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How much does it cost to run a nonprofit website?

We recently started working with a local nonprofit organization and will be building their first WordPress website. We love showing our clients that a WordPress website can do almost anything you need it to! Because WordPress.org is open source software, developers around the world create software that extends the functionality of a basic WordPress website…

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New and Improved Website for Tiny Chefs

We have been busy over the past few months at Design TLC, building new, updated websites for education-related businesses and organizations. We truly love being involved in a process that helps kids learn! We have worked with the amazing women-owned business, Tiny Chefs, for several years. We did not build their original website, but helped…

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New Website Launch For The Abramson Scholarship Foundation

We are thrilled and honored to have helped The Abramson Scholarship Foundation update their website. The team at this foundation, almost all volunteers, are dedicated to helping high school seniors in Washington, DC not only finance their college education, but also to guide them through their college experience with their unique mentorship program. We believe in…

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Listing Events and Calendars on Your Website: Best WordPress Calendar Plugins Review

We make WordPress websites for schools, classes, camps, and restaurants which requires listing many upcoming events, and different types of events as lists and calendars. There are several things to note when adding events to your WordPress website. Here is our review of two of the best WordPress calendar plugins: Events are a special type…

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It’s After Launch Time. Do You Know Where Your Website Account Information Is?

I recently contacted all of my current clients and even some past clients to share with them a list of their website and domain hosting information, as well as any logins I have on file for their business. My team at Design TLC spent a lot of time pulling together information we had collected over…

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What is Caching and How Do I Clear My Browser Cache?

While not unique to WordPress, if you have a WordPress website, you have probably heard of caching or browser caching, and been told a few times to “clear your cache.” (Note, this is different from clearing your CASH, which is not usually a good idea). Caching in a Nutshell There are a few types of…

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What is The Difference Between a Page and a Post on My WordPress Website?

WordPress is a wonderful platform for building websites – it is why we only build websites with WordPress at Design TLC, and why about ⅓ of all websites in the world use this open source software. When it was started as a blogging platform, WordPress only offered “Posts” as a type of content on a…

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Google Map Not Working? Learn How To Fix It and Create An API Key

We recently wrote about setting up your Google My Business Page to help your business get found in Google Map searches. Another important consideration in your “Google World” is adding Google Maps to your website to help people find you, or to help them find events your are linking to on your website. Is Your…

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How Setting Up Your Google My Business Page Helps You Get Found

Google wants to help you get found by potential customers. Why? Because Google’s goal is to be the search engine that everyone goes to when they are looking for information. Check out this article about how to optimize your content for Google. There’s more you can do to help your business get found in Google…

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Build Your Website With A Plan: Think Ahead To Be Successful

When our team first meets a new client, the top priority is to make a plan for how we are going to build their website. You can read a detailed post about our development process here. We sometimes encounter people who are surprised by all the planning work that goes into a build, before a…

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How To Share Large Files and Images

With cloud services like Google Drive and Dropbox, sharing files can be very easy. You can create folders in these storage platforms, and upload files and images and share the folders with others. We ask our clients to use Google Drive, which is our preferred platform for sharing website content and images, but we also…

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Website Terminology: Learn How To Speak The Language

As website professionals, we have our own “lingo,” or website terminology, which can sometimes be confusing for our clients and people who don’t make websites for a living. We realize that when we speak in our language, sometimes it may not make sense, and a key to a successful website project is clear communication. So,…

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What is GDPR Compliace and How Does It Affect Me?

You have probably been bombarded lately with GDPR Compliance emails asking you to review updated terms and conditions and privacy policies for websites and newsletters to which you are subscribed. We have, too! This is due to the upcoming implementation of the EU’s “GDPR” (General Data Protection Regulation) on May 25, 2018. We’ve got a…

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How To Use the Yoast Meta Box to Make Your Website Stand Out in a "Google" Search

Using the Meta Box Snippet Editor in the Yoast SEO Plugin for WordPress, you can impact the three key elements of your Search Result: Title, Slug and Meta Description. If you want your website result to stand out, these three things should be well written to make users want to click through to your site.

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New Redesigned Website for Culpepper Garden

We recently launched a new website for a local senior living facility. Culpepper Garden is an award-winning, nonprofit retirement community specifically designed to provide security, comfort and affordable, quality living for people age 62 and older in Arlington, Virginia. Over the past year, we worked with the management of Culpepper Garden to carefully and thoughtfully…

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It's all about the "S": Google and its HTTPS Policy

Head S Up if you are not using https! Google has a policy regarding HTTPS on websites that you should know about. As a primary internet browser, dictates some best practices for website owners and developers. In the recent past, for example, Google started “requiring” websites to be mobile responsive in order to rank well…

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An Effective Website Planning, Design and Development Process

Building an effective new website, like many things, cannot be done in a bubble and takes time and collaboration to be successful. We recently completed a website project that went very smoothly because the process was so well planned and organized and because the client participated in the process enthusiastically. Here is our Guide To…

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Case Study – Grace Episcopal Day School

Design TLC recently launched a new site for Grace Episcopal Day School in Kensington, Maryland. Their old site was a Cold Fusion site built with the 3rd party school management system, Final Site. It was out of date, was not mobile responsive and was very hard for the school administration to update. The new website…

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Revealing WordPress Hosting Review: It’s Your Lucky Day!

Recently I wrote about website speed and performance for WordPress websites. I found that the quality of hosting plays a big role in the performance of a website, and how fast it loads. As I mentioned in my previous post, testing tools can be inconsistent and different tools have different benchmarks and matrices. My preferred tool is…

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Down the Rabbit Hole: How to Tame the Site Speed Challenge

About a month ago, I suggested a client have an SEO analysis done of their site. The site gets a fair amount of traffic, and it had been a while since it had been checked for performance. If, like me, you have mostly small, local clients, you may not often pay much attention to website…

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