Everyone Has A Budget

Everyone Has A Budget

Or, everyone has a price. There is a price-point threshold you have in your mind for your next project.

One of the most common questions a web/creative/design person gets is, “How much would it take to do ____”. The better question is, “How much are you willing to spend to make ____ happen?”   [Read more...]

A Great Restaurant, A Very Good Use of Joomla

A Great Restaurant, A Very Good Use of Joomla

Last night my wife and I decided to venture out of suburbia San Diego and head south into North Park/Hillcrest to check out a new restaurant that was recommended by some friends called Urban Solace. I can go on forever about what great food we had, the unique menu selection, the chic decor, the uniqueness – all that was there and then some, you just have to check the place out – but as soon as I saw their website I knew the experience was going to be great. [Read more...]

Tips for Keyword Research Tools to Help Your SEO and PPC Campaigns

Tips for Keyword Research Tools to Help Your SEO and PPC Campaigns

One safe point of entry for any small business person trying to work with Search Engine Optimization (SEO) to hopefully drive more leads from the search engines to your site is to use Pay-Per-Click (PPC) campaigns. These are the “sponsored” links that you see on the top and right side of your search results. The alternative is to go after achieving “organic” results, showing up in the main section of the search results without paying for it (though takes a lot to achieve).

Before heading down the road of PPC campaigns on Google or other search engines, make sure you do some research on keywords that you want to be found through. As soon as you start your PPC campaign you are spending money, so do your research first and save yourself the cost of that learning curve. [Read more...]

Some Things I Learned Using Thesis Theme For WordPress

Some Things I Learned Using Thesis Theme For Wordpress

I just finished my first launch of a WordPress install using the Thesis theme (beer money link). I had a fellow web developer who has been not only pushing WordPress but more specifically pushing me towards the Thesis theme. Coming from a pretty basic understanding of WordPress (way more experience/understanding of Joomla) Thesis was quite a fun learning experience. It also opened my eyes to the possibility of accomplishing some of the things I thought were reserved for “larger” CMS platforms.

Overall Thesis is an SEO-feature-rich  dream. Not only is the page code extremely clean, but for each post you can easily control the page titles, keywords, descriptions, and image alt tags all while posting your blog.

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Simple Online Diagram Software, Free

Simple Online Diagram Software, Free

Trying to explain a work-flow idea to someone I ran across www.gliffy.com. Not being a designer myself I was hesitant to try my hand at creating a diagram from scratch (even in PowerPoint/Keynote) and plus, to me those mediums are getting a little played out…I wanted something I could move around, adjust, then snag an image and put into my presentation. Gliffy fits the bill.

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Open-Source Content Management Systems

Open-Source Content Management Systems

For someone running their own small business, the constant issue is money. Couple that with even less time and you have a serious challenge when trying to succeed in the web world. You know it’s important to be found online, you want to put your best foot forward as, for you, it’s personal what the first impression of your company is, but how do you venture down that path without wasting the little time and money you have?

In the web development/management space there are basically 2 routes when it comes to using a Content Management System (CMS) to run your website: proprietary or open-source. Also put, paid vs. free.

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Why You Should Build Your Website With A Content Management System

Why You Should Build Your Website With A Content Management System

Anyone can be a ‘web guy/gal’ these days. You can look like a super-hero to your boss/group just because you have figured out how to easily add content to your website. No longer do you need to be at the mercy of a hard-to-reach webmaster or billed for every second you call to ask for a change.

That is if you choose to build your site with a content management system (CMS). [Read more...]