Hostgator TOS Issues

Many of our customers are getting notices from HostGator saying they have violated the TOS and are using too much space on the shared hosting. Some folks have not been contacted yet by HostGator but you notice there is something wrong with your site and it’s loading incompletely and really slowly. HostGator seems to be […]

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Web Site Upgrades and Services

Although all of the sites that we build are made to be managed by our clients and you can do all of this stuff below by yourself, we understand that sometimes you would just rather have us do it for you.  No problem….  here are some additional services that we offer.  Please call us at […]

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Making Word Press More Secure

UPDATED:  There is a new hacking effort taking place using bots to access Word Press sites.  Read more about it here.  Follow the below instructions and you’ll be fine… There are several ways to make your Word Press site more secure and this is always a good idea.  Proper security can be a pain in […]

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How to Use Next Gen Gallery

I install the plugin Next Gen Gallery on most of my sites. It’s a great photo gallery plugin and simple to use. Here’s the basics… This photo gallery uses a two step process. 1. Upload your photos to the gallery. 2. Insert the Gallery into whichever post of page you want it to how up […]

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Kevin Lowry : A Grateful Convert

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USRoute89.com

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PatrickMadrid.com

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Pan de Vida

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GMac

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Live Oak Acupuncture

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How to insert an email address

1.  Create the email address. 2.  Go to your post or page  and type the words you want linked to the email address (like: email us HERE.) 3.  Highlight the words and click on the “Insert hyperlink” icon. 4.  Insert the email address like this: mailto:john@aol.com 5.  Click insert and save your post or page.

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How to insert a PDF document into your site

This is a question we get a lot and is very straighforward.  Here’s how it’s done. 1.  Save your document to your desktop. 2.  Go into the post or page you want it in 3.  Click on the “add an image” icon next to Upload/Insert. 4.  Upload the pdf document. 5.  Scroll down to where […]

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Gravity Forms

We always install cForms Contact Form Plugin to our sites because it’s free and works reasonably well.  However, if you really need something more robust we have recently found out about Gravity Forms, which is a commercial plugin for Word Press.  This plugin is completely rockin and if you use contact forms a lot it […]

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CForms won’t work!

“I have the plugin set up correctly and it still won’t work!  Help!” This happens a lot and here is the most likely fix.  Log into your dashboard and go to cForms and go to the “Form Settings” area.  There is a little box at the top that is checked and says “Ajax Enabled.”  Uncheck […]

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Dashboard Options Are Gone!

When you update to the latest version of WordPress you may have some issues in your posts and pages.  The new dashboard has some cool new features but they can look a little bit confusing… Here’s the biggest problem that we’re running into… “I’ve upgraded to the latest version of Word Press and now when […]

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The Roaming Boomers

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Well Coffee

We worked for the Dallas firm Red to Green Design to create this hip new site for Well Coffee Roasters.

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Using the Word Press Featured Image

If you have one of our sites that is built after March 2011 then we have more than likely incorporated Post Thumbnails into your theme.  This feature will allow you to choose pictures from your media library and designate them as “featured images” to be used throughout the site.  These featured images will automatically be […]

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David Thies

We met David through our friend and former client Adam at The Call to Serve and were immediately impressed by not only his music but him as an individual.  We were honored to provide him with a new website!

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Matside Hawaii

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Conversion Diary

Jennifer runs one of the most popular Catholic blogs on the net and her updates are insightful, truthful and just plain fun.  She called us for a new blog design and so far the reviews are raving!

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St. Paul’s Outreach

St. Paul’s Outreach is a national ministry to college students that does a wonderful job!  Now they have a wonderful site to go along with that…

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One Billion Stories

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Approved in Home Care

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U of M Campus Ministry

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Putting in Content

For the most part this is pretty self explanatory however if you need a good run through on knowing what the different icons are and what they do then Simple WP Guide has an old yet excellent tutorial on this here: http://www.simplewpguide.com/working-with-content/formatting-text-content-in-wp/

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How to Write Pages

Pages are primarily static information on your site.  They will not change a lot and will contain information that is relevant to your site but always needs to be there.  They are generally also written with a lot more care and significantly longer in scope and depth than your posts which are more like “updates.” […]

