Absolute Beginners Guide to Root’s Trellis + Bedrock + Sage

Absolute Beginners Guide to Root’s Trellis + Bedrock + Sage

Posted on 30th, April 2018 9:12 AM by Spencer Hill

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I have a knack for hitting every possible obstacle. It stems from the early days of my education and is something I’ve had to hobble through life trying to mitigate. Since the internet though, I’ve found that there are many others like me. So when I try a new technology I am in the habit […]


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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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How to Make Money From WordPress Plugins

Posted on 15th, May 2014 4:42 PM by Spencer Hill

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In 2011 years ago we started thinking about releasing some Plugins into the wild with a hope that we could establish a legitimate revenue stream that was equivalent to the revenue we already generated from being one of the best search engine marketing companies and trusted website design and development companies.   $$ Boy am […]


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Merging a WordPress Database

Posted on 16th, February 2014 7:42 PM by Spencer Hill

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This article documents the problems developers face when attempting to diff and merge two databases of the same website to publish changes from development to a production environment that has new data that has been introduced to it since the development site was forked. _transient_random_seed is a value that appears, at least, in wp_options table. […]


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WordPress, Twitter Bootstrap, Boilerplate and SASS

Posted on 8th, November 2013 12:38 PM by Spencer Hill

Posted in: Programming, Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized, Website Development

This article is intended to clearly and concisely explain, to developers, how to optimally integrate Twitter’s Bootstrap, HTML5 Boilerplate and SASS/LESS into a WordPress Theme. I begin by explaining what each of those are and then contrasting their differences to highlight how they compliment (not compete with) one another. Furthermore I aim to provide a definitive demonstration of how […]


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Organic Stuffing and Organic Batting

Posted on 16th, October 2013 12:52 PM by Spencer Hill

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This article is intended to be a complete chart of organic materials and their common costs used as stuffing and batting. I wrote it for my own purposes, to the best of my knowledge, but happily invite others to use it and contribute suggestions! While I love owning and operating The Portland Company sometimes I […]


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Why did Google make the Chromebook Pixel?

Posted on 21st, February 2013 3:36 PM by Spencer Hill

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As soon as I saw the official page for the Chromebook Pixel I thought “Why?”. Ironically, today, I literally had just returned my Chromebook (Samsung Series 5) after a week of rigorous testing. Since my Browser, Mail, Contacts, Tasks, Calendar, Documents (word processor), Spreadsheets, Presentations, Phone, Video, TV, Movies, Music and oxygen are provided by Google in the cloud I began to […]


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Becoming the best Portland SEO companies.

Posted on 7th, February 2013 12:58 AM by Spencer Hill

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“The shoe shiners own shoes are last to be shined!” And so, too, with web development and SEO companies; they’re usually their worst client! Optimizing a website for an SEO company is like trying to sell a used car salesman his own car: it doesn’t get much harder. If you think about it, the SEO […]


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Optimizing for Competitive Terms Like Gulf Coast Vacation Rentals

Posted on 31st, January 2013 5:22 PM by Spencer Hill

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In our previous article we mentioned that we’ve gained Paradise Vacations, a Gulf Coast vacation rentals company, and this key phrase is proving to be a challenging term to optimize for! It’s been over 30 days and we’ve seen little improvement. This is highly unusual for as as we typically see our clients boost to the front […]


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Gulf Coast Vacation Rentals by ParadiseVacations4Rent.com

Posted on 29th, December 2012 11:21 AM by Spencer Hill

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We’ve adopted another new client to prove we’re one of the best SEO company’s out there: Paradise Vacations. This time we’ve been asked to optimize them for Gulf Coast Vacation Rentals so that they can burst their way into the global searches for that market. I’d love the chance to visit their locations in the […]


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How to watch Google Play videos on your iPhone or iPad

Posted on 20th, December 2012 8:42 PM by Spencer Hill

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Once you’re signed in, select your account name in the upper left again and viola! There is the “Purchases” menu! If you click it you’ll find your purchases and can watch them right there!


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Snow in Portland? It’s time for Portland heating installation by Efficiency Heating and Cooling

Posted on 15th, December 2012 1:03 PM by Spencer Hill

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If there is one thing we can rely on in Oregon, it’s for our winter’s to be cold and rainy. On occasion, we catch a glimpse of snow coming our way as well! Today was that day! While the weather makes some of us a bit miserable, it’s the high season for our new SEO […]


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Music Video Producers: Gordon Cowie

Posted on 28th, November 2012 7:14 PM by Spencer Hill

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Gordon Cowie, an Arizona based music video producer, was recently referred to us for a new website and some search engine optimization by our existing clients Urbane Wedding Company and EVO Ultrafit. I thought I’d give him a plug because he’s doing some particularly cool stuff. Gordon and his team have historically focused on commercial video production for […]


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Boost your company’s Google rankings with SEO

Posted on 17th, November 2012 8:12 PM by Spencer Hill

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Websites: The New “Brick-and-Mortar” for Modern Business As the economy evolves; marketing evolves with it. Custom built websites have become the staple of every business these days. Whether you use your website as an informational tool, or as a way to run your company completely online with eCommerce functionality; developing traffic is the key to seeing […]


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On-Page Vs. Off-Page

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On-Page Vs. Off-Page The following is a comparison of actual tasks we complete to improve your rankings. Off-Page Optimization On-Page Optimization Rankings Identify Current Keyword Rankings Site Search Search Terms Common Searches Other Relevant Keywords Track and Analyze Common Searches Optimize External Followed Links Build Links to Your Site Develop and Explore Link Building Opportunities Social Media We’ll review, enhance and develop a social media presence […]


