Design the error 404 page to be entertaining

Room 404 at Scandic Hotell in Stockholm

In the book Web Strategy for Everyone there are given a number of tips on how to design the Error 404 page for it to be useful and beneficial. Something that one does not have place in a printed book is to showcase a bunch of examples of how these pages might look like.

These figures is something we encounter on a regular basis on the Web. 404, 410 and numbers like 500-something. They are so-called status codes from the Web’s protocol HTTP, you know that found in the beginning of the addresses on the Web. Continue reading “Design the error 404 page to be entertaining”

Global Accessibility Awareness Day today

Web accessibility word cloud (jil-wright-cc-by-on-flickr)

Almost every cause seem to have its own day to commemorate its importance. Today though, is one I like, namely Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Working with accessibility and a Web for everyone is a constant effort, not something you can expect ever to be done with.

You who have read my book Web Strategy for Everyone notes at the end of the web design section that I, a little unexpectedly, am lumping together usability and accessibility with game-based learning, so-called gamification. It is not a coincidence. In addition to the fact that each user’s abilities are highly individual in its mix its fundamental, for all users, to show that it’s worth the effort. Continue reading “Global Accessibility Awareness Day today”

Hooray! Internet Explorer died today…

Internet Explorer as a pincushion, perfect for your voodoo needs

At last, Microsoft has finally caught up and stopped pretending that ancient versions of Internet Explorer is something worth keeping. Today they killed (FINALLY!1!) the support for all versions except the latest one, version 11.

I suspect that they would ideally spend all their focus in their new browser, Edge, but it might give too many angry corporate customers. Continue reading “Hooray! Internet Explorer died today…”

The web strategist’s bookshelf

Bookshelf in a library (faungg-on-flickr-cc-by-nd)

In addition to the fact that I’m writing a book about web analytics and will publish the book Web Strategy for Everyone this year, I also bought some promising books to read.

An unusual number of interesting books has been published recently. These book I’ll be reading shortly:

  1. Designing for performance by Lara Hogan
  2. Measuring the User Experience by Tom Tullis and Bill Albert
  3. Going Responsive av Karen McGrane
  4. Responsive Design: Patterns & Principles by Ethan Marcotte
  5. Lean websites by Barbara Bermes
  6. Design for Care by Peter Jones
  7. Service design by Andy Polaine
  8. Managing chaos by Lisa Welchman
  9. Content Everywhere by Sara Wachter-Boettcher
  10. Search Analytics for Your Site by Louis Rosenfeld
  11. Why: A Guide to Finding and Using Causes by Samantha Kleinberg
  12. Relevant Search by Doug Turnbull and John Berryman

Do you have any interesting books you look forward to reading this year?

Still editing the Web Strategy book

Macallan from 1997

Glenmorangie CompantaIt’s not a tradition yet, but last time I published a book I celebrated by opening a sought-after whisky. That time it was a Glenmorangie Companta, companta apparently means friendship in Gaelic. Very suitable since I wrote the Swedish edition of the book with my dear colleagues in mind.

For the publishing of the English edition of my book I chose a Macallan from 1997 – the year when I met my wife for the very first time. Continue reading “Still editing the Web Strategy book”

The European cookie law explained

Cookies (fotokredd: rhino neal på Flickr, licens cc-nc-nd)

At work, I have been given the assignment to write my professional opinion about the handling of cookies on my employer’s websites, and come up with a recommendation. That is probably not the most glamorous assignment during my career, the reason being there are very few who like the consequences of following the cookie law. Namely, chapter 6, § 18 of the Swedish Electronic Communications Act (2003: 389, LEK) as it is part of. What you hear most often is that people complain that they probably cannot keep Google Analytics, a third party functionality that 81% of the municipalities used when I researched it last spring. Given that the law in its current form is over four years old, it is probably time to stop hesitating.

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Publisher manifesto

The fish market of Gothenburg

This book’s publisher, Intranätverk, recently published a manifesto. Read below. Already being an author of one book I can only praise such an initiative. Being a niche-author is not as glamorous as some people seem to believe. Currently I make 7.3 EUR when I sell a book, but to make that sale I had to finance my own inventory. So, I bought a lot of my own books. For 7 EUR each, and if someone buys it I’ll make 0.3 EUR. This is called self-publishing, and it’s not really a great incentive to authors.

Well, the English edition of the web strategy book is published by Intranätverk and I’m inclined to publish all my future books this way since it lets me focus on writing. Continue reading “Publisher manifesto”

Tools to troubleshoot performance issues on your intranet

An obvious hurdle to troubleshoot your intranet is that it is not accessible from services on the web. For instance it’s quite hard for Pingdom’s Website speed test to reach your intranet and many more appreciated tools are useless. But don’t despair, there is still some great tools. Some of them act as plugins to your web browser, other is stand-alone applications for your computer.
Come along!

It’s worth mentioning that my book, Web Strategy for Everyone, also covers backend aspects of intranet performance optimization. Check it out, only cost you ten bucks › Continue reading “Tools to troubleshoot performance issues on your intranet”