WordPress 4.8 coming out in June 2017

WordPress 4.8 June 2017

WordPress 4.8 is already announced to be released in June 2017! This is not a security update or minor update like the past releases earlier this year. It is the first major release for 2017. WPbeginner.com has release an article with screenshots and an overview of what is coming out. If you are a WordPress enthusiast, you should check it out. Some changes that are coming: Text Widgets will now have a visual and text editor instead of just a text editor. New Image widget for sidebars New Video widget to embed videos from different sources such as Youtube and Vimeo Updated News & Events widget in the WordPress admin/dashboard page Full article below: http://www.wpbeginner.com/news/whats-coming-in-wordpress-4-8-features-and-screenshots/


How and why to use images on your website

Images On Your Website

There are many reasons to add images on your website and blog posts. Besides illustrating your content, it makes your site look nicer, more user friendly and can help you with your SEO (Search Engine Optimization). You don’t want to have a boring page with just paragraphs and no images. It has been proven that adding images increase the chances of user engagement, social media sharing and can increase your site traffic. However, you need to do it right otherwise you won’t get the most benefits out of them. If your images are too large, it will make your page load slower and page load speed is an important factor for both user experience and SEO. You have to make sure you have rights to use your images, you can’t just do a Google search and grab images and put them on your site. Where to find images for your site You can use your own photos, design files or […]


Steps to Build a New Website

steps to build a new website

Have you wanted to build a new website but not sure how to get started? Or you hired a web team or developer to get your site done and want to make sure you will be happy with the results? Everybody has their style or approach. Some people are design oriented, others are content driven while others just start throwing things together to see what works. The following is an overview of our basic steps to build a new website with a web development team. When we work on a new website, we start with a questionnaire which helps both the website owner and the development team to understand or define what is wanted. This will help clear up many typical questions that come up in any website project. The following are the steps we follow when building a new website. 1) Website Questionnaire We attempt to find out what the website goals are. We start by defining what company is this […]


Plugins 101 – 5 Essential WordPress Plugins

WordPress Plugins

What WordPress plugins should you have on your site? This is something a lot of newcomers or DIY (“do it yourself”) website builders ask when getting started with their WordPress website. This is a basic list to get you started, but I am sure you will come across many more that you will setup for your site. Each website is different and has different needs and different target audiences. Some sites need an image gallery, other sites need an e-commerce component (we suggest using WooCommerce), and the different options goes on and on. WordPress lists more than 40,000 plugins in their repository, so the possibilities are endless! Whatever the case, I am confident you will need the following plugins, so this is our list of 5 essential free plugins you need on your site. Each of these plugins have alternative options, so it is up to you which one to use, but we find these the easiest and most comprehensive […]


SSL is now a must for your website

SSL usage

There was a time when you only even knew what SSL was if you ran an eCommerce website or online store. Today, more and more people know what SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is or at least know that it is “something” that creates a secure connection between a website visitor and the server through which to send information. Some people would recognize it when seeing a “lock” symbol in the browser when doing online shopping or doing online banking. SSL is what encrypts the communication between the person who is browsing the website and the website’s server. All data/text submitted either way is encrypted. This way any prying person or software can’t see anything in this connection because it’s encrypted in real time. You have to be able to decrypt it with a “key”. Nowadays keys are very strong so it is very hard to hack.  You can notice you are using SSL in a website when you have to […]


Should I go with WordPress for my site?

You are thinking of developing a new website and you keep hearing of WordPress. As of now more than 25% of websites on the internet run on WordPress, so it would be hard to believe that all these people are wrong. However, it is not for everyone. WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS) which allows users to easily setup and edit their website via a user friendly interface. When we first started developing websites for our customers, we did all kinds of sites from static HTML Websites, custom CMS systems to custom coded websites. Over the last few years we have been developing more and more WordPress websites because of it’s many benefits: Widely Supported: It is easier to find people and information on how to manage your WordPress website. SEO Friendly: It is built in a way that it is ready for you to optimize your website for search engines. Plug-ins: There are many plugins (free and paid) […]