Hello, my name is Crystal
I'm a web designer and developer in Victoria, BC, Canada
I design and build mobile friendly websites using WordPress

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20 of My Favourite WordPress Plugins

Written on October 9, 2019 at 2:53 pm

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Since I started working with WordPress almost 7 years ago, I’ve had a lot of time to check out WordPress plugins and try them on client sites and on my own websites.  Here’s a list of some of the plugins I’ve found most useful. 1. WordFence Security I’m putting WordFence as number one because it’s

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Single Page WordPress Website for EclipseBudo.com

Written on October 9, 2019 at 11:14 am

Single Page WordPress Theme for EclipseBudo.com

Last week I completed this small website for eclipsebudo.com, a martial arts studio in Victoria, BC.  Their website design is based on their existing poster design which had very bright colours and the custom cartoon style graphic of the two people practicing their art.  I incorporated those brand elements into a simple responsive website design

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Website Re-design for The Naval Association of Canada

Written on October 9, 2019 at 11:00 am

This summer we launched a new WordPress website for the Naval Association of Canada.  Their old website wasn’t mobile friendly, and they wanted to make changes to the navigation structure and in general make the website easier to navigate. The new design is clean with easy to read text.  A custom layout was designed for

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Adding mailchimp’s drag and drop editor to a custom template

Written on September 24, 2019 at 4:20 pm

Today a client asked me if I could add Mailchimp’s custom drag and drop editor to a custom template.  In the past when I looked up this solution for them, after about 2 hours looking through Mailchimp’s documentation, I found a brief note that said it wasn’t possible to add the drag and drop editor

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Tellywise.tv – Human Curated Online Video

Written on April 25, 2019 at 3:36 pm

TellyWise.tv - Human Curated Online Video

Tellywise.tv is a hobby project of mine which I’ve been working on since Fall 2018.  It is an online video player that streams selected you tube videos in channels using the YouTube Iframe API.  The aim of this project was to create a video service which is positive and safe for all viewers.  Currently featuring

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Custom WordPress Development VS Premium or Free Themes

Written on September 13, 2018 at 6:01 pm

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When building a new website using WordPress, your web designer can either start with a pre-built theme or build a new one for you.  Depending on your situation, one or the other may be a better fit for your website.  Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing which is best for your business.

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Lynda.com Tutorials Now Available Through GVPL

Written on August 1, 2017 at 4:24 am

The Greater Victoria Public Library is now offering free access to Lynda.com and their thousands of video tutorials.  All you need to do is sign up using your library card number and pin, and either create an account or connect your old account.  This is a great resource for anyone wanting to learn WordPress, Web Design, HTML, or other computer , business, or creative skills.   These courses are great for adding skills to your resume, or for training staff.

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New Website for Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine

Written on November 22, 2016 at 4:01 pm

The Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine is a meditation garden and spiritual oasis located near Santa Monica, California.  The Lake Shrine is home to a Gandhi World Peace Memorial, a shrine containing Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes, as well as a meditation temple, windmill chapel, houseboat, and a lake surrounded by beautiful gardens. I started working with the

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How to Learn Web Design (Part 1)

Written on August 27, 2016 at 12:35 pm

A while ago someone asked me where they should begin if they wanted to learn how to build websites.  They had built a site using a WordPress theme, but they didn’t know how to make changes to the design.  Depending on where you live, there may or may not be a college or university offering

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