Is WordPress Website Down?

Sometimes WordPress just crashes...

Whether it’s the WordPress.com site or your own WordPress self-hosted website, sometimes it might go offline and if it does, you’d like to know about it! If you’re sure it’s down, then you’ll want to get WordPress working as soon as possible. But how can you tell for sure if it’s down? Oftentimes there are issues that are just on … Read More

Finding the Right Website Design Company in Minnesota

By Brian Johnson You’ve filed your articles of incorporation, your marketing plan is written, and your new business is ready to roll. There’s only one thing missing: the website. If you’re like most of our clients, your website is the very last thing you take care of for your new business. It’s important of course – critical even – and … Read More

The 2 Biggest SEO Lies

Pants Literally on Fire

By Brian Johnson SEO is the only way to grow your business. …Or is it? Sentiments like this are increasingly accepted as fact since SEO rose to popularity in the early 2000s. Web Developers and marketing “gurus” at this point are telling small businesses that if they ever hope to get new clients, they need to invest thousands in an … Read More

Introducing: PageCrafter

After many months of careful planning, we are extremely pleased to announce that Brian Johnson Design is now PageCrafter! We first opened our doors (figuratively) in the fall of 2011 and since that time we’ve continued to grow and improve. It’s been a long and rewarding journey and we’ve met some amazing people along the way. Along with this growth … Read More

How to ACTUALLY Get a Google Maps API Key Easily

Page on Google Maps API Key Site

They’ve got all the money in the world and the best and brightest minds from across the globe, and yet somehow Google seems to have no idea how to make things intuitive. If you’re like me, you thought it would be the easiest thing in the world to get a new Google Maps API key, but found yourself on sales … Read More

When Competition Comes Together

Union Falls

Recently one of my largest clients had a major website emergency. Out of nowhere, they were unable to accept credit card payments properly on their website, and the complaints were starting to mount. We deal with issues like this all the time, but this time was a bit tricky. The issue was that their plugin they used to accept these … Read More

New Website for Division 12 of the APA Launched

We are proud to announce the launch of a new website for Dissemination & Implementation, a project of the Society of Clinical Psychology. This is a project we’ve been collaborating with for some time and are happy to reveal to the general public. One of the biggest concerns from Division 12 (SCP) was regarding the extensive blocks of content that … Read More

How to Prevent SSL Warning When Redirecting to Non-SSL

This is just one of those things that’s just so annoying to deal with as a developer. For whatever reason, you have traffic coming to an HTTPS link on your website, even though you don’t have an SSL. “Not a problem,” you say to yourself. “I’ll just redirect it to HTTP!” If only it were that easy. You’ll find if … Read More

Top 9 Minnesota Manufacturing Websites

The current state of Manufacturing websites in Minnesota is, quite frankly, very poor at the moment. I looked through hundreds of websites and was disheartened at the lack of quality I found. It seems many manufacturing companies don’t put much stock in their website, which is a shame. Even for B2B companies and those in Manufacturing and other industrial areas, … Read More

How to Pass a PHP Variable to JavaScript – Easy Way

For something seemingly so straight-forward, you would think that the information out there would be a bit better on this subject. Passing a variable from PHP to JavaScript is actually very easy! There are just a couple things you need to keep in mind and some ways to do it to ensure it actually works. I find that putting the … Read More