How To Hide Optional Fields on Long Web Forms

Do you have a long form on your web site that might be intimidating to users? After all, you only require about half of the fields on your form? Now you can use XHTML and JavaScript to allow your users to hide the optional fields and only fill out what is required of them. Heck, you could even hide the optional fields by default. To begin, we'll need a properly formatted XHTML form example: <form id="form" method="post" action="" > <fieldset> <legend>Personal information</legend> <div class="required"> <label for="first">First name:</label> <input name="first" id="first" type="text" /> </div> <div class="optional"> <label for="mid">Middle name:</label> <input id="mid" name="mid" type="text" /> </div> <div class="required"> <label for="last"&... [More]

Recreating Low Resolution Logo Scans as Print Ready Vector Graphics

From time to time we come across a client who does not have any digital files for their branding. The original designer or printer (sometimes one in the same) never delivered the source files or they were lost after being created several years ago. Many times all we have to work with is a scan from a business card or brochure.

All is not lost, because with a few simple tricks in Illustrator, we can recreate the logo in a much easier format to work with. All in less time than it takes to make a phone call to the original designer (who has probably lost the files anyway). [More]

E-commerce 101: The Essentials Every E-commerce Site Must Have

Most shopping cart systems offer the basic functionality that allows customers to add products to their carts and checkout. To convert more visitors into customers and keep customers coming back, make sure that your e-commerce software offers these features [More]

Evaluating Your Website Like a Job Applicant

When hiring new employees, you likely form a first and lasting impression of applicants based on their appearance, and whether they appear to "have it all together" during the interview. If applicants look sharp, and offer all the right answers, you're likely to hire them.

The way customers "interview" and select a financial institution, retailer or any entity with which they want to do business isn't much different. What is different is that many businesses today do not have web sites whose appearance, content and usability accurately reflect the high quality of the institution behind the site.

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Good Web Design Remains King, but Alone It's Not Enough to Communicate Credibility

Low online prices and special offers are great, but do they actually help you build credibility with your customers? The latest research might surprise you! [More]

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