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Canva: The Online Design Tool for the Non-Designer

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You have an idea for a simple project that needs to get done on a low budget. Purchasing the Adobe Suite is out of the question and the learning curve for the cheaper options is a steep one. Frustrating. Why isn’t designing the easy stuff, well . . . easy?

Canva is here to help you create professional looking projects using online tools, and best of all, it’s free. Simply set up your free account and start creating top notch designs for:
• Presentations and Posters
• Business cards and Post cards
• Email headers and Banner ads
• Letterhead and Certificates
• Brochures, Flyers, Menus
• Social Media projects

Not a designer? Canva offers many template designs to get you started, or start your own design from scratch and let your artistic side shine. Canva puts design components such as photos, graphic elements, illustrations, background textures and hundreds of borders at your fingertips. A quick and easy drag-and-drop design method makes it easy for beginners and seasoned creators alike. Even easier? Some common keyboard commands such as copy, paste and undo are there like old friends to help you along.

When it comes to the three basic ingredients of any design project, Canva doesn’t skimp.

TEXT—the font selection is broad and text tools to change size, color, alignment and spacing are easy to use. Pre-designed text elements such as banners and labels have attractive fonts already assigned to them. All you need to do is drag an element into your project and edit the text.

PHOTOS—choose from Canva’s gallery of free photos or upload your own. From there, you can resize, crop and even add filters. Give your project a modern hipster look, make it edgy, darken, lighten or texturize your images with the click of a button.

ART ELEMENTS—frames, borders, shapes, lines, you name it, Canva has it. Need an arrow or a banner? An icon or a chart? Add one and edit it to match the look of your project. Like most Canva options, a majority of these elements are free, but premium options can be added for $1 each.

Your Canva designs can be shared for collaboration purposes. They can also be saved as JPG, PNG or PDF, and yes, print PDF can go directly to your printer for high resolution printing. Want to share your project with other Canva users? Make it “public” and share away!

Canva’s free account will take your project design capabilities farther than you ever thought possible. Need to go farther? Say, with a custom width x height project? Explore what a “Canva For Work” account can do for you.

Let wisnet help you match your brand.

Art is pleasing and design is important, but projects that adhere to the look and feel of your brand are crucial. Do you need a little more assistance building designs that mirror the elements of your brand? wisnet can help you by setting up templates for social media, business cards, flyers and any other design projects you may have. These templates can be used for many project levels and complexities from do-it-yourself Canva projects to more intensive digital advertising up to print products and brochures produced for you by professional printers. Let us help you be sure your promotional media is immediately recognized by consumers as something reflecting your business brand. Contact us today for more details.

wisnet named a Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists

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The Geeks & Creatives of wisnet proud to keep biking visible in Fond du Lac.

The League of American Bicyclists recognized wisnet.com, LLC as a Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) award, joining more than 1,300 visionary businesses from across the country.

With the announcement of 59 new and renewing BFBs today, wisnet joins a cutting-edge group of 1,315 local businesses, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies in 49 states and Washington, D.C., that are transforming the American workplace.

“The business community’s investment in bicycling is playing a central role in making the country a safer, happier, and more sustainable place to live and work,” said Amelia Neptune, Director of the Bicycle Friendly America program. “We applaud this new round of businesses, including wisnet, for leading the charge in creating a bicycle-friendly America for everyone.”

By having a bike purchase incentive programs, clean up days for the FDL Loop bike and walking path, and hosting team rides throughout the year, wisnet encourages bicycling as an easy option for transportation and recreation.

We are thrilled to have been selected as a Bicycle Friendly Business.

Fitness programs are critical for the well-being (both mind and body) for our team.  Biking is one of those activities that can be done at all stages of our lives, and it also provides benefits beyond the obvious cardio and strength exercise. Solo rides are an awesome time for mindfulness, controlling breathing, finding yourself, and developing new ideas.   Group rides provide powerful relationship-building conversations  (friends, coworkers, and family). Both rides provide energy and productivity for our team that is hard to replicate.

We encourage businesses to explore bike friendly elements to help make Fond du Lac a welcoming bike friendly community for families, employees, and customers.

The Geeks & Creatives of wisnet are proud to be part of the Fond du Lac biking community, promoting the activity, and building more bike safety awareness. We hope to see you out on the Fond du Lac Loop (the actual trail – not the website). (but visit the website too)  (:  

Rick Kolstad – Biking Geek of wisnet.com

Moving forward, wisnet will have access to a variety of tools and technical assistance from the League to become even more bicycle-friendly. When our team members bike, great things happen: We build the bonds and family of wisnet to develop a fun and exciting culture, reduce our carbon footprint, and feel more energized which leads to a more overall healthy lifestyle.

To apply or learn more about the BFB program, visit the League online at www.bikeleague.org/business.

About the Bicycle Friendly America Program

To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, including the Bicycle Friendly CommunitySM, Bicycle Friendly StateSM, Bicycle Friendly BusinessSM and Bicycle Friendly UniversitySM programs. Visit www.bikeleague.org/BFA.

The League of American Bicyclists is leading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. As leaders, our commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change.

How to update your WordPress site

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So you’ve got a sweet WordPress site, do ya? Congratulations! Now that you’re all setup in your fancy website, you should make sure it’s always up to date. We know this can sound a little daunting, but it’s actually quite simple once you know where to look, and it’s one of the most important steps you can take to protect yourself and your visitors

Reasons to keep your WordPress site up to date:

  • Mitigate the chance that hackers and phishing scams affect your site. They’re always on the lookout for easy prey, whether it’s your site’s data or pretending to be your site and pulling the wool over your visitors’ eyes.
  • Keep your site operating properly and opening pages quickly. An up to date site is an optimized site.
  • With those two things, Google is always making sure that sites are secure and have quick page load times. When the top two points are accomplished, it can only help your search rankings.

Two of our Geeks & Creatives at wisnet, Nick and Joe, take you through how to first back-up your site and then make updates to the core, theme and plug-ins for your WordPress site.

As Nick mentioned, here’s the links to the plugins that will help make your back-up and update process as easy as possible:

WP Updates Notifier
Will send you a notification when it’s time to update so you’re always ready with the latest versions of your core, plugins and theme.

BackUpWordPress
Quickly and easily backup your WordPress site before you run your updates so you never have to worry about incompatibility between versions.

Have more questions or running into problems? Give us a call or shoot us a note and we’ll be more than happy to help out!