WaGooh Graphics & Web Design http://wagooh.net Creative Design & Cutting Edge Web Development Mon, 09 Mar 2015 18:42:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Copyright Infringement on the Web http://wagooh.net/web-content/copyright-infringement-on-the-web/ http://wagooh.net/web-content/copyright-infringement-on-the-web/#respond Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:49:24 +0000 http://wagooh.net/?p=2387 Easily and readily sharing on the internet is a relatively new thing and with this evolution, many people have become confused or are simply unaware of what constitutes copyright infringement. Most people don't intend to infringe when they take and use items they've found online, they are simply unaware that they are doing so. Being unaware however doesn't negate responsibility in the eyes of the law. It's crucial if you're a website owner or website content creator to educate yourself on what is and isn't copyright infringement before you begin sharing on the web.

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Easily and readily sharing on the internet is a relatively new thing and with this evolution, many people have become confused or are simply unaware of what constitutes copyright infringement. Most people don’t intend to infringe when they take and use items they’ve found online, they are simply unaware that they are doing so. Being unaware however doesn’t negate responsibility in the eyes of the law. It’s crucial if you’re a website owner or website content creator to educate yourself on what is and isn’t copyright infringement before you begin sharing on the web.

Here are some things to take into consideration before posting that image or excerpt.

Did you create the graphic, take the photo or write the content?

Although there may be some exceptions to this, if you did and you weren’t under a Work For Hire agreement, chances are you own the copyright and are free to use it in any way you like.

Did you purchase the photo/graphic from a stock image company?

There are typically two types of licenses when it comes to stock images, royalty-free and rights-managed. Royalty free is essentially a license that allows you to use the copyrighted content multiple times. You do not own the copyright to the content, you simply have a license to use it. Rights-managed in contrast is a more tightly controlled agreement with restrictions on things such as industry, duration of use, etc. With either a royalty-free or rights-managed license, it is important to read and abide by the licensing agreement that you agreed to at purchase.

Are you using a piece of work under a Creative Commons License?

Using artistic works under a creative commons license can be a great way to find quality photos/graphics to use on your website. There are 6 different types of Creative Commons licenses and it’s important to educate yourself on what each license requirement is before using the work. You can find more information about the license types here https://creativecommons.org/licenses/

Attribution Is Not Enough

Giving the creator credit does not make it OK to use something you found online. You must have permission from the owner/creator of the content to use it.

Why Not Ask?

Did you find something that you’d really like to use? Why not ask the owner? The worse case scenario is that they say no. Not everyone will say yes but there are many people out there that will be glad to let you use their work and may even be flattered by it. The point, it never hurts to ask!

*Note: Any professional who works on your website should be aware of and abiding by these laws because breaking them puts your company at risk.

Here is a great infographic that explains some of the common copyright infringement myths vs facts.
Internet Copyright Infringement
Source: Copyright Infringement: Myths vs Facts from Legal123.com.au

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Facebook Dominates Social Commerce http://wagooh.net/social-media/facebook-dominates-social-commerce/ http://wagooh.net/social-media/facebook-dominates-social-commerce/#respond Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:15:53 +0000 http://wagooh.net/?p=2337 When it comes to driving sales on social networks, Facebook is king according to a recent study conducted by Shopify. The study was conducted to find out how social platforms are impacting eCommerce sales. With an average of 85% of all social media orders and a conversion rate of 1.85% coming from Facebook’s popular platform, it’s clear that it is a valuable place to be when you’re trying to sell products or services online. One surprising part of this study...

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When it comes to driving sales on social networks, Facebook is king according to a recent study conducted by Shopify. The study was conducted to find out how social platforms are impacting eCommerce sales. With an average of 85% of all social media orders and a conversion rate of 1.85% coming from Facebook’s popular platform, it’s clear that it is a valuable place to be when you’re trying to sell products or services online.

One surprising part of this study is the rate by which Reddit is growing and sharing in social based commerce. Customer orders increased by an astounding 152% in 2013. Pinterest orders were up by 79% and LinkedIn by 122%.

One thing we can all take away from this study is the fact that in today’s world when it comes to marketing online, a solid social media strategy is a vital component!

Social Commerce

InfoGraphic courtesy of Shopify

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Reset Your Browser Homepage http://wagooh.net/tutorials/reset-your-browser-homepage/ http://wagooh.net/tutorials/reset-your-browser-homepage/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2012 19:01:55 +0000 http://wagooh.net/?p=1693 Do you find yourself annoyed with your browsers homepage? Did you install a piece of software and get stuck with a homepage you don’t care for. You’re not alone. We’ve come across many clients that would love to change their homepage, but simply don’t know how. So here are some simple instructions to reset that homepage for the 4 most popular browsers: Firefox | Internet Explorer | Chrome | Safari Mozilla Firefox Click on the Orange “Firefox” button in the...

