Sleeping Giant Creative https://sleepinggc.com Let’s Create Something New Thu, 21 Nov 2019 19:38:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3 What the H*ll is SSL? https://sleepinggc.com/what-the-hell-is-ssl/ Sun, 01 Dec 2019 08:00:16 +0000 https://sleepinggc.com/?p=966 The Internet. Is there anything so simultaneously wonderful and terrifying? You can get your hands on just about any piece of information you might ever want to know…but so can anyone else. And the thing just keeps growing and growing. As the Internet expands and evolves, it can become a dangerous place for users. All […]

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The Internet. Is there anything so simultaneously wonderful and terrifying? You can get your hands on just about any piece of information you might ever want to know…but so can anyone else. And the thing just keeps growing and growing. As the Internet expands and evolves, it can become a dangerous place for users. All sorts of new hidey holes open up for hackers to lie in wait for unsuspecting victims.

For those of us who are not well-versed in the world of technology, cybersecurity can feel like a daunting topic. You may wonder how you’re supposed to protect your website from those bad guys who definitely know a lot more about computers and code and cryptology than you do. Fear not, because there is an easy way to make your website a lot safer. It’s called an SSL certificate.

What is SSL?

Have you ever visited a website, checked the website bar and the top, and seen a little padlock symbol? And the string of characters before the website title said “https” instead of the regular “http”? If you haven’t, just check the bar right now on our website. If you see these signs, it means that the website you’re on has an SSL certificate.

SSL is a way of securing the connection between two devices, typically the web browser and the webserver. It originally stood for Secure Sockets Layer, when it was the most prevalent method for securing connections over the internet, but it was later surpassed by Transport Layer Security. Despite most websites using TLS, the term SSL just stuck, so now when we say SSL we are referring to Transport Layer Security. That’s a lot of jargon, but all you really need to know is both technologies essentially serve the same purpose: to protect your data.

SSL basically ensures the information you want to keep safe is kept safe and the information you are sharing is shared with the right people and the right places. Generally, it is “used to secure credit card transactions, data transfer, and logins, and more recently is becoming the norm when browsing social media sites” (GlobalSign). Sounds like what we want, right?

How do you get SSL on your websites?

To keep all of your private information intact (and the information of your website’s patrons), you have to purchase an SSL certificate. By buying one of these certificates, you are basically buying small data files that protect your information with a cryptographic key. This key is actually a two-in-one deal, as you get a public key and a private key. The public key is public domain and can encrypt data being sent; however, the data can only be decrypted by the receiver’s private key. This prevents the information from being decrypted if it is intercepted before it is unlocked by the private key. These kinds of transmissions occur all the time between the web browser and webserver when people visit your website, and it is vital to protect their information and yours.

Why do you need an SSL certificate, and what’s the deal with Google and SSL?

Obviously, it’s important for people to peruse your website without fear that their private information could be stolen or they’ll get a virus, but this is not the only reason getting an SSL certificate is a good idea.

In 2017, Google started flagging unencrypted websites (sites that have any kind of text input but don’t have an SSL certificate). This means the website bar will show a red warning that says “Not Secured.” This is not very reassuring for the people visiting your lovely website that you have spent so much time and money on.

And it’s all even more timely because, as of this month, Google has amped up enforcing these warnings, going so far as to block unsecured pages for anyone using the Chrome browser (which accounts for more than 50% of Internet browsers worldwide). They have introduced a toggle for users to unblock the unsecure content, but when faced with that option, most people get freaked out enough that they’ll just forgo visiting your site altogether (I mean, wouldn’t you?). And in January 2020, they’ll remove the toggle option completely.

In addition, having your site flagged as unsecure hurts your Google ranking. In an effort to look out for the people using their search engine, Google pushes websites without SSL protection further down in the search results, making it harder for people to find your website. This means potentially missing out on customers who would otherwise help drive your business. So, the boost in Google ranking you will get when you buy an SSL certificate is well worth the cost.

Where do you get an SSL certificate?

To receive an SSL certificate, you can contact your web host directly to purchase one and have it installed, or Sleeping Giant Creative would be happy to take care of it for you.

