BEAT THE HEAT 2014

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I don’t know about you but I’d rather be indoors, under the ceiling fan drinking iced tea, eating gelato and working on your web design project than outside mowing my yard or something. So we are running a summer special on all our web design and development services: 10% off the total cost of your project. Minimum project cost is $750 but that’s generally where our web design services start.
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Download Our CMS Shootout Whitepaper

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We’ve just significantly revamped and updated our whitepaper, CMS Shootout: WordPress Versus CMS Made Simple. Download it below.

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10 Well-Designed Financial Planning Web Sites Running WordPress

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24818_9322 I recently put together a proposal for a prospective client, a financial advisor, who is in need of a web site. To demonstrate that such a web site could be built on WordPress, I trawled the Internet for just such examples. There were quite a few, most very well done. But there were some groaners out there, too. (You know who you are, yes, you do!) Here are my top ten, “picks of the litter.”

And if you’d like a custom-designed WordPress-powered web site of your own, just contact us. Let us show you how affordable a Pixelita Design can be!

1. Forteris Wealth

Forteris Wealth

DESIGNER:
Flexible Systems
THEME:
The Edge Premium WordPress Theme

2. Kolinsky Wealth Management

Kolinsky Wealth Management

DESIGNER:
Rysight Studios Design
THEME:
Custom design using Artisteer.

3. Mission Wealth Management

Mission Wealth Management

DESIGNER:
Unable to determine.
THEME:
Agency Theme (Genesis Child Theme)

4. Financial Planning Assn. of N. Cal.

Financial Planning Assn. of N. Cal.

DESIGNER:
Unable to determine.
THEME:
Centum Premium WordPress Theme

5. Marin Financial Advisors

Marin Financial Advisors

DESIGNER:
Unable to determine.
THEME:
Chameleon Theme by Elegant Themes

6. RJL Wealth Management

RJL Wealth Management

DESIGNER:
Unable to determine.
THEME:
Incredible Premium WordPress Theme

7. Pleasanton Financial Advisors

Pleasanton Fin. Advisors

DESIGNER:
Glendale Designs
THEME:
Custom Theme based on Twitter Bootstrap

8. Horizon Advisors

horizon Advisors

DESIGNER:
Whiteboard Labs
THEME:
Custom design based on Thematic Framework

9. Redrock Wealth

Redrock Wealth

DESIGNER:
Unable to determine.
THEME:
Custom theme based on HTML Kickstart

10. Woodway Financial

Woodway Fin. Advisors

DESIGNER:
Zooz Media
THEME:
Custom WordPress Theme

Ten Green Icon Sets

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Going green is a trend that hopefully won’t go away anytime soon. And there are a lot of companies that want a “green” design to reflect their commitment to going green. But even if you just need a splash of green to make your design complete, one of these icon sets is just right!

1. Glossy Green Leaf Social Icons by DJ Designer Labs

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2. Leaf Social Icon Pack by PSD-Dude

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3. Nurture Green Social Icon Set by Tutorial 9

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4. Go Green Web and Social Icons by Dawghouse Design Studio

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5. Green Thumb Social Media Icon Set by Visual Swirl

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6. 3D Glossy Green Icons by Graphic Design Junction

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7. Grass Textured Social Bookmarking Icon Set

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8. Green Jelly Social Bookmarking Icons by Web Treats

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9. Grafpedia Green Social Icons

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10. Simple Green Environmental Icons by Simplify

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10 Useful Genesis (WordPress) Plugins

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We’ve been using Genesis for a few years, mostly for our cost-conscious clients. It’s an amazingly powerful framework. Now that we’ve been living with Genesis for awhile, here’s our take on some pretty handy, dandy Genesis focused plugins.

And if you’d like a custom-designed Genesis-powered web site of your own, just contact us. There’s a Genesis theme out there for you, whether you are a non-profit, a small business or an individual in need of a web presence. Let us show you how affordable a Pixelita Design can be!

1. Custom Footer

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Custom Footer at WP Plugin Repository
This plugin adds a section to the Genesis Theme Settings page where users can enter HTML to output in the site footer in place of the default Genesis footer credits. You can use any of the existing Genesis footer shortcodes, your own HTML, or just simple text. This is a great, and simple plugin with a simple goal. If you want something a bit more robust, check out the Genesis Widgetized Footer plugin.

