A quick fix for when your website is stuck in WordPress maintenance mode

By Michelle Sullivan | March 11, 2014

Whenever you update your WordPress installation or any of the plugins via the WordPress dashboard, the website goes into ‘maintenance mode’ with a message displayed saying “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.” Maintenance mode is fine if it’s just for a minute, but if you’ve upgraded a plugin or WordPress and the message is still there, you can even find yourself locked out of the WordPress dashboard and instead of a website visitors get the maintenance message. Not good. The recommended solution (and this has worked for me) is to connect via FTP to the root…

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Mobile Friendly Websites – an introduction to responsive website design and why it’s so important

By Michelle Sullivan | March 5, 2014

If you have ever viewed a traditional website on a smart phone and had to zoom in and out to read the content, then you have been to a website that is not ‘responsive’. If on the other hand, the content displayed perfectly on your smart phone without any need to scroll horizontally or zoom, then the site was responsive. A responsive or adaptive ‘mobile friendly’ website is fast becoming a necessity into today’s online world. “More than 2.23 billion people worldwide, or 48.9% of mobile phone users, will go online via mobile at least monthly in 2014. Read more…

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Beware the extra ‘DNS’ management fee with some overseas domain name registries

By Michelle Sullivan | March 4, 2014

It really is a case of ‘buyer beware’ when purchasing domain names and services online. What can look like a great cost-saving, can in fact end up costing you more money in the long run. This is particularly the case if you use an overseas registration service for your domain name. I was recently asked to forward two new domain names to an existing website. But I was stopped in my tracks fairly quickly when I discovered I could not set up a web forward without activating ‘DNS Management’ at an additional cost. The actual domain name registration cost advertised…

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My attempt to write a blog post in fifteen minutes

By Michelle Sullivan | January 13, 2014

As I write this blog post, it is 11.42am. I’ve just completed my morning’s admin, and finished off the final writing and SEO for a website. It occurred to me, that I should spend the next 15 minutes writing a blog post to see just how far I could get with completing and publishing a blog post. Why would I want to do this you might be wondering? Well, blog writing is hard work. It can take up a lot of time. But it occurred to me, that within 15 minutes of talking to a client or a prospective client…

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Getting your photo added to Google Search Results – Google Authorship

By Michelle Sullivan | December 13, 2013

Many search results in Google now include an image of the author of the website or a blog post. If this is something you’ve noticed and wondered about, then this blog post is for you. I’ll explain what it is, why it’s beneficial and how you can add your image to your search results.

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A few helpful tips about registering a domain name in New Zealand

By Michelle Sullivan | November 27, 2013

Though the process of registering a domain name is quite straight forward there are a few things you need to be aware of. These are things that I keep coming across in my day to day working life as a web designer in New Zealand

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Tudor Manor Website Goes Live

By Michelle Sullivan | October 1, 2013

We put a new website live today for Tudor Manor – a Christchurch beauty therapy clinic. They also provide massage therapy and Bowen therapy. You can view the website online at www.christchurchbeautytherapy.co.nz

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A new website for Yogamani Wedding Celebrant

By Michelle Sullivan | September 26, 2013

We are excited to put the new website live for Yogamani – an Auckland marriage celebrant. Yogamani came to Web Matters for a new website after a recommendation from another Web Matters client. Yogamani was looking for a clean and minimal design that would truly reflect her personality and professionalism. You can view the website and learn more about Yogamani at www.aucklandmarriagecelebrant.co.nz

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Rachel Evans Kitchen Designer

By Michelle Sullivan | July 22, 2013

Web Matters has just put live the new website for Christchurch kitchen designer Rachel Evans. The site features an online gallery of Rachel’s work and the design is adaptive as it automatically resizes for cellphone users. You can view the website online at rachelevansdesign.co.nz  

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Janice Bremer Dietitian Website Goes Live

By Michelle Sullivan | June 28, 2013

We’ve just put the new website live for Janice Bremer Dietitian. Janice is a Christchurch Dietitian who can assist with weight loss, nutrition and eating for a healthy heart. View the website online at: www.janicebremerdietitian.co.nz

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Web Matters Newsletter

By Michelle Sullivan | January 31, 2013

It’s a New Year, and time to take stock of what’s available online to help market your business. Yes, it’s confusing and things change very quickly. So think of me as your web technology guide – I’m here to bounce ideas off and support you in your online endeavours. Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of enquiries about the following topics – automating email marketing, getting started with e-commerce and which social media sites to go on. So here’s my take on the best solutions. Automating your email marketing efforts by capitalising on your blog Email marketing is hard work…

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Some of the search engine optimisation results we’ve acheived for our web design clients

By Michelle Sullivan | November 29, 2012

In this short video, I talk about search engine optimisation and some of the results I have achieved for my clients. As a web designer, I’m often asked if I ‘do SEO’. The short answer is yes. In fact, I’ve been doing SEO since before we had a name for it (back in the 1990’s). Everything I learned as a specialist SEO, I have into my web design service. That means, I like to optimise a website from the ground up – ensuring that all of the basics that will help your site rank highly are taken into consideration. Though…

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Hi, welcome to the blog, I hope you find the information helpful. The blog posts are written for website owners who are looking to get the most out of their websites and online marketing. There are also many articles answering common WordPress and website issues.

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