Purchasing an SSL certificate is easy and will benefit your website in such an integral way. It protects you and your customer’s information, makes people feel safer, and directs more people to your website. A winning situation, all ‘round.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about how SSL certificates work or would like our help purchasing one. It’s not as scary as it seems, we promise, and we’re here to make the experience that much more comfortable and painless!

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Sleeping Giant Turns 10! (Part 3) https://sleepinggc.com/sleeping-giant-turns-10-part-3/ Tue, 13 Feb 2018 19:32:53 +0000 https://sleepinggc.com/?p=735 Some Pretty Things We Done Did Welcome to the 3rd and final (probably) installment of our 10th anniversary article series, Sleeping Giant Turns 10!! We hope you’ve enjoyed yourselves—if you haven’t yet read Parts 1 and 2, you can do so here and here. Highly recommended reading, 5 stars on Amazon. This month, we’ll take […]

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Some Pretty Things We Done Did

Welcome to the 3rd and final (probably) installment of our 10th anniversary article series, Sleeping Giant Turns 10!! We hope you’ve enjoyed yourselves—if you haven’t yet read Parts 1 and 2, you can do so here and here. Highly recommended reading, 5 stars on Amazon.

This month, we’ll take you on a whirlwind tour through some of our favorite projects from the past decade. One per year, because that’s nice and tidy (though it was a bit rough making those decisions—every project is our baby).

Ready? Let’s start at the very beginning….

 

2006: American Theatre Organ Society
Perhaps we’re cheating a bit, going back to 2006, but this was the contract that started things off. In our first meeting, the then-editor said the publication looked like a Mexican prom gown. As much as we loved that visual (olé!), we thought it might work better as a little black dress.

 

2007: Haviland Collectors International Foundation
As a lover of dachshunds, Danni just had to use this statue on the cover…but the photo was small, poor quality, and low resolution. She decided to roll with it, and crafted a clever headline to make it all work. This “little cover that could” sparked one of the longest relationships in Sleeping Giant’s tenure.

 

2008: Well Done Marketing / Second Helpings
Well Done Marketing was a major part of our early growth, and we continue to enjoy working with them from time to time. This annual report even gave Danni a chance to show off her pretty new kitchen, which she stealthily worked into the background of the cover.

 

2009: CompuMage
These guys were fun to work with, as they’re one of the first (and only) IT companies we’ve come across that speak like humans, rather than robots. We worked up all sorts of goodies for them—rebranding, materials, a website…the whole shebang.

 

2010: KLA Group
We’ve done lots of stuff for KLA Group over the last seven years (brands, brochures, banners, books), but it all started with these icons. They’ve evolved over the years and now number well into the 500s. Each redesign is just a joy…nice little breaks, like pieces of candy.

 

2011: Thairapy
Sometimes joy comes from a fleeting little project that never goes anywhere. Love the name, love the concepts, love the brand.

 

2012: (Name Redacted)
Because of a confidentiality agreement, we can’t show and tell this one. But trust us…it was awesome.

 

2013: Yoga Trigo
Getting centered. Ohm, etc.

 

2014: Blind Pig
It’s not every day we get to put a pig in a top hat. Need we say more?

 

2015: Pro-Ink Studios
It’s not every day we get to put a cute kitty cat tattoo on a burly man’s back. Need we say more?

 

2016: Stutz Artist Association
It’s not every day we get to make an iconic hood ornament’s head explode. Need we say more?

 

2017: Black Diamond Paving & Concrete
It’s not every day we get to con our clients into letting us make a coloring and activity book for them, loaded with every cringe-worthy asphalt/paving pun we can think of. Need we say more?

 

We’ve certainly had a lot of fun over the last 10 years. And we’re only just getting started. Can’t wait to see what the next 10 years will bring!

