New Website: Kulshan Counseling Group

March 30, 2016 by Keith

It was fun to work with Karen, Tara and Barbie on redesigning their website to incorporate a little bit of personality from each of them.

New Website: PC Technologies

January 4, 2016 by Keith

New website for PC Technologies launched. If you need great tech support contact Jon.

Why Update to the Latest Version of WordPress

August 28, 2015 by Keith

We often get asked why a WordPress site should be updated to the latest version of WordPress. And when we use the term “WordPress” here we are referring to the three components of a WordPress installation: the core (WordPress itself), plugins (which extend the functionality of the core), and the themes (used to display the content of your website).

To keep it simple, there are five key reasons to keep each component of your WordPress site up to date:

Security – Since WordPress is open source, it is great for users and developers looking to increase and expand functionality. Because it is so popular AND open source, WordPress can be the target of security attacks. When a security vulnerability comes to light in WordPress core or in a major plugin, it can be quickly fixed, and an update released. Theses fixes come in the form of WordPress core, plugin and theme updates.

Performance – Often updates will improve the performance of WordPress itself, or of a plugin or theme.

Bug fixes – Updates typically fix bugs that could be affecting a website.

Compatibility – Keeping the WordPress core and plugins up to date will keep the key components of your website working together as they were designed. Many plugins will get an update to ensure compatibility with a new version of the WordPress core.

Features – Keeping your site up to date also gives you access to new features developed by the WordPress team, plugin developers and theme builders. All these can provide a better experience for you as the maintainer of your website and for visitors to your website.

File Types Cheat Sheet

August 19, 2015 by Keith

Kudos to the folks over at 99designs.com for making a “File Types Cheat Sheet”. With so many file types out there, and different applications for each, it is nice to have a go-to source for explaining the differences.

File Types Cheat Sheet

View the entire post on 99designs.com.

New Website: Winners Sportswear

July 22, 2015 by Keith

It is very rewarding when we are able to help out a client by giving them more control over their website, like with Winners Sportswear. We converted their older ecommerce-focused website over to the WordPress platform. The WordPress platform will provide them with easier updating, expanded ecommerce functions through WooCommerce, a blog if they want it, and other functionalities they did not have before.

New Website and Logo: Love You More DeSign

July 15, 2015 by Keith

So wonderful to get to work with Carina on another project, this time her own venture into small business — Love You More DeSign. Good luck, Carina, with your new design business and so glad we could help you with a new logo and website!

New Website: Skagit Habitat for Humanity

July 13, 2015 by Keith

Ah, launch date for the new Skagit Habitat for Humanity website. After months of working with staff and third party consultants we completed the migration of the Skagit Habitat website over to WordPress. Previously they were using static .html pages. By getting the site over to the WordPress platform were able to make future updates and modifications much easier…and add some additional functionalities along the way!

New Website: Jansen Art Center

April 8, 2015 by Keith

Artists helping artists. That’s a good way to describe the work being done by Jansen Art Center in Lynden. After making a connection at a local coffee shop, we worth with the team at Jansen Art Center to build a new and improved website to reach the artists in all of us. “The J” offer classes, workrooms, and more to the artists and budding artist in the region through photography, painting, dance, ceramics, jewelry making, music and more.

Tips for Writing SEO Friendly Content

April 6, 2015 by Keith

Writing search engine friendly (SEO) content will help search engines like Google and Bing increase traffic to your website. Here are 5 tips to help your website rank well with the search engines (follow the link to read the full tips).

  1. Research keywords to find the right ones to help you. Google’s Keyword Planner is a great help but you will need a Google AdWords account to use the tool.
  2. Google will penalize you for keyword stuffing. If you use “latent semantic indexing” keywords¬†then you will have lots of similar keywords instead of repeating the same keywords over and over again.
  3. Longer content works better than short content, i.e. 1,500 words instead of 500.
  4. Write powerful headlines that will get your audience to click through to your blog posts.
  5. After writing your post, use on-page SEO so each post is optimized to bring more traffic to your site: keywords in your title, meta description, image alt tags.

Remember, writing SEO friendly content is the most powerful way to increase your traffic to your site.

Mobile App or Mobile Website?

February 5, 2015 by Keith

Mobile site or a mobile app? There are pros and cons to consider when looking at building a mobile app in comparison to a mobile website. While every website should have a mobile version, there are still times when building a mobile app would have substantial benefits. This article by Scott Bolinger of AppPresser (which can convert WordPress websites into mobile apps) digs into the debate.

Mobile App or Mobile Website
Graphic by AppPresser