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Must-have design elements for your website

If you want your website to stand out then your online presence must be outstanding. There are far to many dull and boring websites in the world – you don’t have too be one of them. Building a great site is easy – all you have to do is follow a few creative rules. A…

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The Right Kind of Tech Community

When we opened our virtual doors in 2006, there wasn’t much of a tech community. I lived in a tiny town with around 6,000 people. I had been a stay-at-home mom for a year. I only had a handful of clients, and what I knew about business could be summed up to what I taught…

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Do I need to find a web designer in my town?

I once had a call from a potential client. They were starting a new business and needed a website. They weren’t local to my town, but about an hour away. The first thing she asked was: “Do I come to your location to do this, or do you come do it on my computer?” She…

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How to prepare for your website’s redesign

We get a lot of clients who just want their sites redesigned. Often, a client knows their site needs updated, they just don’t know where to begin. Here are a few things you can do to help avoid a redesign that will drag on. Research and Take Notes Check out your competition to see what they…

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A good web developer isn’t afraid to say no.

You read that correctly. When you are ready to get started on a website redesign or a new website project, be prepared to hear the word no. Because a good web designer/developer won’t be afraid to say it. We get a lot of inquiries at Sumy Designs. Clients and potential clients who all have ideas…

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How to know if your website needs a redesign

Just like with all technology, websites need to be updated on a regular basis. If you aren’t sure if your site needs a redesign or not, take a look at the questions below. If you answer YES to any of these questions then take two deep breaths and call Dr. Sumy first thing in the morning.…

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Who should update my site?

A lot of clients struggle with the deciding whether they should try to update their site on their own, or if they should hire someone to maintain it for them. That’s not a question I can answer for them, but I can give them considerations. For our Sumy Designs clients, I would say that our clients…

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Colors for the web and colors for print

Working together with web and print designs can be tricky and learning how color works can be the key to getting a successful color calibration for both your website and your printed designs such as business cards and brochures. An easy way to remember is anything dealing with the web should be in RGB (red, green,…

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Help! I can’t find revisions of my WordPress post or page.

Uh oh! Have you changed your WordPress post or page and realized you made a mistake and want to get your old version back? But aren’t sure how? We all make mistakes. Lucky for us, WordPress does a lot of autosaves on everything we do, so even if we realize later that we totally screwed…

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What’s the difference between web design and web development?

Sometimes I refer to myself as a web designer. Other times I refer to myself as a web developer. But what’s the difference? It’s pretty simple once you boil it down. Web Design is focused on how the website will look. Design can include the logo, the navigation, the overall layout, where the social media…

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A few websites I love

COLOR: I find color inspiration all over, but a couple websites I find myself heading back to over and over are Plenty of Colour, which is a daily design blog devoted to showcasing and celebrating colour, and COLOURlovers, which is a creative community where people create and share colors, palettes and patterns and discuss the latest color trends. TEXTURE: For background patterns and…

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Do you have to have a “brick and mortar” office to be a real company?

I think we all get caught up in the “Impostor Syndrome” from time to time. I know I do. I recently had a discussion with someone on Twitter who, several times, referred to me as a freelancer. I had to make a correction so that he would refer to me as a “business owner” rather…

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Booking Reservations with WordPress

I have a good friend who is a great artist and has a business where she does painting parties. These are quite popular now, you get together with your friends, crack open a bottle of wine, and learn how to paint a painting and at the end of the night, you have your very own…

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Whose responsibility is it to run updates? Site owner or site developer?

If you are setting up or running a site with WordPress, there are going to be updates. Updates to your core software. Updates to your plugins. Updates to your themes. I harp on this a lot, and it makes me absolutely crazy when I log into a new client’s WordPress site and see that the…

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Moving your WordPress site to a new web host

You may have landed on this page because you want to move your site to a new web host. It happens to many site owners at one point or another. You’ve outgrown your resources, or you just aren’t happy with the service you are receiving. Whatever the reason, it can be super daunting to try to…

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Blurring backgrounds in Photoshop

Sometimes a good photo can be better if the item of interest is enhanced with a blurred background. This is easy to do in photoshop. First, open your photo into a layer in photoshop and make a copy of your layer. Next, using your eraser tool on your copied layer, erase the foreground part of…

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