Simply Amusing Designs

Simply Amusing Designs We are a graphic design and web development agency located in Texarkana, Texas. http://simplyamusingdesigns.com

http://simplyamusingdesigns.com We are a small web and graphic design company with a huge passion for beautiful design. WHAT DO WE DO? http://www.simplyamusingdesigns.com/services/ We specialize in WordPress websites, social media marketing and online branding services for bloggers, authors, and entrepreneurs CURRENT/PAST CLIENTS include: Natalie MacNeil, Jacqueline Whitmore, Jennifer Hutt, Diane Gottsman, Litfuse Publicity, Christina Farrell, Donna Gaines,

We have had so much fun helping  our local community (DeKalb Activity Center) with a golf fundraiser benefiting an activ...
06/01/2019

We have had so much fun helping our local community (DeKalb Activity Center) with a golf fundraiser benefiting an activity center for local families and youth! We've created a logo for this nonprofit, as well as designed a fun t-shirt for their golf scramble coming up - can't wait to see what else is in store for them!

We've been busy! Here's a sampling of some our latest projects:
05/31/2019

We've been busy! Here's a sampling of some our latest projects:

We are so excited to be working with our local mission (Mission Texarkana, Inc.) to help them with branding and a new we...
10/11/2018

We are so excited to be working with our local mission (Mission Texarkana, Inc.) to help them with branding and a new website for our city's ONLY fresh roasted coffee beans. The bags say, "Roasted with dignity by members of your local homeless community". Such a terrific cause and we are thrilled to help out.

Below is our mockup of what the bags and labels look like, alongside the finished product. Pretty dang close. :)

Good things happening for my #ladyboss client @justjennyhutt  and her savvy sister @stacyfritz with their business, @bun...
07/27/2018

Good things happening for my #ladyboss client @justjennyhutt and her savvy sister @stacyfritz with their business, @bunnyeyez_ We created these giveaway cards for their TV appearances in LA early this week.

So stinkin' excited for my clients @justjennyhutt and her sister @stacyfritz - just two weeks into their site launch for...
06/22/2018

So stinkin' excited for my clients @justjennyhutt and her sister @stacyfritz - just two weeks into their site launch for @bunnyeyez_, their product was featured as one of @hodakotb 's favorite things on the Today Show. People love their product!

It has been a fun, wild ride and I am thankful I had the opportunity to design their logo and ecommerce website. #bunnyeyez #thesearenotyourmothersreaders

A little web designer humor for your weekend.
06/16/2018

A little web designer humor for your weekend.

I will never be able to go to ihop (now ihob) without seeing this:
06/12/2018

I will never be able to go to ihop (now ihob) without seeing this:

SA Designs made our new e-commerce launch a breeze“My sister and I have been working on a new product called Bunny Eyez ...
06/06/2018

SA Designs made our new e-commerce launch a breeze

“My sister and I have been working on a new product called Bunny Eyez for about a year. We decided to launch a new Shopify website and knew we wanted Simply Amusing Designs to handle the project, based on our previous experiences working with them. Karen was easy to work with, knowledgeable, responsive, thorough and extremely helpful.

With an e-commerce business, the look, layout and feel of our website was critical. We wanted it to be visually appealing to our customers, but very easy to use and navigate. It had to showcase our Bunny Eyez readers in the right way, yet be enticing enough to turn visitors into buyers. Karen took the time to listen to us about our business and our goals for the website, which helped to make sure we were giving our customers the best experience while shopping. She worked closely with our New York team to ensure that everything functioned perfectly for our launch on the back end as well. Our soft launch exceeded our wildest expectations and we know the care taken with our website was a huge part of that.

The end result was a beautiful, clean website that looks amazing, has excellent functionality and gives our customers that experience we wanted them to have while shopping with us. We highly recommend Simply Amusing Designs. Also Karen is delightful to work with. We adore her!”

- Jenny Hutt & Stacy Fritz, Owners of BunnyEyez.com

Handy new tool in Facebook for marketers or VAs who often have to switch FB accounts. Hover over the icon by your name a...
05/29/2018

Handy new tool in Facebook for marketers or VAs who often have to switch FB accounts. Hover over the icon by your name and you'll see you now have the ability to login under another account.

Hey clients - if you use the Wordpress.com plugin called JetPack, you need to be aware of this exploit that has been fou...
05/24/2018
Hackers Find New Method of Installing Backdoored Plugins on WordPress Sites

Hey clients - if you use the Wordpress.com plugin called JetPack, you need to be aware of this exploit that has been found. According to Wordfence, hackers who've been taking over WordPress.com accounts and finding linked WordPress self-hosted sites have been abusing this remote management feature to deploy backdoored plugins across previously secured sites.

