Creating a Stellar Thank You for Donating Page

Saying Thank You is such a powerful tool for deepening relationships with your donors - and potentially encouraging them from one time givers to giving every month.

Nonprofit fundraisers know how important it is to nurture relationships with donors. So when a visitor makes a donation on your website, what happens next? If you’re not sending them to a compelling Thank You for Donating page, you’re missing out on a huge opportunity to nurture donor relationships and keep these folks engaged on your site.

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Every shortcut for designers in one place 🚀

Keeping track of all the different shortcuts across each of the tools and applications that designers use can be a mess! Here's a site that collates all the shortcuts from the various programs and organises them in a way that is easy to read and memorise. Check it Out! Alternatively, many of the programs let you customise each of the shortcuts to you liking. Personally I've customised the shortcuts of each of my adobe programs which has resulted in one of the best boosts to my workflow as a designer.

Google 62 is out but the “Not Secure” warning is missing?

Not sure whether this was always the plan or whether Google have backed off a little given how many sites are still not secure, but it seems that by default the "Not Secure" warning on all non-secure pages with any sort of form is turned off. This article explains how to turn it on if you want it, but it looks like site owners may have received a slight reprieve. Not that there is any reason to delay any longer - adding SSL to your web site is quick, easy and generally inexpensive.

For months I’ve been warning about the upcoming “Not Secure” warning coming to Google’s web browser in October. Well, it’s October 2017, Google Chrome version 62 has been released but the heavily forewarned “Not Secure” warning appears to have gone AWOL.

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In their shoes: developers understanding designers

One of the best things about our team is our open office, where we get to collaborate between our designers and developers from the very conception of every project

Thanks to the power of collaboration, developers can understand better the reasoning behind certain design decisions, while designers can have a better understanding of how things work.

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5 Ways Web Design Impacts Customer Experience

More than just a pretty face, strong web design not only looks great but also has the power improves the usability of your site and increase conversion rates. Check out this article to find out more about how web design influences your customer experience.

Web design is one of the most important parts of any Internet marketing strategy. It has a huge impact on the digital customer experience in several different ways. Your site’s aesthetics, usability, any other crucial factors are essential to your company’s long-term online success. But how dramatically does it actually impact your bottom line? In this post, we’ll take a look at five major aspect of web design and how you can improve all of them.

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Beginner’s guide to regular expressions

This is a long article, but it does a great job of covering all the basics (and beyond) of regular expressions. If you are serious about programming you are going to need to be comfortable working with at least simple regular expressions, and you could do a lot worse than starting here.

No programming concept frightens programmers more than regular expressions. For a lot of us, seeing code with regular expressions in it can bring a sense of dread and anxiety. We often have no idea what’s going on or how a regular expression does what it does.

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4 Things Every Designer Should Know About Whitespace

Whitespace is such important part of a Designers Toolkit! Check out the core things every designer should know about this essential design principles.

Although some people may consider whitespace a waste of valuable screen estate, it’s an essential element in a design. In fact, whitespace is just as important as the content. As Jan Tschichold said: Whitespace is to be regarded as an active element, not a passive background

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Is Your Website Repelling Potential Customers?

First impressions in the digital world are just as important as they are in the physical world! Make sure that your brand is best represented online by asking yourself questions found in this article.

Colors. Graphics. Original content. These are all elements that work together to make your website interesting to potential customers. Unfortunately, you can’t just throw together a website with your two favorite colors, throw a graphic somewhere on the page and call it a day. There is research to prove that the appearance of your website has everything to do with conversions. So is your website repelling your potential customers? Ask yourself these few questions to find out!

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What The Hell Was Megadeth, Arizona?

The fascinating story of how heavy metal band Megadeth pre-empted many major Internet trends, from the very existence of a web site to interactive chat rooms and social media.

This is the story of how an unlikely trio—a girl, a heavy metal band and their fans — pioneered the web at its infancy, bucked the status quo and proved that the Internet wasn’t a fad.

