Yay!! A new website has been added to VIM family. We are proud to present ReagansJourney.org. We were very excited to work on this project. Not only because it was a another chance to be creative and deliver something new, but also because it was for a great cause. Reagan's Journey is a non-profit organization based in Pennsylvania. The organization's mission is provide resources and financial support for families with kids with various disabilities. The overall design is very clean and a nice mix of modern and traditional. While trying to keep a corporate feel throughout the design, we snuck in some playful elements on member's pages.

We often get a request to add a contact form on the site. In general if only one or two forms are required and they are very basic, we prefer to custom design them and code into the WordPress theme. But sometimes one form is not enough or a form needs to be added after the site is launched. In this case we prefer to use Fast Secure Contact Form. It is easy to install and configure.

We have been hard at work creating a new stunning website for Zahira Domenech's company Eventus by Zahira. This website is a result of a hard collaborative process between us and Zahira. It exudes class, sophistication, playfulness - and all things that entice you to want more. The blog was a unique idea from the start....

Many of our client ask us to put a Facebook feed of their posts on their website. We've recently found a great WordPress plugin, FBF - Facebook Page Feed Widget, to display a Facebook feed in a widget. But unlike other similar plugins, this one requires to enter Facebook page ID not the page name. Hmmmm....how to get it?  Especially if I'm not the page admin and don't have client's Facebook login...

Amavida Coffee and Tea offers high quality, eco-friendly farming that helps protect our environment and ensure exceptional products. The end result is a collection of fantastic coffees and teas. They of course needed a fantastic website to sell their products to the world. This is where Velvet Ink Media stepped up and developed a site that was not only informational but also very functional. Amavida sports a complex e-commerce system that allows customer login, multiple shipping options, order variations and more.

OK, I want to dive right in here and talk about everyone's favorite topic: Cross Browser testing. Here at Velvet Ink Media we, of course, test out our CSS/HTML builds in all major browsers like any good agency should. Recently I was asked the question of guaranteeing our web standards across the major browsers when they release updates. I initially blurted out "of course, we guarantee our work." But then I paused and really pondered the question being asked and how our company should really handle this.

No better time like today to convert your old HTML site to WordPress content management system (CMS). Why you ask? Here are 10 reasons why WordPress CMS makes the most sense.

Reason 1 - Everyone else is doing it

According to a daily report by w3techs.com, over 50% of all websites that utilize some type of content management system use WordPress. That's over 16% of all websites world wide. The usage of WordPress as a preferred CMS has increased by 3% in just one year, while other CMS like Joomla, Drupal, vBulletin and Blogger, to name a few, either lost market share or gained very little.

A HUGE event is coming to Tampa in August - the 2012 Republican National Convention. Over 50,000 people are expected to visit Tampa Bay in just one week. Which means great opportunities for local small businesses to put their names on the map. Event organizers will be looking for vendors and suppliers. Services, such as  accommodations, catering, transportation, retail, printing and deliveries will be in high demand.

It is very rare that I will post or comment on "must have" items. But since we proclaim to be WordPress Rockstars then I figured I better make a mention or two in regards to WordPress development. My list by no means is gospel however I find them to be absolutely necessary if not mandatory for all WP sites. In no particular order here they are.