7 Reasons Not Letting Your Website Designer Keep You Hostage

7 Reasons Not Letting Your Website Designer Keep You Hostage

7 Reasons Not Letting Your Website Designer

Keep You Hostage

Being held hostage is a good term for what happens to many people when they have had their website designed by many web developers to various degrees. This is a control issue that does not need to happen especially in this day and age. Websites have come a long way when you relied on a website designer to make even simple changes. Most modern websites do not need all that much code anymore, but use a platform that is far simpler to use.

When we design website, we like to be able to turn the site over to the business owner so they can make simple changes themselves. We teach them how to navigate their website from the backend. They can, of course, have us make additions, extra pages, up date SEO and deal with the website maintenance.  


7 Reasons Not Letting Your Website Designer Keep You Hostage


They Will Not Give You Login and Password Info

1.) Many website designers will not even give the login and passwords to the owner of the website, so you could not get in the backend if you wanted to or not. This website belongs to the owner of the website, not the developer so there is no reason to withhold that critical information.

They may say something like “I am afraid you will break something” or “only a web developer should go in the back end because only he/she knows what is going on”. That may have been true in the “old” days of website design, but not today. We have come a long way baby. It’s time for you to look for a new website developer if he says like that or something similar.


Website Control


Do Not Buy Your Domain and Hosting from Your Developer

2.) Do not buy your domain name and hosting platform through your website developer. That gives them to much control and makes it very hard to switch developers if not impossible. It also keeps you from changing hosting companies if you wish to do so.

Buy your domain name and host it yourself, using your own name and passwords, then give them that information. Best Website Solutions will help people and businesses to navigate this confusing part by signing them up with their own account with their own name and, passwords through a hosting company. We then put the tools we will need to build the website into this shopping cart and they then pay for what is in the shopping cart, independent of us. We never see credit card information. This is the only way to make sure your website and domain name stays under your control and ownership at all times.

Website Control

Website Platforms Are Very Important

3.) Make sure your website has NOT been designed in a platform that only takes code to build. We only design website in WordPress. 30% of all websites are now designed in the world on this system. It is user friendly on so many levels.

Domain Control

Making Changes Yourself

4.) Can you make simple changes yourself? WordPress is the first thing that simplifies the process, but you also need a great theme that has an “easy to use” page builder. We use only one theme on ALL the WordPress websites we build, because it is easy to customize and has an amazing page builder built in.

We Turn The Website Over to You

5.) When we are done building your website, we add good SEO to it, so it can be found on the internet, we turn it over to you, the owner of the website. We teach you how to use various aspects of the website directly. Also, we give you video’s that we have made and uploaded to YouTube so that you can refer to at any time you need help. Of course, we will always be there for more complex changes and website maintenance if you wish for us to do that. We want to make it easy for you to make changes yourself.

What if Something Happens

6.) What if your website developer dies, goes out of business or many other things that happens in the normal course of life. What if cannot track them down? What then? How do you get control of your website? You want to have this control issue all worked out from the very start if possible or resolve this now before a crisis arises.

Domain Control

Website Owner

Not just About Money

7.) To us it’s not all about money and control. We like to think we build a relationship with individuals or companies when it comes to their website. It’s like a collaboration to help our customers put their best foot forward. We love to help them grow their business and become successful.

In Conclusion

I know this blog article will resonate with many website owners. If this is happening to you, I can help you get this control back. We can talk one on one, so I can have a better idea of what you are facing, or you can email me with any questions you might have.

7 Reasons Not Letting Your Website Designer Keep You Hostage

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SSL Certificate A BIG Deal for Websites?

SSL Certificate A BIG Deal for Websites?

SSL Certificate A BIG Deal for Websites?

Sometimes things come down from up on high and we either ignore it or do not really think it’s a BIG deal or important.

This issue of a SSL Certificate is BIG and getting bigger every day.

SSL certificates were once used to keep information safe on websites that sold goods directly and Google wanted people to enter at their own risk with a warning at front of the menu bar.

That has all changed now.

They are now being used to keep ALL website safe.

SSL Certificate

This 1st image is what a website looks like on Firefox in the browser bar. The green lock signifies that it is safe website. If you look close you can see next to the green lock is the letters https://. If the website does not have a certificate it will be missing the “s” or look like this: http://. The “s” stands for secure.

Secure Sockets Layer

What really is an SSL Certificate?

They are what is known as a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates, sometimes called digital certificates. They are used to establish an encrypted connection between a browser or user’s computer and a server or website.

The SSL connection protects sensitive data, such as credit card information, exchanged during each visit, which is called a session, from being intercepted from non-authorized parties.

