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Git was one of those technologies that I have been aware of for a while. I knew that I needed to learn it as it has become a standard in the industry, but I fought it until I couldn’t anymore. In fact, I signed up for my Github account several years ago and started playing around with creating code repositories, forking repositories, and cloning repositories. I even did more than one online tutorials. However, I still struggled to grasp the concepts and processes required to be successful. I finally reached out to a good friend in the industry and asked
You get what you pay for. Yes, you can get cheap hosting from $2.99/month (for the first year and then it usually more than doubles after that). However, you should ask yourself, why is it that cheap when other companies costs start at $15/month? There are several reasons that companies offer cheap hosting. Companies that offer cheap hosting do it to get you hooked and then they increase the costs after the first year. They often try to sell you add-ons that some of the better hosting companies include with their price in the first place. They think, if they can
I get asked this question all the time and the answer is, it depends. The cost of a website can vary from several hundred dollars to several thousands of dollars. In fact, the largest sites on the web can cost several hundred thousand. You might be thinking, no way, but trust me, many sites cost several hundred thousand. For example, if we look at ESPN.com, all of the following disciplines have to be considered: Strategy & Planning: Requirements get written, SEO, PPC/Adwords, Social Media Strategies get built (~80 hours) Information Architecture: Site pages get laid out in a hierarchical diagram (~40
WordPress out of the box is pretty basic as it should be. Afterall, WordPress doesn’t know if your business needs to showcase hotel rooms, food recipes or menus, services or products, if you are just an online business or if you have a physical storefront with hours of operations… Therefore, WordPress out of the box usually doesn’t work for the average business. Now, if you need something simple and know how to format your content with the correct colors, fonts, spacing, image sizes… Then you might be able to pull off a decent site with the WordPress basics. For example,
I have twenty minutes before my next meeting and thought I would use it to write about my experiences with premium WordPress themes. First, let me say that I have a love/hate relationship with all third party themes and plugins. I have had some really great experiences and some really bad experiences with using themes and plugins developed by other people. I will start with the ‘greats’ Plugins for things like caching, security, limit login attempts, SEO, 301 redirects, CMB2 and Gravity Forms, etc. LOVE THEM! Now that being said, I have my favorites that I always use and therefore, know exactly
This post is going to be the first of a serious of posts intended to help those who are looking to start a web project. “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ― Benjamin Franklin Strategy & Planning is perhaps the most important part of every project. Proper planning will drastically reduce the cost and or timeline of any project. A well thought out plan will reduce the amount of the amount of trial and error within the project. I believe this is true with all projects but for the sake of this post, I will be only be
Understanding what the different types of web professionals will help you in this process. To see a more detailed list of industry professionals see my post on, …all web developers are created equal… Not! So, here are the basics. Web Designer – Often a graphic designer that specializes in the psychology of colors, typography, usability standards and best practices… However, they usually don’t write code. Sometimes they will know HTML and CSS, but it isn’t usually their strength. Front-End Developer – These are developers that know client-side code. Client-side code is the code that renders in your browser to handle the
Not all web developers are created equal. I am writing this post because not everyone understands that there are several roles in the web industry with several different responsibilities that require pretty specific skillsets. When you hire a single person to design and build your website, you are more than likely getting a “Jack of all trades, but a master of none”. To be more accurate, you are more likely to get a master of one or two, but definitely not a master of all. This is because there are several players in the industry that you should be aware
Well, they can be both easy and cheap, but it can also be like putting together a complex puzzle. It really just depends on what you need and want from your websites? For example, you can go the DIY route and try building your own site via one of the cloud-based website providers or you can see if you can find a free theme or even buy a premium theme for under $100 for systems such WordPress, Drupal, Joomla… Just know that when you go this route, what you get, is what you get. So, if you need a simple
One of the biggest challenges for web developers today is that there is a perception that websites are cheap and easy. Right off the bat, I want to say that if a website is done correctly, it isn’t easy. Sure, it is possible to slap a website together in a few hours if corners are cut. However, if the site crashes or gets hacked, who is going to be blamed? The Developer will be blamed. Therefore, I tell all my clients that even the easiest of sites will take around a day/8 hours (give or take 1-2 hours). Here is
We have been helping local businesses in the Vail Valley for almost a decade. Here are some of the businesses we work with.
This is a photographer’s website where we wanted to not only feature his images, but also the project details of his work.
This is a new campground, RV, and Cabin rental destination just off Kebler Pass, Colorado.
The Berglund Architects site was redesigned to utilize full-screen display as well as modern responsive technologies such as Bootstrap. In this redesign, we created several new layouts for pages such as portfolio, blog, people, and videos.
Walking Mountains came to me looking to make updates to their existing site, but needed someone to first help them get a child theme implemented. Confluence assisted with the following tasks:
First backed up their live site
Created a staging version of their site
In this project the goals were to increase the website dimensions from 960 px wide to 1440px wide to make the site display larger on larger/wider screens.
We also added new functionality to the site in custom fields for projects
This was a website project that uses Google Maps, Photo Galleries, Video Embeds, eMail Sign up, WooCommerce, Simple and Variable products, Coupon codes, Shipping rates, Taxes and more.