Our Latest Web Project

GlassMage, our latest web project, is Live!!

Features of this website:

-CMS
-E-Commerce
-SEO

Feel free to browse the website, and if you know someone that is getting married, send them to the site to get custom engraved glassware!

About GlassMage:

‘Personalized Etched Glassware for Special Occasions. Wedding Glasses, Cake Serving Sets, Unity Candles, Centerpieces, Sand Unity Sets.
The engraving on these items is done in the time-honored method of Deep Sandblast Etching, which in addition to being permanent, also gives you the Finest, Crispest text and images you can find anywhere, bar none! Personalization done with chemicals, inks, laser, or rotary engravers is Inferior By Far to the process we use, and we stand behind our work 100%. But it’s more than just the proper tools– it’s Craftsmanship!
I take great pride in my work, and especially enjoy making ‘one-of-a-kind’ pieces for my customers. The engraving I do on glass is done with a sandblast process which gives a depth and look not achievable with those hand-held ‘toys’ so many ‘hobbyists’ use. This process is more expensive to produce, but in the end, the look and feel of the final product is well worth it. If you’re looking for a professional job well done, you’ve come to the right place!’

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How to Make your WordPress Blog More Mobile-Friendly

WordPress is a blogging platform that allows its users to add plugins to create a unique blogging webpage.  There are over 53 million websites that are built on the WordPress platform and there are over 100,000 new signups every day.  WordPress in itself is actually quite mobile friendly, but how do you get a slick mobile-friendly version of your site to attract more people to your site?  WPTouch is a great plugin to give your WordPress site a mobile presence!

With WPTouch, you can customize the look and feel of your mobile site without editing any code.  Simply upload the plugin into WordPress and set the settings to fit with the theme of your website.  That’s it!  You can also create custom icons and upload them into WPTouch to create a truly custom look to your mobile site!  WPTouch is compatible with all mobile browsers and with WPTouch Pro, you will even be compatible with IPad.

Why is it so important to have a mobile version of your website?  More and more people are buying smartphones and tablets, and less are logging onto their desktops.  People want to be able to pull up a website on their mobile device and be able to read blogs, buy products, and easily write reviews and comments.  More website views equals more lead generation and, in turn, leads to more sales!  Who doesn’t want more sales?

We have found that, from using the plugin ourselves, that it has increased our blog readership by almost 20%.  WPTouch makes reading a WordPress blog so much easier and faster.  People are looking for fast these days.

To make social sharing easy and fast for your mobile readers, we suggest pairing your WPTouch plugin with Social Share 2.0- Social Bookmarks.  Social Share 2.0- Social Bookmarks shows up on your mobile posts, while many others do not.  You want your readers to be able to share your content easily.

Do you have a mobile WordPress site you would like to share?

5 Must-Have Social Media Plugins for WordPress

As you might have noticed in your search to find the best WordPress social media plugins available, there are so many to choose from.  So how do you really know which one is the best one for your site?  You can start by looking at the ratings.  WordPress lets you rank a plugin from one star to five stars.  Next, take a look at how many downloads the plugin has.  If it has a lot and still has a four or five star rating, take a look at the details.  If you are looking at the details of a plugin, make sure to take a look at the Screenshots, or at a link to the plugin’s website.  If the plugin does not have Screenshots, it may be best to not download it, unless you already know what it does, or have seen it on another site.

Here are a few great WordPress Social Media Plugins to help narrow it down for you!

Digg Digg (Buffer) Floating Social Media Bar.  Digg Digg, now acquired by the social media “tweet saver” Buffer, is a great plugin if you want a floating social bar that looks just like Mashable’s floating bar on the left side of their page.  This is also the one we choose to use, as you will notice on the left side of your screen!  This plugin is easy to use and understand, and integrates nicely into all themes.

Livefyre Realtime Comments.  This is a great substitute for WordPress comments that uses your social media accounts for integration into how you comment.  You can choose from a plethora of social media accounts to authorize Livefyre to comment from.  You can see an example of this at the bottom of this post, as we also use this as our comment plugin of choice!

Facebook Like Box.  If you want your readers to be able to see what is going on with your Facebook page without having to leave your site, this is a great plugin for you!  This nestles into your sidebar, and readers can see your latest posts, as they would be on Facebook.

Tweet Stream.  Looking for a nice way to present your tweets on your page?  This plugin does just that, and even shows your Twitter profile picture and lets you click on the links that may be present in you tweets.  You can choose how many tweets are shown at one time.

Social Media Tabs.  This is a great way to have all of your social media platforms on your page without having them take up too much space on your site.  They are all in one place, and the reader can click on which profile they want to see by clicking on the tabs to the left of the widget!

So, if you are looking for the best social media plugins to fit your page, look for ones that will showcase your content in the best possible way.  Make sure to look at the plugins features fully before downloading!  I hope these plugins will be useful to you and point you in the right direction to finding your perfect WordPress social media plugins!