Web Design Business

Dynamic population (via URL variables) to Gravity Forms

Dynamic population in Gravity Forms is an easy way to get pieces of data from Page A to Page B… like when you order a pizza and then it gets delivered to your house.  You didn’t make the pizza at home, but yet here it is. Before we get into the HOW of dynamic population of…

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How to make tight deadlines (and get to wine faster)

It was 4:37 pm… and I was pissed off. Earlier today everything had gone wrong: three “promised” payments didn’t come in, two websites crashed and my email was down for about an hour. Thankfully, I had gotten over all those issues because I wasn’t very hopeful about what I had to do next. See, after…

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How to NOT get burned by “potential clients”

Seven years ago, I made a huge mistake (no, I didn’t buy a pair of cold-weather crocs). I agreed to have a phone conversation with a “potential client” about what they wanted in a new website. Seems simple enough, right? Nope. I got B-U-R-N-E-D! Big time! Here’s what happened… The Phone Call Like you, I…

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Best WordPress Reseller Hosting – WP Engine vs HostGator

Who Offers The Best WordPress Reseller Hosting? While there are several WordPress reseller hosting options on the market, two of the most popular options are HostGator and WP Engine servers.  We personally have reseller servers with both companies and have had them for several years.  And with hosting over 100 sites between both companies (while…

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Bad Web Design: Stop Drowning Your Visitors In Ads

If you can design a website that makes the visitor feel something… that’s a good thing. Unless that something is pure RAGE, then that’s called bad web design. Dear Ad Supported Websites, I get it. I really do. I know that providing free information on your website needs to have some sort of revenue generating…

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“Can you add some POP”? Here’s how to understand vague client requests

When it comes to communicating about projects, vague client requests will kill profitability. Would you ever walk into McDonalds and say “Hi!  I’d like some lunch please”.  Probably not! I mean… who knows what you would get! But using vague client requests is exactly how most people communicate during web projects. Communication about web projects…

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Get cash back from GoDaddy, HostGator and more!

When you’re running a web design business (or any business for that matter) there are things that you need to purchase on a regular basis.  As web designers we always are purchasing domains, setting up hosting accounts, upgrading our computers, buying office supplies, etc. The bottom line is we have to spend money on these…

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Behind the scenes of “Inspired”

It’s always fascinated me to see how people create cool things.  Seeing how Tesla manufactures their electric vehicles or how the Empire State Building was built back in the 1930’s makes the product or building even more impressive when you see it. One of the features on the Web Designers Academy website is a curated…

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