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What is a Domain Name? [VIDEO]

In this video I go over what a domain name is and how you can find out if the domain name you want is available to register. Video: What is a Domain Name? - Graticle Design Video Transcription Hi, this is Shawn and I’m with Graticle Design. We’re a web design and development agency. Today I want to go over what a domain name is and how you can get one today. I have a lot of clients that will ask me: “What’s a domain name? Is this something that I need to take care of?” A domain name is…

The Importance of White Space in Design

White space is a common topic that comes up daily in our design work. Someone will approach us for a job they need us to design (brochure, business card, flyer, etc.). We discuss their product or service, ask about their USP (Unique Selling Proposition), and talk about their current client base (among many other things). We move forward and the person sends over their content document (images and text). The majority of the time there is a lot of content here, especially for the medium we’ll be designing for. Depending on the marketing piece, audience, and message will determine the…

How Easy It Is To Use WordPress [VIDEO]

In this video I go over one of our client's websites that we've built on WordPress. I show the back-end and how easy it is for her to manage her blog that we've customized. Video: How Easy It Is To Use WordPress - Graticle Design Video Transcription Hi, my name’s Shawn and I’m with Graticle Design, a web design agency. Today I want to go over a platform that we use called WordPress for all of our client’s websites. I just want to show you how easy it is to use WordPress and what it looks like for our clients.…

The Tortoise and the Hare

I’m sure you've read Aesop’s Fable about the Tortoise and the Hare. The over confident hare challenges the tortoise to a race and the tortoise accepts. The race begins and all that’s left at the starting line is the tortoise and the dust from the hare. The hare gets halfway through the race and decides he has time to take a nap. Meanwhile, although tired, the tortoise keeps up his pace. The hare awakes to find that the tortoise has not only passed him, but has already crossed the finish line. A real life example of the Tortoise and the…

Hosting is not Created Equal: Shared vs. Dedicated Virtual Hosting

We want to share some advice and education on website hosting that most people aren't even aware of. Most people would think that website hosting is the same across the board. Meanwhile your website seems to be slower than ever, while you have visited websites that seem to respond immediately to your every click. What is exactly is going on here? Read on. A website consists of many files (among other things), and these files need to be “hosted” on a server so that the world can see it. This server hosting your files is what we call in the…

Websites Are Not Set In Stone

Websites are not set in stone. If you have one, make sure to constantly improve it as you grow in experience and learn more about your visitors / customers. If you don’t know where to start, start listening to your current and prospective buyers. Are they always asking the same questions? Are you constantly guiding people to find what they’re looking for? After a website is “finished”, we work with our clients to help them improve their websites based on this type of feedback. After all, their businesses are constantly evolving, so why wouldn't their website reflect this? Last week…

Zoi Yogurt

How do you stand out in the Yogurt market? Simple: quit copying what everyone else is doing, and focus on what everyone else isn't doing. Zoi is a perfect example of how to stand out from the competition. They've paid attention to not only taste, but texture—one of the most important aspects of yogurt that you didn't know about. You're probably wondering—what does this have to do with web design / business? Everything. Just because it's a yogurt company, doesn't mean you can't replicate what they're doing. Ask yourself: What is company (insert your favorite company name here) doing that…

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