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Web design, email marketing, SEO, + being an entrepreneur.

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

Do you need to know code to build websites?

The infamous question! Do you need to know code to build websites? Back in the day the answer to this question would have been yes. Web designers and web developers needed to work together to get a website launched start to finish. But hellooo… we’re in the 21st century! Technology has grown so much that NO, you don’t need to know code to build a website. Whether you’re looking to build a website for yourself or you’re ready to start your own business, you can do it without needing to know a single line of code. READ MORE
Web Design

Web Design or Web Developer: What’s the Difference?

When I first became interested in web design, I’ll be honest, I had no idea if I could start a web design business without knowing any code. Whether or not I could legitimately start my own web design company and BUILD websites was a question I asked myself frequently. This was mostly because of what I already knew. Two of my 9-5 jobs were working in eCommerce. Both of these had designers and developers employed as two separate jobs. Could I take my skills and start my own company without knowing coding? The short answer. Yes. But first it’s important that you also understand the difference between a web designer and web developer so you don’t continue your journey completely confused! READ MORE
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
SEO

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

Improve the user experience of a Divi website by adding anchor links to your blog posts and website pages. In this blog post, you'll learn how to make your WordPress website interactive by adding anchor links throughout your content. READ MORE
SEO

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
SEO

Robots.txt

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
Entrepreneur

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