Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Happy New Year 2016!

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Kaz Design Works wishes you a Happy, Healthy & Successful New Year for 2016

4 WordPress Back-up Plug-ins to back-up your entire site

Monday, July 9th, 2012

I was recently talking to a new client whose WordPress installation needed updating. When I mentioned his database needed backing up first, he wasn’t sure how or where to do it or even if his web host provided a way to back up the entire site (something I recommend to anyone who uploads images, videos and other media files).

As many of my clients’ hosted websites use CPanel and back-ups can be done very easily from there, I’ve had no need to install WordPress back-up plug-ins, although of course, I knew they existed, so I offered to look into it for him. I thought I’d share the information here. (more…)

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

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Waterloo Region Student Placement websiteWordPress, 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. (more…)

10 quick and easy ways to update your web content

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

One of the best ways to keep your website fresh and interesting for your loyal visitors is to add new content. Not only will it encourage them to keep coming back on a regular basis but it will help your website stay at (or close to) the top of Google search results pages (provided you are using the right keywords in your content).

The type of website you have – static or content managed – and how much time you have available, will determine whether you can add or change content on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. I recommend changing your content at least monthly, but if your time or budget is limited, choose things that are quick and easy to change or add.

Below are 10 quick and easy ways to update your web content you might want to try. (more…)

Google Insights

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

There’s more to Google Analytics than meets the eye!

In my last article I mentioned the cool FREE tools Google has on offer to help small business owners become more visible on the internet.

Amongst the free tools is Google Analytics which, as you probably know if you own a website, is great for analyzing statistics on visitors and the keywords they used to get there.

But did you know that you can now find out what the World is searching?

Underneath the Analytics report for your keywords your visitors used, there is a link to “Google Insights” where you can find out how many searches for those same keywords have been made around the world during a given period. But more than that, “Google Insights” is another free tool, which in Google’s words, you can use to “compare search volume patterns across specific regions, categories, time frames and properties.”

How is this useful? you’re probably wondering.


Stumble Upon

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Rediscovering StumbleUpon and some free marketing guides

Sometime last year I became a “StumbleUpon” user and for awhile I used it regularly each day, particularly enjoying the fantastic photography I would stumble upon. But I realized today I had not stumbled upon anything in a long time. Why? Because I generally use Firefox for my browsing and I have StumbleUpon set up with Internet Explorer.


Apologies and an Overdue Announcement

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

After two weeks of intermittent down time of my website and having to manually fix the problem, to the chagrin of one or two clients who couldn’t gain access when they needed to, I decided to switch my hosting over to (really it’s an American company, and I swore I would stay with Canadian, but enough is enough already).

Apologies to anyone who couldn’t get to my blog on Kaz Design Works or the business directory on I’m a great web designer, but can’t always find my way around the control panels of web hosts to find the relevant bits of information I need to get things like databases up and running.


Akismet catches spam

Monday, July 27th, 2009

There’s been a number of comments in response to my postings. Unfortunately, most of them have been caught by Akismet and thrown in my spam box.

Akismet is a great plugin and I recommend it to all WordPress bloggers if you want to avoid spam appearing on your blog.

However, I apologize to anyone who has posted a genuine comment and is wondering where it is. I do not receive notifications for any comments caught by Akismet.


Die IE6, Die! Let the web move forward

Friday, July 17th, 2009

That’s been a trending topic on Twitter for the past couple of days. Well, not those exact words, but something similar so I read the article they were all talking about: IE6 Must Die for the Web to Move On

It’s the message web designers and developers, including myself, want clients to send their visitors! And I can understand their frustration.


Well, because, like most most web designers and developers, I often spend hours after I’ve completed a design, that looks perfectly fine on all the most popular browsers (Firefox, IE7 & 8, Chrome, Opera and Safari), altering the code so that pages render correctly on my old laptop which I’ve deliberately left installed with IE6 (small screen with outdated browser software). (more…)

Oh dear, it seems I’m not so good at this blogging thing!

Friday, July 17th, 2009

I just came to write a small note on an article I read yesterday, that I thought would be useful for website owners (as well as website designers/developers), and when I got here I discovered I hadn’t written any articles for a month! Has it really been that long?

I’ve been pretty busy over the last few weeks with a few different projects as well as problems with both my computer AND my laptop, so haven’t had the time to even visit my blog, let alone write anything. (more…)