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Joe Bradley Photography

Joe Bradley Photography

Joe Bradley Photography
CMS / Web Design
DEAF Way Interpreting Service

DEAF Way Interpreting Service

DEAF Way Interpreting Service
CMS / Development / Redesign / Web Design
Professional Correctional Medicine – ProCorMed.com

Professional Correctional Medicine – ProCorMed.com

Professional Correctional Medicine – ProCorMed.com
CMS / Redesign
BalloonStormers
CMS / Development / Redesign / Web Design
The Canvas on Broadway

The Canvas on Broadway

The Canvas on Broadway
CMS / Development / Web Design
Y107.com
CMS / Development / Web Design
EngelskaGymnasiet.se

EngelskaGymnasiet.se

EngelskaGymnasiet.se
CMS / Development

Services

Inexpensive websites for Small Businesses. But not Cheap.

Services

What I Can Do For You

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“A website is your face on the internet. Make it a good one.” No business should exist without a web presence today. Let a fellow small business owner, Me, help you get started or fix what you already have. Don’t spend thousands with a bloated agency.

http://ellisbenus.com/wp-content/themes/hypax/assets/icons/globe_48.pngAdvertising & Branding

You are advertising whether you know it or not. People are talking about your company. You can help guide, if not control, the perception and conversation about your company. You may be small, but that does NOT make you insignificant or powerless.

http://ellisbenus.com/wp-content/themes/hypax/assets/icons/pie_chart_48.pngAnalytics & Optimization

You cannot manage what you do not measure. Operating a website without data is like driving a car without a windshield. How did visitors get to your site? Where are they going once they get there? How long are they there? What’s your most popular content? All of these answers come from Analytics.

http://ellisbenus.com/wp-content/themes/hypax/assets/icons/clock_48.pngConsulting & Strategy

Give me a few minutes of your time to figure out the best options for your goals, budget and timeline. Nothing breaks my heart more than seeing small business owners ripped off. Lets talk on the phone, or in person. You tell me what you want, and I’ll give you the best options, whether that’s with me or not.

http://ellisbenus.com/wp-content/themes/hypax/assets/icons/google_48.pngSearch Engine Optimization

Avoid The Snake Oil Sales People! No one can guarantee you the front page of Google, or any search engine. Anyone that tells you different is lying to you. Search Engines all value two things: 1) Quality content and 2) Links back to your site. Let me help you!

http://ellisbenus.com/wp-content/themes/hypax/assets/icons/star_48.pngSocial Media

The conversation around social media is ubiquitous. But you have to decide for yourself how, and IF, your company should be utilizing social media. I will help you develop a plan for presenting your company on social media outlets, and determine how to interact with your current and potential customers.

News

  • 05/09/2013 How Happy Are Small-Business Owners? Infographic

  • 31/07/2013 Last day at Columbia College. First day Self Employed!

  • 11/07/2013 WordPress Security Tip: Delete Unused Themes & Plugins

  • 10/07/2013 Highest Settlers of Catan Score Ever! 40 points!

  • 09/07/2013 Elon Musk Quotes

  • 05/07/2013 9 Ways to Save Money Caring for Your Lawn

  • 26/06/2013 DIY Pallet Wood Floating Shelves

  • 25/06/2013 DIY Pallet Wood Coffee Table

  • 23/06/2013 DIY IKEA Standing Desk for less than $20

  • 21/06/2013 Update to WordPress 3.5.2 Immediately

  • 20/06/2013 Most A/B Tests Fail

  • 18/06/2013 If you get a Weird Email from a Friend. Tell Them Immediately!

