The Castle Builder Blog

Castle Builder designers, programmers, and writers explore their areas of interest and expertise

The Top 5 Web Design Trends for 2021

by Deedee Medina

Why should we pay attention to web design trends? Whether you’re a freelancer or work for a company or agency, it’s a good thing to stay up to date on the evolution of website design. Following trends gives us an …

Cheers to 15 Years!
by Amélie Walker-Yung

Thanks to everyone—in person or in spirit—who helped celebrate Castle Builder Design’s 15 Year Anniversary in January! We had a lovely celebration at Sala One Nine.

14 Year Anniversary
by Amélie Walker-Yung

Castle Builder Design is 14 years old today! Thank you to our clients, family, and friends for your support.

Advancing Confidently
by Amélie Walker-Yung

We love working with real-world dreamers—from small businesses trying something new to thriving enterprises expanding into unknown territory.

How to Get Pinterest’s Rich Pins
by Amélie Walker-Yung

If you have a website with images you’d like shared, you should be taking advantage of Rich Pins.

WordPress Problems?
by Amélie Walker-Yung

Castle Builder Design is a WordPress expert! While we love designing new WordPress sites and custom themes, we also work with clients with existing WordPress websites that are giving them grief. Our services range from style tweaks and page templates to resolving plugin …

Building your Brand with Instagram
by Amélie Walker-Yung

It is vital to enhance your online presence by using social media. Recently, Instagram has been on my mind.

Sizing Up the Competition
by Lisa Giacone

Are your competitors more effective in attracting clients? Identify how they might be getting more business, and improve your own website!

WordPress Tip: Custom Fields
by Amélie Walker-Yung

Custom Fields in Wordpress can be really useful. The default editing interface for them? Not so much…

How to Know You’re Ready for a Redesign
by Amélie Walker-Yung

A website redesign is a no-brainer when your company rebrands or your service or products change, but there are other times when an investment in redesigning is due.

WordPress Tip: Cropping Thumbnails
by Amélie Walker-Yung

When I find a good plugin that solves a specific problem, I’m happy to share! One of my current favorite Wordpress add-ons is Post Thumbnail Editor.

What Makes Good Design?
by Yuki Collins

When we talk about design, our discussions tend to be subjective and often depend on our feelings. Although there are hundreds of rules and techniques that we learn at design schools, it can be difficult to be confident in one’s …

Quick Tip: CSS Inliner Tool
by Amélie Walker-Yung

MailChimp makes its Automatic CSS Inliner Tool available to everyone, not just its customers. (Though, hey, check out MailChimp if you are looking for an email marketing provider!) So you have a pretty webpage, and you’d like to send it out as …

Get Mobile for Google!
by Amélie Walker-Yung

While there is no way to know exactly what Google has up its sleeves, we know the next algorithm change will have a mobile focus.

Quick Tip: Images on Facebook Posts
by Amélie Walker-Yung

Have you ever posted a link to Facebook and been frustrated that no image appears or an outdated picture pops up?

10 Year Anniversary
by Amélie Walker-Yung

Sincere thanks goes out to all of Castle Builder’s clients and friends for your support over these years. I couldn’t have done it without you!

Upgrading Drupal 6 to 7
by Amélie Walker-Yung

Migrating a Drupal site? We’ve been there. Very careful planning, backups and following upgrade directions exactly is key. More tips inside!

Web Design Practices to Avoid
by Lisa Giacone

There is plenty of information available on what practices impede good user experience and plenty of disagreement on the subject, too! Here is a roundup of some practices and features which are being contested.

Quick Tip: The Face Behind the Comment
by Amélie Walker-Yung

Ever wonder how to get your icon to show up next to your comments on many blogs?

How to Keep Email Marketing Useful—for Consumers
by Amélie Walker-Yung

There is some email content coming in from companies or organizations that we actually want. How do we manage it?

How to Keep Email Marketing Useful—for Marketers
by Amélie Walker-Yung

Email marketers have much more competition for readers’ attention these days. How do you keep subscribers on your list, when they’re oversaturated with emails?

6 Important Things to Get From Your Designer
by Lisa Giacone

It is professional to use consistent graphic elements in all of your marketing materials. Get what you need from your designer to avoid costly re-creations in the future!

Responsive Web Design
by Amélie Walker-Yung

I’ve compiled a list of responsive design resources with tools, templates, and examples to share with those interested in creating responsive designs for websites.

The Logo Design Process
by Lisa Giacone

Designing a well-executed logo requires some research. Who are your customers? What message is your company trying to convey to them?

Castle Builder: The Blog
by Amélie Walker-Yung

We are excited to start the Castle Builder Blog to talk about our experiences, discuss our thoughts on the current state of the internet, and share a few tips and tricks.