Secure Sockets Layer

This 2nd image is what a website looks like on Google Chrome in the browser bar. Just a bit different but very much the same.

That all makes sense if money is flowing through a website between buy and seller. We want that level of protection which is good thing.

Google is now requiring that ALL website have this level of security when they did not require it in the past.

They began to in-force a certain amount of leverage about this issue at the start of 2018 but now at the start of June they are tightening the screws further.

Not only will there be a warning that the website you are entering does not have protection in the form of a SSL Certificate and that you are entering at your own risk but your website will be ranked much lower in search engines results.

SSL Certificate for Websites

This image is what is called Encoded Certificate Signing Request. You have to have this first to start the ball rolling. You then send it over to the SSL Certificate maker and then they make sure you are the owner of the website by sending you a email that is on the account at the hosting company that your website is hosted by.  

Making Your Website Safe

In the modern age when security has become a major issue this is one way that Google and other search engines are trying to get back some control of security.

SSL Certificates are not cheap and can be purchased in two year increments.

Most hosting companies where your website is hosted sell them or have some kind of deal because you host with them that is built in to the hosting account.

They usually give you the first year Free but after that you will have to pay for it.

Making your website safe

Connecting you’re your SSL Certificate is a bit of a complicated matter.

There is a process to go through to connect the certificate and many hosting companies do this automatically when you buy it from them but for a hefty price.

I do this for all my websites that I design to make sure everything is working the way it should.

Sometimes people hire me to clean up a website or to do monthly website maintenance so I include it in the price to make sure they are safe.    


Making your website safe


Secure Sockets Layer. SSL Certificate for Websites

Best Website.Solutions is a custom Website and Graphic Art design company located in the Phoenix, Arizona area.



SSL Certificate A BIG Deal for Websites?. SSL Certificate

Free Website Bad Idea

Free Website Bad Idea

Free Website = Bad Idea


What Do We Mean by Free Website?

Most beginners who want to start their own website want to keep the cost low which is understandable.

So you typically Google the term free website and find many companies offering free website hosting services for free.

The thought of having free web hosting and building your site without paying anything is tempting.

Until you get a reality check. Once you sign up to these so-called “free website services”, you slowly start discovering the limitations and many of them turn out to be not free at all.

If you or your friend is thinking about getting a free website, then stop now.

And read these 36 reasons why free websites are almost always a bad idea.


1. Extremely slow websites

Most free website hosting providers put hundreds of websites sharing the same server. This makes all their websites load at very low speeds. Slow websites create bad user experience and are bad for SEO.


2. Unprofessional web address

Having a website address like mysmallbusiness.Freewebsite.com does not look professional at all. Visitors to your website and potential customers would find it quite difficult to take your website seriously when you don’t even have a proper domain name.

And when you ask these companies for a custom domain, you usually have to pay a premium – something like $19 – $25 for a domain which normally costs $10.


3. Trial Service is Not Really Free

Many of these free website services often turn out to be limited trials. After a while, you are asked to pay for it. In most cases, this price is usually way higher than normal WordPress hosting services. If you added a credit card during signup, then they can charge you without giving you any warning.

Free Website = Bad Idea

4. Hidden charges for free website
Like any other business, these free website companies need to make money too. Some of them charge their users for additional services like image hosting, email accounts, FTP access, website transfer, etc. These charges are often outrageously high.

5. They can lock down your data

Many users who start with a free website and then want to move to a paid service, find it impossible to move their website data.

These service providers do not offer any tools to easily migrate your site.

Users end up paying freelancers to manually export their content which can quickly increase your bill.

6. Irrelevant advertisements on your website

Most of these free website services are supported by advertisements.

You create content and build your website, but they get paid for the ads.

Often these ads are distracting, intrusive, and look ugly.
The worst part is, sometimes your savvy competitors can then pay these free website hosting companies to advertise on your website.

Talk about sabotaging your business.

If you would like to read the rest of this article go here: Why FREE Websites Are a Bad Idea.

Free Website = Bad Idea

Designing Websites For Photographers is A Labor of Love For Me

Designing Websites For Photographers is A Labor of Love For Me

Designing Websites For Photographers is A Labor of Love For Me

I design websites for all kinds of people and businesses but building one for a photographer has a special place in my heart.

I was a professional photographer for most my adult life so I know what it means to get your work out and into the public eye.


I now have a degree in graphic arts and use these graphic skills to design awesome, cutting edge websites on a platform called WordPress.

I use Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Premier Pro to get your message and your work on this amazing platform.

