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?

It’s so easy, 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 […]

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 […]

All about “Managed WordPress Hosting”

We offer high-performance web hosting at reasonable prices. These servers are specially designed to make WordPress web sites shine. Security, performance, and some routine tasks are handled — that’s why it’s called “managed WordPress hosting.” We didn’t develop your site? That’s okay. When you sign up for one of our hosting plans, we’ll assign admin […]

Web Browsers and Standards of Perfection

For web developers and designers who, sometimes, push the limits of their tools… It’s old news that different web browsers sometimes have different ways of interpreting web-site code. That’s more true when it comes to newer features of the evolving coding languages, and to our complex or novel uses of them. In all except pixel-perfect […]