Category Archives: Responsive Design

Buffalo Shopify Website Development

Shopify Website Design & Development: Jecabar.com

theBREWROOM recently launched a new Shopify website for jecabar.com. This website presents their products with striking photography and a clean and simple site design.

Some key project features:

  1. Custom product photography
  2. Price breaks on product quantities
  3. Shopify customization
pictory productions wedding videography

Pictory Productions – Pittsburgh Wedding Videographer Website Design

Pictory Productions boasts creating “Wedding Films For Fun People“.

Well, theBREWROOM wanted to make sure that the website design and development experience for Pictory was fun for them as well. After all, if they want their clients to have, shouldn’t they have fun as well? We think so.


Megan, of Pictory Productions was heavily involved with the project, and took it upon herself to jump right in and work on the content and visuals for her new website. We love this. We love (clients) people who want to be really involved with their project, and have a real passion for the learning how to do things themselves. We love to work with these kinds of people. Megan was serious about how she wanted her site to look, and that passion for the project comes through in the end result. We hope that she is as happy as we are with the outcome.

Website Facts:

  • Built on WordPress
  • Hosting by theBREWROOM
  • Video integration
jeremy hazelton website

The Personal Blog of Jeremy Hazelton

Not only do we have the pleasure of being able to work on the website for Jeremy, but we also call him a friend. This guy has a real passion and gift for what he does, and when he speaks, that is obvious. We hope that you read his blog, and we hope that you reach out to him to learn more about what he is working on in the City of Buffalo.

jeremy blog facebook post

We’re really looking forward to great things to come from Jeremy. Especially the book that he will be writing soon. Go check out his website, and let him and us know what you think.

Website Facts:

  • Build on WordPress, using Genesis Framework
  • Hosting by theBREWROOM
  • Integrated email newsletter management

Website Design & Development
CreditVest contacted theBREWROOM because they needed a major facelift for their existing website. They needed a new website that looked professional, showed off their services, and allowed their potential customers to find them, and easily contact them. CreditVest also needed a new logo for their company. theBREWROOM designed several different options for them, and helped them narrow their focus until landing on the winning logo – which you will see on the site.

theBREWROOM came up with a site that is responsive on mobile devices, has a clean slider on the home page, and effectively tells you who they work with, and what they do.

We feel that we helped CreditVest take their company website to the next level. What do you think?

thinkshadyside.com - Shadyside Chamber of Commerce

thinkshadyside.com – Shadyside Chamber of Commerce

The Shadyside Chamber of Commerce contacted theBREWROOM for help in designing and developing a new website. Their existing website was old, difficult to update and no longer reflected the style of this popular Pittsburgh neighborhood.

theBREWROOM was able to design and develop a new, mobile responsive website in the WordPress content management system. This allows them to manage the website easily and efficiently. We also worked to optimize each page of the site for search, so that the site would show up more often when people searched for Shadyside’s many shopping, dining and other various businesses. This optimization benefits the Shadyside Chamber of Commerce as well as the businesses themselves. Each business in Shadyside is listed on the site. Chanced are, if you search for something in Shadyside, their website will appear in the search results.

theBREWROOM was also able to help the Chamber set up a new web hosting account for their website.

Please take a moment to visit their site.

Visit ThinkShadyside.com

Let us know if you would like our help in creating a new website for your business or organization. We would love to hear from you. Contact us today.

Why Small Business Websites Fail

Why Small Business Websites FailWhy do most small business websites fail?

Well, first, what do I mean by “fail”?

Here are some ways that a site can fail:

  1. People can’t find your website when they search for the company’s services
  2. The site makes it difficult for the user to find what they are looking for
  3. The site does not adequately reflect the values and style of the company
  4. There are errors and mistakes on the site that make the user leave, or make search engines penalize the site

There are lots of other reason, but these are VERY common ones that can be easily avoided. The problem is that people don’t know what to do, how to do it, and who to trust to do it.

When you build a website, there a lots of things to keep in mind:

  1. User Experience & Design
  2. Search Engine Accessibility
  3. Content Organization
  4. Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  5. Mobile responsiveness
  6. Content Management
  7. and lots more!

The trouble is that the typical small business owner is too busy to learn how to do all of this themselves. The other problem is that it often costs way too much to hire someone to do it. Well, not necessarily. It depends on where you look. That’s where theBrewRoom steps in. We strive to keep our costs low, so that we can pass on the savings to the customer by keeping our prices and rates low. We offer a full spectrum of small business website design and development services, with a major focus on search engine optimization.

If you need some help with your website, or if you need a whole new site: give us a call or send us a message today. We would love to hear from you!

Website Design & Development Help

Google+ Profile Image Changes

For those of you that are on Google+, you may have noticed that when you visit your Company Page’s profile, it asks you if you would like to update your Cover photo to the new, larger format. Yes, it’s huge! But that’s a nice big canvas on which you can show off your photoshop skills. 🙂

The new cover photo is responsive – meaning that it will resize to fix people’s browsers on their phones. This is a good thing. What this also means is that you need to make sure that your image is large enough to fix on people’s computer screens, while letting Google+ handle the rezising down on people’s phones.

The new cover photo should be a maximum of 2120 x 1192 pixels for retina displays. But, no smaller than 960 x 540 pixels. Google offers up Help and instructions on changing your cover photo. Don’t worry, it’s easy.

Google Plus Cover Photo

You probably won’t see a notification about this next change, but it’s something that you should pay attention to. The profile icon also has changed. Google+ now displays this in a circular container, which means that people with square logos, or with text under their logo (like us) may see the ends of the words cut off, which we did. We resized our image to have more whitespace around the actual logo, and this fixed the issue. I would play around with yours a little bit to make it look the way that you want it to look.

That’s it. Simple, and done.

 

Project: Shadyside Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce

theBrewRoom recently launched a new website for the Shadyside Chamber of Commerce. This new site is responsive (it changes to fit to the size of the device that you’re using) and is also optimized for search engines. You’ll find that if you search for just about anything in Shadyside, their website will appear! That’s the goal, and this is the result:

shadyside pittsburgh website project

This new WordPress website is easy for the client to manage themselves. This was one of the major requirements when they approached us about developing the new site for them. We also helped them set up a new hosting account that they can manage themselves. Empowering our clients!

If you are interested in learning more about our Website Design and Development Services, please contact us. We would love to hear from you, and we would love to help you.

Best Thai Food in Pittsburgh!

Not only do we have the pleasure of being located in the same neighborhood as Thai Cottage, but we also were able to design and build their new website. This is our favorite Thai food in Pittsburgh! – even before they were a client.

Thai Cottage Regent Square

 

Check out the site on your phone too! We created this site as a Responsive Website, which means that it will adjust to looks differently on your mobile phone.

Their menu is pretty extensive, and everything that we have had there has been OUTSTANDING! If you’re a fan of Thai Cottage, let us know in the comments below. Also, let us know what you think of the new website! And if you’ve never been to Thai Cottage, you should definitely go… you won’t be disappointed.