Yearly Archives: 2011

  • Moving Past the Fold

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    Design requires an understanding of both the message and the medium. While a new medium is being explored, it’s natural to borrow design concepts from known mediums. This is the case with the fold. The fold comes from the newspaper industry and refers to the line along which the paper gets folded, creating two distinct […]

  • Design for Your Users

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    When I design a website for a client, we start by discussing aspects that don’t seem to be design related at all: the goals and strategies of the organization, how a website fits into those strategies, who the target audience is, and so forth. This is the context in which a design needs to function, […]

  • Understanding WordPress Shortcodes

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    Shortcodes are a common way for WordPress developers to extend functionality for website managers. Those new to WordPress and web publishing can find them a little intimidating, but they’re quite simple. How Shortcodes Work Shortcodes are like keywords that tell WordPress to “replace me with code.” This allows the content writer to execute blocks of […]

  • After the Launch

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    The site is designed, built, and live. It’s beautiful and effective. Now what? Continually relevant websites require time and effort. Your main job managing a website is to keep the content updated, relevant, and of good quality, but you also need a way to measure your results and monitor your sites performance. I always recommend […]

  • Casseroles Atlanta Portfolio Page is Now Up

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    My content goal when redesigning this website was to have my most recent 3 projects and an introductory blog post. It’s been a few weeks now, I have a few more blog posts on the site and now I’ve backfilled one more project. The design and development write-up for CasserolesAtlanta.com is over in the portfolio.

  • Adamson LLC Launched

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    I’ve been working on a site for the past month or so, and it launched yesterday. The site is adamsonllc.com and is for an accounting firm in Richmond, IN. I didn’t design or build the site (it’s a premium WordPress theme), but I was brought on manage the project and adapt the theme for Adamson’s […]

  • Backing Up WordPress

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    You’re hard at work on a project and making serious progress; things are wrapping up and you see the light at the end of the tunnel, and then the program crashes. Your work is gone. Your time is gone. You’ll have to start over. Or did you save it minutes earlier? One day your hard […]

  • Let Your CMS Do the Work

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    Content Management Systems (CMS) are popular, and with good reason: they allow relatively non-technical (and non-designer) individuals to update and manage a website. Occasionally, though, a client wants more power and flexibility than the CMS offers. This is an error. Increasing the power and flexibility correlates directly to the complexity of managing the site. To […]