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Sleeping Giant Turns 10! (Part 2) https://sleepinggc.com/sleeping-giant-turns-10-part-2/ Thu, 21 Dec 2017 15:04:40 +0000 https://sleepinggc.com/?p=673 Who We Were, Way Back When If you read our last article, you got to learn all about the history of this thing we call Sleeping Giant Creative. But who are the elves behind the machine? If you’ve ever wondered what our employees were like 10 years ago (and, I mean, who wouldn’t)…well, now’s your […]

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Who We Were, Way Back When

If you read our last article, you got to learn all about the history of this thing we call Sleeping Giant Creative. But who are the elves behind the machine? If you’ve ever wondered what our employees were like 10 years ago (and, I mean, who wouldn’t)…well, now’s your chance to get the dirty deets.

 

In 2007, Danni…

…well, you know. Had a job, quit a job, started a company. The rest is history (which, in case you’re interested, we’ve written about in Part 1 of our anniversary series.) But what went on behind the scenes? That first year…lots of naps and movies. Not that she was lazy, or anything—in fact, she struggled a bit with home/work balance. It was difficult to resist the urge to stop and check email on her way to fix a bedtime snack.

2007 was also the year she and her husband embarked on the adventure of adding onto their house. Just after construction started, Danni brought her daughter home from daycare only to have her burst into tears because “Daddy broke the house.” Precious.

One decade ago, Danni founded Sleeping Giant Creative on the unwavering principles of only taking jobs from people she enjoyed working with and absolutely never having any employees. 10 years later, and she’s done a pretty good job of sticking to that first part.

She now has 4½ employees.

 

In 2007, Courtenay…

…was really into the Colts. I mean, REALLY. The AFC Championship game that year, in which we beat New England, was the sporting event highlight of her life (she hates Tom Brady with a passion that would make the fiercest Hoosier proud). And then we managed to win the Super Bowl, which just sent her into another dizzying spin of pure, fan-based joy. She was very much in love with Bob Sanders and had the opportunity to stare at him and drool over him and get his autograph at a signing event, post-Super Bowl. Swoon!

10 years later, she’s traded in her football fervor for the dramatic world of high school theater parent-dom. She may not know how many two-point conversions the Colts made last Sunday, but she certainly has the best tips on how to keep your voice limber before a performance and where to find the sturdiest character shoes for cheap.

 

In 2007, Kyle…

…had just moved back to Indy from Spokane, Washington (long story), and had no clue what she was doing with her life. She spontaneously burst into tears a lot that first part of the year. But then she enrolled in art school and got to do all sorts of hippy-dippy, artsy-fartsy stuff, and her whole world changed. 10 years later, she has three degrees under her belt, has lived in a foreign country, and moved back to Indy AGAIN. And while her job at Sleeping Giant may have very little to do with all those degrees she has, at least it’s scratching her creative itch, which is no small matter.

10 years from now, she hopes to be living in another foreign country.

 

In 2007, Josiah…

…was a Junior in high school and was on the tennis team (adorable!). He got his driver’s license and his first cell phone and went on a mission trip to Mexico. Oh, how much has changed in the last decade! From high school tennis star to married with three kids, from a degree in Psychology and a lucrative career in counseling to a “second life” as a web developer, Josiah is pretty much a completely different human these 10 years later.

He’s on his, like…8th cell phone by now.

 

In 2007, Kate…

…was TWELVE. (If that doesn’t make you feel old…) Blissfully whiling away her days at St. Monica Middle School, Kate was mostly focused on being a weird, awkward, typical tween (her words, we swear). She enjoyed cats and wanted to be a cop. Kind of a far cry from where she ended up, in the exciting world of graphic design interning.

 

 

 

In 2007, Mabel and Izze…

…were not even a twinkle in their parents’ eyes.

 

That’s it, for us. Where were YOU 10 years ago? (We will require embarrassing photos for proof.)

 

 

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Sleeping Giant Turns 10! (Part 1) https://sleepinggc.com/sleeping-giant-turns-10/ Wed, 29 Nov 2017 20:40:48 +0000 https://sleepinggc.com/?p=636 Did You Know 2017 was Sleeping Giant Creative’s 10 Year Anniversary? That’s okay, neither did we. Well, okay we did, but we just forgot all about it. The cobbler’s kids never get new shoes, et cetera. Now that it’s November, and our anniversary year is almost over (though, we started up in July (Danni thinks), […]

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Did You Know 2017 was Sleeping Giant Creative’s 10 Year
Anniversary?

