API Integrations for Beginners

June 21st, 2017  /  Development

API Integrations for Beginners

Non-developers have often heard the term "API" thrown around in meetings, or read it on software-as-a-service websites, but frequently are confused as to what an API is or why it's useful. If one were to look up the term in a technology dictionary, they'd find that API stands for Application Programming Interface, but what does…
Andrew Martin
Andrew Martin

August 1st, 2016  /  Development

5 Questions to Ask a Shared Web Hosting Provider

As a digital agency working in the fields of web design and web development, we're frequently asked about web hosting options and which hosting platform we recommend. There is no one correct answer; site traffic, features, and the client's budget are all important considerations when choosing a web hosting package. The majority of our clients…
Andrew Martin
Andrew Martin

May 19th, 2016  /  Development

A Look Inside Regal’s Unique Website Development Process

After explaining our web design and development process to a client (or prospective client), we're often greeted with "huh...interesting. I've never heard of anyone doing it like that before". It's true, our process is unique and sometimes takes someone a bit longer to wrap their head around, but we believe we're justified in our decision to…
Andrew Martin
Andrew Martin

March 22nd, 2016  /  Development

Website Security Certificates – Not Just for E-Commerce Anymore

Since the early days of widespread public internet use, website security certificates (frequently referred to as SSL certificates) have been predominantly associated with e-Commerce. The reason is obvious - the financial information transmitted during an e-Commerce transaction is extremely dangerous in the wrong hands, and it's therefore crucial--to both the buyer and the seller--that this…
Andrew Martin
Andrew Martin

April 8th, 2015  /  Design, Development

4 Reasons Why Cheap Themes Only Get You So Far

Not everyone can afford (or wants to pay for) professional web design and development... and hey, you know what, we get it. You're a new business, or you're just not that invested in being serious with the internet. It's cool. But did you know that more often than not, especially with the internet, you get…
Kyle Faber
Kyle Faber

January 14th, 2015  /  Design, Development, Marketing, Strategy

Regal Wins Small Agency Award

Milwaukee's Regal Creative Awarded with Silver Award for Website Design from AIVA International Davey Awards Milwaukee, WI (JANUARY 14, 2015) - Third Ward digital agency, Regal Creative, was selected from nearly 4,000 entries for a Silver Award for www.VICICapilli.com. The 2014 Davey Awards judged entries from across the US and around the world, and honored…
Kyle Faber
Kyle Faber

October 20th, 2014  /  Development

The Great American WordPress Hosting Speed Test, pt. 2: Front End

In part one of this series, I signed up for, and set up an identical test Wordpress site on, five popular web hosting packages, each being specifically marketed to Wordpress users. As physical proximity plays a key role in determining page load time, I was interested in the physical location of each hosted test site.…
Andrew Martin
Andrew Martin

October 2nd, 2014  /  Development

The Great American WordPress Hosting Speed Test, pt. 1: Welcome

I've been working with, and thinking about, web hosting a lot lately. My last post, which offered general tips on choosing a web host, made me want to dig deeper and put some of the more popular web hosting options to the test. Great reliability, and a responsive support team are both incredibly important but tricky to…
Andrew Martin
Andrew Martin

September 11th, 2014  /  Development

How to Avoid Bad Web Hosting Before it’s Too Late

Before (or during) a website build for a client, one of the most common questions we receive is "who should I choose for web hosting?" Although no specific solution is right for everyone, criteria does exist which can be very helpful in finding a good web hosting option, and perhaps more importantly, eliminating bad ones. Public…
Andrew Martin
Andrew Martin

December 17th, 2012  /  Development

Adding an Apple Touch Icon to Your Site

During the past several years, mobile web use has exploded. Currently, mobile devices account for about 12% of web traffic in the US, and this number is widely expected to continue to grow rapidly. Apple devices, which account for about 50% of mobile traffic, offer a handy feature called "Add to Home Screen," where users…
Andrew Martin
Andrew Martin

November 30th, 2012  /  Development

Five Simple Plugins to Make Managing Your WordPress Site Easier

Out of the box, Wordpress sites are very easy to manage, and come with a lot of helpful features built in. Thankfully, the developers of Wordpress don't try to include every feature anyone could ever want, as this would make the CMS harder to administrate, and would decrease performance. If your Wordpress site is lacking…
Andrew Martin
Andrew Martin

November 6th, 2012  /  Development

How Much Does Web Server Proximity Affect Web Site Speed?

It has long been suggested that having a web server located in close physical proximity to the majority of your user base is an important element to having a fast web site. This assertion makes sense in that the closer one computer is to another, the shorter the distance data has to travel. Additionally, when…
Andrew Martin
Andrew Martin

October 17th, 2012  /  Development

Quick Tips: Expecting Traffic Spikes? Get Your Site Ready!

Every website owner's goal is to increase traffic to their site. But what if your site gets too much traffic in a short period of time? Will your site go down? Will it run so slowly that impatient users will leave prematurely? From having your site linked to from a major blog, to a traditional…
Andrew Martin
Andrew Martin

February 20th, 2012  /  Development

Decrease your Bounce Rate and Increase your SEO with a CDN

Two goals that all web site owners share are keeping visitors on their sites longer and ranking higer in organic search results, and there is an easy and low-cost way that can help achieve these goals: a content delivery network (CDN). What is a CDN? In short, a CDN is a network of servers that…
Andrew Martin
Andrew Martin

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