Cookies Country GreenhouseCookies Country Greenhouse in Homer Alaska is our longest standing client and we are pleased they have chosen us as their web designer for so many years.  We first developed a static website for Ron and Cooking back in 2009, it originally was a dual site serving their greenhouse and a rental unit that they had on their property. Shortly after the first build we remove the rental part the site and it now strictly for Cookies Country Greenhouse.  This site served them well for 5 years,  but we decided in 2014 update their site to a WordPress website.  The primary reason for the upgrade was to get their site mobile friendly and to give them the ability to edit their own site.

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Creating Quality Content for your websiteEveryone wants their website to rank well with the search engines, but few are willing to put in the time energy in to building quality content for their website.  Quality content is the key to building a following on your site,  and to keep that following, it is important to continue adding that quality content on a consistent basis.

Before you decide to pour money into your site in the form of SEO services,  build a site that people will want to visit and stay awhile,  that means create an interest in your service or product that will want the viewer of your site wanting to see more of what you are about. Continue reading

My website didn't have a back-up,  what do I do?Why are back-ups for my WordPress website so important?

Back-ups for your WordPress website can and will eventually pay off.  It’s not a matter of if your site will ever crash, but  when.   The crash may have occur when you enhance your site  or you may be the victim of malware or someone hacking into your site and preventing you from logging in.  Whatever the case,  you back-up is only good if you know how to use it. Otherwise,  you are wasting your time. Continue reading


Flash Back Thursday – Mama Pete’s Nursery School
Mama Pete's Nursery School Website by GTL Web Design

Mama Pete’s Nursery School website was GTL Web Designs first website built in the summer of 2008.  We tailor much of the website to reflect on Mama Pete and the uniqueness of her business.  She started her business as a Day Care/Boarding School back in WWII to take care of all the working mom’s children. As the years went by Mama Pete became an icon in her hometown of Sierra Madre, California.

Sierra Madre is located just north of Pasadena, nested in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and is only 1 sq mile.  Mama Pete spent her entire life living in Sierra Madre,  if fact,  she live her entire life on the same street.  She did move once, and that was when she got married and move to the house next door! Continue reading

Categories and Tags in WordPressBasically the difference between an categories and tags in WordPress is that categories are hierarchical and tags are not.

Huh, what does that mean? Well that means, that categories can be arranged in a hierarchy and tags,  well, they are all on their own.

Why do I need to use categories and tags in WordPress,  what do they do?

You must have at least one category selected with a post,  if you do not select one, it will be listed as ‘uncategorized’ .  I do recommend you select a category for all your posts.  As time goes on, and the number of your posts on your website increase, you will find it harder and harder to find your older posts if you don’t give them a category.  Look at it as kind of a filing cabinet. Continue reading

Color of Blue Tortilla chipsWhat color makes you hungry? While doing some research recently for a new web site  for a restaurant, I decided to Google “What color makes you hungry” and was surprised by the results.

I originally was aiming at using blues and greens, but when I did the research, I found that it was red’s and oranges that makes you hungry.

I’ve always been aware that color can affect your moods and am aware that advertisers spend much time finding out how color in their ads affect people.  Red usually expresses anger or danger green is comforting.  I never realized red and orange were related to hunger.

But it makes sense,  I’ve love to eat tortilla chips,  but blue tortilla chips for me, even thought they taste the same,  are not very appetizing to me.  I expect tortillas to be a tan-ish color and do not expect them to be blue, so that does  need to be taken into account,  but I’d much rather they be red or orange. Continue reading

Social MarketingSocial Marketing when done right can drive visitors to your website and business but done wrong,  your visitors may see your social pages but will miss your website and all it has to offer.

So let’s start with blogging.  I know….the dirty word…blog. We don’t have to name it ‘blog’ or even refer to it as a blog.   This page is a page the conveys the most recent new of your company.  We can call it ‘Latest News’, ‘What’s Happening’,  ‘The Latest’ etc.  you can be clever in your page title. Continue reading

Homer Facts built by GTL Web Design and HostingWe created Homer Facts for the Homer Prevention Project in Homer Alaska in the Spring of 2014. If you have been to the movies, or bought a cup of coffee at one our our local coffee shops, you have most likely seen the promotions for what they are doing.

Homer Facts is a basic information  web site built to show the data assembled by the Homer Prevention Project.  There’s nothing fancy about this site,  it’s basic 5 page website with a contact form.  We re-created the header image using a supplied photo and using Photoshop filters we created this watercolor simile.

We also created the 3 buttons on the cover as a 2nd navigation to link to the 3 primary pages within the site.

As part of the Homer Facts website we also created a Facebook page for the site and added a link on the web site. Lastly we resized the Homer Prevention Project Logo and created a link to the Homer Prevention Project.

Happy New Year!

We at GTL Web Design and Hosting wish everyone a Happy New Year!!

Thank you to all of our customers that we have worked with over the years and look forward to building new relationships as we continue to build our customers new websites.

Bad Page AnalysisThe page analysis tab in Yoast is very extensive and would take more than one post to cover all of the ways it will analyze your post. To get the most from this article, I suggest reading ‘SEO Meta Tag Settings’ first. I’ll start by showing you a weak post then we will show a stronger post. To get the SEO plugin to activate though, you must first have a Focus Keyword. I chose a bad one so we can start with many suggestions as possible from the.

Once you have your general setting done with your focus keyword in all your meta tags (see SEO Meta Tag Settings). Start to use the Page Analysis to fine tune your setting. Continue reading