That’s okay, neither did we. Well, okay we did, but we just forgot all about it. The cobbler’s kids never get new shoes, et cetera. Now that it’s November, and our anniversary year is almost over (though, we started up in July (Danni thinks), so technically we have until July 2018 to celebrate…right?), we’re finally sitting down to write a little something about it.

Let’s put it in a nice, easily digestible timeline, shall we? It all started in…

May 2007: Dannielle Stark blissfully whiles away her daylight hours at Scheitlin Communications where she’s been an art director for 9 years. One day, Owner/Bosslady Barb graciously decides to send all her employees to a personal coach to improve their minds and hearts and lives and stuff. This personal coach helps Danni realize she’s actually always wanted to have her own business, so she quits Scheitlin to do her own thing. Not really sure that’s what Barb had in mind….

July (we think) 2007: Sleeping Giant takes its first tentative steps as a real, live company and lands smack dab in the corner of the Stark family dining room. Pros: naptime = any time; no one to judge mid-day movie screenings (you know…for inspiration); no need for daycare, kids can run around the house all day. Cons: no need for daycare, kids can run around the house all day; no more separation of work and home; try not to starve.

2009: The Stark family builds an addition to their house, and Sleeping Giant gets its own, official home office space! With a lockable door and a sofa! Much more professional. Much less embarrassing to bring clients over. It was even featured on some random home office blog. Very exciting times.

2010: Danni quits doing web development because she’s too old. Thus begins a 7 year partnership with a local developer. Websites are essential, guys. No getting around it.

2011: The business somehow survives Danni’s second pregnancy (there may have been a few meetings she unwittingly slept through). Danni hires her first office assistant to help with filing, making copies, and the like.

2012: Danni fires her first office assistant.

2014: The onset of the 60 hour work week…Danni decides she doesn’t actually want to be a boss, so she hires a boss. Who is her sister. Things get interesting. But at least it’s an excuse to get matching desks!

Later in 2014: The office gets a couple mascots. 

January 2015: Sleeping Giant hires freelance copywriter.

July 2015: Freelance copywriter becomes part time employee.

September 2015: Part time employee becomes full time employee. Goodbye sofa….

June 2016: Sleeping Giant hires an intern! My my, we are getting big for our britches.

April 2017: After a full year of bitching, Kyle and Courtenay get their way and Sleeping Giant gets a mini fridge.

April 2017: Apparently, this world wide web thing isn’t a fad. Sleeping Giant adds an in-house web developer and officially ups its employee count to 4 ½.

May 2017: Courtenay regrets the decision to get a mini fridge and wishes she still had a shelf in the big fridge.

June 2017: Four desks start to seem a bit crowdy. Poor intern never knows where her computer will end up (on someone else’s desk, the dining room table, a piano bench in the foyer). Plans are considered to open a Sleeping Giant basement annex.

July (we think) 2017: Sleeping Giant’s 10th birthday.

November 2017: Sleeping Giant realizes it missed its birthday.

And that’s about it! From one desk in the dining room to four in an actual office space, one lone designer to 4 ½ employees, a basic Pandora subscription to Pandora Premium…it’s been a helluva 10 years. We started with one decent sized contract job and a couple referrals and have been busy ever since. So, thank YOU for being a part of our success! We can’t imagine where we’ll be in another 10 years, but we hope to see you there.

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Sleep Well Knowing You Have a Sleeping Giant Website Maintenance Plan https://sleepinggc.com/sleep-well-knowing-sleeping-giant-website-maintenance-plan/ Fri, 03 Nov 2017 18:47:11 +0000 https://sleepinggc.com/?p=615 We’re not an HVAC company or an auto repair shop…so why are we talking about maintenance plans? Do you have a website? Oh, that’s why. Many companies spend a lot of time and energy getting their site up and running, then dust off their hands and call it done. This approach, to say the least, […]

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We’re not an HVAC company or an auto repair shop…so why are we talking about maintenance plans? Do you have a website? Oh, that’s why.

