Update those Plugins!

Some of my clients have chosen to maintain their own websites.  Part this process requires them to run the updates to the various plugins that are used for their website.  A typical build on one of my websites uses about 7 unique plugins.  In addition, each website uses a Theme which also requires updating on […]

Mobile Friendly Restaurant Menus

During this challenging time of the Corona virus, I’m ordering restaurant delivery more than usual, usually on my iPhone.  And I’m shocked and surprised at how so many restaurants websites are still using PDFs for their food menus, which are useless on a smartphone. Still using PDFs?! Some restaurants have very large food menus, and […]

Automatic WordPress Backups

Because WordPress websites are the most popular design platform, they are also the most vulnerable to hacking.  If your site does get hacked, your only solution is to restore the database from a backup. But what if you don’t a backup? Do I really need a backup? Some of my clients have taken on the […]

Open Graph Tags (og tags)

Open Graph or og tags, are meta tags that live behind the scenes of a single page or multiple pages in your website.  They perform a different task than the other meta tags in your website.  There are other meta tags designed for search engine ranking and optimization, but these og tags are designed for […]

Avoid the Image Carousel

You’ve seen them many times.  The image carousels.  Those big images at the top of the homepage, that change every few seconds, or when you click on the little arrows to advance to the next image.  These were a cool thing years ago, when a homepage consisted of only this carousel and a footer.  But […]

Mobile Friendly?

Is your website mobile friendly? The percentage of users visiting websites with their smartphones has already surpassed those using desktop computers. If your website is not mobile friendly, you are losing business. Plain and simple. If a website is NOT mobile friendly, users will quickly jump to a site that IS and take their business there. […]

Why Switch to WordPress

The WordPress platform has been around for many years, but has now become the premiere platform for all website design.  Over the past year, there have been significant improvements to WordPress, along with the introduction of revolutionary new software, that makes this platform much more advanced than anything available up to this point. Since the […]

SSL – Do you need it?

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You may have received a phone call from your web hosting provider about adding an SSL Certificate to your website. I got the same call, so just wanted to try and simplify this in case it was confusing. Google is pushing hard to make all websites listed with them, “secure,” meaning they are encrypted, which […]

Designing your own website?

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Why you shouldn’t design your own website. I get quite a few clients that come to me with a website they’ve tried to design themselves. They’ve put a tremendous amount of time and energy into it, and either it doesn’t work at all, or they’re just not happy with it. Just because these tools are […]

reCaptcha

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Years ago, putting your email address on the “contact” page was a convenient way for customers to reach you. Then spammers found a way to grab your email address from the page, add it to their list, and use it to send you tons of spam. So we now use a “contact form” where the […]