Finding out your website has been hacked is the worst feeling. Often it has happened days/weeks or even months before you notice. Sometimes the hacking can be something simple like text injected into your website that links to certain sites. Sometimes it can be alot more sinister. If you are running a WordPress website, most hacking happen due to either rogue plugin (that have been developed to give the hacker direct access to your site) or a theme that is not updated, or lastly an WordPress install that has not been updated. Read more…
Last year I was lucky enough to attend Wordcamp Brisbane. Since then I have been meaning to write down my notes that I took from that day. Most of the notes below relate to the development of websites on the WordPress platform. Some of the information is about WordPress it’s self, some about UX etc.
With the anniversary of my 10th year as a freelance designer coming up, I thought it might be a nice idea to share some of my tips that I have learnt along the way.
The switch to being a freelance designer can be difficult. When you first start out, there’s a range of tasks that are important to get correct from the start. Here’s my tips for new freelancers, firstly you need to work out what your business structure will be.
It’s my favourite time of year when Pantone release their colour of the year.
It’s the colour of Prince and the Royal Family, Ultra Violet, also known as Pantone 18-3838 is the 2017 colour of the year. Pantone describes the colour as;
Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.
The last colour in this range was back in 2008 when PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris was selected. Purple is a complex colour and I think it reflects the complex time we have in the world right now.
Pantone has been naming colour of the year since 2000. The company views its selection as cultural barometer and a visual expression of our collective sentiment. To make its pick, a group of experts in the language of colour–come together to dissect pop culture, food, fashion, product design, technology, and more.
Expect to see more of this colour in 2018. We love it, and will be bringing it into our designs as much as our clients will let us 😉
What is a logo design concept and why do I need one?
The reason you need them to design multiple logo design concepts is that often, your brief can be interrupted in more ways than one. A freelance logo designer will generally have a process they follow for their designs. Read more…
Like any relationship, romantic or family, the relationship between client and a freelancer designer can be fantastic, but also full of annoyances.
In nearly all the cases I have experienced, these annoyances have been due to miscommunication and a lack of understanding of where the other person is coming from. A good freelance designer will make an effort to research what their client needs, but it’s not always the case that a client will reciprocate.
So with that in mind, here are my tips on what makes for a good working relationship with your freelance designer. Read more…
Keywords are an important part of your website
When it comes to optimising your content for search engines, the aim of the game is to modify page or pages to send a strong keyword signal for one keyword or phrase. The key to optimisation for SEO is to match one keyword to one page on your site in a manner that ensure overall you have covered all your relevant keywords. Read more…
Changing your domain name is scary!
There are many reason why you might need to change the domain name for your business or blog. Maybe you are re-branding, or maybe your blog is taking a new direction? Whatever the reason, changing domain names can be scary.
This week I wrote a guest blog post for Brisbane Freelance Copywriter, Dr Lara Cain Gray. Lara’s blog called Charming Language is full of book reviews, writer chats and randoms rants. She knows well the stress of migrating blogs to a new domain name. We were please to help her migrate her blog over this year with great results.
If you need affordable copy created for your project, be sure to check her website out.
I often get asked why copywriting matters to a new clients site. The simple answer is, your website copy attracts the search engines that drive traffic to your site. It’s the vehicle that converts a prospect into a customer. If your copy is not relevant, the customer will leave the site.
Good content is a necessity if you want to be found in search results.