Tommy Oddo is an independent WordPress designer and WordPress developer in Austin, Texas who creates custom websites; optimizes and customizes existing websites; and provides ongoing maintenance and support for time-deprived entrepreneurs and marketing professionals.
Get a new, one-of-a-kind website that’s thoughtfully designed to meet your strategic objectives; differentiate your products and/or services among your competitors; and deliver an exceptional customer experience.
Get your existing website customized to maximize conversion rates; reduce visitors’ frustration; and improve your workflow. From complete makeovers, to custom templates; to custom graphics; and more.
Get your website regularly tuned to keep it secure, fast, and search-engine-friendly. Get WordPress and plugins safely updated on a regular basis; ensure rapid access to fresh backups for a rainy day.
Supplement your in-house capabilities with support from a U.S.-based pro— whether it’s moving your website to a new hosting company; fixing a broken website; one-on-one training; consulting; and more.
Never heard of WordPress? It's the most popular content management system (CMS) on the web today*. This free, open-source platform is used by individuals, small businesses, and Fortune 500 companies to self-publish and manage content on over 200 million websites and blogs. It is quite scalable; has an extensible plugin architecture; and, you won't be forced to use a single hosting provider, as many website solutions do. *Source: BuiltWith
All websites are hand-crafted by me, based on your business objectives; your target audience; and desired workflow (all of which I will help you clarify). This typically includes a Strategy Session (to define your objectives); the custom design of your website and graphics; and custom development (coding) of the website (the front-end) and WordPress (the back-end).
A couple of weeks ago, I quietly launched my new website. As you will see, this website redesign is flat and modern— clearly different than the illustrative retro design I created for the previous version.
The common practice of using predesigned WordPress Themes and other website templates has turned the web design industry on its head in just a few short years. Websites are easier to build and more affordable than ever. But it’s not all good news for clients. Here’s why.
Buying a website from a web design firm that caters to your specific industry seems like a no-brainer. After all, they’ve served so many others with similar interests, and their products and services are reasonably priced… at least on the surface. Let’s take a closer look at some of the potential pitfalls.
A sluggish website doesn’t just annoy you and your visitors— it can help push your website further down Google’s search results pages too. And the worst part is, you may have no idea it’s happening. Here’s what you can do to diagnose and speed up your website.
Yesterday afternoon I received a frantic call from a client I hadn’t heard from in 6 months. He left a voice message telling me that the website I designed and developed for his client— one that he had been “maintaining”— went down after he updated a few third-party plugins. Let’s take a look at how you can prevent this from happening to your WordPress website, and what I did to bring his website back to life.
If you want to limit what certain members of your web team can and can’t do when they log into your WordPress Dashboard, you, as the Administrator of the WordPress website, can assign one of five different “roles” to any individual:
The WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin helps you write better and it simplifies on-page search engine optimization (SEO). It can also help you avoid getting blacklisted. Let’s learn how to use the heart of this free, WordPress-only plugin— its “Page Analysis” feature.
The most popular search site in the U.S., Google, tells us to “base your optimization decisions first and foremost on what’s best for the visitors of your site”. As a web designer, I have always held the same belief. In fact, I think of myself as an advocate for your visitors (aka the user experience). And you should too. Here’s why.
When writing for the web, make your pages scannable. Put your headlines and subheads to good use. Use bulleted text lists and blockquotes when appropriate. And avoid the use of superlatives like “greatest”, “best-of-breed”, “super”, “amazing”, etc. Download this free writing template to help you get started.