Conversion of a WordPress site to a Responsive WordPress Website

screen shot of Cantope Standard Poodles\' new responsive web siteTwo years ago we were asked by Cantope Standard Poodles to help them with their website. They were dissatisfied with their web company and hosting company at the time. They found both were too expensive and they were not able to do updates on their own. They also wanted to be able to blog to promote their business better. Continue reading

Newspaper Advertising vs. a Website

Advertising in a newspaper or having your own website? Which is the better value?

I wish I had a dollar for every business person who said that websites are too expensive to have done. Yet many of these businesses take out full page ads in their local newspaper and some of the major ones. And a website is too expensive – really? Continue reading

When considering SEO, don’t forget HEO

SEO

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, the process involved in ensuring your website is found by search engines. It involves the wording used in titles and other content both on the front end, the part seen by viewers and the meta data which the search engines also view. Many people think that they need to repeat their important search term or keyword over and over again to the point the human reader just gets annoyed. Continue reading

When you only need a small amount of website work done

At Silver Maple Web we can take care of all websites, big or small.

Ever seen an ad for a handyman or contractor that says, “no job too small” and when you call them they want to remodel your entire house? Yep, we’ve been there too.

The same thing happens in the web world. You’re happy with your website but you just need a small form added or you need a slight change made to the design of your website. Maybe you just want to have a custom WordPress theme designed and a one page about your company website with a blog page attached. Or you don’t even want a blog, just a virtual business card website. Continue reading

A WordPress Website for an Author

Helping a writer with WordPress

A question about WordPress on Linkedin + a phone call + design and coaching = a happy client

Cover for the book Laughing IS Conceivable
I was on Linkedin one day a couple of years ago and decided to do a search in the Answers section on WordPress. I came across a question by Lori Shandle-Fox where she asked if it was better to have a self-hosted WordPress blog or to have it hosted on wordpress.com.

Never being one to not offer my opinion, I replied adding my two cents. I was surprised to get a reply asking why when she read my reply she understood what I was saying and all the rest of the responders spoke in “geek speak”. That was flattering. Continue reading

Professional WordPress Development Reduces Risk

Why Should I Care?

As a website owner you control how your site is developed.  Your choice is between quick, easy and risky or professional, reliable WordPress development.   You may not care much about the process your developer uses, all you want is that your site is built quickly, correctly and cheaply.  You’re sure the developer will get it right.  WordPress makes it easy for inexperienced developers to build beautiful sites with advanced functionality. Continue reading

Maple Blossom Time

The large Silver Maple in our backyard, this site’s namesake, is starting to bloom.

The last few days have been warmer than normal, as seen by the crocus on March 7. The trees are now reacting to that, so real spring can’t be far off. Here is a shot of the tips of the tree that appears on the header of the Silver Maple Web Contact Page. (Edit June 2013: the tree is no longer on the home page, although it did provide the leaf used in the logo.)

These blossoms aren’t large and showy, but they are a favourite food of squirrels, which are one of Bella’s favourite things, so she is definitely in favour of maple blossoms.

Early Spring

Spring is coming to Oakville

crocus - a sure sign of an early spring

Spring has arrived a bit early in Oakville. We have completed our web site (at least for now) using Responsive Web Design and the WordPress Toolbox started theme, have a new web client and the first of the spring flowers (croci) are up in our neighbourhood.

This picture was taken just around the corner while Julia and I were out walking Jet and Bella (see previous post). The dogs had a great time with the smell of spring in the air and their first walk in the woods this year.

Clear Language @ Work Website

originally published on the Devondev blog on December 20, 2011

The Site

Julia and I just released our rewrite of the Clear Language @ Work Website http://clearlanguageatwork.com. Our customer is very pleased with the new site and we learned a great deal in the process. We retained as much of its existing design as possible while updating it to modern web standards and WordPress. Continue reading