Blog Posts Category: Tips and Tricks

What should I pay for Google AdWords management?

Posted on 6th, April 2018 6:32 PM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: AdWords, Pay Per Click Management

If you’re investigating hiring a company to manage your advertising on Google AdWords (and other platforms) then this article was written specifically to help you understand the typical pricing models and the pros and cons. This article specifically talks about Google AdWords, but it really can apply to other platforms like Facebook Advertising, Instagram Advertising, […]


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What is professional logo design?

Posted on 20th, March 2018 2:08 PM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Digital Design, Digital Marketing, Uncategorized, Website Development

These days, it’s easy to create your own logo or remotely hire individuals for as little as $5. Yet, some agencies still charge hundreds, or thousands of dollars to create them. Why is this? And which one should I choose?   Shorter Answer Regardless of who you hire here’s what you should get: A horizontal […]


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Roots Issue #12: Code, styles, not updating

Posted on 7th, December 2017 5:01 AM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Bedrock, Roots, Sage Theme, Trellis, Ubuntu

The Issue Recently, I discovered that when I saved my code it was no longer appearing when I reloaded the website while working locally in development. This occurred along with this error so I thought they were connected.   The Solution It turned out that when you run gulp –production that the Theme begins to look in […]


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Roots Issue #11

Posted on by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Roots, Trellis, Ubuntu

[Browsersync] Couldn’t open browser (if you are using BrowserSync in a headless environment, you might want to set the open option to false) I have built several sites with Roots stack now and suddenly, BrowserSync is no longer working on one of them. However, BrowserySync is working on all the others. So this suggests to […]


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Roots Issue #10

Posted on 17th, November 2017 5:40 AM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Bedrock, Roots, Sage Theme, Trellis, Ubuntu

Today I switched from my Mac to my Linux Ubuntu and attempted to continue working on a Roots site. After cloning it down and using vagrant up to start the server and the site. Then I noticed the sites styling was broken. So I looked at the main.css stylesheet and discovered it was not found. So […]


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Roots Issue #7: What to do when your Theme styles on Staging or Production are broken.

Posted on 5th, November 2017 11:21 PM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Bedrock

Disclaimer: First of all, if you don’t realize that there are possibly many causes for this type of issue, you probably need more experience in website development in general. Particularly mastering HTML and CSS.   Today, I deployed a site to Staging. This means that I: Opened Terminal on my Mac / Linux Ubuntu machine. […]


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The First 5 Things You Should Know When Using ‘Screen’

Posted on 15th, October 2017 6:59 PM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Bash / Shell, Programming

What is screen? screen is program that allows you to use multiple windows (virtual VT100 terminals) in Unix. In other words, instead of having a bunch of tabs open in Terminal to do different things at the same time you can run the commands below to show and hide them.   1. How to use […]


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Roots Error #1 – Failed to connect to the host via ssh: Permission denied (publickey).

Posted on 5th, October 2017 6:53 AM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Bedrock, Roots, Trellis

Earlier this year we began using Roots’ Trellis, Bedrock and Sage to develop and manage websites. While the system is everything WordPress should be. There are some things it should not be. One of them is temperamental, another is incredibly complicated. Today I’m working on our third project with Roots. But simultaneously with our second and […]


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Roots Error #3 – ERROR! Invalid vars plugin version from /Users/myusers/Sites/mysite.com/trellis/lib/trellis/plugins/vars/version.py

Posted on by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Bedrock, PHP, Programming, Roots, Sage Theme, Trellis

Aaaand we’re back. If you saw or read my previous two articles, those were related to project #2. This article, however, is related to project #3.   The Problem I created the site and successfully worked on it on my Linux Ubuntu machine. I successfully deployed my work from development to staging went to bed. And then […]


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Roots Error #4 – composer create-project roots/sage mysite 8.5.3 zsh: command not found: composer

Posted on by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Bedrock, Linux, Mac, Roots, Sage Theme, Trellis, Ubuntu

This year we began using Roots’ Trellis, Bedrock and Sage to develop and manage websites. So far, I’ve only successfully completed one. But I’m actively working on three others. All riddled with obnoxious problems that seem to appear out of nowhere. Luckily for me, I have four computers. Two Macs, one Windows and one Linux […]


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