  • 10/06/2013 Eye-Fi Wireless SD Camera Card

  • 07/06/2013 How To Create Your Own WordPress Shortcodes

  • 06/06/2013 Why Tech Projects Fail: 5 Unspoken Reasons

  • 05/06/2013 DIY PVC Bath Toys

  • 04/06/2013 Your Microsoft Xbox One Is Always Watching and Listening

  • 30/04/2013 Glowing and Floating Computer Desk with Glass Top

  • 26/04/2013 Minimalist Floating Computer Desk

  • 19/04/2013 Wrap Extension Cords so they Never Tangle

  • 20/02/2013 New Water Jetpack is a Water Board by FlyBoard

  • 11/02/2013 Silence your Android Phone based on your Google Calendar

  • 04/02/2013 Best Alternative Energy Solutions for Small Businesses

  • 18/01/2013 Nuclear vs Coal and Uranium vs Thorium

  • 19/12/2012 I Bought the Death Star Ice Sphere

  • 13/11/2012 I Bought the Nexus 4

  • 06/11/2012 Goodbye Google Background Images

  • 24/09/2012 Wood Pallet Shed

  • 30/08/2012 Farm Powers itself and 100 homes with Cow Manure

  • 10/07/2012 Strike down the MINIMUM FARE language from the Uber Amendment

  • 20/06/2012 Support Motorcycle Habit with Web Design

  • 13/06/2012 Selling Our North Columbia MO Home

  • 13/06/2012 Shindaiwa T261 Weed Eater / Trimmer For Sale

  • 13/06/2012 Exmark Turf Tracer Mower 52″ Hydrostatic For Sale

  • 14/02/2012 Party Poker

How Happy Are Small-Business Owners? Infographic

How Happy Are Small-Business Owners - Infographic

See the entire Infographic depicting the Happiness of Small Business Owners…

 

Last day at Columbia College. First day Self Employed!

Ellis Benus - Last Day at Columbia CollegeShort Version

For anyone that doesn’t want to read this entire post, the gist is: my last day at Columbia College is today, July 31st, 2013 and as of August 1st, 2013 I will be working for myself, full time, running my Web Design business based in Columbia, Missouri.

Long Version

Read the entire story….

WordPress Security Tip: Delete Unused Themes & Plugins

WordPress Logo Alert Notice

The Largest Platforms will Always be Targets

Windows is targeted by malicious code more frequently than Linux and Macintosh combined. Why? Because 92% of the PC’s in the world today run Windows.

WordPress powers 22% of newly activated websites and 18% of ALL websites on the internet today.

No other platform can boast that!

If You’re Running WordPress

First, be proud and glad you have such an amazing tool to manage your website!

Second, remember you’re using a software that dominates the web, and realize you could be targeted for attacks.

Third, keep reading… :-)

Continued: WordPress Security Tip: Clean Up Unused Themes and Plugins

Highest Settlers of Catan Score Ever! 40 points!

Every Island. Every Defender Card. Every Road.

Every Boat. Every Knight. Every Everything!

See all my Settlers of Catan Greatest Hits…

Elon Musk Quotes

quoteI added two great Elon Musk Quotes today.

Much to my shock, they were the first quotes I’ve ever put on my site by Elon Musk.

Obviously Elon Musk is the billionaire who helped found PayPal, then cashed out and started Tesla Motors and the Space X competition.

He also appeared in Iron Man 2 beside Robert Downey Jr. with one line telling Tony Stark he had a good idea for an electric jet.

Regardless, he’s an amazing entrepreneur and I hope to add several more quotes from him.

Enjoy these first two nuggets of wisdom:

  1. Extreme Entrepreneurialism
  2. Bias Against Taking Risks

9 Ways to Save Money Caring for Your Lawn

9 Ways to Save Money Caring for Your Lawn - Wet Grass

Tips For a Better Lawn on the Cheap

Read how you can spend LESS money and have a better yard!

DIY Pallet Wood Floating Shelves

DIY Pallet Wood Floating Shelves

Really Cool Floating Shelves made from Wood Pallets!

DIY Pallet Wood Coffee Table

DIY Pallet Wood Coffee Table

An absolutely awesome Do It Yourself Wood Pallet project!

See more pictures of this cool pallet coffee table…

DIY IKEA Standing Desk for less than $20

DIY Standing Desk for less than 20 dollars

For standing desks lovers, this is a practical one for a laptop, or really anything, and all for less than $20.

See the Materials and Building Instructions…

Update to WordPress 3.5.2 Immediately

WordPress Logo Alert NoticeWordPress 3.5.2 Released

WordPress 3.5.2 was released today and you need to update your site immediately as the WordPress team fixed 12 bugs.

Security Fixes Include…

See all the security fixes.

Most A/B Tests Fail

AB Testing Fails

JitBit posted a very interesting article proclaiming A/B testing doesn’t work.

Should we be using A/B testing? Is it useless?

Read the full article…

If you get a Weird Email from a Friend. Tell Them Immediately!

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We All Know to Be Suspicious of Emails

But one place we might not be as vigilant is if an email comes from a friend or acquaintance.

Here are a few warning signs to look for…

Eye-Fi Wireless SD Camera Card

Bought an Eye Fi Wireless Wi Fi Camera SD Storage Card

An SD card for you camera which syncs to your wireless network, or creates a Wi-Fi network to share directly to your phone when you’re away from home.

Check out the Eye-Fi Wireless SD card and see the Android and iPhone software to backup all photos!