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How to Write Posts

Posts are different than pages and are what makes up the part of your site which changes often.  These posts are put on pages in time and date stamped order and so when a new one is created it simply appears above the old ones pushing those farther down the page. To write posts simply […]

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Word Press Basics

New to Word Press?  We give all of our clients an in depth walk through of their specific theme in person or over the phone and then a ton of tutorials as well on this site.  However, if you need a primer on the basics of how Word Press works here is a great resource […]

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Kate Wicker

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Wilco Real Estate

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Calvary Oxnard

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Adding New Plugins to Your Site

As your site evolves you may want to add new plugins to it thereby increases the functionality.  This is a simple and painless process.  First, be sure and check out the ratings of the plugins you are considering adding.  If you add a plugin that is not well supported you take your chances on whether […]

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Creating Unique Page Sidebars

If you would like to create unique sidebars for some or all of your pages luckily there is an easy way to do it.  Here’s how you make that happen: 1.  Go to “Plugins” then go to “Add New.” 2.  Search the available plugins for “Per Page Sidebars.” 3.  Install and activate the plugin. 4.  […]

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How to Add a Facebook Fan Page

Now that we’ve created a great website for you it may be time to move on and get on the Facebook bandwagon!  I get a lot of requests on how to get your business or organization on facebook and so here’s a quick step by step tutorial on how to do it. First of all […]

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Weird Spacing When I Hit Enter…

Here’s a question I get a lot from folks who are new at entering info into their content management systems.  “When I am editing the page and I hit the ‘enter ‘ key I get large spaces and can’t get things lined up correctly.” Luckily this is an easy fix.  On the web the “enter […]

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Creating Drop Down Menus

To create drop down menus on your site navigation you will use the sub page feature of Word Press. To do so simply go to the page you want in the drop down menu and look on the right hand side under “Page Attributes.” Look for the drop down menu at the top and choose […]

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Ordering Pages in Your Navigation

To customize the order of how the pages appear in your navigation bar simply do the following: Go to each page and look for the section on the right that says “Page Attributes.” Look underneath it for the subsection that says “Order.” Place a number in there for each page. Lower numbers will show first […]

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How to Edit Your Post Order

In Word Press posts are time and date stamped and are ordered most commonly by latest date first and then older posts following.  To reorder these posts for any reason you need to simply change the published date.  Here’s how we do that… 1. Log into your WordPress account and go to your dashboard. 2. […]

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WordPress 3.0 Menu Addition

With the release of Word Press 3.0 you know have the option for custom menus added to the software. This will allow you to create custom menus of pages, categories or any other links you want and put them in your sidebar widget area.  Here’s a brief tutorial on how you access and use this […]

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Baja Central

We were recently contracted by the tourism department in Baja California, Mexico to provide a site that would showcase the different regions in this beautiful area of Northern Mexico.  You can check out the progress here.

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Changing Your Passwords

To change your site admin password simply log in and go to “Users..”  Select the user that you want to modify and click on the name. Scroll to the bottom and enter your new password twice and hit “update.”

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Backing Up Your Content

The easiest way to back your content up from your site is to download the XML file.  You should do this anytime you have made major changes and probably once a month anyway at the least.  To do so, login to your site, go to “Tools” and then to “Export.”  Download the file and save […]

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Embeding a Video

To embed a video into your site simply go to Youtube or Vimeo and copy the embed code from there.  Come back to your site and embed it.  To do so, if you want it in the sidebar go to Appearances>Widgets and drag a Text Widget to the appropriate sidebar.  Insert your video code into […]

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Creating Online Forms

We use the cforms plugin in our sites to create contact forms, online registrations and more.  Here’s a tutorial on how to use it:

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How to Use the Dynamic Content Gallery

I have started using this plugin in my sites as opposed to the Featured Content Gallery.  If you have a newer site from me, chances are this is your gallery plugin. The DCG is normally found on the home page of my designs and is the part of the site that scrolls photos in and […]

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Bella Fontana Spa

We recently redesigned the site for one of the best Spa’s in the country and certainly Texoma, Bella Fontana Spa.

