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Make your Marketing Count with these 5 Easy Photo Edits

First impressions are everything.

Whether you are a small business owner or a multi-million dollar corporation, the way you present yourself and your business to the world will decide how successful you will be.  In a society that uses emojis instead of text to communicate and social media platforms are driven by imagery, showcasing eye-catching photos is more important than ever.  (more…)

Missing contact email messages or orders from Yahoo/AOL users?

yahooFeel like you’re not getting all the messages through your contact form that you used to get?

You are probably right!

AOL and Yahoo have created this problem for their users (and the companies that service their users), so now everyone who allows a customer to send them an email through a web form has to make updates, or they will never see those messages from Yahoo or AOL email users.

What to do? (more…)

Get Shift Done Faster using Keyboard Shortcuts in Gmail

Did you know that the average worker spends about 1/4 of their workday reading and responding to emails?!

That means in a 40 hour work week, we spend 10 hours of it rummaging through our emails.  What if we told you that by utilizing the keyboard shortcuts in Gmail you could cut down the time spent on email everyday by 10 whole minutes?!

Some of the key ingredients are:

“r” for reply to message

“a” for reply all

“f” for forward message

Check out this article written by Scott Tousley from Sidekick to learn 25 useful shortcuts so that you can start spending more time on the things you like to do, and less time inside inside your email:

The 25 Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts That Save Me 60 Hours Per Year

WordPress 4.2 is a Home Run

WordPress recently released a new software update that we are super excited about.  WordPress 4.2 “Powell” is all about making communication and connecting with others easy – and they have definitely hit a home run.  Here is a brief summary of the added features or check out the introduction video below!

One-Click Sharing

WordPress 4.2 “Powell” makes multi-channel content sharing easy with their new ‘Press This’ feature.  Add the ‘Press This’ button to your browser bookmarks bar so that you can easily share your favorite Instagram photos, Tweets, news articles, or YouTube videos on your WordPress blog with the click of a button.  ‘Press This’ works seamlessly on both your desktop and mobile devices.

WordPress is learning new languages!

Users can now write blog posts in their native language and WordPress will do the translating for them!  WordPress is used all of the world, and with 4.2 connecting with individuals across the globe just got easier as they have added Japanese, Chinese, and Korean to their list of translatable languages.

Plug-ins are Instantaneous

Say goodbye to loading pages.  Installation and updates for plug-ins is now done instantly from one page.

To learn more about the new features, check out the WordPress 4.2 “Powell” introduction video:

Flying to and from Sun Valley just got sweeter!

The Ketchum and Hailey Art Commissions adorns the newly renovated Friedman Memorial Airport with works representing the beauty of the Wood River Valley.  This breathtaking and unique exhibit highlights the tremendous talent we have amongst our local artisans, with mediums ranging from sculpture, to paint, to photography.

 

Statues

In a recent press release on the opening of the the exhibit, Claudia McCain, Chair of the Ketchum Arts Commission stated, “We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with the airport to help make this new space as beautiful and welcoming as possible to the traveling public”.

 

TwoMenPainting

RL Rowsey, Chair of the Hailey Arts Commission added, “We have a tremendous resource of talent here among our local artists and galleries and our collective goal is to integrate art into the community in as many ways as possible.”

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This truly is an amazing exhibit, and not one to miss.  Be sure to visit the airport before the end of the summer to take in the beauty and creativity firsthand.

Read through the original press release here.

 

Details on arts and artists:

Paintings:
Title: Silver Creek Dust Devil
Artist: James Cook, courtesy Gail Severn Gallery

Title: Boulder Blues
Artist: Jan Lassetter

Photography:
Titles: Fall Flutter, Ghost Trees
Artist: Anne Jeffrey

Titles: Fairfield Winter I, Gannett Winter 73
Artist: Wendel Wirth, courtesy of Gilman Contemporary

Other:
Title: Sun Valley Pinball (silk scarf)
Artist: Phranc, courtesy of Friesen Gallery

Sculpture:
Title: Totem Series, #33, 38, 41, __
Artist: Rod Kagan

Title: Wreath
Artist: Mark Sheehan

 

**For more information on the Hailey and Ketchum Airport Arts Program contact: Lisa Horowitz, Hailey Arts Commission, Lisa.horowitz@haileycityhall.org 208.788.9815 ext. 13

CleanWebDesign.com Review from AAA Landscape Specialists

10 out of 10 "Because Lisa, Cory and Julie are all awesome!!"

