Tuesday, September 17, 2013

White Space in Design (and why it matters.)

White space is the blank space, the empty space, between your content. Many people think this empty space is just a opportunity waiting to be exploited, eagerly awaiting the chance to cram as much content as possible into what’s left.

This is not a land to be conquered.

If that is your thought process STOP, back away from the keyboard slowly. White space or "negative space" is actually a tool in the fundamentals of both print and web design and is as easily as important as the content it surrounds.  It’s the space we leave between all of your elements to give a layout elegance and clean form.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Updated eAYSO Call Center Hours

In case you have any eAYSO issues - as of Sept. 3, 2013, the eAYSO Call Center has returned to normal operating hours after six months of extended weekend coverage.

The eAYSO Call Center is now open Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., PT. To reach the Call Center, call 1-866-588-2976 or eaysosupport@ayso.org.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Wild Wild Wonderful World of Tablets!

With more and more people using tablets as their primary window into the internet , it’s critical you understand how your site appears across those platforms, as your sites long-term success rides on this truth.  Responsive design can help your site maintain its look across the various platforms it will be seen on, which will give the end user a cohesive experience. 

This is critical because how users think of your site and how they interact with your content is largely defined by their experience. You can have the best content in the world, but if your end user cant see it or use it, none of that will matter, your sites visitors will dry up, and there will be much weeping and gnashing of teeth. That can further impact how they share you  on social networks and whether they recommend you to others.

Today, many sites sense if the visitor is on a mobile device or tablet will redirect to the mobile version of the site.  The trouble with this is, many of those sites sacrifice some content for a simpler interface.  This can kill your credibility with your audience. On the technical side, it can lead to duplicate URL issues over time, so you want to make sure you account for this when it comes time to redesign your site. So remember keep those sites simple and elegant, the sites purpose before everything else is to deliver your content effectively. Don't be afraid to jump into the world of tablet and mobile optomized web building, its the future and we are all on for the ride.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Does Your Region Website Have a New URL?

It happened. As previously announced, if your Region used Clubspaces for your Region website, it was important that you converted the site before Sept. 3. As of Tuesday, all Clubspaces websites have gone "dark."

If your Region now has a new website, remember to change your website address (URL) in eAYSO. Your Region's website URL and other details are directly linked with AYSO's National Region Locator

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Web Safe Fonts

Whenever building a site especially your first site its very tempting to head over to your favorite font library and just go nuts. This is a exercise in futility though as almost 99% of those font cant display on the world wide web. Fear not intrepid young developer here is a list of the current fonts (many of them actually aesthetically pleasing) that are completely web safe.