Top 10 Takeaways from WordCamp Fayetteville 2018

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Top 10 Takeaways from WordCamp Fayetteville 2018

We survived WordCamp Fayetteville 2018! It was an action-packed weekend of speaker sessions, sharing knowledge, and networking with other professionals in our industry. Every presenter came prepared with a relevant topic and took the time to answer questions at the end of the session.  The beauty of a gathering like WordCamp is the concentration of experts in one place all who share a passion for doing their part to make WordPress the best content management system in the world. In 2010, when WordCamp Fayetteville was founded, WordPress powered around 15% of all websites and today it’s 30%!

David Navarro Jr. – Keynote Speaker

Since the Sharp Hue team manages around 175 WordPress sites, we divided and conquered the conference to attend over a dozen sessions in total.  We learned about the latest in topics like SEO Content Clusters to Facebook Custom Audiences. This was the first WordCamp for a few members of the team, yet we all overwhelmingly agree that we learned very current and relevant knowledge that helps us with our clients’ websites.  We each took away some new ideas and learnings that we think we can apply immediately to serve our clients even better. Here’s a summary of the highlights from each team member:

Josh Bonnell, Scott Nguyen, Shan Pesaru, Taylor McCaffrey, Sean Borsodi

Shan Pesaru

  • Facebook Pixel has a lot of similarity to Google Analytics. Even if you aren’t using Facebook Business Manager products today, it is a good idea to go ahead and install the Pixel code.  When you’re ready, creating custom audiences is easy to do from the data that’s collected and can be used to run very targeted ad campaigns.
  • Content Clusters are a way of organizing information with internal linking that helps signal to search engines a dominant topic in your website.  This is useful especially when a website has multiple focus keywords. Speaking of which, setting the focus keyword in Yoast helps organize the strategy around creating a content cluster.

Sean Borsodi

  • WP REST API has come a long way and was the missing link for many software application uses. The WordPress platform is now easier to integrate with external projects and gives developers new ways to use WordPress.
  • Gutenberg Editor is the new way to create content for WordPress. This new editor will be replacing the existing text editor after it is integrated into WordPress core later this year. The Gutenberg editor will focus on a better user experience and extended tools for content layout.

Taylor McCaffrey

  • When designers think User Experience, great design is usually the first thing that comes to mind. Keeping the end user in mind is essential and the most valued quality in a company’s communication is clarity.
  • Accessibility is often overlooked though crucial in the quality of creating a website that’s usable for all people. Whether it is through the use of color contrast in design, image Alt Tags in WordPress, or countless other techniques, we must make sure not to exclude users with disabilities. Rather, we must prioritize an accessible website throughout design and development processes.

Josh Bonnell

  • A/B testing allows you to make the most out of your site’s existing traffic by testing variations of the same page, and seeing which variant most increases conversion. Even the smallest changes can increase conversion, proving that A/B testing is worth the effort and should not be overlooked in the web design process.
  • The WP REST API will make web development easier and more flexible than ever before. Because the API is JSON-based, it allows WordPress to easily communicate with other sites and services universally, regardless of programming language.

Scott Nguyen

  • When it comes to Launching Without Fear, it was great to get insight into how another Web Development company handles their process of launching a website. Seeing many similarities to Sharp Hue’s launch process, we are feel validated that there really is a correct way to launch sites with a good process.
  • Maintaining WordPress For A Profit with the automation tools available today (ManageWP, InfiniteWP, etc.) allows for someone who’s knowledgeable with WordPress & PHP to start a company with little capital upfront and focus on the maintenance/hosting of websites instead of the design/development aspect.

The biggest takeaway that we didn’t expect was the reminder of how many talented professionals we have in our community and how blessed we are to have speakers who are willing to travel to our corner of the world to share their knowledge.  In fact, we didn’t even realize there was a monthly WordPress Fayetteville that meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 6pm to 8pm on the Fayetteville square. Since we are a relatively large user of WordPress, we are thrilled by the chance to give back to a platform and community that’s made our entire business model possible! 

We launched our new marketing campaign #KeepIt200 over the #wcfay weekend!

We are excited to sponsor the event again in the future and stay involved with the talented WordPress professionals in our community. There is probably no faster way to get caught up with all the happenings in the WordPress universe and learn from experts than to attend a WordCamp, so we hope to see you there next year!