Many companies spend a lot of time and energy getting their site up and running, then dust off their hands and call it done. This approach, to say the least, is rather counter-productive. Signing up for our maintenance plan is like hiring a combination janitor/security guard—but for your website. We look out for suspicious characters and activity and work to keep your site running smoothly, dealing promptly with any issues that come up and preparing your website for all the changes that happen constantly in the ever-evolving web world.

Yup, it’s kind of a good idea. And here’s why:

What’s Involved in a Maintenance Plan?

Updates

It’s important to keep your site up-to-date for security and compatibility reasons. Did we mention the part about constant changes in the ever-evolving web world? If you’re not keeping up with your site, these changes could cause some major problems.

WordPress Core (WordPress Installation)

The WordPress Core is made up of all the main WordPress files making up your WordPress installation (everything that isn’t a Theme, Plugin, File Uploads, or your Database). Think of it as the engine in your car. It’s important to keep these up-to-date, because new versions often contain security vulnerability fixes, optimizations, and new features.

Plugins

Plugins are everything else under the hood (alternator, belts, battery, spark plugs, etc). Same as with the WordPress Core, plugin updates contain security fixes, bug fixes, and new features. It’s important to keep these in sync with the latest WordPress version so problems don’t occur. Developers update plugins to keep current with the latest WordPress version, so keeping both these areas updated is important.

Themes

Themes (or the body of your car) can also have problems with security vulnerabilities. For this reason, unused themes should be removed to minimize risks, especially if the theme wasn’t created by a reputable source.

Security

We don’t want to scare you, but there are lots of bad guys (or just dumb guys with nothing better to do) out there spending their days figuring out how to hack into unprotected websites. Websites, potentially, like yours. Websites should have security in place at all times, but our maintenance plans also include our time in monitoring website activity using security plugins and firewalls. We’ll get emails if there is any suspicious activity, so we can look into it promptly.

Backups

We create daily backups of your website so, if anything goes wrong, the whole shebang can be rolled back to a previous version. This also gives everyone peace of mind when you need us to make any major changes or updates to your site. It’s rare that anything would go wrong in these situations, but just in case…well, we like to know we’re covered.

The backups also act as a copy of your website in case anything were to happen to your hosting. When a hosting account expires, you’re only given a short while to save your files before everything on the account is deleted. Talk about a stomach-dropping, heart-sinking situation. Not so when you remember Sleeping Giant has a backup handy!

Why Do You Need a Maintenance Plan?

Hoo boy, shall we list all the horrible things that could possibly happen if you DON’T have one? Yes. Yes, I think we shall.

Horrible Things That Could Possibly Happen if You Don’t Have a Maintenance Plan

Vulnerability

If your website isn’t kept up-to-date, it is vulnerable to hackers. WordPress developers constantly look for vulnerabilities in their code and regularly roll out updates with fixes. But you can’t take advantage of their hard work if you don’t apply those updates.

Performance Issues

Websites, especially e-commerce sites, constantly take in data that can eventually bog down a database and make your website sloooooow. If you’re not monitoring and updating your site, you’ll miss out on new code optimizations from the WordPress team and plugin creators that would help fix these issues.

Greater Cost Down the Road

If you neglect your website for long enough, you’ll find that, someday, it just won’t work like it’s supposed to. When you realize this and bring in someone to work on it, they’ll find a big, sloppy, outdated mess. And let me tell ya, it won’t be as easy as updating to the latest WordPress version. If your site is old enough, key parts of WordPress’s functionality will probably have changed…and who knows what will break on your site when the new version is implemented. Oh, and your plugins probably won’t work with the new WordPress version, either.

At this point, it’s often easier to just start from scratch with a brand new website. Which will take more time and more money, of course.

In Conclusion

(or Why You Should Just Give in and Sign up for Our Maintenance Plan, Already)

If you’re on our maintenance plan, we’ll keep on top of all this stuff for you. We’ll suggest updates for your site as new methods and technologies roll out, ensuring your website remains current and easier to work on in the future. This also has the added benefit of spreading out the effort and cost, so you don’t have to drop a bunch of dough on an overhaul every couple of years. And if you do decide you want a completely new design, it makes it much easier for us to use the structure of your current site as a starting point—again, saving you time and money.

