The Refinery - Cleveland Web Design Firm

What is Google Signals and What Does It Do?

Joe Bencar

Another new analytical feature from Google? That’s right! Google has really been working hard in 2018, releasing a bunch of new tools and features available to its users. Being somewhat of a nerd when it comes to this stuff, I love being able to experiment with these new additions and see how they can help me not only make my own websites better, but more importantly my clients’ sites. The latest release that is rolling out in the upcoming week(s) is Google Signals. Let’s take a quick walkthrough on what this is and how it can improve your data.

Can You Afford to Have Your Content Go Unnoticed?

Joe Bencar

We’ve all heard it a million times - content is king. We get it. Content you post online needs to be relevant, useful, unique and definitely speak to your target audience. So, you produce a piece of content, but it goes unread. “What the hell?”, you think. “Am I just wasting time time?”

A Brief Overview of Google’s New Data Retention Controls

Joe Bencar

If you’re currently using Google Analytics to track your website’s activity, events and goals, then you should have recently received an email regarding Google’s update to data retention. It’s important to update these settings to your liking, because these new settings will go in effect on May 25, 2018 - the same day the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) does. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

CraftCMS Security

Nate Gilmore

Website security is one of the most common concerns we hear from our customers.  This is particularly true when they are considering a change in content management platforms. It’s a long term investment which is often tightly integrated within your network and other systems, so we understand the need for due diligence.  

It’s All Teamwork

Lakshami Mahajan

When you’re part of a company that deals in client services, you’re part of a team. It’s important to remember, though, you’re not just on a team with your coworkers, but also with your clients. Every member of the team in your company - and the clients you’re all working with - is pursuing a similar end.

GDPR - Are you ready?

Josh Walsh

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will take effect May 2018. This new regulation defines how companies and organizations use and protect the data of EU citizens.


Josh Walsh

Design is in our DNA.  We live it and breath it.  It inspires our creativity and sparks conversations.  Below are some of our favorite community submissions around the #SpacedChallenge contest.

A Better Alternative to WordPress?

Joe Bencar

Most people with any sort of digital experience or knowledge have heard of WordPress, the open-source blogging platform. It’s free, fairly easy to use and there are plenty of options for templates and plugins. The question we should be asking ourselves is “Are there any better options out there?” In our opinion, the answer is Craft, and here’s why.

A Basic Guide to Featured Snippets

Joe Bencar

You’ve probably seen and even interacted with a featured snippet even if you don’t know what it is. Have you ever asked Google a question and when the search results appear, there’s the answer right at the top of those results? Well, that’s a featured snippet.