We are changing our business model!

We are changing our business model!

Dear clients, friends and colleagues: The internet is ever-changing, and so is the field of website design. After doing a huge amount of soul searching and contemplation I have decided to take our design service in a new direction. The past few months have been hard. Design and development have become an incredibly competitive industry over the last few years. We have been making websites for over 20 years, and in the last 5 years it has been harder and harder to obtain new clients in the industries we enjoy working with. This is the result of many things, but I think the most obvious is price. Our price for years has been under major agencies prices, with our average site costing between $1500 and $5000. We have always worked hard to provide the best possible design and service, and to always be accessible to our clients. There have been so many times I have sat down for a consultation with someone and when we come to price I see the look on their faces: They want the service, but that they just cant come to grips with that type of investment right now. It is time to change the way we price great websites. Websites MUST be affordable for small business. Currently there are a LOT of challenges to the small design group in our industry. We have all seen the ads on TV or your favorite blog: “Cookie Cutter site systems”,  “Create a free website here”, “Website hosting for a penny” and so on. No matter how many developers are out there telling people to avoid these marketing traps, people...
So, you want to create a paid newsletter website, using woocommerce and mailchimp.

So, you want to create a paid newsletter website, using woocommerce and mailchimp.

Recently one of our clients asked us for some help with their website. They publish a paid newsletter and the first thing I thought to my self was “This must exist” So I went looking for a solution and it actually does exist, but it’s not very direct. Once the right pieces of the puzzle are in place, it comes together well in a nice front end user experience. Though Paid Memberships Pro (the plugin we will be talking about) can run as it’s own cart, our client wanted to keep WooCommerce as their functional cart, because they intend to sell retail product as well, this would apply to someone who wishes to sell digital content also. So having TWO obvious cart systems was not logical, instead they needed to be brought together. To accomplish this you are going to need a few tools and plugins for your WordPress. For basic integration: 1. WooCommerce : What I personally think is the BEST WordPress cart system on earth. Cost: Free Learn More: http://www.woothemes.com/woocommerce/ 2. Paid Memberships Pro: A plugin that I did not know existed, It turns out its a VERY NICE plugin. Cost: the PMP plugin is Free The developer offers a support package which I encourage you to look into if you are  new to WordPress or run into trouble. Learn More: http://www.paidmembershipspro.com/ 3. A add on plugin for Paid Memberships Pro called PMPro MailChip Integration This works wonderfully! For both types of integrations we will talk about here.  It is worth noting that PMPro has add-on integrations for other contact systems, such as AdWeber, ConstantContact, etc. click here for a list.  Cost: Free Learn More: http://wordpress.org/plugins/pmpro-mailchimp/...
A great inspiration has left us. Robin Williams Found Dead at age 63

A great inspiration has left us. Robin Williams Found Dead at age 63

I am so sad to hear that Robin Williams has passed on.. He was a great inspiration to me. The news came out today. Also now found on the HuffingtonPost.com KTVU.com TIBURON, Calif. — The Marin County Sheriff’s Office on Monday afternoon said legendary Bay Area comedian Robin Williams was found dead from a likely suicide at his residence in unincorporated Tiburon. According to a press release, shortly before 12 p.m., Marin County Communications received a 9-1-1 phone call reporting a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, CA. The Sheriff’s Office, along with the Tiburon Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire Protection District, were dispatched to the incident. Emergency personnel arriving on scene at 12:00 pm. The male subject, identified as 63-year-old Robin McLaurin Williams, was pronounced deceased at 12:02 p.m. The Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division stated in the press release that they suspected the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made. A source close to the investigation told KTVU that Williams hanged himself. An investigation into the cause of the death is currently underway by the Investigations and Coroner Divisions of the Sheriff’s Office. A forensic examination is currently scheduled for August 12, 2014 with subsequent toxicology testing to be conducted. Robin McLaurin Williams was born on July 21, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois, a great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator Anselm J. McLaurin. Robin briefly studied political science, before enrolling at Juilliard School to study theatre. After he left Juilliard, he performed in nightclubs where...
We Code Hard….

We Code Hard….

We really do code hard, for all our clients. But it looks like someone made this great video in tribute to all the programmers out there. So, its worth a...