7 08, 2018

Celebrating Our First Web Design Customer in Fredericksburg

By |2018-12-03T13:28:37+00:00August 7th, 2018|Categories: General|

Just a quick post to celebrate that we have landed our very first website customer here in local Fredericksburg, VA. We have been around since 2008, but in the DC Metro area, and this is our first customer actually located in Fredericksburg, and it's a wonderful thing. It's a lovely search engine marketing (SEM) story of optimizing our own site for "sem fredericksburg," and slowly watching that long-tail keyword metric drift from page 3, to page 2, and finally to the holy grail Page 1 of Google. We're holding our heads high at #2!! And more keywords are only going to improve as we add more valuable and localized content to the site. We're constantly improving the site and really appreciate the progress we've seen. SEO is a great game of matching wits against the Google machine, and pairing that with SEM (search engine marketing) we're putting to work the methods we use for our clients for ourselves (finally!). No more cobbler's children have no shoes syndrome! So we just wanted to take a minute to say thank you to our new local Fredericksburg client - Uncle Tom's Antiques, for allowing us to fix up your site's interior code, updating [...]

30 07, 2018

How I Registered My Web Design and Marketing Business with Stafford County/Fredericksburg VA

By |2018-12-03T13:28:37+00:00July 30th, 2018|Categories: General|Tags: |

Registering my web design business with Stafford County was at once more complicated than I would have thought, and easier than I would have thought. This is my experience of what I had to do to register/license (though they don’t do licenses) with the county for my Fredericksburg-based business. What I Had to Do First things first – I had to do all of it in person. I know! I was all over Stafford’s website, on the phone, and even had some email back and forth with their very lovely representatives (I mean that sincerely! They were extremely kind and helpful!), but at the end of the day they want a person to come down there and take care of setting up a business in Stafford County in-person. The part that I hated, was I had to do it during the work day. There are no weekend hours or even after hours when it comes to registering your business. The lady I first spoke with said she envisioned it taking an hour, well, it was closer to 2, but that’s still not bad for all I had to do! And – it was a lot. I was moving most of [...]

21 07, 2018

Marketing Company in Fredericksburg

By |2018-12-03T13:28:37+00:00July 21st, 2018|Categories: General|Tags: , , , |

Finding a Marketing Company in Fredericksburg, VA doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, marketing with a localized focus is actually a much easier process because you already have the following going for you: Obvious localized keywords A smaller niche market of very specific people You can employ ultra specific marketing techniques due to the specific targeting Lower advertising costs – because the target market is smaller, there’s less advertising wasted on people who aren’t your true target audience […]

6 07, 2018

How to Clean Up Your Computer So It Runs Faster and Provides a Better Workflow

By |2018-12-03T13:28:37+00:00July 6th, 2018|Categories: Knowledge-base, Support|

Computers can slow down over time, and the best thing to do as designers (or general users) is to keep the darn things in good shape. This means cleaning up your digital work area just as you would your desk. This video talks about the main areas you need to keep tidy as a web designer: These areas include: Cleaning up your Adobe apps Uninstall other unused programs Unsync Dropbox, Google Drive, or Microsoft OneDrive folders you no longer use. They'll stay on your account, so you will effectively have archived them. Then remove them once all is safe. Get to Inbox zero (if possible) and empty your trash. Run defrag on your machine. If you have security software, run the full scans you always put off. Cleaning up Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) Apps Simply uninstall whatever program you're not using at the moment (i.e. Illustrator) using the Adobe CC app interface. It takes moments to install or uninstall even the largest programs, and it won’t delete your files. The only thing being removed is the program itself. It will disassociate your files (meaning if you double click a file it won’t know what to open it with), but as [...]

15 06, 2018

How to Delete One Website from Your Google Search History Without Having to Delete Your Browser Cache

By |2018-12-03T13:28:37+00:00June 15th, 2018|Categories: General, Knowledge-base|

Thought I'd share something that was driving me nuts! I am a constant user of Google Calendar, and I went to visit the website Calendars That Work one time, and because they both begin with "Cal" I was forever doomed to the autofill on Google's Quick Search (where it prefills in the text) to defaulting to CalendarsThatWork.com. It. was. driving. me. nuts. So! I found the solution. Hit up Google Chrome's 3 vertical dots on the right, click on History, then History again. It'll pop open a tab. From that tab find the offending website. Click that website's three dots on the right and click "Remove from History." It's a glorious thing. :D No more getting the wrong site when I quick type in "Cal" into the URL line. I also made a video below! Check us out over at YouTube for more web work hacks. Take care! Wendy

6 06, 2018

How to do an autoresponder without having to buy a service like MailChimp or Constant Contact

By |2018-12-03T13:28:37+00:00June 6th, 2018|Categories: Knowledge-base, Tips & Tricks|

Check out the video below for a step-by-step how to create an autoresponder without having to pay someone for it. Or if you're coming here from YouTube, scroll down further to get the free autoresponder code. Thanks and take care! Want the Sample Autoresponder code? Fill out the form below and it will be mailed to you ASAP! Have a good one! Wendy

31 05, 2018

What does it mean to set permissions recursively?

By |2018-12-03T13:28:37+00:00May 31st, 2018|Categories: Knowledge-base|

So what does it mean to set permissions recursively? The short answer is whatever permissions you’re setting on the directory (folder) you’re working on, if you checked the box asking to set the permissions recursively, you are saying that you want to set those same permissions to EVERYTHING inside that folder. […]

15 05, 2018

Fix My Website in Fredericksburg, Virginia

By |2018-12-03T13:28:37+00:00May 15th, 2018|Categories: General, Support|

Did your site get hacked? Did someone mess up? Or do you just need to update the darn thing? When you just want someone to “PLEASE, fix my website!” here in Fredericksburg, Virginia, we are your go-to company. And here’s why – we have nearly 20 years of experience! Over that huge span of time we have definitely seen our share of bizarre web problems and are happy to help you unravel the mess, or just update your About page to remove the former team members you haven’t seen in 2-3 years. […]

2 05, 2018

What is SEO and SEM? Complete with Fredericksburg Specific Examples!

By |2018-12-03T13:28:37+00:00May 2nd, 2018|Categories: Knowledge-base|Tags: , , , , , |

So the quick answer: SEO: Search Engine Optimization SEM: Search Engine Marketing The difference between the two is SEO refers to optimizing a page or a website, whereas SEM refers to setting up a marketing campaign around the optimized page utlizing search engine ranks (i.e. other websites pointing to your content) and Pay-Per-Click (PPC) online advertising. How it Works Let’s say I’m opening an ice cream parlor and I am in direct competition with Carl’s Ice Cream in downtown Fredericksburg. Carl’s is super established – they’ve been around since 1947! So how are you going to compete with a company that old with such a devoted following? You try to rank for the search term “ice cream in Fredericksburg, VA,” and probably similar long tail (phrase-style) keywords. […]

14 04, 2018

New Web Design Company in Fredericksburg, VA

By |2018-08-30T15:04:50+00:00April 14th, 2018|Categories: General|

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. […]