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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What Is Responsive Web Design and Why Is it Important?

Chances are that you have heard about the importance of responsive web design. All this means is that your site looks the same or similar on all devices including desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smart phones. Images, videos, and sidebars re-adjust or re-align in order to be contained within the device screen size, eliminating horizontal scrolling or being cut off entirely. The importance of having a responsive website is not going to go away, and in fact, is becoming increasingly important as site views on mobile take over site views on a desktop. ...more
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SEO for Beginners

So, you are a beginner blogger? Welcome! There is so much to learn, and I’m guessing one of the most daunting is SEO. You know you need to do it. You know you should be doing it from the beginning. But where do you start? Here is your handy guide to SEO for Beginners....more
I take being a "Beginner" to a new low. I don't understand the first two categories about On ...more

Is WordPress for You? And Which Version Should You Choose?

When I work with clients who are brand-new to blogging, I typically urge them to launch their blog using WordPress, because it's the gold standard for blogging platforms. It's got tons of features, and a huge community you can look to for extra support. But did you know there are two different types of WordPress platforms, and they're very different?...more
creativebynight1 Thanks for the catch! Glad you found the article to be informative. :)more

Why Canva Is an Incredible Tool for Adding Text to Graphics

By now you know one of the best ways to hook a reader is by pairing your amazing content with amazing graphics. One way to create those graphics is by adding text to your images. But how do you do that without expensive software or online membership fees? My go-to solution is Canva....more
ElaineSGriffin artofpowr #blogheru we did a class on custom graphics in Jan, covering a bunch of ...more

Versatile Creamy Avocado and Jalapeño Sauce

Last week I was craving, CRAVING something creamy and spicy with crispy melted extra sharp cheddar cheese. For days. So finally I thought it would be great to put my new gluten free tortillas (really good by the way) to good use and make a creamy enchilada casserole for dinner ....more

Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip (Blue Cheese Optional)

I use Greek yogurt in a lot of recipes. Smoothies, salads that require a creamy dressing, smoothies, and I’ve been working on a banana bread recipe, just to name a few. Like many people, I also use it as a sour cream substitute to top quesadillas and baked potatoes, or really anything requiring sour cream ....more

3 Simple Rules for Pairing Fonts Every Blogger Should Know

I have never met a blogger who does not love fonts! I can't tell you how many Facebook posts I've seen that say, "I just realized I have close to 2,000 fonts on my computer! Do you love fonts? How many do you have?" It's great that bloggers love fonts, considering the popularity of memes and an ever-increasing emphasis on the use of large images and beautiful typography. It can be easy to get carried away with too many fonts, though, so let's discuss some simple rules for pairing fonts....more
MarySchneider Thank you! I'm glad you found it useful!more

I’m Getting Divorced, and Learning I Have Value

In a matter of days the papers will be delivered to my mailbox. I will be divorced. My husband and I have been together for 17 years ....more

6 Blog Design Mistakes You Need to Check If You're Doing

Blogging is, or should be like, having a conversation. There is give and take, and the environment where the conversation is happening should be warm and welcoming. Not loud and distracting. While your blog and website design should reflect who you are and what your blog or business is about, it is important to remember that you are also designing for your potential readers and clients. People you hope to build a relationship with. Here are 6 of the most common blog design mistakes I see around the Web, and the advice I give to my clients who make those mistakes. ...more
melissaperkins Search bar for sure! User experience is VERY important, and I think it is ...more