Website & Marketing Blog

  • How Much Does It Cost to Run a Website?

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    There are several factors that go into the question ‘how much does a website cost?‘. Most graphic designers and web developers have a base price and then other factors add or decrease from this price. A Nashville web design studio that recently got bought out said this: It’s kind of like asking how much an employee […]

  • Adding Facebook Comments to WordPress

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    Recently, I had to add Facebook comments to the pages in the Blog category for Semper Fi Fund. Using Facebook comments is nice because almost all visitors will have an account. It automatically grabs their profile picture instead of having to worry about an avatar and protects from spam. Setting it up was quick, painless […]

  • Understanding a Magento Block – Vertical Navigation

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    There are a lot of tutorials out there for doing this. I wanted to poke in a little further to make it clear exactly what you are doing. I also wanted to point out that doing this by updating catalog.xml or page.xml is entirely wrong. 99% of these types of updates can be done using […]

  • iostudio & ioUniversity

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    Over the past year I have been enrolled in the ioUniversity, a Nashville-based program to encourage growth in every aspect of my field, creative, account interaction and project management. This is a four-year program which also emphasizes the four points of completing a project, which iostudio calls the four D’s: discovery, documentation, development, and deployment. I thought fit to share, as […]

  • Customizing Magento Local.xml

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    Bewildered by the local.xml file? I once was as well. Take a visit to the article know when to properly use local.xml. to learn more. Local.xml is the bottom line for placing elements and ordering them in your theme. Let me take a step back and explain how this works. Please note that I couldn’t […]

  • Underscrub

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    Underscrub was a quick, custom Magento project. It was a fairly straight-forward web store that involved some customization, like both a vertical navigation and horizontal, top navigation. Underscrub Magento Homepage [line] Underscrub Interior Page approved dosage by doctors healthy people, and 5mg of seniors and malnourished patients, as well as those with renal system failure. […]

  • Setting Up Magento

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    Preface The first thing you should know about Magento is the documentation sucks. About a year and a half ago when I built my first Magento site, I swore I’d write better documentation on exactly what I had to do to get the job done. It was a total nightmare. After much laboring, confusion, and Googling the […]

  • Localbnd

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    Localbnd is a social discovery platform for the best in local independent music. Find, rate, and share the highest quality, most relevant, independent music within your city and geographic region. Designed by David Higdon, Localbnd’s development is based on the Launch Effect theme and includes a custom lightbox that pops up as you enter your email. It tracks […]

  • 12th and Porter Calendar

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    12th and Porter Calendar Popular music venue, 12th and Porter, recently needed some updates to their calendar. This was a fun, quick project that uses the Ticketmaster API to sell their tickets and enter their events. Using JSON to get the information from the Ticketweb platform, I was able to quickly pull in the necessary […]

  • CrowdFlower API

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    What is CrowdFlower? Glad you asked. In a nutshell, CrowdFlower allows you to easily manage, pay and task outsourced employees. I could log into CrowdFlower and add 10 tasks, to which my employees would see and complete these tasks to earn task-based compensation. They offer a professional, organized way of doing business. In this particular […]