Tenth Anniversary Celebrations with 10% off till end January 2018

Today, Kaz Design Works turns ten years old! On December 21st, 2007, I registered the business name, Kaz Design Works—and that’s the day, Kaz Design Works officially came into being. Today, I am happy to be celebrating Kaz Design Works’ tenth anniversary. Over the last 10 years, I am pleased to have helped numerous businesses … Read moreTenth Anniversary Celebrations with 10% off till end January 2018

New WordPress features with 4.9 upgrade

Yesterday, I spent the day upgrading several WordPress websites to the new 4.9 version.

In the latest version, there are several exciting new features that will improve user experience and enhance WordPress websites, so I thought I would share them with you here in a quick blogpost.

When you first upgrade your WordPress website and land back on the Dashboard, you’ll see the new features broken down into 4 sections. There’s no video or accolade to a past musician as in recent major version upgrades, just a cool modern, colourful graphical presentation with brief descriptions (partially shown in the screenshot below).

All together there are 11 new features mentioned, plus one I spotted right after the update. I have not tried them out yet but they sound like they will greatly improve the user experience.

So what are the new features in WordPress 4.9?

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Fall Colour Trends for 2016

For a while now on Pinterest, I’ve been sharing the predicted colour trends for the upcoming seasons (you can see the ones I posted for 2016 here). Sometimes, I’m a little late sharing, so this year I thought I’d get a head start and share what I’ve found for 2016 Fall Colour Trends so far right here on Kaz Talk instead.

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6 tips to make your web content and blog posts easier to read

Last week, I came across a blog post by someone new to blogging. I had a hard time reading it because there were no sub-headings or paragraph breaks. It was just one big chunk of text and the text was so small and the line space so tight I had a hard time taking my eyes from one line to the next as I read.

As a website designer, constantly on the lookout for web design inspiration, this wasn’t the first time I’d come across this either, so I decided I would write the following six tips in the hopes of helping others make their blog posts and web pages easier to read.

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Graphic Design Terms 5-6: Serif vs Sans Serif

Can you tell the difference between a serif and a sans serif typeface?

Serif: a typeface with serifs,the line attached to the end of a stroke in a letter or a symbol.Don’t worry, if you answered, “No,” you are not alone. Before starting graphic design or website design projects for new clients, I often ask whether they prefer a serif or sans-serif typeface. Many do not know the difference between the two. If it’s the same for you, the following definition may help.

In typography, the line attached to the end of a stroke in a letter or a symbol, is called a serif. Therefore, a typeface with serifs is called a “serif” typeface. A typeface without serifs is called “sans serif” from the French word “sans” meaning “without.”

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3 reasons why you should update your website’s content regularly

How often do you update your website’s content?

When was the last time you updated your website’s content? Not since it was first published several years ago? A couple of years ago? Last year? Six months ago?

3 reasons why it matters

I recommend you update your content at least once every couple of months, but once a month or more often would be even better. Here are 3 reasons why updating your content regularly matters.

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Free websites aren’t all they’re cracked up to be

Free websites are great for personal use when your budget is limited but they’re not all they’re cracked up to be when it comes to using them for your business.

With free websites, you often don’t own your domain name or web space. As well as causing problems at some point in the future, there are several short term disadvantages you should consider.

  • Often your free website has a web address with an extension like wordpress.com or weebly.com. This not only makes your web address extra long and difficult to remember, it doesn’t sound very professional.
  • Often, without a yourcompanyname.com domain name, you’re more than likely also using a Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo email address. Does this really create a professional, I’m-in-it-for-the-long-term image for your business?
  • Often with free website hosting, you’re probably advertising other businesses on your website. And you have absolutely no control on what’s being advertised even if they are competitor sites. Does that really make good business sense?
  • If your free website is content managed (you add content and make your own changes), are you able to back up your database file to your desktop computer or to your email? In some cases, the answer is no.
  • If you’ve uploaded images and other media files to your free website, can you access them through a file manager or via FTP? In most cases, the answer is probably no.

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Why choose WordPress for your website’s content management system?

WordPress, originally developed as a blogging platform, is an easy-to-use, FREE content managed system that is available to anyone with a domain name and web host (and even those without).

WordPress is the ideal solution if you just want to add a blog to your company’s existing website (or for personal blogging), but WordPress is not just a blog.

It can also be used as a standalone website with “static” web pages that you can quickly add and change at any time as long as you have an internet connection.

Working off a database, the default WordPress installation comes packaged with a number of features and is constantly being developed to improve user experience (both that of the owner and visitors) as well as to maintain a high level of security for your website.

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8 Reasons Why Your Business NEEDS a Professional Website

Like many small business owners, you may believe your business cannot benefit from having a website or that a website is not within your budget. Or maybe you think because you don’t use a computer, neither do your potential customers. These are misconceptions. These 8 reasons show why your company NEEDS a professional website, no matter what size your business.

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