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Don Miller Design: A Website Design and Development Firm

Thank you for stopping by Don Miller Design.

What Do We Do:

Don Miller Design is the website design and development firm providing domain registration, hosting, website design, internet marketing and search engine optimization (SEO) services for your your business.  We believe in the right tool for the right job.  This means the needs of every client are different.  At www.DonMillerDesign.com you will find choices in web hosting services, domain name registration, email packages and more.


To determine the best possible combination of technologies to fit your needs you need experience.  You will find that Don Miller Design brings business experience from well outside the website design world.  This experience includes customer service, Continue reading

10 Essentials of a Marketing Plan in 2016 – From the Small Business Association

Marketing is important for your business and affects all of your online assets, be it a website, blog, or your social media. The Small Business Association is a great resource for all kinds of information and assistance.

This article is a good reminder that our marketing efforts need to keep up with the times. Give it a read.


Choosing a WordPress Theme

Choosing a WordPress theme is difficult for some folks. The aesthetics, functionality, frameworks, and code of a site can be difficult concepts to separate in our minds. Recently a question came in from someone wanting to begin a blog.  They had two items, a theme framework and a theme company, and asked for a recommendation about which one was a better Continue reading

Yahoo Directory: Closing December 31, 2014

searchAccording to Yahoo, the Yahoo directory is one of 60 products they are ‘sunsetting’ and will be closed at the end of the year.

Directory: Yahoo was started nearly 20 years ago as a directory of websites that helped users explore the Internet. While we are still committed to connecting users with the information they’re passionate about, our business has evolved and at the end of 2014 (December 31), we will retire the Yahoo Directory. Advertisers will be upgraded to a new service; more details to be communicated directly. (full article)

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Website Design Update for DVSDJ.com

Website design updates for one of Don Miller Design’s long time clients have recently been implemented.  Von Stegall of DVSDJ.com is a DJ and event lighting specialist.  He consistently Event Lighting services from DVSDJ.comwins awards for his outstanding service, most notably year-after-year-after-year awards from Wedding Wire.

Now providing event lighting in addition to DJ services, it was time to add some examples to the website design.  When you visit DVSDJ.com be sure to check out the photos of some of the event lighting examples in the LIGHTING section of the website.  Select a venue and check out the slideshow!

A mark of a good website design is appropriate updates to maintain the maximum value to your visitors.  As usual, Von hits the mark!

Thank you Von and DVSDJ.com for your great work and services!

Website Design for 7772Isis.com Launched

Website Design for Matt Stayner, The Real Estate ConsultantsWebsite design for the Don Miller Design’s latest client launched yesterday.  7772Isis.com is a site dedicated to a specific real estate listing.  Listed by our client Matt Stayner of The Real Estate Consultants, the site was a quick turn project.  With a purpose of only being live for the duration of the listing it was important that the website design economical as well as present the listing well.

Website Design Features:

Website design includes photo slideshow

The project was a ground up template build which included in its features a full window background image, photo slideshow, and email form.

Congrats Matt!  May the listing go quickly and for over asking!

To find out more about some of our other clients please visit our Clients page.

Website updates at VivianLesny.com

Vivian Lesny, The Real Estate ConsultantsWebsite updates at VivianLesny.com have been completed.  Vivian Lesny is a very busy agent at The Real Estate Consultants.  Her hectic schedule taking care of her many clients keeps her busy, but she still manages to make time to care for her online marketing assets.

Most business owners today recognize that they need a website for their business to be perceived as current and useful.  The next problem is keeping the website updated.  When a site goes for a long period of time without changes Continue reading

Phony Yelp Reviews Protected?

For many, Yelp is a key part of their online marketing efforts.  But it can be challenging at times.

Several clients have complained to me about negative Yelp reviews, but it’s difficult to do too much about them. Determining if those negative reviews were written by actual customers can be even more of a challenge since Yelp doesn’t release that information. However, that could be changing. Here’s a short article in INC. on the subject:

A Virginia Court Slams Phony Yelp Reviews

Will this lead to changes at Yelp that will allow you to at least confirm reviews are made by customers?  If so, how does Yelp ensure that a business can’t just claim a bad review is phony?

What do you think?

WordPress Updates 3.6 and 3.6.1 Are Out

WordPress update

This WordPress update is important!  Check for the latest version and read on for just one

example of what can happen when you don’t keep up with your WordPress updates.

Update: Version 3.6.1 is also out.

This includes a security update.  If you are not up to date you should be.

WordPress 3.6 is out.  If you’re not up to date you should be! Do your WordPress updates.

From WordPress.org

WordPress 3.6.1 is also a security release for all previous WordPress versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately. It addresses three issues fixed by the WordPress security team

I recently had a client contact me for help getting logged in to their WordPress site that was built a couple of years ago.  The problem was that they were not able to Continue reading

WordPress Update: 3.5.2 This is a Security Release

WordPress Update

WordPress has a new update, 3.5.2.  They describe it as a maintenance and security release but it’s definitely focused on fixing some security items.  Here’s the details on the update: http://wordpress.org/news/2013/06/wordpress-3-5-2/.

Before updating your WordPress remember to backup both the database AND the website files.  These are separate things and are critical to restoring a site if something goes wrong.  You also want to check that any plugins you have installed are compatible with the new version.  This step helps prevent a compatibility issue that could break a feature or the entire site.

If you would like help with your WordPress update, please contact me for help.