Five Ways to Make Your WordPress Website Go Vroom!

Improving your website speed

A significant part of having a fantastic website is making sure it functions as well as it looks. Make your website go vroom! Here are five steps you should take to improve your website’s speed: Optimize your website Nearly every website you visit these days have images, because images are key to dynamic pages. However, […]

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

anchors

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Securing Your WordPress Login Page: You Can Never Be Too Safe

Do you know about securing your WordPress login page? Here’s what you need to know. Last week we helped thwart a hacker who was trying to gain access to a WordPress website using a “brute force attack”. In a brute force attack, the hacker systematically tries all kinds of commonly used passwords as quickly as possible. […]

DNS Records: Find me if you can!

What are DNS Records? DNS stands for “Domain Name System”. It relates IP addresses to their corresponding names, specifically, domain names. For example, when you enter google.com, the DNS looks for the corresponding IP address for that particular domain name and returns the address. There are many DNS servers, and they attempt to keep their […]

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. […]

Custom Variables in Google Analytics

In this post we will learn what custom variables are, how they differ from custom metrics and dimensions, and the limitations of using them in Google Analytics.

In our last two posts, we learned:  to setup a Google Analytics account; add a tracking code to each page of our website; and setup valuable goals and track custom events and social events. In this post we will learn what custom variables are, how they differ from custom metrics and dimensions, and the limitations of […]

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. […]

The Battle Against the Hacks…

The Battle Against the Hacks...

Are you tired of the battle against the hacks? Here’s our thoughts on the latest situation with WordPress websites. If you are at all related to the web world, you will inevitably come in contact with WordPress. It’s the beautifully-designed, easy to use content management system that is our favorite here at AndiSites. According to […]

Elements of Successful UX Design

Elements of Successful UX Design

Here are our top tips for successful UX design. A website with good UX – User Experience – is vital for anyone visiting your site. In simple terms, user experience is the satisfaction visitors get from your website. But beyond the surface, user experience is far more significant and can affect every aspect of your […]

Creating a Landing Page Website that Converts

Creating a Landing Page Website that Converts

Here’s how to create a landing page website that actually converts! Our top tips for converting visitors into customers. A “landing page” website (like the one we just launched for the Scaling Up Workshop) has a specific purpose in mind: to convert visitors to customers (or attendees, or subscribers, or followers, etc.). A home page for […]

Tips For Effective Navigation Design

Tips For Effective Navigation Design

Here’s our top tips for effective navigation design and why it is so important to both you and your website’s users. What is navigation? Well, you could say that it’s the element of your website which allows your customers to find what they’re looking for, or you could say that it’s a way to lead […]

Why You Should Update WordPress

Why You Should Update WordPress

Why should you update WordPress? Aside from putting in new content, there are some very important reasons you should keep your WordPress core software and plugins up-to-date. Rachel McCollin discusses these issues in her article “Why You Should Have The Latest Version of WordPress.” Here is why you should update and how to stay updated: Why Update […]

Could You Have Too Many Plugins?

Could You Have Too Many Plugins?

Do you think you have too many plugins? Here’s what we think about this common issue. The 8 Second Rule states that a user is likely to abandon your website if it takes 8 seconds or longer to load. Current research suggests that the time users are willing to wait for your website to load is […]

The Best Forms Plugins for Your WordPress Website & How to Use Them

The Best Forms Plugins for Your WordPress Website

What are the best forms plugins? Keep reading to find my analysis on the current available options and how best to use them. Below is the presentation I did last week at the Digital Marketing for Business 2015 conference in Raleigh, NC.  It’s a fantastic conference, and this year they had an all-WordPress track for […]

Why We Use Style Tiles

Why We Use Style Tiles

Style Tiles aren’t a new thing in the web design world, but they’re not a standard tool used in most firms. Style Tiles were created by Samantha Warren, a designer from the beautiful city of San Francisco. She decided that mood boards were too basic, and full compositions were too much. They’re similar to how […]

The Basics of Good Information Architecture

The Basics of Good Information Architecture

Information architecture is the roadmap of your website–the structure that makes it easy for people to find what they’re looking for. It includes: How content is organized and presented on the page How content is labeled and expressed in navigation (menus and dropdowns) How you lead users through the site via calls to action, internal […]

How to Update WordPress (Without Breaking Stuff)

How to Update WordPress Without Breaking Stuff

Do you need to know how to update WordPress without everything breaking? If you’re ever hesitant, read our top tips on updating safely. WordPress releases new versions regularly (around once a month or so) to increase security, add features, and respond to the ever-changing ways of the Internet. Plugin and theme authors (the good ones, anyway) […]