Keepin’ it 200 (OK)

WordCamp Fayetteville #wcfay, a gathering of WordPress enthusiasts is being held June 22-24, 2018 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Being loyal WordPress fans ourselves, it only makes sense that Sharp Hue is a Proud Sponsor of WordCamp Fayetteville 2018.  

Since the Sharp Hue team will be in attendance at the conference, we tasked ourselves to create a shirt for the occasion that celebrates our unique brand. So, we went straight to the drawing board to sketch out a few possibilities.

Our process starts on paper

Putting pen to paper is the best way to jumpstart the brain and get ideas flowing freely. We wanted a design that our team members could wear proudly, while not resorting to the overdone designs like putting software code on a shirt. While that’s something designers and developers would understand, we didn’t want to create something so niche that people outside of our circles would be lost. We needed something that everyone could enjoy while also channeling our inner geek!

Our original sketches (four concepts shown above) ranged from baking cakes to a Rubik’s cube. Now, while walking around wearing a shirt with a cake on it would’ve been a great fashion statement, everyone really liked the idea of playing off the “100” emoji 💯 and its related hashtag #KeepIt100.  And so…

#KeepIt200 was born!

If you’re wondering by now why we’re Keepin’ it 200 OK, that’s because 200 OK is a status code used by web browsers that means “The request has succeeded”. The hacker looking graphic below provides some insight into that page loading process.  While most people have come across a 404 Page Not Found, very few realize that 200 OK is a status.  In fact, there are dozens of status codes if you want to check them out here:  HTTP Status Codes.

From paper to digital concepts

Now that we had a solid concept,  then came the question, “how could we incorporate our own personal twist?” So, we made several variations and plentiful design revisions. During these revisions, we determined it would make sense to have a t-shirt color that matched to a color or two on our logo for the sake of brand consistency.  We decided on using two colors so we could keep the shirts within our project budget.  You may have noticed the Sharp Hue logo is quite colorful which can mean more cost in screen printing projects.  We had our shirts inked with a company called real thread that has a really simple online ordering interface coupled with a great customer service team that takes care of you along the way.

Finding opportunity in every concept

$1M dollar, original, one of a kind prototype.

All said and done, the t-shirt concept that the team loved the most was a badge-style emblem that marries the idea of #KeepIt200 with being proud of our company’s history. See bottom right of the photo above.

We are always a little sad when a design isn’t used, however, we also love stickers!  While “Keepin’ it 200 OK Since 2006” is great for a Sharp Hue team member to wear, we decided that the “Keep It 200 OK” emoji style emblem was a great way for others to champion our brand.

After some tweaking and including the sharphue.com domain name,  Kevin Bourne, our newest team member who worked on this project, was personally rewarded with the $1 million dollar paper prototype! We had the stickers printed with Sticker Giant which was very easy.

So, what does #KeepIt200 mean to the team at Sharp Hue?

While the t-shirt and sticker were really fun projects to work on, there are some deeper meanings to how #KeepIt200 connects with the Sharp Hue brand.

  • We always give our best to whatever problem we’re solving or project we endeavor.
  • We think through all the angles and double check to make sure we’ve thought of everything.
  • We really love things that are high-quality, built-to-last, and pay respect to our craft.
  • Because 200 OK means the website loaded successfully, we feel this strongly represents everything we do behind the scenes at Sharp Hue to create Beautiful Websites That Work®

Our Go-To WordPress Plugins and Why We Chose Them

There are over 50,000 registered WordPress plugins. A lot of these plugins are contributed as open source by members of the WordPress community on their own time and dollar.  When you run a professional web development agency like Sharp Hue, and pride yourself on best practices including optimized WordPress hosting, it really does matter which plugins you choose.

Utilizing plugins that are constantly supported and updated by their developers is our #1 criteria in choosing a plugin. 

The second thing we look for is if the plugin is paid for free. There are a ton of amazing free plugins that have developers who keep the plugin up to date, free of charge.  As software developers ourselves, we know that if someone is paying us to keep up our products, we probably will keep them up. So with WordPress plugins, we are willing to shell out a few dollars to get the best features, ad-free, while supporting the developer.

Most premium / paid plugins can be obtained for a nominal fee and often have a developer license that can be used on many sites.  Sometimes you pay an annual support capability where you can email and contact the developers directly with questions.

Here’s a list of plugins we use often and couldn’t do our best work without

Akismet ~Paid Version

https://wordpress.org/plugins/akismet/

Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet Web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog’s “Comments” admin screen.

