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UPDATED: The best political political websites gallery is now updated with amazing new campaign websites for 2013. The best political websites for 2013 have large photos, clear calls to action, use flat design elements, and are responsive. Almost all of these websites are designed using WordPress or NationBuilder platforms which means that they are easy...
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Today Facebook updated the minimum supported plugin width for their like box widget to 292 pixels. If you had a like box on your website with a width of less than 292 pixels you probably noticed today that your website looks a little funny. There’s a once narrow Facebook like box venturing out to places it shouldn’t be....
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UPDATED: Best Political WordPress Themes as of May 2014 Believe it or not campaigns are already gearing up for the 2014 election cycle. Politicians will begin circulating petitions to get on the ballot this summer and staffers are already starting to reaching out to us for political website design help. We’re big fans of WordPress because...
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The Best government websites are those that are utilizing web 2.0 as a means to connect, communicate, and ultimately interact with constituents. More than one-third of the world’s population is online, a number that is increasing every single day. Now that the majority of governments have at least embraced the internet by creating websites, it’s...
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Anyone who has ever knocked on doors or phone banked for a candidate knows just how important voter identification (ID) is to political campaigns. Most campaigns spend months identifying supporters door-by-door (I’ve spent a few cold Chicago winters this way) but miss out on a great opportunity to also ID supporters on their campaign website. Below...
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The New Organizing Institute (NOI) recently released Campaigning to Engage and Win: A Guide to Leading Electoral Campaigns, a great resources for candidates and organizers who are running a campaign. The campaign guide is comprehensive with information ranging from pre-planning through Election Day with an emphasis on engaging voters. This guide is highly recommended for campaigns of all...
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We talk with several potential client’s a week regarding web design projects, most of which are getting quotes from several designers. The only question about 90% of these potential customers ask after giving a brief rundown of their requirements is, “how much will it cost?” Cost is one of the most important pieces of information...
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The graph below highlights how voters used the internet and social media in the 2008 elections. This is a tremendous indicator of the power of social media in elections, especially considering that since 2008 Twitter users in the US have increased seven-fold, Facebook users have tripled and almost 60 million more Americans are consuming online...
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The hash or “#” sign is used on twitter.com to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. For example, if you Tweet, “I’m attending a fundraiser tonight in support of the Obama 2012 campaign” you could replace “the Obama 2012 campaign” with the official hashtag of the Obama campaign “#Obama2012“. Hashtags are both clickable and...
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From the Wall Street Journal: With half of the total U.S. population already accessing the Web through smart phones and tablets, a mobile platform is a necessity. Web 3.0 isn’t coming—it’s already here. And it’s all about mobile interaction. If your company doesn’t have a mobile website—a site specifically designed and coded for each mobile...
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