Archive for 2012

Before & After: Charleston Uplighting

CUL_Logo_oval_websiteRecently, I finished up a website redesign project for Charleston Uplighting, an up-and-coming small business in Charleston, SC that adds mood enhancing lighting to their client’s special events.

I completely rebuilt the website working closely with Tonia and Rob on creating the specific look and feel they were looking for.  With the incorporation of a dynamic slider, vivid colors to accentuate their lighting and classy fonts I was able to create a website they were thrilled with. Read the rest of this entry »

Google Power Search Status: Achieved

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Google Power SearchEnlightening course I took recently on getting the most out of the searches I enter into Google.  Basically, a very good class for anyone that researches or just spends a lot of time on the PC.  With my Job, I fall into the latter category.

As with all Google courses it was informative and I recommend it.

Before & After: Eastern Energy Solutions

Recently, I finished up a website redesign project for Eastern Energy Solutions.  They are a fast-growing, leading energy contracting & consulting firm in NY State.

They came to me looking to do three things:

1.  Update the old .html/flash code to better reflect their fresh and professional image

2.  Make their website easier and more appealing to navigate

3. Remove the outdated flash components that weren’t rendering on some mobile devices (increase device compatibility)

This was a rather large project due to the large amount of content and case studies we added to the site. Read the rest of this entry »

Golf Courses Reaching Out More With Social Media

Golf courses are finding that reaching out to the new generation of golfers requires speaking their language.

More specifically, engaging with them on Facebook and social media.

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If Facebook was around then, Mr. Jones would have been all over it…

This article I came across in PGA Magazine addresses this new need for golf courses to revise their digital strategy. Read the rest of this entry »

Google Drive Review & Installation Walk-Through Highlights.


Google Drive taking over cloud storage?!… users will decide that.

Google Drive is the new kid on the block in file syncing and cloud drive storage market.  I’m hoping it will take everything good that Dropbox does and do it better, faster & cheaper.  Knowing Google, they might just do that.

This will most likely be the case for Android users.  I’m an iPhone user and will have to wait for a native iOS app to arrive.  The following is the first steps installing and running Google Drive for the first time… Read the rest of this entry »

How to Remove Malware from WP-Admin/Images Folder in WordPress

author: Brad Gardner

(Semi)Quick fix for an infected WordPress install.

Disclaimer: This article involves removing (corrupt) files from a WordPress install.  Although the method described worked for this instance there is no guarantee that it will work for you.  Use only as a reference and seek professional help if you’re not comfortable with this, thanks.

Recently, a website that I Admin for was getting content “injected” through a backdoor of some sort.  I was made aware of this problem two ways: Read the rest of this entry »

New Qwodtech Icon Design

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I am hoping to get some helpful and constructive critiques on a new icon-type logo for my business that I designed.  I wanted something sharp, clean, eye-catching and easy to conform to a square area.  This is the design I had when I was finished with a couple hours in PS CS5.

Please comment and let me know your thoughts or ideas to make it better, thanks!

How to Remove index.php From Your New Magento Store

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Written by: Brad Gardner

You’ve got a shiny new store but the URLs still contain /index.php?!

With the new version of Magento v. this is a quick fix, let’s get started.

  1. Log into your store and under the top menu select System>Configuration>General>Web Settings Menu.
  2. Expand the Search Engine Optimization section.
  3. Then change Use Web Server Rewrites from NO to YES.
  4. Be sure to save your settings by clicking Save Config in the upper right.magento save config button

That’s it! If you click around on your site you should see that your URL structure is now something like:

Have you had any other similar issues with URL structures in Magento?

Crucial Volusion SEO Tip For Proper Canonical Links

written by: Brad Gardner

Use canonical tags on Volusion store home page to improve your Volusion SEO.

It is important to use Canonical Tags on your home page URL to ensure that your site is getting full SEO credit on search engines.

If your home page does not have the canonical tags, then and will be considered duplicate content, and your store’s SEO value may will be divided between the two different URLs.  This is an easy check to make sure your Volusion SEO store canonical links are enabled…

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