Owners of self-hosted sites that have connected their Jetpack plugin with a WordPress.com account are encouraged to review the plugins they have deployed across self-hosted sites inside the WordPress.com dashboard.

Hackers have come up with a never-before-seen method of installing backdoored plugins on websites running the open-source WordPress CMS, and this new technique relies on using weakly protected WordPress.com accounts and the Jetpack plugin.

Attention Clients - we sent out a very important email about the GDPR, which takes effect May 25th. You can view that he...
05/10/2018
GDPR Compliance - What is is it and how will it affect your WordPress Website?

Attention Clients - we sent out a very important email about the GDPR, which takes effect May 25th. You can view that here, if you missed it in your inbox:

The GDPR is a new regulation by the EU. It changes a lot regarding how each and every WordPress site goes about doing their business. Even non EU-based sites and businesses are affected. We only have until May 25th to make your WordPress GDPR compliant, or else you may be facing serious fines. The a...

Some good news for your Friday...
04/27/2018
Naked Security by Sophos

Some good news for your Friday...

The site’s down and at least four of its admins have been arrested.

The New Year began with a bang - or an explosion of new business, if you will. We have clients booked for new websites a...
02/05/2018

The New Year began with a bang - or an explosion of new business, if you will. We have clients booked for new websites and redesigns all the way through April! Here are a couple of our newest launches:

Happy Thanksgiving from Our Family to Yours
11/21/2017
Happy Thanksgiving from Our Family to Yours

Happy Thanksgiving from Our Family to Yours

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." ~ 1 Thess 5:16

We tried to warn you. Google is blocking some sites without SSL certs as malicious.
10/25/2017
Sucuri Security

We tried to warn you. Google is blocking some sites without SSL certs as malicious.

No longer a secret: Non-HTTPS Websites Blacklisted by @Google for Phishy Password Practices

There are some pretty big changes to the WordPress editor coming down the pipe. If you use advanced custom fields or any...
10/04/2017
An alternative approach to Gutenberg • Yoast

There are some pretty big changes to the WordPress editor coming down the pipe. If you use advanced custom fields or any type of custom meta boxes, they will be gone. This is big news for developers because many of the sites we build have had hundreds of hours of custom coding integrated, and none of it would work anymore.

We've been thinking hard about the new editing experience for WordPress, Gutenberg. This post outlines what we think would be a better approach.

Strong passwords are extremely important to keeping your account logins secure. There is a FREE password manager tool ca...
09/21/2017
Why You Should Be Using a Password Manager

Strong passwords are extremely important to keeping your account logins secure. There is a FREE password manager tool called LastPass that you can use to manage all of your online passwords (the browser tool is free, at any rate).

It will create strong passwords and store them for you when you're ready to login to the site you're visiting. I have used it for about 5 years and highly recommend it. (I also purchased the mobile app so I don't have to guess what my passwords are for any sites any longer.

You can learn more about how a password manager can help you on this post:

In this post, we cover the important reasons for why you should use a password manager, and how to get started with LastPass, the free password manager.

Hey friends - sharing is caring, so I am going to share one of my absolute favorite tools with you - it's a free browser...
09/20/2017
Faster than typing. Save time with quick videos for free.

Hey friends - sharing is caring, so I am going to share one of my absolute favorite tools with you - it's a free browser add on for recording quick videos for clients, customers, colleagues, etc.
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t has saved me a TON of time - no more typing out long tutorials or explanations - I take 30 seconds, record the video onscreen SHOWING them what to do.

Loom is a video communication platform helping individuals and teams unlock the power of video in the workplace. Unlimited recording and storage. HD quality. Instantly ready to share.

Hey Clients...an update on Google Chrome's new policy coming up October 2017.
08/31/2017
Urgent: Your Site May Not be Secure

Hey Clients...an update on Google Chrome's new policy coming up October 2017.

If you don't have an SSL certificate on your site, please keep reading... In January, Google started to label some pages in HTTP as non-secure with the release of Chrome 56. This phase affected pages that transmit sensitive information such as login and payment-card data on the web. In October, Goog...

The end of an era...say goodbye to Flash.
07/25/2017
Adobe to pull plug on Flash, ending an era

The end of an era...say goodbye to Flash.

Adobe Systems Inc's Flash, a once-ubiquitous technology used to power most of the media content found online, will be retired at the end of 2020, the software company announced Tuesday.

One of our favorites tools for blogging is actually found right in the WordPress dashboard under Tools. "Press This" is ...
07/12/2017

One of our favorites tools for blogging is actually found right in the WordPress dashboard under Tools. "Press This" is a bookmarklet tool that allows you to "clip" items from the web and save to use in your posts later!

