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THE GEEK BEAT NOVEMBER 2019

It's A Plugin Party And You're Invited 🎉

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Okay, so there isn’t actually a party. But if we were to have one, you’d totally be on the list.

We do, however, invite you to think through this question with us: How many plugins are too many?

The answer isn’t as straightforward as one might think because it really comes down to two things:
  1. quality vs. quantity
  2. your site goals
This article by WPBeginner is a great place to start when answering this question for yourself. It’s written for the everyday Joe or Joanne, beginning with an intro to WordPress plugins and ending with advice on picking the best ones for your site.

Give this article a whirl and, as always, the Geeks are here to answer any questions.
Let’s get this plugin party started.

Reloading Our Brain Pans @ An Event Apart

Almost full room at An Event Apart Denver
Every year, we send a contingent of Geeks to various conferences to represent (and to learn, of course). In October, Megan, David and Ron attended An Event Apart Denver to dive deep into design, code and content.

As expected, they came back with oodles of insights, but we couldn’t possibly cover all of them here. So instead, we’ll share just a few yummy morsels.

During his presentation “The Customer-Obsessed Professional,” Gerry McGovern said, "Don't optimize for the search engine. Optimize for the searcher." I've come to know this, but it’s good to hear it again. Prioritize serving your audience and what they need instead of prioritizing gaming the search engine. 
—David
mybrowser.fyi report

One tool that is an instant troubleshooting gamechanger is mybrowser.fyi. If you go to that link, it gives you a shareable URL that provides the information we need to start troubleshooting site issues.
—Megan


Farai Madzima's talk “Working Together in Diverse Teams” was very insightful and practical. He recommended two books, which we hope to add to our CodeGeek library: —Ron

Welcome, Cathy!

New Geek Cathy PotterCathy Potter joins the Geeks after almost three decades working for the Credit Union of Colorado, so you could say we stole her from the bank. (Shhh…)

As our newest project manager and our first staff accountant, Cathy’s already infused our team with her collaborative spirit and number-crunching geekiness.

Now that the weather is getting chilly, we expect her to swap her running shoes for the snow variety. Welcome, Cathy!

🦃 Holiday Closures Reminder 🎄

It's time for roaring fires, hot beverages and spending time with loved ones. (Or reading a book under a blanketwe don't judge.)

Which is our way of reminding you that the CodeGeek office will be closed during the following times over the holidays:
  • Nov 28-29 (Thanksgiving holiday, two-day closure)
  • Dec 23-Jan 5 (final two weeks of the year)
Rest assured that during these closures, we will be available for website emergencies (and a second piece of pumpkin pie). For everything else, we'll get back to you as soon as possible after those dates.

Project Highlights

Have you ever held up your shampoo bottle in the shower and accepted the Emmy for best supporting actor in a daytime drama? For the Geeks, that daydream came true. Well, except for the shampoo bottle and daytime Emmy thing.

We were recently honored with awards acknowledging our work on two websites, both in partnership with Warehouse Twenty One for the design.

Cheyenne Botanic Gardens website
Davey Award, Silver Award Winner
Cheyenne Botanic Gardens website won a Davey Award!


Warehouse Twenty One website redesign
Global Trend Award, Ascent Winner
Warehouse Twenty One website won a GT Award!

We are immensely thrilled that we get to work on amazing projects like these with amazing partners like Warehouse Twenty One. If you'd like to read more, head on over to our Awards page.

Where In The World Are The Geeks?

Speaking of brain pans, we filled ours to the brim at our biennial CodeGeek conference back in October. (More photos on our Facebook page!)
The Geeks during our biennial conference

When Geeks get sick, Geeks get corny. Must be the Nyquil.
When Geeks get sick

Ada’s pupper Pierce doesn’t like the cold. Good thing he’s got her lap to keep him toasty. (Check out his recent pup contest against Leah’s cuddle bug Maya!)
Ada's pup Pierce
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY ABOUT US
 
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Brooklyn Schacht, Warehouse Twenty One

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