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Do you find yourself annoyed with your browsers homepage? Did you install a piece of software and get stuck with a homepage you don’t care for. You’re not alone. We’ve come across many clients that would love to change their homepage, but simply don’t know how. So here are some simple instructions to reset that homepage for the 4 most popular browsers:

Mozilla Firefox


  1. Click on the Orange “Firefox” button in the upper left hand corner of your screen, and then click “options”.
    Click on Options
  2. On the “General” tab of the options popup, enter the url of the page you would like as your homepage on the line that says HomePage and then click “OK”. It can be anything you desire from Google to Facebook!
  3. Now click the home icon at the top of your browser and confirm that it worked! That’s all there is to it! 🙂

Internet Explorer


  1. Click on the small gear icon on the upper right hand corner of your IE browser then click on “Internet Options”.
  2. On the General tab, add the url of your choosing to the box that’s labeled “Home page”. Click “Apply” and then click “OK”.
  3. Now click on the home icon at the top of your browser and it should land you on the url you chose! Cha ching. Now that wasn’t to hard, was it?

Google Chrome


  1. Click on the little wrench icon in the upper right hand corner of your Google Chrome browser and click on the settings link.
  2. On the “Basic” tab under Home page click the radio button that reads “Open this page: and then add the url for the homepage of your liking. Click enter.
  3. Now click on the home icon at the top left of your browser to confirm the change. Not bad heh?

Safari


  1. Click on the gear icon at the top right hand corner of your Safari browser and then click on Preferences.
  2. In the pop up window on the General tab and half way down the box under Homepage, add the url you would like as a homepage and click enter. Close the popup by clicking the red X in the upper right hand corner.
  3. To reach your homepage in Safari and check that your url has been properly entered, hit CTRL + SHIFT + H on Windows or CMD + SHIFT + H on a Mac.

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The Power of WordPress http://wagooh.net/wordpress/the-power-of-wordpress/ http://wagooh.net/wordpress/the-power-of-wordpress/#respond Thu, 22 Mar 2012 00:13:18 +0000 http://wagooh.net/?p=1674 WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems in the world. Although it is primarily known as the best and most popular blogging platform, it is also an overall amazing CMS. With thousands of plugins and widgets available, it is no wonder that many of the biggest websites on the web are powered by this powerful PHP & SQL based system including the one you are currently on. Here’s an interesting infographic showing some WordPress statistics. Infographic by...

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WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems in the world. Although it is primarily known as the best and most popular blogging platform, it is also an overall amazing CMS. With thousands of plugins and widgets available, it is no wonder that many of the biggest websites on the web are powered by this powerful PHP & SQL based system including the one you are currently on. Here’s an interesting infographic showing some WordPress statistics.

Infographic by GraphicTony

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Pitfalls of Poorly Designed Websites http://wagooh.net/web-design/the-pitfalls-of-a-poorly-designed-website/ http://wagooh.net/web-design/the-pitfalls-of-a-poorly-designed-website/#respond Tue, 27 Sep 2011 17:16:14 +0000 http://wagooh.net/?p=1245 A company’s website is one place that can give great returns on the investment if it is nicely designed & properly built while a poorly designed website can have a negative impact that sends visitors looking elsewhere. Here are some of the common pitfalls of a poorly designed website.

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It is well known that first impressions are very powerful. In the world of web design, studies have shown that a visitor can form an opinion of a company based off the websites design in as little as 50 milliseconds (1/20th of a second). This is precisely the reason it is so important for businesses to put their best foot forward when it comes to their image on the web. A company’s website is one place that can give great returns on the investment if it is nicely designed & properly built while a poorly designed website can have a negative impact that sends visitors looking elsewhere. Here are some of the common pitfalls of a poorly designed website.

It all starts with the design. The design is what makes the first impression and therefore it really is a vital component of a website. There are many design features that can make or break a website.

Color – Do the colors overwhelm or complement and enhance the content. Color choice is known to invoke emotional responses and therefore it is a fundamental component in appropriately representing and even identifying the business. A good question to ask is are the colors a logical choice for this business and do they integrate well with the companies brand identity. If you are unsure about it, take a stroll through Google and check out some of the articles on color theory. Here is a great piece on “Why Color Matters“.

Layout – Ever been to a website that has content here there and everywhere leading you to feel overwhelmed and racing towards the back button? The layout of the website is really important. It’s job is to effortlessly guide a visitor logically through the website while showcasing the most important information. A couple of vital structures to a well designed website layout is good, easily found navigation and sufficient amounts of white space.

There are many websites out there that make you feel like you have a better chance at winning the lottery than finding the page you need. Navigation is the core of every website. It is how you get past the home page and into the real meat of the content. That is precisely why the navigation bar of the website should be logically placed and easily spotted.

One component often lacking in a poorly designed website is white space. Defined simply, it is the areas of the page without print or images. White space increases the readability and sets off the design elements of the website. Too much crowding can overwhelm the design and the visitor. This is one of those instances in life where less can be more.

Content – Ultimately when it comes to a website, content is key. When content is poorly written, out of date and deficient of relevant keywords it will manifest itself with low search engine rankings and high bounce rates. Unique, compelling and up to date content will keep visitors engaged and appropriately placed keywords combined with fresh content can strengthen search engine rankings.