Advanced Custom Fields ~Paid Version

https://wordpress.org/plugins/advanced-custom-fields/

Advanced Custom Fields is the perfect solution for any WordPress website which needs more flexible data like other Content Management Systems.

Advanced Custom Fields: Repeater Field ~Paid Version

https://www.advancedcustomfields.com/add-ons/repeater-field/

The repeater field allows you to create a set of subfields which can be repeated again and again whilst editing content!

Advanced Custom Fields: Date and Time Picker

https://wordpress.org/plugins/acf-field-date-time-picker/

This is an add-on for the Advanced Custom Fields WordPress plugin, that allows you to add a Date and Time Picker field type.

Formidable ~Paid Version

https://wordpress.org/plugins/formidable/

Build WordPress forms the fast and simple way with a simple drag-and-drop interface (and a visual form styler in version 2.0). Create custom Formidable forms or generate them from a template with this stunning WordPress form plugin.

Imsanity

https://wordpress.org/plugins/imsanity/

Imsanity automatically resizes huge image uploads down to a size that is more reasonable for display in browser, yet still more than large enough for typical website use. The plugin is configurable with a max width, height and quality. When a contributor uploads an image that is larger than the configured size, Imsanity will automatically scale it down to the configured size and replace the original image.

Google Analytics Dashboard for WP

https://wordpress.org/plugins/google-analytics-dashboard-for-wp/

This Google Analytics for WordPress plugin enables you to track your site using the latest Google Analytics tracking code and allows you to view key Google Analytics reports in your WordPress install.

Yoast SEO

https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/

WordPress out of the box is already technically quite a good platform for SEO, this was true when Joost wrote his original WordPress SEO article in 2008 (and updated every few months) and it’s still true today, but that doesn’t mean you can’t improve it further! This plugin is written from the ground up by Joost de Valk and his team at Yoast to improve your site’s SEO on all needed aspects. While this Yoast SEO plugin goes the extra mile to take care of all the technical optimization, more on that below, it first and foremost helps you write better content. Yoast SEO forces you to choose a focus keyword when you’re writing your articles and then makes sure you use that focus keyword everywhere.

Simple Likebuttons (Facebook, Google+, Twitter)

https://wordpress.org/plugins/simple-likebuttons/

The plugin does what it should: adds to posts and pages the classic facebook, google+ and twitter buttons. Very easy to install and no initial configuration needed.

 TinyMCE Advanced

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tinymce-advanced/

This plugin will let you add, remove and arrange the buttons that are shown on the Visual Editor toolbar. It includes 15 plugins for TinyMCE that are automatically enabled or disabled depending on what buttons are chosen.

S2Member Framework ~ Paid Version (Payment Integrations)

https://wordpress.org/plugins/s2member/

The s2Member® Framework (free) integrates with PayPal Website Payments Standard (also free). Sell “Buy Now” or Membership access to your site. Restrict access to Roles, Capabilities, Posts, Pages, or anything else in WordPress.

Shopp ~ Paid Version (Support)

https://wordpress.org/plugins/shopp/

Shopp adds an infinitely flexible WordPress e-commerce plugin and secure shopping cart that runs thousands of successful online storefronts.

All in One SEO Pack Pro

https://wordpress.org/plugins/all-in-one-seo-pack/

All in One SEO Pack Optimizes your WordPress blog for SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

TablePress

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress/

TablePress allows you to easily create and manage beautiful tables. You can embed the tables into posts, pages, or text widgets with a simple Shortcode. Table data can be edited in a spreadsheet-like interface, so no coding is necessary. Tables can contain any type of data, even formulas that will be evaluated. An additional JavaScript library adds features like sorting, pagination, filtering, and more for site visitors. Tables can be imported and exported from/to Excel, CSV, HTML, and JSON files.

Tickera ~ Paid Version (Mobile Ticketing Support)

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tickera-event-ticketing-system/

If you want to sell tickets on your site and deliver them to your buyers digitally, Tickera is exactly what you need. When you use the Tickera plugin to sell and send tickets, you are essentially setting up your own hosted solution wherein you control the profits with no requirement to send a cut to a third party.

How To: Keep Your WordPress Site Secure

With more than 70 million sites around the world running WordPress, it has become a frequent target for hackers.  Security against such hacks is critical to avoid unnecessary downtime or embarrassing warning messages people search for your site on Google.

