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WordPress for beginners: .org or .com ?

If you are thinking of starting a blog or creating a website, probably you’ve considered WordPress. You search on the web and come across wordpress.com AND  .org. Why are there two? Are they both official? Is one only for blogs? Is just one free? For beginners, this can be a bit confusing. To help you understand the differences, I suggest reading WordPress.com vs WordPress.org: Which Is Right for YOU?, by Jazmine Betz at G2 Crowd:

“Before getting into the differences between .com and .org, it’s important to understand what WordPress is. WordPress is a free, open-source CMS based on the MySQL database management system and the PHP scripting language. While it can be used for any type of content, it’s a popular option for web content management. Web content management systems are used to build out websites, notably ones that frequently post fresh content, such as blogs, news sites and online stores.

WordPress has been so successful because it’s easy to use and offers users mobile- and SEO-friendly websites and hundreds of plugins. And since WordPress isn’t owned by a company — it’s maintained entirely by volunteers — the software is completely free.”
Keep reading the article on G2 Crowd

If you need a bit (or a lot!) of help to get your website designed, I can help you with that! Feel free to get in touch — I’d love to work on a project with you.

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Accessible Websites are No Longer an Option—They’re Law

By David Linabury

“Can I be sued if my website isn’t accessible? YES.  Over 5,000 website accessibility lawsuits were filed in the United States between January and June last year. In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act was created. At first, it only dealt with “barriers to entrance” meaning physical barriers, such as installing wheelchair ramps for stairs, doors, etc. In 2010, the Act was updated to included websites. The ADA determined that denying access to information constitutes a barrier to entrance.” Read the full article on Automation Alley.

Read a related article on how 2018 was a bad year for most businesses that chosen to fight website accessibility in court.

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Defendants Fighting Website Accessibility Cases Face An Uphill Battle In 2018 | ADA Title III

“2018 has been a bad year for most businesses that have chosen to fight website accessibility cases filed under Title III of the ADA. Plaintiffs filing in federal court secured their second judgment on the merits in a website accessibility lawsuit, bringing the federal court judgment score to 2-0 in their favor. Additionally, in twenty-one cases where defendants filed early motions to dismiss, judges have allowed eleven to move forward. While a forty percent dismissal rate doesn’t seem bad, most of the cases that were dismissed had a common set of…”

Keep Reading:
Defendants Fighting Website Accessibility Cases Face An Uphill Battle In 2018 | ADA Title III

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We Build Stores With Disabilities In Mind. Why Not Websites?

“The internet has long been known as the great equalizer, democratizing access to information for the masses. But a glaring oversight has lately drawn the attention of advocates and shoppers alike: the lack of websites and online stores accessible to people with disabilities.

While the designs of brick-and-mortar stores increasingly accommodate people with mobility concerns, the online world still presents significant challenges for the 15 per cent of the world’s population living with disabilities. For example, hearing-impaired users may have trouble with…”  Keep reading

Source: We Build Stores With Disabilities In Mind. Why Not Websites?

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New website for the McMillan Arts Centre

The new website I designed for the McMillan Arts Centre in Parksville BC, has been up since July.  Feedback from visitors and MAC volunteers and staff has been great so far, which is encouraging. Working with Rhonda Roy (MAC Media) was a cinch and I especially enjoyed how we problem-solved together.  I’m glad I was able to meet (surpass?) the expectations of Jennifer Bate, the MAC Executive Director, and create a site that is user-friendly and on-brand for a community arts centre.  The MAC is growing—and helping to invigorate Parksville—and I hope the website I made facilitates and expediates this.

A special thanks to Heidi Abbott at OCAC for getting me this gig!


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