You can’t be an expert in everything. Our clients are a wonderful assemblage of business owners, non-profits, support staff, and content creators. They know how to handle the ins and outs of their respective businesses. But when they have questions about their website, they rely on us for answers. In many cases, this results in a development project, but sometimes they just need some web consulting time to talk through the problem they’re facing.
We’ve had entire projects that were focused entirely on web consulting. Often taking an idea from its raw state to an actionable project requires research and discussion. We’d much prefer to be involved in the project during its formation than later when poor planning could be causing a problem.
Code and Site Reviews
One of the major ways that we consult is to perform a code or a site review for a client. Code reviews are meticulous examinations of a defined length. These are usually performed for plugins or possibly an entire site and are a great way to head off any problems. Site reviews, detailed in their own way, take a much more holistic approach where we look at the various components of the site and make sure they’re supporting one another. We’ll find any problem areas and make recommendations to fix them as well as suggest possible points of improvement for speed, security, and usability.
Taking the time to get more information is a great way to make informed decisions about the work that you’re doing and gives you direction for those efforts.
Posts in Web Consulting
In the web consulting category most of the posts are focused on some aspect of the development process. In this section posts are going to be more general in tone, describing how you can put these aspects into play on your own site. Or talking about some intricacies of a technology that’s directly related to development like site optimization or SSL certificates.
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You’re just getting started on a new ecommerce website. You probably have a million questions. Most of them are likely related to the technology that’s going to power the website because that’s the area where you have the most questions and concerns. We often hear, “which shopping cart is the best?” A better question is,…Continue Reading →
Gravatar stands for globally recognized avatar. It’s a service that allows a user to create an image that serves as an identifier for them all over the internet. Many sites use the Gravatar service to identify users, and Gravatar boasts 8.6 billion images served each day. In order for the Gravatar to display, the website…Continue Reading →
Surely you’ve heard of the phrase, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” There are things to love and hate about this phrase, but one of its underlying meanings speaks to your ability to bring value. You might amend this phrase to say, “it’s not only what you know, but who you know.”…Continue Reading →
Jen Miller is the founder of Need Someone to Blog, a content marketing agency located in Orange County. Jen is also the mother of eight, one of the lead organizers of the Women Who WP meetup, on the organizing team for WordCamp Orange County 2017, and is speaking at WordCamp Europe on SEO and highly…Continue Reading →
There are an endless supply of project management tools available to web developers. As we built our team and started taking on bigger projects, we found ourselves in need of some specific tools to help us manage the details. These are the tools that we’re currently using to manage our projects and our business. Instant…Continue Reading →
When we start discussing a new website project with a client there are two primary paths that we walk. We can base the new design on an existing theme or we can create a custom theme design. There are usually some immediate reactions to these options depending on the client. In this post we’re going…Continue Reading →
Recently, there have been two major events in the online world that have impacted the way people work – Cloudbleed and the Amazon Web Services outage. While neither of these ended up being an attack, they have certainly brought questions of security to the foreground. We’re going to take a look at the two events…Continue Reading →
There a lot of ways that you can bring your website to the world. In this post we’re going to be highlighting two of the many tools that can be used to manage your content. WordPress which is a full-featured content management system (CMS) that comes in both hosted (via WordPress.com) and self-hosted (via WordPress.org)…Continue Reading →
There is a big push for making sure that your website is being served securely. The shift from HTTP to HTTPS is occurring at record rates and is being shepherded by Google. But better SEO isn’t the only reason to be paying attention to HTTPS. What was once only a requirement for sites engaged in…Continue Reading →