We’re so pleased to have this kind review from David Silver, owner of  San Diego’s AAA Landscape Specialists and Yard Illumination Outdoor Landscape Lighting. Check out his gorgeous projects!

Thank you, David!!!

Another by Anita gave Clean Web Design 10 out of 10

when asked how likely they were to refer our work.

anotherbyanitaAnother by Anita said:

“I have been very pleased with their professionalism, directions, willingness to help, willingness to try various things until the look was right, friendliness, and ability to build an attractive and functional website.”

Thank you so much Anita! You are delightful to work with. :-)

– Lisa Chambers

Happy Thanksgiving from Clean Web Design

On Thanksgiving we reflect on our many blessings and want to let you know how much you are appreciated. Thank you so much for trusting us with your business. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with wonderful new clients and for the ongoing relationships we’ve enjoyed in 2013.

Michael Adamson of Adamson Historical Consulting is a “history detective” with 15 years of experience in business research and historical consulting. He is the author of A Better Way to Build: A History of the Pankow Companies published in January of this year.

The Building Material Thrift Store in Hailey has been in business for 14 years and provides unique services and goods to the Wood River Valley. Though construction season has slowed down for the winter months, the BMTS is staying busy with new inventory daily. Check out their webcam to see what’s new!

World renowned cowboy artist Tim Cox is now selling prints through the custom themed WordPress site with onsite catalog, cart & checkout. They no longer have to manually key in credit cards, and customer order information can be exported to their accounting software.

You don’t have to travel out of the valley to store your boat or camper for the winter. Littlewood Storage, located just 20 minutes from Hailey, provides the most competitively priced commercial and residential storage in Blaine County.

If you are a homeowner looking for the best in property management, Allstar Properties is located in the heart of Hailey in the E.G. Willis building. Jeff and Susan Engelhardt have provided trusted professional management service since 2002.

Just before Seasons Steakhouse opened in Hailey, Raymond and Lisa enjoyed sampling the menu while taking photos of the delicious food, staff and elegant decor for their new site. Check out their great Happy Hour specials while you enjoy your favorite sports.

The Learning Box Preschool offers complete curriculum kits for home schools, childcare centers, preschools, day care providers, and parents. All-in-one time/effort saving boxes can be ordered online, and there are special downloads for subscribers.

As David Stoecklein’s son, Taylor Stoecklein bears the name synonymous with great photography. Taylor is not only an outstanding photographer, but also trains other photographers to make the best use of Lightroom, and he is a master printer.

The biggest event for all of us at Clean Web Design this year was the arrival of Miss Ruby Chambers! Ruby joined Ray and Lisa and brother Seiji on July 23 and is a wonderful addition to the Clean Web Design family. Though she is not quite skilled in web design yet, we see a bright future for her here.

From Lisa, Cory, Julie, Raymond, Benny and little Ruby, we wish all of you a wonderful and happy Holiday Season!

Lisa, Seiji and baby Ruby

Lisa, Seiji and baby Ruby

Julie and Rooster

Julie and Rooster

Ray and Ruby

Ray and Ruby

Miss Ruby Chambers

Miss Ruby Chambers

Cory and Brayson

Cory and Brayson

Benny Chambers

Benny Chambers

Let Us Introduce you to LastPass!

Last Pass

At Clean Web Design, we are always on the lookout for a better way to do things and simplify not only our lives but the lives of our clients as well.

LastPass is one of the most important tools in our “how to not hate computers” kit.

CNET, the tech media website that publishes reviews, news, articles, blogs, and podcasts on technology and consumer electronics, rates Last Pass with 5 stars and comments “This robust password manager is a must-use freeware tool that supports multiple operating systems and browsers.

Save time and avoid the headache of trying to recall or find your passwords.  In a few simple steps you can download LastPass, create your account and save sites as you go.  You will have the security of never losing another password again. Your passwords are stored encrypted in a secure “vault” which you access with one master password.  It syncs across all your devices (home computer, laptop, iPad, smart phone) and can auto log into often visited sites, and it keeps your accounts and addresses readily available for online shopping with automatic and time saving form fills.

You can even share your login (while hiding the password) with trusted family members and friends or colleagues.

Email your customer list directly from a blog post

With our new system, you can automatically send email blasts to a selected MailChimp list – right from a WordPress blog post! What a time saver and a great way to send important and helpful information out. Look for setup instructions soon.

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