New (And Critical) Email Deliverability Changes For Gmail & Yahoo

Starting February 2024, tighter email regulations on Gmail and Yahoo could drastically impact your email based engagement efforts. Let’s break down the new requirements and guide you through ensuring your emails land in inboxes, not spam folders. The Change Any users in your database and mailing lists with addresses ending in @gmail.com or @yahoo.com require the following: SPF (Sender Policy Framework) and DKIM (DomainKeys Identified Mail) authentication: if you don’t already have You’ll need to put SPF and DKIM records in place from each of your email communication providers. This includes email … Read more

How To Deactivate Chrome’s New Annoying Discarded Tab Ring Treatment

If you use Chrome, you’ve likely seen the recent update adding a ring around the favicon in inactive open tabs. Unfortunately, this alteration renders the icon unreadable, defeating the purpose of having icons in tabs. This frustration escalates for Chrome users who habitually keep several dozen tabs open simultaneously. The good news is there’s a way to deactivate it and it’s a very straightforward process. Here’s how tabs look with the new default inactive ring applied (annoying, right?!?): Disabling The Treatment Enter the following into your Chrome browser bar: chrome://flags/#memory-saver-discarded-tab-treatment This will … Read more

Level Up Your Accessible Text Over Images Design Skills

Regular readers know that web accessibility is a topic we’ve covered frequently, especially when it comes to color contrast. One of the real challenges is mastering the art of maintaining color contrast for text that sits above an image. The text will shift across different parts of the image across different device types and sometimes, it feels impossible to find a balance. Fortunately,  SmashingMagazine.com recently published an article by Hannah Milan that takes a deep dive into a variety of design techniques you can use to handle any type of photo that … Read more