WordPress

If you're a small business owner, starting a website project or updating your current site can be a daunting task. Finding a new web developer or development company can be as stressful as a first date, with a proposal soon to follow. Thankfully this isn't 'til death do us part,' but a healthy business relationship is key to the success of both parties involved. To ensure the start of a great experience, we've outlined a research process to find the perfect web developer or digital marketing agency for your business. Finding a web developer often begins on the web. To…

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Incidents of hacking are on the rise, with some 30,000 sites daily being turned into hosts of spam email, malware, or other unsavory content. Several times a year, we receive a panicked call to clean out a hacked WordPress website. It's never fun for anyone involved, but we like putting clients at ease, and there are steps you can take to protect your site. There are many detriments to having a hacked website, extending much further than the obvious security risks. Even a few days of leaving your site under a malicious party's control can damage your search engine ranking…

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It’s the big day! The development is done, the content is in, and your pre-launch requirements are all met. It’s time for a smooth and painless launch. Launching WordPress sites is a fairly painless process when the right precautions are taken. Migrate the database -- WordPress databases will often have arrays of data stored as serialized strings. If you're migrating "dev.example.com" to "example.com" by running a find and replace on the database, any serialized values that include the old domain will break. This usually results in broken slideshows and empty widgets. To avoid this, we use the excellent WP Migrate…

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It's almost the big day! After months of planning, design, and development, it's time to launch your new website. What steps should you take to ensure the launch is smooth and successful? At Treefrog, we've had our fair share of launches, and in that winding history we've encountered almost every kind of speed bump and obstacle. Over time, we've developed a checklist of all the necessary steps and precautions. Because we want to promote a happier, more beautiful web, we're going to share our process with you. First up: everything we like to take care of before launch-day. Long before…

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The crowds have gathered for your site's big launch. You eagerly pull back the curtain, and the audience gasps in amazement. The buzz is music to your ears. "We should get Treefrog to do our new site," you overhear amidst the oohs and aahs. The content is well-crafted for your target demographic, and the design is ready for whatever devices they're using. This you know, but when you look out among the crowd, you're surprised to see who's sitting in the front row. A cartel of hardened tech giants, scrutinizing every corner of your site. A cold sweat beads on your neck. You…

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