So…was all that about as clear as mud? Feel free to contact us if you have questions or would like any clarification. And, of course, if you’d like to start up your own maintenance plan, we’d be happy to chat. Call us, email us, send us a singing telegram…we’re ready to help you get started!

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How Many Graphic Designers Does it Take to Screw in Their New Website? https://sleepinggc.com/how-many-graphic-designers-does-it-take-to-screw-in-their-new-website/ Sat, 01 Apr 2017 18:14:24 +0000 https://sleepinggc.com/?p=413 Look at our pretty new website! We are so excited. I mean, had you seen our old site? Shameful. You know that saying about the cobbler’s kids having no shoes? Sometimes that happens in the graphic design world—we got so busy making fancy websites for all you lovely people, we neglected our own. No longer! […]

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Look at our pretty new website! We are so excited. I mean, had you seen our old site? Shameful. You know that saying about the cobbler’s kids having no shoes? Sometimes that happens in the graphic design world—we got so busy making fancy websites for all you lovely people, we neglected our own. No longer!

We hope our updated website will not only give you the info you need concerning our capabilities and the work we do here, but also a sense of our personality. We try not to be boring. We think we’re pretty fun to work with. We hope that’s reflected throughout these pages.

Want to know more about us? Read about some random stuff we believe (also known as our “mission statement,” or “company ethos,” or whatever you want to call it), or meet the elves who make the Sleeping Giant machine run. Want to read our darkest, deepest, innermost thoughts (also known as our blog)? We call those our Ramblings.

We’ve also worked with some super awesome people who have said some pretty nice things about us. Most companies would call these testimonials, but we call them Raves. (Feel free to contact us, if you have anything to add!)

That’s pretty much the grand tour of the new digs. For a short bit, we’ll be working out kinks, tweaking functionality, and adding more content. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to comment on our progress or offer encouragement. (We especially like encouragement.)

We’re also on all the social media things! We’d be ever so pleased if you followed us on FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and/or Instagram.

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Don’t Forget to Check Under the Hood… https://sleepinggc.com/dont-forget-to-check-under-the-hood/ Tue, 13 Dec 2016 18:37:52 +0000 https://sleepinggc.com/?p=396 Of Your Website, That Is So, you have a website. (You do have a website, don’t you? If not, we can certainly help with that.) Good job! In this day and age, having an internet presence is not only smart…for most businesses, it’s absolutely crucial. Many companies, however, spend a lot of time and energy […]

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Of Your Website, That Is

So, you have a website. (You do have a website, don’t you? If not, we can certainly help with that.) Good job! In this day and age, having an internet presence is not only smart…for most businesses, it’s absolutely crucial. Many companies, however, spend a lot of time and energy getting their site up and running, then dust off their hands and call it done. This approach, to say the least, is rather counter-productive.

Think of your website like a car. Would you spend premium bucks on a brand new, shiny vehicle but do absolutely nothing to take care of it? Maybe you send it through the carwash every once in awhile to keep it looking good, but how far do you think it’ll get you if you don’t change the oil, replace the fluids, or rotate your tires? Pretty soon, your pride and joy will be just another hunk of metal, rusting on the highway’s shoulder, waiting for a tow to the junkyard.

Maintenance is the name of the game, kiddos. Maintenance, maintenance, maintenance. Important not only for your car, but your website, too.

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Here’s why:

