My website, chrisfinleyonline.com, runs on WordPress and is hosted by GoDaddy. Like many websites, I have a form on my contact page. When I migrated from my old website to my current WordPress website, I chose one of the standard contact plugins. Some of the most common forms are Contact Form 7, Secure Contact Form, and Contact Form. After some testing the configuration, I was able to get my form submissions to work. Continue reading
We’ve all had those terrible experiences with a website that leaves much to be desired. However, some sites take it to the extreme. Like any industry, web design and online marketing has evolved since it’s early days. It’s 2013. Let’s get with the program, folks. I’ve asked a few people (non-designers/developers), researched others opinion, and thought about what I passionately hate about a website. Read the list below and remember to never commit one of these web sins. Continue reading
The Cross Timbers Trail Race website is now live. As mentioned in a previous post, it is a responsive website. Responsive means the design and layout will adjust according to the user’s device. Being my first dive into responsive design, there was a slight learning curve. Responsive design presents a unique challenge in that a designer has to target multiple widths and decide how a layout should react. With the growing number of screen resolutions, it’s important to cater to all! I’m hesitant to say adios to fixed width design, but responsive definitely holds a place in web design. Continue reading
As many of you know, I love trail running and nature. The trail running community is a wonderful group of people and I felt like I needed to give back. So, I decided to update a website for a local race that I participated in earlier this year called Cross Timbers. The Cross Timbers Trail Race is directed by Teresa Estrada-McCoul and is currently the oldest trail race in Texas…and for good reason.
With any web design, mockups come first. This is where you come in. I need your opinion. Please VOTE! Click on each image to view full size. Continue reading
I was lucky enough to attend HubSpot’s Inbound 2012 located in their hometown Boston, MA. Inbound marketing is critical to an online business these days (or any business for that matter), and Inbound 2012 really pounded that point home. There were several great keynotes over the course of three days that spoke on a variety of important topics. Continue reading
Ahh, I finally updated my design portfolio. The portfolio is much more robust than my previous antiquated website and it places focus on design projects, specifically web design. I also integrated my old blog into the site, which I will make full use of going forward. Continue reading
First post of the year of opportunity, or so I hope. For the first time since I can remember there is no plan. No guidelines. Nothing predetermined to set my expectations. This time I make my expectations. It will be a year of changes. Determination is key. I don’t know where the motivation will come from but trust me, it will in one form or another. I suppose that is the challenge of life. At the very least it is one of them.
On a lighter note, while I was searching for some inspiration on the web I came across a list on smashingmagazine.com. Here is one of the websites that was posted. I was immediately drawn to it. Minimalism at its best!
Personally, for me the game of bowling has always been a battle. Whether the battle be against the lane, bowling ball, opposing person(s), or even myself there is always a level of satisfaction to be achieved. I feel that there is definitely an equilibrium during bowling. A majority of people do not understand the fact that bowling is a highly intensive mental game. Being very hard on myself in general, especially when I bowl, presents the case of mastery vs frustration. Ultimately, the goal is to achieve the perfect game of 300 every time. Unfortunately, I (no one for that matter) could ever do this. The high number of obstacles and mind decisions prove too hard to conquer the game of bowling.
A theory of fun is written by Raph Koster. Mixing cartoons and text to get the message across is interesting. He basically says games are entertainment and puzzles but still teach humans many skills. Skills that can be used in the real world. In a sense, Koster breaks down society and how they interpret art and craft, as well as games in general. He points out that games have evolved from rudimentary games such as tic-tac-toe into something much more. Players want more from games, and the game developers try their best to do so. Games with more than one answer should be focused upon. With the improvement of technology games are beginning to take on a new role in society. One in which certain circumstances yield far different results.
Superstruct is a multiplayer forecasting game of 2019. Players are introduced to different situations that pose danger in our future. They attempt to decide what the next step is and how to prevent/treat the problem. It was made by Ten Year Team at the Institure for Future. At the end of the game, the developers will combine the research and players contributions in a concluding report. Find out more at www.superstructgame.org.