2. eNews Extended

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eNews Exended at WP Plugin Repository
Creates a new widget to easily add mailing lists to a Genesis website. Recommended plugin to replace the Genesis eNews Widget removed in Genesis 2.0. The widget allows the site administrator to set either the Feedburner ID or choose MailPoet’s lists or form action, e-mail form field and hidden fields to mimic the subscribe form of other mailing list services. Some of the services supported include aWeber, Constant Contact, MailChimp and Mail Poet.

3. Extra Settings Transporter

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Extra Settings Transporter at WP Plugin Repository
Finally, not only will this plugin perform backups or transfers of Genesis core settings but also hook in official & third-party plugins plus some child themes. Especially useful for developers to speed up their work! Currently 24 different plugins are supported and 58 different Genesis child themes with extra settings are supported.

4. Featured Page Advanced

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Featured Page Advanced at WP Plugin Repository
This is one of my favorite Genesis plugins. It is like the normal Genesis Feature Page plugin, but this one’s on steroids. It lets you to add a custom image, custom content, page excerpt, and more. Adds custom image upload field, custom content field, option to display the page excerpt, and uses the same CSS classes as the original Genesis widget, so any styling you are currently using will be passed to this widget.

5. Latest Tweets

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Latest Tweets at WP Plugin Repository
While this plugin was created by the StudioPress team for use with their Genesis framework, it works well with any WordPress theme. I like this over Alex King’s Twitter Tools because it just has more flexibility about what you show and there are plenty of CSS hooks so you can style its output to your heart’s content.

6. Layout Extras

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Layout Extras at WP Plugin Repository
This is helpful since it allows you to control on a page by page and post by post basis your page layouts. With this plugin, you can very easily modify the (registered) default layouts for homepage, singular pages (for posts and pages), various archive sections, author pages, attachment pages, search results pages, the 404 page, via a new theme options page. Just look for it at the submenu: Genesis > Layout Extras. The plugin optionally adds up to nine additional layouts. Also, you can optionally add Layouts meta box support for post types inpost screens which don’t have it yet. Plus, Genesis Archive Settings for post types could be enabled as well. As a smart bonus the plugin also includes the layout setting for the bbPress 2.x forum plugin which itself is compatible to Genesis. Also added is the layout setting for other plugins from the Genesis ecosystem or other third-party authors: for example AgentPress Listings which includes the custom post type ‘listings’ and the taxonomy “features.”

7. Printstyle Plus

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Printstyle Plus at WP Plugin Repository
This small and lightweight plugin adds a printer-ready stylesheet file (print.css/print-html5.css) for the Genesis Framework and its currently active child theme. Any unneeded site elements will be removed, such as main and sub navigation bar, sidebar, footer widgets, form input fields to name a few. This plugin requires the Genesis Framework to operate.

8. Simple Hooks

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Simple Hooks WP Plugin Repository
This plugin creates a new Genesis settings page that allows you to insert code (HTML, Shortcodes, and PHP), and attach it to any of the 50+ action hooks throughout the Genesis Theme Framework, from StudioPress. You don’t have to touch any template files. Instead of the sometimes tedious and unfamiliar process of creating functions in your theme files, this plugin gives you an attractive, easy to use interface for modifying your Genesis theme via the hook system. The plugin accepts HTML, Shortcodes, and PHP and gives you access to all 50+ hooks built into the Genesis theme, and a few built-in WordPress hooks as well.

9. Simple Sidebars

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Simple Sidebars at WP Plugin Repository
This plugin allows you to create multiple, dynamic widget areas, and assign those widget areas to sidebar locations within the Genesis Framework on a per post, per page, or per tag/category archive basis.
NOTE While this is a powerful and useful plugin, this author has found that only one additional sidebar is supported and for some weird reason, the standard sidebar took on the behavior of the newly-created “blog sidebar” so I had to flip their functionality. So beware of that “gotcha.” Otherwise a very handy plugin.

10. Widgetized Footer

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Widgetized Footer at WP Plugin Repository
NOTE: Use either this plugin OR the Genesis Custom Footer plugin; but don’t use both of them. This one allows more control over where the footer info is placed and what kind of footer info you want. The Genesis Custom Footer plugin simply controls the “credits” and “copyright” info contained in the Genesis child theme’s footer area. This plugin lets you use up to two widget areas. These widgets can contain copyright information, site credits, text menuts, basically anything you want.