Post Online Surveys to Your Bank or Credit Union Website for Free

One of the easiest methods to quickly collect customer feedback is via online surveys, posted either on your website or distributed via email. Since few website content management systems (CMSs) offer survey tools and third-party products can be expensive and cumbersome to install, not many small and mid-size banks and credit unions use online surveys. Using a new feature in Google spreadsheets, anyone can easily create, distribute and analyze online surveys. Best of all, it's free! Let me show you how to get started. First, let me share an important disclaimer: Spreadsheets are not databases. Spreadsheets are not databases. (Twice for emphasis) The process is simple: Go to www.google.com/docs and sign up for your free account Create a new, empty spreadsheet Click on the Share tab and input a name when prompted Click the "to fill out a form" radio button in the Invite People: se... [More]

Tough Security vs. Good Usability on Chase Bank Website

Last week I got a new computer (IBM ThinkPad T60p), which means I retired my old ThinkPad T41. Today is the first time that I've tried to logon to my Chase online account to pay my credit card bill, which is due today. I've never had a problem logging on, but today the Chase online banking site has recognized that my computer fingerprint has changed. The hair-pulling experience I'm in the middle of right now has reminded me that it's a fine line we as software developers walk between creating tough-to-crack security while continuing to make sure our software is user friendly. [More]

Using heat maps to see how visitors use your website

Your home page is the most valuable real estate on your website, but also the hardest page to choose content for and layout. A good home page will drive visitors into your site, while a poor home page will drive visitors away. But how can you tell exactly how visitors are using your home page? [More]

Improve your web site's accessibility by using percentages for font size

Now that you've weened yourself off of using tags to set the font attributes on your web site, it's time to refine your style sheet even further. It may be easier to just use the point (pt) or pixel (px) size, especially when converting a Photoshop mockup, but if you use percent (%) for your font-size, you'll greatly improve accessibility. [More]

Photoshop Web Tip: Use guides in Photoshop to plan your layout

No matter how creatively you plan your web site design, the underlying structure of (X)HTML is grid based. Even if you aren't laying out your site using tables (you aren't right? good) you can think of multiple DIVs, headings, paragraphs, and images as a piece of your grid. So, if you're creating your web site mockups in Photoshop, dragging out some grid lines should be the first move you make. First, create a new document for your web site mockup. If I'm doing 800 x 600 resolution, I like to use 760 x 480. If I get to use 1024 x 768 resolution, I create my mockup at 960 x 480. Once you have your new document created and ready to work on, make sure that you have your rulers turned on by going to View -> Rulers or pressing Command + R (or Control + R on a PC). Now, if the numbers on your ruler don't match up to the size of the document you created, your ruler units are not set to pixel... [More]

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