Guest post: What’s an SSL certificate?

I’ve got a new guest post out in the wild, this time covering SSL certificates.

Excerpt:

Starting in July 2018, the Google Chrome browser will mark all HTTP websites as insecure. This is a big deal for businesses. Chrome is the most popular browser in the world. If you don’t have an HTTPS-enabled website, your customers are likely to see that warning. So how do you get an HTTPS-enabled website? By acquiring an SSL certificate.

Kudos to Degroot Design for the opportunity.

So what’s the deal with all these guest posts?

My guest post hustling started back in November as part of hitting my personal goals for 2017.

I’ve kept it up on a (mostly) weekly basis so far, missing one or two weeks in 2018. It’ll scale back to one per month starting in April.

It’s been a great experience.

It’s given me a greater appreciation for how long things actually take versus how long I think it’ll take.

Now I need to pivot and start working on my own blog posts… 🙂

#ColorOurCollections: Free colouring books from cultural institutions.

You can now take part in the 2018 edition of #ColorOurCollections–a campaign where museums, libraries and other cultural institutions make available free coloring books, letting you color artwork from their collections and then share it on Twitter and other social media platforms. When sharing, use the hashtag #ColorOurCollections.

Source: Open Culture

Time to bust open Photoshop and start colouring!

Guest post: Using custom forms to your advantage.

Forms are responsible for most of the interaction we see on the web.

I recently had the pleasure of writing a guest post for the fine folks at Caldera Forms to dig into this a bit more.

Excerpt:

Contact forms are great. They give people a way to reach you via your website without exposing your email address.

But you can use forms for so much more than sending a message.

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We should think of forms as tools to create interactive experiences. That way we’ll find more opportunities for using them.

Here are five examples to get you going.

Check it out: How to use custom forms to your advantage.