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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We’ve written about our partnership with WP Engine in previous posts. We really believe in providing services that match the needs of our clients. Sometimes that means us getting out of the way and letting a specialist provide a specialized service. For that reason, WP Engine is our go-to choice for WordPress hosting. We had…Continue Reading →
Pixel Jar has been recording more videos lately. Whether they’re promotional videos for premium plugins, help videos for our support pages, or new videos for our upcoming Level Up series we’re making them from scratch. People respond amazingly well to video. They tie visuals to words in a way that our brains respond to. We…Continue Reading →
We’ve written about the GDPR in the past. As a quick recap, the GDPR is a new regulation going into effect in May of 2018. The regulation protects the personal data of citizens of the European Union. The new law has extraterritoriality so it’s going to be enforceable around the world. The exact legal implication…Continue Reading →
Gutenberg is coming to WordPress. If you haven’t heard about it yet, you’re not reading enough WordPress news. 😉 However, for the sake of completeness, it overhauls the default content editing for WordPress. The new content editor is akin to stacking Legos simulating more of a page building experience. How it Works The Gutenberg experience…Continue Reading →