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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…

When it comes to web design, you often get what you pay for

That’s not to say we’re very expensive. We’re not. In fact, among colleagues we find ourselves to be priced very low and feel we’re very competitive. But on the flip side, we frequently get inquiries from people who are in the market for a website and have no idea where to start, and then are…

Content is King: Why should I blog?

The most powerful tool in your marketing arsenal is your knowledge of your business. When clients ask me, what can I do to optimize my site for the search engines, my first response is, “Write a blog.” Let me back up. Last December I went to a Wordcamp conference. One of the sessions was on…

Break Through the Blog Block

We blog a lot here at Sumy Designs because websites that blog generate more traffic. Writer’s block, or blog block, happens to all of us bloggers every now and then – and we understand how frustrating it can be when your brain is stuck in la la land and you have business to conduct. So I’ve taken…

What are nameservers?

When you set up a domain name and web hosting, you may be asked at some point to change the nameservers. This terminology throws many people for a loop and scares them into thinking they can’t make that change and need to hire someone. Don’t be alarmed! A nameserver is the same as DNS, AKA the…

What’s the difference between a responsive website and a mobile website?

I received this question over the weekend, and it made me realize that it’s a great question. These days, everyone uses a smart phone and your website needs to be able to handle that. People on their phones need to be able view your website, and use it easily. So what’s the difference? A responsive…

Print Design vs. Web Design

The transition from web design to print design can be tricky but if you keep a few things in mind, the process can be a smooth transition. DPI or dots per inch resolution. Monitors only need a resolution of 72 DPI whereas print items need at least 300 DPI. Make sure you download images for…

What should I put in my sidebar?

The WordPress sidebar is made of widgets that you can add or edit in the Appearance section of your Dashboard … and the number of sidebar plug-ins available is limitless. It is easy to get carried away with the ease and flexibility but there are a few items that should be included in your sidebar that…

Why can’t I just buy a template for my site?

You can. And there are some nice looking templates out there. But, be warned that it might not always be the money saver you are looking for. There are a number of reasons that I recommend against buying a template. It’s not customized for you, and it’s generally not very customizable. When you buy a…

Three Tips for Choosing a Web Designer

If you are landing here, you may be in the market for someone to develop a website for you. Maybe you’re launching a new book, starting a new business, or just want to write a blog. Those are great reasons to have a website! But, how do you know how to choose someone to set…

When and why to hire a professional photographer for your website

Many small businesses don’t figure a photo shoot into the expense of their website and often it shows when profits are not there. A great website is your best marketing tool and with so many websites out there it is important that your website stand out. One of the best ways to accomplish this is with…

When a user lands on your website, what do you want them to do?

This is one of the first questions I ask people when we begin the process of starting a new website. And often times, this stops people in their tracks, because so often they are concerned about what *they* want the website to do, or how they want it to look, instead of what they want…

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