Top Five Crucial Steps for WordPress Maintenance

Top Five Crucial Steps for WordPress Maintenance

If you want to know more about successful WordPress maintenance for your site, here’s our top five crucial steps that you don’t want to ignore! So. You’ve built your beautiful, engaging WordPress website and now you plan to sit back and coax to SEO bliss – or are you? When it comes to keeping your […]

How to Create Anchor Links (AKA “Jump Links”) in WordPress

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Anchor links defined You know how sometimes on a web page you click a link, and rather than taking you to another page it jumps you further down on the same page? That’s an “anchor link,” and it’s a great way to help users find what they need on long pages. How to create anchor […]

Do I Really Need to Care About GDPR? Maybe.

Think GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) doesn’t apply to your organization? You might want to think again. The regulation could have implications you haven’t considered. And with related regulation being passed in California, it’s wise to take another look at your potential exposure. “Compliance can be really burdensome, but making the first steps towards compliance […]

Quick Thoughts on Where to Put Your Sidebar

Ode to the Sidebar Ah, the website sidebar.Holder of secondary navigation,Keeper of ad space,And container for random thingsThatYou don’tKnowWhere else toPut. They’re not absolutely necessary, but if you decide to use them, please use them well. Content matters.So does location. How to Use Sidebars Here’s a few good takeaways from our friends at Webdesigner Depot: […]

The Return of the Beautiful Web

Where have all the gradients gone? Design trends come and go, and the “utilitarian” look of websites has persisted for the past several years. Flat design brought large blocks of solid color instead of gradients and textures. Full-page photo backgrounds showing on either side of white content areas were replaced by full-width layouts and “bands” […]

Creating Solutions Beyond the Obvious: Ideation

As proud members of the Interaction Design Foundation, we love creating online user experiences that are easy, intuitive, and engaging. Solutions aren’t one-size-fits-all, though, and creative thinking is an important part of the process. Website projects can be tricky. Budgets and timelines may be limited. Team members may have difficulty communicating. Project requirements may seem overwhelming […]

5 Ways to Build Trust With Your Website

Worried about how to build trust? The Internet can be a scary place. Users worry that personal information they enter can be used against them; that their behavior is being tracked; and that the information they see and read can’t be trusted. Fake news is everywhere, and hackers can misuse the Internet for personal gain […]

VIDEO: Choosing WordPress Plugins: Like Being a Kid in a Candy Store

Choosing WordPress Plugins - like a kid in a candy store

Plugins extend the functionality of WordPress and are a great way to add sophisticated features to your website—without custom coding. But with more than 45,000 plugins available in the WordPress repository and a plethora available independently, how do you choose? In this presentation at WordCamp Raleigh 2016, AndiSites founder and President Andrea Ferguson teaches you […]

Reflecting Your Brand Values in Your Website Design

Defining your brand values is crucial to the success of your business. Knowing what your company stands for aligns and strengthens your team. Defining your personality (e.g., caring, family-friendly, professional, exclusive, etc.) is also an important part of humanizing you to your customers and clients; it lets them know what to expect when they work […]

How to Embed Video into a WordPress Page or Post

How to Embed Video into WordPress - tutorial

Why Use Video? If content is king, then video is a jewel in its crown. Embed video into a WordPress page or post to enhance your marketing strategy and increase engagement with your website users. Among other video marketing statistics for 2016, Insivia reports that: Including video on a landing page can increase conversion by 80%. 92% […]

How to Write a SEO-Friendly Blog Post

How to Write a SEO-Friendly Blog Post

Want to write a SEO-Friendly Blog Post? Here’s our guide to conquering Search Engine Optimization! Make sure your blog posts are relevant to your readers. Write clearly so they’re easy to read and share. Use headings and subheadings so search engines can scan them easily. These and other tips are suggested by Yoast, developers of the powerful […]

We Like Big Buttons and We Cannot Lie

We Like Big Buttons and We Cannot Lie

A button is one of the easiest, most effective calls to action on a website. Despite experiments to the contrary, a big, bold button, prominently displayed and properly labeled, will help your users know at a glance where to click to get what they need. So how can you ensure that they convert visitors to […]

WordPress Security: How to Avoid Getting Hacked

Are you up to date with your WordPress security? Here’s what you need to know. According to Sucuri’s Website Hacked Trend Report 2016 – Q1, the “explosion and dominance of Content Management Systems has led to a large influx of unskilled webmasters and service providers responsible for the deployment and administrations of these sites.” As such, […]

Making Your Website Speak to Actual Human Brains

Making Your Website Speak to Actual Human Brains

Want to learn how to make your website speak so that real humans can interact with it? Here’s our thoughts and comments. We all talk about “user experience” and “user interaction” design, and here at AndiSites we’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to make a website speak to the human brain. We use […]

Belly Up to the (Side)bar?

Belly Up to the (Side)bar?

Sites with a sidebar have been a mainstay of website designs for years. They provide a handy content area for navigation, summaries, calls to action, social media feeds, and all those little extras that don’t seem to fit anywhere else. They can also slow your site down, distract your users, and display strangely on mobile devices. […]

How to Clear Your Browser and Computer DNS Cache

How to Clear Your Browser and Computer DNS Cache

Here’s our guide showing you how to clear your browser and your computer DNS cache – and why you might need to do it. Have you launched your new website but are still seeing the old one?  Perhaps made changes on the back end of your site that don’t seem to be reflected when you […]

Match your Website Design to your Target Audience

Match your website design to your target audience

When designing a website, it’s vital to create a design that matches your target audience. Whether designing a website yourself or through an agency, it’s easy to get caught in the trap of trying to please ourselves (or our boss) and forget that a successful website needs human visitors who use it, enjoy it, and buy from it. […]

Tips for Getting More Done Without Working More Hours

Tips for Getting More Done Without Working More Hours

Getting more done without working extra hours sounds like a pipe dream, but it IS possible. Here’s our top tips. Too much to do, and too little time to do it? When responsibilities mount and schedules are packed with tasks, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Despite our best-laid plans, some days we just don’t know where to start. […]

WordPress Training & Education Are Vital to Your Website Project

WordPress Training & Education Are Vital to Your Website Project

WordPress training and education are vital to the success of your website project – here’s why we know this! You have a WordPress website. Congratulations! You’re in good company. WordPress powers more than 26% of all websites, and more than 59% of all websites that use a CMS, thanks in large part to its flexibility […]

Quick Tips for Choosing a WordPress Plugin

Quick Tips for Choosing a WordPress Plugin

If you need help choosing a WordPress plugin, we’re here to make it easier! Check out our top tips for keeping your site functioning and safe. WordPress plugins give you an easy way to add sophisticated functionality to your website. Used properly, they can increase user engagement and save you hours of custom programming time. […]