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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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 that engage…Continue Reading →
One of the first things we communicate with a new client is what the workflow for their project is going to look like. We’ve even written a document that breaks down the general flow of a project and what they can expect from us and what we expect from them. We treat this as a…Continue Reading →
SEO. Just hearing the acronym for search engine optimization can make the most web-savvy person cringe. There is so much conflicting, ill-advised, and out of date information out there that making good decisions can feel impossible. There are dozens of predatory companies, often contacting you through your own website’s contact form, offering to help get…Continue Reading →
We recently had a chance to sit down with Tony Perez, the CEO for Sucuri. Sucuri is one of our go-to partners in assisting with our client’s security needs. Talking with Tony Pixel Jar: For readers who aren’t familiar with Sucuri, tell us a little bit about how you got started in the security space.…Continue Reading →
Pixel Jar has been a partner with WP Engine since 2010. In that time we’ve grown to rely on their services more and more for our clients. Here are some of our favorites reasons why. Why WP Engine Rocks WP Engine provides service oriented, managed WordPress hosting, but it’s their focus on providing an amazing…Continue Reading →
We get occasional requests from clients to create multi-language websites or to adapt existing content into additional languages. We love the idea of sharing content across the world, and of opening new markets for our ecommerce clients. But there is a fair amount of planning to make this work well. The translation itself needs to…Continue Reading →
Here something else to think about and take your duplicate page avoidance to the next level. (Be sure to read the previous post regarding duplicate pages first.) Even after incorporating the tips from the previous post, there is still a bit of overlap between content on the home page, the categories/tag/archive pages and post pages.…Continue Reading →