Tiny Tweaks: Making Small Additions to your Blog


Screenshot of Pinterest

One of our specialties is making what we call “Tiny Tweaks” to your blog. These can be anything from color changes on links to the addition of social media icons and/or sharing buttons or a host of other small changes. What’s great about this is that you can make small additions to your blog without parting with a chunk of change.

Our Tiny Tweaks start at only $50

This week we’d like to feature one such tweak:

The Pinterest button! Pin it button

For those of you not familiar with Pinterest, allow me to give you a brief introduction.

According to the website, Pinterest is a “place to catalog all the things you love.” Think of it as a giant idea board – driven by visual images – for ‘pinning’ all the items you find around the web that you love, want to make, or simply want to remember where to find.

For those of you who would like to learn more, here’s a great article on Pinterest

What has this got to do with your blog?

Excellent question! Simply this: you want readers to find your recipes, products, etc. and save them. You want them to pin them to their Pinterest boards because it increases the chances that your blog content will be seen by others in the Pinterest world. (And, trust me, it’s addictive. So much so, it’s set to replace Stumble Upon in my opinion.)

What about the Pin It button that they offer at Pinterest?

Many users do utilize the Pin It button – just like many copy and paste links into Twitter and Facebook to share – but you can give them a solution right inside your blog post. Which means that current Pinterest users will find you savvy and on top of the trends. Plus, you’ll be introducing non-Pinterest users to the latest craze – all while making it more user friendly.

We can install it for you!

Take a look at these examples of how we can add it to your blog:

  1. bell’alimento: located in single posts in the upper right hand sharing box
  2. Lauren’s Latest: located in single posts beneath each article

Want us to add it for you too? Contact us to get started.

Oh, and be sure check out my pin boards on Pinterest while you’re at it. :)

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Useful Plugins to Control Widgets

I’ve run across several plugins recently that claim to help  tame the beast that is the widgetized sidebar. Plugins aren’t the magical cure-all to your website woes but they will give you a head-start on fixing a multitude of issues or adding functionality to your site.

Here are a few to consider for wrangling your widgets:

Widget Logic: This plugin allows you to control (with a little coding) on which posts, pages, or categories certain widgets will appear. For instance, if you need an advertisement to run (or not run) on a specific category of posts, you can control that. If you only want your recent posts or comments to show on the home page, you can control that too. Just install this plugin to make use of the conditional tags already built into WordPress. (For more info on this widget, check out this post from WP Candy)

*Note: I have personally used this one and can attest that it does what it says it can do.

The next three plugins I have not personally utilized and therefore cannot speak to their effectiveness, but wanted to put them on your radar in case they could help. Each of them seem to work in a similar fashion to Widget Logic but touts themselves as being more intuitive and require no PHP or code knowledge.

Know of any others that should be listed here?


Welcome to the new site!

I’d like to welcome you to the new portfolio site for Designs by Christy. It’s been a long time coming but we’re happy to finally have a home on the web. Sometimes, in this line of work, you can get so busy creating for others that you neglect to create for yourself.

We’ll be adding some of our other projects here shortly and expanding the blog as well.  In addition to our growing portfolio, you can look forward to useful design tips and noteworthy postings from around the web. We’ll focus specifically on items of interest to those of you who make blogging your profession (or just a hobby), and bring you some of the best things we find across the web.

So, take a gander through the portfolio and don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or project ideas!