How To Create Your Own WordPress Shortcodes

How To Create Your Own WordPress ShortcodesLearn how to Create WordPress Shortcodes…

You’re probably used to seeing shortcodes in WordPress. Shortcodes normally look like [shortcode] or [shortcode option="option" setting="setting"]. Plugins and Themes add shortcodes to extend the functionality of WordPress. WordPress sees the square brackets and replaces what we see in the editor with some other content. Whether the shortcode is replaced with one line of text, or a very large and complex block of code depends on what WordPress is instructed to do.

You can tell WordPress what to do with a Shortcode

It’s very simple to create your own shortcode in WordPress.

The programming is very easy and the possibilities are endless.

Learn how to Create WordPress Shortcodes…

Why Tech Projects Fail: 5 Unspoken Reasons

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InformationWeek published a fantastic article detailing the 5 reasons technology projects fail.

  1. Technology ROI numbers are mostly fiction.
  2. ROI rarely drives the technology investment decision.
  3. There’s rarely any long-term accountability in technology.
  4. Detailed plans are the enemy.
  5. Bringing in the big outside guns only ensures that someone will get shot.

Read the 5 Reasons Tech Projects Fail…

DIY PVC Bath Toys

Make Awesome DIY PVC Bath Toys for kids of all ages!

Make Awesome DIY PVC Bath Toys for kids of all ages!

Your Microsoft Xbox One Is Always Watching and Listening

Microsoft Xbox One Is Always Watching and Listening to You Header

Your Microsoft Xbox One Is Always Watching and Listening

Read More…

 

 

Glowing and Floating Computer Desk with Glass Top

Amazing floating computer desk with glass top showing all the computer’s internals!

Glowing Floating Computer Desk with Custom PC beneath the Glass Top

See More…

Minimalist Floating Computer Desk

An awesome Wall Mounted, Floating Computer Desk which Slides out to reveal the components!

See the entire DIY build this great desk yourself!

Minimalist Floating and Sliding Desk by IKEA

Read More…

Wrap Extension Cords so they Never Tangle

My dad always did this like a boss when I was a kid and I just recently figured it out.

If you’re wrapping your cords into big ovals, stop being a chump and do it like a pro! :-)

Originally Posted by Art Of Manliness.com

wrap extension cords so they never tangle using contractor wrap

Read More…

New Water Jetpack is a Water Board by FlyBoard

You’ve probably seen the Water JetPack by Jetlev before, maybe even the Jetlev #Fail, now FlyBoard has an awesome new take on this “personal water craft.” The course to LEARN how to ride the FlyBoard is $350 so I’m guessing this “toy” will also have an insane price tag. After all, the Jetlev is around $60,000…

Watch the FlyBoard Video…

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FlyBoard Water Jetpack

Watch the FlyBoard Video…

Silence your Android Phone based on your Google Calendar

Silence for Android Mute phone Audio based on Google Calendar

Silence your Android Phone based on your Google Calendar

Best Alternative Energy Solutions for Small Businesses

Best Alternative Energy Solutions for Small Businesses

The best alternative energy solutions for small businesses do not have to be overly significant changes or costly investments. You can start small and work your way up to an entirely sustainable business. These solutions will not only be good for the environment, but they will also save you money and bring in more business each year as more and more consumers become environmentally concerned.

Read More…

Nuclear vs Coal and Uranium vs Thorium

Nuclear vs Coal

Callaway Nuclear plant has EVERY rod they’ve ever expended in the past 28 years held in an Olympic size cooling pool.

A standard Coal plant burns one Coal Train Car load EVERY HOUR!

Read more…

I Bought the Death Star Ice Sphere

Death Star Ice Sphere

Check it out!!!

I Bought the Nexus 4

I’m so excited I was one of the lucky few to purchase the new Nexus 4 Phone!

Nexus 4

Read More…

Goodbye Google Background Images

Google has announced Background Images on the Google Search Homepage will be decommissioned November 16th, 2012.

Read More…

Google Decommissioning Background Images

Read More…

Wood Pallet Shed

Wood Pallet Shed

Build a Shed out of Wood Pallets

For less than $500 build a sturdy shed out of free pallets!

Farm Powers itself and 100 homes with Cow Manure

Cow Manure Generates Electricity Diagram

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Transparent Background. Grainy Background. Black Background. White Background.

Fiscalini built methane digesters to process its daily harvest of cow manure and whey byproducts into biogas which powers a generator.

Read the entire article…

Strike down the MINIMUM FARE language from the Uber Amendment

Uber AmmendmentTimothy Ferris wrote an awesome rant letter this morning regarding the Anti-Competition and Pro-Monopoly tactics of Washington Politicians.

Instead of having Taxis compete for business with Uber, they simply want to legislate away their advantage.

