Website Design & Maintenance

Well this was an exciting Custom WordPress Theme to put together! This site is all about the bling and animation (and of course the British Shorthair)!

I got to play in my animation program and learned a few things:

  • if you use a png, adjust the background to transparent unless it is dimensional
    • apparently it doesn’t like see through objects like the lantern and divider
  • If using dimensional, give it a solid non-transparent background
  • In your design process, think layers and spacing!
    • like the divider, I made one layer of sparkles for the gold diamonds and one for the white. Then by alternating the colors opposite on top and bottom, all you had to do was just move the sparkle layer up and down only, no side movement
  • For the Curtain, that was the first one I did and was a little tricky (and where I learned spacing and layers) as I moved each sparkle individually!
    • However, for the lantern the glow for the candle I placed all 3 and then just hid the layer that needed to twinkle for each pic.
  • Timing, this is where you have to play and adjust the default (2 seconds doesn’t seem like much until you are waiting for something to happen). I found that 0.30 seems to be a good speed.

I found a plug-in called Super Snow for the falling Diamonds! This is such an awesome plug-in! It is defaulted for snowflakes, however you can customize to any object you desire that falls in the recommended size. You can adjust the fall rate, the number of items that are falling at any given time. It is defaulted to disengage for mobile and tablet viewing as to not eat up data and  battery. Watch out Holiday Season! Ohhh the possibilities!

So watch out, when I get an opportunity to play, you can expect some Pre-made WP Themes with some animation!

Thank you to CrystalBluBrits.com (Kristen) for this wonderful opportunity and welcome to the FNFD Family!

Just in case you are unaware, when you do a search in say Google, and you click on your competitions name, you are giving them a “click rating” that ties into their Google ranking.

Never click on the competitions website from a search!! Copy their URL address into a new browser window and view them that way.

Of course with that being said, click on yours! This adds to your ranking.

Remember, each browser has it’s own criteria and formulas that they use to set up a ranking system. So their really are no guarantees that you will be on the first page, this is even for paid services.

Just think of how many competitor’s you have around you? And your all trying to be on the first page. Now what if you all paid? If there’s more than 10 of you, then what?

And let’s remember about the Ad’s, There’s at least 3 Ads at the beginning or end of that first page, so their taking up slots as well.

Now if your on page 10 or more, you may need to look at your key words and double check that your content reflects those words. If you have a Gmail or Google/Bing/Yahoo/Firefox/etc go to their Webmaster Tools and get a number and submit to them.

Make sure they have your Sitemap and Robots files.

On my Links Page I have 4 free website submission sites for you to use. They send you out to various browsers, all you have to do is make sure you answer the verification email and click on the verify link.

Hope this helps!

^%$&%**&)(*&*^&%$#%^%$^& and UGH!!!

The first rule of thumb is to ALWAYS save your work as you go! And your saying “well DUH!” and “auto save”.  OH contair mon frair!!!

Auto save is set in your computer or program settings at say every 5 minutes? And let’s say your in the zone and designing like mad—do you stop to save? Maybe after 20 minutes when you come up for air!

DO NOT RELY ON THE BACK BUTTON, UNDO BUTTON OR WHATEVER BUTTON!!

Save that Damn UFO, Photoshop or whatever program your using at the onset! and then don’t just play with one image! DUPLICATE that sucker so you have multiple versions so you don’t have to remember now what did I do?

This summer has been the worst for sudden thunderstorms and normally our power hardly ever goes out but this year I swear it’s been a daily occurrence! And of course it goes out inbetween the auto saves!

So remember to come up for air often, duplicate and then play, save everything!!!!