Google Analytics’ email about data retention

graphic: generic analytics graph - Google Analytics data retention settings

“Review your data retention settings before they take effect on May 25, 2018” People are receiving Google’s email with the above subject line, and some are asking our feedback. The post below is from notes we’ve shared with our clients on our “Hands-Off Pro” web hosting plans or in the web development process with us. […]

Your (free) “Google My Business” Listing and Adding Managers/Users

These instructions are most useful if you want to improve your business’s online visibility and… …you are a business who wants someone (staff or a third-party vendor) to manage or fine-tune your listing, or …you provide such services and want to add an assistant or to set a listing’s owner without requiring them to set […]

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 up on the slope of the Punchbowl, overlooking Honolulu on Oʻahu, when we reconnected. I learned she was a real-estate agent, a realty arbitrator, and […]

Get Right with GDPR

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

“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 […]

Using SVG graphics in WordPress

Scalable, crisp vector art for websites Web designers and developers know that — for most line art and logotypes — SVG is the format of choice. It’s infinitely scalable and makes crisp-edged graphics sing on high-def displays. (And we aren’t even discussing the animation possibilities… yet!) WordPress hasn’t always accepted SVG uploads into its media […]

How Often Do You Update WordPress Plugins & Themes?

We offer to teach most of our website clients using WordPress to update its plugins and themes themselves. It’s typically not a difficult chore, but it is yet another recurring task on a manager’s or entrepreneur’s to-do list. For that reason, we’re hardly surprised when someone asks, “Can you handle it for us?” WordPress is […]