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.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Google Sites for Colleges

Google Sites is a great collaborative web development tool for colleges and universities.

Here's a project we worked on with Mount Marty College in South Dakota.

Requirements:
  • Rapid development
  • Match existing branding
  • Incorporate document library pages
  • Set site-level permissions
Take a look at the "policy portal" screen capture below:

Integrated with Google Apps and mobile friendly.

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.

Friday, January 22, 2016

New Google Sites for Local Home Builder


I have done quite a few website redesigns over the past decade or so.  When taking on a new project, I suggest to customers that they utilize a content management system (CMS).  The ease of updating content (versus traditional code editing) is a huge winner for clients.

My favorite web CMS platforms are WordPress, Google Sites and DNN.  See the benefits of each here.

The Project:
This project was for a local home builder looking to modernize and expand their online presence.

Out With the Old:
The old site was something I designed a while back using MS Expression Web (html 4, CSS and JavaScript).  It was functional, but not very easy to update.

BEFORE REDESIGN - HTML4
Website before being redesigned.
In With the New:
For the new website I opted for Google Sites (, with embedded Google Drive documents, Picasa Web albums and YouTube videos.
Google Sites for local home builder after redesign.

Let me know what you think using comment section below. - LAJ

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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