Note to clients: Don't let the website developer buy your domain name

GoDaddyI've been in many situations where a developer purchases a domain name for a client, and shortly thereafter the parties split ways. The client then hires me, and now we have to go through the domain transfer process. Many times there's no friction from the jilted party, but sometimes it can be a mess.

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Calling all travelers!

If you're flying Southwest in September (or maybe October?), look for the ad below in Southwest the Magazine. Draw funny pictures on it then a snap a photo and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or message it to 504-400-6615. I'd love to see how you would improve it or make it worse—your choice. 

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Another new streetcar ad is rolling now!

Gray Line streetcar ad

Can I build a sufficient business website on Squarespace?

Rocky & Carlo's Restaurant & Bar websiteAs a website developer who primarily builds content management system websites on established CMS platforms, I always had a bad feeling about Squarespace, Wix, Weebly and other "do it yourself" website tools. I'd wonder, "Will these services eventually take over the small business market? Will I lose business to these guys?"

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Should I stay or should I go now?

Hostettler label

Mystery caller says "Meet me in the Quarter. I got an interesting job for ya."

I love being a graphic designer in New Orleans—you never know what the next job will entail. Last year, I got a mysterious call from someone needing help. The call went something like this:

Me: I Design, this is Matt.

Mystery client: I need graphics help. 

Me: Okay, I can probably help you. What exactly do you need?

Mystery client: I can't explain it, I need to show you. Can you meet me in the French Quarter?

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LPT: "password" is not a good password

Happy New Year everyone! To kick off 2019, I've republished the top ten worst passwords from SplashData's "Top 100 Worst Passwords for 2018." Unfortunately, many of the same offenders are tops on the list. And here's a Life Pro Tip: password is not a good password. Neither is 123456. Even though most users know that passwords should be secure, many still use the awful ones below.

Remember to make passwords at least 8 characters long, with mixed types including upper and lowercase letters, symbols and numbers. And another tip from SplashData reminds us to use a different password for each of your logins. That way, if a hacker gets access to one of your passwords, they will not be able to use it to access other sites.

You can click here to see their full list. So, without further ado, enjoy the top 10 below (with change from 2017):

  1. 123456 (Unchanged)
  2. password (Unchanged)
  3. 123456789 (Up 3)
  4. 12345678 (Down 1)
  5. 12345 (Unchanged)
  6. 111111 (New, really?)
  7. 1234567 (Up 1)
  8. sunshine (New)
  9. qwerty (Down 5)
  10. iloveyou (Unchanged)

Phones are good...

Compelled to share this creative and funny ad by 3 UK. #PhonesAreGood

Does my website need an SSL certificate?

SSL padlockLately I've been contacting the clients that host websites at I Design about the importance of adding Transport Layer Security or a Secure Sockets Layer certificate (SSL) to their website hosting package. In the past, SSL was reserved for websites that shared sensitive data with users or sold products. But that has changed and in today's world, secure websites are a must. 

We now automatically install SSL certificates on all new accounts. And when we add SSL certificates to existing sites, we modify the site settings to automatically route traffic to the new https domain. This helps bookmarks or links that are already on other sites get properly rerouted to the new https pages.

With their HTTPS everywhere initiative, Google is really pushing sites to install SSL certificates. So not only does it help secure your site, it helps with your overall SEO. That alone should be reason enough. Also, web browsers will eventually start showing warnings for non-secure sites, so it's better to be proactive.

If you'd like to read more, here's a link to an article on Forbes.com that goes into more detail. 

Our latest site – Leger & Shaw

Leger & Shaw websiteLeger & Shaw is a full service law firm concentrating in maritime law and class actions & complex litigation. They hired a national company for their original website, but found out that bigger is not always better. So, they contacted us to develop a fresh site full of new features, including dynamic content on the homepage that highlights their experience in large, high profile cases. We felt it was important to highlight this experience, as it's one of the firm's most important distinguishing features and it separates their firm from the many other personal injury firms that fight for the crowded car and truck accident space.

We also consolidated their text and used elements that focused on the firm's strengths throughout the site. In the backend, the site uses SASS compiled CSS and LiteSpeed Enterprise to deliver fast, engaging, content on all kinds of screen sizes and devices.

Click there to view legerandshaw.com.

Streetcar ads are rolling now

streetcar

I worked with New Orleans Steamboat Company this summer to develop a set of ads for the Steamboat NATCHEZ, Gray Line New Orleans and Café Beignet. This was my first time doing street car ads (I've done streetcar kiosks and station signs before) and It was a great project that involved some new angles of thought. 

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