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Wilsonville Graphic Designer Ink & Mouse

Posted on 7th, November 2012 10:39 AM by Spencer Hill

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We’ve recently started working with a new Wilsonville graphic designer; Carrie Postma, owner of Ink & Mouse, performing some search engine optimization for her company website. Ironically, she’s a neighbor of ours as we’re based in Wilsonville as well so we’ve had the joy of sharing a cup of Pumpkin Spice Latte with her in […]


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Google on the iPhone

Posted on 6th, October 2012 3:53 PM by Spencer Hill

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This article is written to document the available iPhone Apps for utilizing Google’s products and services and contrast them to those available on the Google Nexus running Android’s Jelly Bean OS. It is a living article that I will update as new information comes available until I’ve completed my research. Your feedback is very welcome! […]


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Google Chromebook Technical Review

Posted on 15th, August 2012 10:22 AM by Spencer Hill

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As a developer, I find myself enticed by the lure of upcoming technology. The problem is that often times technology isn’t quiet ready, so I return whatever it was and try it again months later. It’s like I have technology amnesia or something. I forget why I returned it, haha. So I’m writing this article […]


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Server Upgrade on Monday, July 27th, 2012 at 10PM until 6AM July 28th.

Posted on 23rd, July 2012 11:23 AM by Spencer Hill

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This notice is to inform our clients that the server will be undergoing scheduled maintenance to further improve the speed of web services as a complimentary accommodation for our clients. All websites may be unavailable between 10PM, PDT, on Monday July 27th until 6AM, on Tuesday July 28th.


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Scheduled Maintenance Friday June 15th from 6PM to 6AM Saturday June 16th

Posted on 14th, June 2012 9:39 AM by Spencer Hill

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This message is to inform you that there will be scheduled maintenance being performed on Friday June 15th beginning at approximately 6PM and will be in progress until approximately 6AM Saturday June 16th. At some point during this process your website may become temporarily unavailable. This will not have any impact on your email services. […]


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TPC Slideshow

Posted on 4th, June 2012 10:23 PM by Spencer Hill

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The Portland Company Slideshow plugin allows back end users to create multiple slideshows that display posts from multiple categories which front end users can cycle through via a previous and next buttons or by selecting the position indicator icon. Text, images and video can be displayed. Documentation is included in the plugin. Questions, bug reports […]


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Coda 2

Posted on 30th, May 2012 10:14 AM by Spencer Hill

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The following article is intended to be a top level overview of Coda 2 to help you decided whether or not to purchase it.   My first impressions: The application has been literally renamed from “Coda” to “Coda 2”. While I can’t see a legitimate problem with this, it’s annoying to me because the application […]


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Desktop Plus Cloud

Posted on 3rd, May 2012 4:35 PM by Spencer Hill

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For the time being, I am convinced there is a need for desktop applications to continue to be developed. Google is leading the way with the development of cloud based web applications and they’re doing a phenomenal job. But I experimented with Chrome as my OS for several weeks and discovered there are some major […]


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Google+ vs Facebook

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I remember when Facebook was first opened to the public. I couldn’t fathom what Facebook could offer that MySpace didn’t already. The same was true when I heard about Google+, some time ago, while I basked in the simplicity and usefulness of Facebook. Since then, I’ve been analyzing the differences, first hand, between the two […]


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How to Use Google as a Dropbox Like Service

Posted on 9th, April 2012 5:55 PM by Spencer Hill

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Fellow techies, I think Dropbox is great, but as usual I’m always looking to make things more efficient, this time by unifying things. Today I discovered the Go Sync which allows you to synchronize a specified folder on your computer with your Documents on Google, in the same way Dropbox does. The only difference is that you […]


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Switching from Mac OS X to Ubuntu

Posted on 3rd, April 2012 5:22 PM by Spencer Hill

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I’m writing this article as a reference for myself as I consider switching from Apple’s OS X operating system to Ubuntu. Why? It’s been something I’ve been contemplating for some time for some of the reasons I’ve listed below. First and foremost: OS X and it’s related and supported applications are proprietary. As a result […]


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How to Install Java (OpenJDK) on Ubuntu 10.04

Posted on 25th, March 2012 6:18 PM by Spencer Hill

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I was unable to find any official, working, documentation on the Ubuntu website regarding how to install Java onto Ubuntu. In fact, I read that OpenJDK comes preinstalled with Ubuntu, but if it is I certainly couldn’t find where it was located or how to start it. The command below will install and configure OpenJDK, […]


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Google Voice And The iPhone

Posted on 2nd, March 2012 11:24 AM by Spencer Hill

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I get a $185 monthly bill from AT&T for data & voice usage on the two iPhones my wife and I use. I miss Cricket. I have no complaints about the quality of service I receive from AT&T. But, since I work from my home office, I use my Google Voice account to send and […]


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Facebook Business Pages With Timeline View

Posted on 29th, February 2012 2:10 PM by Spencer Hill

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As you may have heard, Facebook is revising the way Business Pages work so they utilize the timeline view. You can read more about what exactly is changing, how it will look, and how to interact with it on Facebook. But we wanted to highlight the key changes we’ve identified and what we can do […]


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How to install the Android SDK onto Apple’s OS X Lion

Posted on 8th, February 2012 12:50 PM by Spencer Hill

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I had difficulty finding straightforward instructions on how to install the Google Android SDK onto Apple’s OS X Lion so I could test websites. Eventually I merged the instructions provided by this Ben Hedrington with the instructions provided on the official Google Android SDK page and was successful. So I’ve written revised instructions below for Apple’s […]


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