We’ve been to many WordPress Meet-ups and met designers who are there to learn the basics of WordPress because their clients want websites. Outside of the basic easy formatting tasks you can do in WordPress, complicated things can take a bit more programming knowledge than you may have or want to know about.
This is where Silver Maple Web comes in. We have years of development and programming expertise, have done graphic design work ourselves, and have experience working with graphic designers.
A case study of how we work with graphic designers and their designs
In November 2011, one of our Virtual Assistant clients (Prime Admin Solutions is a branch of our corporation, Devondev Inc.) was unhappy with her website. It was a site set up in HTML using tables. The people who created the site also did her updates for her. She was finding that even the simplest of updates could be a hassle – she was tired of the constant back and forth to correct errors. She asked us if we could help her convert her site to a format so that she could do simple updates herself. We suggested WordPress. Continue reading
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
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
We released a plugin that performs the session start and end functions described in my previous post on Using the PHP Session in WordPress.
The plugin is described at Simple Session Support.
We have rebranded “Devon Road Websites” to “Silver Maple Web”. Silver Maple Web will be offering all the web design and development services currently offered by Devon Road Websites, Devondev Inc. and Prime Admin Solutions.
We provide custom web design and development using modern web standards. We use WordPress as a Content Management System to allow our clients to update their site without programmer skills. Please view our Case Studies for some examples.