An open door or a maze?
Did you know that your website only has 2.6 seconds to make an impression on viewers, or your customers? So are you providing an open door or a maze to your potential customers?
There are more and more people browsing the web on their smartphones and that number is growing all the time. It’s expected that mobile web browsing will outstrip desktop internet use by 2015. Will these mobile browsers be able to easily see your website or do they have to zoom to view the content that is not readable on their smartphone. Or will they move on to the next site that comes up in the Google search. Continue reading
If you are a regular visitor to this site you will see a huge change today. I’ve just enabled the Twenty Twelve theme. It sure is plain, but it is responsive out of the box. In the next week or so I will be creating a child theme of Twenty Twelve to replace the Toolbox based child theme that this site used until now. All the content is still here, but the navigation is no longer drop downs.
The new child theme will include some more styling and better navigation. I’ll post here as I make progress. For an example of our theme work you should visit our web design site Silver Maple Web.
Two 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
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
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
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
Helping a writer with WordPress
A question about WordPress on Linkedin + a phone call + design and coaching = a happy client
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
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
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.
Spring is coming to Oakville
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.