Nuts and Bolts Blog

What to Look for When You Hire a Web Designer

If you're looking to hire a web designer, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed. There are millions of websites advertising design services - how do you make sure you don't get scammed or end up with a designer who sucks?Several friends have told me they don't know what questions to ask when talking with potential designers. One in particular summed up her experience this way: I have no idea what to ask, but more important, even if someone gave me a list of questions, I wouldn't know if the ...
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Poll: Do You Use Social Media to Get Clients?

If you do any kind of business online, you're likely using social media to find new clients or customers. We've all been conditioned to go where our audience lives, and for most of us, that means setting up new profiles on whatever social site is the new "best thing ever" to promote our businesses and interact with others.Lately I've been wondering what types of businesses succeed on social media and which services are most effective for them. Hearing from others is never a bad idea, ...
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How to Create an Aggregator Site like The Daily Bolt

Last week I received an email from a new reader: I want to create a site like The Daily Bolt, but for [a different niche]. How did you set everything up? While part of me would love to protect the details of how I created The Daily Bolt, a site I created to aggregate Genesis and WordPress news in one place, I really can't justify that since anyone can perform Google searches and find the same information I did. Instead, I figured I'd just share it and see what kind of cool new sites crop ...
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How to Display Products in the Genesis Loop

Much thanks to @hbgreg and @rob_neu for helping me wrap my mind around the best way to structure the code for this. You guys rock!Edit: The CSS for this has been modified below to include a fallback for Firefox, since it wasn't behaving well with the flexbox CSS I used.Last week someone asked how to replicate a feature from a certain site via the Genesis Facebook group, so I thought it would make a good tutorial. Basically, the site in question shows a featured product and affiliate link ...
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Poll: Have You Ever Lied About Your Skills to Land a Client?

Creative professionals spend a lot of time refining their skills and learning new ones. After all, your business can't survive if you suck and you aren't willing to move outside your comfort zone every now and then, right?But how far do you go to justify the time it takes to build your skillset? And how do you present yourself to clients who might ask for things you've never done before?These questions came up during a Skype call earlier this month and I'm curious to hear what others ...
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Where to Buy Third Party Genesis Child Themes

If you're shopping for Genesis child themes, your first stop is likely the StudioPress website. It makes sense to go straight to the source - after all, StudioPress offers over 50 child themes for the Genesis framework. But what happens when none of the available themes meet your needs?The community behind Genesis is one of the main reasons we use it exclusively for development projects, as well as for our own websites. If you can think of something you want Genesis to do, chances are ...
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Checklist for Launching a Genesis Project

For a long time, I felt like I was diffusing a bomb every time I launched a new project, especially if I was replacing an old design on an existing website. What if I forget something? What if the site breaks?You haven't lived until a client has emailed you, weeks after a launch, to let you know something is horribly wrong or missing. (Not that I would know. *innocent whistling*) While very few mistakes are too big to undo, wouldn't it be great if you could prevent those issues in the first ...
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