  • You’re serious about your business (we assume), so you should seriously care about how your business is presented to the world. Your website often serves as a potential customer’s first impression of you. How are they going to view your company if your website is riddled with broken links or no longer works for the particular browser they’re using? Like it or not, your website heavily impacts the perceived value of your work, and if it’s sloppy…people are going to think you’re sloppy, too.
  • Have you heard of SEO? It stands for Search Engine Optimization, and it’s the tool through which you get your website seen. (It’s also the topic of a future article all on its own….) When a potential customer searches the internet for your company, or for the services or products you sell, you want to be at the top of the list of their Google results. And guess what? Google really likes a well-maintained website. If you’re keeping on top of your site, eradicating any bugs or issues as soon as (or even before) they occur, Google will push you up in the search engine rankings. And the converse is also true. A neglected website gets pushed further and further down, until your company finally shows up on the 4th or 5th or 6th (etc.) page of a search. Not so good for business, is it?
  • Think like a customer. What drives you crazy or turns you off when you visit a poorly-maintained site? You finally think you’ve found the info you’re looking for, when bam! 404, Page Not Found. Or maybe that form you keep trying to fill out keeps throwing an error message when you hit “Submit.” SO IRRITATING. Even worse…have you ever gotten a virus from visiting a buggy page? That’s REALLY not good. Don’t be that site. As we’re sure Gandhi would have said, had he been around for the digital age: Be the website you’d like to visit.

This may all sound overwhelming, but it’s really not that difficult to keep your website in tip-top shape. In fact, we’re quite happy to do it for you, if you’d rather focus on other things…like running your business.

Here are some of the things we do:

  • Security scan and cleanup
  • Malware cleanup
  • Spam Protection
  • Blacklist detection and removal
  • 24/7 uptime monitoring
  • WordPress core updates
  • Installation and management of plugins
  • Scheduled daily backups

There’s a lot of jargon in there, so feel free to contact us if you have questions or would like any clarification. And, of course, if you’d like to start up your own maintenance plan, we’d be happy to chat. Call us, email us, send us a singing telegram…we’re ready to help you get started!

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Let’s Talk About Responsive Websites https://sleepinggc.com/lets-talk-about-responsive-websites/ Thu, 01 Sep 2016 18:59:09 +0000 https://sleepinggc.com/?p=239 Hey, you! How old is your website? A year or two, a few years, several? Is it responsive? Do you know what a responsive website is? It’s cool, most people don’t—it happens on the back end. But responsive design is becoming increasingly important for new websites, and you should probably make sure yours is. Responsive, […]

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Hey, you! How old is your website? A year or two, a few years, several? Is it responsive? Do you know what a responsive website is? It’s cool, most people don’t—it happens on the back end. But responsive design is becoming increasingly important for new websites, and you should probably make sure yours is. Responsive, that is.

What is responsive design?

Have you ever gone to a website on your phone just to find the text and images ridiculously tiny, so you have to keep pinching and scaling the screen to see what’s on the page? Or you go to read an article and have to keep scrolling to the side to see all the content? Does it make you want to throw your smartphone at the company putting you through such agony? Responsive design takes care of that nonsense. It’s is a way of creating a website so its layout changes fluidly as the screen size changes. Going from desktop to laptop to tablet to smartphone, for instance. (See the pretty picture below to get an idea of what we mean.)

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Why should I care?

This is pretty important for a few reasons. We won’t throw specific statistics at you, because they’ll change again tomorrow. But it’s safe to say, well over half of adult Americans own a smartphone (or three), and well over half of all web traffic comes from said smartphones. If your website isn’t designed to be mobile-friendly (and if it’s a few years old, it probably isn’t), you risk losing those potential clients. Seriously…would you want to do business with someone whose site you can’t even read?

Not only does a responsive design make your website prettier and more user-friendly, it also keeps things consistent across devices and platforms. For a while, it was popular to have a regular website and a mobile-only site. Two separate websites. Two places to have to make updates. Two URLs where the content may or may not be the same. In fact, often a mobile-only site will have less information or fewer options than the normal site…which means a frustrating time of it for the user, if they were expecting a similar experience from device to device. Responsive website=one site, one URL, one place to add/subtract/make updates to content…more fun for user, less work for you.

Oh and then there’s Google. We could (and probably will) write a whole article on SEO. But the very bare bones of it is this: Google likes responsive sites. They’re more user-friendly, so they will appear higher in Google search results. Like it or hate it, Google rules us all.

How can we help?

If you hadn’t already sussed it out, we do responsive web design! We want to make your website pretty and user-friendly across all those devices. Mostly because we also use our phones to browse the web, and your responsive site is one less frustratingly tiny thing we have to strain our eyeballs over. And no need to fret—it’s not as painful (or expensive) as it may seem to get you nice and responsive. Sometimes all it takes is a few tweaks.

