WordPress now powers more than 25% of all websites on the internet–and that can be seen as a positive or a negative by people who aren’t familiar with the platform. Glass-half-full people see the massive community of developers who extend and protect the platform as a major benefit. Glass-half-empty people focus on how its proliferation makes it […]

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Preparing Your Website for HTTP/2

Preparing Your Website for HTTP/2

HTTP is the protocol that delivers website files & resources to your browser, to display a web page. It was first released in 1991, and had its last major update in 1999–which is to say we’re long overdue for an upgrade. Compared to the 90’s, today’s web pages require way more data and more individual resources; […]

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SEO Google Ranking

Google Ranking Factors
That May Surprise You

Google has always kept the details of its ranking algorithms under wraps, causing website owners and SEO gurus to speculate a bit about what to prioritize for optimal SEO results–and the algorithms change over time, to stay relevant, adding to the mystery. There are some obvious SEO steps that pay dividends when you want to […]

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Google Mobile Friendly Test

If Your Website Is In The Majority, You’re Losing Mobile Visitors

You know the importance of responsive design and the mobile web. You’re never far from your smartphone, and more often than not, you’re using it to search the web–whether you’re at home or on the go. You’re in the majority of users, trending to the future: 2015 was the first year that Google reported that more […]

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Boost Website Performance with Google PageSpeed Insights

3 Tips To Boost Website Performance

It’s no secret–people don’t like to wait. So websites with longer/slower load times are more likely to lose impatient visitors; they’ll move on to your faster-loading competitor’s site in a heartbeat. And believe it or not, your website’s response time may also affect your search engine rankings, with slower sites sinking below faster ones. Both of […]

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PixelPeople Web Design, Branding, and Digital Marketing Services

Introducing PixelPeople – A New Digital Agency

PixelPeople, a new digital agency in Naperville, Illinois, launched this month, to serve fast-growing businesses and new startups throughout the Chicago area and across the country. The agency specializes in web design and development, helping new brands to establish a professional online presence. PixelPeople was founded by Steve Lovisa, who brings to the business his […]

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