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/...
We will not bill you a quarter billion dollars for a website!

We will not bill you a quarter billion dollars for a website!

We honestly cannot understand a website failure of this magnitude. It is of course national news that “CoverOregon” may in fact be the biggest website failure in the history of websites, in fact it is starting to feel like a solar reputation among websites. We want to assure you that when it comes to your website, not only are our websites affordable and functional, you can count on us to manage your project efficiently and to maintain open communication with you the whole project so that not only do you not loose track of 250 million dollars. You have a wonderful website, built to your expectations and completed on...
The most sexy thing just happened to my mac…

The most sexy thing just happened to my mac…

Long story short, if you are a designer like me, access to fonts is critical, but also overwhelming! Because I do a lot of web design vs graphic for print, I like to use google fonts when I can. They are elegant and beautiful, and of course it just makes sense when working with graphics to have compatible font use. Enter Skyfonts! SkyFonts is a lightweight, patent-pending utility that allows you to effortlessly install desktop fonts and sync them on up to five of your devices. You don’t have to worry about the hassle of installing or managing multiple font files — SkyFonts automatically takes care of it for you in the background, so you can focus on your designs instead of worrying about font management. Desktop versions of Google Fonts are installed to your machine via SkyFonts. Just click your favorite fonts and they will be automatically synced and ready to use on your device! There’s no time limit on your selections either; as an added benefit, updates to your installed Google Fonts are automatically pushed to your devices, assuring you’ll always have the most up-to-date versions of all the fonts you love. All Google Fonts are subject to the Google Fonts end user license agreements. And of course not just google fonts, but if you work with Fonts.com or MyFonts.com just use your username and password to access your fonts.. What a brilliant tool that is going to my my life SO much easier. –...

Welcome Freedom Oregon – new client website launch

Today I am VERY proud to announce the website launch of our most recent client, Freedom Oregon. The Freedom Oregon Campaign are liberty-minded Republicans, conservatives, and independent-thinking Oregonians who support the freedom to marry initiative. They believe in freedom, equality, fairness, and opportunity for all. They are uniting for marriage equality because it is consistent with their values. Thinking Man Creative is proud to have united with Freedom Oregon and to have them as a website design and hosting client. We pride ourselves on working with organizations that align with our personal values. We encourage you to visit the Freedom Oregon website at http://www.freedomor.com to learn about the organization and join us and make a donation today to support their efforts in embracing the ideals that true freedom and equality also means equality in the right to...

Welcome to the family, Fishers Landing Automotive Repair

We wanted to welcome Fishers landing automotive repair to the Thinking Man Creative family. Fishers landing automotive repair, located in Vancouver Washington, is a great family owned small business that provides reliable and honest automotive services to the metro area. Just a quick drive for us up I-205, we have come to trust Justin and his team for our automotive repair needs. Justin came to us realizing that it was time to update and modernize his website. He wanted a way for his customers to more easily leave him honest reviews of their superb service and to help  potential customers to find their location in a hurry. Thinking Man Creative set up a website for them that not only meets those needs, but provides quick and simple information via your mobile browser. Our photographer, Michael Winter, and myself stopped by their shop to take some photos for the Fishers Landing website and Facebook page.  We are happy to have them as clients.   Visit them online at website : http://www.fisherslandingautorepair.com facebook...