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Accelerate your Search Engine Optimisation: Harness the power of the flywheel effect

Search Engine Optimisation - the flywheel effect

Have you ever seen the bit in the world’s strongest man contest, where the guys have to pull a truck? They get down low, take up the slack on the rope, lean forward and start to pull.
Nothing happens at first and then slowly, slowly the truck starts to move and build up speed as they overcome the inertia and gain momentum.

SEO is like that: Your early efforts are incredibly difficult.
Earning those first few links, getting those first few rankings, getting your first email subscribers, getting your first followers on twitter and facebook – is hard, hard, hard!
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Genesis 2.0 – one click activation of HTML5 markup with Dynamik and Genesis Extender

Genesis 2.0 - one click activation of HTML5 markup with Dynamik theme and Genesis Extender plugin

No more sitting on the fence, no more messing about, no more shilly-shallying because in the next week or so WordPress version 3.6 will be released closely followed by Genesis version 2.0 – and you have a decision to make.

Security dictates that you upgrade to WordPress 3.6 and since all the existing Studiopress child themes are compatible with Genesis 2.0 (without HTML5 activation) you can safely upgrade to the latest version of Genesis, but the decision you have to make is… should you activate HTML5?
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Search Engine Optimisation – SEO meets Blogging and Social Media and…

search engine optimisation (SEO) meets blogging and social media

We start talking Search Engine Optimisation with our clients at our first face to face meeting. It starts with that all important choice of domain name – get that wrong and your SEO efforts will always be on the back foot!

We advise .co.uk if your clients are in the UK and .com if they are international.
We try for short, catchy and memorable and also try and include one or two keywords and if you can include a geographic locator, that’s just about perfect.
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Genesis resources: Sprites, HTML5 and the Genesis grid loop

Genesis resources - sprites, HTML5 and the Genesis grid loop

One of the reasons we use the Genesis theme framework at WM Web Design is because Genesis has a large and sharing community.

That means that whatever problem you’re having you’ll be able to find a post, an article, a forum or even a real live person who will provide you with a solution or at least point you in the right direction.
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Runway – Genesis child theme for WordPress by Heather Jones of Viva la Violette

Runway Genesis child theme for WordPress by Heather Jones of Viva la Violette

It’s easy to take a WordPress theme and strip it down to its bare essentials… but it’s not easy to make it look good.
In fact the more you strip a theme down the more the remaining elements have to work together perfectly.

A great example of how it should be done is Runway the latest Genesis child theme by Heather Jones of Viva la Violette. [Read more…]

Epik 1.0 – Genesis child theme for WordPress by Wes Straham of Appfinite

Epik 1.0 - Genesis child theme for WordPress by Wes Straham of Appfinite

One of the big problems for any WordPress theme designer is coming up with something original. If you’ve tried it yourself, you know how difficult it is.
One guy who comes up with original themes and who does it theme after theme is Wes Straham of Appfinite themes.

I’ve no idea how he does it, but as if to prove me right, he’s just brought out a real honey of a theme… Epik 1.0.
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Website design – free and premium images for your websites and blogs

Website design – free and premium images for your website or blog

Eh… come closer and I’ll whisper a secret.
I’ll tell you where you can find stunning free and premium images for your websites and blogs.

Why do you need to know that?

Because images are becoming more and more important in modern web design.
They’re getting bigger, more creative and much more professional.
The days of touching up an old image on Photoshop and uploading are long gone.

So where do you find great images?
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Fabric8ted 1.0 – Genesis child theme for WordPress by Eight Crazy Designs

Fabric8ted 1.0 – Genesis child theme for WordPress by Shannon Dow of Eight Crazy Designs

I have a client who runs a local re-upholstery business.
In his work he deals mostly with women so for his new website we needed to find a theme that was artistic and feminine and at the same time modern and packed with features.

I looked long and hard before I found the perfect theme and that theme was by Shannon Dow of Eight Crazy Designs and the name of the theme was… Fabric8ted 1.0.
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Genesis people – Bill McKinley, Ms TaraDactyl and Mr Randy Cantrell

Genesis people - welcome to the newcomers

WordPress developers love the Genesis theme framework.
They love it because they can create their own child themes using the Genesis sample theme, dabble with custom WordPress loops, produce dedicated Genesis plugins and wax lyrical about custom post types.

Now saying that the devs love Genesis is what Basil Fawlty would call stating the bleeding obvious, but it’s not just the devs who love Genesis.

Every day non techies start up Genesis websites and blogs or move over to Genesis from other theme frameworks.

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WordPress themes and frameworks – Genesis, Catalyst and Elegant Themes

Genesis catalyst elegant themes wordpress themes and framework

There was a time when all you had to do if you wanted a blog or a website, was setup a WordPress install, install a free theme, write a few pages and posts… and you were hailed an internet genius.
Unfortunately… those days are gone.

There are now so many professional sites out there that in order to get your share of the action and attention your site has to be fast, mobile responsive, easy to navigate and look absolutely stunning.
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