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Kristen Leigh | WordPress Web Design Studio | Design Element Gold Feather
Web Design

You landed a web design client! What do you do next?

You’ve landed your first web design client! Woo hoo! 🤩 What do you do next? That was the biggest question I had when I landed my first client through UpWork. What the hell do I do now that I’ve landed the client? How do I make sure this project runs smoothly so she’ll... A) want to work with me in the future and B) will recommend her friends and fellow business owners to use my services? READ MORE
Web Design

The Web Designer Club – A Membership Site to Help You Grow Your Business

A little over a month ago I launched Web Design Classifieds. My first online course designed specifically for web designers who want to design high-end websites and grow their businesses. It was exhilarating and exhausting to launch. There were some lows... from recording issues to really hating the way Teachable forces you into a specific design for the sales page. But there were also tons of highs... creating meaningful content, enrolling new students, and getting that feedback, "I'm really loving all of the content inside the course!" READ MORE

How to Use Header Tags: SEO Best Practices

Time and time again I see websites that don’t understand how to use header tags. As a casual user of the internet you will never notice this. While it is true you should design your website for the casual user, you should also keep in mind how crawlers like Googlebot, read websites. Despite what most web designers seem to think, headers are not to be used for design purposes! In fact they have a specific purposed that can impact the health of your website. At the end of this post I’m confident you’ll understand header tags and how to use them. READ MORE
Web Design

How to Add Jump-To Anchor Links in Divi

Do you ever write really long blog posts with a bunch of defined sections and then realize that someone with a bit more experience may want to skip over the first 3 sections? Or maybe you design an awesome sales page for your client’s signature service, add a button that says “See Pricing” and realize you want that button to scroll down the page to where the pricing is messaged? This functionality can be done with coding or, if you’re like me and swear by the Divi theme, you just need to make a couple quick changes to your modules and voila! Functionality added. READ MORE
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Client Spotlight: Circle 3 Marketing SEO Expert

This website design was fun for me! Circle 3 Marketing not only is the solopreneur who does all the SEO (search engine optimization) for the websites I design but he’s also my husband. Together we own and run Kristen Leigh Designs – me doing the designs and building the websites and Justin doing the keyword research and optimization of the sites in the back-end and on the front-end. Then he runs Circle 3 Marketing and works with other web designers doing SEO for the websites they build OR even working with small businesses directly doing ongoing SEO monthly management. READ MORE

How to submit a crawl request

Before we talk about how to submit a crawl request let’s quickly go over what a crawl request is. A crawl request is simply asking Google to re-index, or index for the first time, a page on your website. Google will do this periodically on its own but can take up to 4 weeks to complete. If you have time sensitive content to share with the world this Is unacceptable! To help expedite the crawling process you’ll want to submit a crawl request. READ MORE


If you’re like me you’ve probably asked this question shortly after digging into working with websites. My journey into SEO lead me to asking this very question, maybe you are on the same path I was, or you are on a completely different path and we happen to be meeting at robots.txt trail junction. (intersection) Either way, I’ve done my homework and I am here to help you where no one was there to help me. READ MORE

How to Name Your Web Design Business

Why is choosing a name for your web design business such a hard thing to do? I struggled with it. I mean, I started with the name Meraki Leigh Digital and after more than a year I changed it to Kristen Leigh Designs. Why? My reasoning was simple. No one could pronounce Meraki and it was driving me nuts. But how did I make the decision to change it to Kristen Leigh Designs? And how did I even choose Meraki Leigh Digital in the first place? READ MORE

How to Make a Sitemap

You’ve created a website and you are dying to get on Google. You’ve done some research and realized you need to create a sitemap. But you have no idea what that is or where to start. Thankfully, I’m here to help demystify all that for you. By the end of this you will know exactly how to make one and upload it too Google Search Console. READ MORE
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Client Spotlight: Gill Smyth Artist and Painter Website Design

One of my favorite things about owning my own business is being able to work with men and women around the globe. I’m not restricted to working with people in my office, in my state, or even in America. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with business owners from Ireland, England, Australia, and America. This project was no exception! Gill Smyth is an Irish painter who was referred to me by one of my other client’s (also an Irish artist). READ MORE