If you’re an admin, you won’t always know whether your site has been hacked until someone points it out to you after seeing a notice like the one above.  It’s useful to keep an eye on your site(s) and periodically login to your WordPress Dashboard so you can update your plugins and WordPress installation.  You should do this often whether or not you have time to write that blog post you keep telling yourself you’ll write.  If you start to feel paranoid about this process, you’re probably doing something right!

One of the most obvious signs of a hacked web site is load time/speed.  If your site “feels slow,” it could be loading malicious scripts in addition to your normal pages. If you suspect this is the case:

  • Use an HTTP debugger like Fiddler to see what data is being loaded and where it’s being loaded from.  If you see HTTP requests from domain names other than your own, start asking more questions.  Of course scripts like Google Analytics and TypeKit are okay, but question everything. Hackers are sneaky!
  • View the HTML source of your site to see if any unusual scripts are being injected.

Tip #1: In WordPress, most hacks happen in the underlying MySQL database.  This is because even a site that’s totally secure still has to use the underlying MySQL database to store and retrieve posts as well as the /wp-content/uploads/ folder to store your uploaded images, PDFs, etc.

Why Me?

Oftentimes it’s not a specific person that has selected your computer or hosting account as a target.  Usually it’s a highly automated process and it is very much a numbers game.  Hackers have to gain access to large numbers of accounts in order to be successful with their overall exploits.  One hack that we saw turned the underlying hosting account into a host for a fake Royal Bank of Canada login page.  This page was used in combination with a spam and phishing attack to trick people into signing into their RBC account (and therefore giving up their sensitive login data).  Identity Theft is big business for criminals and in today’s digital world it all comes together in ways you’d never expect.

Tip #2: This goes without saying for some of us, but the tactic still works because some people still do it: never click on links or attachments in an e-mail from people you don’t know and never use pirated software.  If you do, you could unknowingly contribute to the success of a malicious hacker!

Hosting Matters

Hosting is very much a “you get what you pay for” service.  Many companies promise “unlimited” resources for under $10/month.  The way they are able to provide this rate is by cutting some corners.  You don’t want your hosting company to cut corners if it could mean downtime and paying someone to fix a hacked site.  Make sure you ask questions about their server, operating system, and security patching schedule.  The best hosting companies will apply the latest security patches at least once per month.

There are a variety of helpful resources on the web that will guide you through a secure setup of your WordPress Installation by locking down your .htaccess file and /wp-content/upload directory.

For example, view the official WordPress.org codex documentation on “Hardening WordPress“.

Strong Usernames and Passwords

Choose your username and password wisely. Your WP install may come with a default “admin” username (depending on who initially sets up the WP installation).  Login and immediately create a new user account with a custom username. Use a solid Password Generator that will force you to create Strong Passwords.

Be careful how you transmit your new account credentials. Avoid sharing usernames and passwords by email multiple times (as part of replies, etc.).  You should also take care storing your login credentials. It’s a good idea not to store the initial username/password email that WP sends.  This prevents access to your WP account should your email account event get hacked.

Use Reputable Plugins

Plugins can be fun and incredibly useful. With more than 19,000 free plugins available from the WP Plugin Directory, you can pretty much find a plugin for anything you can think of. You should, however, use caution and install only the minimum amount of plugins necessary for you site.  There’s usually not a good reason to keep plugins activated if you aren’t using them.  If you’re not using a particular plugin, do yourself a favor:   DELETE IT.  This will help reduce the “surface area” of potential vulnerabilities in your site.

If you really want to lock it down or have had a previous bad experience, then you should only use plugins that have been recently updated to support the latest version of WordPress.  Plugins that have not been updated in 467 days should never be used.  That usually means the plugin developer gave up on maintenance of the plugin and hackers can use this against you!  Also, look for plugins that have at least a 3/5 star rating, have been downloaded thousands of times, is not an early beta version number, and was developed by a reputable developer/company.  All of those things usually indicate a worthy plugin that other WordPress users have vetted.

WordPress Patches

It may be YOUR responsibility and not your webmaster’s responsibility to update your WordPress site with the latest patches from WordPress.  It’s a good idea to check in with your webmaster every once in a while when you are doing major WordPress upgrades (ex: going from version 3.2.1 to 3.4.1).  WordPress is constantly getting updated so it’s not surprising when you get multiple updates in month.  Stay on top of them!

