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A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO WEBSITE MEASUREMENT

Posted: November 4th, 2011 | Author: Jason Fournier | Filed under: Development | No Comments »

Found this absolutely fantastic guide to measuring website performance:

https://www.newfangled.com/how_to_gather_and_evaluate_website_user_data

It’s clear, concise, and written in a way such that techies and non-techies alike can understand.  Bravo Newfangled!


Website Pre-flight Checklist

Posted: June 20th, 2011 | Author: Jason Fournier | Filed under: Development, Marketing, Usability, UX | No Comments »

The pre-flight jitters of an impending website launch are there for a reason – you want to make sure that first impression makes a positively great lasting impression.  It’s also tied to your brand, the value you propose to your viewing audience, the sponsors and vendors you represent, and more.  There are some concrete steps you can take prior to a launch that will help ensure a smooth transition to the new site.  I came across this checklist a while ago and have found it a good starting point for review:

BOX UK – The Ultimate Website Launch Checklist

If you’re interested in delving further into the topic then I suggest you head on over to Smashing Magazine and check out their post on the subject.  They include questionnaires, checklists, and more.

Happy launching!


jQuery and the URL

Posted: June 7th, 2011 | Author: Jason Fournier | Filed under: Development | Tags: , , | No Comments »

I was recently working on a side project, www.hellophoto.ca, and found myself needing segments of the URL in an effort to build a RESTful service.  Through a combination of .htaccess and this jQuery URL plugin I was able to easily grab portions of the URL.  The plugin covers URL attributes, Query String Parameters, URL Segments, and Fragment Parameters.  All great stuff.

Example:

http://www.hellophoto.ca/find/username

Create a URL object:

var url = $.url();

Use one of the methods for accessing the information you need.  Say, for instance, I want to know the username of the URL.  I would do the following:

var mySeg = url.segment(-1);

console.log(mySeg);

This will output ‘username’.  Sweet.

To include the plugin in your page you could use the following:

<script type=”text/javascript” src=”js/jquery.url.min.js”></script>

A comprehensive plugin that handles the URL very well.  Check it out.