Incumbents are too afraid to compete like every other business in America has to so they want law makers to do their dirty work.

Well, those law makers are ELECTED and we can let them know what we, the AMERICAN PEOPLE think about this!

Read More >>>

Support Motorcycle Habit with Web Design

Read More > I do Web Design and Development in Columbia MO to support my Motorcycle Habit!

Selling Our North Columbia MO Home

Bodie Dr Columbia MO Single Family Home For Sale

My wife and I are selling our home on Bodie Dr. Columbia, MO 65202.

Please read all the information, and see MANY more pictures.

Shindaiwa T261 Weed Eater / Trimmer For Sale

Shindaiwa T261 Weedeater Trimmer For Sale

$200 – Great Deal!

Fantastic Shindaiwa commercial grade weedeater / trimmer for sale.

Click here to watch video of the trimmer running and see more pictures.

Exmark Turf Tracer Mower 52″ Hydrostatic For Sale

Exmark Turf Tracer Hydrostatic Mower 52 inch cutting deck

$2,000 – Great Deal!

Awesome 52 inch Cutting Deck and Exmark Hydrostatic mower for commercial or big residential use.

Click here to Watch Video of the mower running, driving and cutting; plus see more pictures.

Party Poker

PartyPoker.com Screenshot

While I’m not a huge poker player, I do really enjoy a good game of cards whenever a group of guys can get together.

Unfortunately, getting a group of like minded folks together to do much of anything is a scheduling nightmare!

PartyPoker.com is a great, web based, way to get a quick game going without having to fuss with calling, Facebook-ing, Twittering, Google Plus-ing or contacting a bunch of people and working out schedules.

I really like that the system is web based. There is a downloadable application, but it’s not required. This makes it easy to grab a quick game anywhere and everywhere.

Plus, the Tournaments are a cool feature for more challenging and exciting games.

Also, I like that the site isn’t limited to Texas Hold’em. There are a lot of other poker game options on the site.

It seems like Texas Hold’em got a bunch of press because of the No Limit Tournaments, but I still love the good, old fashioned Five Card Draw!

My only complaint is there is no face-to-face interaction with players, but that’s the nature of any web based game, poke or otherwise.

The biggest benefit of using an online poker platform is you don’t have to just take money from your friends and family!

While you’re probably not going to make thousands, unless you’re that awesome, at least this way you don’t have to feel bad about the $50 bucks you take.

Just the thrill of poker!

Check it out and let me know what you think!

About

My Skills

  • Wordpress (experience since 2004, highly skilled)
  • (x)HTML & CSS (experience since 2000)
  • HTML5 & CSS3 (experience since 2010)
  • JavaScript (experience since 2008)
  • jQuery (experience since 2008)
  • Adobe Photoshop (experience since 2000)
  • Adobe Illustrator (usage since 2000)
  • PHP (experience since 2000)
  • MySQL (experience since 2000)
  • Joomla! (experience since 2002)
  • Drupal (experience since 2004)
  • Sitecore (experience since 2010)
Get in touch with me.

My name is Ellis Benus.

I have been doing web design professionally now for 11 years.

My technical specialty, and favorite platform, is WordPress CMS websites.

I strive for content and design separation using cross-browser supported HTML & CSS.

If you don’t know what that means, perfect, I’m the man for the job!

My primary focus is working with Small Businesses and Individuals who might struggle with technology and need someone who speaks English and not unintelligible “tech-speech.”

Feel free to look at my portfolio to see a list of works I’ve completed.

“A Website is Your Face on the Internet. Make it a Good One!” – Ellis Benus

Small Businesses, Sole-Proprietors and Individuals do not have thou$ands$of dollar$ to blow on a website. Everyone needs a web presence today, and my goal is to provide you with that for as little money as possible. More importantly, after the job is finished I am still your man.

After the sale Service

is just as important as before the sale. I work with all of my clients to make sure they keep their web pages updated with new content. The web is a very dynamic place and people expect to see your web site change often. You are not alone in this! My clients can send me emails with whatever they want updated. If someone struggles with anything, I’m here to assist. Most of the time I receive emails with pictures and text and the request to, “please make this look good for me.” That’s what I’m here to do for you.

Find the Best option for You

I don’t want to sell you a website. I want to find the best solution for your needs.

Talk is cheap, and talking to me is free! Tell me what you need, and even if I can’t help you, I’ll point  you in the right direction.

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Contact

A Columbia Missouri Local Web Professional
who is near you and can meet face-to-face.

Phone: (573) 557-WEB0 (9320)

Email: eb@EllisBenus.com

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