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WordPress Basics: What’s the difference between a post and a page?

If you are new to WordPress, you may have some questions about the content management system. We use WordPress for every site we design, so while many things are second nature to us, we realize it’s not always second nature to you. So I’ve decided to start a WordPress Basics series with little  hints and…

Tips for your Facebook business page

If you have a website for your business, chances are that you probably also have a business Facebook page. It’s a good idea, lots of people are on Facebook and many of them may look for information on your business there. But some people have difficulty knowing what to post, and managing the page, so…

Are you looking for a WordPress website designer?

I get a lot of inquiries from people with existing WordPress sites but are looking for a Wordpress website designer. WordPress is a great content management system, and everyone tells you that you need to use it. You can do a one-click install and BOOM you have a WordPress website! Voila! But not so fast…. It…

Should I use premium plugins or free ones?

Ah, plugins plugins plugins. My favorite part about WordPress is that there are so many different plugins that can be used to make a simple site extraordinary. Need a simple contact form? There’s a plugin for that! Need a photo gallery? There’s a plugin for that! If you can imagine it, there’s probably a plugin…

Choosing the right website designers for small business

I write quite a bit about how to find the right website designers for small business. I know it’s something that business owners struggle with. How do you find someone you can trust? And how do I know it’s the right fit for my business? Just because you’ve found a website for a company, it doesn’t mean…

How to add Google Analytics tracking code to your WordPress site

Hello! So, you have a WordPress website? Awesome! We love WordPress. And now, you want to track your traffic and gain valuable insights by using Google Analytics. That’s awesome too! We always recommend, and generally automatically set up and install, Google Analytics on all sites we create. The reason is simple: it’s a free, but…

Typography trends in web design

Typography trends in web design used to be boring, but that is not longer the case. Fabulous creations such as Adobe Typekit and Google fonts allow for websites to fun and creative. Below are some of the typography trends in web design for 2014: Handwritten Fonts Fonts for Flat Web Design Scripted Fonts Does your website need some fancy…

Is it okay to use outdated plugins on my WordPress site?

This is a great question! If you’ve looked in the repository lately, you’ll know there are thousands and thousands of plugins. I love plugins! They add so many kinds of functions to your site. So many are free and easy to install. Plugins are one of the reasons I love WordPress so much. You can…

Why we choose to specialize in WordPress

Jack of all trades, master of none. We specialize in WordPress solutions for small businesses, individuals, freelancers, and a variety of other professionals. We’ve been in business since 2006, so we’ve been doing this quite a while and during that time, technology has changed. WordPress has changed. There are a zillion other options these days…

Designing websites for the first five seconds

Recently, Amy and I attended WordCamp in Chicago. It was a fantastic experience and we got to sit in on some pretty amazing conferences. One of the conference sessions, presented by Ross Johnson, was about the importance of the immediate subconscious response a person gets when looking at a website. In this session we learned how important…

When it comes to WordPress security, strong passwords are key

Raise your hand if you use the same password, or the same two or three passwords for every website? Go ahead, I won’t judge you. Yes, I used to be the same way. I mean, I login to hundreds of different sites, how can I be expected to remember hundreds of different passwords, am I…

What are Icon Fonts?

Icon Fonts use the @font-face rule in CSS to embed TTF, EOT and similar font formats into a web page. Basically, they are fonts that look and function like social media icons. The entire purpose of using icon fonts as opposed to a jpg or png is to replace rendered icons on a web page…

WordCamp Chicago #wcchi

This weekend, Susan and I had the privilege to attend Wordcamp Chicago. This is our second Wordcamp we’ve attended, and it was yet another great experience. What I love about going to Wordcamps is that you meet many great people in the WordPress community, all people who use and love WordPress. But what I love…

Let the learning begin

The Sumy Designs team is spending the weekend in Chicago! We love WordPress and are always eager to increase our skills and meet other WordPress heroes.

Get a WordPress Website on a Budget

We get a lot of requests for new WordPress sites. That’s pretty much all we do these days, but getting a WordPress website on a budget can be difficult. We love creating custom designs for each client. But we realize that sometimes, a custom website is not within everyone’s budget. A custom website design takes…

Should I use Social Media to promote my website?

I get asked this a lot by clients. “Should I set up a Twitter account? Should I set up a Facebook page?” And the answer is never a simple Yes or No. Because first, you have to answer this question: If you set up a Twitter account, Facebook page, or other social media portal, are…

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