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5 Essential Plugins for Every WordPress Site  

5 Essential Plugins for Every WordPress Site

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014

The Plugins You’ll Wish You Installed Every designer has their starting-line rituals when building a new WordPress site.  After reviewing our portfolio of recent projects, it became clear that these 5 plugins were an essential part of that ritual for the designers at Tower Agency. We’ve decided to share this secret blend of herbs and spices in the hopes that it will make building your WordPress site easier and give you a more attractive, functional final product. Experienced developers will probably recognize several of these favorites; if you fall into this category we’d love to hear about your favorite WordPress plugins in the comments section below the post. As for the rest of you designers-in-training, small business owners, and curious friends, Tower Agency is always looking for new clients and employees to join our team. Contact us to explore the ways that we could grow and thrive together. Duplicate Post Adds the “Clone” button in WP-Admin and other tools to easily make copies of posts or pages. This plugin helps save time when trying to keep a consistent format across a website. During the initial build process, one-click duplication of pages means you don’t have to start “from scratch” with each new static page of the website. Once you’ve established...

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VIDEO: How To Troubleshoot WordPress  

VIDEO: How To Troubleshoot WordPress

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014

FACT: You Will Encounter Site Errors. Understanding how to solve problems with WordPress and where to find the solutions is half the battle. We have compiled the resources you should use when troubleshooting, some of the errors that will lead to these resources and where to find them on the internet. For more advanced troubleshooting, please contact the agency Learn more about our company and the digital marketing services we’ve used for our past client success stories. When updating your site and you receive a white screen of death it is not time to freak out, take a deep breath, get your detective’s hat on and start debugging. There are many answers on the internet, not always correct, and this can make it difficult. Your theme will have helpful resources as well as your host and should be checked first after searching on Google for the problem. Below we have listed the 4 areas you will need to investigate to find the root of the issue.   Troubleshooting WordPress Errors & Resources Video There are several references to check for solutions to your specific WordPress problem. Always make sure that your themes, plugins, and framework are up to date as that could be an easy fix to your issue. Before attempting any troubleshooting,...

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CSS Tips and Tricks for WordPress  

CSS Tips and Tricks for WordPress

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014

Learn CSS Tips and Tricks for use specifically in WordPress Development/Design In this article you will learn basic css tips for an intro in WordPress development and design. These are common our team uses on new designs, please contact Tower Agency for more assistance. A Brief Introduction to CSS A CSS (cascading style sheet) file allows you to separate your web sites (X)HTML content from it’s style. Per usual use your (X)HTML file to arrange the content, but all of the presentation (fonts, colors, background, borders, text formatting, link effects & so on…) are accomplished within a CSS. In this article, we will discuss a few hints related to some of the trickier CSS aspects of creating a WordPress document. Our goal is to simplify these aspects in order to allow the user to implement them more easily.   1. display:none Property This action will be commonly used when removing extra visual aspects included in a theme. Hiding an element can be done by setting the display property to “none” or the visibility property to “hidden”. However, notice that these two methods produce different results: visibility:hidden hides an element, but it will still take up the same space as before. The element will be hidden, but still affect the...

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Digital Marketing Portfolio Update  

Digital Marketing Portfolio Update

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014

We’ve been busy and that means portfolio updates! The past few months have been a very exciting period of growth for our small digital agency as we have been incorporating new agents into the mix while bringing on some very exciting projects. I would like to introduce you to our wonderful new clients and am happy to announce that they also love us back. We pride ourselves on customer service and a happy client means we did two things right: The project was completed to both party’s expectations. Successfully learned about client needs, found viable solutions, and executed properly. Brenda Heckert Her quirky personality is shown through jokes, pictures, and videos to help casting directors see the fun nature she brings to the set. Exemplified by her saying “It costs an Arm, a Leg, and a Thigh.” By adding a blogging component to the site she is able to increase community engagement across facebook, twitter and other social sharing sites. Read more Nualgi America Nualgi is a new brand that uses microscopic technology to produce Diatom growth in aquariums, thus removing nuisance algae. Tower Agency was brought in to expand this brand to the new products Nualgi Ponds and Nualgi Bloom, as well as maintain the brand of Nualgi...

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Ditch your Secretary, Google Now is here!  

Ditch your Secretary, Google Now is here!

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014

Ok, I am sure your secretary has many perks, but on-the-go updates synced with your life is just too much to ask from a single human being.     Today, Google Now is available as a chrome extension, thus completing the full circle in my digital life. I’ve been using the Google Now card system on my phone since I upgraded to Android a year ago (iPhone prior). It notifies me at perfect times when I should be leaving the house, what the latest Red Sox score is, who I am scheduled to meet, and much more timely information. “Timely” is the key word in this statement. The purpose of this product is to get the information precisely when you need it. Five minutes early or late would just not be as useful. Getting information at the RIGHT time is everything Google hopes to accomplish.   Semantic Web is Upon Us All your information, all your data, all locked up and there for you to access fluently wherever you may be. This is the semantic web. This is Google Now. This is the future. Based on a card system like the screen shot graphic from www.engadget.com, you can decide what information you want displayed in a simple, concise manner....

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Copy + Paste to Eat for a Day, Learn to Code and You’ll Eat for A Lifetime!  

Copy + Paste to Eat for a Day, Learn to Code and You’ll Eat for A Lifetime!

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014

Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer code. I just signed up to support this wonderful organization started by twin brothers in Silicon Valley. They bring up a great point and support a mission that will only become more necessary as we go further into the digital world. Personally I didn’t learn a line of code until after college, but have since become intrigued and now dive into html/css3 for altering WordPress sites. Did you know that 9 out of 10 US K12 schools do not offer computer programming classes? And that Forbes magazine ranked a degree in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon College as the best paying degree in the USA in 2013? There are six ways you can help spread the word about code.org Code.org | Non-profit foundation dedicated to growing computer science education 1) Help us promote computer science education Find out what you can do locally to turn around these shocking statistics. If you’re in the US, support the Computer Science Education Act. 2) Ask your local school to teach computer science Your local school can teach this self-serve intro course, partner with us to bring computer science to your entire district, and inspire students with these videos. Check our map to see if your school teaches computer science, and if not, ask...

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