Mobilegeddon: Was it all hype? What do we do now?

Several clients contacted me to ask about alarming Mobilegeddon emails from other web companies. The emails I saw from 3 separate companies claimed any website that wasn’t optimized for mobile by April 21 would see their traffic disappear and their business drop. My clients were asking how to respond to such dire predictions. Google did … Read more

5 Important Marketing Strategies for Home Builders

Thanks to my work building websites for high end home builders, I often get to talk to generals about marketing: what works for them and what confuses them. As any contractor can tell you, the industry operates on word-of mouth-referrals. After all, building a house is one of the biggest financial decisions people make. Wouldn’t you … Read more

How to Protect Your Website from Cybercrime

I don’t want to be sensational about cybercrime and the vulnerabilities of WordPress websites. I’m one of those people who doesn’t like to be sold to and I don’t like sensational headlines. However, it is true that hackers are after your website. Cybercriminals are after all websites…enterprise or small business. These hackers are the same people who are filling … Read more

One Simple Step to Protect Your Site in Case of Hacking

Backup Buddy won’t stop an attack; at the moment there is no 100% sure way to stop hacking attacks. What it will do for you is provide a recent copy of your files so you can restore your site quickly if it gets taken down! As they say in the Backup Buddy copy, it protects your bacon! Backup Buddy is … Read more

How to Avoid Scope Creep — Hourly versus Project Pricing

Scope creep! I think every independent web professional I’ve spoken to has said this is an issue for them. Sometimes they’ve even quit the industry due to project creep. I’ve made it one of my 2014 goals to learn more about how to avoid the issues surrounding scope creep. Yesterday a marketing colleague of ours gave a … Read more

Website Hacked? 7 Steps to Keep Your WordPress Site Secure

by Karen Nierlich, Tod Abbott and Allison Rolls WordPress has grown in popularity exponentially over the last 5 years.  Unfortunately, hackers have been turning their attention to the platform because of its popularity. Prior to last year, hacking was very rare in our experience with small and medium business clients. Last year we fixed several … Read more

Almost Everything Website Redesign with a Responsive WordPress Theme

Last month we did a website redesign for our own Full Orbit Website. We choose the Epik Responsive WordPress Theme as a starting point. I’ll say more about that in a minute. Web Design in 2013 has developed in exciting directions, and will continue to in 2014. The driving force for the 2013-2014 trends in … Read more

WordPress Website Design Trends 2014

Current Website Design Trends 2014 features a bold, colorful look with less text and larger graphics. The text is also larger — huge — so it can be read at a glance. Homepages are typically long and visitors scroll down to see more content options. Most of these trends are tied to the movement toward … Read more