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Why We Use Beaver Builder to Create WordPress Websites

We use Beaver Builder to create nice looking, creative and user-friendly websites for clients. In 2015, we kept hearing great things about this front end page builder. At the time, we built child themes using the popular, well-coded Genesis framework. This worked well for us, and we grew accustomed to…

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How To Create Your Best Website

One of the great things about a website as a marketing tool is that it is dynamic. A website can be frequently changed and updated, unlike printed materials. For example, if you print 1,000 brochures and then decide to change your pricing, the process and expense in editing and reprinting…

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Get over your fear! SVGs are not SCARY Vector Graphics

If you’re like me, there is never enough time to learn ALL the things you want to. I keep hearing about how amazing SVGs are, but have been scared to learn how to create them and work with them. Even more intimidating…. Adding animation! Why SVG? You might first wonder…

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3 Practical Ways To Have Good UX AND “Cool” Design

I have recently been debating the conflict between creative, unique and “cool” website design and a good, effective user experience. As Steve Krug says in his book, Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, “The Farmer and the Cowhand Can Be Friends” (shout out to my…

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A Little (Smushed) Bird Told Me: Regenerate Thumbnails Saves The Day

Have you ever had images “suddenly” look distorted on your WordPress website? The other day, I changed my theme to edit an image size in my functions.php file, as well as the corresponding style.css properties. When I did that, the images I was targeting were successfully cropped to the correct…

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Creating mockup website images

I recently updated my website portfolio to add screenshots and links to new websites I have created for clients. I created a Photoshop template (click to download and use! yourself!) to make it easier to make a consistent and professional look and control the screenshot view. Since I had already started…

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What is a Retina Image and Why Should You Use One on Your Website?

Retina Display is the registered trademark used by Apple for a HiDPI display technology which they started using in their latest devices such as ipad, iphone, and macbook pro. This technology basically displays more dots per inch than older devices ( around 300 DPI). This means crisper images and smoother…

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Breadcrumbs did not help Hansel and Gretel but they can help your Website

Breadcrumbs are  a secondary navigation format that reveals the user’s location in a website. The term actually comes from the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale …. you know the one with the scary, cannibalistic witch and yet another evil stepmother? In the story, Hansel and Gretel drop breadcrumbs while walking…

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Taking and Selecting Great Photos for Your Website

Today’s post is from guest blogger Lawrence Cheng, of Lawrence Cheng Photography. Lawrence is a professional photographer based in Arlington, VA who specializes in portraits and corporate photography. You’re probably aware that images do increase traffic to your website or social media feed. How much more traffic? Jeff Bullas, social…

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What’s the Beef? Taking a Bite Out of the Hamburger Debate

I have a keen interest in hamburgers. They are not my favorite food … I am talking about the small, 3-lined menu icon that has been the topic of debate in the web design community. The icon was designed by Norm Cox as part of the user interface for the…

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