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Big Blue

Great Blue Heron

September 2014

Print of the Month

September’s print of the month is “Big Blue” from our Black and White collection. A Great Blue Heron takes flight amidst the tall marsh grass of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Beautifully lit with morning dew drops and a light fog to enrich the atmosphere. All print options will be offered at a special discount. A 36 ” x 24″ canvas gallery wrap is available at an even greater savings. All discounts are reflected in price. Prices are good through September 30, 2014.

Day at the Beach No. 3

Day at the Beach 3

July 2014

Print of the Month Collection

Day at the Beach No. 3 is part of a light and fun series created using a lensbaby selective focus lens. A vintage inspired print of the ferris wheel on Atlantic Avenue in Virginia Beach, Virginia. All prints of Day at the Beach No. 3 are offered at a significant savings for the month of July. Discounts are reflected in price. We are also offering a “24 x 36″ limited time promotion canvas gallery wrap at 50% savings. Prices are good thru midnight on July 31, 2014.

Rise and Shine

Rise and Shine

June 2014

Print of the Month Collection

Rise and Shine has been chosen as our June 2014 Print of the Month. Traces of surf trail across the sand as sunrise highlights the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier. All prints of Rise and Shine have been discounted $10-$70 according to size. Discounts are reflected in price. We are also offering a “40 x 30″ limited time promotion canvas gallery wrap at 50% savings. Prices are good thru midnight on June 30, 2014.

Sweet Magnolia Charm

Magnolia Series Nine

Magnolia Series

This year we are introducing a series of prints celebrating the beauty and grace of the Southern Magnolia. The delicate, fragrant bloom of the Sweet Magnolia is a cherished treasure in the South. It does not reveal its secrets freely however, one must wait patiently as the bud begins to open, then move quickly for a chance to capture its elegance. Gentle coaxing and teasing can encourage the bloom to reveal its wholeness, always being respectful with much gratitude. Canvas Gallery Wraps, Metal Prints, and Custom Framed prints are available in our Fine Art America Flowers Gallery.

Adventures in WordPress PT 2

It’s all about the PlugIns….

Continuing along the learning curve of WordPress and web design. I absolutely loved the originality of the theme I purchased from themeforest; however, I mentioned last week it took awhile to get it up and running as I had envisioned. Being new to WordPress I thought at first I was limited to the theme functionality, but boy was I wrong. I had actually made a great choice, I had the creative design I wanted and an entire library of plugins to add the functionality I needed. With a little research and a click of a button you have all you ever wanted but didn’t know to ask for. One of my first plugins was WP Google Fonts developed by Adrian Hanft. It is very easy to set up and use. It offers a large selection of the Google Web Fonts. Just remember you could spend a long time cycling through the fonts via the plug in, so better if you visit Google Web Fonts and narrow down your choices, then apply the ones you like.

I also needed to add a contact form. The WordPress plugin directory is massive so once again I read articles, reviews, and tutorials to narrow down the best choices. I chose Contact form 7 by Takayuki Miyoshi, it’s easy to use, simple, and free.

Next I added the WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin by Joost de Valk which was a smooth install and offers a lot of flexibility. It improved the theme’s seo structure ten fold. In fact, I was on the first page of one of my keyword searches within two days.

I wanted to add a social bookmarking plugin but the one I like didn’t play nice with my theme.  I chose SexyBookmarks by Shareaholic but it showed up in places that it shouldn’t, since I could not find a fix I’m waiting on that one.

I love the ease that a scroll to the top button provides and the Cudazi Scroll to Top plugin by Cudazi works perfectly.

Another great plugin that works like a charm is the No Right Click Images Plugin by Keith P. Graham.  My theme did offer right click protection but it blocked being able to copy text and links and it allowed dragging photos to the desktop. This plugin is a custom fit.  It prevents right clicking and dragging images to the desktop but allows the right click on text.

My last choice is a cache plug-in. I’ve narrowed it down to WP Super Cache and W3 Total Cache. I am leaning towards WP Super Cache but still need a little more research.

It is highly recommended to always have a back up of your site before upgrading WordPress or adding plugins.  Luckily I’ve had no problems. Even when the plugin issues could not be resolved I was able to simply deactivate it and remove it. All in all I think WordPress is a powerful platform which if you are willing to learn can make web life quite a bit easier and a heck of a lot of fun.

 

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