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.

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...
Sumy Sisters

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...
Online Donations

Taking Donations on a WordPress site

We do a fair amount of non profit website design, and one of the things that comes up for those is how to accept donations. A lot of organizations want...
analytics-laptop

Do you know who is coming to your website?

You should.  I can't tell you how many times a potential client comes to with an existing website and I take a look and don't see any Google Analytics script....
font

Specialty fonts for websites

When we first started making websites, almost 12 years ago, you really only had a few fonts to choose from on your website because if the person viewing your website...
sliders

Your website doesn’t need a slider

Sliders. Slideshows. Carousels, It doesn't matter what you call it, website owners love them. And I've been trying to convince people to stop using them for a long time. If...
website audit

What to expect in a website audit

One of my favorite things to do is go over someone's website and tell them everything that's wrong with it in a website audit. I kid! Mostly... But I do...
professional website design

Is having a professional website design worth it?

In the days of a million options for the do-it-yourself website, many people are asking themselves if having a professional website design is worthwhile, or if they can just use...
Translating WordPress Sites

Offering websites in multiple languages is much more than just translating your content

First, you might be asking yourself, why should I offer my site in multiple languages? I only speak English. The question isn't about what language YOU speak, but about what...