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October’s EVM Card Processing Deadline

Filed under: News — by Eric Griffiths January 30, 2015

Those of you who process credit cards may know of the upcoming change in October.  In case you don’t, credit card companies are “shifting” liability to merchants who do not use the latest EMV (Europay MasterCard Visa) technology. As far as I can tell they are not requiring you to use the new chip readers, but you could be responsible if a card you process is used in fraud. So you probably want to plan on getting the new machines. Good news is there are machines that process both the new chip cards and the current magnetic strip cards, which will help the process of changing over.

This liability shift should only apply to “card present” transactions. Over the phone and online transactions should not be affected. Contact your Merchant Service Provider to be sure.

Consequently, online card fraud it forecasted to increase even more after October due to the fact that it may be an easier target due to the EMV technology. If you process cards online and have questions, contact us for a free review.

Website Promotion

Filed under: News — by Eric Griffiths October 1, 2013

SEO - Open for businessAs I tell my clients, and I may have mentioned here in the past, traditional SEO is dead. If you are still paying for someone to build links and articles for your site, you may be doing more harm than good. Unfortunately, SEO companies are still selling this even though almost 2 years ago Google themselves warned about this publicly. Why do they still sell this? Because business owners have heard of SEO and want a good deal… and traditional SEO is cheap when outsourced overseas. I know what it really costs, I have been involved in it in the past.

This is why I want to introduce you to my new online web promotion program. While it still has elements of SEO that are safe AND future proof, it focuses on results… traceable results with our software, not just links to your sites that only a search engine will ever find. It builds content… quality content and creates a following for that content and a “buzz” in the online community for what your site offers. This is done by a professional team of writers and online marketing specialists, and you can track the work flow from start to finish using our online software. You will also have access to all work, images, videos and blog entries along with their locations, all on quality websites. This is a great program, and as many of you know me personally, it takes a lot to get me excited about marketing with me being a programmer! Please email me if you wish to discuss.

Client Hosting/Website Help

Filed under: News — by Eric Griffiths December 4, 2012

A little while back we started a section to help clients with issues or questions they may have with their website, hosting or email, located here. If you have any questions or suggestions for additional topics to cover, please let us know here.

Thank you,
Eric

The Monster Behind the Tech

Filed under: News — by Eric Griffiths September 19, 2012

Technology is great, but when it gets in the way it can be a pain. When I see technology that is there to “just be there” or its retrofitted into something it wasn’t originally meant for it makes me wonder. The tech we use must not turn into a monster and destroy usability.

For example, the other day I saw a TV commercial for a car. This commercial went on to tell me that my automobile has too many buttons, and that I would be better off having a car with a tablet style interface. At first I thought it was a neat idea, but then I considered it some more. Do I really want to navigate a menu system on a touch screen interface to crank the tunes, instead of simply hitting the “volume up” button? In a familiar car, buttons can usually be accessed without taking your eyes off the road. Is it too far to say this is a crazy idea without even first trying it? I miss my cell phone that had buttons that I could dial without even looking at it.

Companies that pioneer these new ideas tend to sell the technology, and not the “why” and “how.” A good example of this is the bank that offers check depositing by taking a picture of it. The commercial they air shows a woman snapping a picture and smiling.  It’s a great idea and service, but they neglect to depict or mention the fact that you have to take two pictures, one of the front and back, and then send the check to them. It doesn’t sound like too much extra, but over simplifying a new product is common. A new technology should be thoroughly researched before adopting.

The technology behind web development is in constant motion. While it is important to keep up with new tech, it is equally important to keep focus on usability and the user experience. If you find yourself working extra to use a new piece of tech, there is a chance it will turn into a monster as well.

Textbox placeholder text/default text

Filed under: Scripts — by Eric Griffiths April 30, 2012

Demo

One of the trends that you see with log on forms is placeholder text in the text boxes that disappears when you start typing. This is commonly used in small areas where labeling the inputs conventionally can not be done. The HTML5 specification has an attribute called placeholder where we could do something like this:

<input type="password" name="password" placeholder="Enter Password" />

However, this is not well supported among browsers yet. Another option is to use a bunch of extra HTML, CSS and JavaScript or Jquery to create an extra text box and hide or show it. The problem is, you cannot change the input type of the text box back and forth from password to text. So any default text in the password box shows as bullets. The jquery and JavaScript to do this properly is complex for the simple effect that it is. For that, I recommend a different way to go about it.

Lets use background images in the text boxes, then use just a few lines of Jquery to finish the effect… very simple!

CSS:

#user {
 background-image: url('username.png');
 background-repeat: no-repeat;
 }
 #password {
 background-image: url('password.png');
 background-repeat: no-repeat;
 }

The Form:

<form id="login">
<fieldset><legend>Log in</legend>
<p><input type="text" name="user" id="user"  /></p>
<p><input type="password" name="password" id="password" /></p>
</fieldset>
<input type="submit" />
</form>

And the Jquery:

<script>
$(window).load(function() {
    $('.textbx').focus(function(){
        $(this).css({'background-image' : 'none'});
    });
    $('#user').blur(function(){
       var tval = $(this).val();
       if (!tval) {
          $(this).css({'background-image': 'url("username.png")'});
       }
    });        

    $('#password').blur(function(){
       var tval = $(this).val();
       if (!tval) {
          $(this).css({'background-image': 'url("password.png")'});
       }
   });
});
</script>

This method is very simple to use and implement. The only other thing you have to do is create the background images with the text on them. It is usually not a good idea to substitute text with images, but given the simple nature of this effect, this is a small negative. The only other reason that I can see not using this is if you absolutely need to use a background image in the text box for another purpose.

Demo: http://ohiowebpro.com/test/default_text.html

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