Poorly designed websites tend to rank low on search engines often because the creator was not proficient in current SEO practices. Although there is no way to guarantee a number one spot on Google, there are many standards that can be implemented into the structure of the website to increase SEO and produce higher levels of traffic.

Validate – Poor websites don’t validate. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) sets international standards for programming and mark up languages. These standards ensure that a website is cross browser compatible and accessible for all including those with disabilities. Today we view websites from many different types of devices and with many different browsers. Ensuring that a website is compliant will aid in proper rendering across devices & browsers so that all visitors are seeing the pages as they were meant to be seen.

Investing in a nicely designed well built website that avoids some of the common pitfalls can expand and promote a business and ultimately pays off with increased traffic and higher revenues.

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RackStars Logo http://wagooh.net/graphic-design/rackstars-logo/ http://wagooh.net/graphic-design/rackstars-logo/#respond Sun, 19 Sep 2010 19:55:37 +0000 http://wagooh.net/?p=1146 WaGooh was contacted last month to do a logo for an amazing team called the RackStars. The RackStars are one of many amazing teams participating and raising funds in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Santa Barbara. This was such an exciting project and I think one that hits close to home for many of us who know and love someone who’s battled breast cancer. It’s great to see how many people come out to support this cause and...

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WaGooh was contacted last month to do a logo for an amazing team called the RackStars. The RackStars are one of many amazing teams participating and raising funds in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Santa Barbara. This was such an exciting project and I think one that hits close to home for many of us who know and love someone who’s battled breast cancer. It’s great to see how many people come out to support this cause and do these walks across our nation. I can’t help but believe that with the motivation these teams have and the funds they are raising, there will soon be a cure. So a big CONGRATULATIONS to the RackStars and the stupendous job they did last weekend!

RackStars Logo

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Back to School http://wagooh.net/freebies/back-to-school/ http://wagooh.net/freebies/back-to-school/#comments Fri, 13 Aug 2010 04:18:16 +0000 http://wagooh.net/?p=1049 It's hard to believe that in just a few short weeks the kiddos will be going back to school. A little bitter sweet for me because I really do love sleeping in and spending time with them. It will however be so nice to get back to a more structured schedule as it seems...

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It’s hard to believe that in just a few short weeks the kiddos will be going back to school. A little bitter sweet for me because I really do love sleeping in and spending time with them. It will however be so nice to get back to a more structured schedule as it seems summer can become a little more impulsive in that department. So that being said, I created a “Back to School” theme. It includes an iGoogle theme, Firefox Persona and wallpapers for download. Enjoy those last days of summer as they will soon be over and the holidays will be looming just around the corner.

Back to School iGoogle Theme

Back to School iGoogle Skin
Get the iGoogle theme here.

Back to School Firefox Persona

Back to School Firefox Persona
Get the Firefox Persona here.

Back to School Wallpaper

Back to School

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Easter Egg Chick http://wagooh.net/freebies/easter-egg-chick/ http://wagooh.net/freebies/easter-egg-chick/#comments Wed, 24 Mar 2010 22:38:16 +0000 http://wagooh.net/?p=895 It's hard to believe that it is already Spring. This year is absolutely flying by. It's crazy! Here is a persona & wallpaper set I created for Easter...

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It’s hard to believe that it is already Spring. This year is absolutely flying by. It’s crazy! Here is a persona & wallpaper set I created for Easter. I have created an iGoogle theme to match, which can be found here. Please let me know if you like this theme. I love to have your feedback. Happy Easter!

Here is a screenshot of the iGoogle theme:
Easter Egg Chick iGoogle Theme

You can get the Firefox Persona here.

And here are the wallpapers:

Easter Egg Chick
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Valentines Candy Hearts http://wagooh.net/freebies/valentines-candy-hearts/ http://wagooh.net/freebies/valentines-candy-hearts/#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2010 23:03:00 +0000 http://wagooh.net/?p=768 Here is the persona theme/wallpaper duo I created for Valentines Day. I actually created an iGoogle theme too! You can use it as your iGoogle theme by...

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Here is the persona theme/wallpaper duo I created for Valentines Day. I actually created an iGoogle theme too! You can use it as your iGoogle theme by logging into your Google account and adding it here. Candy hearts are one of the first things I think of when I think about Valentines Day. It’s probably because as a child, my Mom always bought them for us. I just love them and they still bring out the child in me. I hope you enjoy this set. I’ve created it in both purple & pink. Oh…I almost forgot. Now there are iphone sized wallpapers!

Valentines Candy Hearts Persona

Valentines Candy Hearts
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Valentines Candy Hearts Persona Purple

Valentines Candy Hearts Purple
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iGoogle Theme

Valentines iGoogle Theme

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Christmas Canes http://wagooh.net/freebies/christmas-canes/ http://wagooh.net/freebies/christmas-canes/#comments Thu, 26 Nov 2009 02:26:48 +0000 http://wagooh.net/?p=729 Here is another Firefox Persona & matching wallpaper set I finished for the holiday season...

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Here is another Firefox Persona & matching wallpaper set I finished for the holiday season. Let me know what you think and Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!!!

Christmas Cane Persona

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