Friday, May 13, 2016

WordPress Site for Rochester Dance Lessons

Dancing with WordPress

We finishing up a new local website for Rochester Dance Lessons.  The Website was designed and developed using WordPress 4.5.2.

WP Plugins:
  • Visual Composer - Drag and drop page builder
  • Wordfence - Security, anti-virus, firewall
  • JotForm - Contact form
  • UpdraftPlus - Secure site backups
  • Yoast SEO - Organic search optimization
  • Sassy Social Share - Sharing tool
  • Photo Gallery - Responsive image gallery
     
Dance Lessons website built with WordPress
http://rochesterdancelessons.com

Patrick LaJuett
Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency: + LaJuett.com, where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.

Monday, March 14, 2016

A Better Google Sites Slideshow

Create an HTML5 Ready Google Sites Slideshow using Joomeo

Since Google suddenly pulled the plug on Picasa, it left me scrambling to find a replacement for the old Google+ / Picasa Flash-based slideshow gadgets.

I found a great solution to replace the "retired" Flash-based Google+/Picasa slideshows.

Joomeo features and benefits:
  • Insert via Google Sites iframe gadget
  • Mobile-friendly
  • Device Responsive
  • Non-Flash based
  • HTML5 ready
  • Hosted in the cloud
  • HD capable
  • See example below
     


Patrick LaJuett
Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency: + LaJuett.com, where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

WordPress Site for Rockbridge Realty Group

Rockin' with WordPress

We launched a new local website this morning for Rockbridge Realty Group.  The Website was designed and developed using WordPress 4.4.2.

WP Site Specifications:
  • Hosting: GoDaddy
  • Theme: Spacious (Mobile-friendly)
  • Plugins: WP Property, Yoast SEO, UpdraftPlus Backups, HungryFEED, Header and Footer
  • Other: Dedicated IP
     
Optimization and Metrics:
  • Google Search Console
  • Google Analytics
Rockbridge Realty Group is a real estate brokerage firm based in Rochester, New York 

Patrick LaJuett
Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency: + LaJuett.com, where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Sites - Passing Google's Mobile-Friendly Test

Responsive menus, adapative columns, and 100% width images

One of the biggest benefits of a Google Site is it's built-in RWD (responsive web design) feature.

Be sure to enable the general settings... mobile checkbox: "Automatically adjust site to mobile phones".

The adaptive rendering maybe not as elegant as some WordPress themes, but the ease of set-up and rapid development is a benefit to small business owners with modest budgets.

Update: I forgot to mention a feature that I haven't seen with other platforms.  Google Sites allows you to "Preview page as viewer" and toggle between mobile | desktop views.  Very cool UI tool.

Google Sites pass the "mobile-friendly test"

Patrick LaJuett
Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency: + LaJuett.com, where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.

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