Plugging In: Utilizing the Most Important WordPress Options

It takes only a brief look at the impressive statistics surrounding website builder WordPress to realize what an online juggernaut it really is: Currently, nearly 75 million sites are built on the platform and half of all those accounts are hosted directly on the company’s site. Additionally, WordPress-related keywords get […]

Success By Design: Choosing the Right E-Commerce Platform

In the world of e-commerce—that virtual marketplace that has increasingly redefined how we shop and spend—the right design can mean the difference between boom and bust, soaring profits and slumping sales, simple success versus outright failure.

It’s important, therefore, that any site built specifically to generate revenue be designed in such […]

Time is Money: Solutions for Monitoring Problems With Your Website

Consider this scenario: your website experiences an outage, but because you don’t monitor it on a regular basis it may be days or weeks before you notice. Repeat visitors to your site, perhaps concluding that you’ve intentionally shut it down for whatever reason, quickly let your page slip off their […]

Read the Fine Print: Who Actually Owns Your Website?

The old saying goes that possession is nine-tenths the law. But when it comes to our virtual online world—especially in the realm of website design and management—that adage doesn’t always ring true.

Too many people who hire an individual designer or firm to build and launch their website often don’t pay […]

Plan for Success: How to Formulate a Content Plan for Your Website

In the world of websites, content is—and always will be—king. Finding a site designer, working on the format, getting it live … these are relatively easy, but if you don’t have a plan to generate consistently good content and update the site on a regular basis, then much of the […]

An Open (Online) Book: What SB 272 Means for California Public Records

It may seem hard to imagine but it’s been 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), a sweeping measure that suddenly allowed all American citizens access to public records that where previously out of reach to anyone but government employees. And […]

Rank and File: Tips for Improving Your Position on Today’s Search Engines

If it seems that it would take several PhDs to understand exactly how the big search engines operate—from determining legitimate sites from imposters, choosing to give one site precedent over others in result listings etc.—that’s completely understandable. After all, these virtual ranking experts work on complex algorithms and a veritable […]

Getting What Works: Six Things to Look for in a Good Web Designer

Finding the right match in the field of website design is really not that different than shopping for an auto mechanic, a physician, a plumber of a financial advisor, as there are always multiple questions to be asked: Is this person qualified? Do they have a good reputation in their […]

By Design: The Next Big Trends in Website Development

Like all things in the virtual world and online living things seem to move at the speed of light, and website designers are no exception. From the necessity of responsive design to the rebirth of parallax scrolling, tweaks to make video more compelling to the altering of simple color palettes, […]

The Next Five Big Trends in Mobile App Development

If the tech industry could share one overarching motto, it would be something like “ever forward.” And in no specific sector is that more true than in field of mobile app development. Indeed, designers are constantly seeking new ways to entertain, inform, network and generally make our lives more seamless […]