Entries by Josh Ciolkosz

How to create blog posts

I made a little video that walks you through the basic steps of creating and publishing a blog post to WordPress.

I also wanted to give you a couple links to use to find free photos you can insert into your post. You can use these as the Featured Image or insert them directly in the body of your post. Either way, they're free! It's always a good idea to include an image as part of your post.

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The seven areas of business.

I attended a seminar this morning with the title How to Make 2016 Your Best Year yet: Your Annual Plan. This was a free seminar put on by Krista Bleich (former owner of Krista's Kitchen) on developing a business plan. We're been in the process of thinking through our business plan for our own company and identifying area where we could do better, so I was happy to attend this morning.

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One Year In. What I’ve Learned.

This month we celebrate one year of being in business. One year ago we started our own company, Amalgam, LLC. Instead of doing my normal activities I wanted to stop and reflect on things a bit.

It's been a good year. Kim and I have learned a whole lot this first year. We've learned how to run a business. How to market ourselves. We've learned what's effective, and what's not. We've gotten some good Read more [...]

Be the Expert

I'm learning so many new things as a freelance work-from-home web developer. I learn new things with every website we complete. But I also am learning so much about people and expectations.

One thing I'm learning is that people don't really know what they want. I don't mean that in a negative way. It's just something I'm observing. All too often I go into a meeting expecting my client to have all Read more [...]

Establish Goals. Hit Your Target.

In a previous blog post, The Process of Making a Website, I outlined the steps we go through to make a website. This was more of an overview to give people a feel for what's involved in making a website, and to help people see the process we go through. By way of review, the steps we go through to make a website are:

Identify Goals
Layout and Functionality
Implementation
Design
Launch

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The Process of Making a Website

What's it like to make a website? What are the steps we go through to bring it to life. I thought it might be helpful to layout the process we go through to make a website, for those that are curious.
Identify Goals
The first step is all about our client. We try to get to know our client- who they are, their business, their target audience, and the specific goals they have in mind for their website. Read more [...]

The Value of a Website

Why do I need a website?

We spend a lot of time making websites, but it occurred to me that we don't often explain to people the VALUE of a good website. Most people understand intuitively that a website is good for business. A lot of people go out there and try to do it themselves, or ask a friend or relative. It's relatively easy to cobble something together rather quickly. But a website is an Read more [...]

Photo Fun at the Mercantile

We've been having a lot of fun the last couple weeks doing some photo shoots at the Mercantile in Portage. A couple vendors took us up on our free photo shoot promo and asked us to come in to photograph some of their awesome products. We were happy to oblige!

Mila Stahl is the owner of The Artisan Foodie. After our photo shoot we were able to sample some of her homemade salad dressing and, no joke, Read more [...]

Business Spotlight: Q&A with Built

This month for our business spotlight we're featuring a design and products company, Built. Built has two offices located in Oregon and Louisville, KY. Some of their products include websites for Nike, baseball caps, and iPad app design. We got in touch with Brian Brooks, one of Built's cofounders, and asked him some questions about running a small freelance business. Here's what he had to say:
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Is Your Website Mobile-Friendly?

Is your website 'mobile friendly'? Does it look and run well on a phone? If not then it's time to consider a redesign. Last February Google made an announcement that as of April 21st sites that are not mobile-friendly will be penalized when searched for on a mobile device. In other words, if I search for something on my phone I will most likely only see websites that are mobile-friendly in the results. Read more [...]