Elaine Griffin

Elaine Griffin

Elaine Griffin (a.k.a. Laine) is a freelance WordPress designer, content creator, and speaker. She ...   see full bio
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Elaine Griffin

Elaine Griffin (a.k.a. Laine) is a freelance WordPress designer, content creator, and speaker. She brings her background as a sociologist, advocate, and educator, to her work and her writing, which has been featured on BlogHer and The SITS Girls.

On The Laine List she spills her guts about life, motherhood, and balancing work and family. She also sprinkles in some fun recipe and cocktail posts.

On Elaine Griffin Designs, she writes easy to follow tutorials about WordPress, social media, SEO, and blogging.

Working from her home office in Finger Lakes Region of NY, Elaine, a wine lover, also enjoys the beauty of living in wine country!

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Summer 2014 Bucket List

The days are hot. The nights are warm. We’ve already swam in ponds, and roasted things over fires ....more

5 WordPress Plugins to Boost User Functionality

Plugins are a great way to ease in the design of a WordPress website, and they also increase a site's functionality. Some plugins can help our clients when our job is done. While we designers should not render ourselves obsolete, I do feel like it is our responsibility to give clients increased functionality, and the confidence to harness it themselves. The five following plugins do just that....more

5 WordPress Plugins for Increased User Functionality

Plugins are a great way to ease in the design of a WordPress website, and they also increase a site’s functionality. Some plugins can help our clients when our job is done. While we designers should not render ourselves obsolete, I do feel like it is our responsibility to give clients increased functionality, and the confidence to harness it themselves ....more

7 Questions to Ask a Prospective Design Client

When I am approached about logo and/or web design services, one of the first things I do is send the prospective design client a questionnaire, whether or not I’ve been hired yet. These seven questions help me get to know prospective clients better—which makes my job easier, and allows me to give each client the best design possible. My questionnaire is a mix of design and marketing questions that will encourage potential clients to think not only about what kind of design they want, but also what their overall brand will look like, and how they will compete in their market or niche ....more

7 Questions to Ask a Prospective Design Client

When I am approached about logo and/or web design services, one of the first things I do is send the prospective client a questionnaire, whether or not I've been hired yet. These seven questions help me get to know prospective clients better—which makes my job easier and allows me to give each client the best design possible....more

Grilled Veggie and Bean Summer Salad

Like many people at this time of year, I’m starting to think about what I’m putting in my mouth, and what will hopefully come off of my body. Not just to look good, mind you, but to feel good too. Eating healthy is generally not a problem with me, as I’m in love with salad ....more

Instagram Introduces New Creative Tools

It looks like the new Instagram creative tools are going to give Snapseed a run for its money. ...more
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Broccoli and Quinoa Salad

I know, again with the salad, right? But, they are just so darn good and a super great way to get those veggies in the kids. Plus, quinoa, who knew we would love that?! ...more

Meal Plan Week of June 9th

Another week has come and gone. I absolutely cannot believe how fast the last 6 weeks or so has passed since the weather finally broke. 6 weeks in a winter like we just had felt like 6 months! ...more

Top 7 WordPress Plugins for New Bloggers

There is no doubt that plugins are a great way to boost WordPress functionality and versatility. They are also a great way to help clients learn to use their site effectively, and to help them increase their visibility and grow their community. Here are my top seven WordPress plugins to get any client who is new to blogging started with a bang ....more