14 04, 2018

New Web Design Company in Fredericksburg, VA

It’s so hard to believe that we are celebrating our 1-year anniversary here in Fredericksburg, Virginia! Our family moved down to Fredericksburg after a year-long search trying to get the heck out of Northern Virginia. I grew up in Fairfax County, but the traffic, high prices, and general mentality can be a bit overwhelming. My husband and I were looking for a slower pace, and a family-friendly community to raise our two girls in – and boy did we ever find it in Fredericksburg. It has been absolutely wonderful living here. Fredericksburg has given us an amazing home, a fantastic community to be a part of, and is proving to be a great location for my web design and marketing business, CreationDepot. […]

22 01, 2018

How to Prepare for a Small Business Website Redesign

So you’ve been saddled with trying to get your company’s website redesigned. Can be a bit overwhelming, right? How do you know what you’re supposed to know without having to become an expert yourself? How can you be sure you’re not going to be taken advantage of? What features are crucial and which ones are nice-to-haves? Okay, take a deep breath. There is a lot to cover, but it’s really no where near as bad as it could be. […]

2 11, 2017

How to Create, Update or Change My WordPress Site’s Menu

How to Create WordPress Menus To access the WordPress menu so you can either create a new menu or make changes to an existing menu, go to your WordPress Admin area, scroll down the left hand menu until you come to Appearance. Hover over the menu and then click on Menus from the pop out. Alternatively, if you're logged into WordPress and over on the live site, you can go and hover over your site name in the black Admin bar at the top, then drop down to Menus from there.   When you first access the Menus page, it will look something like this: To start, you'll want to give your menu structure a name. Typically I tend to name them with where I want them to be displayed just for easy reference. For example, I named this one "Top Navigation" because I'm working on the menu that I want to appear across the top of my site. Note however that simply naming it this will not make it appear where I want it to - I have to assign this menu to that location. To do that, I have to check the "Top Menu" box you see below. [...]

18 06, 2017

Moving Your WordPress Site to a New Directory and All Your Images and Inline Links are Broken?

Oh this is a fun one because we struggled with this issue for ages. What we’re talking about is when you have your WordPress directory in say www.domain.com/dev and you are moving it via FTP to just www.domain.com/ – the root or main folder of your website. When you transfer all the files and follow the WordPress guidelines for moving your site, the database will still have many images and in line links (any links you setup within the posts or pages editors) that still point to www.domain.com/dev in its database. Even though you changed it on the “General Settings” tab in your dashboard. So how do I fix it? The high level way to repair this issue is to jump into phpMyAdmin and run queries on your database to make your adjustments; backing up your database first of course. But if you’re not a developer, this is simply just not an option. So what do you do? […]

9 05, 2017

Cannot upload images in WordPress – File is empty error

Holy cow. Want to talk about a difficult error to diagnose and correct! When you can upload teenie tiny images, but anything larger than even 30k throws an error in WordPress, you just about want to pull your hair out. The error we’re talking about is this: File is empty. Please upload something more substantial. This error could also be caused by uploads being disabled in your php.ini or by post_max_size being defined as smaller than upload_max_filesize in php.ini The hardest part about correcting this error? That the very suggestions it makes within the error message itself to correct it, don’t work. And there are years and years of threads all over the web that talk about this problem, none with solutions. We eventually solved this problem when it manifested on a long time client’s site (their site was from 2010!) by doing a fresh installation of WordPress. Once we did that and connected up the database and content files, it worked. This was after days and days of struggling to figure out what the heck was going on and thinking it was a server-side issue. After all, that’s what the error says – update your server files!  […]

11 10, 2016

When you have to tell a client “no”

Clients are humans too. There. I said it. We all know it’s true but sometimes when they ask us to do the impossible and devolve into demanding demons… or really-scary-deadline-demanding-jerks-who-don’t-realize-you-are-not-a-robot. In light of this, I would ask you to remember something. Ladies and gentlemen… please remember you can push back. If a client wants a deadline that’s unreasonable, for heaven’s sake just SAY so. Don’t destroy yourself with an all-nighter, or give up on what you had already planned! That will make your life miserable and eventually it’ll breed resentment. Truth be told, the client has no idea why one graphic may take 10 minutes but another takes you 10 hours. Saying a **version** of “no” to a client almost never means you’ve lost that client for good, but designers are afraid to put that foot down. If you can save the client every now and again with an 11-hour Hail-Mary pass then that’s awesome, but even when you pull that off you need to be clear that you can’t do that every time – but you’ll happily accept their praise for rockin’ it this time. 🙂 […]

23 09, 2016

How to get specific ads to stop following you around the Internet

So this all came about because I had gone to order flowers for a client who was in the hospital. Half way thru we found out flowers weren’t accepted in the ICU so we decided to wait until he was moved to another room. Then the stalking began. I’d closed the website, but was being followed around by an ad for 1-800-Flowers literally everywhere I went. Kohl’s, Yahoo, and I believe CNN and Facebook as well. It was a bit creepy!     But I knew why it was happening. When I’d visited 1-800-Flower’s website, they installed a cookie with a tracking code so Google Ads could serve me flower ads wherever they were located – to get me to come back and finish out my order. These kinds of ads that follow you around, they work from a business standpoint extremely well. They’re targeting a warm audience, someone who’s already visited their site and is familiar with their wares. However, there’s no way for an ad to know that the reason you didn’t buy something was because you genuinely just didn’t need it (yet anyway). […]

8 03, 2016

What is the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org? And how to setup a free WordPress site.

The short answer: WordPress.com is where WordPress (the company) hosts WordPress sites (much like Wix or SquareSpace). WordPress.org is where you can download WordPress the open-source content management software to use on your site. The easy answer is .com is for beginners, and .org is for developers. It does get confusing because there’s WordPress the company, WordPress the software, and WordPress the service WordPress the company offers that hosts WordPress the software sites. Got it? […]

21 02, 2016

CDP #001: How to Make Buttons Better on Your Website

One of my favorite topics is addressing how users interact with a webpage because there is so my psychology behind it as well as artistic input. This episode deals with buttons specifically, and how to craft the ones on your site so they are appealing the best to your visitors, helping with conversions, and standing out on a busy page. If you’re looking for some direction on how to handle buttons on a landing page, or a general overview, this broadcast is for you. […]