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Interior Design and Flooring

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St. Gregory Catholic Church

We worked with St. Gregory’s Catholic Church in Dorchester, MA to produce a site that was simple to use and modify, yet robust enough to offer all of the space and information that this large parish needed on the web.

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Ruler Man

We recently worked with a unique woman called “The Rulerman.”   Alissa collects and resells antique rulers that are of very high quality.  These are collectors items and not your typical school rulers! We also integrated a fully featured store to carry the RulerMan’s product line.

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Updating Your Word Press Software

Updating your Word Press site is simple and quick.  There are two components to a successful update.  The first is your Word Press software and the second is your plugins.  If you update one and not the other you will oftentimes run into issues so do both of these things at once. We have found […]

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Integrating Google Calendar

We use the WordPress Google calendar plugin a lot which allows you to  integrate your Google calendar into your new website.  Here are directions for setting that up. The first thing you want to do is go to Google and create an account.  This is free and simple and will let you access the calendar […]

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Legatus

We were contacted by the Legatus National Staff to construct a new website that would match their magazine branding as well as provide a site that allowed them to frequently add articles and features and massive amounts of content in an organized and efficient way.  We built the site on the Word Press platform and […]

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The Red Dog Company

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KaitlynDunne.com

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Mater Dei Academy

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Murphy and Prachthauser

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The Fatima Statue

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Reisizing Images With PhotoPlus

Having a website designed is only the first part of the process.  Managing it and adding content, pictures and video can be a daunting, but necessary task in taking your website to the next level.  Oftentimes, adding pictures can be the hardest part of this task.  I recommend a simple, yet effective software program called […]

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Email Lists and Marketing

We get a lot of questions about marketing through email, and integrating sign up forms on your website.  Here’s the basic scoop. Email marketing has nothing to do with your website and is completely separate from the website we have designed for you.  That being said, you can easily integrate in a sign-up form so […]

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Understanding Tags

In many of the themes that we have built we utilize the Word Press tagging feature.  Here’s a brief explanation of what that is and how to use it in our themes. All of your “posts” give you the option of  adding “tags.”  This option is located in the right hand side of the editing […]

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How to Add an Image to a Text Widget

You can easily add an image to a text widget in your sidebar.  Here’s how you do it: -Create your image: It is best to create this to the dimensions that you want the picture.  A sidebar is typically 300px wide so you do not want it to be bigger than that. -Go to any […]

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True Manhood

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Ready Prep Go

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Vickie White Travel

Vickie is a classy gal that takes some wonderful outings, cruises, vacations and round the world trips.  She is and has been a world traveler for years and her experience in all of the little things makes her a wonderful organizer and guide.  We built her site with a vintage travel motif to give it […]

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Texoma Living Magazine

Texoma Living Magazine is a top-notch publication showcasing the Texoma Area.  Dan and his staff bring national experience and ideas to this venture and TLM is a force to be reckoned with in any city in the country.  Fantastically researched and creative stories, glamorous big city photography and a slick marketing package make this the […]

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Your Best Life Secrets

This site is a blog showcasing the work of Byron Katie and the 12 steps.  We were commissioned to create a design that was peaceful and incorporated the elements of nature and the authors favorite symbols of leaves.  Here’s the result!

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Service Club

Service Club is a content rich site of coupons, deals and reviews for just about every product under the sun covering every state in the union.  We constructed a matching aMember section to the site as well.

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Target Law

Target Law is a simple design with an extraordinary amount of backend coding.  It’s got a custom Google search section added into it so you can search specifically for lawyers anywhere around the country.  In addition, it has a membership area a specialized submission section where attorneys can submit and edit their profiles, add articles […]

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MPrint Photography

Meredith Shields runs MPrint Photography and also does some killer graphic designs.  We’ve been friends for years and so when Meredith asked us to do a simple, clean site to showcase her photos we readily agreed.  She does great work, check her site out here!