Once I launch WordPress in your hosting account, I then install a premium theme that allows full functionality in any direction my creative heart wants to go. In the end its your creative heart also.




I can design custom navigation buttons using your photography.

If you have an idea I would love to make it and see if it works for you!


Click one and see where it takes you.

I can employ many states of the art techniques that help photographers and artists show their work like never before.

It is a collaboration between me, you and WordPress.

The sky is the limit!


Here is a sample of some of the custom graphics I can make for your website.

I can make something just using fonts and text…

…Or I can make something very unique for just you.

I love using the photographers images and then adding text to tell a complete message.

A little bit of something from that photo shoot.



As you scroll down this blog you will see some of amazing techniques and ideas to show off your work.


Directly below is a rotating banner/slider that brings up new images on a timed bases. I design these babies myself with your images. Imagine the impact this would have if this slider was at the top of your home page to greet new potential clients.

What and why WordPress?

WordPress is an amazing platform that between 28-30% of all professional websites are built on.

I then add a powerful theme that allows me to design without knowing or using much code and leaves me to be very creative in the area’s I am best at.

I then add special plugins that keeps the website safe and gives functionality to a specific type of business.

The grid system below is a great way for you to display many images with out taking up to much room.

Click any photograph and it will enlarge.

[crp_portfolio id=3]

Sometimes I add a parallax image that will be the base of a page with other images or graphics on top. This is much harder to make and have it look good without being confusing but when it is done right, it is an eye catcher.

All of these modules can be used for a number of things. In this case they are being used as navigation. Click on anyone of them and see where they take you.

Wedding Images

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For more information on landscape images, please click here.


Family Portraits

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For more information on engagements, please click here.


Race Car

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Just How Big is WordPress Exactly?

Just How Big is WordPress Exactly?

Just How Big is WordPress Exactly?


I design websites on WordPress. It is an amazing program from top to bottom. The theme you use on it is also very important and can make or brake you as a website designer. At this point in time I would use nothing else for myself and my clients. 

The following is an article from Tom Ewer for Elegant Themes.

WordPress is aiming for 50% market share, in Matt Mullenweg’s own words from an interview with Kitchen Sink WordPress:


The next goal is the majority of websites. We want to get to 50%+ and there’s a lot of work between now and then. As the percentage increases, it gets harder and harder to grow the market share, and we have to grow the market share by doing things we haven’t done in the past – really thinking about the onboarding process, really thinking about the integration with social networks, and with how WordPress works on touch devices, which is going to be the predominant computing platform of the future. These things are going to be really important.


What got us here isn’t going to get us there. Once we get to 50%, we can decide something new we want to do.”

Right now, WordPress claims a 24% share. We decided to dig through the statistics to try and find out a bit more about where they come from, what they really mean and how WordPress may need to adapt to hit its target – and if such a seemingly ambitious target is reasonable.

Of course, one must bear in mind the scale of the web: 24% market share is huge. As I began writing this post, WordPress 4.2 (the latest version) had been downloaded 48,258,660 times. In just the time until I finished it, that figure had risen to 48,282,215 (23.5k downloads).

So, now, the results of my research – beginning with what exactly makes up that 24% figure and what it means for WordPress.

24%: Says Who?


The figure of 24% (or 24.2%, more precisely) comes from W3Techs’ analysis. Of the websites they monitor, a quarter of all of them use WordPress CMS.

Obviously, not all websites use a CMS – in fact, 58.6% of the websites W3Techs analyzed aren’t using a CMS that they monitor for. There is a caveat here – they may not be able to detect it if the website has hidden it or if the CMS is especially obscure or bespoke. Since that’s not the case for most websites, the figure provided by W3Techs can by-and-large be taken as representative.

Out of the remaining 41.3% that do use a content management system, the figure of 58.6% (entirely coincidentally) resurfaces. So, in terms of market share among websites that already use a CMS, WordPress has already surpassed the halfway mark.

That becomes the case even more if you consider each separate WordPress.com website as an installation, which W3Techs largely don’t – they’ll only count a WordPress.com website as a separate WordPress website if it has its own URL, rather than a *.wordpress.com one.


Considering the next most popular CMS by W3Techs’ metrics makes the statistics for WordPress yet more impressive.


While not insignificant, Joomla’s 2.8% of the web (as opposed to WordPress at 24.2%) rather pales in comparison – and while WordPress’ use is booming, Joomla’s is declining.

In this light, WordPress’ (and also Automattic’s) influence over such huge portions of the web – particularly the sections that publish – is extensive to say the least.