Do you need to upgrade? Call us! Email us! Message us on Facebook! Send us a postcard or a box of freshly baked cookies! We’ll be happy to give you a quote. (Especially if there are cookies involved.)

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Spring Cleaning is for the Birds https://sleepinggc.com/spring-cleaning-is-for-the-birds-you-can-call-us-the-birds/ Sat, 07 May 2016 15:31:54 +0000 https://sleepinggc.com/?p=148 You Can Call Us “the Birds” May is here, and no doubt you’ve already given the full spring-cleaning treatment to your lovely home. But what about those icky cobwebs in the corners of your website? Or that layer of dust on your logo? It may not seem so terribly important, but a bit of polish […]

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You Can Call Us “the Birds”

May is here, and no doubt you’ve already given the full spring-cleaning treatment to your lovely home. But what about those icky cobwebs in the corners of your website? Or that layer of dust on your logo? It may not seem so terribly important, but a bit of polish on your website or brand can go a long way in the eyes of your clients. Sometimes just a little tweak here or a new splash of color there can make a huge difference. And spring is a great time to revamp old, dirty things. Just sayin’.

We do realize, of course, that keeping up with this nit-picky stuff can be a drag when you clearly have other things to think about. So, in case you were wondering, we also offer support and maintenance packages for your website. Let us worry about the nitty gritty details so you can concentrate on your bigger picture—that’s what we’re here for!

Have we piqued your interest? Give us a call, and we’d be happy to talk details!

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Prison Greyhounds, Up & Running! https://sleepinggc.com/prison-greyhounds-up-running/ Thu, 26 Apr 2012 20:50:41 +0000 https://sleepinggc.com/?p=101 After three years in the making, Prison Greyhounds has finally gotten the program rolling with their first batch of dogs. The three Greyhounds (Dillinger, Gordy, and Rosey) came from Daytona and have been placed in their program at Putnamville Correctional Facility in Greencastle, Indiana. These retired race dogs will be fostered, trained, and socialized by […]

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DSC_0089_cxAfter three years in the making, Prison Greyhounds has finally gotten the program rolling with their first batch of dogs. The three Greyhounds (Dillinger, Gordy, and Rosey) came from Daytona and have been placed in their program at Putnamville Correctional Facility in Greencastle, Indiana. These retired race dogs will be fostered, trained, and socialized by six inmate-handlers, with the support of prison team volunteers (including a veterinarian).

Past board member Caroline Cinamon shares, “We got our first load of dogs on the 25th of March; it was so exciting and overwhelming after all of the hard work we have put over the last several years into getting the group up and running. Those dogs are currently being fostered in the prison, and they are up for adoption on our site (www.prisongreyhounds.org). They’re so cute!”

Many former racing greyhounds spend their retirement on hold in cages because adoption groups cannot find enough foster homes. Some nonviolent inmates are ready to make amends. Working together, Prison Greyhounds hopes to impact both prisoners and greyhounds.

Prison Greyhounds rehabilitates the retired greyhounds prior to their adoption into permanent loving homes. The program also aids in the rehabilitation of the inmate-handlers who gain job skills, teamwork experience, and the opportunity to explore a better way of living before their release into our community.

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Prison Greyhounds is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. They rescue greyhounds who are in the prime of their life and match them with specially selected inmates within Putnamville Correctional Facility in Greencastle, Indiana. A team of two inmate-handlers per dog will train the dogs for life outside of a racing kennel, thus ensuring a more successful adoption. The dogs provide a calming effect on the entire prison population. Prison Greyhounds provides the curriculum, volunteers to coach the inmates, and all necessary supplies, including dog food, bedding, and leashes. They pay all veterinary expenses, including spay/neuter treatment, full dental, all vaccinations, and heartworm prevention They also find the responsible families to adopt the greyhounds upon their “graduation” from the program.

Visit their website at www.prisongreyhounds.org to learn more about the program and volunteer opportunities or to meet the dogs at an adoption event.

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