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Marabella Productions

We were hired by Graphic Planet Creative to take their design mock-up and code the site into Word Press.  They required a lot of different specialized pages including video templates.  Each page has it’s own unique look for a site that in the end doesn’t look like a content management system at all… Here’s a […]

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FOCUS Made for More Conference

FOCUS is a great group and we’ve done a lot of work for them over the years. When they called us to design a site for their Made for More National Conference they were looking for something a little “grungier” and rough around the edges. We like grunge….so we said “ok” and got to work… […]

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Hanover Life Teen

Hanover Life Teen is a youth ministry program in the Boston,MA area and they needed a new website to be able to communicate with their youth program.  The youth minister Neil stole the Gnome in our landscape and held it for ransom until we agreed to build him a website.  Thankfully, we did a good […]

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Jon Greer Consulting

Jon Greer Consulting provides high-quality corporate communications services for venture capital and private equity firms, Investment banks and law firms and other corporations that are looking to manage their success and grow more successful. He also runs the popular blog Catching Flack.

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Goosecross Winery

We love wine and so when David Topper, the owner of Goosecross Cellars asked us to build him a new site our eyes lit up with the thought of a nice reward of fine Merlot… No, really, David did actually send us a case of wine when we finished and it was hmm….let’s try and […]

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FOCUS National Site

FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, is a national college ministry that puts missionaries on college campuses to assist in bringing students to  Jesus Christ and the Catholic faith.  They are on hundreds of campuses across the nation and are one of the fastest growing and most dynamic ministries in the Catholic Church today.

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Faculty Commons

Faculty Commons is the Faculty arm of Campus Crusade for Christ.  They contacted us with the desire to move to Word Press and have an attractive theme designed for their use with Faculty.

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Dunrovin Retreat Center

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The Call to Serve

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Brownfield Agriculture News

Brownfield Ag News is one of the largest outlets for Agriculture news in America.  Leerfield Communications contacted us to create a new Word Press based site for them based on a popular Studio Press Theme.

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Four Rivers Ministry

Four Rivers Outreach, founded in 2006 by Arthur Horn and Larry Watkins, is one of the largest not for profit organizations in Grayson County, Texas.  The ministry provides focuses on healing lives and restoring families and individuals to a productive life style.  The Four Rivers passion for the addicted and homeless is changing lives and […]

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Mark Munoz

UFC Fighter Mark Munoz called us to do a site for him that needed to look tough and mean.  We told him we were busy but then he reminded us that his nickname is “The Filipino Wrecking Machine….”  After we got over visions of being beaten to death with our own arms we agreed to […]

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Texoma Striper

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Winery Pro

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Associated Spec Consultants

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Presco Industries

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Kissito Post Acute

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John Tyler Wines

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Forrester

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StudioPress Album Theme

Brian Gardner from Studio Press Fame called us and asked us to create a series of grunge templates for a photography Word Press theme.  We readily agreed and “Album” was born.  This theme has multiple background colors and images and can be changed with the click of a button.  It works extremely well as a […]

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A1 Little John

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Ferrell Law Firm

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The Green Dove

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Trade With Waves

THIS SITE IS NO LONGER ACTIVE.

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AV Clubhouse

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Julian Drive

Julian Drive is a great new Christian band that is logging thousands of road miles on the touring schedule and a ton of plays on radio stations across the country, as well as changing lives with their witness.  We designed their new website to come out with their latest album and it was a pleasure […]

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Harvest Ministry

Jon and Ann Dunagan are a witness to us all.  Homeschooling parents, they stepped out and took their family into the mission fields and since 1987 have been traveling the globe sharing their message. The Dunagans have impacted millions with the message of Christ and changed countless lives including their own.  At last count they’ve […]

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Camp Wojtyla

FOCUS (The Fellowship of Catholic University Students) is a wonderful organization and we’ve done a bunch of work for them.  They called us recently to build a new camp site for their Colorado Camp Wojtyla named after Pope John Paul II. They were looking for a great Word Press backend but used more as a […]

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Kevin Jacobus Photography

Kevin is a great guy and takes beautiful pictures.  He called us to build him a site that would really showcase these photos but also allow him to blog regularly and take advantage of the great SEO of the  Word Press backend. We ended combining several themes, customizing the heck out of them and then […]

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Far From Moscow

What do get when you cross a creative professor, some Russian punk bands and students who love music? Well, once upon a time, Far from Moscow….Professor Dave from UCLA’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures came up with a great idea for his students:  Create a website that they would manage that would focus on […]

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