WordPress Upgrades and Google Mobile-Friendly Updates

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It’s been a while since the last post – however this has been a very active week for time sensitive news, warranting a trip out of hiatus.

Important WordPress Upgrades… Is your WordPress site up to date? #security

There was a security vulnerability discovered with WordPress and a number of popular plugins this week, prompting a large scale effort among the WordPress community.

If you have not been keeping up with regular WordPress and plugin upgrades – especially if you have not done so in the last day or two – we highly recommend running a full site backup and upgrade as soon as possible. You can find more specifics on the issue at the links below:

Please let us know if you would like assistance in this area – we would be happy to help.

Important Google Updates… Is your web site mobile friendly? #mobilegeddon

In other big news, Google just started rolling out a new update yesterday, that will impact where your site ranks on mobile searches.

Mobile responsive web sites will display a “Mobile-friendly” tag, showing users which sites will be easy to read on their smartphones. More importantly, however, mobile friendly web sites will start ranking higher in mobile search results – therefore pushing down the rankings of non-mobile sites.

If your web site is not yet mobile responsive, now is a good time to look into making the change, to ensure that your site isn’t essentially penalized by Google as part of their latest update. You can learn more about “mobilegeddon” at the link below:

Please let us know if you would like more information on updating your site, and we would be happy to help here, as well.

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Important Changes are Coming to iDesign Studios!

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Well it’s been quite a while since my last blog post, but I’m finally back with a quick update to let you know about the new mailing list that I’ve recently started up.

I know, I know… “Welcome to the 21st century” LOL

I’ve clearly gone into a bit of a hiatus with updating the web site, but plan to remedy that in the coming months. While I don’t have a set posting schedule yet, it will be fairly infrequent – likely once a month or so.

In preparation for my return to blogging, I’ve decided to start a real mailing list (not just the Feedburner “subscribe via email” option), where I can easily share new posts with you.

My primary goal here is to get back to publishing regular posts on the blog relating to small business, productivity, time management, web design and more. However I will also be sending out occasional updates with information on new services – sometimes along with a discount or two!

Again, this won’t be incredibly frequent. I’m being realistic… as much as I’d love to be one of those bloggers who posts weekly, I know it’s not going to happen – so no worries of a mailbox full of spam! :)

If you are interested in signing up, you can do so directly on the sign-up page or through the button below. Thanks in advance for subscribing!

As for future blog post and newsletter ideas… are there any specific topics you’d like to see covered? If so, please let me know by posting a comment below!

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Elsewhere on the Web – Interview Edition No. 2

Elsewhere on the Web - Interview Edition

Things have been fairly quiet here on the blog recently – but it hasn’t been for lack of writing!

This last month, I’ve been asked to participate in several interviews (including a yet to be published group interview). If you’ve always wanted to know more about the face behind iDesign Studios, you’ve come to the right place!

Below is a bit of a sneak peek into more in-depth interviews at Michaelbox and The Geek Talk that answer a few questions about who I am, what I do, some of my favorite practices in web design and freelancing, as well as a few off-the-wall questions…

Anyone up for a game of Rock / Paper / Scissors? LOL

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Announcing a New Design for 2010, With a Bonus Trip Down Memory Lane!

iDesign Studios | Custom WordPress Theme Design and Development

I’m happy to officially announce the re-design of iDesign Studios!

The new site has actually been in the works for a few months now, and is finally ready to make it’s debut. In truth, I unofficially launched the site on March 29th, but it’s taken a few extra days to get the time to put together the announcement post.

So, What’s New?

I had three main goals in mind with the updated site.

  • updated content
  • better readability
  • a clean and minimalist design

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Guest Post on Essential Keystrokes – Essential Tools Series

Essential Tools for Online Success

As my occasional guest posting continues, this week I was asked by Char Polanosky to participate in a regular series over at Essential Keystrokes, featuring web professionals and the Essential Tools that they use on a regular basis to run their business.

This is a long time series – first started in 2006 – and features the likes of Randa Clay, Chris Garrett, Lisa Sabin-Wilson, Deb Ng, Wendy Piersall, Liz Strauss and more. I’m definitely honored to be in such great company!
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How to Increase Productivity by Simply Disconnecting

How to Increase Productivity by Disconnecting

As great as technology is, when it comes to finding the time to completely immerse yourself in your work, let’s face it – the same technology we depend on can just as quickly turn into a major hindrance. Being a web designer, the very nature of my job requires that I spend the majority of my workday online – which makes it that much more important that I take extra care not to get easily sidetracked.

While the suggestions below are mostly common sense, and quite frankly nothing you probably haven’t already heard, sometimes you need a bit of a reminder – myself included! These are all tried and true tricks that work, as long as you commit yourself to sticking to them. [Read more…]

Please Excuse the Dust… Upgrade in Progress!

Pardon the Dust

Just a very quick note to ask you to please pardon the dust on the web site and blog – especially if you are subscribed to the feed!

The last few weeks have found me hard at work moving the site to a new web hosting company, Blue Host (which happens to be the #1 recommended web host by WordPress).

Making The Most of My Time

Having the freedom of a private server address that worked separately from the live site, this served as the perfect opportunity to make several upgrades to the site itself – both in terms of the WordPress theme, as well as some of the content. [Read more…]

How To Get Around Facebook Mobile Verification Issues to Secure Your Fan Page Vanity URL

Facebook Fan Page / Vanity URL

If you are one of the over 200 million people with a Facebook account, there’s no doubt that you’ve heard all of the hype over Facebook usernames and vanity URL’s.

These initially became available for both personal profiles and fan pages at 12:01am EST on June 13, 2009. I for one was among those who stayed up late on a Saturday night to get a vanity URL for my own personal profile.

Like many others, however, my fan page was fairly new, and did not meet the initial requirement of having 1,000 fans in order to get a fan page username. That would come later…

The Second Wave = Mass Confusion?

This past weekend, on June 29th, Facebook opened up the second wave of fan page username registration. However, it didn’t come without a bit of controversy and confusion… [Read more…]