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20 Years of Crimson Screams

Way back when, June 1999 to be exact, I was working a dead-end job at Macy’s in Manhattan, so I decided to take a night class at the New School University to learn the basics of Web Design. I invested $650.00 in a six-week class, the first step in a career change. Definitely money well spent! I registered my first domain name, www.crimsonscreams.com, long before SSL Certificates were issued for personal websites…

I built my author website using HTML—WordPress didn’t exist yet—and frames, a now defunct  layout. And will virtually all of my client websites are WordPress sites, knowing how to code by hand comes in handy!

Crimson Screams is still alive and well, and I still code all updates by hand. ;)

NYC Crime Fiction, Amy Grech

Sometimes, they come back…

I’ve been a Freelance SEO Strategist for over 20 years now. I always welcome repeat business from previous clients with one caveat: I cannot offer the same rate I did when I was first starting out way back when because I now possess a wealth of experience that I did not have 20 years ago.

Several former clients have approached me recently via LinkedIn. I turned two of them down because one tried to lowball me, and the other one had not converted his website to WordPress, and it simply wasn’t worth the effort to download all of the HTML files from their server, create master versions, and re-upload them when the work was complete. There are also former clients who recognize the increased value of my vast knowledge and are happy to pay my higher rates without batting an eye!

NYC Crime Fiction, Amy Grech

Digital Content Strategist Seeking New Clients

I've been a successful Digital Content Strategist for over 17 years. I offer the following services: Blogging, Content Management, Copywriting, Enewsletter Creation via ConstantContact and MailChimp, LinkediIn Profile Management, Organic SEO, SEM, Photoshop Retouching, WordPress Management, and YouTube Channel Management.

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WordPress Woes

So my new client wants to use WordPress for one of his websites.  I've been coding by hand for 11 years now; I've also used several content management systems that let you toggle between a Visual and an HTML tab.  I usually had to clean up code via the HTML tab--I love to code, it relaxes me and the layout is error-free that way...

If you want to add want to make a WordPress site SEO friendly, you'll need to install a plugin...Seriously???  I tried to layout three images above some text; the trext wrapped around the last image.  Not the effect I had in mind.  I tried adding line breaks; when that didn't work, I resorted to paragraph breaks, but WordPress did not acknowledge my code.  I believe WordPress id driven by PHP; therein lies the rub...

Also wondering if it's possible to create a thumbnail gallery and create relevant pages that reveal a larger version of each thumbnail?

Let me say, I'm brand new to WordPress.  Can any WordPress pros out there shed some light on the subject of creating tables in WordPress without borders that blend seemlessly with the background color?  I created a table via the HTML tab with a border of 0 and a background color of white, to match the site background, but WordPress added an ugly border around the table.  Guess there's a plugin for that...