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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 It was out of date, was not mobile responsive and was very hard for the school administration to update.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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What is my Local Host File and How (and Why) Do I Edit It?

I am working on a big blog post about what I have learned over the past 3 weeks about website speed and performance. In the meantime, I wanted to share this quick tip. In my testing process I had a few versions of my site on different web hosts. I couldn’t make them all “live”…

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Quick Fix: Object Cache Error

Sometimes a WordPress error looks really scary. A client recently contacted me when she saw this after logging in to her site via wp-admin. I have also seen this on the front end of some websites in recent weeks as well. Notice: Indirect modification of overload element of WP_HOOK has no effect in … /…/html/wp-content/object-cache.php…

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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 why you should use an…

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How To Use Pods For Simple & More Effective Custom Post Types

Pods  is a plugin for WordPress that creates Custom Post Types and custom fields. According to the website, “The Pods Framework allows an ordinary user or developer to easily create and extend custom post types, content types, taxonomies, users, media, or comments — helping you keep your content organized and speed up the development of…

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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 fellow fans of musical theater!).…

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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 size, but some of them…

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Case Study: A Unique Way To Collect Donations on Your WordPress Website

I am excited to announce that I recently formed a joint venture called Nice Work, LLC with Evelyn Powers of Design Powers (a future blog post about that is coming!). Evelyn and I have kept our own successful businesses, but have also partnered to expand the scope of what we can offer to small and medium businesses.…

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Does your website or branding communicate your value proposition?

I am excited to share a post from Guest Blogger Jennifer Mulchandani of Arlington Strategy. Jennifer is a champion of small business and a community advocate. She is a veteran in advancing agendas, motivating stakeholders, and driving sales with high-impact strategic marketing and communications. Jennifer’s holistic approach to marketing includes understanding every client’s mission and…

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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 this process when I created…

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SEO – Writing good content

I am pleased to welcome guest blogger Grant Price III. Grant is a WordPress Tutor and Consultant in the Washington DC area. He has been training individuals and corporations about the web and WordPress since 2012. For WordPress tutoring and training, visit WPtutoring.com. Today Grant is sharing some tips about Search Engine Optimization, or SEO.…

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Choosing a Membership Plugin and Setting Up Your Membership Site in WordPress

A membership website is one that has a set of specific users/members who have access to some or all of the website’s content when they are logged in. A membership site may be free for all or approved users/members; however, the more typical, commercial membership website requires payment to become and/or maintain membership. WordPress out-of-the-box…

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It’s Not as Hard as You Might Think! Anyone Can Become a 9-to-5 Escape Artist

It is April 1st! No April Fools jokes here. My (almost) 30 consecutive days of blogging (I’ve missed a few) is ending, but my blogging career is just beginning. I have several posts in the works, and will also be guest editor on the GenesisWP.guide next week, so you haven’t nearly had enouugh of me…

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3 CSS Properties To Be Excited About

I am excited – not only about these awesome CSS properties (I love the calc property!) , but also to have a guest post from a woman in tech who really knows her stuff! My friend, Beth Soderberg  is an independent web developer and digital communications consultant based in Washington, DC. In her free time, she…

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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 font rendering. What this means…

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The Secret to Getting Ahead is Getting Started

Today’s guest blogger is Maura Fredericks, of Thrive with Maura Fredericks. Maura is a professional business coach and mentor who helps you determine HOW to make your business successful and make the time you spend working most effective and enjoyable. Maura specializes helping in business partnerships, business leaders and entrepreneurs. Maura says, “Blog posts give…

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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 in the woods to form…

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