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How to Build a Terrible WordPress Website

If you’re thinking about building a WordPress website, you’re probably wondering how to make it really, really terrible. Why else would you be building your own website when you’re not a developer? Here’s a few starter points for ya. First, buy hosting. The best hosting you can possibly buy to make a terrible WordPress website… read more

Visual Composer vs. Custom Development

Visual Composer vs Custom Development: Which Should You Choose?

Visual composer is a bad choice for web development. Here’s why. We sometimes have clients ask why we custom develop our sites rather than using a tool such as Visual Composer. After all, as a tool which basically allows users broad customization tools for editing the front end of the website, it seems like a… read more

WooCommerce vs. Shopify Plus: Which is better for SMBs?

WooCommerce vs. Shopify Plus: Which Is Better for SMBs?

Can WooCommerce handle the needs of mid-sized or larger businesses? We recently wrote a comparison of WooCommerce and Shopify, where we considered their relative value propositions, and which businesses had the most to gain from working with one or the other. For this comparison, we focused on WooCommerce, a free plugin designed to work with… read more

Choosing Your E-Commerce Platform: WooCommerce vs Shopify

Choosing Your E-Commerce Platform: WooCommerce vs. Shopify

Do you want an out-of-the-box solution, or the flexibility of à la carte? WooCommerce and Shopify are two of the most popular platforms in the e-commerce industry. Shopify probably has higher brand recognition thanks to a few key celebrity endorsements, while WooCommerce holds higher cred with developers. For businesses entering the online marketplace, choosing between… read more

Why Scroll Hijacking Destroys User Experience

Why Scroll Hijacking Destroys User Experience

The scroll function is for your users to use—not for you to play with. It’s no secret that we care about function more than form—especially when it comes to websites and usability. I’m happy for people to “rethink” plenty of basic concepts—innovation has a purpose, and just because something works doesn’t mean it couldn’t be… read more

Landing Page Checklist: How to Boost Your CRO

Landing Page Checklist: How to Boost Your CRO

You’re getting ready to start a new campaign. Is your landing page optimized for success? Landing pages play a crucial role in any online ad campaign. But in order to perform at their best, they need to meet a number of key criteria. Wondering if your landing page passes muster? Here’s our landing page checklist… read more

The job market for web developers in 2018

8 Top Web Development Skills for Devs in 2018

The job market is tough. Gaining a few extra web development skills could give you the edge you need to get ahead. It’s no secret that web development is on the rise as both a career choice, and as a way of life. It’s being taught in schools, there are after-school clubs to learn to… read more

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The State of the Web – Trends for 2018

Trends in the web development Michigan community are pretty reflective of our personalities as techies as a whole – basically all over the place and never happy with how well we’re doing. Since we’re all sheep following the herd anyways, this week seemed like a good one to give everyone a peek into what the… read more

One Degree of Separation – The Mind of the Impostor

I’m a fake. Everything that I know how to do, I’ve taught myself. Normally, this would be an admirable quality, at least prospective employers usually say so. But to me, I’m always lacking that extra oomph that college grads have. When I compare myself to other developers, I feel like I’m O-Town comparing myself to the… read more

Code, Interrupted: Decoding Techie Madness

Sometimes the appropriate response to reality is to go insane. ~ Philip K. Dick It was bound to catch up to us one day. Techies seem to be the rockstars of today’s society. This is really funny, because most of us are pretty much the opposite of a rockstar. We have no social skills, a… read more