Options for Fixing a Hacked WordPress Site

If you know your site has been hacked, try restoring your site from a backup.  (This is in addition to making sure your host does backups in the first place!)  The backup file you use should be at least a couple of weeks old.  Sometimes hackers will get their malicious code into your site long before the code becomes active.  You may lose valuable posts and other data, though this might be a reasonable compromise to make.

Sometimes, unfortunately, fixing a hacked site is not as simple as going back to a previous that you have zipped up and sitting on your harddrive or in your Dropbox account.  Sometimes you will need to hire an expert to make the right choices.  It may take a few hours of their time, but they are very likely to be able to recover recent posts, e-commerce orders and important files (because they know what they’re doing).

Once you are all cleaned up and ready to go again, make sure you change ALL of your usernames and passwords (using your strong password generator). Work with your webmaster or host to change the underlying database usernames and passwords stored in wp-config.php

 

How To: Use WordPress’s Image Editor

If you didn’t already know, WordPress includes a simple image editor tool that allows you to make some basic adjustments.You can crop, flip, rotate, and even scale. Here’s a quick rundown on how to get started.

However you decide to upload an image (from the media library or using the media button in your content editor), you will see the following screen:

 

Clicking on the “Edit Image” button expands this screen and displays a series of buttons above your image and a series of sidebar areas to the right of it:

 

If you want to crop your photo, select an area to crop by dragging your cursor:

 

 

Next, click on the crop icon ( ). Voila.

 

You can make use of the aspect ratio feature if you prefer to have your image cropped according to a specific ratio (2:1; 3:1; 1:1, etc.). Enter the ratio values you want to use. In this example, I used 100:100 which is the same as 1:1. This will create a simple square. To create your object, hold the “Shift” key and drag your cursor across the image. This will select an area according to the ratio you’ve set.

Hit the crop button and you’re all set. You can also rotate and flip the image using the other icons above your image. You can even undo changes if you make a mistake.

Let’s talk scale for a moment. If you want to reduce the size of your photo but keep its proportions, click on the “Scale Image” link to reveal the dimension fields and scale button. The original dimensions of your image will auto-fill the fields. If you change the value of one field, the other will change automatically and proportionally. For example, if I want to reduce the width of the image from 1024 pixels to 300 pixels, all I have to do is enter the number 300 in the width field and the height field will automatically change to the correct, proportionate value: 225.

Click the “Scale” button and you’re done.

Regardless of whether you are scaling an image, cropping it, rotating or flipping it, remember to save it. If you hit it accidentally or make a change you later decide you don’t like, don’t worry. WordPress has a feature that allows you to revert back to your image’s original properties. Once you’ve made a change and saved it, you will see a “Restore Original Image” link underneath the “Scale Image” link. Clicking it does exactly what it says: it discards all of your edits and displays the original image you uploaded.

Going Mobile-Friendly

In 2011, mobile access to the web doubled to over 8%. In many of these cases, the site visited from a mobile device is the exact same site displayed on a laptop or desktop computer. Just because it can be seen, however, doesn’t mean it can be used. Most full sites viewed on a mobile device require you to pinch, flick, double-tap, or drag in order to access their content. You need both hands for these gestures: one to hold the device and the other to perform the action. A mobile-friendly site, however, eliminates this barrier and makes accessing essential information as simple as a single touch with one hand.

By displaying only essential information such as hours of operation; directions and location; contact information; service offerings; deals and promotions; and basic “about” information, mobile-friendly versions make it easy to identify critical information without the need to navigate a full site. Trimming down information from a full site for a mobile device and making it “touchable” rather than “pinchable” is one of the most significant advantages of a mobile-friendly site.

Awareness of these differences is important when considering the development of a mobile-friendly version. Jumping in headfirst, however, is not advisable. There are guidelines and considerations for going mobile-friendly. A substantial increase in capabilities is not necessary to create a custom, friendly version if your site traffic is minimal. More specifically, we at Sharp Hue use the metric that if 20% of a site’s traffic (as reported by Google Analytics) is mobile, then it’s probably time to put the design of a mobile-friendly site on the to-do list.

Bikes Blues And BBQ-mobileWordPress is one platform that simplifies the process for displaying a full site on a mobile device. Plugins such as the WordPress Mobile Pack, for example, will automatically rescale a site’s images, split articles into multiple pages, simplify styles and remove non-supported media. Plugins such as this enable these capabilities quickly. However, they are usually not customized or visually appealing. They don’t necessarily use the color palette from your full site and they don’t necessarily display the logo you’ve invested so many resources in creating. Further, plugins like this don’t necessarily make the mobile version of your site easier to use.

