What we’re thinking about here at Raised Eyebrow these days. You can subscribe to our blog by RSS, or sign up for email updates.
  • Eyebrow Transplants, Extensions, and Wigs?

    July 24, 2014 Comments

    If your eyebrow is raised it ought be bushy, according to "Women Want Bushy Brows and Are Wearing Face-Merkins to Get Them". I'm wondering if this will lead to less bounces from our website where people were searching for an eyebrow plucking place and accidentally landed here? Maybe, we'll stop getting mail for "Ray's Eyebrows":-) Yup, we're a web design firm!

  • URL Structure Best Practices

    June 17, 2014 Comments URL naming conventions should flow from a sitemap that addresses the wayfinding needs and content requirements and priorities for your site.
  • Explainer Video Software

    May 30, 2014 Comments

    When I attended Net2Van’s Digital Nonprofit Conference, I was inspired by Lee LeFever’s presentation on explainer videos:

     

     

    I reflected upon how many times I’ve explained certain web caveats, which easily could be explained in a video. Maybe I could even do a better job of explaining?

  • User Interface Changes with WordPress 3.9 "Smith"

    April 23, 2014 Comments

    You may have noticed some changes with WordPress 3.9, which they are calling “Smith” in honor of jazz organist Jimmy Smith (not after our dearest Christine Smith), including:

    Paste Changes

    Paste from Word was removed and Paste as Plain Text was turned into a toggle, instead of a box overlay.

     

     

    This means that when you click Paste as Plain Text instead of a box popping up where you paste your content, the Plain text mode is engaged and you paste your content directly into the editing area. Make sure the button is engaged when you do your paste, as indicated by a small black outline around the button on the toolbar. 

     

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  • Big Love for Raised Eyebrow

    January 29, 2013 Comments

    Just a quick note to express how much I appreciate Emira and our team at Raised Eyebrow.  Recently my wee bug, Azalea was sick with pneumonia.  The support and well wishes that I received from our team was awesome.  I was treated with so much kindness and consideration. Thanks Raised Eyebrow for being the best place to work.

     

     

  • I'm back!

    September 4, 2012 Comments
    Ryan and Azalea Geeroms

    A year ago today, on a sunny September afternoon, my two amazing babies, Azalea and Ryan, were born at 31 weeks and 3 days gestation.  There is a higher risk of premature labour with twins, but I thought I was being cautious, planning to finish up work at the end of 32 weeks.  However, my body had other plans and those babies wanted out! 

    Born after an hour and 39 minute natural birth, both babies were small (4 lbs and 3 lbs 6 ounces) but vigorous.  They spent 38 days at the NICU growing bigger so that we could take them home. 

    When we brought them home the really hard work began.  Sleepless days and nights spent feeding, changing and clothing them… it was about 11 months until we had a moment to breath.  Through it all, our family was amazing, spending nearly 5 days a week helping us take care of our growing babes.  And they have grown into two amazing little people.

    Raised Eyebrow
  • YouTube URL Structure Update

    July 5, 2011 Comments

    Youtube recently updated their URL structure.  Now, if you click Share below a YouTube video you get a short URL, with a structure like http://youtu.be/PNyMlswZb-I, instead of the older format http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNyMlswZb-I. The shorter URL is nice for sending the URL around to friends or tweeting. However, some Drupal sites that use short codes, such as ">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNyMlswZb-I] for embedding Youtube may need to be updated to work with the new URL structure.  We'll be checking the sites we've launched and contacting you if your site is among those effected.

  • Multi-Step vs. Single Page Checkout

    June 21, 2011 Comments

    Have you ever tried to purchase something off the internet and been presented with a long tabbed, multi-step checkout?  You think to yourself "what am I getting myself into?"  You have no idea what they might ask in future parts of the form and so you hesitate before committing to buy something.

    Alternately, have you come to the checkout page and it is 7 km long? So long, your hand gets tired of scrolling!

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    Either way, you are tempted to abandon your cart and get out of there!

  • Ecwid: The Simple Shopping Cart Solution

    June 14, 2011 Comments

    EcwidIf you haven't heard of Ecwid, and you are in the market for a shopping cart, you should check it out.  It is a newish shopping cart system that can be integrated with Drupal or WordPress.  Compared to other Drupal/WordPress options it is simple in design/function and it is simple to integrate with your website. I did a happy dance the first time I checked Ecwid out because finally we have a simple solution to offer to clients that is a real shopping cart.

  • Why the unsubscribes?

    March 11, 2011 Comments

    It takes quite a bit of time and energy to create an email newsletter.  Writing the stories, putting the newsletter together, assembling and formatting the images, proofing the newsletter, and managing the distribution lists--the list of To Do's makes for quite a time investment. 

    And then people unsubscribe! Each unsubscribe can feel like a total rejection.  And with broken heart you'll do the play-by-play in your brain, wondering what made them jump ship.  Was the newsletter uninteresting, not a suitable topic, riddled with errors? It's easy to jump to the conclusion that the content or presentation are at fault.