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.

website redesign

Website redesign questions and answers

The majority of clients who come to us for website design services aren't actually looking for a brand new website. Most of them already have a website that is old,...
custom wordpress design service

What to expect with a custom WordPress design service

When it comes to websites, there are a lot of options. Typically what we offer to our clients is custom WordPress design service. But what does that mean really? How...
Solving Form Delivery Issues

Solving Form Delivery Issues

Forms. You have to have them, but sometimes you just can't get them to work. Recently I was hired to revamp a website and when I logged in for the...
Top Benefits of WordPress

Is a WordPress website right for you?

There are a lot of options when it comes to websites and a lot of tools to create one. How do you know which one is right for you? There's...
WordPress Theme Installation

Installing a theme is just the beginning

I frequently have folks come to me because they wanted to DIY their own website, installed WordPress and bought a theme, uploaded the theme, and then realized they had no...
Organize your content with custom post types

Organize your content with Custom Content Types

I love WordPress and love everything it can do. Lots of times I take over websites and find pages and pages of content. Content is king. I love content. But...
Frequently Should be Asked Questions

Frequently “Should-Be” Asked Questions

I'm a big proponent of having an FAQ page on your website. If someone lands on your site, they probably got there for a reason and not because they clicked...
Web Design Service

Web Design “Service” – What is it?

When you go to buy a product, like a car or a lamp or even a pizza, most people assume they are paying for the parts that went into it....
WordPress is Easy, but not really

WordPress is easy, but not really

When we started Sumy Designs in 2006, we were mostly doing static, HTML sites. One of those early sites wanted a blog, so we added WordPress to it. After trying...
Evaluate a Plugin

How to evaluate a plugin

You've got a new site and you're ready to use it. Hooray! And you might need a new plugin to do what you need to do. Did you know that...
What does a pro do that I can't do myself?

What can a professional web design company do that I can’t?

In the modern era of website builders, literally anyone can spin up a website in a day and have a new website that's live for the world to see. I...
Case Study in Usability

Community Yoga: A Case Study in Usability

We recently completed work on a site redesign for Community Yoga. The previous site wasn't bad, but it was created by someone who has a passion for yoga, not someone...
DIY Website

The Biggest Mistakes of DIY Websites

These days, it's easy to get a website online. You can go to any one of the big DIY builder programs and click and create a new website. What's not...
How often should I redesign my website?

How Often Should I Redesign My Website?

A mistake a lot of people make is paying for a new website and then ignoring it for the next ten years. Websites aren't like cars: as long as you...
Things to do before you launch

Things to do before you launch a website

Launching new websites is one of my very favorite things to do, but I always want it to go smoothly for everyone, so there's definitely a must do list for...
MailChimp Automated Campaigns

How to use MailChimp Automated Campaigns

If you have a newsletter, there's a good chance you use MailChimp. And why not? It's easy. It has great integrations. And, for many of us, it's free. How can...
Scroll to the top

Scroll to the Top

If you have a website, and that website has more than a few words of content, then I want to talk to you about the "Back to the Top" button....
mobile first indexing

Mobile-First indexing: The Time is Now

Back in April of 2015, Google drew a line in the sand. And that line was about mobile-friendliness. If your site didn't cut it, then it got cut. We nicknamed...
Call to Action

Goal Drive Website Design

There are a lot of people who can make a decent looking website. And many designers can create beautiful designs that can be used on a website. And I think...
Web Design Agency

Why choose Sumy Designs for your small business website?

There are a lot of choices when it comes to websites for your business. How do you know which to choose? I know a lot of people who do what...
PODS

PODS: My new favorite CPT plugin

I love Custom Post Types. (Need more info on what a Custom Post Type is? I wrote a blog post about it.) CPTs combined with Beaver Themer gives you endless options...