Development

Building a website is more than installing a theme and picking a color, it involves lots of strategic planning for how your users will use the website at every opportunity. Learn more about how to develop a website that works for your customers through our blog.

Page Speed

The difference between site speed and site optimization

Unless you've been living in a cave somewhere, or maybe even if you are, you are probably aware that site speed is pretty important these days. What I want to...
Podcasting

Adding a Podcast to your WordPress site

Do you love Podcasts? I do! I have a number of favorites that I listen to regularly, including The Daily, Freakanomics, and Reply All. I even am a co-host on...
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Use conditional logic to make interactive forms

For this blog post, do me a favor and real quick go look at our "request a quote" page. You don't have to fill out the form (unless you want...
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Common mistakes people make on their first website

I mentioned last week that there are a lot of people in my town running for school board in the upcoming election. One is my friend and neighbor, and one...
Custom Web Design

Why a custom website design is almost always better

Recently one day on Twitter, I saw a tweet from someone that was along the lines of, "Developers, how long does it really take for you to make a website?"...
Website Accessibility

Accessibility Realities for Websites

Recently I had a client come to me asking about ADA compliance for their website. If you haven't noticed, accessibility is a hot topic in the web design and development...
Photo Gallery or Slideshow

A gallery or a slideshow?

Which should you use on your website? These things are very different, and if you have photos to display, you may be wondering which way to go! A gallery is...
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How to add an Instagram feed to your website

Yesterday I showed you how to create a great Instagram landing page to allow your Instagram followers to find your blog posts with ease. Today, I want to go through...
Instagram landing page example

How to make an amazing Instagram landing page

If you use Instagram for your business, you already know that you can't put links in your posts. Well, you can, of course, but they don't work. They don't link...
HTML Sitemap

Does your site need an HTML sitemap?

A sitemap is just what it sounds like: a map of your site, helping your site's visitors find your content. But there are actually two kinds of sitemaps your site...
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How to Name Your Website Images

If you manage a website, there will likely come a time when you want to add images to said website. And that's great! New content and new imagery creates new...
Sherry Shipley Website

Tips for Political Candidate Websites

Tis' the season for politics which means it's time to talk about political candidate websites and the way to do them right and the way to do them wrong! I...
web design pricing

Web Design Pricing: How much should your website cost?

The first question nearly everyone wants to know when it's time to get a new website is, "How much does a new website cost?" And that's a tough question to...
Business Card Design for Brooklyn Beekeeper

Your website is not your business card

If you have a business, you probably have a business card. I have very nice business cards, which is funny because I work remotely and rarely have the opportunity to...
business website

What every business website needs

The majority of our clients are small business owners, and most of them have never had a website before. This means they really rely on us to help guide them...
Web Development Services

Web Development Services

Since 2006, the team at Sumy Designs has been providing professional web development services to small and medium business, freelancers, and professionals across the United States. Our goal is to...
Error Page

Creating a great error page

It's inevitable that at some point, someone is going to hit an error page on your site. Even if you never changed it, never delete a page, or never change...
CDN

Do you need a CDN?

As is usual, my answer is maybe. What is a CDN? CDN stands for Content Delivery Network and refers to a distributed group of servers that work together to provide...
how long does it take to make a website

How long does it take to make a website?

What I wish I could do right now is to give you a definitive answer with an exact time. But unfortunately, the true answer to how long does it take...
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What you need to know about alt text

Alt text isn't a left or right textual conspiracy, it stands for Alternative Text but is sometimes called alt attribute, alt description, or alt tags. (It's not a tag, so...
What's your goal?

Understanding your project is the key to success

A couple of weeks ago I got a call from a prospective client who wanted more information about working together. We started talking and I began to ask him more...