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How & Why Faces Increase User Engagement

Break through the screen and connect with people emotionally!

There’s a lot of science and psychology that goes into design. Even if you don’t consciously think about it, choices that you make when selecting imagery and user interface elements can establish a connection with users (or not) and even lead to higher engagement rates.

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The Designer’s Guide to Color Contrast

Want to get more out of the colours you use and help make your website more accessible to those with colour blindness? Contrasting colours are the way to go!

The colors you choose while designing a website, poster, or any other type of image, will have a huge impact on whether or not the overall design is successful. After all, there is a lot of psychology behind the colors that people are attracted to, and designers need to incorporate this into everything they do.

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When is the right time to personalize the customer experience online

Personalisation at the right time and in the right place can take your digital marketing strategies to the next level! However learning to avoid the common pitfalls and missteps of personalisation is crucial to ensuring that your future campaigns are a success.

It’s not enough to just send traffic to your site and expect people to buy in 2017. You need to go the extra mile and make your site more relevant to them at that very moment. Personalizing the user experience can make your web presence more memorable and your blog convert much higher.

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We Called it Gutenberg for a Reason

No one could suggest that the WP team have small dreams - according to Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg, the new Gutenberg editor will literally "change the world". While the article is light on details, it's hard not to get caught up in the hype. But will it really serve end-users? Only time will tell.

For those who don’t know we kicked off the Gutenberg project around the beginning of the year, I talked about it and we did our first public releases in June, and the team has been doing weekly updates of the public beta plugin that’s available for anyone to try out in their wp-admin.

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Designing The Perfect Feature Comparison Table

Comparisons tables are valuable tools in a designer's kit, allowing you to powerfully communicate information your users may be needed in a clear and easy to digest manner. However, many just can't seem to get it right graphically. Check out this detailed article to help you get the most out of them!

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Not all products are created equal. While we repeatedly buy some products almost mindlessly, for others, we take a lot of time to make a purchasing decision. For a price tag that meets a certain threshold or if we are particularly invested in the quality of a product, we want to be absolutely certain that we are making the right choice and are getting a good product for a good price. That’s where a feature comparison table makes all the difference.

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Introducing Site Meta

This is one of those moments where you look at an upcoming new feature in Wordpress and slap your forehead, saying "Why has no one thought of this before?!". We have meta on users, posts and taxonomies. Why don't we have meta on sites in a multisite network? Well, we soon will.

The site meta adds a new table into core database, that enables developers store per site data in a uniform way. There will be a full API to interact with this data in databases.

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Chrome Version 62 to Show Security Warnings on HTTP Pages Starting in October 2017

Eventually, Google plans on labelling all HTTP pages as non-secure, with the intention to change the HTTP security indicator to the red triangle that is currently being used for broken websites with HTTPS. This will likely be a major deterrent for your users if you haven't made the jump to HTTPS.

Google Search Console has started sending out notices to sites that have not yet migrated to HTTPS. Chrome 61 is now in beta and version 62 is on track to begin marking HTTP pages as “NOT SECURE” beginning in October. It will show the warning if it detects any forms on the page that transmit passwords, credit cards, or any text input fields that the browser deems are in need of HTTPS protection. All HTTP pages in incognito mode will trigger the warning.

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Stripe for Nonprofits

Picking a payment gateway can be tricky, and using PayDock makes it easy and affordable to use more than one! But if you are only using one, we agree that Stripe is the way to go

We realize the details surrounding payment processors can be hazy at best, and you probably have better things to do than research pros and cons. To make your decision easier, we’ll come out and tell you that we recommend Stripe for nonprofits that we work with.

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Why You Need Design Thinking and How To Put It Into Practise

Design Thinking can be applied to so many aspects of life. Not sure what design thinking is and want to learn more? Check out this article by the people at Invision.

It’s more than a methodology or a framework. Design thinking has the power to take you and your team through the trickiest of problems—often with a winning solution on the other end.

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