The Focus 4 Blog

This New Client Website Required LOTS of Features!


Maintenance911 website

Most of the websites we build for clients are fairly standard in what they require:  informational pages rotating images on Home page and/or photo galleries interactive contact form events calendar social media integration and occasionally a members-only section, e-commerce or some other advanced feature However, every once in a while…  


Non-profit Website Redesign for MABHA


new website for MABHA

The Maryland Association of Behavioral Health Authorities (MABHA) is a non-profit organization based in Frederick, MD. The organization has been a client of ours since 2010, after being referred to us by another client. It was previously called Maryland Association of Core Service Agencies (MACSA). In 2016 the organization changed…  


Website Objectives Make a Difference


Designing a website is a big investment. It takes time, money and talent to make a successful site. Whether you hire a web design firm, an SEO firm or you do it yourself, you’ll need to have a clear understanding of your objectives for the site. If you don’t have…  


Choosing Your Website Color Scheme


What color is your website?  Do the colors influence visitor behavior?  Did you choose them strategically?  Should they, and should you? First, think about the colors you chose for your website.  They likely came from your logo or a “trend-setting” designer who may have been working on your website at…  


Short and Simple Website Copy


Keeping copy short and simple on your website can sometimes prove to be a challenge. Verbose writing can lead to more grammatical errors, rambling and just plain too much information. Say what you mean. Make it understandable. Keep it simple. In some instances, a longer explanation may be needed –…  


Dramatic Pictures for Your Website


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A picture may be worth a thousand words, or it may be worth its weight in gold.  On your website, if it captures even one client, it has proven its worth.  What pictures will deliver the best results?  Here are a few tips to keep in mind: Pictures should illustrate…  


Non-profit Website Developed as a “Sister Site”


NPDESCompliance.org website launch

Our clients at the National Stormwater Center (NPDES.com) advocate for compliance with the Clean Water Act by providing training and certification for stormwater inspectors nationwide. They recently incorporated a non-profit organization with the goal of training ordinary concerned citizens in the practice of reporting non-compliance, to improve the rate at which…  


Nonprofit Website Redesign for DoC Ministry


new nonprofit website redesign for DoCM, 2016

Focus 4 was honored recently to be asked to assist with a nonprofit website redesign project for Daughters of Christ Ministry, based in North Carolina.  This was a joint project with Elite Coders LLC, another Harford County web development company.  George Handlin of Elite Coders knew that one of his…  


Drafting a Privacy Policy for Your Website


website privacy policy made public

Do you have a privacy policy for your website? Even though it’s not legally required in the U.S. or Canada (it is over in Europe), it is highly recommended if your website collects data via cookies, contact forms, e-newsletter signups, etc. In addition, anyone doing business in California (and collecting…  


Putting “Mobile First Design” First


example of mobile first website design

It’s a fact that more people view websites on mobile devices than on desktop computers. It would make sense, then, to begin designing a website with the optimal mobile display, and then allow the desktop display to be driven by the already-determined mobile display. This is called “mobile first design.”…  




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