From a parent’s perspective, summer is officially over when our children go back to school. You all know when that happens! You see it when Facebook wall explodes with Back to School photos. Tomorrow, I’ll join the ranks of these proud parents, and if my kids let me, I’ll post their picture on Instagram!
Summer time goes fast, but it was my summer time code fest.
Four different projects took up much of my time over the last few months, and yes, I squeezed in many yoga classes and did loads of handstands!
Scenario: A couple sells their home, puts all of their belongings in storage and gets ready for an adventure overseas.
They needed a simple blog to document their new life. So we started with a ready-made theme and added a personal touch; a caricature of the couple and their two dogs soaring over images of major European landmarks.
A pair of Americans. Two poodles. Traveling Europe. Many adventures. True story.
Now they’re back on American soil, I’m looking forward to seeing them in person (and to get my specially imported dark chocolate). See you soon Bonnie!
Rebuilding and Moving
Problem: One of my clients’ site was hacked and grossly infected with malware and all kinds of undecipherable script. This happened just as she was leaving for a long road trip with her family. So not fun.
Solution: Rebuild the site from scratch.
Fortunately, I had her theme files and images tucked safely away in a folder on my computer, which I used to recreate her site and then moved it to SiteGround,* one of the hosting companies I highly recommend.
Now the site is on a secure host, with scheduled back-ups, she’s making frequent updates of the WordPress core and plugins and to keep the bad guys out, she added Clef – two-factor authentication login… Hackers, beware!
Words of wisdom: Make sure your hosting company offers recurring back-ups of your website. If they don’t, setting up external back-ups is a splendid idea! Talk to me if you need some solutions.
Launching and Changing
Shortly after the team at Black Dog Yoga announced their new online presence, they announced a change in ownership too. If I said this was an easy transition, I’d be lying. I loved the team I worked with, the staff and some fantastic teachers who rolled up their mats and moved on.
The new owners made some great transformations; they revamped the lobby (gorgeous), hired new teachers (amazing) and tweaked the Black Dog Yoga logo (very cool), which now grace all the studio windows, marketing materials and of course, the website!
To accommodate the new logo, the entire top portion of the website needed to be recoded:
And how’s that new team working out, you want to know? Really awesome! While I miss the old one, I enjoy working with the new owners. ‘Specially, Amy. I always feel like I’m writing to myself. Our emails generally start off with “Hey Amy,” and end with “Thanks, Amy.” 🙂
There’s a new yoga app in the iTunes store! I had nothing to do with creating the app, but worked on transforming a ready-to-wear theme to reflect the branding and aesthetic of the two unique individuals, Alexa Shore and Marselen Spencer, the brains behind the Guru’d app.
If you’re a yogi of any sort, it’s easy to feel connected to yoga teachers. If you’re a yoga connoisseur like me, you have an awesome collection of teachers you respect and look forward to their next class or workshop.
Living in a big city like Los Angeles and with many great yoga studios, it’s so hard to keep track of who is teaching what, where and when. The Guru’d app allows us yogis to find and follow our favorite Gurus. Better yet, with this app, we can register for classes and events too!
Some changes are afoot at Amy Susan Design and Namaste Design Studio for sure. When that’ll be, I’m not sure!