The figures W3Techs has compiled are, naturally, not a complete reflection of the web. Even Google can’t know about every single website out there (as hard as it might try). W3Techs actually looks only at the top ten million Alexa-ranked websites on the web. That’s likely to discount quite a lot of WordPress-powered blogs (even active ones) and other websites, so while being a measure obviously designed to make statistical analysis practical, there’s no guarantee that it’s a representative sample of the web. Nevertheless, it does give the best reflection we can really hope to get.

Who Is (And Isn’t) Using WordPress?


As noted, the statistics we’re using are potentially not a completely representative sample, but within that sample, WordPress is by far the most used CMS platform. Although Drupal sites tend to have more traffic, WordPress is in line with most other CMS platforms on that front.

WordPress lags behind Drupal in high-traffic sites, though one could hypothesize that there could be a lot of high-traffic WordPress sites whose averages are pulled down by the sheer number of lower-traffic sites. However, as I discovered when I looked individually at the top 250 Alexa sites, only six used WordPress and only two of those used WordPress to power the whole website – those two, incidentally, were WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

If you would like to read the rest of this article click here: How Big Is WordPress?


Just How Big is WordPress Exactly?


Pull Your Hair Out Issue With Adobe Illustrator

Pull Your Hair Out Issue With Adobe Illustrator

Pull your hair out issue with Adobe Illustrator

Pull your hair out issue with Adobe Illustrator

I had a BIG issue with the new Adobe Illustrator 2017 up-date that made me want to pull what little hair I have, OUT.

I build beautiful websites for people and small business.

I like to use my graphic art skills to make them beautiful so when I started to upload images for a new website for a landscape photographer that I was designing for, I ran into a problem I had not in counted before.

Even though I have also been a photographer for many years and have used Photoshop since forever, I use Illustrator to make sliders, backgrounds with text and many graphics for websites.

When you are trying to combine Photographs with text, Illustrator is just the best way to go. This is what it was built to do.

Photoshop can do it also but it is much harder. It was never really designed to use and add text in a easy efficient way.


When I designed a slider (narrow photograph) for the top of the website that would rotate with other sliders, something strange happened.

I designed the new slider in the usual way. I then turned it into a .jpg. The image looked fine and just like what the photographer took but when I uploaded it onto the WordPress website it was super saturated like the image below.

Not at all like the original image from the photographer as you can see from the image below…


I remade it thinking I did something wrong. It came out the same way again.

Thinking it was a issue with that particular new WordPress site, I took the image and loaded it on another website. Same thing happened again.

This is crazy I though as I tried to seek out help from the WordPress community. No answers were forthcoming. I took a deep breath and began to think what was different this time around from all the hundreds of images I had designed and put onto WordPress websites before.

I decided instead of making a .jpg I would make and up-load a .png because that format works just as well on websites and the internet.

That one worked and looked great.

Then it hit me!

I had updated my Adobe CC account just a few days before. The updates were from 2015 to the new 2017. Illustrator was one of those programs that was updated.  

I then reloaded 2015 Illustrator back onto my computer and went through the whole process again. The image was created and up-loaded just as it was intended.

No super saturation.

I then contacted a Adobe tech and they had me look at the saturated image in Photoshop and see what mode it was in.

I told them it was in CYMK even though I had asked for RGB in Illustrator.

They then told me it was a known issue with Illustrator 2017 that they are fixing.

I felt good that I had figured out the issue but it took me 3 hours of frustration across a couple of different platforms.

That is why I called this blog “Pull your hair out issue with Adobe Illustrator”

Who knew!

The first river photograph to be used as a slider and saved in CYMK mode. This image is NOT what the photographer wanted. Much to saturated but the colors are also off.

The second river photograph to be used as a slider and saved in RGB mode. This image is just as the photographer wanted.

A river photograph to be used as a slider and saved in RGB mode. This image is just as the photographer wanted.


When you are putting images on WordPress or the internet for that matter that the image needs to be in RGB. That was something I knew from my graphic arts classes but I had no idea the new Illustrator 2017 was not making it when I asked it for.

CYMK mode is for when photographs are to be printed on a printer but RGB mode is for photographs to be used on the internet.

I love building websites but you do run into issues that need to be figured out. I am also thankful that there are communities of professionals that I can use to figure out problems and see what is new in my field.

Here are four:

WordPress.org codex: https://codex.wordpress.org/

Wpbeginner: http://www.wpbeginner.com/blog/

Divi nation on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DiviThemeUsers/

Website Magazine: http://www.websitemagazine.com/content/

I also belong to a local WordPress community in my area that I connect through my local meetup group once a month. I also go to a WordPress boot camp in the Phoenix once a year.

Pull your hair out issue with Adobe Illustrator