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WordCamp Asheville 2019!

Hello from Janine, Project Manager here at Big Boom Design. Once again, I’m writing this from our office in West Asheville. The rain has made a quiet, productive atmosphere today, I’m hearing a lot of quiet clicking and key tapping. But the excitement is building. We’re only two days out from WordCamp Asheville 2019! We are so pleased to be Gold Sponsors of WordCamp Asheville for two years in a row. Boomer, a founding organizer, has been an avid supporter of the local WordPress community for many years and we’re happy to be involved in WordCamp at nearly every level. Some of us are volunteering at Precamp, the day-long WordPress bootcamp Boomer’s leading on Friday. I’m speaking Saturday afternoon about project management on the cheap. We’ll be hanging around the booth Saturday and Sunday, stop by and say hello or meet more of the team. Make sure you pick up some new swag or challenge us to a holodeck battle–er, vintage console video game. On the Theme It’s especially significant to me to be speaking at WordCamp this year because of the Star Trek theme. I’m a pretty casual fan myself, but my grandmother was an avid watcher of all the shows. She inducted all her kids and grandkids into not just science fiction television, but also scifi literature and a general interest in space, along with my engineer grandpa. Whenever I stayed over at their house, the evening’s activity...

WordCamp Asheville 2018!

Hello from Janine, Project Manager here at Big Boom Design. I’m writing this from our office in West Asheville. A couple miles away, Boomer’s in a room on the A-B Tech campus with all the folks who signed up for Pre-Camp, giving a crash course on building a WordPress website. We are so pleased to be Gold Sponsors of WordCamp Asheville this year. It means a lot to us that the WordPress community in Asheville is so vibrant–WordCamp Asheville is always a lot of fun on top of all the new things we learn about WordPress and websites every year. This year, make sure you stop by the Big Boom Design booth to try your hand at some vintage video games (did the WordCamp theme finally catch up with our fav booth activity??) and take a stab at winning a gift certificate to a local hotspot. We’ve also got a couple of our staff sharing their expertise in sessions on both Saturday and Sunday, myself included! There’s so much happening, and it’s sure to be quite a time. Anyway, I’ve got to wrap this up before my laptop dies–FYI we’ll have some chargers and charging cables available for you to use while you swing on 8-bit vines or challenge Boomer to a round of Smash Brothers. It’s going to be a great WordCamp and I hope I see you...
Five Ways To Make Your Images Work For You

How do I optimize my images for better SEO? – WordPress Edition

To paraphrase an old saying: If content is on your site but no on knows it’s there, is it there at all? The answer, of course, is yes. It’s there. Let me show you how to optimize your images so people don’t miss the forest for the trees. Avoid embedding text into images Browsers and search engines can’t read a picture of text. Not sure what that means? Try to highlight the text in the photo above. You can’t, because while editing the photo, I typed in some words and saved the whole thing as a JPG. Whenever possible, avoid putting your most important message directly into an image. This way, you’ll get that message to a much wider audience. Give images informative filenames When you take a photo, your camera has no way of knowing what the contents of that photo are (stupid camera). So, the camera does the only thing it can. It assigns a generic filename to the image according to some predefined internal naming system. Take a moment to run a Google image search for image001 or DCMIMAGE4 and you’ll find a wasteland of unrelated images that are all but lost to search engines. This is where your site’s images are likely to show up if you don’t name them properly. Thankfully, this is an easy thing to do. If your image is of the black 2007 Honda Civic Coupe you have for sale, you wouldn’t name it “20160425_092402.jpg”. Instead, you might name it...

Free Divi Child Theme

The WordPress theme from Elegant Themes named Divi has changed the way that many people build websites. Here at Big Boom Design it is our WordPress Theme of choice. Even this website that you’re on right now was built on Divi. The extreme functionality, responsive design, built-in page layouts and ease of use are just of a few of the amazing features that makes this theme our go-to theme for building WordPress sites. We’ve decided to offer up our Divi Child Theme for FREE! The child theme gives you a great base to build out your next website. Here are a few of the child theme features: Set length of excerpt Set read more text Set Featured image size Hide projects custom post type Sets up some syntax elements that will let you easily create your own additions Download your copy of the Divi Child...
Asheville WordCamp Organizer Photo Shoot

WordCamp 2015 Organizer Group Photo

Time lapse Video by: Boomer Sassmann For more videos visit the Big Boom Design YouTube channel I’d like to give a big shout out to all the awesome 2015 Asheville WordCamp organizers. This little time lapse was made from 157 still shots that were taken on my GoPro....
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The WordCamp Schedule is Here!

The Schedule has arrived! Get ready to make some tough decisions, because we’ve got a great set this year. Our speakers are preparing some wonderful sessions – see what’s in store by checking out the full WordCamp schedule now! Click on each session to read a description of the talk and who’s giving it. Or click on the speaker to read their bio. You can also view the long list of all sessions here. View the Tracks All Users  Business  Design and Front-End Developer Excited about a certain session? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook. Thanks to our wonderful sponsors! Copyright 2015 WordCamp Asheville, All rights...