7 Essential Free WordPress Plugins

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One of WordPress’s great strengths is its extensibility: You can add most any feature you need through a plugin or theme (what WordPress calls its templates). Here are 7 free plugins I find myself adding to nearly every WordPress website I set up. Most of these also offer paid, premium versions, which add even more features. (Note that I don’t … Read More

Is a professional headshot worthwhile for your website?

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I’m very DIY on the web, as you may guess, so when a client needs a photo of themselves to use on their website, I’m willing to whip out my iPhone or pull a 35mm camera and a tripod out of the closet and start snapping pictures. But I know that pro photos can show people and scenes to a … Read More

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Convenience, cooking, and what Blue Apron offers its customers

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If you sign up to have a box of groceries and matching recipes delivered to your house every week, what are you buying? Convenience and the chance to avoid grocery checkout lines? A fancy meal that you have to cook yourself? Or the experience of making something new?

Introducing the new Big Big Design

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Launching a new website is exciting for everyone. There are cheers and congratulations, plans of posting news and blog entries, and promises of updating galleries and portfolios And yet, in all the years I’ll been building websites (14 years!), I’ve seen relatively few companies and organizations work actively with their sites and keep them fresh and up-to-date after they’re launched. … Read More

Why be social?

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I spoke on a panel for Leadership Butler County today, talking about social media. This is a great panel every year, with Joe Taylor of Armstrong and Keith Graham of the Butler Eagle each talking about their respective media. You can download my presentation as a Keynote file or a PDF with presenter notes. Feel free to use and share; … Read More

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Social media and grieving, changing norms

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Last week I was quoted in an article about social media and grieving, “A time to tweet? Sharing personal experiences on social media,” by Jenny Wagner in the Beaver Valley Times (subscription required). Cynthia Closkey, president of web communication firm Big Big Design, said everyone has his or her own level of comfort for sharing personal experiences online. “I have a … Read More

Find Your Voice: A Content Management Workshop

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Yesterday I spoke at the Steel City Solutions Conference, an all-day conference for nonprofits held by HandsOn Tech and Pittsburgh Cares.

My topic was how to develop a content strategy and use it in your communication, particularly your website and social networks but also throughout your internal and external communication.

Adding a Facebook Like button to your WordPress site

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Adding a Facebook “Like” button to your WordPress site is a great way to connect socially with your audience and to drive traffic to and from your site and your Facebook page.  This post will cover two ways to add a “Like” button to your site, and each requires a Facebook App ID and an Admin ID. There are a … Read More

New Pittsburgh office

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 Dig our new digs! Big Big Design now has a new office in Pittsburgh. We’re at The Beauty Shoppe, the co-working space on Penn Avenue in East Liberty. It’s a nice, bright, and open place, and we couldn’t be happier. Come visit! As excited as we are about having official space in Pittsburgh, we’re staying in Butler too, and moving … Read More