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THE GEEK BEAT OCTOBER 2020

Is Your Digital House Haunted?

Zombie hand reaching from the ground in front of laptop
Image credit: Justia

It’s that time of year again for creepy crawlies, “snack-sized” candy bars that are anything but, and 12-foot skeletons that keep going out of stock.

For some oddball reason, we love to get the bejesus scared out of us. But as web developers, we can assure you that this love affair with scare doesn’t apply to your website.

So, what can make a website the scariest place on Earth?
  1. It feels abandoned.
  2. It’s too confusing.
  3. It looks too low budget.
  4. It looks unsafe.
Check out Smashing Magazine’s post for more ghoulish details about what can make visitors hightail it away from a (digital) house that feels haunted.
Is your site scary good or scary bad?

Voter Resources – For Colorado & Beyond


Member badge for Time To VoteWe Geeks are passionate about many diverse and wonderful things: from web design to space exploration, from world travel to catching errant sports balls.

We’re also passionate about voting.

To create an inclusive culture in our country, we need to include as many voices as possible. And voting is one of the key opportunities to do that.

November 3 is Election Day, and it’s a chance for our collective voices to be heard. In preparation, our team has been sharing various resources with each other, and we thought we’d share them with you too.

✅ Check out our latest post with some of our fave voting resources.

And if you have other voting intel you’ve found valuable, send it our way. Let’s get out the vote!

Accessibility Corner

⭐️ Highlights from the 2020 WordPress Accessibility Day
Sponsor page on the WordPress Accessibility Day website

On Oct 2, the Geeks took part in (and sponsored!) this year’s WordPress Accessibility Day.

We learned a lot during this 24-hour global event, and over the next few months, we’ll be sharing some of our favoritest tidbits with you. But first, let's start with these: Check back next month for more WordPress Accessibility Day highlights!

Upcoming Holiday Office Closures

Even with all the Halloween decor and gourds a-plenty, we’ve already started planning for the end-of-the-year holiday season … and some time away from our computers.

To help everyone unplug and refresh, we’re closing CodeGeek’s home offices during the following times over the next few months:

🤓 Oct 22 (professional development, one-day closure)
🦃 Nov 26 (Thanksgiving Day, one-day closure)
🎉 Dec 14-Jan 3 (final three weeks of the year)

Special note: The final day for any website launches is Wed, Dec 9.

Rest assured that between Dec 14-Jan 3, we'll still be available for urgent matters. For everything else, we'll get back to you as soon as possible in the New Year.

If you have any questions about how these closures might affect your current projects, please reach out to your project manager. Thank you!

Project Highlight

Homepage for The Club at Rock Creek
The Club at Rock Creek - Located in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, The Club at Rock Creek is a year-round residential community in the heart of the Pacific Northwest that combines breathtaking views with world-class recreation.

While their location is near-prefect, The Club at Rock Creek’s website was not. It was originally built on a repurposed theme that was preventing them from reaching their goals.

The Geeks partnered with DVA Advertising, who developed The Club at Rock Creek’s recent branding, to build a custom website just for Rock Creek and their residents.Golf hole flyover video gallery
In addition to the incredible photography, these are a few of our favorite things about this site:
  1. It’s built using the WordPress Block Editor (formerly Gutenberg), the native visual page editor developed by WordPress.
  2. We developed a custom WordPress theme based on our own lean and fast-loading CodeGeek theme.
  3. Included is a video gallery showcasing hole flyovers for each of the 18 holes of their golf course (above).
Did you know that custom is our sweet spot? Head on over to our portfolio for more geeky fun!

Where In The World Are The Geeks?

Chris and fam took in an early-morning hot air balloon liftoff during Labor Day weekend, which kicked off the local Harvest Festival.
Three hot air balloons lifting off

Megan and hubs spent an a-moose-ing six days backpacking through Wind River Mountain Range in Pinedale, WY.
Megan by the lake in sight of three moose

Mona took a trip to Hatch, NM, but all we can think about is her pup Zazzu in doggles.
Mona with pup Zazzu who is wearing doggles
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY ABOUT US
 
“You were awesome. I knew the project was being developed and running smoothly. [Our client] has continually said how much they love the site and are happy they went with CodeGeek to get it developed.”

Suzanne Bell, Bell Marketing Group

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