Behind the Portal: Getting Started

by Amanda

February 4th, 2019

Amanda Elizabeth Design has developed an online client portal where clients can access their website content, blog editor and digital files as well as view invoices and quotes and make payments on their account... all in one place! ...

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4 Tips for Managing Your Social Media

by Amanda

January 21st, 2019

A successful social media strategy is key to thriving in the social media world. Different markets are going to have different expectations when it comes to running their platforms, and different platforms that will be more lucrative, at that. Here are a few tips that will be relevant no matter the market, no matter the platform!...

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Social Media is NOT Your Website

by Amanda

November 27th, 2017

Think for a minute about all of the different websites that businesses use....

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6 Website Myths Busted

by Amanda

November 20th, 2017

As many as half of small businesses currently don’t have a website. HALF!?! It’s 2017 - that number is way too high. Each business without a website believes, for one reason or another, that they don’t need one, and has probably given one of the common “reasons” listed below. However, I’m about to debunk all of them. ...

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What Goes on a Business Card?

by Amanda

November 13th, 2017

We’ve all seen business cards before. We all know their general purpose is to provide basic contact information. But these days, there are a massive number of ways to get in contact with a person or a company - do you need to list every single one? Probably not. Should you just include a phone number? Also, probably not. Your needs will vary depending on whether your business card is for a company in general, an employee of a company, or for personal use. I'll walk you through all the information you may or may not want to put on your business card, then you can decide....

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8 Ways to Make Your Text Pop

by Amanda

November 6th, 2017

Boring text is, well… boring. And there is nothing worse than words that you can’t read because they blend in with the background. Unfortunately, this is a fairly common mistake many people make when using text (read about other text mistakes: 4 Common Text Mistakes & How To Fix Them). If you have any interest in people taking the time to look at your graphic, you need to make the text POP. That is easier said than done, especially when the background of your graphic is an image. While there are many, many ways to make your words stand out - I’ve compiled a list of eight my most used techniques… enjoy!...

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Pretty vs Practical Logos

by Amanda

October 30th, 2017

Have you ever really thought about all of the different logos there are in the world? You probably haven’t, but I have. I’ve also worked with a handful of logos that either I or someone else has designed in creating websites and business cards and the like. Some of them are really easy to work with, while others take quite a bit of creativity to make them usable. That got me thinking about practical logos, and how many are designed without thinking about usability - they’re just pretty. ...

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4 Common Text Mistakes and How To Fix Them

by Amanda

October 23rd, 2017

You ever come across text that makes your eyes hurt? I’m rocking glasses with lenses that are far older than I’d like to admit so my eyes are straining all of the time - I don’t need them to work even harder just so I can read the message on a graphic or a website. Your text should adhere to the four “C”s by being clear, contrasted, consistent and correct. Just in case you’re missing a “C” or two, I’ll let you know how to fix it!...

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Why I won't use WordPress

by Amanda

October 16th, 2017

I'm sure many of you reading this have already heard of WordPress. It's a great tool, if you're planning to DIY your website. WordPress provides the user with templates and plugins to make a nice looking website. From my understanding, it is fairly simple to use, in contrast to coding your own website. However, at Amanda Elizabeth Design, we don't use WordPress or any program like it. And here are a few reasons why....

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