Hawaii — web development and aloha

Aunt Anita was married to my uncle, a man of some mystery and much affection in the family. An intelligent, articulate, and strong woman, Anita was living in active retirement near Oʻahu’s Punchbowl when we reconnected. I learned she was a real-estate agent, a realty arbitrator, and a practitioner at the Centers for Spiritual Living. […]

Get Right with GDPR

Anyone who does business with Europe — that is, any website that gets information about European visitors to their site — has heard of its online-privacy protection, even if they don’t know it’s called General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The new regulations are intended to serve more than just bureaucratic purposes: GDPR gives better control […]

“Closed” web hosts vs. “open” frameworks

One challenge to building a mission-critical website on a closed system: Love your web host or leave it… along with their proprietary backend systems that made your site work right and look great (we hope). To move it, you’ll spend the time and cost of re-interpreting the site design and re-implementing its various functions in […]

Picking (At) a Successful Design

A new client, apropos of nothing, interjected, “Why do committees usually produce crappy design?” That client is not a designer, so it was an insightful question and difficult to answer in concise talking points. We do not intend to enshrine designers, but there seems to be something intangible at play in their best work. Something […]

Policy change: sharing links on Facebook

Social-media managers, webmasters, and others must remain aware of industry’s changing practices. Here we discuss a big change in how sharing links works when it comes to Facebook pages. Until now, it has been easy for users of Hootsuite and other social-sharing tools to link to a web page and completely customize (even replace) the […]

How Often Do You Update WordPress Plugins & Themes?

We offer to teach most of our web-development clients to update WordPress themselves. Still, it’s yet another recurring task on a manager’s to-do list, so we’re not surprised when someone asks, “Can you handle it for us?” WordPress is one of the most-used, most-convenient ways to deploy web sites. Its code base is also huge, […]

About Web Sites for Lawyers, Law Firms, Paralegal Practices

When any new client chooses us to develop their web site, it an honor and a responsibility. The observations here concern web sites for law firms, in particular. We approach each law firm, paralegal practice, or independent legal professional’s web presence from the ground up, with an understanding of their “business personality,” objectives, and motivation. […]

What’s In a Nameserver? DNS Lesson Learned.

Domain name servers The web domains we know use them: a domain name server routes internet traffic for www.ExternalDesign.com to the web server whose IP address is (or something). DNS maps the names we humans use to the numbers that identify a specific destination or resource. Every web browser’s new HTTP request, for every […]