Entries by Josh Ciolkosz

Bigger, bolder, and better. Website Design.

We're excited to launch our new website. It took us about two weeks to come up with a new design and implement everything. As you can tell it's pretty different than our last version. Gone are the cutesy graphics and hand-drawn icons. Those were nice, but we wanted a more professional looking site. We now have wide full-screen photos and text.

The website also reflects some changes in our business Read more [...]

Tips for Beginner WordPress Developers

In this article I want to share some practical tips for beginner WordPress developers. Perhaps you’ve used WordPress for a long time but have never really tried your hand at custom theme development. Maybe you’ve explored some of the code, tweaked things from time to time, but never really developed anything yourself from scratch. Sometimes the hardest part is just knowing how to get started. I’d Read more [...]

Special of the Month: Free Web Hosting

Now is a great time for a new website or redesign. For the month of April we are offering six months free web hosting with a new site. Contact us anytime during the month of April for a new website and we'll give you free hosting for six months. This counts for website redesigns as well. If you're looking to freshen up your website with a new coat of paint, perhaps redesign it to work well on mobile, Read more [...]

Website Launch. Portage Area Chamber of Commerce.

We're excited to announce the completion of our latest project, the Portage Area Chamber of Commerce website. It was a real pleasure to work on this site, and we learned a great deal about Portage in the process!

From the beginning we decided to go with WordPress as The Chamber of Commerce staff wanted to be able to make changes themselves once the site was done. WordPress offers a great editing Read more [...]

Photography for Sale. Madison Artery.

We are excited to announce that we've started selling our photography at a local art store called The Artery. The Artery as actually a website for local artists in the Madison, Wisconsin area. In addition to photography, they sell paintings, jewelry, pottery, and other mixed art forms.

We joined because we thought it'd be a good way to connect with other local artists, and give us another venue Read more [...]

Wappalyzer. Everything you ever wanted to know about a website.

Today I want to tell you about a tool that's become almost indispensable to me as a web developer. And if you're not a web developer you might find this handy as well. It's called Wappalyzer and it's a free plugin for Firefox. What it allows you to do is view at a glance all the underlying technology used on a website. It displays all this information as little icons up in your address bar. Take a Read more [...]

Free Photos for Your Blog

Keeping a blog is an excellent way to connect with your website visitors and drive traffic to your site. With a blog you can offer advice, share what you're working on, or announce your latest and greatest products. But have you ever been in the situation where you've written a great post, have something wonderful to say, but don't have a classy picture to go with it? So what do you do? One option Read more [...]

Amalgam Ribbon Cutting

We're really excited to announce that we recently joined the Portage Chamber of Commerce. Our picture and the announcement will be appearing in the Portage Daily Register newspaper sometime next week. We couldn't be more excited.

We hope that our membership with the Portage Chamber of Commerce will allow us to meet and network with more local businesses. It's neat how we all get to help each other Read more [...]

Getting Started with SEO

I'm learning some new things about Search Engine Optimization, and I'll post to this blog from time to time about what I'm learning.
"Search Engine Optimization is often about making small modifications to parts of your website." - Google.
Search Engine Optimization is a comprehensive task. There aren't one or two magic bullets to make your site appear overnight. It can be a slow process. But by Read more [...]

Creating and Connecting

We're just putting the finishing touches on our new Amalgam website. It's been coming along nicely, and I must say I'm pretty proud of the results. Kim came up with the design and did all the imagery (banner, icons, etc.) And I put the site together using Enfold, a WordPress theme I've never used before but seems to be pretty popular. I think I'll use it again for future projects.

We hope this site Read more [...]