2016 Holiday Hours

Hi all!

CreateHive will closed from November 21 – 25, 2016 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Email will be limited so please have all urgent projects submitted beforehand.

Have a wonderful and safe holiday!

Cheers,

CreateHive
Responsive Web Design 101

Responsive Web Design 101

Responsive web design (RWD) is an approach that is becoming more and more popular if not the way to have a site nowadays. The concept aims at designing sites to embrace the flexibility, and unpredictability of internet browsers and throw away fixed widths. The end goal is to design once and have it presented appropriately everywhere whether it be displayed on a giant monitor or a tiny mobile device.

With this new method on the rise more like routine these days, there are changes in the workflow that every designer/client should be aware of:

  • Content Priority: Info/content first. It’s best to think what info do you want your viewer to see first – especially when an average viewer has a very (very very very) short attention span.
  • Think small, then big – MOBILE FIRST. In this day and age, most check websites on their mobile devices whether it be phones, tablets, phablets etc. so be sure to cater the design more for mobile and work from there for the full-size site on a desktop.
  • Consistency is key.

Our graphic header is a great example of how RWD works showing the original graphic on a laptop and how it may translate to smaller mobile devices.

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Helpful articles:

W3Schools – CSS Intro to RWD
W3Schools – HTML Intro to RWD
Smashing Magazine – Responsive Web Design Guidelines and Tutorials

Responsive Web Design in a nutshell:

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WordPress Plugin Starter Kit

WordPress Plugin Starter Kit

Here is a compiled list of plugins we recommend installing to your WordPress site ranging from super helpful to bells and whistles type plugins.

WordPress sites have been a common request from clients here at CreateHive. With each site, Paula and I notice that there are standard plugins we instinctually install into each client’s site. Gathered here is a list of plugins we definitely install and some extras that have been very nice additions to sites.

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Plugins that help behind the scenes during the construction of a new site:

Database Help
To update the domain/url from the database (without sifting through code) – serves as an easy search and replace.

Plugins:
Go Live Update URLs

Under Construction
This is for when we are working on a live site and not wanting to fully launch it yet. It puts an “Under Construction” sign up as we work.

Plugins:
Coming Soon / Maintenance mode Ready!

Elegant Themes Helpers
Since we frequent the use of the DIVI theme from Elegant themes, here are some helpful plugins to help facilitate the use of the theme.

Plugins:
Elegant Themes Updater

Code
Helps implement code into posts/pages like PHP or JS.

Plugins:
Insert HTML Snippet

Child Theme Aggregate
Helps create new child theme without you creating your own on the backend side.

Plugins:
Child Theme Configurator

Security

Plugins:
Wordfence Security

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Style plugins to help the construction of a site:

Forms
Some clients want a more customized form vs. the standard WordPress one.

Plugins:
Ninja Forms
WordPress Appointment Booking and Online Scheduling Plugin by vCita

Social Networking
Different ways to integrate social networks to WordPress sites.

Plugins:
jQuery Pin It Button For Images
Pinterest Pin It Button For Images

Bells and Whistles
Some common additions clients typically like in their site.

Plugins:
Kiwi Logo Carousel
YouTube 

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Plugins that help once site is up and running:

SEO/Tracking
Helpful tools to help track stats for sites.

Plugins:
Google XML Sitemaps 
Google Analytics by Yoast
Yoast SEO Plugin

General Fixes / Help
Fixes to help the site. Often are changes made by WordPress updates.

Plugins:
Advanced Excerpt
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Product Research of the Week: Vavako Chocolates

Product Research of the Week: Vavako Chocolates

Vavako is a boutique for handmade chocolates based out of Bellevue, WA and has been spreading their delicious chocolates across the state if not the world via mail. We at CreateHive love taste testing our clients’ products and these chocolates are no joke. The flavor combinations are original and delicious – as shown in our picture, we nibbled on the lemon and basil and were pleasantly surprised as to how much of each ingredient we could taste. This is a must try! For more info visit their site here.

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