Visualizing data and ideas: Visual content that engages, explains, & informs.

Data Visualization & Infographics

Infographics, data visualizations, and diagrams have the capacity to help us understand and make sense of complex topics. Learn more>>

Animated Video Explanations

Video is the most engaging form of visual communication and has become the preferred media on the Internet. Learn more >>

Web Development & Website Management

WordPress Website Development
Website Content Management
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Are You Blogging for Your Business?

If not, why not. I’ve been advocating for years that businesses need to incorporate blogs into their online presence. It’s one of the best ways to get relevant content on your website that will attract customers as well as the search engines. Want to rank higher in Google? Then you need lots of good content. How do you get that? Blog! If you’re on Maui and you’d like to learn more about how to blog for your business, consider signing up for Peter Liu’s upcoming workshop, Blogging for your Business, Friday, April 30 from 8:00 am to noon. Online registration is available on the High Tech Maui website. In the meantime if you’re still confused or uncertain about what blogs are, how people use them or what the big deal about them is, check out Common Craft’s classic video explanation, Blogs in Plain... read more

Search Engine Optimization Expectations

You’ve got a website, but in a sea of billions of web pages, how easy is it for people to find your website using a search engine like Google? SEO, or search engine optimization, is the process of improving and increasing the traffic to your website. There’s a huge industry of companies out there who specialize in getting your website to rank higher in Google and other search engines. There’s also lots of scams with incredible-sounding promises. I get a lot of questions from clients about optimizing for search engines. I like to refer people to this great video by Sage Lewis, president of SEO firm, that lays it all out rather... read more

Setting Up Time-lapse Video

As part of my upcoming WordPress for your Business Website Workshop I want to give a quick overview of the process of going from scratch to a basic structure to show people how simple it is and how there’s no coding involved. I thought a fun way to do that would be to set up a new sight and do a video capture of that, then speed it up. The result is this sped up overview of setting up up a website for business covering just the basics of selecting a theme, defining some basic settings and setting up a basic site structure with some pages, topping it off with adding some widgets to the sidebar – all in less then 4 minutes (actually it took about 18 minutes before speeding up the video screen capture). Obviously I don’t expect anyone to be able the details of this. The detailed steps will be shown and discussed afterward. If you’re wondering, the site I’m setting up is a fictitious business site for my dog, Sookie. She’s going to have some schwag to sell (wag schwag?) like T-shirts and services as well. The capture and editing of this was done with Techsmith’s Camtasia, exported to .mov, then imported to iMovie, sped up, then exported... read more

Upcoming WordPress for your Business Website Workshop

Every business needs a website. But historically, to build a website, you either needed to know how to code a website, or hire someone who did. But with the advent of free, open source internet publishing tools like WordPress, you don’t HAVE to know how to code. Though it started out as a blogging platform, WordPress is now a very capable online publishing tool and content management system that you can use to build your entire site with – not just a blog. So, why is this good news for you? You can create a website and update its content on your own without having to know HTML. You can easily create new pages or edit existing pages using a simple text editor. As part of a series of workshops sponsored by High Tech Maui for the local Maui business community, I’ll be doing a workshop in May about setting up a website using WordPress. The date is tentatively set for Tuesday, May 25, 8:00 – noon. Seating will be limited to 20. Stay tuned for registration details. I’ll also be posting much of the content of the workshop, as presentation or video, here on this site after the workshop. Peter Liu will be doing an introduction to blogging for business workshop on April 30 that might be a good prerequisite for mine. Registration is now open for that, but will likely fill up fast. I’m still working on content and material for the workshop, here’s what I have so far. It will start with a conceptual overview of WordPress, followed by a presentation of screenshots and videos to show... read more

WordPress Theme Development

Over the course of the last 6 months or so, I’ve implemented website redesigns for two websites for the Maui Economic Development Board, and As part of the redesign for each of these two sites, we incorporated WordPress to handle the news sections of these sites. For various reasons, the remainder of the two sites were custom-built using Coldfusion. But the news sections were implemented with WordPress in order to allow MEDB staff to update the news sections themselves. The WordPress implementation included creating two custom WordPress themes to match the new, branded look for each of the sites. While I wouldn’t recommend custom WordPress theme creation for anyone not familiar with HTML or CSS, if you have an intermediate level understanding of the two, chances are good that you can create your own WordPress theme. That’s a testament to how powerful and flexible WordPress is in my opinion. If you’re interested in learning how to create your own WordPress theme, check out the WordPress Theme Development... read more