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The Five Types of Logos

So you want to create a logo? Whether you’re commissioning a designer or going it on your own, knowing what type of logo you’re after is a good first step. Here are the five types of logo, ordered by complexity, plus a few examples by yours truly: Wordmark Text, generally the name of the business in a stylized, unique font….

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Professional Photo Shoot for Your Website

Great photography can take an okay website to completely stunning, so if you have the time, inclination, and budget, you should definitely consider scheduling a professional photo shoot as part of your web design plan. Since most photographers don’t shoot exclusively for websites, though, you’ll want to have some clear instructions for him or her so that you get the…

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5 Tips to Not Lose Your Mind While Working from Home

This is not a post where I have all the answers. Everyone’s a little bit different, but after almost 5 years of working for myself, almost always from home, often in my pajamas, I’ve learned a few things that work for me. Know yourself and reconcile yourself to your habits I am not – never have been, and am increasingly convinced…

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How to Install WordPress Plugins, Not the Bad Ones

WordPress has a ton of benefits: flexibility in design, near unlimited functionality, accessibility to non-coders… I won’t bore you too much with my WordPress nerd-ery. But those benefits have made WordPress the most popular website platform on Earth, which is, in and of itself, the best perk of all. WordPress’s huge popularity means there are a TON of plugins to…

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Where to Find Great (and Legal) Images to Use on Your Website

A picture might be worth a thousand words, but maybe not thousands of dollars in copyright infringement penalties. Ok that was a terrible joke BUT I know that a lot of website owners struggle with where to find images. For many, their first instinct is to browse Google Image Search and grab the first relevant image you find. This is not a…

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A Way Forward After a Divisive Election

It may be strange to get a letter from your web developer about politics. Sorry. But I have struggled over the past week to find the words to express the feelings I have had from such a hate-filled and overwhelmingly negative campaign, and perhaps so have you. I am writing because I have been spending a lot of time considering how to support those around me in any way that I can, and my thoughts keep returning to my work. Design and development is not an inherently political profession, but that does not mean my work is without broader social impact…

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Getting Around Facebook’s Super Annoying Caching Problem

I get at least one email per week from a client who is super frustrated because they are trying to post a page or article to Facebook, but Facebook isn’t reading the link correctly. It’s showing old data or no data. Nine times outta ten, this is the link you need: The Facebook Debugger The idea here is that Facebook…

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A Glossary of Web Design

“Incomprehensible jargon is the hallmark of a profession.” – KINGSTON BREWSTER For better or for worse, the jargon is inescapable. If you’re working on a website with me, these are some of the most common terms you’ll hear come out of my mouth. Pretty soon they’ll be like second nature to you, and this should help… WordPress The content management…

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How to Start Your Own WordPress Site on a Budget

A lot of new clients come to me super frustrated. They thought starting a website would be easy, so they dug in, downloaded WordPress, and then either got stuck right away or came away with a website they don’t really like. So they find me, and I’m happy to help out. If you have the budget for it, hiring a…

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