Confession time: How many of you never even knew it was there, or if you did, have never used it?

Reason #132 to use WordPress: According to their terms of service, Squarespace can use any part of your site for adverti...
03/24/2017

Reason #132 to use WordPress:

According to their terms of service, Squarespace can use any part of your site for advertising even if the content is copyrighted.

Friday Funny...(real story) - having a home-based business with kids isn't always easy. Once, I was on a conference call...
03/10/2017
Man attempts to give serious BBC interview, regrets ever having children

Friday Funny...(real story) - having a home-based business with kids isn't always easy. Once, I was on a conference call with an Children's Etiquette Expert and my kids (13 and 11 at the time) were screeching at each other in the background.

I remained as calm as possible, coolly asked the client if I might put her on hold for "just a moment" and then proceeded to holler at the top of my lungs, "I am on the PHONE with a CLIENT! Y'all STOP FIGHTING AND BE QUIET NOW!!!" It was only after I heard the giggling on the other end of the line that I realized my horrible mistake. Instead of putting her on "mute", I had inadvertently placed her on "speakerphone". *headdesk*

All that said to say, I can completely identify with this poor man.

Have you ever had a "kid moment" in your business?

Best. Video bomb. Ever.

This was the ad we ran in the Silvermoon Children's Theatre program for their production of Charlie Brown - we debuted o...
03/09/2017

This was the ad we ran in the Silvermoon Children's Theatre program for their production of Charlie Brown - we debuted our new bird logo!

Important note if you're a user of Amazon webservices for your site: they are currently down, and it's causing some issu...
02/28/2017
Amazon’s web servers are down and it’s causing trouble across the internet

Important note if you're a user of Amazon webservices for your site: they are currently down, and it's causing some issues on the web.

Amazon’s web hosting services are among the most widely used out there, which means that when Amazon’s servers goes down, a lot of things go down with them. That appears to be happening today, with...

Agape Coffeehouse in Payette, Idaho has a new website! Side note - they have the best custom CHAI tea blend I have ever ...
02/28/2017

Agape Coffeehouse in Payette, Idaho has a new website!

Side note - they have the best custom CHAI tea blend I have ever tasted in my life.

Visit them the next time you're through Payette...or visit them on the web at: http://coffeehouseagape.com/

When developing your branding, don't forget Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter covers! Here's an example of what we did for ...
02/28/2017

When developing your branding, don't forget Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter covers! Here's an example of what we did for one of our clients, Meg Medina - her website has a fun, colorful illustration we created and hand-colored, and all of her social media echoes the same graphic. We've even included her top-selling books on the social media headers.

Disqus Hits Sites with Unwanted Advertising, Plans to Charge Large Publishers a Monthly Fee to Remove Ads
02/19/2017
Disqus Hits Sites with Unwanted Advertising, Plans to Charge Large Publishers a Monthly Fee to Remove Ads

Disqus Hits Sites with Unwanted Advertising, Plans to Charge Large Publishers a Monthly Fee to Remove Ads

When Disqus announced it would be releasing new, subscription-based versions later this year, users didn’t expect to have the new advertising model injected into their sites without notice. Disqus CEO Daniel Ha said the company would release finalized pricing and provide more details well in…

Our client loved the flyer we created for his Hunting Guide Business - he's had these printed and is taking them to Las ...
02/02/2017

Our client loved the flyer we created for his Hunting Guide Business - he's had these printed and is taking them to Las Vegas this weekend to share at the 45th annual Safari Club International event. Next up is a new website with booking capabilities! I love it when we have full creative control over a project and can really help make an impact for our clients.

One of our clients became certified in Executive Coaching this year and needed a quick landing page to introduce clients...
10/25/2016

One of our clients became certified in Executive Coaching this year and needed a quick landing page to introduce clients to her new service. We love how it turned out!

Give her a look: http://annaexecutivecoach.com/

Wondering why all the sites you love on the internet were down yesterday? A massive DDOS attack occurred at one of the n...
10/22/2016
Hackers Used New Weapons to Disrupt Major Websites Across U.S.

Wondering why all the sites you love on the internet were down yesterday? A massive DDOS attack occurred at one of the nation's largest dns services, DYN.

Most interesting to note is HOW the attackers did it.

Users of Twitter, Netflix and other sites reported failures after a company managing crucial parts of the internet infrastructure said it was under attack.

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FOUNDED: 2007 SERVICES: Wordpress CMS Web Design, Wordpress Blog Design, SEO/Search Engine Optimization, Social Media, Branding, Logos , Buttons, Banners, Wordpress tutorials, Graphic design, One Sheets, Business Cards, Collateral Materials, YouTube & Twitter Backgrounds

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 14:00 - 17:00

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(903) 213-5480

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