April 19, WordPress Site Review and More

After a winter hiatus, the DACS Web Design workshop/SIG started up again on April 19, 2016. At this meeting we focused on a website developed by Andy Woodruff for Sofia Chiarandini, a young musician with many talents. http://www.sofiachiarandini.com/. Andy presented a...

Google AdWords

Thoughts about AdWords – how does it work? PPC = Pay Per Click. Everytime someone clicks on your ad, you pay a fee according to several variables. But what do you pay, how do you decide how much you’re willing to pay, and how likely is it someone will...

October 20, 2015 – Google AdWords

Getting your site to appear on the first page of a Google search results page (“SERP”) is not easy. “Search Engine Optimizing” for organic results needs to be just right for your website and takes a lot of custom tweaking. If first-page...

September 15, 2015: Navigation Organization

Every website has navigation links to access all the content and information presented within a site. What is the best way to plan a menu structure to be most efficient? Let’s take a look at ways to organize and design navigation priorities. WordPress offers...

July 21st, 2015: Lock Down WordPress!

Increasing the default security of WordPress has become essential. Several excellent security plugin’s are available but this one appears to offer a more robust system than others. *** BEFORE ACTIVATING ANY SECURITY PLUGIN, KNOW HOW TO DEACTIVATE IT IF...

DACS Web Site Design SIG, May 19, 2015

The DACS Web Design Workshop/SIG is coming up Tuesday night, May 19th, 7 – 9 pm at the DACS Resource Center, Ives Manor (lower level), 198 Main Street, Danbury. How does one “design” a website? Regarding the front-end graphical interface – what...

April 21, Analyzing a New Website Built on Drupal

Recent meetings have focused a lot on WordPress , but this time we’ll change direction and take a look at a new Drupal website  (CMS platform) built by Andy Woodruff. It’s quite successful from the get-go, but there are always things that can be tweaked....

Backup and Restore WordPress

There are several ways to backup a WordPress installation. Plugins can do the work, and run backups automatically according to a set schedule. Backups can be saved locally, or in a cloud server. Multiple versions of backups need to be stored, just in case a site gets...

March 17, Restoring WordPress from a Backup

Disaster strikes and your WordPress website goes down. You try to fix it, but after a moment of panic your remember you have backups. (You do have backups…?) Although there’s a big emphasis on backing up, do you know how to actually restore a site from a...