What I learned at WordCamp Boston – Day 2

Sunday’s talks started at 11 am with Cain and Obenland in the Morning, a comedy duo starring Konstantine Obenland and Michael Cain from Automattic. Automattic is the WordPress founding company based in San Francisco. There are many Automatticians around the...

What I learned at WordCamp Boston 2016

I attended my first ever WordCamp in Boston last weekend. WordCamp is a conference for WordPress user enthusiasts held in various cities around this time of year. Today I selected eight TED type talks to attend on a range of topics, that perhaps only nerdy web...

A Testimonial for Testimonials: Why You Need Them

My last client, who’s also a friend, asked me if I would like a testimonial. “Yes!”, I agreed whole heartedly. A testimonial is one of the best ways to build trust with your audience… and it’s free. I asked her to put it in Linked In,...

Why You Should Maintain a WordPress Website

Perhaps your friend or an agency designed your website awhile ago and now there are problems because it hasn’t been maintained. But, do you have time or the inclination to do it yourself? The best way to stay on top of things is to use a maintenance plan that...

What does a web developer/designer do exactly?

This is a good question and one I wish my clients would ask. I think many of them don’t realize what is happening behind the scenes to get their website working. Here goes… First off, we developers/designers gather information from the client. I ask a lot of...

Choosing Colors for Mobile Web Design

In the last post I stressed that designing for mobile is important in today’s very smart, smart-phone world. And a big part of that design is the use of color. There is psyhcology to color:  A corporate feel would call for blues and grays. A children’s website...

The Internet is not dead, It’s Mobile

I read this slogan not long ago and realized how really true and succinct it is. Although office workers use desktop, and surf while they are taking a break, the majority of web surfing is done on cell phones. Everywhere and anywhere, you see people looking down at...

New business marketing tools better than the old

Most of my clients know I have been in the graphic design and web design business a long time. Maybe its the gray hair that gives it away! After I worked at the Boston Globe for ten years from 1978 to 1988 as an information graphic artist, I started my own company. At...

How About Some WordPress Swag?

If your business site is sporting the best website software and you are proud of it, why not sport a cool t-shirt as well? Try this t-shirt from the official WordPress Swag Store, only $15. A few years back I ordered several of these in different colors. One in dark...

Six skills to look for in a web designer

The Best Designer’s Skillset When you hire a web designer or developer you should know what you are buying. Are you getting services from someone who is more of a techie with no design skills? Or someone who is creative but no has no chops when it comes to code...