In addition to these pre-packaged plugins that can do most of the heavy-lifting, there are also mobile frameworks available, like jQuery mobile, that allow for custom, rapid development without the extensive resources necessary to build a full-fledged mobile application. Frameworks such as this make it easy to maintain a site’s color palette and logo. They also make it very easy to manage content from within the Dashboard if WordPress is used as the site’s platform. Using this technique allows changes to be made to two different sites with only one edit. This sounds elementary, but managing mobile content is a development consideration many people disregard. Developing mobile-friendly sites should always include thoughts about maintaining the mobile version in the long run.

Another consideration in developing a mobile-friendly site is redirection; i.e., how a site’s visitors will navigate to it. Generally speaking, when a URL is typed into a mobile browser’s address bar, a request for information is sent out. A browser can recognize that the request is coming from a mobile device and, in those cases, sends back a specified message. The message can be a command to redirect to another site like an “m.domainname.com” site, for example. The message can also be a serving of different content or even a stylesheet change.

WordCamp Fayetteville 2012-mobilePlugins can take care of this return “message” for you as well. We’ve found that Mobile ESP for WordPress is best suited for our needs. Many times, plugins like this are sufficient to do the job. It all depends on the needs of your mobile version. Sometimes you just need something that isn’t worth a developer/designer’s time to miniaturize a full website. Other times, a smaller, limited version of a site is needed, especially if the site owner wants to maintain their color palette and display their logo. In still other cases, the theme being used isn’t compatible with any of the available mobile plugins. In the case of WordCamp Fayetteville, which is yet another example, the full site is built on a multi-site platform administered by super-admins who work for WordCamp Central. Plugin compatibility isn’t an issue. It’s not even an option. The theme and administrative privileges of WordCamp sites don’t allow for the installation of plugins. It’s in cases like these that it’s time to create a custom, mobile-friendly site from scratch.

Launch of Bikes, Blues & BBQ Website Redesign with First-Ever Mobile Version

 

When it comes to great music, amazing food and—most importantly—loud motorcycles, you just can’t beat the Bikes, Blues & BBQ Motorcycle Rally in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The event is a favorite for bikers from all over the country, featuring tons of live music venues, great BBQ food and hundreds of vendors with the latest and greatest in bike accessories, clothing, and gear. This year, Sharp Hue was proud to revamp the event’s web presence, which included its first-ever mobile website!

Yet again, we pushed the innovation boundaries and redesigned the BBB website to modernize the look and feel of the organization, providing easier content management tools so that the group could easily update information on the site. We just finished launching the website on July 23, and look forward to helping this group raise awareness and contributions to its cause.

We were very happy to work with BBB, a great organization that raises money for local charities in Northwest Arkansas through its annual rally. As one of the top five largest motorcycle events in the country, the rally attracts visitors not only from all over the U.S., but from around the world. This year’s event takes place September 28-October 1.

As with any charitable organization, time and resources are precious commodities, which is why we streamlined the management tasks for the site. With custom integration of existing technologies like WordPress, Google Calendar, WuFoo Forms, Twitter, and Facebook, the site is easy to navigate and runs very smoothly. Furthering the group’s dedication to engage in cutting-edge technologies, the new web presence for BBB includes a first-ever mobile version of the site, which provides timely information available at the fingertips of hundreds of thousands of event-goers.

Some of the exciting features of the new BBB site:

  • Redesigned look, completely original and unlike any version of the site in the past decade
  • Custom styling of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube
  • Custom email marketing template
  • Mobile-friendly version of the website (check it out yourself from your mobile phone!)
  • Sponsor ad tracking that records ever-important impression and click metrics
  • Online vendor application forms and payment
  • Online volunteer signup forms
  • Optimized and custom web hosting, providing fast performance before, during and after the big event

BBB’s rallies have donated over $600,000 to local charities since the event began in 2000. We are honored to work with local organizations like BBB, as well as others like the Arkansas Crisis Center, Boys & Girls Club of Benton County and Chile Pepper Cross Country festival. We’re committed to providing our local nonprofits with high-quality and cutting-edge resources, allowing them to best serve those who they wish to help.

We invite you to take a look at the revamped website for Bikes, Blues & BBQ at www.bikesbluesandbbq.org. Please let us know what you think!